The Ten Commandments

"The Sabbath...is the sign of the power (character) of ChristDesire of Ages, p. 283.4.

The Prince of Darkness "changed the times and the seasons" as Scripture states so that very few obey the Laws of God today as it pertains to obeying the fourth commandment.
 
God does not change and didn't change the Sabbath from the 7th-day to the 1st-day. This false doctrine is a major reason most of the religious world is in great apostasy and have lost the presence of God because of not obeying the unalterable Laws of God. Instead, they give homage to the papal power in Rome who changed the Lord's 7th-day Sabbath to Sunday, the first day which the Creator never commanded as the day of worship.
 
The Sabbath matters in our obedience of God's LAWS because the Hebrew word S-ab-ba-oth is our "ab" Father, "ba" Son, and "oth" Sign.  In other words, when we obey the 4th commandment we accept the "Sign" of the "Father" and "Son" which resides in His 7th-day Sabbath, not first-day Sunday, which day was not blessed or made holy at Creation. We cannot praise God and at the same time reject His Sabbath LAW that gives glory to FATHER and SON whom Christians claim to worship, but refuse to obey His Word.

The Sabbath is a SEAL, a STAMP, a SIGN, a SIGNET ring (we are GIVEN the seal of authority from Jesus=the Sabbath sanctifies us by obeying it from Sundown Friday evening to Saturday evening at sundown) that Jesus puts upon the hand of His Bride, the 144,000 and His sons and daughters and guests who join the banquet feast of truth like parable of the 5 wise virgins who joined the banquet feast, His sign of authority, the creator of Heaven and Earth.

"I saw that
 God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath MORE FULLYThis enraged the churches and nominal (in name only/laodicean/foolish virgin/501c3) Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time God’s chosen all saw clearly that WE (those who had come out of the 501c3 SDA church organization) had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us." Early Writings, p. 33.2

I am glad to have been raised when the concept was taught me that the hours of the Sabbath are holy—they are different from the hours in the other days of the week. We need to understand the concept of holiness in time.

HOLY SABBATH DAY
Holy Sabbath day of rest, 
By our Master richly blest,
God created and divine, 
Set aside for holy time.
CHORUS:
Yes, the holy Sabbath rest, 
By our God divinely blest,
It to us a sign shall be 
Throughout all eternity.

(No. 19 in Singing Youth; and no. 381 in the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal.)

As I have said, I am glad that I was raised in a time when the sanctity and holiness of the Sabbath were strongly emphasized. My life has been the richer as a result of recognizing the specialness of these 24 hours of time each week. Probably for this reason I still feel uncomfortable every time I hear about a 501c3 (TAX-EXEMPT/NON-PROFIT) SDA church bulletins or some church publication directed specifically to Adventists that such-and-such an activity is going to be held next "Saturday." Every fiber of my being wants to cry out."No. It's God's Holy Sabbath that we're talking about, not Saturday!" I am fearful that as a church we are in grave danger of losing a sense of the uniqueness and holiness of the Sabbath. If ever that happens, we truly will have lost much.

SUNDAY IS NOT THE SABBATH DAY


  
 

We all know that Jesus was crucified and died on Friday. Every year we recognize this day as Good Friday. On that day Joseph of Arimathaea took Jesus’ body from the cross and buried it. Luke 23:50-24:3 describes this event and tells us that the next day, Saturday, was the Sabbath. “And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, that came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices that they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”

So Jesus died on Good Friday, rested in the tomb during the following day, Saturday, which was the Sabbath, and then rose early on Sunday morning, the day we call Easter Sunday.

Today nearly the entire Christian world goes to church and worships on Sunday. Why is this? When was the day of worship changed from the Sabbath, which we just saw is Saturday, to Sunday?

We go to church on a specific day of the week because of the Sabbath commandment. The Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20:3-17. In the Sabbath commandment God has not only given us a command to keep the Sabbath day holy but has also told us how to keep it holy.

This commandment is found in Exodus 20:8-11: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

This commandment tells us that God’s Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week. God’s holy Sabbath day is Saturday. Sunday is the first day of the week.

Before we look at the actual circumstances behind the change of the day of worship, let us look at one of the reasons given for Sunday sacredness.

Many claim that since we are living in New Testament times the Old Testament no longer applies to us. There was no New Testament in existence when Second Timothy 3:16 was written: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” This verse specifically refers to the Old Testament, and it tells us that the Old Testament is just as much in force today as when it was written.

Since the Sabbath commandment has been changed, can we find a Bible text that would document this change? As we search the Scriptures we run across Psalms 111:7-9. “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people: he has commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

These verses seem to indicate that the Sabbath commandment should not have been changed. In fact, these verses tell us that all of the commandments will be in effect forever. As we continue our search we find Isaiah 66:22,23. These verses tell us that those who are saved from the earth will be keeping the Sabbath day, Saturday, holy throughout eternity, in the New Earth, which God has not yet created. “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the Lord.”

Don’t get discouraged about finding the verse that talks about a change in the Sabbath. It is definitely in the Bible, and we will read it shortly.

Our search further takes us to Revelation 11:19, which seems to indicate that the Ten Commandments are preserved in heaven for all eternity. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.” Do you suppose that the Sabbath commandment has been deleted from the Ten Commandments in the Ark of the Covenant in heaven?

As we search the scriptures for the verse that indicates that the Sabbath has been changed to Sunday, perhaps we can gain more insight into this change by considering what Jesus did when He was on earth. Luke 4:16 tells us that Jesus always kept the Sabbath day holy. “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.” Jesus had a custom of keeping the Sabbath day holy.

Of course, we all know that Jesus was our example as First Peter 2:21 says, “For this you were called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:” Since Jesus always kept the Sabbath day holy should we also keep the Sabbath day holy?

Let us now go to that verse that tells us about a change in the day to be kept holy. The verse is 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.” Here we see that someone would attempt to change God’s times and God’s laws. This verse in the Catholic Douay translation says “. . . he shall think himself able to change times and laws.”

Who is it that attempted to change God’s times and God’s laws? Notice that whoever it was also persecuted and killed God’s people — he “wore out the saints of the most High.”

As further evidence that Saturday is God’s holy Sabbath day, let us ask the people who tried to change the day of worship which day is the Sabbath:

Question: Which is the Sabbath day?

Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?

Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. — Peter Geiermann, The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine(1957 ed.), p. 50. 
 

The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. — Catholic Mirror, official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893. 
 

The observance of Sunday by the protestants is an homage they pay in spite of themselves to the authority of the [Catholic] Church. — Mgr. Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1868, page 225.

The Catholics have changed God’s law extensively. They deleted the second commandment so as to allow their practice of bowing down and worshiping their images. They gutted the Sabbath commandment, which is their third commandment, removing all the instruction that God gave as to how to keep the Sabbath day holy. They also removed the instruction that God’s Sabbath is the seventh day of the week. In order still to have ten commandments after removing the second, they divided the tenth and made it their ninth and tenth.

By their own admission, in their own publications, which we have just read, the Catholic Church changed the day of worship from God’s holy Sabbath day, Saturday, to Sunday, the day on which the pagans worshiped their sun god.

The next verse, Daniel 7:26, tells us that the papacy, the Catholic Church, will lose its power and will eventually be destroyed. “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

Who gave the papacy power and authority to change God’s laws? The papacy claims that God gave them this authority, but Revelation 13:2 tells us that “. . . the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Revelation 12:9 tells us that the dragon is the devil. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Satan gave the papacy, the Catholic Church, the power and the great authority they have in this world.

Chapter three will show conclusively that these verses in Daniel and Revelation are talking specifically about the papacy.

Remember that Jesus warned in Matthew 7:15 that there would be many false priests and pastors who appear to be genuine but who speak lies and deception. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” The test is the Bible. When anyone teaches something that is different from the Bible they are the false prophets Jesus is talking about. Isaiah 8:20 says, “. . . if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Further we are told in First John 4:1 to test what pastors and ministers say by the Bible. If what they preach and teach disagrees with the Bible, they are the false prophets. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

Don’t believe the lie that the Catholic Church was the first Christian church. Don’t believe the lie that Peter was the first pope. History shows us that the papacy did not appear on the scene until hundreds of years after Peter died.

The Catholic religion, actually, differs greatly from God’s religion as found in the Bible.

God has never changed His day of worship. He has never changed or annulled any of His Ten Commandment law. Can you imagine God ever repealing the first commandment that says, “You shall have no other gods before me?” Or the second that says that you shall not make or bow down to graven images? Or the third that says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain?” Or the fifth that tells us to honor our fathers and mothers? Or the sixth that tells us not to kill? Or the seventh that tells us not to commit adultery? Or the eighth that tells us not to steal? Or the ninth that tells us not to lie? Or the tenth that tells us not to covet anything that is our neighbor’s?

Then why should we even imagine that God has repealed the fourth commandment that says, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy?” Why would God annul the Sabbath commandment, the fourth commandment, and keep all the others? The answer, of course, is that He did not repeal the fourth commandment. None of the Ten Commandments was ever nailed to the cross. We have seen that all of God’s commandments will be in effect throughout all eternity. Chapter two will show what was nailed to the cross.

Let us continue looking at what Jesus and the apostles did on the Sabbath day. First John 2:3-7 tells us that we know the Lord only if we keep His commandments. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in him. He that says he abides in him ought to walk, even as he walked. Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard from the beginning.”

Here we see that those who say they know and love Jesus yet do not keep His commandments, including the Saturday Sabbath commandment, are liars. Going to church on Sunday is not keeping the Sabbath day holy, for we have seen that Sunday is not God’s Sabbath day — Saturday is God’s Sabbath day. The verses we just read tell us that we should keep the Sabbath as Jesus did, on Saturday. He is our example. “He that says he abides in him ought to walk, even as he walked”

Some claim that the people continued to meet on the Sabbath because they did not know of the change, but Paul and Barnabas, who should certainly have known whether the Sabbath was legitimately changed to Sunday or not, persuaded a whole city to meet for worship the next Sabbath as described in Acts 13:44. “And the next sabbath day almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.” This happened after the cross and shows that the Sabbath was not nailed to the cross.

We see in Acts 17:2 that Paul, like Jesus, also regularly kept the Sabbath day holy. “And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” Acts 18:4,11 indicates that Paul kept 78 Sabbath days holy during the year and six months he spent in Corinth. “And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”

Paul tells us in Acts 28:17 that all during his life he kept the Sabbath holy. Right before his death, probably in the year 68 AD, he knew that the Sabbath commandment was still in effect. “And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were together, he said to them, Men and brothers, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.” If the Sabbath had been nailed to the cross, why did Paul continue to keep God’s Sabbath day, Saturday, holy throughout his entire life?

Many twist the writings of Paul to try to show that the Sabbath was legitimately changed by God, but Paul would certainly not try to persuade people to keep Sunday while he kept God’s Saturday Sabbath. In Romans 3:31 the apostle Paul clearly says that the law was not abolished or nailed to the cross. He specifically says the law is established. “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” A law that is established is certainly not abolished.

When Jesus talked about the greatest commandments in the law in Matthew 22:35-40 He summarized the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments show us how to express love to God, and the last six show us how to express love to our fellow man. Notice that Jesus said that on these two commandments hang all the Ten Commandment law and all of the Old Testament teachings of the prophets. “Then one of them, who was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

If loving the Lord with all your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself relieves us of the responsibility of keeping the Sabbath day holy, why did these two commandments in the Old Testament not relieve the Israelites of this responsibility? Deuteronomy 6:5: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Leviticus 19:18: “. . . you shall love your neighbor as yourself. . . .”

We are still within the thousand generations spoken of in Deuteronomy 7:9. “Know therefore that the Lord your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” This, again shows us that we are still expected to keep the Ten Commandments, including God’s Saturday Sabbath commandment.

Many claim that the law was nailed to the cross and that since Jesus died on the cross we are no longer required to keep the Sabbath day holy. Acts 13:42-44, however, written after Christ died on the cross, tells us that Sabbath-keeping is in total harmony with the grace of God. “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.”

In Psalms 119:142 we find that God’s law is the truth. “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth.” In fact in Psalms 119:151 we see specifically that every one of God’s commandments is the truth, including the Saturday Sabbath commandment. “You are near, O Lord; and all your commandments are truth.” Can you imagine God throwing away something that is the truth? The truth is absolute. The truth never becomes anything else but the truth.

Not only are all God’s commandments the truth, but Psalms 119:172 tells us that each one of them is righteousness. The Ten Commandments define righteousness. “My tongue shall speak of your word: for all your commandments are righteousness.”

God’s days are measured from sunset to sunset. Leviticus 23:32 tells us that the Sabbath begins at even. “. . . from even unto even, you shall celebrate your sabbath.” Mark 1:32 tells us that even is at sunset. “And at even, when the sun did set, . . .” The Sabbath begins at sunset Friday evening and ends at sunset Saturday evening.

The Jews had seven yearly sabbaths, special feast days, where animal sacrifices were offered. When one of these yearly sabbaths fell on the weekly Sabbath, that day was called a high day. These yearly sabbaths with their animal sacrifices all pointed forward to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Earlier we read that the preparation day, the day before the Sabbath, was Friday. Jesus was crucified and died on the day we call Good Friday, as shown in John 19:31. “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” The Jewish leaders wanted to get Christ’s body off the cross and buried before the Sabbath began at sunset on Friday evening. How ironic that having just killed the great Creator God of the universe, they were concerned about keeping His Sabbath day holy!

The special yearly sabbath days and their sacrifices ceased at the cross because Christ, the true Lamb of God, was sacrificed. To continue celebrating these yearly sabbaths with their animal sacrifices today would be a denial that Christ died for our sins. In Daniel 9:27 we read that Jesus “. . . shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” These yearly feast days are what was nailed to the cross. The weekly Sabbath of the fourth commandment remains throughout eternity. Those who are saved from the earth will continuously observe the weekly Saturday Sabbath throughout eternity. “For as the new heavens and the new earth, that I will make, shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:22,23)

Keeping the Sabbath was so important to the followers of Jesus that they would not even anoint His body on the Sabbath day. Joseph, you will remember, asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Then, as described in Luke 23:53 through Luke 24:1, “. . . he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, who came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices they had prepared, and certain others with them.”

The claim is often made that because of changes in the calendar, we cannot be sure which day is the Sabbath. There was a major change made in the calendar in 1582, but this change did not interrupt the weekly seven-day cycle. In order to correct for inaccuracies that had accumulated over the centuries, ten days were dropped from October of 1582. Thursday was the fourth, and Friday was made the fifteenth. Actually, we change our calendars every four years by adding an additional day to February and call that year leap-year. These changes do not interrupt the normal sequence of the days of the week. Except in France during their short-lived atheistic revolution, the calendar has never been changed in such a way as to disrupt the normal sequence of the weekly cycle.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 shows that God does not make mistakes. When He does something, He never has to correct it because nothing is wrong with it. This, of course, includes the Ten Commandment Law of God “I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him.”

At the end of creation week, God blessed the Seventh-day and made it holy. God’s Sabbath day, therefore, will remain blessed forever. “And on the seventh day God ended his work that he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because in it he had rested from all his work that God created and made.” (Genesis 2:2,3.)

God blessed the seventh-day Sabbath. He never blessed or hallowed or sanctified any other day of the week. Those who say they keep Sunday holy are mistaken, for how can they keep a day holy that God never made holy?

Deuteronomy 4:12,13 tells us that God’s covenant is the Ten Commandment law. The Ten Commandments are the only verses in the Bible that God Himself wrote. “And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no one; you only heard a voice. And he declared to you his covenant, that he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.” How irreverent and blasphemous for people to say that one of them is no longer in effect.

People today simply do not realize how important God’s covenant, the Ten Commandments, is. Notice in Jeremiah 11:3 that you are cursed if you do not obey the Ten Commandments. “And say to them, Thus the Lord God of Israel says; Cursed be the man that does not obey the words of this covenant.”

Next, God promises in Psalms 89:34 that He will never break His covenant nor change what He has spoken. “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” The Ten Commandments will be in effect throughout eternity.

Since the Jews broke God’s covenant, God made a new covenant with His people. Hebrews 8:8-10 describes God’s new covenant. “For finding fault with them, he says, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” God’s new covenant is simply God’s Ten Commandments written on our hearts and in our minds.

Many claim that the law spoken of in the verses we just read, Hebrews 8:8-10, is different than the law in the Old Testament and does not include the Sabbath commandment. But Hebrews 8:8-10 is a direct quote of Jeremiah 31:31-33, and shows that the law in the New Testament is exactly the same as the law in the Old Testament, complete with the Sabbath commandment in it’s original and unchanged form.

Galatians 3:29 tells us that the true Christians who are keeping all ten of God’s commandments are the children of Israel today. They are the House of Israel today. “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

The Sabbath is God’s special sign between Him and His people. Notice in Exodus 31:13-18 that the Sabbath day, Saturday, is to be the sign between God and His people forever. “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying, Verily you shall keep my sabbaths: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am the Lord that sanctifies you. You shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy to you: every one that defiles it shall surely be put to death: for whoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whoever does any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

We just saw that all true Christians who keep all ten of the commandments comprise Israel today. The Sabbath will never cease to be the sign between God and His people, even in the new earth, which God has not yet created.

We just read in Exodus 31:16 that God’s Ten Commandment covenant is a perpetual covenant. Perpetual means never ending. God’s covenant, His Ten Commandment law, will be in effect forever, and God’s holy seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday, will be the sign between God and His people forever.

Notice in Matthew 19:16,17 what Jesus said to someone who asked Him what he should do to be saved. “And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said to him, Why do you call me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.” Jesus also said in Matthew 24:35 that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” These words of Jesus requiring us to keep the commandments will exist forever.

Jesus said here that in order to be saved, you must keep the commandments, and to make sure there is no doubt which law He is talking about He quotes from the Ten Commandments in the next verses. “He said unto him, Which? Jesus said, You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Since Jesus tells us to keep the commandments in order to be saved, does this make Jesus a leagalist?

Jesus told this individual that to be saved he must keep the commandments. Would you say that Jesus’ statement here to keep the commandments is part of the Gospel of Christ? Here is what Paul said about the Gospel of Christ in Second Corinthians 4:3,4. “But if our gospel is hid, it is hid from them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. “The god of this world is Satan. Has Satan blinded your mind against God’s Saturday Sabbath day? Is Christ’s gospel hid from you as verse three suggests?

Many claim that we are no longer required to obey the Sabbath commandment because Jesus didn’t mention this commandment in Matthew 19:18,19, that we just read. He didn’t mention the first commandment, that says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” He didn’t mention the second commandment that tells us not to make or bow down to images. He didn’t mention the third commandment that says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.”

Since Jesus didn’t mention these commandments, are we no longer obliged to obey them either? You can see how faulty that argument is. When the highest authority in the universe tells you to do something, it is extremely foolish to disobey.

Just before Jesus left this earth at the end of His ministry He said in Matthew 28:19,20, “Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We just read that Jesus told us to keep His commandments if we expect to be saved.

Revelation 1:10 mentions the Lord’s day. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” Many think that the Lord’s day is Sunday, but God only blessed and sanctified one day, the seventh-day Sabbath, which is Saturday. Let us consult the Bible to discover which day is the Lord’s day. Isaiah 58:13,14 tells us that the Sabbath day is God’s day. “If you turn your foot away from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” Here God calls the Sabbath day “My holy day.” Saturday is the Lord’s day according to the Bible, and not Sunday. Notice also that these verses tell us what we should and should not do on the Sabbath.

In Ezekiel 20:12,20 God refers to the Sabbath as “My sabbaths.” “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. And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.” Since what God does is forever, Saturday, the Sabbath day, will always be the Lord’s day. In the Bible the first day of the week, Sunday, is never referred to as the Lord’s day.

When speaking with Sabbath-keepers, Sunday-keepers often refer to Saturday as “your Sabbath.” Why do they do this? The Bible says that Saturday is God’s Sabbath in the fourth commandment in Exodus 20:10. “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God:”

In the New Testament Hebrews 4:9-11 says specifically that the Sabbath remains. It was not nailed to the cross or otherwise abolished. “There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” The word “rest” was translated from the Greek word sabbatismos, which means “a keeping of the Sabbath.” Paul tells us to enter into that rest, or that keeping of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was not nailed to the cross, and today we are expected to obey fully the seventh-day Sabbath commandment. This verse in the New International Version of the Bible says, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.”

Those who refuse to see the Saturday Sabbath truth of the fourth commandment will receive strong delusion and continue to believe a lie according to Second Thessalonians 2:10,11. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” Remember that Psalms 119:151 says that all God’s commandments are truth.

Nowhere does the Bible tell us to keep the first day of the week for anything. All the Bible tells us to do on Sunday, the first day of the week, is to work. Exodus 20:9,10: “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger that is within your gates:”

Let us now consider every verse in the Bible that mentions the “first day of the week.” There are eight of them. Five texts describe the women coming to Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning. Notice how many of these verses mention that the Sabbath was ending as Sunday was beginning.

Matthew 28:1: “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.”

Mark 16:1,2: “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.”

Luke 24:1: “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices they had prepared, and certain others with them.”

Mark 16:9: “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

John 20:1: “The first day of the week came Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulchre, and saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”

Many assume that John 20:19 describes a Sunday worship service, but the verse clearly says that the disciples were there because they were afraid of the Jews. “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said to them, Peace be unto you.”

Next, Acts 20:7 describes a meeting where Paul preached until midnight. “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Remember God’s days start at sunset and end at sunset the next day. The Sabbath, the seventh day, ended at sunset when the first day started. The disciples met on Saturday night after sunset. The way the world reckons time, Sunday starts at Midnight. Paul quit preaching at midnight just as Sunday was beginning. So even as the world recons time Paul was not holding a Sunday morning service. The phrase “to break bread” refers to eating dinner, as verse eleven suggests. Many claim this was a communion service celebrating the Lord’s resurrection. Communion is a memorial, not to His resurrection, but to His death as First Corinthians 11:26 shows. “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you show the Lord’s death till he comes.”

The Jews kept their accounting books on the first day of the week. In First Corinthians 16:1,2 Paul is simply telling believers to set aside an offering for the poor saints in Jerusalem so he can pick it up quickly on his way. “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so you do. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

We have just looked at every verse in the Bible where the phrase “first day of the week“ is mentioned. Notice that in these verses concerning the first day, and in fact the entire Bible, there is no commandment, instruction, injunction, mandate, precept, or even a suggestion that Sunday should be kept holy. There is certainly no clear command from God, as there was on Mt. Sinai when He gave the fourth commandment concerning the Sabbath day in His own voice. There is no precedent for Sunday observance anywhere in the entire Bible. On the other hand, the Bible describes many Saturday Sabbath observances as we have seen.

In trying to justify Sunday-keeping, many frantically search the Bible for a precedent for Sunday observance. Suppose they found one. Suppose they found an instance of a Sunday religious meeting in the Bible. Would that justify Sunday-keeping? Would that justify working on God’s holy Sabbath day, Saturday? What would they do with the multitude of Saturday religious meetings we have looked at in the Bible? The Bible describes many instances where God’s people have lied and otherwise committed sins. Does this justify lying, or breaking any of the Ten Commandments? Of course not. A Sunday meeting, if it were found, would not justify breaking God’s Sabbath commandment either.

Deuteronomy 4:2 tells us not to change the Word of God and gives us the reason for this: “You shall not add to the word that I command you, neither shall you take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.” Notice the reason given for not changing God’s Word: “that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.” To claim that the Sabbath is no longer in effect is to change the Word of God. Proverbs 30:6 says, “Add not to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.”

How much more permanent can the Ten Commandments be than is described by Luke 16:17? “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” Ecclesiastes 1:4 tells us that the earth will be here forever. “One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides for ever.” Isn’t it clear that the Saturday Sabbath commandment will be here forever also? God’s people will obey the Saturday Sabbath commandment in the new earth throughout eternity, as we read in Isaiah 66:23: “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the Lord.”

It was Jesus Himself who gave the Ten Commandments from Mt. Sinai. We all recognize Jesus as the one and only Savior. James 4:12 tells us that He is also the Lawgiver. “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you that judges another?” Hebrews 13:8 tells us that, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Furthermore, Jesus also tells us in Malachi 3:6 that He will never change. “For I am the Lord, I change not;” Jesus is the same now as when He gave the Ten Commandments from Mt. Sinai.

Romans 6:16 tells us that we worship whomever we obey. “Do you not know that whomever you obey, his servants you are; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Thus, if we keep the Ten Commandments we obey Christ and are His servants. Since it was the pope and the Catholic Church who changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, if we keep Sunday we obey the pope and are his servants.

First John 5:3 defines our love to God. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” No Sunday-keeper can love God after he understands about the Sabbath, for Sunday-keepers break the fourth commandment every week. No Sunday-keeper can love God, for we have seen that the Sunday-keeper is not obeying God, but following the dictates of the pope and the Catholic Church. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep MY commandments.”

It looks as if the time has come when those who disobey God are believing lies, called fables in Second Timothy 4:3,4. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Again, remember that Psalms 119:151 tells us that all God’s commandments are truth.

Sin is breaking any of the Ten Commandments. This definition of sin is found in First John 3:4. “Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

We must now look at the Bible definition of a wicked person. Psalms 119:155 tells us that the wicked are people who do not obey the Ten Commandments. “Salvation is far from the wicked: for they do not seek your statutes.” Psalms 119:53 also tells us that the wicked are those who ignore God’s law. “Horror has taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake your law.”

Daniel 12:4,10 tells us that the wicked, those who break any of the Ten Commandments, will never understand the Bible and God’s truth. “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” When Sunday-keepers attempt to explain Bible prophecy they never get it right. In fact the explanations of Bible prophecy that they have come up with are designed by Satan to play right into his hands in order to deceive the people of the world.

Matthew 4:4 is a very important verse. “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Out of the mouth of God came the Ten Commandments, including the Saturday Sabbath commandment, and man shall live by every word of them. In this verse Jesus Himself completely validates our requirement to keep Saturday, the Sabbath day, holy and to do no work therein. Jesus tells us to keep the commandments. Sunday-keepers tell us to keep Sunday. Who do you suppose you should believe, Jesus or the Sunday-keepers?

Most of the people of this world will be lost, because, for any number of reasons, they refuse to obey God and keep His commandments. Matthew 7:13,14 tells us: “Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and there are many that go that way: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leads to life, and there are few that find it.” To be saved you must keep all ten of God’s commandments, as we have seen.

Those who are keeping Sunday instead of Saturday, the Sabbath day, have believed they were doing the right thing. Notice Proverbs 12:15 “. . . He that hearkens to counsel is wise.”

We saw that Sunday-keeping was instituted by the Catholic Church. Sunday-keeping is a Catholic tradition. Sunday-keeping is a tradition of men. Matthew 15:3,8,9 warns us of the danger of following traditions of men. “But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? These people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Proverbs 28:9 tells us that God will not hear the prayers of those who disregard His commandments. “He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” Here we see that the prayers of Sunday-keepers, after they know about the Sabbath, are abomination to God. They have turned their ears away from hearing God’s law, especially the Saturday Sabbath commandment.

Don’t forget that the devil, Satan, can answer prayer and usually does to make people who are living in sin think that God is answering their prayers. Satan even gives people his spirit and makes them believe that it is the Holy Spirit. Those who disregard any of the Ten Commandments cannot have the Holy Spirit, for the Bible tells us in Acts 5:32 that God gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. “We are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.” Sunday-keepers, therefore, cannot have the Holy Spirit because by keeping Sunday they are not obeying God.

The Bible warns us to be on guard against the deceptions of the devil in Revelation 12:9: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Peter tells us in Acts 5:29 that, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Do you suppose Peter would have told us this if he had been a Sunday-keeper? Those who claim they are born-again and saved but disregard any of the Ten Commandments, including the Saturday Sabbath commandment, will be lost. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:21-23 that only those who keep all of God’s commandments will be saved. “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I say to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.“

In Numbers 15:32-36 we find an object lesson by which God sought to impress the Israelites with the sanctity of the Sabbath. “And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks on the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the Lord said to Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp. And all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.” Harsh punishment, to be sure. But this story has served to save countless numbers of people by making them realize that God’s Sabbath is inviolable. This man died as an example to us so that we would realize how important Sabbath-keeping really is. “Now all these things happened to them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (First Corinthians 10:11). The penalty for breaking the Saturday Sabbath commandment is the same as it was then — death. The penalty is only delayed for a little while.

We are going to be held responsible for obeying the clear teachings of the Bible. Second Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad.” James 1:22 says “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” We need to be on guard against self-deception.

God will not take anyone to heaven who would commit a sin once he got there, as Nahum 1:9 tells us. “What do you imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.”

Those who are in Sunday-keeping churches will not necessarily be lost if they are keeping Sunday in ignorance. But, when they find out that Saturday is the Sabbath day, God requires them to obey completely the Sabbath commandment and come out of those churches. In John 10:14-16,26-28 Jesus describes these people as other sheep. “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knows me, even so I know the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, who are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.“

Do you hear the Lord’s voice telling you to keep Saturday, the Sabbath day, holy? Then do as Second Corinthians 6:14-17 tells you to do: “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”

Also in Revelation 18:4 God calls for His people to come out of churches that are not adhering to the full truth of the Bible. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you do not partake of her sins, and that you do not receive her plagues.” Regardless of what priests and preachers tell you to do, God tells you to get out of the false Sunday-keeping churches. They are leading you straight to destruction in the lake of fire. “And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15). God will never accept any of Satan’s counterfeit religions.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

The Bible plainly tells us that only commandment keepers will be saved. The word “overcomes” in Revelation 21:7,8 refers to overcoming sin. We saw that sin is breaking any of the Ten Commandments. Keeping Sunday breaks more than the fourth commandment. It also breaks the first because Sunday-keepers are putting the pope and the Catholic Church before God. Remember, it was the pope and the Catholic Church that changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

It is very dangerous to tell people that they do not need to obey the Ten Commandments today and that they do not need to keep Saturday, God’s Sabbath day, holy as required by the fourth commandment. Those who do this are a party to the pope’s conspiracy to change the Law of God and will be lost. Here in Revelation 22:18,19 is what God says about people who change His word and His laws. “For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things that are written in this book.”

Many who neglect the Sabbath and who will be lost vehemently claim that they are born-again Christians. Remembering that sin is breaking one or more of the Ten Commandments, here is the Bible’s definition of a born-again Christian, found in First John 3:9: “Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” Born-again Christians never break any of God’s Ten Commandments. Born-again Christians are Saturday Sabbath-keepers.

Does being a born-again Christian according to First John 3:9 sound as if it is impossible? Of course we can’t do it in our own strength. We need God’s help to accomplish this. If this is what we really want with all our hearts, and we submit ourselves totally to God, He will give us the power to overcome sin completely and to obey perfectly His Ten Commandments. He will do for us what He promises in Ezekiel 36:27 “I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.”

In Bible prophecy a woman represents a church. A pure, virtuous woman represents Christ’s true church. Isaiah 51:16 says, “I have put my words in your mouth, and I have covered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, You are my people.” Zion is one of the terms applied to God’s people in Old Testament times. Notice in Jeremiah 6:2 that Zion had one daughter. “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.” This only daughter of Zion is Christ’s true church today, which is represented by a comely and delicate woman to indicate the church’s utmost purity. Christ’s true church is referred to in Second Corinthians 11:2 as a virgin. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” Revelation 12:17 describes this true church. In this instance the devil, Satan, is extremely angry at the true church. “And the dragon was full of rage at the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Notice here that God’s true church keeps all of the Ten Commandments. Ephesians 4:4,5 confirms that there is, indeed, only one true church. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

The Jews are not God’s people today. Jesus said in Matthew 23:37,38, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone those who are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” He also told the Jews in Matthew 21:43, “Therefore I say to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” That nation is the true church today, consisting of those who keep all of God’s commandments.

Since adultery is a breach of trust and a breach of contract between a man and his wife, the Bible uses the symbol of adultery as the breach of trust and the breach of contract between God and His people. A harlot, therefore, represents one or more of the many counterfeit churches. This can be shown by Jeremiah 3:8,9. The reference to committing adultery with stones and with stocks in these verses refers to the idols made of wood and stone that the people were worshiping. “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.” Another text that shows this is Ezekiel 23:37. “That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols they have committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bore to me, to pass through the fire, to devour them.” Revelation 17:5 describes a counterfeit church and her numerous counterfeit daughter churches. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church for the mother and mistress of all churches. — Art. 10, Creed of Pope Pius IV. Double Bull of Pope Pius IV, Nov. 13 and Dec. 9, 1564, trans. in Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, New York: Harper, 1919, Vol. 1, p. 99.

Remember that the devil gave the papacy its “power and seat and great authority.” Since the papacy changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, the daughter churches include all the churches that obey the pope in their day of worship.

Notice the outstanding characteristic of God’s true church given in Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was full of rage at the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” The people in God’s true church keep all of God’s commandments, including the Saturday, Sabbath, commandment. We have seen that Saturday, the Sabbath, is specifically the sign between God and His only church.

Soon there is coming on the earth a time of trouble worse than any trouble the world has ever seen. This time of trouble is mentioned in Daniel 12:1. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”

To compound this trouble the devil is planning a most overwhelming deception for the people of earth. Just as he counterfeits every other Bible doctrine, Satan plans to impersonate Christ at the opportune time. Second Corinthians 11:14 tells us, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Human eyes have never seen a sight such as the one Satan will present. Satan was originally an angel in heaven; he is the most beautiful and the most intelligent being that God ever created. Human beings will be dazzled when Satan walks the streets of the cities and towns of this world in all his splendor and glory. He will speak softly, in a pleasant, melodious, soothing voice, and will say many of the things Jesus said many centuries before. He will heal the sick and will perform many miracles just as Jesus did. Matthew 24:24 tells us that Satan “shall show great signs and wonders.” The devil’s miracles, his appearance, his dazzling brilliance, and his pleasant manner will be almost more than even Christ’s elect can withstand, and they will very nearly accept this overpowering deception. Nearly the entire human race will fall down and worship the devil, believing that he is Christ. In his guise as Christ, Satan will say that he changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, and nearly the entire world will believe it. “Then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:23,24).

The issue of contention during this coming time of trouble will be over whether to worship on the Lord’s day, the Sabbath, Saturday, or whether to obey the pope and worship on Sunday. This religious persecution will be very bloody. During the Dark Ages the Catholics slaughtered over 150 million Christians because they wanted to worship God according to the Bible. This will happen again. Many of God’s true people will lose their lives in this bloody turmoil, but this time the Lord will not tolerate a wholesale slaughter of His people. He will come and put an end to Sunday-keeping and religious persecution forever. And when He comes, those who have disregarded His law will finally learn that God means exactly what He says.

“ ‘And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.’ (Exodus 31:18). Nothing written on those tables could be blotted out. The precious record of the law was placed in the ark of the testament and is still there, safely hidden from the human family. But in God’s appointed time He will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to all the world against the disregard of His commandments and against the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath.” — The Law, E. G. White, 1901, p. 4. 
  

THE LAW IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
 

The word “law” occurs 223 times in the New Testament of the King James Version. The word “ordinances,” which means law occurs seven times.

Because of verses like Colossians 2:14 nearly the entire Christian world believes that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect. This verse says, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

Paul says in Romans 3:31, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” A law that is established is certainly not abolished or nailed to the cross.

So, has the law been established, or has it been nailed to the cross and abolished? Obviously there is more than one type of law referred to in the New Testament.

God gave four different types of laws to the Israelites in the Old Testament. They were:

1. The Ten Commandments

2. The religious ceremonial laws

3. The health laws

4. The civil laws

One of the major problems with the words “law,” “ordinances,” and “covenant” in the New Testament is that it is often not clear which “law” or “covenant” is being discussed. But in each case God has given us a way to know which law or covenant is meant. Here we get into the problems of interpretation of the Bible.

A contradiction is of necessity a lie. If one thing is true and another disagrees with it, the second can not be true. It must be a lie. Titus 1:2 tells us that God cannot lie. “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” Hebrews 6:18 also tells us that God cannot lie. “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie. . . .” And finally Numbers 23:19 tells us this also. “God is not a man, that he should lie. . . .”

Since it is impossible for God to lie, and contradictions are lies, there can be no contradictions anywhere in the Bible. Therefore, the correct way to interpret the Bible is so that there are no contradictions in the entire Bible. When we interpret the Bible so that there are no contradictions anywhere, we know we have it right. This is the method God has given us whereby we might know when we have the Bible interpreted correctly.

We read many Bible verses in chapter one that showed that the Sabbath commandment would be in effect forever, a perpetual covenant. God’s Sabbath commandment, will never end.

Therefore, when we read something in the New Testament that is interpreted in such a way that claims that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect, we know that this interpretation is wrong. For instance, there are places in the New Testament that talk about our not being under the law. In light of the verses we have read that say that the commandments will stand forever, this cannot mean that the Ten Commandments have been abolished. We will see later what not being under the law means.

Regarding these four types of laws God gave to ancient Israel, here are the types of laws and the ones that were discontinued.

1. The great universal moral law, the Ten Commandments

We will see shortly that the Ten Commandment law is God’s constitution for the government of heaven and the entire universe. We will see that the Ten Commandments have been in effect ever since God was and will be in effect throughout all eternity, as long as God exists.

2. The religious ceremonial laws

God planned from the beginning that the religious ceremonial laws would cease at the cross, because Christ, the true Lamb of God was sacrificed. The animal sacrifices all pointed forward to Christ’s death on the cross. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, . . .” (Daniel 9:27) For us to offer animal sacrifices today would be a sacrilege, saying that Christ did not die for our sins.

3. The health laws

These are laws that God gave us to keep us healthy and free from disease. The physics of the human body have not changed since these laws were given. The health laws are just as much a benefit for us today as they were for the ancient Israelites. Consider Exodus 15:26: “. . . If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, that I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that heals you.” If people perfectly obeyed God and kept the health laws today they would NEVER be sick.

4. The civil laws

These were the laws governing the civil penalties for crimes within the theocracy of Israel. Many of our civil laws today are based on these laws to some degree. God does not require these to be strictly adhered to today, because the theocracy is no longer in existence, but they should be used to guide us in setting up our governments. When someone is convicted of murder, for instance, the murderer should be put to death swiftly in order to discourage others from this sin. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed. . . .” And “. . . blood defiles the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.” (Genesis 9:6, Numbers 35:33)

 

Interpreting the Bible so that there are no contradictions anywhere will always show whether the New Testament is referring to the Ten Commandments or not.

Let us again consider Second Timothy 3:16,17 that tells us that the entire Old Testament is applicable for us today. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” When this was written there was no New Testament. This verse is telling us that all of the Old Testament is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. We cannot disregard any part of the Bible and be safe.

We are told in the clearest of language in Psalms 111:7-9 that all of God’s Ten Commandments will stand fast for ever and ever. “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people: he has commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

These verses tell us that God’s Ten Commandment law will stand throughout all eternity. These verses also make it clear that the covenant that stands forever is the covenant of the Ten Commandments. This is very important, because when the New Testament speaks of a covenant or a law that was discontinued, it cannot possibly refer to the law or covenant of the Ten Commandments.

Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 3:14 makes it very clear that God will never change or abolish His Ten Commandments or His Sabbath day. “I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him.” How could God have possibly made it any plainer than the wording in this verse?

At the end of creation week God blessed, sanctified, and made holy Saturday, the seventh day of the week. God never blessed, sanctified, or made holy any other day of the week, and Ecclesiastes 3:14 makes it clear that God’s seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday, will remain blessed, sanctified and holy throughout all eternity.

Many people try to twist these clear Bible texts that tell us that the Ten Commandments will stand forever by saying that these verses are “figurative” language, or these verses are “spiritual,” or that “forever” does not really mean forever, or in some other way try to cloud the meaning. Many so-called Christians today claim that the Ten Commandments were only for the Jews, but they are quick to say that they are not allowed to lie, murder, commit adultery, or break any other of the Ten Commandments except the Sabbath commandment!

We saw that Jesus, Himself, tells us to live by every word out of the mouth of God in Matthew 4:4. “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Directly out of the mouth of God came the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:3-17. These are the ONLY verses in the Bible that God, Himself, wrote. And God, Himself, wrote them to make us realize their importance and to make us realize that they would forever be in effect. That is why He wrote them on tables of stone — to show their permanence.

Which verses in the Bible would you consider to be more important, the verses God, Himself, wrote or the verses someone else wrote?

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17,18 that He did not come to destroy the law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” We saw in chapter one that the earth will abide forever. Here again in the clearest words possible Jesus tells us that He did not come to abolish the law but that the law will be in effect for ever.

Which law is Jesus referring to? The law that will be in force throughout all eternity, the Ten Commandments. How can Sunday-keepers claim that Jesus abolished the law, when He says plainly in these verses that He did NOT abolish the law? Jesus fulfilled the law by perfectly obeying every one of the Ten Commandments.

We saw in First John 3:4 that sin is breaking any of the Ten Commandments. “Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” When Sunday-keepers throw out the Ten Commandments, they are throwing away the definition of sin.

When did God institute His Ten Commandment law? We know that Satan sinned in heaven before the earth was created, so the Ten Commandments must have been in force then. We also know that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, so the Ten Commandments must have been in force in the Garden of Eden. We saw in Chapter one that those who are saved will be keeping God’s Sabbath day, Saturday, holy throughout all eternity. The Ten Commandment law is the constitution of heaven. It is the law whereby God’s entire universe operates. If it were not, the entire universe would have the problems we have on earth today.

In fact, one of the main reasons God created the earth was to show to the universe what happens when people continually break God’s law. First Corinthians 4:9 tells us: “For we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men.” The word “spectacle” is translated from the Greek wordtheatron, which means “theater.” This present earth was created to be the theater of the universe where God is demonstrating to all the intelligent beings in the universe what happens when a society disobeys His law, the Ten Commandments. As the final result of the drama taking place on this earth, all of God’s creation — men, angels, and other forms of intelligent life throughout the vast reaches of space — will thoroughly understand that without obeying God’s law there can be no peace, for they are witnessing the trouble, misery, pain, and death that are the natural consequences of disregarding the law of God.

Isaiah 24:4,5 is a prophecy of the trouble that occurs when the people of the earth declare that God’s law is no longer in effect. “The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” The wars and trouble, the pain and suffering all over the earth today are a direct result of people disregarding God’s Ten Commandments.

Today, the earth is the stage, the theater of the universe, where the tragic results of disobeying God’s law are being revealed; but then, throughout all eternity, after God creates the new earth from the ashes of the old, the Glory of the universe will be centered here. Today God rules from heaven; but after He creates the new earth, He will make His home and His throne on the new earth. This world will be the center of God’s government and the home of the righteous throughout eternity. Revelation 21:3 says, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” The word “tabernacle” means tent, and it signifies the home of God on the earth with the righteous from all ages. Yes, this world, where the great Creator God of the universe, Jesus Christ, was brutally murdered by those whom He created, will be Christ’s throne throughout all eternity. The next verse tells us that there will be no unhappiness or problems of any kind in this new earth. Everything will be perfect. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

And we have seen in Isaiah 66:22,23 that in God’s new earth, everyone will be keeping Saturday, God’s Sabbath day, holy throughout all eternity.

God’s Ten Commandments, His constitution of the universe, is enshrined in His temple in heaven. Revelation 11:19 tells us that the Ark of the Covenant is in the Temple of God in Heaven. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.” The Ark of the Covenant contains the Ten Commandments. The Greek word, diatheke, which is translated “testament” in this verse is also translated “covenant” seventeen times in the New Testament. Most of the other English translations of the Bible say “Ark of His Covenant” in this verse.

Do Sunday-keepers believe that God’s Saturday Sabbath commandment has been deleted from the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone in the temple of God in heaven?

Since the Ten Commandments are still in effect, they must be included in the New Testament. And they are. The following chart lists each one of the Ten Commandments and gives the texts where it can be found. These are not the only texts that reiterate the Ten Commandments in the New Testament.

In the fourth commandment in this chart, verses three through eleven of Hebrews 4:9 make it very clear that God is talking about His seventh-day, Saturday, Sabbath. The New International Version of the Bible has for this verse, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;”

Also in this chart, in the fifth commandment, by saying, “which is the first commandment with promise,” Paul refers directly to the 5th commandment found in Exodus 20:12. “Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives you.” The promise is long life for obedience.

Revelation 22:14,15 makes it clear that only commandment keepers will be saved. Some of the Ten Commandments are listed here to show that this is talking about the Ten Commandments. “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.”

There are a great many people today who claim they are Christians and who go around saying, “I’m saved.” Unless they are keeping all of the Ten Commandments they are deceiving themselves. First Peter 4:18 says that even the righteous, those who are keeping all the commandments, will very nearly not be saved. “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

Earlier we saw that Psalms 119:172 tells us that ALL of the commandments are righteousness. “My tongue shall speak of your word: for all your commandments are righteousness.” The Ten Commandments define righteousness.

Deuteronomy 6:25 tells us that righteousness is keeping the commandments. “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.”

And Isaiah 51:6 tells us that these Ten Commandments, this righteousness shall never be abolished. “. . . my righteousness shall not be abolished.”

Every time the New Testament refers to righteousness it is referring to the Ten Commandments, the definition of righteousness. Every time the Old Testament refers to righteousness it is referring to the Ten Commandments.

Many texts in the New Testament refer to not being under the law, but under grace. Many texts refer to being “justified.”

What does it mean to be under grace? Before we can answer this we must see what the word “justified” means. Every time the word “justified” is used in the Old Testament it is translated from the Hebrew word tsadaq, which means “made righteous.” Every time the word “justified” is used in the New Testament it is translated from the Greek word dikaioo, which means “be righteous.” When we are justified, we are righteous. If a person is justified he is keeping all ten of the commandments.

Titus 3:7 tells us, “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Here we see that it is grace that justifies us. It is grace that makes us righteous. It is grace that gives us the POWER to obey the Ten Commandments.

By ourselves, without God’s grace, God’s power to keep us from sinning, it is totally impossible for us to obey the law. Paul sums up the human condition pretty well in Romans 7:18,19 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” It is totally impossible for us, by ourselves, to keep God’s Ten Commandments and be righteous. We need God’s help, God’s grace, if we are going to be able to keep the Ten Commandments.

We will see shortly that we can only have this grace if keeping God’s Ten Commandments is our foremost desire.

Lets us now look at some of the verses that are used for excuses for not obeying the Ten Commandments, especially the Sabbath commandment.

Romans 6:14: “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.”

What does it mean to be not under the law? Does it mean that the law was abolished? Does it mean that you are free to lie, to commit murder or adultery?

Paul tells us in the next verse, verse fifteen, that it is possible to sin while being not under the law. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” We saw that “sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4). Since we can sin while we are not under the law, the law has certainly not been abolished.

Paul also says in Romans 6:14 that sin shall not be master over you, which means you are not sinning, which means you are not breaking any of the Ten Commandments. How are you doing this? You are being justified, or being made righteous by grace as we just read in Titus 3:7. By grace, by the power of God, you are keeping the Ten Commandments. Therefore if you are under grace, you are not under the condemnation of the law, because by the power of God (His grace) you are keeping all of the Ten Commandments.

If you never murder anyone, you are not under the law of the state that says don’t murder. But if you do murder someone and are caught, you will really know that you are under the law of the state that says don’t murder. Being under the law means being under the CONDEMNATION of the law.

Which brings up the question of a person being born-again. We saw that the definition of a born-again Christian is found in 1 John 3:9. “Whoever is born of God DOES NOT COMMIT SIN; for his seed remains in him: and HE CANNOT SIN, because he is born of God.” True born-again Christians have, by grace, by the power of God, overcome sin in their lives. They don’t commit sin. They obey ALL of the Ten Commandments perfectly. They fulfill the law just like Christ did.

Next is a further example of grace being the power of God that enables us to keep His Ten Commandments. The new covenant, you will remember, is shown in Jeremiah 31:31-33 and Hebrews 8:10 to be God’s law written in our hearts and in our minds, Ezekiel 36:26,27 says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.” This is a mighty promise God makes to His people. He says that He, Himself, will cause them to walk in His statutes. He will be the power, the grace, in the lives of His true Christians to cause them always to obey the Ten Commandments. Furthermore, He says that His people will, indeed, keep His statutes and His laws. When God promises each of us that He will cause us to walk in His statutes and that we will keep His judgments and do them, how could any of God’s people possibly say that he could never achieve this goal?

God’s causing us to walk in His statutes is somewhat analogous to power steering on a car. Power steering will not turn the wheels until the driver moves the steering wheel slightly. Then the power steering takes over and moves the wheels for him. Likewise, if we want to keep God’s Ten Commandments perfectly, with all our heart, and strive for this goal with all our being, God will take over and do it for us just as He promised.

We must now look again at the Bible definition of a wicked person. Psalms 119:155 tells us that the wicked are people who do not obey the Ten Commandments. “Salvation is far from the wicked: for they do not seek your statutes.” Psalms 119:53 also tells us that the wicked are those who ignore God’s law. “Horror has taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake your law.”

Next let us consider Romans 8:2-4: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.“

Does being set free from the law of sin and of death mean that the Ten Commandments are no longer in effect? We saw that the Ten Commandments will be in effect forever, throughout all eternity. We also saw that there can be no contradictions anywhere in the Bible. So this phrase “being set free from the law of sin and of death” cannot possibly mean that the Ten Commandments have been done away with. It means that if a person is not sinning, he is free from the condemnation of the law of sin and of death.

Applying what we just learned about grace, the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” in verse two is God’s grace that gives us the power to overcome sin completely and to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly. When we overcome sin and obey the Ten Commandments we are free from the CONDEMNATION of the law. Going back to our example of murder, if you don’t murder anyone, you are not under the law that punishes murder.

Notice that verse four says that “the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Since the Ten Commandments define righteousness, if the righteousness of the law is being fulfilled in us, we are not breaking any of the Ten Commandments.

The New American Standard Bible has for verse 4, “in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, . . .” Notice that this quote says there is a REQUIREMENT to obey the law, the Ten Commandments.

Jesus, as a human being, fulfilled the law, the Ten Commandments, by perfectly obeying them, thus showing us that human beings can perfectly keep the law also. When we become born-again Christians and perfectly keep the law, the law is fulfilled in us just the way it was fulfilled in Jesus. Paul refers to these people in Romans 8:2-4 as if they are going to get to a point in their lives where they don’t sin anymore.

We saw that we can never quit sinning without God’s grace, God’s help. Paul says in Romans 7:18 that there is no good thing in him. We are full of sinful tendencies. The idea is to replace our thoroughly sinful characters with a character formed by God’s grace. When that happens we won’t sin anymore. But, in order for this to happen, we must want this with all our heart and mind. In order for this to happen it must be our supreme desire to want to follow God perfectly and to keep His commandments. God will never force us to obey Him.

Jesus came to earth as a human being and condemned sin in the flesh by never sinning, showing us that we can also do this. When the “requirement of the law” is fulfilled in us, we will not be sinning. When the “requirement of the law” is fulfilled in us, we will be keeping the Ten Commandments perfectly, including properly keeping holy God’s Sabbath day, Saturday.

Galatians, like Romans, has a lot to say about being justified. Consider Galatians 2:16. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

Remember that being justified means being made righteous, and that being righteous is keeping all ten of the commandments. Remembering also that God’s grace is the power given to those who really want to obey God, we see in these verses also that we are justified by faith. We are made righteous by faith also. Faith, therefore, operates like God’s grace to give us the ability, the power to obey God’s law. This is why Paul says that “by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified,” because nobody can obey the law without God’s grace or faith.

Verses seventeen and eighteen make it clear that it is possible for us to fall away after we have come to Christ. “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.“

The next verse talks about being dead to the law. “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.“

If this law that a person is dead to is the Ten Commandments, and being dead to the law means that we no longer need to obey the Ten Commandments, then are we free to commit murder or adultery, or any of the other sins prohibited by the Ten Commandments?

Notice how Paul became dead to the law. Verse nineteen says that he became dead to the law THROUGH THE LAW. The Ten Commandments convicted Paul of sin, and by the Grace of Christ he was able to overcome sin so that he no longer was under the condemnation of the law. If he never breaks the law, then he does not have to worry about the law. He has developed his character to the point that he naturally never sins. He is dead to the law. He is a born-again Christian, who, according to First John 3:9, “cannot sin.”

This verse is reminiscent of Galatians 3:24,25. “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

How is the Ten Commandment law our schoolmaster? The law points out our sins as Paul says in Romans 7:7: “What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” When we look into God’s law, the Ten Commandments, and compare our characters to that law, we realize that we are in a terrible condition. When faith comes, when the power from Christ to overcome sin and obey the law comes, we are able to quit sinning. When this happens, we no longer need the schoolmaster, for our characters are then in harmony with Christ.

Galatians 2:21 tells us what we saw in Romans, that it is by the power of Christ, His grace and His faith, that we are able to obey the law. “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Notice that Paul does not frustrate the grace or power of God to keep him from sinning. Paul, therefore, must be obeying all ten of the commandments. When he says that righteousness does not come by the law he is saying again that he can not keep the law by himself, without grace. Remember that the Ten Commandments define righteousness. (Psalms 119:172) Paul also says here that if he could keep the law without Christ, then Christ did not need to die.

Next let us continue into Galatians, chapter 3. Verse one says, “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Notice the phrase “obey the truth.” What is truth? We saw in Psalms 119:151 that all of the Ten Commandments are truth. “You are near, O Lord; and all your commandments are truth.” Someone bewitched the Galatians by telling them that they no longer needed to obey the Ten Commandments.

As we continue in Galatians 3 remember that verse one said that the Galatians had been bewitched. “This only would I learn of you, Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Who is it that receives God’s Holy Spirit? We saw that those who disregard any of the Ten Commandments cannot have the Holy Spirit, for the Bible tells us in Acts 5:32 that God gives His Holy Spirit to those who OBEY Him. “We are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.” Since it is impossible for us to obey the law without the grace or faith of Christ, we cannot receive the spirit by trying to obey the law without Christ’s help. Therefore grace or faith must come first to give us the power to obey the law so we can have God’s Holy Spirit. And we saw that God’s grace or faith can only come if we want to obey the Ten Commandments with all our being.

We saw in chapter one that Satan gives people his spirit and makes them believe that it is the Holy Spirit. Sunday-keepers cannot have the Holy Spirit because by keeping Sunday they are not obeying God.

“Are you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Here we see that the Galatians had become self-confident, believing that they could keep the law by themselves without the grace of Christ. Of course they could not keep the law without grace, and so when they became proud and self-sufficient they became backsliders.

You receive God’s Spirit by being willing to obey Him, by being willing to put fourth the effort required to overcome sin and keep His commandments. If you manifest an attitude of rebellion against keeping the commandments, or if you become self-confident that you can keep the law yourself, you cannot receive the Holy Spirit. When one becomes self-confident he thinks that he is righteous in himself. This is the recipe for failure.

Continuing with Galatians 3:6 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” We see here again that true Christians are modern-day Israel.

Verse 8: “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” We saw earlier that to be justified was to obey the Ten commandments. Paul says that it is through faith that we get the power to be able to do this.

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that does them shall live in them.”

We have seen that no one can keep the law without help from Christ. That is what Paul is saying here when he says “no man is justified by the law. . .” He then goes on to say that the just shall live by faith, by grace, by the power of God. When our conscience against sin is strong by the power of God, we will not sin; we will not break any of the Ten commandments. Paul says in verse ten that if you are going to keep the law all by yourself, you had better keep them all that way.

We are seeing that there are many texts in the New Testament in many different books that say this same thing over and over again.

Continuing with verse seventeen: “And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.“

Notice these verses speak of a law that was added 430 years after the covenant God made with Abraham. These verses also tell us why the law was added: because of transgression. Earlier we saw that transgression or sin is breaking any of the Ten Commandments. For there to have been transgression, there had to have been the Ten Commandments. We also saw that the Ten Commandments were in existence long before the earth was created. This law that was added, therefore cannot be the Ten Commandments. The law that was added was the civil law governing the theocracy of Israel when it was established 430 years after the promise.

“Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” Here again Paul is saying that it is impossible for us to keep the law without the grace, the faith of Christ.

Galatians 5:3,4: “For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect to you, you who are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.” Clearly, Paul is talking about the ceremonial law that came to an end at the cross. If a person insists on keeping the ceremonial law, Paul says he is obliged to keep the entire ceremonial law, including the animal sacrifices. But to do this would be a sacrilege saying that Christ did not die for our sins. This is why Paul says here that “Christ is become of no effect to you. . . .”

Circumcision is not part of the Ten Commandments. Paul says in First Corinthians 7:19 that circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments is everything.

While we are on the subject of the ceremonial laws, let us look at other verses that discuss these laws.

Colossians 2:14-17 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

First of all, since the Ten Commandments will last forever, these handwriting of ordinances cannot be the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are definitely not against us, for by them the universe is guaranteed peace and happiness. If everyone on earth kept the Ten commandments perfectly there would be no trouble of any kind. There would be no wars or strife. Everyone would deal honestly with everyone else.

We showed earlier that Christ would cause the animal sacrifices to cease. Daniel 9:27 says, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, . . .” These animal sacrifices were part of the ceremonial laws. Therefore what Christ nailed to His cross were these ceremonial laws with their animal sacrifices.

Continuing with Colossians 2:15-17 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 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.“

Connected with these ceremonial laws were yearly Sabbath days and instructions in meat and drink. Paul is telling the Colossians not to let those, who were contending that new Christians should keep these ceremonial laws with their yearly Sabbaths, interfere with the true Gospel of Christ. Notice that these ceremonial laws were a shadow of things to come. “But the body is of Christ.” Christ was casting a shadow back to Old Testament times, a shadow which represented Christ’s sacrifice in each and every animal sacrifice that was offered. When Christ, the true Lamb of God was sacrificed, the animal sacrifices and the ceremonial law had no more meaning. However, Christ is our High Priest ministering His blood in the true tabernacle in heaven for us. All the ceremonial procedures in the Old Testament were a model of the true ceremonies in the true tabernacle in heaven.

Paul also chastises the Galatians for wanting to observe these annual Sabbath days in Galatians 4:10 “You observe days, and months, and times, and years.”

These handwriting of ordinances are also mentioned in Ephesians 2:14-16 “For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:“

Here we see that Christ abolished these “commandments contained in ordinances” in His flesh. Are these the Ten Commandments that were abolished? They cannot be, otherwise there would be a contradiction in the Bible. We also know that this is not referring to the Ten Commandments because the Ten Commandments are repeated in many places in the New Testament. We saw earlier that what Christ abolished at the cross were the ceremonial laws. These “commandments contained in ordinances,” therefore, are the religious ceremonial laws that are no longer in effect.

Romans 14:4-6 “Who are you that judges another man’s servant? to his own master he stands or falls. Yea, he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regards the day, regards it unto the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.”

These verses concern the controversy that was occurring over the ceremonial laws. The days Paul is talking about here are the yearly Sabbath days connected with the ceremonial laws that were nailed to the cross. The ceremonial laws contained instructions on eating and drinking, which Paul is referring to in these verses.

In chapter one we saw that Christ, Himself, gave the Ten Commandments from Mt. Sinai. Let us look into this a little further.

Phillippians 3:20 tells us that Jesus is the Savior. “For our conversation is in heaven; where we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:”

Next, Isaiah 43:10,11 tells us that there is only one Savior. “You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.”

It is so sad that people do not realize that the Lord of the Old Testament is the Christ of the New Testament. The verses we just read show this clearly.

James 4:12 tells us that there is also only one lawgiver. “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you that judges another?”

Since Jesus is the only lawgiver, that makes the Ten Commandments the law of Christ, which is mentioned in Galatians 6:2.

Not only is Jesus the only lawgiver, He is also the Creator. There are many verses in the Bible that show this, but we will only look at a couple of them.

Colossians 1:14-16 makes it very clear. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 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:”

John 1:1-3,10,14 also shows that Christ is the Creator. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 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.” It should be obvious that the Word is Jesus.

We saw that the Ten Commandment law is the constitution of the universe. Since the Ten Commandment law is the law of Christ, and since Christ is the Creator, it should come as no surprise that the Ten Commandments are the constitution of the universe.

Remember that Jesus, Himself, told us to keep the commandments if we expect to be saved. “And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said to him, Why do you call me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:16,17) How could it possibly be any clearer?

Why does God begin the Sabbath commandment with the word “remember?”

THE ANTICHRIST AND THE MYSTERIOUS 666
 

Before we look at the circumstances behind the national Sunday law, we must identify the antichrist.

The Bible describes the number 666 in Revelation 13:18, and it specifically says that it is the number of a man. “Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.”

There is much confusion and speculation today concerning this mysterious number. Many believe this to be the number of the antichrist. Still others believe that this number is somehow associated with the sinister mark of the beast. Who is the man who bears this number? Is he the antichrist? When will he appear? What are the devastating effects his presence is expected to have on the earth? Will this person choose to remain unknown, or will his presence be announced and his work done openly? Or, will he masquerade as some holy person that the whole world looks up to, thinking he is working for God instead of the devil?

The world is expecting the antichrist to come in the near future. Will the antichrist announce his arrival when he gets here? An essence of evil surrounds the term antichrist, and evil rarely works openly. Instead, evil usually wears a facade of righteousness to cover its real character in order more easily to deceive.

When most people read the Bible, much of what they read they do not understand. In many places it is written in code or symbols, especially many of the prophecies that foretell future events. Codes and symbols were used to preserve the Bible down through the ages. If certain powers that had existed had been aware that the Bible was talking about them, they would have done their best to destroy every trace of it. They would have persecuted Christians with much more vigor than they did, and many millions more would have died at the stake or suffered other agonizing torture and death.

That the Bible should be written in symbols is not really so strange. We often use symbols today to convey information. For instance, suppose you picked up an evening newspaper in the United States and saw a political cartoon that portrayed a donkey kicking an elephant. You would immediately understand that the Democrats had defeated the Republicans in the recent election.

The Bible itself tells us what the codes and symbols mean, and when we are familiar with these prophetic symbols, we will be able to understand prophecy just as clearly as if it had been written in plain text. As we shall see, the Bible was meant to be understood by those searching for truth.

Let us begin by consulting the prophecy found in Daniel 7:1-8,15-21: “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.”

In the Bible passage we just read, wind and sea are mentioned. Jeremiah 25:32,33 shows that winds represent war and strife. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth.”

Medo-Persia fought against the ancient city of Babylon and conquered it, Jeremiah 51:1,11 tells us that this war was a destroying wind. “Thus says the Lord; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind. Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lord has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it.” Thus we see that “wind” in prophecy represents war and strife.

The next symbol we must consider is water. Revelation 17:15 tells us that water is used to represent people, the “sea” of humanity. “And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

With our understanding of these prophetic symbols, we can readily see that Daniel 7:2 describes war among the inhabitants of earth. “. . . the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.”

Verse three tells us what the results of these wars were: “And four great beasts came up from the sea, different one from another.”

Many animals or beasts are described in the prophecies. Daniel 7:17 tells us that “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth.” Verse twenty-three says, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth.” A beast, therefore, represents a king or a kingdom or a nation — some political entity.

Today, we also use beasts symbolically to represent various nations. A bear, for instance, represents Russia; a lion represents England; and an eagle represents the United States.

In the prophecy of Daniel 7:1-8,15-21 that we are considering, We see that as a result of the wars on the earth, four separate nations sequentially appeared on the stage of history, each one different from the others.

Verses four through eight: “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like a bear, and it raised itself on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth: and they said to it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, that had four wings of a fowl on its back; the beast also had four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Here we have three more prophetic symbols: wings, horns and heads.

The symbol of heads is also used in various places in the Bible to represent kings and kingdoms. This can be shown by Revelation seventeen, verses nine and ten. “And here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.” Verse ten would be more accurately translated as “They also represent seven kings. . . .”

Horns are yet another symbol that represents kings or kingdoms, as Daniel 7:24 indicates. “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise.” Thus, prophecy can show that one nation follows another in chronological sequence. For instance, a beast that grows several horns signifies a power followed by several other powers.

With our new-found knowledge of prophetic symbols, it is easy to see that as a result of military conquest, four powerful nations or empires arose successively on the stage of history. The first was represented by the lion, the king of beasts. The wings symbolized the rapid conquest of this power as it defeated one nation after another to assemble its empire. The second is represented to be a cruel power at whose hands many lost their lives as it devoured many nations.

The third beast had four wings, indicating extreme swiftness, and four heads, representing the four leaders or kings who divided the empire among themselves and took power concurrently.

The fourth power is represented by a beast such as is not known on earth, signifying an extremely cruel and powerful empire. Ten horns, or nations, succeed this cruel power, and then the power represented by the little horn with eyes and a mouth arrives on the scene among these other ten nations.

Continuing with Daniel 7:15: “I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.”

As Daniel was witnessing this procession of future history, he did not understand, and asked one of the angels standing by to explain the vision to him. The angel’s explanation is found in verses seventeen and eighteen: “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.”

In order to put Daniel at ease, the angel reassured him that the saints, the true Christians, the true people of God, will finally rule the world with their Lord, Jesus Christ.

Continuing with verse nineteen: “Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, that was different from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; that devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other that came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.”

Here we have more information about the little horn that had eyes and a mouth and grew to be more stout than the others. The power that is represented by the stout horn made war against three of the ten nations, represented by the ten horns, and completely defeated and uprooted them so that today there is no trace of these nations. We see also that the power represented by the stout horn made war against the saints, God’s true people, and prevailed against them. This power put to death many millions of Christians, as we shall see.

The angel continues in verse twenty-three to explain the vision to Daniel: “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.”

Now we can identify these four empires. The angel told Daniel that this extremely cruel beast represented the fourth kingdom on earth. Daniel received this vision during the reign of Belshazzar, king of Babylon. Babylon, therefore, is represented by the first beast, the lion with wings. As we remember history, we see that Medo-Persia was the second kingdom, represented by the bear; Greece was the third, represented by the leopard.

It is interesting to note that the leopard with four wings (which symbolize speed of conquest) represents the Grecian Empire. Under the reign of Alexander the Great, this Grecian power marched its army over 25,000 miles during a two-year period as it conquered virtually the entire known world. Alexander’s troops ranged as far as India and China. Thus, to indicate very great speed of conquest, the symbol of four wings is used instead of just two wings as on the first beast, the lion. In the political intrigue that followed Alexander’s death, his young son, heir to the throne, was murdered, and four of Alexander’s generals divided the kingdom among themselves. The four heads on the leopard represent these four generals and the sections of the empire that they took.

The Roman Empire was the fourth kingdom, represented by the last beast with ten horns in this prophecy.

Continuing with Daniel 7:24,25: “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be different from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 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.”

The ten horns of this terrible beast represent the nations or kingdoms into which the Roman Empire disintegrated, seven of which are the ancestors of the modern nations of Europe. These ten nations were the Anglo-Saxons (English), the Franks (French), Suevi (Portuguese), Visigoths (Spanish), Burgundians (Swiss), Alemanni (Germans), Lombards (Italians), Ostrogoths, Heruli, and the Vandals in northern Africa.

After these ten nations were established, another power, represented by the stout horn that had eyes and a mouth, arose. This power subdued and completely uprooted three of the ten nations.

The verses just read give numerous clues to help us to identify the power represented by the stout horn. It is vitally important that we understand who this power is, and for this reason God has given us many identifying points. Let us now consider the points of identity of this power.

(1.) Daniel 7:24 states that the stout horn power would arise after the Roman Empire and after the emergence of the other ten horns, or nations, following the disintegration of the Roman empire.

(2.) This power is different from the other ten kingdoms. Daniel 7:24 says, “He shall be different from the first.” We have a clue in verse twenty-five as to just how this power differed from the other kingdoms. This power made an attempt to change the law of God and the times of God. The Catholic Douay translation of the Bible in Daniel 7:25 says that “he shall think himself able to change times and laws.” This power has published the changed law and admits to changing a time of God, and nearly the entire Christian world follows the dictates of this power rather than the times and laws of God as found in the Bible. Since this power thought itself able to change God’s times and God’s laws, it must be a religious power. The other ten powers were political. That is the difference mentioned in verse twenty-four.

(3.) This power went to war with three of the ten kingdoms and defeated them. Daniel 7:24 says, “He shall subdue three kings.” The reason for this war was that the three defeated nations would not accept the religious doctrine of the stout horn; the other seven nations, under pressure, accepted its dictates. The three defeated nations were the Ostrogoths, Heruli, and the Vandals. Verse eight says they were plucked up by the roots. There is no trace of these nations today; they have been completely uprooted, as this prophecy foretold. The last of these three nations was defeated in 538 AD.

(4.) The power represented by the stout horn speaks blasphemous words against God. Daniel 7:25 says, “He shall speak great words against the most High.” The first beast of Revelation 13 also represents this stout horn power, as we will see shortly. Revelation 13:5 says “And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.” What is blasphemy? We can find the definition of blasphemy in John 10:30-33: Jesus said, “I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.” For a man to claim he is God is blasphemy. Of course, this was not blasphemy for Jesus to make this claim because He was God.

Another definition of blasphemy is found in Mark 2:7: “Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?” For a man to claim to be able to forgive sins is also blasphemy.

This power, therefore, must claim either that its human leader is God or that it can forgive sins, or both. Did a religious power arise after the breakup of the Roman Empire that makes either of these claims?

(5.) The stout horn power kills God’s people. Daniel 7:25 says, “And shall wear out the saints of the most High.” This power is a cruel, persecuting power that has put to death many hundreds of millions of Christians who wanted to worship God according to the Bible. This power put forth its own doctrine and required that people follow its laws. If a person worshiped God as specified in the Bible, he was in danger of severe persecution, even being burned at the stake. During the Saint Bartholomew’s Massacre in August, 1572, an estimated 70,000 Christians were slaughtered, and this power boasted about it in its various writings. We will look at some of these writings shortly.

(6.) This power attempted to change the times of God. Daniel 7:25 says, “he shall think himself able to change times and laws.” (Catholic Douay version). In some of its publications this power admits to having changed the day of worship from Saturday, God’s Sabbath day, the seventh day of the week, to Sunday, the first day of the week, and virtually the entire “Christian” world follows its dictates rather than the Bible.

(7.) He would attempt to change the laws of God. (Daniel 7:25). We shall shortly compare the Ten Commandments as found in the Bible with the Ten Commandments as published by the stout horn. The changes will be readily apparent.

(8.) Finally, this power reigned supreme for 1260 years. Daniel 7:25 says, “And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

Here we must stop and consider these new symbols of Bible prophecy: days and times.

In prophecy the word “day” means “year.” Numbers 14:34 tells us, “After the number of the days in which you searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, you shall bear your iniquities, even forty years.” Ezekiel 4:6 also mentions that a day represents one year. “I have appointed you each day for a year.”

As an example of this day for a year principle, Daniel 9:25 tells us that there will be sixty-nine weeks between two events. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times.” A score is twenty. Sixty-nine weeks is 483 days. Historical records show that the actual time interval between the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem until Christ’s first advent was 483 years.

Thus we see that when “day” is used in Bible prophecy, a year of actual time is meant. The prophetic year consists of twelve months of thirty days each, or 360 days, and represents 360 years of actual time. That the prophetic year contains 360 days can be shown quite clearly in the book of Revelation, since one particular period of time is mentioned in four different verses. Revelation 12:6 and Revelation 12:14 both speak of the same period of time, as is obvious from the context. Verse six: “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Clearly, this time period is 1260 days, or 3½ years of 360 days each. Now notice verse fourteen: “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” Since this time period is 3½ years, the word “time” in verse fourteen is therefore one year, “times” is two years, and “half a time” is one-half year. Revelation 11:2,3 shows that the prophetic month contains thirty days. “But the court that is outside the temple leave out, and do not measure it; for it is given to the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Here again we have this same period of 1260 days that is mentioned in verse two as forty-two months. Forty-two months of thirty days each is exactly 1260 days, or 3½ 360-day years.

For those who think it strange for prophecy to use a 360-day year, consider that almost every bank, before the proliferation of computers, used a 360-day year consisting of twelve months, each having thirty days to calculate interest.

To refresh your memory, here again is that key verse in Daniel, chapter seven that shows the eighth point of identity of the stout horn. (8.) This power reigned supreme for 1260 years. Daniel 7:25 says, “And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

The word “time” in this verse is a year, “times” is two years, and the “dividing of time” is one half-year. The 360-day prophetic year consists of twelve months of 30 days each. The three and one-half years mentioned in this verse, therefore, are this 1260-day time period. Since one day in Bible prophecy represents one year of actual time, we arrive at the 1260-year period for the stout horn power. Revelation 12:14 shows us that God’s true church had to go into hiding during these 1260 years in an attempt to avoid the severe persecution which this power inflicted on the true Christians. “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”

The serpent in the Bible is Satan, the devil, as shown in Revelation 12:9: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

We saw in chapter one that a woman in Bible prophecy represents a church. We saw that a pure, virtuous woman represents Christ’s true church, and a harlot represents a false or counterfeit church.

Revelation 17:5 describes a harlot, who represents a false church and is the mother of numerous false churches. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

The following chart summarizes the basic keys to understanding Bible prophecy.

Additional points of identity of the stout horn are found in Revelation 13:1-10,18. As we consider these verses, it will become apparent that this first beast of Revelation thirteen represents the same power as the stout horn of Daniel seven.

Revelation 13:1-10,18: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon that gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six [666].”

Let us now continue with collecting points of identity of the antichrist.

(9.) Notice here that this beast, which is the same power as the stout horn of Daniel, chapter seven, rises out of the sea. Revelation 13:1 says, ”I . . . saw a beast rise up out of the sea.” Water, you will remember, is the symbol for many people, the sea of humanity. The ninth point of identity of this power, represented by the stout horn in Daniel 7 and the first beast of Revelation 13, is that it arises in a populated area of the world. We saw that when the Roman Empire fell, it disintegrated into ten nations, represented by the ten horns on the terrible beast of Daniel 7. It was among these nations, the heavily populated area of Europe, that this power, the stout horn, arose.

(10.) This power received a deadly wound. Revelation 13:3 says, ”I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.” Exactly 1260 years after this power defeated the last of the three nations represented by the three uprooted horns on the head of the terrible beast of Daniel seven, the stout horn power received its deadly wound, and the world believed that this was the end of this power.

(11.) But, as Revelation 13:3 says, ”His deadly wound was healed.” This power recovered from its wound and regained much of its former strength.

(12.) Virtually the whole ”Christian” world follows the dictates of this power as Revelation 13:3,4 says. ”3All the world wondered after the beast. 4And they worshiped the dragon that gave power to the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Indeed, who is like the beast? He is completely different from all other nations, as this verse and Daniel 7:24 say. Notice who gives this power its authority and political power in this world; it is the devil. This power is known by practically everyone today, and it is a major factor in world events. The text says that ”All the world wondered after the beast.” The whole world follows after this beast. According to prophecy, this power will very shortly exert much more control over the people of the world than at present.

The reference to making war with this beast is interesting. Few nations dared to make war with this religious power during the 1260 years of its reign because they were deceived into believing that this satanic power could consign them to hell for eternity if they tried to rebel.

(13.) This power is a worldwide, well-known religion, for Revelation 13:8 says that ”all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are NOT written” in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Since those who worship this power are not written in the book of life, it is obvious that this power is one of Satan’s counterfeit religions. Remember that we read in Revelation 13:2 that the devil gave this power its great authority. People worship this power and obey its dictates rather than God’s requirements as found in the Bible. This power effectively changed God’s requirements in the minds of most, and the people of the world obey (worship) this power rather than God, thinking that they are obeying God.

(14.) The last point of identity of this power is the number 666. Revelation 13:18 tells us that this is the number of a man. ”18Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six. [666]” It was customary in Roman times to speak of a person’s number. This number was obtained by adding the values of the Roman numeral letters in a person’s name.

Can you identify this power from the preceding fourteen points of identity from the pages of the Bible? What great religious power arrived on the scene of history shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire? Which great religious power defeated the Vandals, Ostrogoths, and the Heruli as described in history? Which great religious organization wielded enormous power over ”all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” during the Dark Ages? Indeed, which great religious power was the only large religious organization that existed during the Dark Ages? Which great religious power persecuted and put to death many millions of Christians, God’s true people, during the Dark Ages? Which great religious power attempted to change God’s times and God’s laws? Which great religious power spoke great, blasphemous words against God? Which great religious power commits blasphemy when it claims to be able to forgive the sins of the people? Which great religious power does practically the entire world ”wonder” after, and follow, and obey?

Please understand that these prophecies are speaking about an organization and its leaders, and not about individuals who ignorantly worship within this organization. At the present time true Christians are to be found in all churches, but God has an urgent message for His people who find themselves within this system. This vitally important message from God will be covered later.

Anyone who is moderately familiar with history should easily be able to understand that the power symbolized by the stout horn with eyes and a mouth in Daniel seven and the first beast of Revelation thirteen is the Roman Catholic Church, often referred to as the papacy.

Let us review again these fourteen points of identity and fill in the historical details that prove beyond any doubt that the power referred to is the papacy. The following chart summarizes these points and gives the Bible verses in which they are found.

(1). The ten nations that arose after the breakup of the Roman Empire were fairly well established when the papacy appeared on the stage of history, exactly as Daniel 7:24 foretold.

(2). Daniel 7:24 also foretold that the papacy would be different from the other nations. The papacy is a religious power whereas the other nations were political powers.

(3). Daniel 7:8,20,24 says that the papacy would subdue three of these nations. Because the Vandals, Heruli, and Ostrogoths had religious beliefs that were different from those of the papacy, considerable pressure was put on these nations to conform with papal doctrine. History shows that when they would not change their beliefs and accept papal doctrine, the papacy was instrumental in destroying them in battle, uprooting them so that there is no trace of these three nations in the world today. The last of these nations, the Ostrogoths, was destroyed by the papacy in 538 AD, the year in which the papacy achieved supreme power and the year in which the 1260-year prophecy of Daniel 7:25 begins.

(4). Has the papacy spoken great words of blasphemy against God, as Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:6 predicted? Blasphemy, you will remember from John 10:30-33 and Mark 2:7, is committed when a man claims to be God, and also when a man claims to be able to forgive sins. Consider some quotations from Catholic literature. Here are a few where the pope is claiming to be God.

We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty. — Pope Leo XIII, in an encyclical letter dated June 20, 1894, The Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII, p. 304. New York: Benziger Brothers.

All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that he is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope. — On the Authority of Councils, Bellarmine (R. C.), book 2, chap. 17 (Vol. II, p. 266), ed. 1619.

Let us consider some of the names applied to Christ in the Scriptures and see if they could possibly apply to the pope: Almighty God, Creator, Savior, Christ, Lord, Most Holy, King of kings, and Reverend. What could be more blasphemous than for a man to claim any of these titles? “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, . . .” (Revelation 13:6).

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “antichrist” means a false Christ.

The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the Vicar of God. . . . The Pope is of such lofty and supreme dignity that, properly speaking, he has not been established in any rank of dignity, but rather has been placed upon the very summit of all ranks of dignities. . . . The Pope is called most holy because he is rightfully presumed to be such. . . . The Pope alone is deservedly called by the name “most holy,” because he alone is the vicar of Christ, who is the fountain and source and fullness of all holiness. . . . He is likewise the divine monarch and supreme emperor, and king of kings. . . . Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions. . . . Moreover the superiority and the power of the Roman Pontiff by no means pertain only to heavenly things, to earthly things, and to things under the earth, but are even over angels, than whom he is greater. . . . So that if it were possible that the angels might err in the faith, or might think contrary to the faith, they could be judged and excommunicated by the Pope. . . . For he is of so great dignity and power that he forms one and the same tribunal with Christ. . . . The Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief king of kings. . . . The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws. — Translated from Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. “Papa,” (Pope) II, Vol VI, pp. 26-29.

Can you imagine anything more pompous or arrogant or blasphemous than that last quote? “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God. . . .” (Revelation 13:6). Here are other quotes from Catholic literature.

Bishops and priests being, as they are, God’s interpreters and ambassadors, empowered in His name to teach mankind the divine law and the rules of conduct, and holding, as they do, His place on earth, it is evident that no nobler function than theirs can be imagined. Justly, therefore, are they called not only Angels, but even gods, because of the fact that they exercise in our midst the power and prerogatives of the immortal God.

In all ages, priests have been held in the highest honor; yet the priests of the New Testament far exceed all others. For the power of consecrating and offering the body and blood of our Lord and of forgiving sins, which has been conferred on them, not only has nothing equal or like to it on earth but even surpasses human reason and understanding. — Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests, trans. by John A. McHugh and Charles J. Callan (1958), p. 318. New York: Wagner, 1934.

Just as the Bible predicted nearly two thousand years ago, the papacy “opened his mouth in blasphemy against God.” (Revelation 13:6). That last quote from Catholic literature claims that their priests “exercise in our midst the power and prerogatives of the immortal God,” and have the power to forgive sins! But the Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:5 that “there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” A human priest can not be a mediator for us. Only Christ can do that, and only Christ can forgive our sins.

(5). Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:7 foretold that this power would put Christians to death. Has the papacy done this? Indeed it has. The number of Christians whom the Catholic Church put to death during the Dark Ages is not known exactly, but some estimates run as high as 200 million. This makes the papacy the most cruel, persecuting power that has ever existed, surpassing Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. Where is the uproar by the news media against this holocaust, which is thirty-three times the number claimed that Hitler murdered?

That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history. — W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, (reprint: New York: Braziller, 1955), Vol. 2, pp. 40-45.

Consider a few more quotations from Catholic literature:

When she (the Catholic Church) thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it. — The Western Watchman, December 24, 1908.

The absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defense of liberty of conscience are a most pestilential error — a pest, of all others, most to be dreaded in a state. — Pope Pius IX, Encyclical letter, August 15, 1854.

One of the things that makes the United States Constitution such a fabulous document is that it guarantees the right to liberty of conscience. Here are some more Catholic quotations.

Heretics, schismatics, and rebels to our said lord (the Pope), or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute and oppose. — The Oath of Allegiance to the Pope, Josiah Strong, Our Country, Ch. 5, pars. 2-4.

We have always defended the persecution of the Huguenots, and the Spanish inquisition. — The Western Watchman, December 24, 1908.

In order to show the horror of the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew, the following is quoted from The Great Controversy, by E. G. White, pages 272, 273.

But blackest in the black catalogue of crime, most horrible among the fiendish deeds of all the dreadful centuries, was the St. Bartholomew Massacre. The world still recalls with shuddering horror the scenes of that most cowardly and cruel onslaught. The king of France, urged on by Romish priests and prelates, lent his sanction to the dreadful work. A bell, tolling at dead of night, was a signal for the slaughter. Protestants by thousands, sleeping quietly in their homes, trusting to the plighted honor of their king, were dragged forth without a warning and murdered in cold blood.

As Christ was the invisible leader of His people from Egyptian bondage, so was Satan the unseen leader of his subjects in this horrible work of multiplying martyrs. For seven days the massacre was continued in Paris, the first three with inconceivable fury. And it was not confined to the city itself, but by special order of the king was extended to all the provinces and towns where Protestants were found. Neither age nor sex was re[s]pected. Neither the innocent babe nor the man of gray hairs was spared. Noble and peasant, old and young, mother and child, were cut down together. Throughout France the butchery continued for two months. Seventy thousand of the very flower of the nation perished.

When the news of the massacre reached Rome, the exultation among the clergy knew no bounds. The cardinal of Lorraine rewarded the messenger with a thousand crowns; the cannon of St. Angelo thundered forth a joyous salute; and bells rang out from every steeple; bonfires turned night into day; and Gregory XIII, attended by the cardinals and other ecclesiastical dignitaries, went in long procession to the church of St. Louis, where the cardinal of Lorraine chanted a Te Deum. . . . A medal was struck to commemorate the massacre, and in the Vatican may still be seen three frescoes of Vasari, describing the attack upon the admiral, the king in council plotting the massacre, and the massacre itself. Gregory sent Charles the Golden Rose; and four months after the massacre, . . . he listened complacently to the sermon of a French priest, . . . who spoke of ‘that day so full of happiness and joy, when the most holy father received the news, and went in solemn state to render thanks to God and St. Louis. — Henry White, The Massacre of St. Bartholomew, Ch. 14, par. 34, quoted in The Great Controversy, pp 272, 273 — Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, Pacific Press Publishing Assn., Mountain View, CA., 1950, p. 272, 273.

We can easily see that the papacy had no hesitation in putting people to death for not obeying its dictates. Indeed, the day is coming when it will again use force over the consciences of men, and many of God’s people will again be slaughtered.

The Church of Rome says that she has a right to punish with the confiscation of their goods, or the penalty of death, those who differ in faith from the Pope. — Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, The Wickliffe Press, Protestant Truth Society, Wickliffe Avenue, 104 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London, N3., 1885, p. 376.

(6). How did the papacy change the times of God, as predicted in Daniel 7:25? By its own admission it is the one who changed the day to be kept holy from God’s Sabbath day of the Fourth Commandment, which is Saturday, to Sunday, the old pagan day of worship on which people paid allegiance to their sun god. Consider again some quotations from Catholic sources. Remember that Revelation 13:2 tells us that the devil, Satan, gave the Catholic Church “. . . his power, and his seat, and great authority.” The part about “divine mission” in the following quote is a lie. The Catholic Church is not on a divine mission. It is on a Satanic mission as we have seen.

The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. — Catholic Mirror, official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.

Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters. — C. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.

Sunday is our mark of authority . . . The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact. — Catholic Record, September 1, 1923 (Ontario).

The observance of Sunday by the protestants is an homage they pay in spite of themselves to the authority of the [Catholic] Church. — Mgr. Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1868, page 225.

If the Bible is the only guide for the Christian, then the Seventh-day Adventist is right in observing the Saturday with the Jew. . . . Is it not strange that those who make the Bible their only teacher, should inconsistently follow in this matter the tradition of the [Catholic] Church? — Bertrand L. Conway, The Question Box Answers, The Columbus Press, 1910, pp. 254,255.

Question: How prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?

Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church.

Question: How prove you that?

Answer: Because by keeping Sunday they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts and to command them under sin. — Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, New York: Edward Dunigan and Brothers, 1833, p. 58.

Question: Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?

Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her — she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority. — Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, 3rd. American edition, revised; New York: T. W. Strong, 1876, page 174.

Catholics claim that God gave them their power and authority, but the Bible says that it was the devil. Revelation 13:2 tells us that the devil gave the papacy the great power and authority they have in this world. “. . . and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

(7). Did the Catholic Church change God’s laws as Daniel 7:25 predicted? The Catholic Church completely deleted the Second Commandment, that prohibits the making and worshipping of statues. They also changed the Bible Fourth Commandment, which is now their third, by removing all the instruction that tells us how to keep the Sabbath Day holy. They removed the statement which says that the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week. In order to have ten, they divided the Bible Tenth Commandment and made part of it their ninth.

The following chart compares the Ten Commandments as found in the Bible in Exodus 20:2-17 with the Ten Commandments as commonly published in Catholic catechisms.

COMPARISON OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
as found in the Bible with the Ten Commandments as changed by the papacy

 
 THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS
As originally given by God
 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
As commonly found in Roman Catholic catechisms
 1st
 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
 2nd
 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3rd
 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
4th
  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. Honour thy father and thy mother.
5th
 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill.
6th
 Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7th
 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.
8th
 Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
9th
 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.
10th
 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods.

Thus, we see that the Catholic Church has, indeed, changed the times and laws of God just as Bible prophecy said it would nearly one thousand years before it happened.

If a king puts out a proclamation of ten laws, what must he do to make it official? He must place his seal upon it so that the people know it is from the king. Otherwise it would only be a piece of paper without signature, a proclamation with no authority. The great King of the universe has issued ten commandments. In order to make them official, He must have placed His seal in these laws. The seal of any monarch must include these three elements: (1) his name, (2) his title, (3) the territory over which he is empowered to rule. The presidential seal of the United States contains the president’s name; his title: President; and the territory over which he rules: the United States of America.

The fourth commandment is the only one of the ten that contains the seal of God. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD [His name: Lord] MADE [His title: Creator] HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IN THEM IS [the territory over which He is empowered to rule: the universe], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20;8-11)

Here we see that all three essentials of a seal are contained in the Fourth Commandment: (1) His name: Lord; (2) His title: Creator (Maker); (3) The territory over which He is empowered to rule: Heaven and Earth, the universe. Thus, the seal of God is in the Fourth Commandment. You can see why Satan tries so hard to have the world reject the Fourth Commandment, for if this commandment were eliminated, the seal would be removed and what would remain would be just a list of laws without signature. One of the reasons the Catholic Church abbreviated the Sabbath commandment so drastically was to get rid of God’s seal.

(8). The papacy reached undisputed power in 538 AD by defeating the Ostrogoths, the last of the three nations represented by the three uprooted horns, and then, as Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5 indicate, reigned supreme for 1260 years before it received its deadly wound.

(9). The papacy appeared in the populous area of Europe exactly as the Bible predicted in Daniel 7:24 by the stout horn arising among the other ten horns and in Revelation 13:1 by the beast rising out of the sea.

(10). At the expiration of the 1260-year period in 1798, the Catholic Church received its deadly wound, as Revelation 13:3 predicted. General Berthier, one of Napoleon’s generals, was sent to Rome in that year to take the pope prisoner. The pope died in exile in France the following year, and the French would not permit the election of another pope. People proclaimed, “The papacy is dead,” as once again Bible prophecy was perfectly fulfilled. Precisely 1260 years after the papacy reached undisputed supremacy by defeating the last of the three nations, who would not fall into line with its doctrine, it received its deadly wound.

(11). Obviously the deadly wound was healed exactly as Bible prophecy foretold in Revelation 13:3, for the papacy is very well respected throughout the entire world today. The deadly wound was healed on February 11, 1929, when Cardinal Gaspari and Mussolini, the leader of Italy during the Second World War, signed a concordat that made the pope a king again. Today the pope is the sovereign ruler of Vatican City, a separate country, that is not a part of Italy or the city of Rome. This papal country masquerades as a church, and because of this it has been able easily to infiltrate practically every political entity in the world. What an intelligence gathering system this papal country has with its subjects telling priests everything they want to know in confessionals. The papacy is a deadly enemy of the United States as we shall see. The papacy, through her facade of religion, has been able to infiltrate thoroughly the United States government. As a result, the United States will soon lose her constitution and become a tyrannical, persecuting power according to Bible prophecy. This is discussed in detail in chapter 4.

(12). Revelation 13:3 says, “All the world wondered after the beast.” Many nations of the world send ambassadors to the Vatican, a separate country in the city of Rome, just as they do to any other nation. When the pope travels to other countries he is given a tumultuous welcome, and millions upon millions flock to see him. Virtually all of the “Christian” churches of the world follow many of the papacy’s dictates. The whole world does indeed follow after the beast. The papacy has made colossal fools of untold millions of people down through history, and it is still doing so today.

(13). The Bible predicted in Revelation 13:8 that the papacy would be a worldwide, well-known church. This prophecy has indeed come true. But Revelation 13:8 also says that the whole world would worship the papacy with the exception of God’s true people, the Saturday Sabbath- keepers. Worship entails obedience. When the people of the world obey the dictates and laws of the papacy, they are worshiping the papacy. Satan, through his agency, the papacy, has deceived virtually the entire world into observing Sunday, a pagan religious day, that the papacy by its own admission has set up instead of Saturday, God’s holy Sabbath day of the Fourth Commandment.

Christ says, “If you love me, keep MY commandments.” (John 14:15).

Also: “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9).

And finally: “Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).

(14). Revelation 13:18 says that his number is 666. What is the pope’s title? The following quotations from Catholic literature tell us that the pope’s title is “Vicarius Filii Dei.”

The title of the Pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei. — Our Sunday Visitor, Nov. 15, 1914, p. 3.

The letters inscribed in the pope’s mitre are these: Vicarius Filii Dei, which is Latin for Vicar of the Son of God. — Our Sunday Visitor, April 18, 1915, page 3.

Thus, the official title of the pope is Vicarius Filii Dei; translated from Latin this is Vicar of the Son of God. A vicar is a substitute in office.

A person’s number was obtained by adding the numerical values of the letters in his name, that is, the values of the letters in the Roman numeral numbering system. If the letter had no value, the value of zero was assigned. For example, the value of ”I” is one; the value of ”V” is five; and the value of ”X” is ten. There was no ”U” in the Latin alphabet; the letter ”V” is the correct letter. (This is the reason why sometimes inscriptions on older public buildings use a ”V” instead of ”U” — for instance, PVBLIC LIBRARY.) The values of the letters of this name, Vicarius Filii Dei, add up to 666, exactly as predicted in Revelation 13:18! ”. . . for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:18).

No other power that has ever existed has precisely fulfilled every one of these fourteen points of identity as does the papacy. No other power has ever existed that even comes close to fulfilling these fourteen points of identity from the pages of the Bible. There have been many attempts made to throw the onus of this prophecy away from the pope and the Catholic Church, such as fitting the nations of empire into a different sequence than history shows. Many ingenious schemes have been devised to try to show that this number, 666, applies to other men, but these schemes are an obvious attempt to sidestep prophecy.

Consider the final verses of our prophecy in Daniel seven. Speaking of the papacy, the stout horn with eyes and a mouth, verse twenty-six says: “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” Here we see that the Catholic Church will finally be destroyed. The many millions of people who lost their lives at the hands of this ruthless power will finally be vindicated.

The title “vicar” means a substitute in office. Who is Christ’s true substitute in office here on earth? It is certainly not the pope, as they claim. Consider John 16:7, where Jesus says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.” The Comforter, therefore, is the true Vicar of the Son of God. John 14:26 tells us who the Comforter is: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The Comforter is the Holy Ghost. He is the Vicar of the Son of God. He, not the pope of Rome, is Christ’s substitute in office. For a man to claim this position is blasphemy, as we have seen.

Don’t believe the lie that the Catholic Church was the first Christian church. Don’t believe the lie that Peter was the first pope. History shows us that the papacy did not appear on the scene until hundreds of years after Peter died.

The Catholic religion, actually, is very far from God’s religion as found in the Bible. We have already seen how they tried to changed God’s Sabbath day and His Ten Commandments. Here are a few more verses showing that the Catholic religion is not God’s religion.

Catholics always address their priests as “Father,” but Christ tells us in Matthew 23:9, “call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven.”

Catholics routinely bow down before idols, statues, and graven images of various so-called saints, but God tells us in the second commandment in Exodus 20:4-6, “You shall not make any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: You shall not bow down to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” This is the commandment that the papacy deleted from the law of God. This commandment tells us not even to make the images. Catholics routinely bow down to their idol statues and worship them.

The Catholic Church commits blasphemy every time one of its members goes to a man to get his sins forgiven. Mark 2:7 indicates that blasphemy occurs when a man says he can forgive sins. “Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” Only God can forgive our sins, as Jesus indicated in the Lord’s prayer in Luke 11:4 “And forgive us our sins, . . .” First Timothy 2:5 tells us, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” A Catholic priest is not the mediator between God and men. A Catholic priest can not forgive anyone their sins.

Finally, the papacy teaches that when we die we go either to heaven, hell or purgatory, but God tells us in the Bible in Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10 that, “the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you are going.”

Psalms 146:3,4 also tells us that when we die we just go to the grave. “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Without thoughts there can be no consciousness.

Everyone who dies, both good and evil, will experience a resurrection from death and will live again. Jesus describes these resurrections in John 5:28,29. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” Death is like a very deep sleep. In death a person is not conscious. In death a person is not aware of any time passing. You could be dead for 1000 years, yet the time between your death and your resurrection will seem but an instant.

But, you say, who are all those people who have come back from the dead? What about seances where people’s loved ones come back and talk with them? For the answer to these questions we go to Revelation 12:9. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” The devil and his evil angels (devils, demons) were thrown out of heaven to this earth, which is where they are today. When someone appears to come back from the dead, it cannot really be the person who died, for we know the dead are in their graves and are completely unconscious. It is the devil or one of his many evil angels masquerading as the person who died. These devils have the ability to masquerade as anyone they choose. Remember that Satan masqueraded as a serpent in the Garden of Eden to tempt Eve.

Satan will also have his devils impersonate the apostles, and they will contradict the Law of God, the Sabbath commandment, and the things the apostles wrote in the Bible.

When people see visions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, they are seeing the devil or one of his demons masquerading as Mary. Mary is asleep in her grave awaiting her resurrection, as we have just read from the Bible. A vision like this can be overwhelmingly deceptive. We must realize that God cannot lie to us. What the Bible says is the truth. Mary is asleep in her grave and cannot appear to anyone.

How do psychics know so much about us? They are in communication with the devil or his demons. When people go to a psychic for help or for advice, they are going to the devil. They are asking for trouble and are going to be deceived.

There are other verses in the Bible that describe the papal power. Because the early Christians in Thessolonica thought that Christ’s return was imminent, they were told in Second Thessalonians 2:3,4 that the return of Christ was yet far in the future, that people would corrupt the pure Christian doctrine and fall away from the truth, and that the pope, here referred to as the man of sin, would appear before the Lord’s return. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Here again is another prophecy describing how the pope exalts himself above God and demands worship from the people. The reference to the temple of God in this verse refers to the pope taking the place of God in the people’s minds. It does not refer to a physical temple on earth.

Many who do not understand that these verses refer to the pope believe that the temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem before this sinister person appears and that the Lord’s return is therefore far in the future. This is not the case. The end of this earth’s history as we know it is very near.

Continuing with Second Thessalonians 2:7-11, the faithful were told that evil had already started its sinister work at that time. “For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only he who now hinders will hinder, until he be taken out of the way.” It was pagan Rome that was hindering or preventing the arrival of papal Rome. Continuing with verse eight: “And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”

Notice here that in order for a person to understand the truth, he must love the truth. He must, in fact, love and search for truth with all his heart; otherwise he will receive strong delusion so that he will believe lies.

The strong delusion that God sends to those who do not love and search for the truth with all their heart is the propaganda of the devil, his angels and his agents. If a person does not love the truth above all else, God does not shield him from the deception of the devil, which, of course, also includes the deceptions of the papacy, the devil’s agency.

The vast majority have fallen away from the truth, and nearly everyone believes the lies that are so prevalent in our world today. This is especially true in the churches of today and is commented on in Second Timothy 4:3,4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

In other words, people who do not love the truth — those who have itching ears — will find teachers who will tell them what they want to hear instead of Bible truth. They will go to church and listen to comfortable sermons. The people have itching ears; the false teachers turn them to fables — lies.

In the end, however, this papal power will be destroyed, as Daniel 7:11 prophesies. “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words that the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.” The burning flame refers to the destruction of all the wicked at the end before God creates the new earth.

The Catholic Church is generally thought of as the Mother Church. It makes this claim itself:

I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church for the mother and mistress of all churches. — Art. 10, Creed of Pope Pius IV. Double Bull of Pope Pius IV, Nov. 13 and Dec. 9, 1564, trans. in Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, New York: Harper, 1919, Vol. 1, p. 99.

With this in mind, and with the knowledge that an immoral woman in Bible prophecy is the symbol of a false church, consider Revelation 17:1-6: “And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying to me, Come hither; I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters.”

You will remember that water represents humanity. “Many waters” in this verse, therefore, refers to the many nations over which this prostitute, the papacy, has influence. In other words this false church is worldwide, having its organization in every nation. Continuing with verse two: “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

Fornication in this verse is referring to spiritual adultery, the defiling of the pure doctrine of the Bible with pagan practices and beliefs. Here we see that the nations of the earth have willingly accepted this harlot’s doctrine. Fornication also refers to the illicit union of the church and the state (nation) in which the church uses the police power of the state to enforce its doctrine.

Continuing with verse three: “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”

The cup filled with abominations and filthiness of her fornication and the wine mentioned in verse two represent the false, pagan doctrines that this church teaches. Verse two indicates that the entire world is drunk on this wine of the papacy. Practically the entire world has believed the lies and deceptions that the Roman Catholic Church has put forth as Bible truth. The world is so intoxicated on this wine of the papacy that people will not even listen to the truth, much less consider it. No wonder God warns us in First Peter 5:8 to be sober and not drunk on this wine of the papacy. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Don’t misunderstand here. The Catholic Church is NOT a Christian religion. It is a strange combination of all the old pagan religions with a Christian facade. Just because they claim to be a Christian church does not make it so.

Continuing with Revelation 17:5, “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Notice that Babylon is a name that the Bible gives to the harlot and her family, and it represents this mother church and all the false daughter churches. The word “Babylon” means “confusion.” What better term to describe the religious situation in the world today? This harlot, the Catholic Church, is the mother of harlots; she has spawned many other churches that teach much of the same doctrine that this mother church teaches, and they all worship on Sunday instead of Saturday, God’s holy Sabbath day of the fourth commandment.

Notice that the design on the Vatican 100 Lira coin displays a woman holding a cup in her hand with the symbol of the sun god in the cup. This is a rather graphic fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17:4. It strongly implies that they know they are the great harlot of Revelation 17.

Remembering that the Catholic Church slaughtered hundreds of millions of God’s true Christians during the dark ages, continue with verse six: “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”

How many denominations are there of Christ’s true church, the one that He Himself established? Ephesians 4:4-6 tells us that there is one — and only one — true church. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” The 500 or so church denominations we find in the world today are the daughter churches of this harlot and are not of God, and they do not serve God, although they think they do. What better way for the devil to keep people out of Christ’s true church than to have some 500 denominations, each claiming to be the true church? It is easy to see why those searching for the truth would give up in despair. Satan is clever enough to make sure that when a person gets into one of his counterfeit churches, that person feels as if he were in God’s church. Satan provides all kinds of spiritual “highs” to make people believe that their experiences are from God. They are drunk on the wine of Babylon. How thoroughly Satan has deceived the people of the world! How complete is their deception at the hands of this master liar and his ministers! But God will never accept any of Satan’s counterfeit religions.

When atheists and others write articles and books against Christianity and the Bible, they are writing against Babylon, the Catholic church and the Catholic religion, and against all the harlot daughters of Babylon, the Sunday-keeping churches. Very few people know what true Biblical Christianity is really like.

This is not to say, however, that people in these many false churches will not be saved if with all their heart they are following the Lord to the best of their knowledge. In John 10:14-16,26-28 Christ tells us that He has many of His true people scattered throughout all denominations. “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knows me, even so I know the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, who are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Notice that Christ tells us here that there is ONE fold. He tells us that His sheep hear His voice and know Him. When the true Christians in the false churches hear the truth, they will abandon their church and join Christ’s true church so that they can more readily follow the Lord as the Bible requires. Those who are not of the Lord’s flock will not respond to the truth, to the Shepherd’s call, and will remain in the false churches. They will continue to ignore the law of God. They will continue to believe a lie, and they will eventually mock, ridicule, and even persecute God’s true people.

The vitally important message from God to His true Christians in all the false churches is found in Revelation 18:1-5. Christ tells His true people in all the denominations to come out of them, to have nothing more to do with them. “After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” God says, “Come out of her my people,” and be part of the true Christians who keep all of the commandments of God.

Again in Second Corinthians 6:14-18 God strongly pleads with His true people to come out of Babylon, to come out of the papacy and all her Sunday-keeping daughter churches and be separate. “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Come out from among them and be separated from them.

In these final days of earth’s history, the papacy has even managed to infiltrate the church organization that was God’s true church. The papacy has been able to place its people as leaders in this organization and, to a large extent, ministers in the pulpits, so that now no church denomination is following God as the Bible specifies.

God’s true people are now starting to meet in small groups in people’s houses, just as they did shortly after Christ was crucified. Romans 16:5 mentions one of these church groups meeting in a house. “Likewise greet the church that is in their house.” Please understand that the people constitute God’s true church and not any organization or building. When Christ was on earth the denomination at that time was the Jewish organization, and the Jewish people were God’s true church, but after they crucified Christ the true church consisted of true Christians and not the Jewish organization.

Some of the small groups of true Christians today, who keep all the commandments of God, publish magazines and books, and put out audio and video tapes that contain the accurate truth of the Bible, and some even have radio and television programs that proclaim the truth. Some have even started small independent church congregations and meet in a separate church building. It is the responsibility of each of us to study the Bible continually so that we will understand enough to be able to locate a group of people who are God’s true church. We will see that just before the end, the entire world will be arrayed against the small groups of people that make up God’s true church in an attempt to put them to death!

Perhaps you have been wondering why this book uses the King James version of the Bible and goes to the trouble of converting each Bible text into modern English when there are many translations available in modern English.

When the papacy first came to power, they kept what few copies of the Bible there were locked away from the people. They also made sure that the few copies available were in the obscure Latin language. They knew that if the people could read the Bible the papacy would be exposed as the great whore of Revelation that she is.

After printing became available and the papacy realized that Bibles would soon be translated into the languages of the common people, she attempted to keep Bibles from the people by making sure these translations came from corrupted Catholic manuscripts. With few exceptions, all the English translations of the Bible came from Catholic manuscripts such as the Vaticanus Codex B and the Siniaticus.

The King James version was translated from manuscripts that escaped Catholic influence. The King James version is the only English version that accurately shows all of God’s principles. The King James version is the only English Bible you can trust. Only this version tells us exactly what Armageddon is, for example. Even the New King James version shows considerable adulteration from Catholic influence.

We saw earlier that the papacy will be destroyed. Referring to the papacy, we read in Revelation 18:21-24, “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you: for your merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorceries all nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Notice that last sentence: “in her was found the blood . . . of ALL that were slain upon the earth.” Since it came to power, the papacy, has been the instigator of all the wars the world has had. The world has never realized the far-reaching effects of the papacy. For instance, here is a quote by Abraham Lincoln about the Civil War:

This war would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits. We owe it to Popery that we now see our land reddened with the blood of her noblest sons. Though there were great differences of opinion between the South and North, on the question of slavery, neither Jeff Davis nor any one of the leading men of the Confederacy would have dared to attack the North, had they not relied on the promise of the Jesuits, that, under the mask of Democracy, the money and the arms of the Roman Catholics, even the arms of France, were at their disposal if they would attack us. — Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, The Wickliffe Press, Protestant Truth Society, Wickliffe Avenue, 104 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London, N3., 1885, p. 388


THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA

 

We must now show that the papacy is the most deadly enemy the United States will ever have to face. This fact is virtually unknown among the people. Using the utmost secrecy to conceal her plans, the papacy, through her facade of religion, has for many decades been infiltrating the United States in all levels of government. As a result, the United States will soon lose its constitution and become a tyrannical, persecuting power.

For many decades the papacy has been laying plans for the takeover of the United States. This goal of the papacy is clearly stated in Charles Chiniquy’s book Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.

We are determined . . . to take possession of the United States, and rule them; but we cannot do that without acting secretly and with utmost wisdom. If our plans become known, they will surely be defeated. — Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, The Wickliffe Press, Protestant truth Society, Wickliffe Avenue, 104 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London, N3., 1885, p. 373.

On page 374 of this book we read:

How sad will their awakening be, when, with our out-numbering votes, we will turn them, for ever, from every position of honor, power and profit! What will those hypocritical and godless sons and daughters of the fanatical Pilgrim Fathers say, when not a single judge, not a single teacher, not a single policeman will be elected if he be not a devoted . . . Roman Catholic? What will those so-called giants think of their matchless shrewdness and ability, when not a single Senator or member of Congress will be chosen, if he be not submitted to our holy father the Pope? What a sad figure those Protestant Yankees will cut when we will not only elect the President, but fill and command the armies, man the navies, and hold the keys of the public treasury?

Then, yes! then, we will rule the United States, and lay them at the feet of the Vicar of Jesus Christ [the pope], that he may put an end to their godless system of education, and sweep away those impious laws of liberty of conscience which are an insult to God and man!

. . . The American people must be very blind indeed, if they do not see that if they do nothing to prevent it, the day is very near when the Jesuits will rule their country, from the magnificent White House at Washington, to the humblest civil and military department of this vast Republic. — ibid, p. 374.

As we have seen, when they say Vicar of Jesus Christ, they mean the pope.

Here is a statement from the same book that shows the power these people have already amassed in the United States.

The Jesuits of the United States form one of the richest and most powerful corporations the world ever saw. — ibid, p. 375.

The papacy is by far the wealthiest institution on earth.

Jesus, the founder of Christianity, was the poorest of the poor. Roman Catholicism, which claims to be His church, is the richest of the rich. — Avro Manhattan, The Vatican Billions, Chick Publications, p. 17.

The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. — Jack Chick, Smokescreens, Chick Publications, Chapter 10.

Very few people know anything about the Jesuits because of their extreme secrecy. Here is a description of them from the book The Great Controversy that shows the abominable character and deceptiveness of the pope’s Jesuits.

Throughout Christendom, Protestantism was menaced by formidable foes. The first triumphs of the Reformation past, Rome summoned new forces, hoping to accomplish its destruction. At this time the order of the Jesuits was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from earthly ties and human interests, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silenced, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power. The gospel of Christ had enabled its adherents to meet danger and endure suffering, undismayed by cold, hunger, toil, and poverty, to uphold the banner of truth in face of the rack, the dungeon, and the stake. To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired its followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy.

When appearing as members of their order, they wore a garb of sanctity, visiting prisons and hospitals, ministering to the sick and the poor, professing to have renounced the world, and bearing the sacred name of Jesus, who went about doing good. But under this blameless exterior the most criminal and deadly purposes were often concealed. It was a fundamental principle of the order that the end justifies the means. By this code, lying, theft, perjury, assassination, were not only pardonable but commendable, when they served the interests of the church. Under various disguises the Jesuits worked their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. They became servants to act as spies upon their masters. They established colleges for the sons of princes and nobles, and schools for the common people; and the children of Protestant parents were drawn into an observance of popish rites. All the outward pomp and display of the Romish worship was brought to bear to confuse the mind and dazzle and captivate the imagination, and thus the liberty for which the fathers had toiled and bled was betrayed by the sons. The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery. — E. G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 234, 235, 1911, Pacific Press Publishing Assn.

Today the pope’s Jesuits are not only entrenched at the highest levels of all branches and departments of the U.S. Government, but they are also entrenched at the highest levels of virtually all the major corporations and industries in the United States. The Jesuits are the major stockholders of many of the largest corporations. They own 51% of the stock in Bank of America for instance. And because the papacy is a so-called church, they pay not one penny of taxes. Because they are a so-called church, they are able to operate internationally outside of the laws and legal proceedings everyone else must follow.

Here are a few of the Jesuit-controlled corporations that totally support their Jesuits in congress and the government: American Airlines, TWA, Anheuser Busch, AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Boeing, Cigna, Coca-Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Exxon, Shell, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Home Depot, May Company, McDonald’s, Motorola, Philip Morris, Price-Waterhouse, Rite Aid, RJR Nabisco, Sony Corp. of America, Texaco, United Parcel Service, Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo.

These corporations give their Jesuit senators and congressmen in both the Democratic and Republican parties many thousands of dollars for their election campaigns. These senators and congressmen are the most radical and dangerous this country has ever had. They do everything they can to pass laws and regulations prohibited by our constitution, laws designed to destroy the United States, to eliminate freedom, and to convert the United States into a ruthless tyranny. They lie constantly to to deceive the people so they will go along with the laws and regulations they want to pass.

Everyone in high positions in the government takes a solemn oath to uphold and obey the Constitution, but nearly all of them totally ignore the Constitution. The president issues executive orders that are totally unconstitutional, and Congress passes laws that the Constitution specifically forbids. Our God-given Constitution is the reason the United States has become the greatest country in the world, but it is being thoroughly undermined today by the Jesuits in government as they work to destroy the United States.

The laws and regulations they pass are designed to export the industrial and manufacturing base of the United States to other countries. They are designed to destroy our energy base by restricting oil prospecting, fuel production, and nuclear power plants. The Jesuits in the House, Senate and regulating agencies restrict the private use of land with nonsensical environmental rules and regulations. They pass laws and regulations about what is “proper” to be taught in schools so that children will grow up being extremely ignorant under the banner of being educated.

The Jesuits are not recognized by the general populace because of their treachery and secrecy. They tell no one that they are Jesuits. They even belong to other churches, other organizations, and other cultures, that they have infiltrated, to hide their identity and to control these organizations.

There are millions and millions of the pope’s Jesuits. They are everywhere. They are into everything. They are into every major organization, and control nearly every political organization and government in the world. Because of the Jesuits’ extreme secrecy, many of these organizations and governments are totally unaware that they are being infiltrated and controlled.

It is easy to identify the Jesuits and the Jesuit puppets in the United States Congress, because they are the ones that continually try to get all kinds of laws passed that require exactly the opposite from what the Constitution says. They continually pass laws that restrict the liberty of the citizens of the country. They continually pass laws to regulate every aspect of life in the United States. They continually pass laws that restrict freedom of speech such as the Campaign Finance Reform Act. Incidentally, they always use names for these laws that will sound good to the American people, but rarely indicate what is in the law. They use every means they can to deceive the people of the country.

The Jesuits continually try to pass restrictive gun legislation. The second amendment to the Constitution says, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Every gun law that congress has ever passed is a direct violation of the United States’ Constitution. Because of the crime and terrorism in our country today, and because of the government and media propaganda against guns, people are made to believe that these laws are necessary.

When the citizens of a nation are armed, where their right to own guns is not infringed, the crime rate is extremely low.

Every man in Switzerland, for instance, is required to have guns in his home, including assault rifles. Crime in Switzerland is almost non-existent. In states and cities in America that allow people to carry guns, the crime rate is extremely low.

During World War Two, Hitler wanted to invade Switzerland. The Swiss told him that he could send his army across the border, but none of his officers would return. Hitler gave the order to invade Switzerland several times, but his officers refused to obey. Switzerland remained safely neutral all during the war because Hitler could not overcome the guns in the hands of Swiss private citizens. No dictator wants to be the dictator of a nation with 200 million guns around.

Christians generally do not want to have anything to do with guns, because a Christian would never take the life of another individual. It is not the USE of the guns that keeps the crime rate low; it is just the fact that the guns are there, and the criminals and would-be dictators know that the guns are there. That knowledge keeps them at bay.

In order to motivate the people of the United States to give up their guns, the Jesuits stage shootings periodically to show how “dangerous” guns are. These shootings occur in the most emotional places such as schools where children die. But Waco shows what will happen when only the government has guns. Some 86 children died a torturous death at Waco at the hands of the government.

The USA Patriot act of 2001 is in almost total violation of the constitution, requiring many of the regulations Nazi Germany and communist Russia had. When all the requirements of this act are implemented, the citizens of this country will rue the day they ever allowed such a monstrosity to become law. Jesuits in the government were responsible for this act and forced its passage. They forced a vote on this act without giving the congressmen and senators an opportunity to read it! Why didn't the congressmen and senators have the good sense to vote “no” and defeat this act since they were never able to read it?

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 is another act that was passed to take away freedom and security in the United States and is in total violation of the constitution. As all the requirements of these acts become implemented, the people of the country will learn first-hand how it feels to have absolutely no freedom. These and other laws and regulations on the books will, when implemented, convert the United States into a more ruthless police state than was Nazi Germany or communist Russia and Red China.

Today, the United States is run and controlled by its most dedicated enemies. If you wonder at the things the government and the people in control of the government do that are so damaging to the United States, it is because they are our enemies and are determined to destroy the United States. Treason is running rampant throughout all levels and branches of the U.S. government today.

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. — Marcus Cicero, speaking to Caesar, Crassus, Pompey and the Roman Senate.

Many wonder today why the Republican party does nothing to defeat the treasonous schemes of the Democrats. It is because the pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly infiltrated the Republican party as well as the Democratic party. Many wonder why the news media lie so much to support and protect the Democrats. It is because the pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly infiltrated the news media. The news media and schools and colleges, with their lies and propaganda, have so conditioned the people of the country that they are unable to recognize what has been done to them. Victory for the Jesuits seems very near. The Jesuits are like a cancer that has pervaded nearly every fiber of the society of the United States. We are being defeated by the enemy within.

For many years the Jesuits have prevented the United States from developing additional sources of energy within its own territory. Exploiting the vast oilfields on the Alaskan north slope, that probably contain more oil than the entire middle east, is forbidden. New nuclear power plants, the safest source of electric energy ever discovered, are not permitted. There is no end to the lies people have been made to believe about Nuclear energy. The environment is used as the club to subdue the people of the country into going along with this idiocy. Modern technology is able to develop these sources of power without any damage to the environment. France gets 80% of its power from nuclear power plants without any problems. Needless to say, without sufficient energy, the United States will not be able to defend itself. All the papacy has to do is cut off the oil supply from the middle east.

The United States is now starting to feel the pinch of the energy shortage the Jesuits have created. People have experienced blackouts over large areas as power is shut off to stay within the limits of generating capacity. Today, instead of constructing additional nuclear power plants, some of these plants are being dismantled! Will the people of the United States be able to wake up in time to prevent the coming national tragedy?

Not only in the United States is this treachery being perpetrated by the papacy, but they are secretly at work all over the world to subvert all the nations of the world. Charles Chiniquy continues:

Rome is in constant conspiracy against the rights and liberties of man all over the world; but she is particularly so in the United States. Long before I was ordained a priest I knew that my Church was the most implacable enemy of this Republic. My professors of philosophy, history, and theology had been unanimous in telling me that the principles and laws of the Church of Rome were absolutely antagonistic to the laws and principles that are the foundation stones of the Constitution of the United States.

1st. The most sacred principle of the United States Constitution is the equality of every citizen before the law. But the fundamental principle of the Church of Rome is the denial of that [e]quality.

2nd. Liberty of conscience is proclaimed by the United States a most sacred principle, which every citizen must uphold . . . . But liberty of conscience is declared by all the Popes and Councils of Rome, a most godless, unholy, and diabolical thing, which every good Catholic must abhor and destroy at any cost.

3rd. The American Constitution assures the absolute independence of the civil from the ecclesiastical or Church power; but the Church of Rome declares, through all her Pontiffs and Councils, that such independence is an impiety and a revolt against God.

4th. The American Constitution leaves every man free to serve God according to the dictates of his conscience; but the -r--ch of Rome declares that no man has ever had such a right, and that the Pope alone can know and say what man must believe and do. — Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, The Wickliffe Press, Protestant truth Society, Wickliffe Avenue, 104 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London, N3., 1885, p. 375.

And when the papacy takes over there will be bloodshed.

The Church of Rome says that she has a right to punish with the confiscation of their goods, or the penalty of death, those who differ in faith from the Pope. — ibid, p. 376.

America simply has no idea of the terrible trouble and persecution that is coming soon at the hands of the papacy. The people of America have forgotten the wanton cruelty and unrestrained butchery this unholy power demonstrated during the Dark Ages when it slaughtered over 150 million Christians because they wanted to worship God according to the Bible. Hitler’s holocaust against the Jews was tiny compared to the papal holocaust against Christians during the Dark Ages, and the Jesuit-controlled news media never mention these atrocities.

The papacy’s slaughter of Christians continues to this day. Since the papacy is a small country with little military capability, they always beguile other nations to do their fighting for them. Today the United States is their favorite bully. Thus, they are never directly involved, and people do not realize who is behind the wars, the trouble, and the terrorism. Avro Manhattan’s book, The Vatican’s Holocaust, describes in detail the papacy’s continuing slaughter of millions of Christians in the 20th century. At the time of this writing, the complete text of The Vatican’s Holocaust is available on the internet for downloading at:

http://www.reformation.org/holocaus.html

The slaughter in Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia and others is a direct result of the Vatican’s involvement in this area, but you will never hear about it because the Jesuit-controlled news media not only refuse to mention it but they lie about the situation to keep the papacy from being suspected of her true involvement.

The Jesuits seem to have a code that guides their every action. that code is: “Call your enemy what you are and always tell the exact opposite of the truth.” This makes it very difficult to counter their lies and explain clearly and understandably what they are actually doing.

And now the world has terrorism to a degree that was unimaginable before the destruction of the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City where nearly 4,000 people lost their lives. This terrorism is part of the plan the Jesuits are implementing to scare the American people into giving up their freedoms, and it is working. The Bible says in Revelation 18:24 that the papacy is responsible for “. . . the blood of . . . all that were slain upon the earth.” Evidence strongly indicates that Muslims highjacked the airliners and flew them into the towers. Thus we have rather strong evidence that the papacy’s Jesuits have even been able to infiltrate the Muslims. Remember that the papacy and the Jesuits have been at this business for many hundreds of years. Remember, also, that we saw that no disguise is too difficult for them to assume.

Let us now consider some of the tactics the papacy is using to subvert the United States. Just because they call themselves a church does not mean that they are honest or honorable. Remember that Satan, the devil, gave the papacy their power and great authority (Revelation 13:2). The Catholics, through their Jesuits, are working to accomplish the exact opposite from what the Catholic Church claims they stand for. For instance, the church claims to be against abortion, but their Jesuits, working in secrecy and masquerading as regular citizens in the government, work to pass laws and make judicial rulings permitting abortion. They have their right hand fighting their left hand to thoroughly confuse the people of the United States and to keep the people from ever connecting this evil conspiracy with them. Here is another example. The pope gets on television and, acting very piously, prays for peace, while his Jesuits are behind the scenes stirring up all kinds of wars, conflicts and terrorism in the world.

The papacy has made colossal fools of untold millions of people down through history, and it is still doing so today.

The Jesuits are making a dedicated effort in the United States to degrade the morality of the people of the country, to destroy family life, and to destroy all the traditional values that made this country the greatest nation in the world. This is being done by the abominable subjects being taught in government schools and colleges. It is being done by history courses that teach from revisionist history books containing many more lies than the truth. It is being done with pornographic sex education courses in the schools. It is being done with the destruction of religious values and the law of God, the Ten Commandments. It is being done by television programs, where entertainment is watching people break God’s law. The natural result is a drastic increase in crime. Acts of the most abominable and shocking character are daily perpetrated within this country. The murder of one and a half million unborn babies in this country each year is one result of the demoralization of this nation.

The Jesuits are also flooding the United States with aliens, most of which are Catholic. Not only are we being defeated by the Jesuit enemy within, we are constantly being invaded by an army of aliens from without. These aliens dilute the traditional American society that understands our Constitution and how it works. This makes it much easier for the Jesuits in congress to pass the unconstitutional laws so damaging to the United States. And, of course, along with these aliens come the people who actually blow up the buildings.

There is talk in Washington of giving illegal aliens amnesty again, and also of converting our southern border into a “regional power block” where the area within 100 miles on either side of the border between Mexico and the United States would be administered jointly by Mexico and the U.S. The Jesuits are working to “eradicate the borders that separate Canada, Mexico, and the United States as part of a larger design to create a regional political and economic bloc duplicating the European Union.” — The New American, October 8, 2001.

There is also talk of putting Mexican citizens in Mexico on United States’ Social Security payments. The purpose of this, along with all the wars and police-keeping actions the U.S. military is into and all the welfare the government pays for, is to completely bankrupt the United States.

Pushed by the Mexican government, the Bush administration is working on a Social Security accord that would put tens of thousands of Mexicans [in Mexico] onto the Social Security roster and send hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits south of the border. — Jonathan Weisman, The Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2002.

Since the Jesuits beguiled the United States into giving the Panama Canal to the Red Chinese, there are now over 200,000 Red Chinese in the Canal Zone. This portends extremely serious problems for both the United States and Panama. A large percentage of Panamanian citizens want the U.S. to come back and restore the Canal Zone as before. Incidentally, the treaty giving the canal to Panama was never properly ratified. There were two versions of the treaty: an English version and a Spanish version. These two versions were NOT the same. The Senate ratified one version and the Panamanians ratified the other version. And the treason goes on and on.

The Bible predicts what is going to happen to the United States.

There are two beasts (powers) described in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation. The first has been shown to be the papacy, the Roman Catholic Church. The description of the second beast begins with Revelation 13:11. “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.”

The sea in Bible prophecy, you will remember, represents multitudes of people. The ascent of the first beast, the papacy, from the “sea” indicates that this power arose from the populated areas of Europe. The ascent of the second beast of Revelation 13 from the “earth” indicates that this power had its beginning in a sparsely populated area of the globe.

The previous verse, verse ten, gives us an indication of the time when this second beast was arising, for it refers to the deadly wound of verse three that the papacy received in the year 1798. “He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.” Verse eleven, then, describes the ascent of this second beast at that time.

What nation was coming to power in the world around 1798 in a sparsely populated area of the world when the papacy received its deadly wound? The only nation coming to power at that time was the United States of America. The North American continent was then a very sparsely populated area of the globe. Consider the beast that is used to represent the United States. It has two horns like a lamb. What beast other than a lamb has two small lamb-like horns? The obvious answer is the bison, or buffalo, as it is more commonly referred to. The buffalo, whose habitat is the North American continent, appeared for many years as a symbol on United States nickels.

The two lamb-like horns of this beast symbolized the kind, gracious, and gentle nature of this country when it was young. That the horns had no crowns symbolized the great religious and political liberty available to all under the United States Constitution. The horns without crowns represented a nation without a king and a church without a pope. The powerful buffalo symbolized the superior strength of the United States. On American money the message of her trust in God was proclaimed, and the great blessing of God rested upon this country.

Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French philosopher of the last century, came to our shores to discover what magical quality enabled a handful of people to defeat the mighty British Empire twice in 35 years. He looked for the greatness of America in her fertile soil, her limitless forests and natural resources. He examined America’s schools, her Congress and her unique Constitution without fully understanding the source of America’s strength.

It was not, he said later, until he went to the churches of America and found congregations aflame with righteousness, that he began to comprehend the secret of this power. Upon his return to France, de Tocqueville wrote: “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” — Des Griffin, Descent into Slavery?, 1980, p. 267, Emissary Publications, 9205 S. E. Clackamas Rd., Clackamas, Oregon 97015, 503-824-2050, e-mail: midnight@midnight-emissary.com.

The United States was the champion of liberty and freedom throughout the world. Before this time no nation in history ever had a written constitution that guaranteed the liberty and freedom of its people. But the glorious beginning of this country was to be corrupted in later years. The gentle, gracious, freedom-loving character of the United States in its youth was later used as a facade to hide the character that this country subsequently developed. This facade has successfully kept hidden, even from most of its own citizens, the real character the United States developed in these last days as a result of Jesuit infiltration and subversion.

Revelation 13:11 tells us that this country will speak as a dragon. We saw that the dragon is Satan. How does the dragon speak? John 8:44 tells us, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” The devil is a liar. There is no truth in him. This great country, that began so beautifully by upholding the principles of morality and freedom, speaks, as Revelation 13:11 says, “as a dragon.” In these last days, the United States lies to the entire world, just as the dragon, the devil, does. The United States in these latter days deceives with a skill nearly equal to that of the devil himself, just as the Bible predicted, for the devil is using this country to play a major part in the disastrous events soon to take place. Most of its citizens readily believe the lies of this second beast, the United States.

Why does a country lie? Why does a person lie? Why does Satan lie? Lies are obviously used to deceive and to keep the truth from being known. Countries (and people) lie because a knowledge of their activities will hurt or embarrass them, or will prevent them from carrying out their sinister purposes. The fact that the United States speaks as the dragon shows that its government is engaged in criminal activities that its citizens and the rest of the world must not find out about. There are many thousands of examples of our government’s lying that could be discussed, but only two well-known examples will be considered here.

Perhaps the best known example of the United States government’s lies is our servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam and previous wars. Many very reliable reports of sightings have been documented, and photographs of men still alive have surfaced, but the government continues to lie about these men, claiming that they are all dead. How cruel it is for our government to simply abandon these men to rot in communist prisons for so many years after they risked their lives fighting in a war many of them felt was unjustifiable.

The second example of the United States lying to the world is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Many books have been written about the assassination that have put the lie to the official government version of what happened. The movie JFK very forcefully exposes the lies of the official government version of what happened and, along with many books on the assassination, shows that the assassination of President Kennedy was planned and organized at the highest levels of the U. S. Government. If the government has nothing to hide concerning this assassination, why were all the pertinent official documents of the assassination locked up until far into the twenty-first century? (Note: It is very unfortunate that the movie JFK used such revolting language and depicted such abominable scenes to tell the story of the assassination.)

Motion pictures were taken of President Kennedy during the assassination by one of the bystanders, a Mr. Zapruder. These pictures, which were locked in a vault for five years after the murder, show that the Warren Report could not possibly be true. The first time the American public got a look at these pictures was in the movie JFK. Why were the American people not permitted to view Mr. Zapruder’s film earlier? Because the people would realize that the Government was lying.

Later there was a congressional investigation of the assassination. The results of this investigation were also locked away so the citizens could not learn the truth about this murder. Why, unless the government has something to hide and has been lying to the people.

Presidential candidates and most other politicians running for office seem to be very proficient at lying. The news media lie almost continually to manipulate the people of the country.

Consider all the lies that were told about the Waco massacre and all the lies told about the many scandals of the Clinton administration. Other well-known subjects that the government continues to lie about are the destruction of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and the destruction of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

Because of all the trouble and crime in society that the papacy’s subversion of the United States has caused, the papacy will use the backlash against the crime and trouble to have the government pass laws that enforce the papacy’s policies. As people come to a general realization that civilization simply cannot ignore God and morality and have any semblance of order and happiness, they will insist that the government pass laws to restore morality and decency in society. The French realized this after three and a half years of the unbridled excesses of the French Revolution. The French people found that they simply could not reject the Bible, and the government passed laws allowing the return of the Scriptures and religious freedom. Incidentally, the French Revolution was the result of the people of France rebelling against the iron handed rule of the papacy.

When the people of the United States, led by the papacy, become aware that the cause of all the trouble and problems in society is the disregard of religious morality, they will pressure Congress to pass laws supposedly to try to reverse decades of damage to the United States. Unfortunately these laws will be designed to legislate morality as defined by the papacy. If a society is going to have moral principles, it will be because of proper education, not legislation.
These religious laws that the United States is going to pass in the near future will cause the events of Revelation 13:12 to occur. “And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

Here we see that the United States will soon exercise all the power of the first beast, the papacy, and cause the people of earth to worship the papacy. What could the United States do that would force people to worship the papacy? In direct defiance of the Constitution, the United States will pass laws demanding obedience to papal religious requirements.

We have seen that Sunday observance was instituted by the papacy and that those who observe Sunday according to papal dictates instead of God’s Sabbath, Saturday, are worshiping the papacy. The United States, therefore, will pass laws requiring her citizens to observe Sunday as the day to be kept holy! (Remember that the pope’s Jesuits have been infiltrating the U. S. Government and other organizations for many decades.) That such a law would be passed in America may seem very unlikely at this time; nevertheless this is Bible prophecy and it will, indeed, be fulfilled exactly as verse twelve indicates. Actually, such laws are not as farfetched as they might seem. Many states now have Sunday laws on the books. These laws, usually referred to as “blue laws,” demand the closure of certain businesses on Sunday.

Today the papacy and her many daughter religions, including non-Christian religions and the New Age movement, are working to consolidate the churches of the world into a single worldwide religion. Because of all the crime and violence in society and the world, and because of the increasingly heavy hand of government regulation and taxes, the people will come to realize that they need the restraints of religion in order to preserve freedom and order, and they will combine the false religions of the world into a vast one-world ecumenical religion that the Bible refers to as the false prophet. Revelation 16:13,14 and other verses mention this false prophet. “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan], and out of the mouth of the beast [the Catholic Church], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [ecumenical protestantism]. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, that go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

The Sunday law will be one of the results of this false ecumenical religion. The people will mistakenly pressure government to go against the first amendment to the Constitution and legislate religious doctrine — in this case false religious doctrine.

The last issue of contention in this world will be over religion, specifically over which is the proper day on which to worship — Saturday, God’s holy Sabbath day, or Sunday, the day set up by the papacy — and we will soon witness religious persecution worse than the world has ever seen.

Because of its position of leadership that the United States enjoys in the world, and because of the Jesuit influence, the rest of the world will follow its example and will also pass religious laws requiring Sunday observance. The papacy will be the driving force behind this great Sunday movement. Satan and the papacy know that the scheme to establish a political New World Order through the United Nations to take over the world will not work. Through use of the trouble caused by trying to institute the New World Order, trouble caused by atheism, liberalism, socialism, radicalism, and terrorism, they are conditioning the world for these worldwide religious laws, especially the Sunday laws.

Continuing with the prophecy, Revelation 13:13 shows that the United States will dazzle the world with its great feats. “And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Has the United States ever made fire come down from heaven in the sight of the whole world? During the Second World War this country dropped atomic bombs on two cities in Japan, and fire, indeed, came down from heaven. The reference to “great wonders” refers to the exalted level of technological excellence this country enjoys and the scientific marvels this country has accomplished.
Further describing the United States, Revelation 13:14 says, “And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles that 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, that had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

An image is a copy, a duplication. The first beast, the papacy, is a union of church and state; the armies and police power of the state carry out the demands and dictates of the church as in the Dark Ages. This union of church and state will be duplicated by the United States. Catholics and other religious denominations in the United States will join together in a great ecumenical alliance and will pass religious laws including the national Sunday law. When this happens, the United States will repudiate its glorious beginning of total civil and religious freedom and will become a union of church and state in a vain attempt to dictate morality to its citizens. The United States will use its police power to enforce obedience to the doctrines and dictates of this great ecumenical alliance, thus becoming the image of the beast. We see this beginning to happen today as the so-called religious right becomes more powerful.

Before the end comes, this country will repudiate every principle of its Constitution. The injunction of the first amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the government from making any religious laws will not prevent this prophecy from being realized, and the fires of religious persecution will again be kindled. Those who insist on keeping God’s Sabbath day, Saturday, holy according to the Fourth Commandment will suffer severe persecution, as the following verse shows.

Revelation 13:15: “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.” Thus, we see that in America the true Christians who continue to keep Saturday, God’s Sabbath day, holy will be in danger of losing their lives. As impossible as this sounds to us today, remember that the unconditional prophecies of the Bible never fail. Many of us will live to witness this persecution, that will eventually become so severe that it will be a matter of life or death, and many people will be killed. “. . . The time will come, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.” (John 16:2)

We have recently seen the colossal abuse of governmental power against a religious sect in Waco, Texas. Consider how much of our Constitution had been repudiated in that fiasco. Without due process of law and without a trial, many people including women and young children were murdered in this despicable abuse of power by our government, that was shockingly similar to the Gestapo tactics used in Hitler’s Germany. Virtually every thing the government and the news media said about this sect and the military operation in Waco was a lie, told to try to justify the government’s actions. Before the government was finished with this operation, they tried to bulldoze all the evidence into oblivion.

Satan is planning to cause unbelievable trouble on the earth. This trouble will take many forms, from calamities of nature to political and civil unrest. The increase in the frequency and severity of earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes testifies that this trouble is already starting. Eventually the people who keep God’s Sabbath day holy will be blamed for this trouble. The claim will be made that God is angry because this small group of people refuses to obey the Sunday law. People will claim that the trouble is the result, and if the world were rid of the Sabbath-keepers the trouble would cease. Thus the Sabbath-keepers, God’s true people, are to be killed.

Satan has been trying for nearly 6,000 years to get mankind to break God’s laws. He has tried enticement with sinful pleasures. He has tried deception to convince mankind that the wrong way is the correct way. He has infiltrated his ministers (Jesuits) into the churches. He has used force. He used communism in an attempt to remove all traces of the Word of God from the earth. But no matter what he has done, there have always been a few people who have been true to God. In these last days of earth’s history the devil is getting desperate, for he knows that he is going to die, and he can see that his end is very near. “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12). Once more, in desperation, Satan is going to employ force, this time to a degree never before attempted, in an effort to exterminate every one of Christ’s true Sabbath-keeping Christians.

Tactics that the United States will use in this religious persecution to suppress liberty of conscience are described in Revelation 13:16,17: “And he causes 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.” The mark of the beast; what is it?

Great economic pressure will be brought to bear on the people who remain true to God and who continue to observe Saturday, His holy Sabbath day. These people will be totally isolated economically from society. They will not be able to hold a job; they will not be able to buy groceries; they will not be able to sell anything in order to obtain food or anything else they need unless they reject God and start keeping Sunday. They will be under extreme pressure to yield their faith to the papacy and to the devil, for the entire world will be arrayed against them. Imagine what life will be like for these people who refuse to receive the mark of the beast. This will be a time of severe trouble, and many who are not sincere will succumb to this extreme economic pressure. Then, since some will remain true to God and continue to obey His Fourth Commandment and keep Saturday, His Sabbath day, holy, the ultimate punishment will be decreed: these people shall be put to death.

On the other hand, God’s warning against receiving the mark of the beast is the most severe warning given in the entire Bible. It is found in Revelation 14:9-11. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, that is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Those who receive the mark of the beast will continue to lead normal lives for a short time before the time of trouble begins. They will be able to go to work and buy the necessities and comforts of life, but they will not be able to face the Lord Jesus when He returns to this earth.

What is the mark of the beast? Let us ask the beast what his mark is.

Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [from Saturday to Sunday] was her act. And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters. — C. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.

Sunday is our MARK of authority . . . The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact. —Catholic Record, September 1, 1923 (Ontario).

Sunday observance is the mark of the beast. Thus if you insist on keeping God’s Sabbath day holy, you will be able neither to buy nor to sell. You will be completely cut off from any means of support for yourself and your family. This religious persecution will be very bloody. Many of God’s true people will lose their lives in this bloody turmoil, but this time the Lord will not tolerate a wholesale slaughter of His people. He will come and put an end to Sunday-keeping and religious persecution forever. And when He comes, those who have disregarded His law will finally learn that God means exactly what He says.


"As the Jews (AKA "ADVENTIST'S TODAY) departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God's rest day with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father. The rabbis virtually represented God as giving laws which it was impossible for men to obey. They led the people to look upon God as a tyrant, and to think that the observance of the Sabbath, as He required it, made men hard-hearted and cruel. It was the work of Christ to clear away these misconceptions. Although the rabbis followed Him with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God." The Desire of Ages, p. 283.4

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"This scripture is an explicit testimony that the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the Jews at Babylon were in consequence of their profanation of the Sabbath. It is a striking confirmation of the language of Jeremiah, already noticed, in which he testified to the Jews that if they would hallow the Sabbath their city should stand forever; but that it should be utterly destroyed if they persisted in its profanation. Nehemiah bears testimony to the accomplishment of Jeremiah's prediction concerning the violation of the Sabbath; and with his solemn appeal in its behalf ends the history of the Sabbath in the Old Testament" J.N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week, Third Edition (1887).

A few words relative to the time of beginning the Sabbath are here demanded.


1. The reckoning of the first week of time necessarily determines that of all succeeding weeks. The first division of the first day was night; and each day of the first week began with evening; the evening and the morning, an expression equivalent to the night and the day, constituted the day of twenty-four hours. Gen.1. Hence, the first Sabbath began and ended with evening. 
2. That the night is in the Scriptures reckoned a part of the day of twenty-four hours, is proved by many texts. Ex.12:41,42; 1Sam.26:7,8; Luke 2:8-11; Mark 14:30; Luke 22:34, and many other testimonies. 
3. The 2300 days, symbolizing 2300 years are each constituted like the days of the first week of time. Dan.8:14. The margin, which gives the literal Hebrew, calls each of these days an "evening morning." 
4. The statute defining the great day of atonement is absolutely decisive that the day begins with evening, and that the night is a part of the day. Lev.23:32. "It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbath" 
5. That evening is at sunset is abundantly proved by the following scriptures: Deut.16:6; Lev.22:6,7; Deut.23:2; 24:13,15; Josh.8:29; 10:26,27: Judges 14:18; 2Sam.3:35; 2Chron.18:34; Matt.8:16; Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40. But does not Neh.13:19. conflict with this testimony, and indicate that the Sabbath did not begin until after dark? I think not. The text does not say, "When it began to be dark at Jerusalem before the Sabbath," but it says, "When the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark." If it be remembered that the gates of Jerusalem were placed under wide and high walls, it will not be found difficult to harmonize this text with the many here adduced, which prove that the day begins with sunset.
Calmet, in his Bible Dictionary, article, Sabbath, thus states the ancient Jewish method of beginning the Sabbath: "About half an hour before the sunset all work is quitted and the Sabbath is supposed to be begun."
He speaks thus of the close of the Sabbath; "When night comes, and they can discern in the heaven three stars of moderate magnitude, then the Sabbath is ended, and they may return to their ordinary employments."


HISTORY OF THE SABBATH

by J.N.Andrews

CONTENTS AND PREFACE


PART I. - BIBLE HISTORY.

PREFACE

CHAPTER I CREATION OF THE SABBATH

CHAPTER II - THE INSTITUTION OF THE SABBATH

CHAPTER III - THE SABBATH COMMITTED TO THE HEBREWS

CHAPTER IV THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

CHAPTER V - THE SABBATH WRITTEN BY THE FINGER OF GOD

CHAPTER VI - THE SABBATH DURING THE DAY OF TEMPTATION--(Israel's Time in the Wilderness)

CHAPTER VII - THE FEASTS, NEW MOONS, AND SABBATHS, OF THE HEBREWS

CHAPTER VIII - THE SABBATH FROM DAVID TO NEHEMIAH

CHAPTER IX THE SABBATH FROM NEHEMIAH TO CHRIST

CHAPTER X - THE SABBATH DURING THE LAST OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS--(Jesus and the Sabbath)

CHAPTER XI - THE SABBATH DURING THE MINISTRY OF THE APOSTLES

CHAPTER XIII-A - THE SUNDAY-LORD'S DAY NOT TRACEABLE TO THE APOSTLES

HISTORY OF THE SABBATH 
AND THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK

PART II.-SECULAR HISTORY.


4th edition (edited by Conradi)

CHAPTER XII - EARLY APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH

CHAPTER XIII THE FIRST WITNESSES FOR SUNDAY

CHAPTER XIV - EXAMINATION OF A FAMOUS FALSEHOOD--Forged Chain of Sunday Evidence

CHAPTER XV - ORIGIN OF FIRST-DAY OBSERVANCE

CHAPTER XVI - THE LORD'S DAY OF THE EARLY FATHERS

CHAPTER XVII - THE CIVIL ECCLESIASTICAL SUNDAY

CHAPTER XVIII - THE LEGAL LORD'S DAY

CHAPTER XIX - THE SABBATH DURING THE FIRST CENTURIES

CHAPTER XX - SUNDAY HOLINESS DURING THE MIDDLE AGES

CHAPTER XXI-1 - Part One: TRACES OF THE SABBATH DURING THE DARK AGES
CHAPTER XXI-2 - Part Two: SABBATH IN THE DARK AGES-- (THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS)

CHAPTER XXII - SUNDAY THE DISTINCTIVE MARK OF PAPAL POWER

CHAPTER XXIII - POSITION OF THE REFORMERS AND THE FIRST DAY, The "Incomplete" Sunday

CHAPTER XXIV - REFORMERS AND THE SABBATH COMMAND

CHAPTER XXV - SABBATH-KEEPERS IN THE FIFTEENTH TO SIXTEENTH CENTURY

CHAPTER XXVI - PROTESTANT MISAPPROPRIATION OF THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

CHAPTER XXVII - SABBATH FROM SIXTEENTH TO NINETEENTH CENTURY

CHAPTER XXVIII - GOD'S HOLY SABBATH WORLD-WIDE

CHAPTER XXIX - INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY

CHAPTER XXX - THE ETERNAL SABBATH REST



PREFACE

THE history of the Sabbath embraces the period of 6000 years. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord. The acts which constituted it such were, first, the example of the Creator; secondly, his placing his blessing upon the day; and thirdly, the sanctification or divine appointment of the day to a holy use. The Sabbath, therefore, dates from the beginning of our world's history. The first who Sabbatized on the seventh day is God the Creator; and the first seventh day of time is the day which he thus honored. The highest of all possible honors does, therefore, pertain to the seventh day. Nor is this honor confined to the first seventh day of time; for so soon as God had rested upon that day, he appointed the seventh day to a holy use, that man might hallow it in memory of his Creator.

This divine appointment grows out of the nature and fitness of things, and must have been made directly to Adam, for himself and wife were then the only beings who had the days of the week to use. As it was addressed to Adam while yet in his uprightness, it must have been given to him as the head of the human family. The fourth commandment bases all its authority upon this original mandate of the Creator, and must, therefore, be in substance what God commanded to Adam and Eve as the representatives of mankind.

The patriarchs could not possibly have been ignorant of the facts and the obligation which the fourth commandment shows to have originated in the beginning, for Adam was present with them for a period equal to more than half the Christian dispensation. Those, therefore, who walked with God in the observance of his commandments did certainly hallow his Sabbath.

The observers of the seventh day must therefore include the ancient godly patriarchs, and none will deny that they include also the prophets and the apostles. Indeed, the entire church of God embraced within the records of inspiration were Sabbath-keepers. To this number must be added the Son of God.

What a history, therefore, has the Sabbath of the Lord! It was instituted in Paradise, honored by several miracles each week for the space of forty years, proclaimed by the great Lawgiver from Sinai, observed by the Creator, the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and the Son of God! It constitutes the very heart of the law of God, and so long as that law endures, so long shall the authority of this sacred institution stand fast.

Such being the record of the seventh day, it may well be asked, How came it to pass that this day has been abased to the dust, and another day elevated to its sacred honors? The Scriptures nowhere attribute this work to the Son of God. They do, however, predict the great apostasy in the Christian church, and that the little horn, or man of sin, the lawless one, should think to change times and laws.

It is the object of the present volume to show, 1. The Bible record of the Sabbath; 2. The record of the Sabbath in secular history; 3. The record of the Sunday festival, and of the several steps by which it has usurped the place of the ancient Sabbath.

The writer has attempted to ascertain the exact truth in the case by consulting the original authorities as far as it has been possible to gain access to them. The margin will show to whom he is mainly indebted for the facts presented in this work, though it indicates only a very small part of the works consulted. He has given the exact words of the historians, and has endeavored, conscientiously, to present them in such a light as to do justice to the authors quoted.

It is not the fault of the writer that the history of the Sunday festival presents such an array of frauds and of iniquities in its support. These are, in the nature of the case, essential to its very existence, for the claim of a usurper is necessarily based in fraud. The responsibility for these rests with those who dare commit or uphold such acts. The ancient Sabbath of the Lord has never needed help of this kind, and never has its record been stained by fraud or falsehood.

Battle Creek, Mich., Nov. 18,1873 J. N. A.

Does our belief in the soon return of Christ still come alive in our DAILY THOUGHTS, WORDS AND ACTIONS? Do the young people still catch the sense of excitement that Jesus is about to return? I hope so.

LIFT UP THE TRUMPET
Lift up the trumpet, and loud let it ring:
Jesus is coming again!
Cheer up, ye pilgrims, be joyful and sing;
Jesus is coming again!
REFRAIN:
Coming again, Coming again,
Jesus is coming again!

(No. 40 in Happy Songs for Boys and Girls; no. 141 in Singing Youth; no. 541 in The Church Hymnal; and no. 213 in the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal.)

Does my heart still thrill with excitement at the thought that Jesus is coming soon? Indeed it does!

(Holy Ghost/Spirit=Christ's Character (10 Commandments) and presence. Through the Son we also have fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3). - "the WORDS that I speak unto you, they ARE Spirit" John 6:63. Proverbs 4:13. John 5:39 "You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me.") Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God (Bible verse 

promises/Christ) is alive and active. "For the WORD of God (Christ) is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is breathed out by God."

“None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict.” – Ellen G. White, Great Controversy, pages 593, 594.

“Our people need to understand the oracles of God; they need to have a systematic knowledge of the principles of revealed truth, which will fit them for what is coming upon the earth and prevent them from being carried about by every wind of doctrine.” – Ellen G. White, Testimonies, vol. 5, page 273.

“The time will come when many will be deprived of the written Word. But if this Word is printed in the memory, no one can take it from us.” – Ellen G. White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 20, page 64. Memorize Acts 24:14 "But this I confess unto thee, that after the way (Christ is "the Way") which they call heresyso worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:" and Zach 3:4.

"With faithful tenderness He told them that they would be persecuted and distressed; but they would find relief in recalling their experience and remembering the WORDS (SPIRIT) which He had spoken to them. He told them that He had overcome the temptations of Satan and obtained the victory through trials and suffering. Satan could have no more power over Him, but would bring his temptations to bear more directly upon them and upon all who should believe in His name. But they could overcome as He had overcome (through a knowledge of the WORD OF GOD, a "thus Saith the Lord" and a "It is Written"). Jesus endowed His disciples with power to work miracles, and told them that although they should be persecuted by wicked men, He would from time to time send His angels to deliver them; their lives could not be taken until their mission should be accomplished; then they might be required to seal with their blood the testimonies which they had borne.

His anxious followers gladly listened to His teachings, eagerly feasting upon ever  WORD (Spirit) which fell from His holy lips. Now they certainly knew that He was the Saviour of the world. His WORDS sank deep into their hearts, and they sorrowed that they must soon be parted from their heavenly Teacher and no longer hear comforting, gracious WORDS (Spirit) from His lips. But again their hearts were warmed with love and exceeding joy, as Jesus told them that He would go and prepare mansions for them and come again and receive them, that they might be ever with Him. He promised also to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit (Christ's Words/Presence/character), to guide them into all truth. “And He lifted up His hands, and blessed them.” Early Writings, p. 189.2 


WITH A FAITH AND ASSURANCE THAT THEY HAD NEVER BEFORE KNOWN, THEY ACCEPTED THE TEACHINGS OF THE SACRED WORD (Christ/Divine Spirit/Godly Character/thoughts and feelings). No longer was it a matter of FAITH with them that Christ was the Son of God. They KNEW that, although clothed with humanity, He was indeed the Messiah, and they told their experience to the world with a confidence which carried with it the conviction that God was with them.” –{The Acts of the Apostles, p. 45.3}. 


 "
Sabbath is the separating wall between believers and unbelievers", Early Writings, p 85

 "The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, with people receiving either the Mark of the Beast (Sunday worship) or the Seal of God."  The Great Controversy, p 605.

"Those who embrace the truth should seek a clear understanding of the Scriptures and an experimental knowledge of a living Saviour. The intellect should be cultivated, the memory taxed. All intellectual laziness is sin, and spiritual lethargy is death." Testimony Treasures Volume 1, p. 529.3

"Pentecost brought them the heavenly illumination. The truths they could not understand while Christ was with them were now unfolded. With a faith and assurance that they had never before known, they accepted the teachings of the Sacred Word. No longer was it a matter of FAITH with them that Christ was the Son of God. They knew that, although clothed with humanity, He was indeed the Messiah, and they told their experience to the world with a confidence which carried with it the conviction that God was with them.

They could speak the name of Jesus with assurance; for was He not their Friend and Elder Brother? Brought into close communion with Christ, they sat with Him in heavenly places. With what burning language they clothed their ideas as they bore witness for Him! Their hearts were surcharged with a benevolence so full, so deep, so far-reaching, that it impelled them to go to the ends of the earth, testifying to the power of Christ. They were filled with an intense longing to carry forward the work He had begun. They realized the greatness of their debt to heaven and the responsibility of their work. Strengthened by the endowment of the Holy Spirit, they went forth filled with zeal to extend the triumphs of the cross. The Spirit animated them and spoke through them. The peace of Christ shone from their faces. They had consecrated their lives to Him for service, and their very features bore evidence to the surrender they had made." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 45.3

"You recognize these facts in Bible history as true, but apply them to the future. They have their force still in their proper place, in the chain of events that have made us as a people what we are today, and as such, they are to be presented to those who are in the darkness of error. The true workers of Jesus Christ are to cooperate with their brethren who have had an experience in the work from the very rise of the third angel’s message

(1844 era repeated in the last days -

"Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made."  {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 12} ). 

The first, second, and third angels' messages are to be repeated:

These followed on step by step, receiving light and truth as they advanced, bearing one test after another, lifting the cross that lay directly in their pathway, and pressing on to know the Lord, whose goings forth are prepared as the morning. You and other of our brethren must accept the truth as God has given it to His students of prophecy, as they have been led by genuine, living experience, advancing point by point, tested, proved, and tried, until the truth is to them a reality. From their voices and pens the truth in bright, warm rays has gone to all parts of the world, and that which was to them

"God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel. . . . Gluttony is the prevailing sin of this age."—Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 32.

"The indulgence of appetite affects them in all the relations of life. It is seen in their family, in their church, in the prayer meeting, and in the conduct of their children. It has been the curse of their lives. You cannot MAKE them understand the truths for these last days." —Counsels on Health, p. 152.

DEAR FRIENDS:- As I have from my youth been acquainted with you as a denomination, have been a member of your body, and still feel deeply interested for your salvation, I claim the privilege of speaking to you freely on the subject of present truth and present duty. It is no new doctrine to you, that the first day Sabbath is an institution of the papal beast, and that the mass of professed Christians are trampling under foot the holy Sabbath of the Lord, to keep that institution of the Man of Sin. Your prayers and mine have ascended in concert to the throne of grace, that God would set his hand to the work of restoring his own Sabbath to all his people - to all who, when they see the light, will leave the doctrines of men and of devils, to keep the Commandments of God.

My present object is to exhort you to watch unto these prayers with all diligence, so that when they are answered you may know it; for they will surely be answered, since they were offered in faith by some. And should they be answered in a way differing somewhat from your expectation, you may, unless you watch, be left to reject the blessing when it is given, and place yourselves in a position similar to that of the Jews, who were praying for the coming of Messiah, and yet rejected him when he came.

A Sabbath reform is now progressing which seems destined to be quite extensive; and who knows that the work is not of the Lord? If it is, our prayers and the promises of God are being fulfilled. And to suppose that it is not of God, is to suppose that the Enemy of all righteousness, who has ever delighted in persuading men to trample God’s Commandments in the dust, especially the one which memorializes the great Creator, is now engaged in teaching them all. He was always willing that men should obey God in part, if he could persuade them to receive, with a portion of the truth, some damnable heresy. They may profess to keep all the Commandments, like the Jews, if they will only deny the Lord Jesus Christ that bought them, and thus bring upon themselves swift destruction. But this is not the case with the present Sabbath reform. No such heresy accompanies it. The great truth, that Jesus is soon coming according to his promise, is taught in connection with all the Commandments of God. Thus the prophetic message, Here are they that keep the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus, is being fulfilled.

How can you doubt when you see the messages of the three angels fulfilled in perfect harmony with the prophecy? What can God do to produce faith in you, if this fails? Only one message was given to the Jews to prepare the way for the manifestation of Christ in his first advent; yet those who rejected the preaching of John the Baptist, rejected the counsel God against themselves. Can we reject the testimony of three successive messages given in the order of prophecy, and be blameless? Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets: Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Acts 13:40.

But perhaps you object to this work because the fall of the Protestant churches was announced as the fall of Babylon. To this I reply, that the term Babylon, which signifies confusion, cannot apply to one united church like that of Rome; and since theCatholic church is called the mother of harlots, she must have daughters somewhere which hold an unlawful connection and intercourse with the kings or powers of earth. Are not the various churches in this very condition? Are they not more engaged in politics than they are in religion? And are not the merchants of the earth made rich by selling to churches and church members their merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and thewhole catalogue down to slaves and souls of men?

Is there not also a mixing of worldly literature with religion, and is not the former more flourishing than the latter? When associations of churches meet, to be sure it looks best to report first on the state of religion, though the report on education which follows, may take the precedence in point of interest. Churches reporting on the state of education! why not on the state of agriculture? And why not pay some attention to mechanical arts, which are so much in requisition in building and decorating houses of worship?

I have no objection to education as long as it holds its proper place, and is held, not as a primary, but a secondary object. But I do object to this joining hand in hand with the world, in any of these earthly schemes.

And now let me ask you, is your denomination what it once was? Is piety and true holiness increasing or decreasing among you? Do you, as a people, hold the standard of truth high, as you once did? or is it, to gain a worldly influence, lowered down to the very dust of the earth?

Let me refer you to a single instance, as an illustration. You are aware of the fact, that at Alfred, N. Y., is an academy under the control of your denomination. Its professors profess to keep the Sabbath: not the Sabbath of the Man of Sin, but the Sabbath of the Lord our God. They are also accredited ministers of the gospel among you. As there is no church in the place but the S. D. Baptist, and as there is a large number of First-day students at the academy, a meeting is held and a discourse preached on First-day for their accommodation. A few weeks since I was present on one of these occasions. The lecture was given by one of the professors, and the subject was the Sabbath. The text was, If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and shalt call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, etc. Of course he did not feel at liberty to tell his hearers which day of the week is the holy of the Lord, in distinction from the rival institution of the Man of Sin. Therefore he could only inculcate the importance of strictly observing the day which they professed to keep, in a manner as if it made no difference whether it was the holy of the Lord, or the rival Sabbath of the Pope. Only think of a S. D. Baptist minister enforcing the observance of Sunday as “the holy of the Lord!” But his hearers were his patrons. And having descended from the high and holy position of a watchman on the walls of Zion, and laid down the torch of sacred truth to bear the dim lamp of science, worldly interest triumphs and hides the light of revealed truth under a bushel.

Let us imagine Elijah the prophet in a similar position. With a noble zeal to instruct the young, and thus qualify them to fill the holy offices of prophets and priests, he has established an institution for that purpose. To avoid sectarian exclusiveness, and with the hope of converting them to the true God, (not to obtain patronage,) he has received into his school the sons of the prophets of Baal. And feeling it a duty to look after the morals of his pupils, he has stated times to lecture them on all their various duties. On one of these occasions, he takes for his text, Deuteronomy 6:5, And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Of course it will not do for him to tell them who the true God is, in distinction from every false god, and that there is no agreement between the temple of God and idols. It will not do to make the earnest appeal: “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him;” as if it made some difference who received their love and obedience. Such a course would highly offend the priests and worshipers of Baal, who have entrusted their sons and their daughters to his care. And they must not be offended from whom he receives his chartered privileges. Therefore the best he can do under the circumstances, is to exhort them to serve Baal faithfully, and love him with all the heart.

You can see at a glance that the two cases are parallel; the one involving the principle of the first and second commandments, the other that of the fourth. Or, rather, the same principle, love to God, is the foundation of the first four precepts of the decalogue.

But Elijah made no such compromise with sin. He received no charters or patronage from the worshipers of Baal, to seal his lips from the utterance of truth, and from the vindication of the Commandments of God.

The duty of Sabbath-keepers is just as clear as was his. There is no more doubt in regard to the fourth commandment, which requires the observance of the seventh day, than there is in regard to the first, which prohibits the worship of Baal or any other god but the Lord. And those who knowingly neglect the Sabbath of the Lord to keep that of the Man of Sin, are no better than the worshipers of Baal. But, say you, many honest First-day keepers do not know that they are worshiping the papal beast. Then it is our business, who do know it, to cry aloud and spare not, till we show them their transgression, and cause them to know it. We have no more lack of evidence on this point, than on the truthfulness of the Bible. Honest people can be made to see it.

These things show that your denomination, as well as others, are in a fallen condition. And it is no wonder that the kingdom of heaven should be taken from them, and given to a people bringing forth the fruits of it.

God guards and fulfills all his prophetic word. He has given a series of prophetic messages, in Revelation 14, to precede the second advent. The first, proclaiming the hour of judgment, and the second, announcing the fall of Babylon, have been clearly fulfilled in the past Advent movement. And now the third is calling upon all to forsake the worship of the beast, and to keep all the Commandments of God. Will you believe the message, and engage anew in the work of the Lord? or will you reject the counsel of God against yourselves through your unbelief? Beware, lest that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets: Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. If you close your eyes to the fulfillment of prophecy, and give heed to the siren song of the world’s conversion, the day of the Lord will come upon you as a thief in the night, and the Scripture affords no hope to such, but assigns them their portion with unbelievers. And unbelievers they are, whatever their profession, who refuse to believe all the prophecies which are now being fulfilled, showing that the Lord is near, even at the door.

And now let me ask you, Can you fellowship that worldly, time-serving, applause-seeking policy which causes those who know the truth to degrade the Commandments of the great God to a level with the rival commandments of the antitypical Baal, the Pope of Rome? Can you willingly be partaker of their sins? Would it not be far better to heed the voice from heaven, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues?

Those earnest, fervent prayers, that God would vindicate his down-trodden commandment, have been heard in heaven, and God has set his hand to the work. He is now restoring his holy Sabbath, which is a sign between him and his people forever, to the remnant of his people. Not to every one that says, Lord, Lord, but to those who are willing to do the will of our Father who is in heaven. And the work will be accomplished. Will you accept the answer of your prayers? Will you believe the Third Angel’s Message, and zealously engage in warning men against the worship of the beast and his image? There can be no doubt of your duty in so plain a case. May God help you to do it.

R. F. COTTRELL. 
Mill Grove, N. Y.

P. S. EDITORS SABBATH RECORDER: Please copy. R. F. C.



These followed on step by step, receiving light and truth as they advanced, bearing one test after another, lifting the cross that lay directly in their pathway, and pressing on to know the Lord, whose goings forth are prepared as the morning. You and other of our brethren must accept the truth as God has given it to His students of prophecy, as they have been led by genuine, living experience, advancing point by point, tested, proved, and tried, until the truth is to them a reality. From their voices and pens the truth in bright, warm rays has gone to all parts of the world, and that which was to them


These followed on step by step, receiving light and truth as they advanced, bearing one test after another, lifting the cross that lay directly in their pathway, and pressing on to know the Lord, whose goings forth are prepared as the morning. You and other of our brethren must accept the truth as God has given it to His students of prophecy, as they have been led by genuine, living experience, advancing point by point, tested, proved, and tried, until the truth is to them a reality. From their voices and pens the truth in bright, warm rays has gone to all parts of the world, and that which was to them
testing truth, as brought by the Lord’s delegated messengers, is testing truth to all to whom this message is proclaimed." SELECTED MESSAGES BOOK 2, PAGE 103

"As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God's rest day with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father. The rabbis virtually represented God as giving laws which it was impossible for men to obey. They led the people to look upon God as a tyrant, and to think that the observance of the Sabbath, as He required it, made men hard-hearted and cruel. It was the work of Christ to clear away these misconceptions. Although the rabbis followed Him with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God." The Desire of Ages, p. 283.4


And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to
the end
 of that which is abolished . . .
 For the law (transcript of Jehovah’s character, instructions in righteous-ness) came by Moses,but Grace (G5485), and Truth came by Jesus Christ ! . . . But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Covenant; which vail is done away in Christ . . . ! II Corinthians 3:13-14 & John 1:17

FIRST SABBATH (creation week) = He gave us Life!
SECOND SABBATH 
(in tomb) = He gave us New Life!

Did you know~ 108 languages of the World still call the Seventh day "SABBATH"

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 


The Sabbath: How Do We Know Which Day It Is ?

article originally published in Signs of the Times,
September 22, 2015
written by: Ed Dickerson

I took a tour of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, USA, a while back, and my guide said that “the Declaration of Independence was signed in this room on July 4, 1776.” But he went on to explain that only one part of that statement was true. I love history, so standing merely a metre from where Thomas Jefferson had been seated in Independence Hall filled me with awe, and I thought perhaps I had misunderstood the man’s words. “It was not signed that day,” the guide said. “There was a war going on; they had more important things to deal with.”

On July 2 (and not the fourth), Congress unanimously approved the Declaration of Independence. But the vote was for a much altered document, with multiple passages crossed out, some words added and numerous corrections. It was definitely not suitable for framing or public display. The final draft was presented to Congress on July 4, which they then ratified as correct. On July 19, Congress ordered final “engrossed” copy, that is, one written in a large, clear hand. That’s the one on display at the National Archives, but this final copy wasn’t actually signed until August 2. 

Discovering that the signing of the Declaration of Independence didn’t take place on July 4, 1776, got me thinking about dates, days and, being a pastor, the Sabbath.

GOD’S HOLY DAY

The Sabbath is actually an integral part of what God made when He created the world. Genesis 2:2, 3 says that “by the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Several thousand years later, God repeated this thought when He gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites on Mount Sinai. He said that “in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11). So both Genesis 2 and Exodus 20 tell us that God established the Sabbath at the time He created the world. 

God obviously made the Sabbath for human beings, since animals don’t know the difference between the various days of the week. That’s why Jesus said that “the Sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27), for only humans have the intelligence to recognise that the Sabbath, as holy time, is different from the rest of the days of the week. 

So here’s a question for you: If we could go back to last Saturday and the Saturday before that, and the Saturday before that all the way back to Creation, would we find that the Sabbath today is in sync with the Sabbath that God set aside when He created the world? Or could the weekly cycle have been changed during those millennia? If we could be mistaken about days and dates of less than 300 years ago, how can we be certain that we celebrate the Sabbath on the actual Sabbath day that God set aside at Creation? The problem we’re faced with is that there are absolutely no ancient chronological records in either the Bible or secular history to answer that question. However, there is a good answer.

THE SABBATHS OF HISTORY 

Let’s start with the approximately 2500 years (according to biblical chronology) between Creation and God’s giving the Ten Commandments. Had the weekly cycle been changed during this time, God would have certainly corrected the problem when He gave the fourth commandment. But He didn’t. He told the Israelites to remember to keep the day they were already observing (Exodus 20:8). 

But what about the 1500 years of Israelite history in Palestine—the time between the giving of the Ten Commandments and the New Testament era? Fortunately, there’s also a good answer to that question. If the Jewish people at Jesus’ time had been keeping the wrong day, Jesus surely would have corrected them. He had no difficulty clashing with the Jewish authorities over the Sabbath. Indeed, Mark 3 records a dramatic and deliberate challenge: 

“Some of [the Jewish leaders] were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal [a man with a shrivelled hand] on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, ‘Stand up in front of everyone.”

“Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent. “

“He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored” (verses 2–5). 

The Gospels record many times that the Jewish leaders challenged Jesus about the Sabbath, but they only questioned Him about the proper way to observe the day. Not one of them ever challenged Him over which day He observed the Sabbath. On the contrary. Luke tells us that on the Sabbath, Jesus “went into the synagogue, as was his custom.” So by His practice, Jesus reinforced the holiness of the seventh day—the same seventh day that had been observed from Creation to Sinai and from Sinai to His day. 

And there’s yet another profound testimony that the Sabbath wasn’t changed between Creation and Jesus’ time. On the sixth day of Creation, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Thus, the Sabbath began when God finished the first six days of Creation. The Bible records that “by the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” (Genesis 2:2). At the end of Creation Week, God rested. 

And Jesus repeated this pattern. We call the week before His crucifixion Passion Week, but I prefer to call it Redemption Week.

On the sixth day of Redemption Week, Jesus cried out in triumph, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And so, having completed His work of redemption, Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath day. He rested in the tomb on the seventh day of Redemption Week just as God rested on the seventh day of Creation Week. 

So we have a chain of evidence reaching back to Creation, confirming that the weekly cycle did not change in the 4000 years from Creatiom to the Cross. From Creation to Sinai we have God’s testimony on Sinai, and from Sinai to Jesus’ time we have His affirmation of the seventh day, both in His custom of going to the synagogue on the Sabbath and His resting on the seventh day in the tomb. 

But there are still the two millennia between the time Jesus walked the earth and our day. Might the weekly cycle have been changed during those years? After all, we do know that there have been significant calendar changes during that time. 

TEN MISSING DAYS

The calendar we use today is called the Gregorian calendar, which is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582. Prior to that, Great Britain and all its colonies used a calendar that was named after Julius Caesar, who introduced it in the year 46 B.C. We call it the Julian calendar. 

Gregory had a good reason for instituting the change. The problem was that the Julian calendar wasn’t quite synchronised to the orbit of the earth around the sun, so by 1580, the date for Easter was off by 10 days. This aroused the pope’s concern. Gregory’s correction only amounted to 0.002 per cent difference per year, but over the centuries after the Julian calendar was adopted, that tiny difference had accumulated. So to adjust the calendar, Gregory changed the dates of the calendar in October 1582. Thursday, October 4 was followed by Friday, October 15. The key point to notice is that the weekly cycle did not change. The change involved only dates, not days. Thursday was still followed by Friday. 

However, many nations of Europe refused to adopt the Gregorian calendar for fear that it was a subtle plot to bring Protestants back into the Roman Catholic fold. The British Empire didn’t adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752—nearly two centuries after Pope Gregory introduced it, and by then the difference between the two calendars had grown to 11 days. The British change took effect in September 1752, when Wednesday, September 2, was followed by Thursday, September 14. So again, the dates of September 3 to 13 did not exist, but it didn’t alter the weekly cycle.

Now think of this: For the past 2000 years, Orthodox Jews have been meticulous about their Sabbath observance. Had there been any change in the weekly cycle during that time, they would most certainly have made it known! But there is no evidence that they ever did. Therefore, we can be certain that those who observe the Sabbath on Saturday today are keeping the same Sabbath that Jesus kept. 

Finally, there’s this: If the weekly cycle had been broken in the past 2000 years, then not only are Saturday Sabbath keepers keeping the wrong Sabbath, Sunday keepers are also keeping the wrong Sunday! 

In conclusion, we have a chain of evidence reaching back to Creation, confirming that the weekly cycle has not changed. From Creation to Sinai we have God’s testimony on Sinai. From Sinai to Christ we have Jesus’ affirmation of the seventh day, both in His custom of going to the synagogue on Sabbath and His resting on the seventh day in the tomb. And from Jesus’ day until now we have absolute evidence that the Sabbath Jesus kept is still the Sabbath today. 

And this shouldn’t surprise us. If God cared enough about the Sabbath to sanctify it and make it holy, surely He has been able to protect its identity as well. Throughout all the centuries, the rise and fall of empires, the changes in human calendars, the Sabbath remains an unchanging memorial to Creation and Redemption—and to our loving Creator and Redeemer.

Source article:   https://www.hopechannel.com/read/sabbath-do-we-know-which-day-it-is
How and why was the day changed ?
http://toolong.com/sol-invictus-the-invincible-sun-god-by-richard-rives/


ELOHIM,s Shabbat (Sabbath) or Constantine's SUNDAY
ELOHIM rested on the Sabbath and blessed it from the very beginning -- the Sabbath rest existed before Noah, Avraham and Moshe -- it was given to Adam. (Gen 2:1-3) It should not be called the Jewish sabbath because it is ELOHIM's Sabbath, "The Sabbath of YHVH." (Lev 23:3). Exodus 20:8-9 teaches: 
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work."
Note that only the seventh day Shabbat was given to us as a day of rest -- we are commanded to work the other six days -- Sunday is a work day! Many Christians have been wrongly taught that the Sabbath changed toSunday. ELOHIM rested on the seventh day -- this is an unchangeable fact -- it was the seventh day He blessed and sanctified. ELOHIM did not rest on the first day of the week so our weekly Shabbat (which commemorates His rest) can never be changed to Sunday. ELOHIM worked on Sunday, the first day -- as he commands us also. The only Sabbath recognized in Scripture was the seventh day -- Sunday was always referred to as the first day of the week in Scripture -- it was never called a Sabbath *or* ELOHIM's Day. The concept of making Sunday into a replacement for the seventh day Shabbat comes from man made traditions that lack any Scriptural support. 
The early church and apostles observed Shabbat: 
"Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down." Acts 13:14 "And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of ELOHIM. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of ELOHIM." Acts 13:42-44 
"And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither." Acts 16:13 
"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures," Acts 17:2 
"And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks." Acts 18:4 
Notice in the above passages that some Gentiles/Greeks were *also* observing the Sabbath and attending synagogue
The Brit Chadasha (new testament) never says the Sabbath day is changed. Below are few passages have been incorrectly cited by the church to argue a Saturday-to-Sunday changeover, let's examine each one: 
"And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. Acts 20:7
Now, there are many problems in making this about aSunday worship service like those the church has today. What is this service? First off, this is occurring Saturday evening *not* Sunday morning. Remember biblical days begin at sundown and continue until the following sundown. ("And ELOHIM called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5 ). So here it is the first day of the week and it is evening. Since they are 'breaking bread' -- it seems clear they were gathered together for Havdalah services, (Havdalah, literally 'separation' - a ceremony involving bread, wine and spices which marks the ending of Shabbat). Havdalah begins Saturday at sunset, and clearly the disciples all met together for this service and then Sha'ul preached for them until midnight. Realize that this wasn't untilmidnight Sunday evening but midnight *Saturday evening*. Now travel distances exceeding 2000 cubits (approx half-mile) were forbidden on the Sabbath (referenced in Acts 1:12), so Sha'ul is planning to travel (to 'depart on the morrow,') on Sunday morning. Sha'ul would never make travel plans for Shabbat because he observed the Torah (Acts 24:14; 25:8; 28:17). This passage does not show Shabbat was changed toSunday, it merely shows that the post-Sabbath observance of Havdalah was observed by the disciples.
"Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as ELOHIM hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." 1 Corinthians 16:2
Sha'ul is requesting here that donations should be set aside on the first week, Sunday. This money was be gathered ahead of time so that when Sha'ul arrived, the money would be ready to take to the saints in Jerusalem for distribution. Business matters (esp regarding money) are not conducted on ELOHIM's Sabbath, so any collecting of this sort would have to be done Sunday through Friday. The Sabbath is not the topic here -- donations for the saints is. Nothing in this passage indicates a Sunday worship service, this is a practical matter about collecting money -- not about replacing ELOHIM's Sabbath with a Sunday collection service! 
"I was in the Spirit on ELOHIMS's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet," Revelation 1:10
"ELOHIM's Day" here is not referring to a specific day of the week; the Greek word here is Kuriokos (Strong's 2960) derived from Kurios (Strong's 2962) a verb meaning "supreme in authority" "ELOHIM, YAHWEH" "Master" or "Sir." Which day of the week is no where indicated in the text -- it is simply 'ELOHIM,s Day," because it was a day ELOHIM chose to make this revelation to John. No where in the Brit Chadasha is there any leap that Sunday is another name for ELOHIM's Day. 
"But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day" Matthew 24:20
What difference would it make if the flight were on the Sabbath day if it were no longer binding? 
"I am YHVH your ELOHIM; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am YHVH your ELOHIM." Ezekiel 20:19,20
The only true ELOHIM, YHVH, says to remember *His* Sabbaths. Why does man always go after counterfeits? Scripture names our days by their number, 'first' through 'seventh,' with the seventh day having the distinction of being the Sabbath. Sunday is a later name given to the first day of the week -- and it indicates that particular day's pagan dedication. 'Sunday' refers to worship of the sun-god. In The Two Babylons Alexander Hislop explains: 
"The sun, as the great source of light and heat, was worshipped under the name Ba'al. Now the fact that the sun, under that name, was worshipped in the earliest ages of the world shows the audacious character of these first beginnings of apostasy. Men have spoken as if the worship of the sun and of the heavenly bodies was a very excusable thing to do, into which the human race might very readily and very innocently fall."
Compare to II Kings 23:5: 
"And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven."
Many ancient pagan sites were originally established for sun-worship -- the pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge, and numerous pagan temples were dedicated to Helios, Apollo, and Mithras. Even Israel went astray into sun-worship: 
"And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;" Deuteronomy 17:3 "And he brought me into the inner court of YHVH'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of ELOHIM, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of YHVH, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." 
Idolatry and ELOHIM's Truth *do not mix*. "Ye cannot drink the cup of ELOHIM, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of ELOHIM's table, and of the table of devils." 1 Corinthians 10:21 It is naive and dangerous for man to rationalize such observances with "Oh, but we don't worship on Sunday for the sun-god -- we do it for the true ELOHIM, YHVH." YHVH commands His people to not to follow pagan observances. No matter how cleverly man may attempt to rationalize the observances to make them seem more godly, what is contrary to ELOHIM remains contrary to ELOHIM. Both Cain and Abel made offerings to ELOHIM -- but ELOHIM only accepted the appropriate offering. It's the same with our Sabbath day -- ELOHIM determines which day is acceptable to Him, not man. 
"For in six days ELOHIM made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore ELOHIM blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:11 "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant." Exodus 31:16

The Constantine Creed-by default The creed of all “christian s” “I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, and propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues. absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be ananathema in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.” (Stcfano Assemani, Acta Sanctorium Martyrum Orientalium at Occidentalium, Vol. 1, Rome 1748, page 105)Furthermore, any follower of the “Jewish Messiah” (YAHSHUA HaMashiach) who wished to join this “holy community” was compelled to adopt a different set of rules and customs. Subsequently special creeds were drafted, to which the Christian would have to swear such as: “1 accept all customs, rites, legalism, and feasts of the Romans, sacrifices. Prayers, purifications with water, sanctifications by Pontificus Maxmus (high priests of Rome), propitiations, and feasts, and the New Sabbath “So! dei” (day of the Sun, ), all new chants and observances, and all the foods and drinks of the Romans. In other words, I absolutely accept everything Roman, every new law, rite and custom, of Rome, and the New Roman Religion.”

Additionally, in approximately 365 AD, the Council of Laodicea wrote, in one of their canons: Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day. Rather, honoring the Lord’s Day. But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, let them be anathema (against) from Christ”.
Concerning Antiochus Epiphanes…
He set up an image of Zeus in the Temple which was the Abomination of Desolation spoken of in Daniel 11. For 3 years, he continued to desecrate the Temple.
These were the new laws that Antiochus set up:
Thou shall profane the Sabbath
Thou shall change the set times (festivals) and laws
Thou shall set up idols
Thou shall eat unclean animals
Thou shall not circumcise
Thou shall forget the Torah

3 years and 2 months later, the Temple was taken back and rededicated. This is known as the Feast of Dedication, or Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah THAT YAHSHUA OBSERVED.
What’s really is ironic…..these laws were created by an DEVIL -WORSHIPER Antiochus, and are the same things Constantine would later repeat and this is what people want to live by today ie; CHRISTIANS ). Totally going against ELOHIM’s Word. People today are living under laws created by Antiochus and Constantine; a SUN-WORSHIPER.
Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, ‘ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16″then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Romans 6:19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great ELOHIM and Savior YAHSHUA, 14who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
John 14:19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Revelations 12:17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of YAHSHUA .
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear ELOHIM, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Col 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 YAHSHUA.
Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey ELOHIM rather than men.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.


"After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations,
every conceivable power of evil will be set in operation, and minds
will be confused by many voices crying, "Lo, here is Christ, Lo, He is there. This is the truth, I have the message from GodHe has sent me with great light."

Then there will be a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith. A more decided effort will be made to exalt the false Sabbath, and to cast contempt upon God Himself by supplanting the day He has blessed and sanctified. This false sabbath
is to be enforced by an oppressive law. . . . But while Satan works with his lying wonders, the time will be fulfilled foretold in the Revelation, and the mighty angel that

shall lighten the earth with his glory

will proclaim

the fall of Babylon, and call upon God's people to forsake her.  {Mar 189.4}  

Over the years the question has come up regarding why the church stopped displaying the amazing fruits it did during Moses’ day or during the time of the Apostles. And as is always the case, the answer comes to mind in one simple word. Disobedience.

Look around today and you will see that every church out there claims that when you keep the Ten Commandments you are actually trying to build a stairway to Heaven. They say keeping the Law takes away from what Christ did at the cross. They say we are trying to get to Heaven by good works. Obviously, when you come to Christ, and I mean REALLY come to Christ, you understand perfectly that we don’t keep the law to get saved, we keep the law because we are saved. In fact, prophecy stated those that were not considered the chosen people at one time would eventually come to keep the law and embrace the Creator as God and New Testament record confirms the prophetic event did in fact come to fruition.

  • Jeremiah 31:33, "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."
  • Hosea 2:23, "And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God."

One day the Jews were angered by the message Paul was preaching, so they confronted him. In Acts 13:46-49 it says that "Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.  For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.  Andwhen the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.  And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region."

  • Romans 2:14-15, "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another)"

So again, we don’t keep the law to become Christians. According to Scripture, only real Christians can keep it because the Lord writes it upon our hearts.

Now.. when I became a Christian I noticed something that I didn’t see before. True, for the first 10 years of my Christian walk I was a Sunday keeper and I did have prayers answered, yes, but I believe it was only because my Father winked at my ignorance regarding His Law. As Sunday keeping Christians, my wife and I kept the Sunday as if it was the real Sabbath. Later when we started to keep the real Sabbath I noticed that my prayer life, which was still just as active as it always was, had many more fruits in it. It was then I saw the big picture. And when I say big picture, I mean one that spanned 6000 years!

What I mean is, I discovered why the church became weak around 300 years after Jesus ascended back to Heaven. It was because the Christian churches stopped keeping the law!

All over the Old Testament we find that the Lord always said "The Law and the Prophets" were there to direct the people in their day to day lives. And whenever they denied the Law, all prophetic understanding left the church. Sure, they still had prophets. But now, all the prophets did was repeatedly warn them to repent!

It says in Lamentations 2:9, "Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD."

Did you get that? Because they stopped keeping the Law, their prophets were no longer given the visions they required in whatever area they needed additional guidance from the Lord. All they would hear now is, repent! In Ezekiel 7:26 we find that, "Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients."

When they reject His Law, He stops the mouths of the prophets. This is something that has happened all throughout time. Proverbs 29:18 clearly says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

As long as the people are obedient to the Law of the Lord the vision of the prophets is given to give them guidance and council. But as we look back in history, the people rejected the Law and the visions ended and they no longer had counsel from the Lord to keep them safe. Proverbs 11:14, "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."

This is also why we’re seeing what we’re seeing in the church today. In fact, it’s been like this for exactly 1692 years! I’ll explain how I came up with that number in a moment.

Even today we hear of Christians complaining how God doesn’t answer their prayers and this has been the case for nearly 2000 years because Ezekiel 20:3 said quite plainly, "..Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you."

Pretty scary statement isn’t it? So, why did the Lord say when they seek Him He will not be there for them? Jump down just a few more verses and you will find in Ezekiel 20:11-13, "I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. 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. 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: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them."

The Lord clearly says here that He gave them His Law, He gave them His Sabbath, but they rejected those blessings and turned away from Him and so He is left with no choice but to ignore them and not answer their prayers or even guide them with the prophets when danger comes their way.

Truth is brothers and sisters, when you reject the Law you are actually choosing to do that which is sinful and when you know what you’re doing is sin, the Bible states you are a worker of iniquity. This is why so many Christians have difficulty in their prayer life. This is also why I always say when someone asks me to do something or condone something I know is sinful I always say, no thanks, I like having my prayers answered because I know it says in Psalms 66:18 that, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"

When they rejected His Law they were boldly rejecting His leadership. That meant He would no longer be there to council or guide them. And as expected, because of their disobedience, where there is no vision, the people perish.

As I stated earlier, yes, the Lord did still sends prophets to warn them to repent, but He stopped guiding them day by day because of their rejection of His Law.  It’s really rather simple to see when you think about it. The Law is the Law of His Kingdom. He rules that Kingdom eternally even now. On this planet are many people who are in training that He has called to be part of His Kingdom for all eternity. But before they can be allowed entrance they must learn to keep His Law and obey Him. And while doing so He promises to guide them step by step all through this life as the loving Father that He is. But the moment they choose to reject His Law they are openly declaring they don’t need His leadership in their lives, and they have no intention of keeping His Law in His kingdom, and so, He steps back because He has also given them free will to do as they choose. He doesn’t want robotic worship like all the cult leaders do. He doesn’t want worship out of abject fear as the bloodthirsty Roman prelates do. And He certainly doesn’t want to false lip service that the Protestants do. All He wants is simple loving worship.

So.. how does this affect us today? How does this affect the New Testament church? Did we see the Law of God rejected after Christ ascended? Yes we did brothers and sisters. I have a page on the website all about this. It happened on March 7, 321AD when Constantine declared that Sundays would from that moment on be the Sabbath of the Christian church! Most of the Christians started to keep Sunday holy that day and in so doing the guiding Spirit of prophecy was completely removed from the church just as it was in the Old Testament when the chosen people of that day rejected His Law. This is why I believe so many Christians were killed by the Roman Catholic Church back then. None of them made the connection as to what was prophesied concerning this beast. They couldnt see the Catholic church as a threat because they simply couldn’t understand Daniel or Revelation’s exposition on that church, and so a secular leader by the name of Napoleon was called to finally end the Vatican rule just as the Prophet Daniel predicted thousands of years earlier.

Now.. ask yourself this question. If the church repented and then decided to start keeping the Law and keep the Sabbath as He commands, would the spirit of prophecy begin to shine within the church? Yes.. of course it would; just as it did of old whenever the people repented. And so, looking back in time, did the Law eventually find its way back into the church? Yes.. again. In the 9th hour movement when the SDA church was formed.

Now, notice this, when the SDA people started to keep the Law of God, the understanding of prophecy became very apparent. In fact, it was so powerful a message that the Vatican took notice in abject fear and made the decision to attack that church because when they understood prophecy, unlike the many martyrs during the dark ages where no Light from heaven was guiding the church, they learned who the man of sin was, and they also learned he set up shop in the Vatican. And so it goes.. the SDA church was attacked.. it was infiltrated by the Roman Catholic Church and it did eventually fall into its open arms as a loving sister in agreement with Pagan heresy. I have a page describing this well prophesied fall on my “Seven Churches four Movements” page on the site. It’s also on SDAapostasy.org.

Now that the SDA church fell and became a sister to fallen Babylon; something very interesting happened. Not only did the remnant of her seed pick up the task they were originally called to do, all we see the SDA church doing today is echoing old sermons of the past. They are desperately trying to appear as if the Spirit of Prophecy is still within their church. But we know it cannot be there because of what our Lord said plainly in His Word. If they reject His Law He will no longer lead and guide them. How do I know they rejected His Law?

On my sister site at SDAapostasy.org I have a page titled, “SDA’s keeping Sunday holy.” On that page I have 14 links that list dozens of SDA churches that officially keep Sunday holy to bring people into the church. There was even a church in Las Vegas Nevada that did this for an entire year some time ago. They claimed it was to test the idea of using Sunday to bring them in. But we all know who originated that method of evangelization. It was Constantine who was moved by the prelates of the infant Church of Rome to do that in 321AD. Plus, on that page wherein I list the Sunday keeping SDA churches, the last link is a PDF file that lists dozens more SDA churches that keep Sunday holy. So there is no question they are in fact doing this as we speak.

Ok.. we have the evidence that many SDA general conference churches are in fact keeping Sunday holy. And we also know the Lord said in many areas of His Old and New Testament Word that if you reject His Law the Spirit of Prophecy will no longer be given unto the church. That my brothers and sisters is why you see men like Doug Batchelor, Walter Veith, Kenneth Cox or any other General Conference pastor reciting the long understood early SDA discoveries found in Daniel and Revelation. But NONE of these men can tell you what the Lord is telling His remnant people about what’s happening in the world right now, today! I’ve already witnessed some SDA leaders preaching heresy about which comes first, the Sunday Law or the Loud Cry. They simply have no idea and one of them I guess just took a chance and he picked the wrong scenario.

These SDA men have had the Spirit of prophecy removed from their pulpits and I can prove it with just one simple prophesied fact. Now there are many ways to prove this, but I like to use this one because it’s so overwhelmingly blunt and easy to explain for anyone. The prophesied event they missed is …THE 501C3.

If these men in the SDA church truly understood prophecy, as is only possible for the obedient Christian as per God’s written Word. Then they would never have gotten the 501C3 tax ID number. Why is that? In Revelation 13:14 it says, "…that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."

As Ellen White predicted in 1SM204.2, a new 501c3 organization has been established: 

78 years ago, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists mingles churchcraft with statecraft and adopts the blasphemous Eucharistic doctrine by applying for and being approved for a Federal IRS tax status on February 20, 1936 and again on January 6, 1950 under which ruling all under its auspices still operates



"When Protestant churches (even 501c3 modern Seventh-day Adventist's) shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion, for opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution, then will the papal sabbath be enforced by the combined authority of church and state. There will be a national apostasy, which will end only in national ruin."--Ev 235 (1899).

"Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will NEVER come. There are persons in the church who are not converted, and who will not unite in earnest, prevailing prayer. We must [NOW] enter upon the work individually. We must pray more, and talk less."-- Last Day Events, p. 195.2 (1887). We MUST NOW enter upon this work INDIVIDUALLY.

I have a few pages on my site that explain who this beast is, and what it means to have the wound by the sword yet live means. Most of us hear have done the study and have realized this beast to be the Roman Catholic church who was mortally wounded in 1798 when Napoleon removed the Pope from power, and then in 1929 Cardinal Gasspari and Mussolini signed the treaty in the Lateran Palace on February 11. The Vatican was once again in power as a Church & State. The prophecy said in Revelation 17:8, "... behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." 

  • The Beast that was: The Roman church began in 538 ad and continued until Napoleon sent in General Berthier in 1798 ad
  • ...and is not: From 1798ad until the signing of the Lateran treaty in 1929 the Roman Church/state was non-existent.
  • ...yet is: From 1929 to present the Roman Church has been a church & state.

The prophecy also said the Roman Catholic Church would be a Church & State combined form of government.

  • Revelation 17:3, "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."

In prophecy, a woman is defined as a church...

  • Jeremiah 6:2 says, "I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman." 
    Who are the 144,000? https://sda1844.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/who-are-the-144000/ and more here: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/interesting-meaning-of-words-in-certain-verses
  • "And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy” (Isaiah 4:2, 3) (Testimonies for the Church 5:475, 476).  Lift Him Up, p. 377.3
  • The tares are gathered into the 501c3 denominational "bundles" theological fences or theological "bundles" to be burned. The wheat comes out of the 501c3 "bundles" and is gathered into Christ's barn (mind = in constant agreement with Christ - living and giving the Ten Commandments which is the mind of Christ in us). Zion IS the Church or Body of Christ which is the 144,000, the Bride of Christ, the Mother of God's people who are the "guests" and "5 wise virgins" at the wedding banquet supper of the Lamb, similar to the last supper with the 12 disciples...only we feast on the Word of God, the Bible verse promises, claiming them as our own Words that are alive because they were spoken by God Himself and repeated by Christ to us through His disciples and prophets.

We also understand the Church of Jesus Christ "Zion" is the 144,000 Adventist's leaders who are also known as the "Bride of Christ", "Zion", "New Jerusalem", "Elect of God", the "temple", "wheel of God" or "chariot" of God, mobile temples, who live and give the three angels messages from October 22, 1844 until the number is made up at the Sunday law because of many areas of Scriptures that describe her as such. It is also commonly understood that prophecy defines a beast to be a nation.

  • Daniel 7:17, "These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth."
  • Daniel 7:23, "Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces."

Even in today's world, nations are described as beasts. The USA is seen as an eagle. Russia is likened unto a bear, and China carries the image of a dragon.

Ok, now we know that the beast is the Roman Catholic church. And in order to create an image of this beast, as we saw in Revelation 13:14 the church in America and then no doubt around the world, must emulate its nature. So why is it I declare the 501C3 is in fact that image?

According to the United States Government, in order to get a 501C3 tax free ID number, you must first incorporate your church. Every SDA pastor, and every SDA preacher has done this. Why is this a problem? To incorporate your church or ministry you must join it with the State of origin! That means, the SDA church, and all of its ministries, as well as all the other so called Protestant churches are in fact miniature versions of the Roman Catholic church. The Vatican is a Church and a State right? Well the SDA church is now a church and a State as well. But it gets worse.

Because the SDA church rejected God’s Law in many ways, the Spirit of prophecy was removed and they saw no connection or problem between joining their church with the State which in fact means they are those people prophecy said would make an image to the beast in Rome. Now for the clincher in all this! … On the exact same date of the first Sunday law in 321AD, we saw George W. Bush sign into law on March 7th 2006 a brand new executive order (# 13397) that legally REMOVES the separation of church and state and forces all churches (with 501C3 status) to become official government agencies with the POWER to actually lobby law.

Now not only are all 501C3 churches emulating the church & State image of the beast, they now have the same power when it comes to legislative affairs. Strangely enough, this came almost exactly one year after Pope John Paul II said the following…

Why is this so important? Remember Revelation 13:14 where it says they would create the image of the beast? Notice the very next verse..

  • Revelation 13:15, "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."

The 501C3 what given “life” on March 7, 2006 by President Bush and all those holding the 501C3 would be able to lobby law. Or as the prophecy says, they can now “Speak” and “Cause” those that refuse these laws to be killed. Speak = Legislate law. Cause = Enforcement.

The SDA church has not the Spirit of prophecy brothers and sisters. All they can do now is echo old sermons that were written over 100 years ago to try and save face and none of their leaders knew the prophecy warned them not to join their church with the State! NOT ONE! Just as the Christians after 321AD saw no danger in the Roman church, the 501C3 preachers of today saw no danger because the Spirit of prophecy can no longer guide their hearts. All it can do is warn them to come out of that apostate church.

Praise God, the remnant of her seed has no 501C3. And the remnant of her seed can tell you today, what the Pope plans for tomorrow, but only can she do this when in perfect obedience to our Lord’s Law because it is written in Proverbs 29:18 that "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

If you are SDA, and I know some attending are, you now know why your church cannot understand the signs of the times, and you also know now why your prayers are failing to reach your Father’s ear. You have yoked with that which the Lord said is unclean and you are just as guilty as the leaders are when you tithe and support their evil actions. The SDA church cannot see the rain falling, they cannot see probation has closed on their corporate body of their church, they can’t even see that it is sin to keep Sunday holy, it is sin to embrace Pagan holidays and worse yet, the most basic prophecy of all concerning the creation of the image of the beast was totally missed by them. They can’t even realize the exodus of the remnant faithful who do understand the signs of the times are leaving their churches in droves as we speak. And just as Jesus predicted in Matthew 20:1-7 and confirms later in Revelation 12:17, the 11th hour remnant of her seed are doing the work exactly as He predicted for this day because WE OBEY HIS LAW!

  • Revelation 12:17, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

We know the remnant of her seed is the SDA church because we know the woman in this passage is the SDA church. The dragon is angry with her yes, but who is he making war with? Us, the remnant of her seed. Why? It’s because we keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. But what is the testimony of Jesus Christ?

  • Revelation 19:10 says "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." I believe Ellen White to be a true blue messenger of the Lord. You can read her writings online for free here: text.egwwritings.org, I like to read her original manuscripts because of the compilers who add and take away her words that Jesus gave her to make them fit the trinity doctrines of today, or other various reasons that can only come straight from satan. 

    Preach The Word, p. 7: -
     “The less that is done unnecessarily to change our publications, the better it will be.” -- Preach the Word, p. 7. (1910.) 

    R. & H., April 19, 1906: -
     "I am not to retract one word of the message I have borne." {RH, April 19, 1906 par. 6}

    Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, pp. 57 & 58: - "Not a word is changed or denied. 

    So again.. because we keep His Law, we understand the prophecies and can walk accordingly. Therefore we can see clearly as to what’s happening all around us. But because all the other churches don’t keep the law, they have no idea what time it is. Sure, they can echo old sermons and studies about the Daniel and Revelation prophecies. But then so can anyone else that knows how to read and write. But when it comes to what’s happening now.. or what will happen tomorrow.. no, they have no idea whatsoever. And this is why you see men in all the churches that claim to be Protestant like Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsey and Benny Hinn making prophetic statements that fail. And yes, even in the SDA church you have men like Ernie Knolls making prophetic statements that fail as well. Plus, notice again that in his so called visions that many of them are also echoes of the past truths discovered during the 9
    th hour. Even the demons writing those dreams must fail because they too keep not the Law of our God - he constantly is talking about 3 gods, "God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit" the Biblical sounding pagan sun gods - the philosophical traditions against what Paul in Col 2:7 and 2 Cor 11:3-5 warns us against. Why would the Lord give anyone a vision that worships a false pagan sun god previously called Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz?

In short.. if you seek to understand prophecy, study His Word, pray as often as did Daniel, and then be obedient to the Law of the very God that will enlighten you when the time comes for Him to do so.


God desires that we believe in Him, that we trust in Him and His promises. His perfect love has cast out fear. All of our faith will be placed in His hands for the purpose of progressing His kingdom and His will and to stand as evidence of His victory. Our faith is the confident expectation of our hope in Him. He expects that in all things we seek His purpose and His will and give all our worries to Him. He protects us and cares for us.

But it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die. He came to "magnify the law" and to "make it honorable." Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God’s law is unchangeable. Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up His life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love impelled the Father and the Son, that sinners might be redeemed, demonstrates to all the universe—what nothing less than this plan of atonement could have sufficed to do—that justice and mercy are the foundation of the law and government of God.


God desires that we have a monogamous relationship, a covenant relationship with Him. He desires that we consecrate ourselves to Him. He is jealous for us. We are to focus on the things that have eternal value because to Him we have eternal value. He wants us to store up our treasures in heaven because He can protect them until our time comes and if our treasures are in heaven so too will be our hearts. If we store up a good foundation, we can lay hold of eternal life. Our commitment to live by His Word and Spirit in the example of Jesus Christ will be rewarded by His promise of eternal glory. He maintains us.

God desires that we believe in Him, that we trust in Him and His promises. His perfect love has cast out fear. All of our faith will be placed in His hands for the purpose of progressing His kingdom and His will and to stand as evidence of His victory. Our faith is the confident expectation of our hope in Him. He expects that in all things we seek His purpose and His will and give all our worries to Him. He protects us and cares for us.

But it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die. He came to "magnify the law" and to "make it honorable." Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God’s law is unchangeable. Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up His life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love impelled the Father and the Son, that sinners might be redeemed, demonstrates to all the universe—what nothing less than this plan of atonement could have sufficed to do—that justice and mercy are the foundation of the law and government of God.

CHRIST HAS SET THE STANDARD IN THEJUDGMENT!

 

Christ has set the standard in the judgment. The Words given to Christ by His Father, and which were spoken by Christ’s mouth, are THE STANDARD in the judgment.

 

John 12:48-50 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”

 

 

Many professed Christians deny the Law of Ten Commandments as being binding in their lives – that they are not obligated to keep these righteous precepts for eternal life. What did Jesus say about these Ten Great Laws?

 

 

Matthew 19:16-19 “ And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is,God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

 

NOTE: - Christ quotes from the Law of Exodus 20:3-17. As Christ warned us, these words of His will be the standard of judgment in the last day for your soul! Can we dare deny the authority of Christ? If we have claimed eternal life through Christ without obedience to the Ten Commandments of God, that Christ Himself has commanded us to keep, then we are indeed LOST!


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James confirms the words of Christ above, in the following words.

 

James 1:25  “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

 

James 2:8-12, 14  “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty…

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

 

James quotes from the whole law of Exodus 20:3-17, which includes the observance of the Seventh day – Saturday Sabbath.

 

Can anyone escape the judgment of the last days? NO NOT ONE!

 

Romans 14:10-12 “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.


So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

It is very interesting to me how many people do not realize the Sabbath was instituted at Creation by our Lord Jesus as the Seventh day of the week. It is also very interesting the arguments used against the Sabbath. Here are a few of them:

“The Sabbath was done away with at the cross, we are now under grace and do not need to keep the sabbath.”

“I keep the Lord’s day”

“The Sabbath was for the Jews”

“I keep Sunday in honor of Christ’s resurrection”

Some very interesting arguments… in this article we will study the Bible and find out what it truly says about the Sabbath and whether or not the Sabbath(Saturday) is still a binding law or if it has indeed done away with.

Well what better place to start then the beginning? Lets turn to Genesis 2:2-3

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 in it he had rested from all His work which God created and made.

God has just finished creating the world, He now sanctifies and makes the Seventh day holy and rests on the seventh day.
We find that this is the only day of the week God pays special attention to, no other day/s are hallowed(made holy).

Exodus 20:11

8.)

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Notice God doesn’t say “and make it holy” – God has already made it holy, God is indeed the only one who can make a day holy, or anything else for that matter. God is telling us to recognize His authority in making the seventh day holy… could it be that by disregarding this, by keeping sunday we are disregarding God’s holy authority, His power and His word?

How does the bible say to keep the sabbath holy?

9-10.)

Six days shalt thou labor, 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:

It is quite clear according to the Bible that the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week.

But wasn’t the day changed somewhere in history? Didn’t Christ nail the law, the sabbath to the cross when He died?

The fact is the sabbath was changed. In 321 A.D. Constantine proclaimed the first national sunday law. Constantine was no dummy, he did this for a reason. He intended to unite Christianity and paganism. At this time there were many pagans worshiping the sun and even so-called Christians who claimed they were honoring the day Christ arose from the dead. So Constantine concluded that if he should succeed in uniting paganism and Christianity into one group he would strengthen his empire.

Despite all this many Christians still kept saturday and sunday. One historian wrote

The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath, as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria.”

Aside from Rome and Alexandria the keeping of the sabbath during the 5th century was still universally prevalent. But in time sunday-keeping became more prominent. And now today the majority of Christians world-wide keep sunday.

This is how sin and compromise find their way into the church… the devil works smoothly and almost imperceptibly. One writer considering the history of the Church writes

Little by little, at first in stealth and silence, and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men, ‘the mystery of iniquity’ carried forward its deceptive and blasphemous work. Almost imperceptibly the customs of heathenism found their way into the Christian church. The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained for a time by the fierce persecutions which the church endured under paganism. But as persecution ceased, and Christianity entered the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Christ and His apostles for the pomp and pride of pagan priests and rulers; and in place of the requirements of God, she substituted human theories and traditions. The nominal conversion of Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a form of righteousness, walked into the church. Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed. Paganism, while appearing to be vanquished, became the conqueror. Her spirit controlled the church. Her doctrines, ceremonies, and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Christ.”

The devil was able to, through the papal system instigate a false day of worship, a substitute to the holy day created and sanctified by God. But he did not at once attempt to rid the world of sabbath keepers, had he done so many would have, I believe, stood up for what the truth. Instead however satan seduced them into keeping both saturday and sunday holy and as time went by he was able to smoothly and almost imperceptibly remove the keeping of the sabbath from almost all of the Christian world. God didn’t change the day. The Lord says in Malachi 3:6:

I am the LORD, I change not

The Lord doesn’t change… he says “I am the same yesterday, today and forever”

If we go back to Daniel 7:25 we see a prophecy of the Papal declaration of Sunday worship.

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.

The sabbath is both a time and a law, in fact it is the only commandment which is both a time and law. Notice the prophecy says “he will think”, it does not say “he will”. Daniel is clear the Papal power had no authority to institute sunday worship and it was not by God’s direction.

But we are no longer under the law, but under grace
Interestingly the only part of the law anyone is worried about doing away with is the 4th commandment. Nobody believes the whole ten commandments were done away with, think about it, most of us still believe that it is still wrong to murder, commit adultery, steal etc etc. However many use this verse to claim that we no longer have to keep the law, or more clearly, the sabbath.
Tell me, exactly why would one commandment out of the ten, written by God’s own hand be done away with? We have already established that God does not change. Also the fact that God wrote the law in stone shows perfection or eternal unchangingness. Tell me, why is it that the one and only commandment which begins with the word “remember” would be done away with?

But you know what the really sad part is? The next verse clearly puts this argument to rest, it does away with the idea that we no longer need to keep the law.

Romans 6:15

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

And also Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

We are only “not under the law” when we are in Christ, and when we are in Christ we will keep His commandments, ALL His commandments, not the ten commandments with the ten percent discount.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Christ says to keep the commandments even as He did… how did Christ keep them, or maybe a better question is how many of them did He keep? ALL! Christ kept the sabbath and if he is commanding us to keep the commandments as He did then that includes the Sabbath.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Christ showed us by example, in His life how we are to live. Part of that example was to keep the sabbath, now if it was good enough for our Lord Jesus Christ, then how can we do otherwise? “Is the servant greater than his master?”

Also going back to the law being done away with. The bible says in 1 John 3:4

Sin is the transgression of the law

“Being under grace” is not a license to sin, but pardon for our guilt and punishment. But we cannot receive it while in sin, Christ came to “save us from our sins” not in them – it is clear in this context that none of the law is less binding now then it was in Christ’s day.

“I keep Sunday in honor of our Lord’s resurrection”
And I can keep Friday in honor of His death. But if the bible says otherwise than I am sinning for:

Sin is the transgression of the law

It really doesn’t matter how good my intentions are, if God says to keep the sabbath and I am keeping Friday, I am wrong and as long as I knowingly disobey I am living in sin. So with that is there any biblical support of keeping sunday in honor of Christ’s resurrection? Anti-sabbatarians  will tell you there are… lets see what the bible says.

Sunday-keepers may tell you “we keep sunday to commemorate Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection” – Is there biblical support to commemorating Christ’s death, burial and resurrection? Yes there is.

Romans 6:4 says:

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Baptism is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, there is however no biblical support of sunday-keeping as such a commemoration. If you ask a sunday-keeper to produce a text in the bible which supports this “honoring of Christ’s resurrection” by keeping sunday, they will not be able to give you one, because there is none. There is not one verse which even remotely suggests such an idea… they will however present you with the verse which says:

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Okay so this is the famous day, the disciples are gathered on sunday in honor of Christ’s resurrection… that isn’t what the bible says. The bible says a few verses back in John 20:9

For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

The disciples didn’t know he was going to rise from the dead so there is no way they were celebrating his resurrection, as up until the latter end of this verse when Christ appears in the room they do not even know He is going to rise from the dead. So there goes that theory… in fact the disciples where gathered more in hiding than anything else. They were definitely not celebrating anything…

Also in Luke 24:36-37

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

All three of the gospels are clear that the disciples were not expecting Christ’s resurrection, so much so that they feared it was a ghost and not really Him. Based on such there is again no way they were gathered in the upper room to celebrate the first sunday service in honor of a resurrection they at this point did not even know would happen.

It amazes me that scholars and preachers will even suggest such an idea, if they read the chapter in context they would see what is going on and there would be no way they could believe such an idea, however if they do know this truth and they are hiding it from their congregation or peers that is a grave error.

It is said Billy Graham acknowledged the truth of the sabbath but sadly added, If I were to teach this truth, I would lose most of my listeners

That is sad, we will sacrifice the truth because we will lose listeners? What good are those listeners if they are only listening because they like what they hear? God’s bible is 100% truth, we don’t pick and choose what we like and remove what we don’t like. We teach the whole bible and if that offends somebody than that is between them and God because it is God’s book. The bible says in Matthew 5:19:

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

It is sad that men feel they can warp the bible, leave passages out or add to the biblical teachings to suit their hearers. God cannot bless a person who does this and He certainly cannot save a man who teaches “his own version” of the bible.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The truths I have shown you in this article are not my own, they are straight from the bible, you can lookup the texts yourself and study it out. The truth is not popular, in fact it can hurt, it can be inconvenient and may as in John’s case get you into a life and death situation:

John 8:40

But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

In the next part I will dispute, using the bible, other popular sunday arguments. If this article was a blessing to you please post your comments or send us a message. We strive to provide the undiluted truths of the bible, whether they are popular or not.

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4 Responses to “The Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday?”

  1. Posted by Does the sabbath really matter?5th February, 2008 at 3:01 pm

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  2. Posted by brandy12th October, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I loved this. My sisters and I have been trying to learn the real truth about the sabbath and keeping it holy you take Gods word and knock down every reason or excuse I’ve heard to ignore the fact of the sabbath day! you helped me greatly!

  3. Posted by glenn14th December, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I like how you present arguments/excuses, and then refute it with texts.

  4. Posted by Randy14th December, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    @ Brandy, I am here to present the undiluted Biblical message. I present this article in such a way that if you have arguments you are trying to use against the Sabbath, yet are sincere, you will realize that the Seventh Day is indeed the Sabbath.

    However having said that the Sabbath was “made for man” and therefore is to be a blessing not just a “requirement” so as the Bible says test Him. If your afraid to quit your job over the Sabbath issue let the promises of the Lord put your mind at ease:

    Isaiah 58:13-14

    “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
    Then shalt thou 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 thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

    God will provide and take care of you IF you take Him at His word… trust Him!

    A special blessing to all of you who are learning the Sabbath truth and acting on it. God will bless you for your obedience to His will.

http://www.bible-sabbath.com/ 

Keep sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as the Sabbath See Exodus 20 and (The Spirit of Prophecy V. 4, p. 505)

 The seal of the living God is placed upon those who conscientiously keep the Sabbath of the Lord. (RH July 13, 1897). S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 980)

Sabbath observance would be the “line of distinction” In the “final test” that will separate God's end-time people who .. receive the seal of God' and are saved, from those who “receive the mark of the beast” (The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan, p. 605).

The first four commandments describe how to love God and the last six reveal how to love one’s fellow man. Put another way, the first four commandments explain how to establish a relationship with the true God and the last six how to build relationships with human beings.

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Who enters through the gates into the city of God? Those who keep His commandments. "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Rev. 22:14). What constitutes the commandments of God? The first four are to love God supremely, the last six, to love our neighbor as ourselves. And can you do this and not show them the way of salvation in and through Christ Jesus?http://www.whiteestate.org/message/Show_Christ.asp


The law and the gospel are interwoven as warp and woof. Here mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and peace have kissed each other. We want to come to God's standard. He has a law governing human intelligences and it is for our happiness to observe it. We are to love God. Love leading to disobedience is the inspiration of the devil; love leading to obedience is the inspiration of Heaven.

Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord; and again, Cleanse yourselves. But how are we to know that we have impurity? The law of God shows this. The first four commandments point out duty to God, and the last six allow no selfishness toward our fellow men. When I see that I fail, I flee to the Stronghold. I know that He pardons sins of ignorance. Jesus is a sin-pardoning Saviour. Jesus kept His Father's commandments, and He says, Blessed are they that do; they shall enter in.

When we obey we shall have happy families. Teach the children the commandments of God forever. This was important in Israel's time and it is none the less so now. All your profession of keeping the commandments will not give you an entrance to the city. Bind them on your heart and carry them out in every act. There is One who sees it all, and He says, I have set before thee an open door. Through this was shown the throne of God, overshadowed by the rainbow of promise, the token of the everlasting covenant, showing that mercy and truth are met together, and drawing from the beholder praise to the Lord.

Will you not from this very day try to represent Christ to the world? You will have a refuge. You will be sunny Christians. We have been gloomy long enough. Had we not better come out of the cave, stand with God, and we will have Christ with us so that we can talk of redemption as did the disciples when they had been with Jesus and learned of Him.

Carry the light of Jesus. Carry it to your neighbors. When we bring Christ into our experience, there will be a loving of one another, there will be an unlocking of the hardest hearts. God can take a worm and thrash a mountain. If we humble ourselves and have His converting power every moment, His righteousness will be our covering. "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; and the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward" (Isa. 58:8).

The Sabbath Points to the Creator

          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. Exodus 31:13. {LHU 53.1}

         The Sabbath was given to all mankind to commemorate the work of creation. The great Jehovah, when He had laid the foundations of the earth, when He had dressed the whole world in its garb of beauty, and created all the wonders of the land and the sea, instituted the Sabbath day and made it holy. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy, the Sabbath was set apart as God's memorial. God sanctified and blessed the day in which He has rested from all His wondrous work. And this Sabbath, sanctified of God, was to be kept for a perpetual covenant. It was a memorial that was to stand from age to age, till the close of earth's history.  {LHU 53.2} 

     God brought the Hebrews out of their Egyptian bondage, and commanded them to observe His Sabbath, and keep the law given in Eden. Every week He worked a miracle to establish in their minds the fact that in the beginning of the world He had instituted the Sabbath. . . .  {LHU 53.3} 

     There are those who hold that the Sabbath was given only for the Jews; but God has never said this. He committed the Sabbath to His people Israel as a sacred trust; but the very fact that the desert of Sinai, and not Palestine, was the place selected by Him in which to proclaim His law, reveals that He intended it for all mankind. The law of ten commandments is as old as creation. Therefore the Sabbath institution has no special relation to the Jews, any more than to all other created beings. God has made the observance of the Sabbath obligatory upon all men. "The sabbath," it is plainly stated, "was made for man." Let every one, therefore, who is in danger of being deceived on this point give heed to the Word of God rather than the assertions of men.  {LHU 53.4} 

     In Eden, God said to Adam concerning the tree of knowledge, "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Adam listened to the voice of Satan speaking through his wife; he believed another voice than that which spoke the law in Eden. . . . {LHU 53.5} 

     As the tree of knowledge was the test of Adam's obedience, so the fourth command is the test that God has given to prove the loyalty of all His people. The experience of Adam is to be a warning to us so long as time shall last. It warns us not to receive any assurance from the mouth of men or of angels that will detract one jot or tittle from the sacred law of Jehovah (Review and Herald, Aug. 30, 1898).

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1. {LHU 54.1}

The Creator has given abundant evidence that His power is unlimited, that He can establish kingdoms, and overturn kingdoms. He upholds the world by the word of His power. He made the night, marshaling the shining stars in the firmament. He calls them all by name. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork, showing men that this little world is but a jot in God's creation. . . . {LHU 54.2}

The inhabitants of the unfallen worlds look with pity and reproach on man's pride and self-importance. The wealthy and the honored of the world are not the only ones who glorify self. Many who profess to revere God talk of their wisdom and their might. They act as if God is under obligations to them, as if He cannot carry on His work without their aid. Let such gaze into the starry heavens, and with admiration and awe study the marvelous works of God. Let them think of the wisdom He displays in maintaining perfect order in the vast universe, and of the little reason that man has to boast of his attainments. {LHU 54.3}

All that man has--life, the means of existence, happiness, and other blessings unnumbered that come to him day by day--is from the Father above. Man is a debtor for all he proudly claims as his own. God gives His precious gifts, that they may be used in His service. Every particle of the glory of man's success belongs to God. It is His manifold wisdom that is displayed in the works of men, and to Him belongs the praise (Youth's Instructor, Apr. 4, 1905). {LHU 54.4}

By and by the gates of heaven will be thrown open to admit God's children, and from the lips of the King of glory the benediction will fall on their ears like richest music, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34). {LHU 54.5}

Then the redeemed will be welcomed to the home that Jesus is preparing for them. There their companions will not be the vile of earth, liars, idolaters, the impure, and unbelieving; but they will associate with those who have overcome Satan and through divine grace have formed perfect characters. Every sinful tendency, every imperfection, that afflicts them here has been removed by the blood of Christ, and the excellence and brightness of His glory, far exceeding the brightness of the sun, is imparted to them (Steps to Christ, pp. 125, 126).
 Printed in Sermons and Talks, volume two, pp. 92-98.

Nehemiah 10:31

And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: 

Isaiah 58:12-14

King James Version (KJV)

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.

13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

14 Then shalt thou 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 thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Ezekiel 20:13
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: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.

"And if the people of the land bring in wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it from them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would forego the crops of the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt." Nehemiah 10:31

Nehemiah 13:15 In those days I saw men in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath and bringing in grain and loading it on donkeys, together with wine, grapes, figs and all other kinds of loads. And they were bringing all this into Jerusalem on the Sabbath. Therefore I warned them against selling food on that day.

1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Exodus 23:10 "For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops,

Exodus 23:11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

Leviticus 25:1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,

Deuteronomy 15:1 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.

Deuteronomy 15:2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the LORD's time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.

Nehemiah 5:12 "We will give it back," they said. "And we will not demand anything more from them. We will do as you say." Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they had promised.

10:19Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous; but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
Jeremiah 17:27But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
Jeremiah 17:21Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
Nehemiah 13:19And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.
1 Kings 12:4Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
2 Chronicles 10:4Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
Exodus 31:16Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
Leviticus 23:32It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.
Matthew 12:5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Leviticus 23:3Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Exodus 31:15Six days may work be done; but in 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.
Leviticus 25:4But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
Jeremiah 17:24And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein;
Jeremiah 17:22Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye thesabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
Nehemiah 10:31And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
Leviticus 23:39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be asabbath.
John 19:31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on thesabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Luke 13:14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbathday, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
2 Chronicles 23:8So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the courses.
John 7:23If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
Nehemiah 13:15In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on thesabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals.
2 Kings 11:9And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
2 Corinthians 11:1Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
Isaiah 58:13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Numbers 11:17And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

Mark 2:27And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:    

Ezekiel 18:20The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the fatherbear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Mark 15:42And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
Luke 13:10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

Exodus 20:8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Mark 2:28Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Luke 6:2And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
Luke 6:5And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Luke 23:54And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
Exodus 16:26Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
Exodus 35:3Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.
Leviticus 16:31It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.
Matthew 12:8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Matthew 24:20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mark 2:24And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
Mark 3:2And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
1 Kings 2:8And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with agrievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
2 Kings 4:23And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
2 Kings 11:7And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.

1 Chronicles 9:32And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath.
Matthew 12:12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
Luke 4:31And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
Acts 13:44And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
Acts 17:2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Acts 18:4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
Nehemiah 13:21Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.
Isaiah 66:23And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Matthew 12:2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
Mark 1:21And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
John 5:9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
John 9:14And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
Acts 13:42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

2 Chronicles 23:4This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of the doors;
Nehemiah 13:17Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
Luke 4:16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 6:6And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
Luke 6:7And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
Luke 14:5And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?
Luke 23:56And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
John 5:16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on thesabbath day.
Acts 13:14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on thesabbath day, and sat down.


 Sunday is NOT the biblical Sabbath day
 Did the Apostles Keep Sunday To Honor The Resurrection?







“We are now under grace, not the letter of the law, and can observe any day we choose.” The correct understanding of grace is found in justification: as we repent of breaking the law, we come under grace and are forgiven. Grace does not mean we are at liberty to break any or all commandments.

Ten Commandments

Exodus 20 (King James Version)

 1And God spake all these words, saying,

 2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

 4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

 5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

 6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

 7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

 8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

 9Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

 10But 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:

 11For 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.

 12Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

 13Thou shalt not kill. [MURDER]

 14Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 15Thou shalt not steal.

 16Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

 17Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

 18And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

 19And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

 20And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

Keep His Commandments

"Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecc. 12:13, 14

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."Matt. 22:37-40

"I am the Lord thy God, . . . Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Ex. 20:2, 3

"Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god." SD 56

"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Ex. 20:4-6

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."Ex. 20:7

"This commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swearing, but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner. . . . By the thoughtless mention of God in common conversation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters, and by the frequent and thoughtless repetition of His name, we dishonor Him." PP 306

"To pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works." DA 668

“The world observes Sunday and the world’s great Bible teachers teach Sunday. How do you know that Saturday is the Sabbath?” Satan deceives the whole world, Revelation 12:9. We are not to follow the broad way of the world. Only a few will find the strait gate and the narrow way, Matthew 7:13-14.

“We are now under grace, not the letter of the law, and can observe any day we choose.” The correct understanding of grace is found in justification: as we repent of breaking the law, we come under grace and are forgiven. Grace does not mean we are at liberty to break any or all commandments.


Christ our Righteousness - 
A Stone of Stumbling ?



“But Israel, which followed after the law of Righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by Faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that Stumbling Stone . . . . and that Rock was Christ !”

Romans 9:32-33 & I Corinthians 10:3-4

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works (the toil, acts, labour, effort) of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we havebelieved in Jesus Christ (Yehushua the Moshiac - Jehovah’s Salvation & Anointing), that we might be justified (declared innocent, holy and righteous) by the faith of Christ . . . . ref: I John 2:25-27

And not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified . . . . for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point
he is guilty of all 
. . . For I through the law am dead to the law . . . For the wages of sin is death . . . And ye are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; so that ye might be married (joined as One) to Another, even to Him Who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God . . . . and that I might 
live unto God !
      ref: James 2:10 & John 17:21-23

Note: the old man works (toils) so hard to keep the law of Jehovah, in order that he may be declared innocent and righteous (justified) before God; but in vain . . . . For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God, (for the law of sin in Adam, remains active and alive in his own flesh); and whosoever falls in even one point, becomes guilty of all; and therefore must die! For the wages of sin is death ! So we by faith, choose to die with Christ ! . . . ref: Romans 3:23 & 5:12,19

But where then is our hope? . . . for the living know that they must die, but the dead know not anything! . . . And if our transgressions and our sins be upon us (our record remains marred and stained), and we pine away (are consumed) in them, how shall we then live ? . . . ref: Ecclesiastes 9:5 and Ezekiel 33:10

As I live, saith the Lord GOD !

For it is Christ in you, the Hope of glory . . . !’
 Colossians 1:27
So we, by faith (in GOD’s spoken Word), die with Christ,. We accept, and appropriate His death on Calvary as our own; Noweven Today! So that we also might 
rise again with Him, by faith, to walk in newness of Spirit and Life 
!
“For therein is the Righteousness of God (Jehovah, Yehuwah) revealed from faith 
to faith
: as it is written, The just shall live by faith !”
Romans 1:16-17

For He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the Living ! ref: Mark 12:27

And now (through Christ) we are delivered (loosed) from the law (of sin and death), that being dead wherein we were held; (in bondage to fear and the sentence of death which overshadowed our entire lives) that we should serve in newness of Spirit, and not in oldness of the letter . . . For I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live! Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by thefaith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:16-20 & Romans 6:23, 7:4-6, 8:2

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed !”

John 8:36

And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins . . . And you being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him (Christ Jesus), having forgiven you all trespasses.

Blotting outthe handwriting (handwritten legal document, bond) of ordinances (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical law) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross !”

Ephesians 2:1 & Colossians 2:13-14 

“When Jesus (Yehushua) therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished (paid in full) !
and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost (spirit, breath) . . . .” John 19:30 


Note
: See the majesty of what the Son of Almighty God wrought on our behalf while here in human flesh. For these promises written by Paul have a dual application; not only to Jew and Gentile, but more importantly, to all of mankind and GOD, their Father in heaven !

But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ (The Anointed One, Anointing). ref: Daniel 9:24. For He is our Peace, Who hath made both (God and man) One, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition (ref: Hebrew 10:19-20), between us . . . . by a new (recently slain) and Living 
Way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh ! . . .

Having abolished in His own flesh the enmity (hostility) of the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, 
and so making Peace !”      Ephesians 2:13-15

And having made Peace through the blood (ref: Leviticus 17:11) of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him (Christ Jesus), I say, whether 
they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies of GOD in your mind by wicked works, 
yet now hath He reconciled !

In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and reproveable in His sight !”     Colossians 1:20-22

“Therefore being justified (declared innocent, holy, righteous) by faithwe have Peace with GOD through our Lord (Sovereign King) Jesus Christ . . .” Romans 5:1-2

“Being justified freely by His Grace (the divine Influence upon the heart), through the Redemption (ransom in full, Salvation, deliverance, atonement) that is in Christ Jesus. Whom GOD hath set forth to be a Propitiation (atoning victim, mercy seat, satisfaction for), through faithin His blood, to declare His Righteousness for the remission of sins that are past . . . .

To declare, I say, at this time His Righteousness: that He might be Just (equitable, righteous in judgment), and the Justifier of him that believeth in Jesus (Yehushua) !” 
Romans 3:24-26

For I am not ashamed of the gospel (Glad Tidings) of Christ: for it is the power of GOD unto Salvation (deliverance, rescue, safety, healing) to every one 
that believeth . . . . To the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed . . . !”

Romans 1:16-17

“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their Words unto the ends of the world ! But I say, Did not Israel know
First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation (gentile, people) I will anger you.

But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought Me not; I was manifest unto them that asked not after Me. But to Israel He saith, All day long 
I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying (dispute, contradict, deny) people . . . .” Romans 10:18-21

“For they stumbled at that Stumbling Stone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a Stumbling Stone and a Rock of offense: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed !”  
Romans 9:32-22


     "Wherefore, as the Holy Spirit saith, Today (even Now!), if ye will hear His Voice, harden not your hearts . . . .
For we are made partakers of Christif we hold the beginning of our confidence (faith, assurance) stedfast unto the end ! . . .

     . . . Who of (by) GOD is made unto us, Wisdom, and righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption !"        Hebrews 3:7-14
and I Corinthians 1:30-31

     "For here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of GOD, and (even) the faith of Jesus !"    Revelation 14:12


The Sign

    The Bible reveals that the Sabbath is a sign between Jehovah and His people: “Hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you that you may know that I am Yahweh your Elohim,”Ezekiel 20:20 (see also Ex. 31:13-17; Ezek. 20:12). Keeping His Sabbaths is a witness or a sign to the world that we are His people. He will bring things about so that we will know that Jehovah is our GOD.

 

The Seal

    We are also told that His people shall be called by His Name, 2 Chronicles 7:14. We learn that at the end of the age His people will be “sealed with His name.” Revelation 7:2-4. In Revelation 14:1 we learn that the saints are sealed with “His name and His Father’s Name” in their foreheads.

    Jehovah’s people are those who keep His Commandments and have the faith of Jehovah, Revelation 14:12. Paul says we are not to grieve or act contrary to the promptings of Jehovah’s Spirit, for by the power of the Holy Spirit we are sealed and kept: “And grieve not the holy Spirit of Jehovah, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).

    Thus, the Sign of Jehovah’s people is keeping the Sabbath, and the Seal is His Name in the forefront of our thinking. Both of these truths are critical for True Worship. Jehovah says He will accept the son of the stranger providing he will “serve Him and love the Name of Yahweh, to be His servants, every one that keeps the Sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of My covenant,” Isaiah 56:6. Notice that Jehovah simultaneously speaks of those who serve Him, love His Name, keep His Sabbath, and take hold of His covenant.

 

Name in 5 Commandments

    Are you one of those Sabbath-keepers who delight in the increased knowledge our Creator has given you in the keeping of His Sabbath? Yet are you neglecting the Third Commandment? All of the first five commandments either concern His Name Jehovah or contain it.

    Surely you know that if you offend His commands in one point you are guilty of breaking all (James 2:10). By calling upon His Name Jehovah, you keep the First Commandment. Was it just happenstance that the first of the Ten Commandments introduces Jehovah by His Name? His majesty is in His Name, which is above every name in heaven or earth.

    His glory He will not give to another nor His praise to graven images, Isaiah 42:8. Thus we keep the Second Commandment when we acknowledge the Mighty One of the heavens as the Highest over all the earth.

    We bring the great Creator to degradation by referring to Him by a mere title such as “god.” The title god is used for Satan and his demons, 1 Corinthians 4:4, as in the title lord, 1Corinthians 8:5. Revelation 14:1 says that His 144,000 will be sealed with His Name in their foreheads.


Jehovah set aside the Sabbath for man to rest and refocus on the true values by spending time studying His Word and reflecting on the purpose of life. Every seventh day Jehovah’s people cease from secular activities for a 24-hour period. This rest and reorientation reminds us of our higher spiritual goals. We then redirect our energies and time to be in harmony with our desire to attain that first resurrection.

    Some have argued that keeping the Sabbath is a burden and represents “works of the law.” What’s so burdensome about resting? How can resting for 24 hours be considered “works?”

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days thou shalt 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." Ex. 20:8-11

"God has given men six days wherein to labor, and He requires that their own work be done in six working days. Acts of necessity and mercy are permitted on the Sabbath, the sick and suffering are at all times to be cared for; but unnecessary labor is to be strictly avoided." PP 307

"Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the Son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing evil." Isa. 56:2

"There is need of Sabbath reform among us, who profess to observe God's holy rest day. Some discuss their business matters and lay plans on the Sabbath, and God looks upon this in the same light as though they engaged in the actual transaction of business." Ev. 245

"If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and will feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." Isa. 58:13, 14

"We should jealously guard the edges of the Sabbath. Remember that every moment is consecrated, holy time." 6T 356

"But in order to keep the Sabbath holy, men must themselves be holy. Through faith they must become partakers of the righteousness of Christ." DA 283

"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Ex. 20:12

"The fifth commandment requires children not only to yield respect, submission, and obedience to their parents, but also to give them love and tenderness, to lighten their cares, to guard their reputation, and to succor and comfort them in old age. It also enjoins respect for ministers and rulers and for all others to whom God has delegated authority." PP 308

"Thou shalt not kill." Ex. 20:13

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." 1 John 3:15

"All acts of injustice that tend to shorten life; the spirit of hatred or revenge, or the indulgence of any passion that leads to injurious acts toward others, or causes us even to wish them harm; a selfish neglect of caring for the needy or suffering; all self-indulgence or unnecessary deprivation or excessive labor that tends to injure health - all these are, to a greater or less degree, violations of the sixth commandment." PP 308

"Thou shalt not commit adultery." Ex. 20:14

"This commandment forbids not only acts of impurity, but sensual thoughts and desires, or any practice that tends to excite them. Purity is demanded not only in the outward life but in the secret intents and emotions of the heart. Christ, who taught the far-reaching obligation of the law of God, declared the evil thought or look to be as truly sin as is the unlawful deed." PP 308

"If we would not commit sin, we must shun its very beginnings. Every emotion and desire must be held in subjection to reason and conscience. Every unholy thought must be instantly repelled." 5T 177

"When impure thoughts are cherished, they need not be expressed by word or act to consummate the sin and bring the soul into condemnation." 4T 623

"Thou shalt not steal." Ex. 20:15

"The eighth commandment condemns theft and robbery. It demands strict integrity in the minutest details of the affairs of life. It forbids over-reaching in trade, and requires the payment of just debts or wages. It declares that every attempt to advantage oneself by the ignorance, weakness, or misfortune of another is registered as fraud in the books of heaven." PP 309

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." Ex. 20:16

"False speaking in any matter, every attempt or purpose to deceive our neighbor, is here included. An intention to deceive is what constitutes falsehood. By a glance of the eye, a motion of the hand, an expression of the countenance, a falsehood may be told as effectually as by words. All intentional overstatement, every hint or insinuation calculated to convey an erroneous or exaggerated impression, even the statement of facts in such a manner as to mislead, is falsehood. This precept forbids every effort to injure our neighbor's reputation by misrepresentation or evil surmising, by slander or tale bearing. Even the intentional suppression of truth, by which injury may result to others, is a violation of the ninth commandment." PP 309

"Wherefore lay aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings." 1 Peter 2:1

"Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." Matt. 5:37

"These words condemn all those meaningless phrases and expletives that border on profanity. They condemn the deceptive compliments, the evasion of truth, the flattering phrases, the exaggerations, the misrepresentations in trade, that are current in society and in the business world. They teach that no one who tries to appear what he is not, or whose words do not convey the real sentiment of his heart, can be called truthful. . . .

"Everything that Christians do should be as transparent as the sunlight. Truth is of God; deception, in every one of its myriad forms is of Satan; and whoever in any way departs from the straight line of truth is betraying himself into the power of the wicked one." MB 68

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's." Ex. 20:17

"The tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, prohibiting the selfish desire, from which springs the sinful act." PP 309

"To live for self is to perish. Covetousness, the desire of benefit for self's sake, cuts the soul off from life. It is the spirit of Satan to get, to draw to self. It is the spirit of Christ to give, to sacrifice self for the good of others." COL 259

"For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Rom. 13:9, 10

"For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

"You have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'you shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to the judgment.' But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; . . . So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. . . .

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. . . .

"It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

"Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.'But I say to you, Do not swear at all, . . . Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil.

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 5:20-48 RSV

"The disciples of Christ must obtain righteousness of a different character from that of the Pharisees, if they would enter the kingdom of heaven. God offered them, in His Son, the perfect righteousness of the law. If they would open their hearts fully to receive Christ, then the very life of God, His love, would dwell in them, transforming them into His own likeness; and thus through God's free gift they would possess the righteousness which the law requires . . . a reproduction in themselves of the character of Christ." MB 54, 55

"The law of God, as presented in the Scriptures, is broad in its requirements. Every principle is holy, just, and good. The law lays men under obligation to God; it reaches to the thoughts and feelings; and it will produce conviction of sin in every one who is sensible of having transgressed its requirements. If the law extended to the outward conduct only, men would not be guilty in their wrong thoughts, desires, and designs. But the law requires that the soul itself be pure and the mind holy, that the thoughts and feelings be in accordance with the standard of love and righteousness.

"In His teachings, Christ showed how far-reaching are the principles of the law spoken from Sinai. He made a living application of that law whose principles remain forever the great standard of righteousness; the standard by which all shall be judged in that great day when the judgment shall sit, and the books shall be opened. He came to fulfill all righteousness, and, as the head of humanity, to show man that he can do the same work, meeting every specification of the requirements of God. Through the measure of His grace furnished to the human agent, not one need miss heaven. Perfection of character is attainable by every one who strives for it. This is made the very foundation of the new covenant of the gospel." 1SM 211, 212

"For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do; sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Rom. 8:3,4 RSV

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 5:3

"The Jews had so perverted the law that they made it a yoke of bondage. Their meaningless requirements had become a byword among other nations." DA 204

"For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders." Matt. 23:4

"It is the desire and plan of Satan to bring in among us those who will go to great extremes. . . . They will be exacting, and will seek to enforce rigorous duties, and go to great lengths in matters of minor importance, while they neglect the weightier matters of the law: judgment and mercy and the love of God." Ev. 212

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8

The important thing is to know that your heart is fully surrendered and then learn what God would want you to do in following the reforms.

"Closely examine your own hearts, and in your lives imitate the unerring Pattern, and all will be well with you." 2T 71

"In matters of conscience the soul must be left untrammeled. No one is to control another's mind, to judge for another, or to prescribe his duty. God gives to every soul freedom to think, and to follow his own convictions. 'Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.' No one has the right to merge his own individuality in that of another. In all matters where principle is involved, 'let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.' Rom. 14:12, 5." DA 550

"And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men." Acts 24:16

"Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he allows." Rom.14:22

"It is the privilege of every one to so live that God will approve and bless him. You may be hourly in communion with Heaven; it is not the will of your heavenly Father that you should ever be under condemnation and darkness. . . . You should cultivate self-respect by living so that you will be approved by your own conscience, and before men and angels." KH 140

"Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways?" Ps. 119:1-3

“I accept the Ten Commandments as still binding upon Christians; and it is my purpose by the power of the indwelling Christ, to keep this law, including the fourth commandment, which requires the observance of the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath of the Lord.”

“The holy Sabbath looked glorious- a halo of glory was all around it. I saw that the Sabbath commandment was not nailed to the cross. If it was, the other nine commandments were; and we are at liberty to break them all as well as to break the fourth. I saw that God had not changed the Sabbath, for he never changes. But the pope had changed it from the seventh day to the first day of the week; for he was to change times and laws.” (Early Writings of E.G. White, p. 33, also Desire of the Ages p.763) in the same book Mrs. White says, “The pope has changed the day of rest from the seventh to the first day.” (P. 65 )

In Christ’s special day for our time (prophecy lectures p.3) “throughout history the Sabbath has been kept as a memorial of Christ’s creative power. It has been a sign of loyalty, liberty, and love in any age… Throughout the Old Testament, the Sabbath was a sign of allegiance. It distinguished God's people from the heathen. It was established at creation, observed before the existence of the Jewish nation, and kept by Gods people through the entire Old Testament period.”

… The fourth commandment of God's unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. … It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God's kingdom. The Sabbath is God's perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts. Support is found in these Bible passages: Genesis 2:1-3: Exodus 20:8-11: Luke 4:16: Isaiah 56:5,6: Isaiah 58:13,14: Matthew 12:1-12: Exodus 31:13-17: Ezekiel 20:12 and 20:20: Deuteronomy 5:12-15: Hebrews 4:1-11: Leviticus 23:32: Mark 1:32 .

The great principles of God's law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in every age. These precepts are the basis of God's covenant with His people and the standard in God's judgment. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Savior. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments…”

Holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall …” (Early Writings, p. 33;). She also wrote of some Adventists failing to understand that, “Sabbath... observance was of sufficient Importance to draw a line between the people of God and unbelievers' (Early Writings p. 85).

“Too late they see that the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the seal of the living God.” (The Great Controversy, p. 640 )

Today the Ten Commandments or Decalogue are being forcibly removed from schools, government institutions and other public places. Having no Moral law taught or displayed cannot be without repercussions as we now find sex, pornography, violence and crime have become accepted as normality in television, movies, music and the internet. If all this moral decay isn't disturbing enough, we now observe Christian organizations with their internet sites exhorting that we no longer have to observe the Ten Commandments. Some of these web sites not only attack the validity of the Ten Commandments but also condemn other Churches that do teach loving obedience to the law as Jesus Christ instructed. A few decades ago, anyone claiming the law was abolished was accused of antinomianism. Yet today, we see more and more Christians embracing the thought of not having to obey the Ten Commandments at all. To keep or not to keep? This has become the pivotal issue as we approach the closing crisis of Earth's history.

When Were the Bible Ten Commandments Introduced?

When were the Bible ten commandments created? Was it at mount Sinai that God's people first came to know about the ten commandments? Or did they know about the commandments of God before that? Well, first we need to look back in Genesis, at the story of Cain and Abel. In Genesis 4, verses 8-10, we find that Cain killed Abel because God accepted Abel's offering, but He did not accept Cain's offering. And God said to Cain .....Genesis 4:8-10 .....'"What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth.' Now how could God judge Cain, if there wasn't a law already in place that said "thou shalt not kill"? Have a good think about it. We also have the story of Joseph being tempted by Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39:7-9. What did Joseph say to Potiphar's wife? ..... Genesis 39:7-9 .....'because you are his wife ... how can I do this great wickedness against God?' How did Joesph know that sleeping with Potiphar's wife was wrong unless there was a law already in place saying "thou shalt not commit adultery"?

Now the most compelling evidence that the Bible Ten Commandments is God's eternal moral law that has always existed, will always exist and was binding before Sinai, is what we find in Ezekiel 28:12-17. Here, God is talking about Satan, and says ..... 'Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God.' So Satan, before he fell, was the covering Cherub. What does this have to do with the Bible ten commandments? Well, if we find out the job of a covering Cherub, we will see the connection to the ten commandments. In Exodus 25:16-21, we find out ..... 'And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold ... And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings.' This is God telling Moses how to make the earthly sanctuary for God to dwell in, and as we can see, he was to make two golden Cherubims to cover the mercy seat of God. Please stay with us on this and really think about it, because this is key to understanding the eternal nature of the moral law of God, the Bible ten commandments.

Now in the book of Hebrews we find that the earthly sanctuary that Moses had built was a copy (or shadow) of the one already in heaven ..... Hebrews 8:4-5 .....'Who serve unto THE EXAMPLE AND SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make ALL THINGS according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.' Also we have in Hebrews 9:24 .....'For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the FIGURES OF THE TRUE; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.'

So the author of Hebrews confirms that the earthly sanctuary was a COPY of the one already in heaven where God dwells. So if the earthly sanctuary had covering Cherubims over the mercy seat, then the REAL sanctuary in heaven also has REAL covering Cherubim. And Satan used to be the covering Cherub over the mercy seat, the very throne of God in heaven. Now this is the connection to the ten commandments; What is under the mercy seat of God? The ark of His testament, which contains the Ten Commandments. Do you see this amazing truth? If the most holy place in the earthly sanctuary contained God's law inside the ark of the covenant, and was a COPY of the one already in heaven, then it proves that God's law contained on the stone tablets, existed BEFORE sin entered this world, and even BEFORE Satan fell. There is no doubt that the ten commandments is God's eternal moral law, which His heavenly government is based on. God didn't think up the Bible ten commandments at Sinai, no, rather His moral law that we find contained within the ten commandments is the very foundation of His heavenly throne. His law has ALWAYS existed, and WILL always exist.

"The law of God, being a revelation of His will and a transcript of His character, must forever endure." (The Great Controversy, p434)

John confirmed that the ten commandments is still the foundation and character of God's government in heaven, through what he saw in a vision in the book of Revelation ..... 'And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.' Revelation 11:19 ..... So John sees a door opened in the temple of God in heaven, and sees the ORIGINAL ark of the testament, which will be under the mercy seat of God, containing the ten commandments and covered by the covering Cherubs, which is the job that Satan used to have as mentioned above. Do you see this amazing truth about God's Bible ten commandments? They were in existence BEFORE sin entered this world, and even before this world began. And they are still in existence today and very much binding upon all people. But as I said from the start, we do not keep the Bible ten commandments to be saved, we keep them because we ARE saved through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. God has always and will always hate sin, and what is sin? ..... 1 John 3:4 ..... 'Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.' ..... What law? The Bible ten commandments.

Now keep that last Bible verse in your mind for a moment, and think about what happened to satan in heaven .....Ezekiel 28:15 .....'Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.'..... Now God in this verse is talking about Lucifer (satan), and look at what He says about Lucifer. "thou was perfect until INIQUITY was found in thee." What is iniquity? It's SIN! What did John say in 1 John 3:4? He said that sin is transgression of the law. So how was iniquity found in Lucifer? He transgressed God's eternal moral law by coveting God's position. There is no doubt that God's moral law which we find in the Bible ten commandments, existed before this world was created and will continue to exist and be binding throughout eternity! As the Psalmist said, "forever O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven .... All God's commandments are sure, they stand fast forever and ever." (Psalm 119:89; 111:7,8)

Blessed are They who Delight in God's Law

Just take a look at what the Psalmist thought about God's divine law in Psalm 119 ..... "Blessed are they who Bible Prophetwalk in the law of the Lord ..... Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments ..... I will delight myself in Thy commandments ..... The law of Thy mouth is better for me than thousands of gold and silver ..... All Thy commandments are faithful ..... I will keep the commandments of my God ..... All Thy commandments are truth ..... Great peace have they that love Thy law." ..... As the morals of this world continue to disintegrate, God is looking for a people who will stand up for what is right. A people who will not bow down and give in to the sins and wicked ways of this world, but a people who stand firmly on the truth of His Word in the Bible. A people who are willing to keep God's commandments, no matter what the world says or does. Did you know that end times prophecy in Revelation reveals God's saints in the last days are those who are keeping His commandments? See Gods law in Bible prophecy or Ten Commandments in Bible Prophecy for the truth on this. Let us be servants of the Most High God and obey Him. Let us follow in our Lord Jesus' footsteps. Let us delight in the law of God and not only keep the Bible ten commandments, but also proclaim them and teach them!

Matthew 5:18-19 .....'For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.'

How can we Know the Ten Commandments Bible Truth?

We now hear more and more Christians saying, “The Holy Spirit told me we don't need to obey the Ten Commandments any more.” The Ten CommandmentsWith so many people teaching so many different things, how can we possibly know what is really true or false in regards to the Ten Commandments? There is of course only one way and that is the Holy Bible. God's Spirit will never tell us anything that is contrary to His Word. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8. The Holy Spirit of God will always be in harmony with the Holy Word of God. The Bible is and should always be our final authority. 2 Timothy 3:16. Pushing aside all other areas of confusion for the moment, let's go straight to the very end of the story and read the final word on what the Holy Bible says in regards to the Ten Commandments. Note from these easy to understand eschatological verses who enters the city gates of heaven and eats from the tree of life and who does not.

Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Many people today are no longer looking for truth, but instead they are looking for a smooth, easy, comfortable religion that will allow them to live the way they please and still give assurance of salvation. There is indeed no true religion that can do that for them. One will say the Ten Commandments are a law of love guiding us in how to love God and man. Another will say there is now a new law in Christ and all we have to do is love one another. And yet still others will say the Ten Commandments are now nine Commandments or that they were all nailed to the cross. If all we have to do is love God with all our heart and our neighbour as ourselves, does this mean we can take the Lord's name in vain, worship idols or even deny God the quality time of praise and worship He wants from us on His Holy day? What about others; does it mean we can lie, steal, murder, disrespect our parents or sleep with another's spouse? If one loves God with all their heart and others as themselves, they will be obeying every single one of the Ten Commandments. This is why Jesus said in Matthew 22:40 after quoting these Old Testament words that ALL the law hang on these two Commandments. Some think the words of Jesus here exclude the fourth Commandment but Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5 which reads, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all thine heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Did loving God with all thine heart include the fourth Commandment then? There can be no doubt. Deuteronomy 6:5 is just seventeen verses after the second reading of the Ten Commandments. See also FAQ 6 or the great Commandment.

Have the Ten Commandments been Changed?

Speaking of the fourth Commandment, how many Churches today know that Revelation 13:2 states that Satan through pagan Rome would give power and authority to a Church that changed the Ten Commandments? About four hundred years ago every single Protestant Church knew this yet today Satan has succeeded in having almost all lose this truth. Our adversary's primary goal was to have them change the fourth Commandment which Daniel 7:25 informs us would happen. Satan had purpose in this and over 65,000,000 Christian saints were murdered and tortured as heretics during the dark ages and yet most people today have no idea why. See who changed the fourth Commandment.

Jesus while referring to the Ten Commandments also used these straightforward and easy to understand words. In John 14:15, He quotes from the second of the Ten Commandments, “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” and in John 15:10, “If you keep my Commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's Commandments, and abide in his love.” Jesus obeyed the Fathers Commandments and He asks us to demonstrate our love for Him by doing the same. We also find in 1 John 2:4, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” The words of this last verse are something to consider very seriously. For instance. What are the implications of not observing the Ten Commandments considering that Jesus and the Word are truth? John 14:6; 17:17.

Note that all these verses use the Greek word entole (pronounced en-tol-ay) that is always used for the Ten Commandments in the New Testament, thus one can easily see how God feels about our loving obedience to His law. 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his Commandments: and his Commandments are not grievous.

APOLOGY: Please note that the following information is not intended to offend another and this would also be contrary to Christian teaching. It should also be noted that over the centuries many wonderful Christians from the Catholic Church have done outstanding missionary and other excellent Christian work. There are no doubt millions of people in the Catholic Church that are not aware of the things below and that is no reflection on their faith or love for Christ. This site is NOTanti-catholic and we love ALL people from all denominations. It is a simple case of the truth must always be preached as this is God's will. Please also read the note to Catholics about half way down this page and see also is idolatry in the Catholic Church and was Peter the first pope?

The table below shows the Ten Commandments as personally spoken and written by God using the King James translation and the Ten Commandments as changed by the Roman Catholic Church. They believe that their authority stands above the Word of God and that they can change God's times and laws and God will prescribe to their changes. You will note that they deleted the second Commandment and changed God's Sabbath to Sunday and split the tenth Commandment into two to get back to Ten Commandments. As a result the Roman Catholic version of the Ten Commandments is always one ahead of the King James in the Decalogue until the tenth Commandment when they break it into two and make it the ninth and tenth Commandments.

The following from the Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol. 4, p. 153 also confirms the deletion of the second Commandment and the change of the fourth. “The church, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath of the seventh day of the week to the first made the third commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord's Day.

This truth can also be found from the following URL which you will need to copy and paste into the address bar as links promote search engine ranking and I cannot promote what is not Biblical truth. The Catholic version is the column on the right hand side titled “A Traditional Catechetical Formula.” The URL is http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/command.htm

In 1562 the Archbishop declared that tradition now stood above scripture. “The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord's day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of Christ's teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.” — Gaspare de Posso Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent.

Most denominations you ask about the fourth Commandment will say the day is Sunday, otherwise you will receive as many as 1001 different excuses in avoidance of this one Commandment. Besides the five hundred plus denominations that have already rediscovered the truth about this Commandment, it seems the only other Church that acknowledges the truth is the one who changed the day without God's approval. Since they believe their authority stands above God's, they observe the wrong day also. If you ask the Catholic Church you will get a statement The Sabbath Commandment was Changedlike the following, “Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” — Rome's Challenge www.immaculateheart.com/maryonline Dec 2003. Watch this short video to find out what happened to those who did not obey the commandment of the Catholic Church in the dark ages. You can also read more Sabbath Statements from the Roman Catholic Church from this web site.

God gave a specific warning in His Word that the Catholic Church would change His laws as well as prophetic and other times. Through Jesuit priests commissioned by the Catholic Church, they are responsible for the manufactured prophecy in regards to a seven-year tribulation period that in the last few decades has spread like a plague throughout the world with the help of Satan and other fallen angels. This has successfully been achieved by the enemy by perpetuating a lie over the centuries that has been spread by top selling books and even fictional movies that people take as Gospel truth. The “left behind” series is one classic example of this. Incredibly, a large and growing number of people continue to believe this lie as a result. To find out more, you can read one of the web sites on the truth of the so called Secret Rapture or Rapture Truth.

The following verse is God's warning from the Bible that the Roman Catholic Church would in fact actually think to change His laws. As for the persecution of the saints, this was the torture and death of between 50 and 150 million Christians accused of being heretics for 1260 years called the dark ages. See Adam Clarke's Commentary on Daniel 7:25 and for very detailed information see who is the antichrist or antichrist truth for a brief version.

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.

Note it says they would THINK to change laws. This is because in reality man cannot change God's law. They think they have changed it and boast they have changed it however, even though most Churches have come out of her and hence unknowingly followed her tradition, as far as God is concerned, His Commandments remain unchanged. God's law is eternal and unchanging as He is. Jesus commented the following in regards to putting human traditions in place of His law.

Mark 7:6-9 GNB says, “Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are hypocrites, just as he wrote: 'These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!' “You put aside God's command and obey human teachings.” And Jesus continued, “You have a clever way of rejecting God's law in order to uphold your own teaching.

Bible Ten CommandmentsCatholic Ten Commandments
1st

am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

1st

I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before Me.

2nd

Exodus 20:4-6 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my Commandments.

 

Deleted. See also idolatry in the Catholic Church

(There is idolatry in the Papal system so the second Commandment has been deleted or sometimes it has been absorbed into the first. All remaining Commandments are therefore shifted along one count.)

3rd

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God In vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

2nd

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.

4th

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 your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your 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.

3rd

Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

(The Sabbath is the fourth Commandment by normal count. The day to be kept is no longer mentioned since they changed the Sabbath to Sunday.)

(Note that God had more to say about the fourth Commandment than all others and with good reason. It is very important.)

5th

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

4th

Honour thy father and thy mother.

6th

Thou shalt not kill.

5th

Thou shalt not kill.

7th

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

6th

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8th

Thou shalt not steal.

7th

Thou shalt not steal.

9th

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

8th

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10th

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

9th

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.

(The Tenth Commandment is split into two to get back to Ten Commandments.)

  10th

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.

 

More quotes from the Roman Catholic Church about the Sabbath


We sincerely apologize to all Catholics reading these paragraphs but those who understand Bible prophecy also know the following is unmistakable truth that has to be taught to get as many people as possible into the kingdom. As shown above, the Catholic Church believe they have the right to change God's law, but it is ludicrous to think that mortal man can change the laws of the Creator of this universe. These are laws which God personally wrote in stone—a copy of His original set of the Ten Commandments that remain unchanged in the heavenly sanctuary which John saw in Revelation.

Below are a few more statements from the Roman Catholic Church which give the simple answer as to why most Churches now keep Sunday as the Sabbath. Revelation 13 tells us that Satan gave his power and authority to the Roman Catholic Church. Why? It was Satan's plan to have this Church change the Sabbath to Sunday. Why did Satan do this? The fourth Commandment is a SIGN as to who we worship and give our allegiance to. If we obey God and keep His Sabbath dayHoly, we give our allegiance to God. If we obey the Commandment of the Catholic Church and keep their day Holy, who do we give our allegiance to then? The Catholic Church answers this question below with two of their quotes. But looking deeper, who gave this Church power so God's true day of worship could be changed? See the Sabbath in Bible Prophecy for 50 questions that expose the truth.


Does the Bible support the change to Sunday?
  “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 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).

 “For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.” — Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.”

Who Made Sunday Holy?
  “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 (Catholic) Church's sense of its own power…People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” — St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.

 “Question - Which is the Sabbath day?
“Answer - Saturday is the Sabbath day.
“Question - Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
“Answer - We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” — Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.

Whose Day of Worship is Sunday?
  “It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” — Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.

 “They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason…The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance…The author of the Sunday law…is the Catholic Church.” — Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.

Who Do We Reverence by Keeping Sunday Holy?
  “It was the Catholic church which…has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) church.” — Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, p. 213.

 “I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.' And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” — father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802. Hover hereEnright $1000 confession for document clip or select for full original image.

A note to Catholic Church members

There have been many genuine, well meaning Catholic Christians who have read this page and have either disagreed and or been offended with the truths presented here. Again we apologise for those who have been offended as no offence was ever intended in any way. These truths were as big a shock to us when we first discovered these things also and they deeply grieved us. It is only our desire to share Biblical truth and get as many people into the kingdom as possible. As would Christ, we desire that not one should perish as we also love all people from all denominations and walks of life.

Those that have been offended by the truths here have often sent emails accusing us of many things like being evil and in need of God's forgiveness. Those believing these things could not be further from the truth. Before sending an email to criticize us for what is written here, we pray that you will read the quotes below that were written personally by the Catholic Church, and then prayerfully consider if you believe these things are acceptable, loving and Christ like, or if teachings such as these is where the evil is found. If you do not agree with these quotes, then we humbly ask if you will please consider reading one of the web sites below which contain many more quotes and reveal what Bible prophecy and history show as being the real truth and how God really feels about the things this Church has done. We understand how extremely difficult these things must be to accept, but sadly they are true and there is so much more than what can be provided here. Rather than just taking offence, we pray that you will investigate to find if these things are truth as difficult as this may be. See who is the antichrist for detailed information or antichrist truth for the brief version.

If you agree that the Catholic Church has the right to murder and torture and burn those who do not believe what she teaches, then please do not send us an email as we cannot condone or agree with such things as torturing and murdering other Christians for any reason.

All the history books estimate the Catholic Church tortured and murdered between 50,000,000 to 150,000,000 people that they claimed were heretics. The following two quotes reveal who the Catholic Church refers to as heretics and the quotes that follow these explain and prove why they tortured and murdered these good Christians. It is also worth noting that most of these Christians they killed were actually Catholics themselves who disagreed with what the Church was doing. Select the following to watch a short video of a typical true story of the death of a Sabbath keeper by burning. This and much worse was very common in the Dark Ages by the Catholic Church.

  “He is a heretic who does not believe what the Roman Hierarchy teaches.” — The American Textbook of Popery, p 164 (quoting from the “Directory for the Inquisitors”).

  “Heretics (those who are not members of the Catholic Church or who do not hold to Catholic doctrine) worship a God who is a liar, and a Christ who is a liar.” — St. Augustine, (quoted in “Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Graca”, by Fr. J. P. Migne, Paris: 1866, 42:207).

We also respectfully disagree with this previous quote as God and our Saviour are not liars. The following three quotes state what the Catholic Church says should be done to heretics. Again, if you feel this is acceptable, please do not contact us, as this can only be described as totally unbiblical, evil and from the devil himself and there is nothing further we can do other than pray for those who believe this is or was acceptable.

  “The church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out.” — Public Eccliastical, Vol. 2, p.142.

  “A heretic merits the pains of fire…By the Gospel, the canons, civil law, and custom, heretics must be burned.” — The American Textbook of Popery, p 164 (quoting from the “Directory for the Inquisitors”).

  “When confronted with heresy, she (Catholic Church) does not content herself with persuasion, arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient, and she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture.” — The Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, H.M.A. Baudrillart, quoted in The Catholic Church, The Renassance, and Protestantism, p 182-183.

This final quote says Catholics should follow the Pope even if he were Satan himself. Again, I just simply cannot agree with this. Evil should never be worshipped and nor should any man on earth be worshipped as this is a form of idolatry in itself. Only the God head is worthy of worship according to the Bible.

  “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom. He who rebels against our Father is condemned to death, for that which we do to him we do to Christ: we honor Christ if we honor the Pope; we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the Pope. I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!” But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.”— St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222, (quoted in Apostolic Digest, by Michael Malone, Book 5: “The Book of Obedience”, Chapter 1: “There is No Salvation Without Personal Submission to the Pope”).

Please don't be angry or condemn us for these unbiblical quotes above, as they were NOT written by us but by the Catholic Church.

Most Catholics are unaware of these things because they are not spoken of or taught. The facts about the millions that the Church tortured and murdered are also not our thoughts or opinion, they are a matter of historical record which can be found in thousands of history books. Eg: Look up the ‘Spanish Inquisition’ or read “Fox's Book of Martyrs.” It is recommended you read it on an empty stomach as the things the Church did could make one feel quite unwell.

Please don't send condemning emails to us because the Bible, the history books and all the early Protestants recognised and acknowledged that the Catholic Church was the antichrist beast power described in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. Again these are not our thoughts. Please note that the term beast in the Bible does not mean beast as in beastly. In prophecy animals are used to depict various kings or kingdoms eg: Daniel 7:23 “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.” For those wondering, this verse is referring to the Iron monarchy of Rome.

You may be surprised to know that these early Protestant reformers that first identified the Catholic Church as the antichrist power were actually people who had belonged to the Catholic Church. For those who do not know what the Protestant reformation was, this occurred around the 1500's when many good Catholic people started protesting against the fact that the Catholic Church felt that they had the right to imprison, murder, torture and burn at the stake anyone who was not following their doctrines of which many originated from paganism.

During the Dark Ages, the Catholic Church forced everyone to follow their rules and manmade traditions and hence it was also forbidden to read or own your own Bible. But as copies of the Bible began to circulate, it eventually resulted in around 50% of the many sincere Catholic Christians realizing that they should be following the Bible and the Bible alone and that it was wrong for the Church to enforce their rules upon people for any reason let alone by the threat of torture and death. It was at least half of the Catholic Christians who left in protest under threat of martyrdom. Most of these now ex-Catholics died by the hand of the very Church that they had once believed in and belonged to.

Below are quotes that were written by these many famous early reformers who as previously stated were originally Roman Catholics themselves and protested against what the Catholic Church was doing and realised that they should be following the Bible and not pagan traditions. Martin Luther for example was a Roman Catholic priest. So what did the major Protestant Reformers teach about the Antichrist? Again, the following quotations are not indented to foster ill will toward any human being, for this would be contrary to teaching of Jesus Christ (John 13:34-35), but rather to simply present what some of the most influential Christian leaders who have ever lived believed about “the little horn” (Daniel 7:8), “the beast” (Revelation 13:1), and “the man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and about Antichrist.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) (Lutheran): “Luther … proved, by the revelations of Daniel and St. John, by the epistles of St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Jude, that the reign of Antichrist, predicted and described in the Bible, was the Papacy … And all the people did say, Amen! A holy terror seized their souls. It was Antichrist whom they beheld seated on the pontifical throne. This new idea, which derived greater strength from the prophetic descriptions launched forth by Luther into the midst of his contemporaries, inflicted the most terrible blow on Rome.” Taken from J. H. Merle D'aubigne's History of the Reformation of the Sixteen Century, book vi, chapter xii, p. 215. Based on prophetic studies, Martin Luther finally declared, “We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist.” (Aug. 18, 1520). — The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, by LeRoy Froom. Vol. 2., pg. 121.

John Wycliffe: “When the western church was divided for about 40 years between two rival popes, one in Rome and the other in Avigon, France, each pope called the other pope antichrist - and John Wycliffe is reputed to have regarded them as both being right: “two halves of Antichrist, making up the perfect Man of Sin between them.” — Ibid.

John Wesley (1703-1791) (Methodist): Speaking of the Papacy, John Wesley wrote, “He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers… He it is…that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped…claiming the highest power, and highest honour…claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.” — Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms, by John Wesley, pg. 110.

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) (Anglican): “Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” (Referring to prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.) — Works by Cranmer, Vol. 1, pp. 6-7.

John Knox (1505-1572) (Scotch Presbyterian): John Knox sought to counteract “that tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church.” As with Luther, he finally concluded that the Papacy was “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks.” — The Zurich Letters, by John Knox, pg. 199.

John Calvin (1509-1564) (Presbyterian): “Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt… I shall briefly show that (Paul's words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” — Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin.

Roger Williams (1603-1683) (First Baptist Pastor in America): Pastor Williams spoke of the Pope as “the pretended Vicar of Christ on earth, who sits as God over the Temple of God, exalting himself not only above all that is called God, but over the souls and consciences of all his vassals, yea over the Spirit of Christ, over the Holy Spirit, yea, and God himself…speaking against the God of heaven, thinking to change times and laws; but he is the son of perdition (II Thess. 2).” — The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, by Froom, Vol. 3, pg. 52.

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) (Congregational Theologian): “The oracles of God foretold the rising of an Antichrist in the Christian Church: and in the Pope of Rome, all the characteristics of that Antichrist are so marvelously answered that if any who read the Scriptures do not see it, there is a marvelous blindness upon them.” — The Fall of Babylon by Cotton Mather in Froom's book, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, pg. 113.

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647): “There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition that exalteth himself in the church against Christ and all that is called God.” — Philip Schaff's, The Creeds of Christendom, With a History and Critical Notes, III, p. 658, 659, ch. 25, sec. 6.

A Great Cloud of Witnesses: “Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, Wesley, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.” — All Roads Lead to Rome, by Michael de Semlyen. Dorchestor House Publications, p. 205. 1991.

When you ask who is the antichrist today, people instantly start thinking of someone who is sinister and against Christ, but the word antichrist also means in place of Christ as is the case in the Bible. When John spoke of antichrists, he was NOT referring to people who were against Christ and illustrates this well by pointing out that they were originally part of the early Church but went out on their own as did the Church of Rome. See 1 John 2:18-19. The following is just one of the many quotes from the Catholic Church that could be given that show they meet this criterion perfectly. “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of human flesh.” — Catholic National, July 1895.

God is also very displeased with the changes she (the Catholic Church) has made to His law and doctrinal truths and also the many excellent Catholic Christians and others she has murdered over the centuries. Note that in Bible prophecy a woman represents a Church as Christ is the bridegroom and the Church is His bride. Totally inaccurate Catholic Quote. The Catholic Church frequently calls herself the Mother Church and refers to herself as she or her in her writings, speeches and quotes. The following verse speaks of the blood of the millions she has shed. Revelation 17:6 “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:…” Many of these Martyrs just spoken of were wonderful Catholic Christians killed during the Dark Ages that chose to follow God and the Bible faithfully. God knows that there are still millions of wonderful Catholics ignorantly caught up in this system and in Revelation 18:4, God makes a call for his true children to come out of her. It reads, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.

As you have now seen many times, the contents of this page are not our own thoughts or ideas. Almost all of what is presented here is from Catholic Church resources or has been originally written by people from the Catholic Church and is supported by thousands of history books. But most importantly of all, it is substantiated by the Word of God, and the book of Revelation also instructs us to preach these truths to the world. So what choice do we have? Do we remain silent and be reprimanded by God one day for failing to share these truths he has revealed to us and instructed us to teach? Or do we do the best we can to share these truths as gently, humbly and as lovingly as possible to the millions of wonderful Catholic Christians that are in the world and unaware of these things? This then gives those that are God's true children the choice to acknowledge or ignore God's call to come out of her and find a Church that is as close as possible to God's original Church.

In a recent address to the nations that Pope Benedict made, he caused a major uproar among many Churches as he referred to the Catholic Church as being the Mother Church and called for all the daughter Churches to come back to her. They are called the daughter Churches because they originally came from the Catholic Church, eg: Martin Luther, who had been a Catholic priest established the Lutheran Church. Unfortunately, many of these daughter Churches have ignorantly inherited various false doctrines and pagan beliefs from the Mother Church. The terms Mother Church and Daughter Church are used, because as previously stated, in Bible prophecy a Woman represents a Church, eg: The Church is the Bride of Christ.

Many Catholics believe thatPagan god Jupiter was renamed to St. Peter and is bowed down to and kissed on the foot by Catholics there is no idolatry in their Church and in many cases this may not be apparent in their own Church but exists worse than you could ever imagine in the Catholic system and is especially obvious in South America and in Rome. For example, the Catholic Church originally changed the Sabbath to Sunday in favour of Sun Worship as the Catholic Church was entrenched in Sun Worship especially in the early days. Another such example, as paganism was brought into the Catholic Church the pagan statues had to be given Christian names, eg: the Statue of St Peter in St Peters Cathedral was originally the statue of the pagan god Jupiter. This statue has had its foot kissed away and replaced several times because of the multitude of Catholics that have bowed down to this statue and kissed its foot. There can be no other name for this other than idolatry, especially when this was originally a pagan god. There are many more such examples that could be given of where the Catholic Church is involved in worshiping other gods. Many In St. Peter's square the symbol of Baal is within the symbol of Ishtar and at the center is an Egyptian obelisk all representing pagan sun worship.people don't realise that the biggest sun dial in the world is the eight-rayed sun wheel, which was symbolic of the god Ishtar and is located in St Peters Square in the Vatican seen in the picture to the left. You will note in the following verse that God refers to Israel as a harlot because she was guilty of worshiping other gods.

Jeremiah 3:8 “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the HARLOT also.

The following verse should now make more sense. Here God is calling the Catholic Church the Mother Church. As we have just seen, the Catholic Church also refers to herself as the Mother Church and she is called the Mother of Harlots in this verse because she has been guilty of worshiping other gods and as previously stated has Daughter Churches.

Revelation 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

The only reason we have given the extra information in these previous few paragraphs is so that if one chooses to acknowledge God's call to come out of her (Catholic Church), the last thing one wants to do is to end up in one of the Daughter Churches instead, which of course God also wants one to avoid. Hence the web site who is the Remnant Church will help one find a suitable Church if one chooses to follow this through.

We do indeed understand how hard these things must be to accept but there is no shortage of evidence to verify these facts that are NOT our own thoughts or opinions. Truth must always be the ultimate goal as Jesus is the truth, and so we prayerfully ask that you do read the web sites given previously above and check for yourself against the Bible and the history books so you can discover for yourself whether this is Biblical and historical fact. Once again, please accept our apology for any hurt that these truths may have caused you as this was definitely NOT our intention. See also the Sabbath to Sunday change and who changed the Sabbath to Sunday.


The last commandment condemns covetousness.  Every selfish desire, every degree of discontent, every act of overreaching, every selfish gratification works to the strengthening and developing of a character which will destroy the Christlikeness of the human agent, and close the gates of the city of God against him.

When…angels come to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, and witness the exhibition of selfishness, of covetousness, of overreaching, and benefiting self at others’ disadvantage, they turn away in grief…In no way could the Lord be better glorified and the truth more highly honored, than for unbelievers to see that the truth has wrought a great and good work upon the lives of naturally covetous and penurious men.  If it could be seen that the faith of such had an influence to mold their characters, to change them from close, selfish, overreaching, money-loving men, to men who love to do good, who seek opportunities to use their means to bless those who need to be blessed, who visit the widow and fatherless in their affliction, and who keep themselves unspotted from the world, it would be an evidence that their religion was genuine…Those who profess to be waiting and watching for the appearing of their Lord should not disgrace their profession by bantering in deal and standing for the last penny.  Such fruit does not grow upon the the Christian tree.

The tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, prohibiting the selfish desire, from which springs the sinful act.  He who in obedience to God’s law refrains from indulging even a sinful desire for that which belongs to another, will not be guilty of an act of wrong toward his fellow-creatures.

–Ellen G. White, Sons and Daughters of God


After taking the time to study your message, I more and more wonder as to why you sent this prolonged attached document now on the Lunar Sabbath, when you knew my stand on the lunar theory? Also, what connection does it have to the spiritual reflections I thought to share with friends for the New Year? This necessitates the obligation to respond, and remind you of what I wrote to you earlier on the lunar issue in April 2, 2010.  Just let me tell you my mind in one short sentence: “You can’t hold to the Lunar Sabbath, and still be a believer in the Spirit of Prophecy at the same time”. I will clarify this point beyond any shadow of doubt, to all involved. If you say I have the Bible, then, realize that the angel quoted from it to specify when a day starts. To insist on keeping the feast days will eventually lead to giving up the Sabbath of the Lord, which is actually happening with you now.

The article you sent in the attachment is not accurate. To suggest that Ellen White supports the Lunar Sabbath is twisting her writings. In addition to what I’ll share below on what she said concerning the preparation time for commencing the Sabbath, Notice also the following quote: 

“We have the truth. We know it. Praise the Lord. I saw yesterday our work was not to the shepherds who have rejected the former messages, but to the honest deceived who are led astray. I saw the false shepherds would soon be fed with judgment. Let the truth come out everywhere we go, the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord our God. Cheer up. There are better days coming”.--Letter 18, 1850, p. 1. (To Brother and Sister Hastings, January 11, 1850.)  {5MR 91.1}  

Which day was she referring to as the Sabbath in 1850?

“So we are to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world, point by point, into the clear light of present truth. With lips touched with holy fire, God's servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed”. {RH, March 3, 1904 par. 16}.   

  After the 1848 Sabbath meetings, Sr White said they had the truth and knew it. Furthermore, we are told that the brethren studied the Scriptures and then the Spirit of God testified of the truth through Sr White.  Did the Spirit not know they had the wrong day?


  What Sabbath truth was proclaimed from 1844 till 1904? It is really disturbing when people insist that Ellen White supports the lunar Sabbath theory, when she does not! We need to cling to Jesus as He is the truth, and He has the truth, and the truth was revealed to us in the beginning through the testimony of the Spirit.


Already the document you attached, throws some doubt on the SOP by saying: “It is true that there are some references in her writings to “Friday and Sabbath”, but such terminology cannot be found in scripture”.  You see why I said in a nut shell that you have to accept either the lunar theory, or the SOP? But you can’t be a believer in both at the same time. Furthermore, the angel quoted the Bible to direct her to when the Sabbath should start, and that is at sunset, not at sunrise as you practice.


Let me remind you of what I shared earlier with you from the pen of inspiration:

 “The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His (God) character of love “COL 415   {so, it is not a theory of a lunar calendar}... This is the last message to be given to the world. God's character is to be demonstrated before the world, and that t is the last message for humanity (Isa. 60: 1-3) The Spirit of prophecy says the darkness that covers the world, the real darkness, is a misunderstanding of God's character of love. . That is the message in its essence. We can argue back and forth on new theories, that are brought forth at this fifth hour of the world's history, just before the coming of our Lord, to only divert out attention from the real issue which is proclaiming the last message of mercy to be given to the world, the revelation of the character of God, and this Character is manifested and shown in the gift of His begotten Son.

In the course of our earlier correspondence on this issue of the lunar, when I quoted to you what the angel told Ellen White, you said: “The angle told Sister While that she will not understand what even is and when it is."  My answer was:

The angel did not say she will not understand what even is and when it is (as if it is left for future study or future generation to discover what it means). Here is what the angel told her:

 Said the angel: "Take the Word of God,   read it, understand, and ye cannot err. Read carefully, and ye shall there find what even is and when it is."  {1BIO 324.3}

 And indeed they read and, understood what even is and when it is. As a result she and Joseph Bates changed from the 6 O'clock, to sunset, and were all unified on the same conclusion JN Andrews came up with, from his 3 week study research, that the day starts at sunset. You are making the angel say what he did not say. Similar to question 32 on your website on “when does the day begin”, of making Job 17: 8-14,say what he did not say or even mean. And  also to question 39 of John 11: 9 of interpreting Jesus’ words in what He did not mean to say at all.. Kindly refer to these two examples and read my comments there.

And if the angel told her she will not understand. How come they understood and practiced what they understood and as a result, the whole body of believers were united again, after they almost were divided on the issue of when the Sabbath starts. If they were praying for understanding, would the angel come and then leave them more troubled, agitated, and perplexed? Is this what happened when Daniel in chapter 8 prayed for understanding, then 3 weeks later the angel came to him in chapter 9. Did the angel leave him without giving him the full understanding of what he asked for? Amazing that the angel in both cases (with Ellen White, and with Daniel), used the words, “read, and understand"!!!!!!

 The Creator would not have intervened and shown Ellen White the truth, and a few years later change the truth completely. I cannot believe God would allow us as a people to have the wrong day, and not make it clear to us. Furthermore, the angel told Sr White that Sabbath began at sunset and not at 6.00 pm as they thought.   This would be ridiculous if they had the wrong day, for the angel who corrected the time, would have corrected the day also if they had it wrong!. The angel assured Mrs. White that she would not err in the matter, and Mrs. White saw that it was in fact from "even unto even". So who are we to say that these words are not true, and insist to listen to the words of men that contradict these words?

Regarding the quote from Ellen White on what the angel said, it is really very simple. The context makes it clear. Also the article by James White who was present at the time, tells us that one of the things God showed her was that it was WRONG to start Sabbath at sunrise (which you practice now).

The angel was not referring to a new understanding of 'even' but that later they will understand why they had to keep it at a wrong time for so long, so they can study it themselves, which J N Andrews did later, when commissioned by James White, and confirmed from the Bible what the angel told her that the Sabbath is kept from even unto even, quoting Leviticus 23: 32: “It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath." Leviticus 23:32

Here when the Creator is telling us that our Sabbath is to be from even unto even, who are we to say no, and put our own private interpretation that this verse in Leviticus applies only to the day atonement?

 God established through Andrews the truth through Bible study and confirmed it through Ellen White via revelation so as to set a seal on the Sabbath truth of even to even. This is what is meant by the next statement of the angel to her, in the same reference but two paragraphs under the first. Here are the two statements together:

 1 - I saw that it is even so: "From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath." Said the angel: "Take the Word of God, read it, understand, and ye cannot err. Read carefully, and ye shall there find what even is and when it is."  {1BIO 324.3}

  2 -   I asked the angel if the frown of God had been upon His People for commencing the Sabbath as they had. I was directed back to the first rise of the Sabbath, and followed the people of God up to this time, but did not see that the Lord was displeased, or frowned upon them.  {1BIO 324.4}

        I inquired why it had been thus, that at this late day we must change the time of commencing the Sabbath. (Notice that she was keeping it at 6 o clock PM). Said the angel: "Ye shall understand, but not yet, not yet." ..Said the angel: "If light come, and that light is set aside or rejected, then comes condemnation and the frown of God; but before the light comes there is no sin, for there is no light for them to reject."  {1BIO 324.5}

In other words, the angel told her there was no condemnation on them keeping the Sabbath at 6 o'clock, since they didn't have light on the issue.

Then he told her" ye shall understand, but not yet”, as to why at this late day they must change the time of commencing the Sabbath. This was her inquiry. But after they studied and J N Andrews came up with the three weeks study, and they all agreed on the conclusion to keep it at sunset, it would have been counted sin if they did not follow the light from that point on.  They never after that kept the Sabbath on any other time except at sunset .The context is clear, but people will choose to believe whatever they want.

Here is the same:” Ellen White reasoned that the six o'clock time had been a matter of practice for nearly a decade. The Sabbath so kept had been a great blessing to her, and the angel had said nothing about its being in error. Must a change be made now? Thus matters stood through the rest of the Sabbath and through Sunday as the members met in conference, but this was a rather touchy point of division that was bound to widen as time went on. Then the God of heaven stepped in. Of what took place, Ellen White wrote:

         November 20, 1855, while in prayer, the Spirit of the Lord came suddenly and powerfully upon me, and I was taken off in vision.--1T, p. 113.  {1BIO 324.1}

     Her attention was called to many points, among them the time to commence the Sabbath. She discussed the matter with the angel. This conversation is very enlightening:  {1BIO 324.2}

Here is the same account from the pen of the prophetess’ husband, James Whitewho said:” Mrs. White has in two visions been shown something in regard to the time of the commencement of the Sabbath. The first was as early as 1847, at Topsham, Me. In the vision she was shown that to commence the Sabbath at sunrisewas wrong. She then heard an angel repeat these words, "From even unto even shall ye celebrate your Sabbaths… Mrs. W. had a vision, one item of which was that sunset time was correct. This settled the matter with Bro. Bates and others, and general harmony has since prevailed among us upon this point” (Time to Commence the Sabbath by James White, RH, Feb. 25, 1868).

 (I have the message of James white, plus the research of J N Andrews for you or anyone else to ask for.)

 (So it was not at 6 o'clock, nor at sunrise, my dear Sameh)

And what about the following quotes (All highlights are mine) proving that Sabbath is the day called Saturday, and that it is preceded with Friday the preparation day?

God, in several statements of the Testimonies, uses the word “Friday” when telling us to prepare for the “Sabbath.” Ellen White writes, “Friday is the day of preparation.” (CG 528-529). “Friday is to be the special preparation day.” (CCh 263). And, in fact, “employers should give their workers the hours from Friday noon until the beginning of the Sabbath.”

And so far is this from being a modern innovation that “The Lord told [the Israelites that were cooking manna] that this work must be done on Friday, the preparation day.” (CCh 263). They were “obliged to gather every Friday a double portion of manna in preparation for the Sabbath.” (PP 297). On a lunar calendar Friday would only rarely be the day to prepare for the Sabbath. { So, my dear, if you claim that the word Sabbath does not mean Saturday, then to be on the safe side according to the above command, the day that follows Friday would have to be the Sabbath of the Lord. Is this fair enough? And would it solve the issue for you?}

And again:” On Friday let the preparation for the Sabbath be completed. See that all the clothing is in readiness, and that all the cooking is done. Let the boots be blacked, and the baths be taken. It is possible to do this. If you make it a rule, you can do it. The Sabbath is not to be given to the repairing of garments, to the cooking of food, to pleasure seeking, or to any other worldly employment. Before the setting of the sun{when the day starts} let all secular work be laid aside, and all secular papers be put out of sight. Parents, explain your work and its purpose to your children, and let them share in your preparation to keep the Sabbath according to the commandment”.  {CG 528.2}.

 ( Is this not enough evidence, dear , beloved Sameh, that the day starts at sunset, and that Friday is the preparation day FOR Sabbath which is Saturday????)

And in like manner, Ellen White identifies the day of Christ’s burial as “Friday.” (Ctr. 295.) This makes the Sabbath of Christ’s day in the grave a Saturday. “In theafternoon of the first day of the week, two of the disciples, restless and unhappy, decided to return to their home in Emmaus, a village about eight miles from Jerusalem. . . . ‘{CTr 295.3} “But we trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done” (Acts 24: 21). (So it was not Wednesday, as the document you sent claims)

“When the Sabbath is thus remembered, the temporal will not be allowed to encroach upon the spiritual. No duty pertaining to the six working days will be left for the Sabbath. During the week our energies will not be so exhausted in temporal labor that on the day when the Lord rested and was refreshed {Notice, this is the Sabbath of creation. And it is the same as that of crucifixion, as pointed above), we shall be too weary to engage in His service. {CCh 262.5}

“We should jealously guard the edges of the Sabbath  Remember that every moment is consecrated, holy time. Whenever it is possible, employers should give their workers the hours from Friday noon until the beginning of the Sabbath{Another proof that the Sabbath starts at sunset}. Give them time for preparation that they may welcome the Lord's Day with quietness of mind. By such a course you will suffer no loss even in temporal things. {CCh 263.3}

As you can see how she often spoke about keeping the Sabbath holy – did she not know it was the wrong day?

We are told that in the end some pastors and evangelists are going to tell church members to keep Sunday in churches and large outdoor meetings.  This will be a big end time deception for church members when the Sunday law is being formed, and many will change through fear and through being convinced the day is wrong.

We are also told through the Bible and the spirit of prophecy, that Satan is going to impersonate Christ at the end and tell everyone to keep Sunday, and that the day had been changed. So how could this be true, and why would Satan tire himself if we are already keeping the wrong day. Are you cleverer than him?????? It seems we don’t have to wait until the devil impersonates Christ to be distracted into keeping another day; it is already here in a subtle, convincing, overpowering way!! No wonder that only a remnant will be left, and they will be racked with huge problems like this lunar theory, and others.

Ellen White was only supporting and confirming what the Bible said concerning when Christ was crucified, and when the Sabbath starts. Here are a few examples:

Luke 4: 40; Mark 1: 32; Mat. 8: 16: “Now when the sun was setting, they brought the sick to Him for healing”. (Why did they have to wait until the setting of the sun?)

Mat. 27: 57:” When the even was come Joseph went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus”. (Why did he have to wait until even came?)

Mark 15: 42: “And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is the day before the Sabbath, Joseph went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus

Luke 23: 56 “And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on”

John 19: 31:”…That the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, they broke their legs… ( it was Friday evening)

John 19: 42:” There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day, for the sepulchre was nigh at hand”.

If you think that the Lunar Sabbath was not revealed to Ellen White, and that it is a new light, then remember that any new light would never contradict old revealed light. And if not revealing the Lunar to her” does not in any way dent her divine credentials”, then let us look on what was revealed to her.

The rejection of 1888 was due to kingly power on the part of the leaders, not fear to acknowledge the Lunar Sabbath as your document claims. It had nothing to do with calendars or such things. The Luni-Solar calendar is used to reckon the time of the feasts, and thus Oct. 22, 1844 was calculated because it was the feast of Atonement but this has nothing to do with the seventh-day Sabbath. They are two different things. The whole article is summarized in the end in this question: '“Since the luni-solar calendar was used for determining Adventism’s most distinctive doctrine – October 22, 1844 – why are we not using the same calendar for determining the weekly Sabbath?” But these are two different things, and if you want to apply the Lunar on the Sabbath of the Lord, saying it is also a feast, then the recommendation is to read the attached document: ” Feast days”, to know the difference.

There is a problem in the document you attached. It immediately suggests that if the Day of Atonement was based on the Karaite calendar, then we have the 7th day Sabbath wrong. But where is the connection, when even the very Karaite Jews themselves keep the same 7th day Sabbath we keep (Saturday!).  Any Karaite Hakham would confirm this fact, and any encyclopedia article will show that they keep the same day as the Jews when it comes to the Sabbath. Though their calendar and reckoning was used to calculate 1844, they deny the lunacy of calculating the seventh-day Sabbath based on the lunar calendar, for that would immediately disqualify it from being the 7th day Sabbath! I think the article is flawed in that aspect. It might convince those who don’t study the facts, but anyone who examines the issue for himself will quickly see the inconsistency. 

 The weekly Sabbath did not wander through the week like the feast days and the ceremonial Sabbaths.  The new moon was to begin the new month and had nothing to do with the Sabbath. The very fact that it's called 7th day means that it is calculated by the cycle of days from creation, and is not based on any calendar! ( If you resort to the argument that the Sabbath was also a feast and should be measured by the Lunar like the other feasts, then, again, I would recommend studying the attachment:” feast days, ”to see the difference between the 7th day Sabbath of creation, and the feasts).

And inspiration clearly identifies the origin of the “week.”  “Like the Sabbath, the week originated at creation, and it has been preserved and brought down to us through Bible history. God himself measured off the first week as a sample for successive weeks to the close of time. Like every other, it consisted of seven literal days. Six days were employed in the work of creation; upon the seventh, God rested, and he then blessed this day, and set it apart as a day of rest for man.” (CE 190)

“…Of each successive day of creation, the sacred record declares that it consisted of the evening and the morning, like all other days that followed” (PP 111, 112).

This is what Sylvester Bliss in your attached document, admitted in his book,” Analysis of sacred chronology” The week is another primeval measure, is not a natural measure of time… It was originated by divine appointment… So it is the sole unit of time measurement that is not tied to anything in nature”.

  Not Any Day in Seven

I saw the quoted passages that say we should study new light, and this is fine, my dear.   However, when Kellogg wanted to study the doctrine of God, Sr White said no study should be done on it.   His findings were to be rejected outright.    It would be the same for the Sabbath, which is a main pillar of truth that cannot be changed. Here, again, is the inspired admonition:

“Through all these centuries the truth of God has remained the same. That which was truth in the beginning is truth now. Although new and important truths appropriate for succeeding generations have been opened to the understanding, the present revealings do not contradict those of the past. Every new truth understood only makes more significant the old.”  {E. G. White, Review and Herald, March 2, 1886 par. 6}

God speaks to the human family in language they can comprehend. He does not leave the matter so indefinite that human beings can handle it according to their theories. When the Lord declares that He made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day, He means the day of twenty-four hours, which He has marked “from even unto even”. 

     God would not announce the death sentence for a disregard of the Sabbath unless He had presented before men a clear understanding of the Sabbath. After He had created our world and man, He looked upon the work that He had done, and pronounced it very good. And when the foundation of the earth was laid, the foundation of the Sabbath was laid also. "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy," God saw that the Sabbath was essential for man, even in Paradise. In giving the Sabbath, God considered man's spiritual and physical health.  This was 2500 years before any feasts. The Sabbath is in the Ten Commandments. These Commandments are a transcript of God’s character; they describe what God is like. Just as God does not change, His law describing His character does not change. In order to change the law you have to change God, and that can never be done (Malachi 3:6; Psalm 89:34). 

The Sabbath existed before sin entered this world. It was instituted on the seventh day of the creation week. The reason given for man to rest on that day is that God rested from His work on that day (Exodus 20:8-11). The Sabbath rests on a higher platform than all the other ceremonies given to man. Every other ceremony is dependent upon sin to exist. If sin had not entered, there would never have been an earthly sanctuary to deal with that problem, nor would there have been a Passover, or any of the other feast days. Without sin they have no reason to exist. The Sabbath is independent of sin; it existed before sin started on this earth, and will continue after it is finished (Isaiah 66:22, 23), after this world is dissolved (2 Peter 3:10-13) when God makes a new earth to replace it. The Sabbath started in Eden before sin, and the feasts came 2,500 years later. The Sabbath is not equal to the annual feasts, but holds a more exalted position, and is rightly listed before the ceremonies were established.

  What are we to understand by the word “day “in the first chapter of Genesis?  I answer that it is used with two significations.  First, it is used by God in giving name to the light, as distinguished from the darkness which was called night.  In other words it is applied to that part of the 24 hours which is light.  Second, it is used in naming the seventh part of the week, or the entire period of 24 hours.  Verse 5 presents an instance in which it is used in each of these senses.  "And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night: and the evening and the morning were the first day."  It is with the second definition, or use of the word day, that we are interested.

   But here some will meet us with the denial that the word day is used for a period of 24 hours, or in other words, that the night is ever in the Scriptures included in the day.  It is proper that that point should be briefly noticed.  It is said in Ex.20: 11, that "in six days the Lord made heaven and earth."  This establishes the fact that the six days began with the act of creation: or, to use a different expression, the first day of the week began with God's act of forming heaven and earth.  Now it was profound darkness until after the Spirit of God had moved upon the waters.  The next act of the Lord was the creation of light.  Then having divided the light from the darkness he designates the one as day, and the other as night.  This is a demonstration that night was the first division of the first day, and consequently, if the divine order were followed, the first division of all subsequent days.  That the force of this argument appears in the first five verses of Genesis. so when the Creator created the day as an evening and morning, who are we to say that the seventh day is only the period of day light?

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." Colossians 2:8

Nabil


From: Malcolm McCrillis <john17three@earthlink.net>


It is better to trust in God then to put confidence in man.  Psalms 118:8
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