On the seventh day, God did something very different.
What God did on the seventh day was to create a memorial of His creative acts. So the week is now seven days long. Let's look at what God said and did on that day.
We can see that God set the seventh day apart from the rest of the days as a very special day! He not only rested and blessed that day but He Sanctified that day to make it holy.
God did not need to set aside a special day. The week could have been six days long, or He could have taken more time in His creative acts to make seven days. But He did not do that, He made the seventh day special. Why would He do that?
God made His works to be remembered. His creative acts are to be studied and the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. So, it must be that God gave us the Seventh day as a day of remembrance.
The Sabbath Commandment is the only one that starts with the word "remember".
Manna and the Sabbath!
We have a basic need in the human family to remember the Sabbath and to remember what it stands for; Because, we tend to forget the very concepts that it teaches. It seems that we forget very easily.
The Sabbath tells us that there is indeed an all powerful God, who made us, and we are reminded that He has created all things in six days. So, we have the assurance that we can certainly depend upon Him for all our needs.
While the Israelites were in Egypt, they forgot about the Sabbath because they were forced to work as slaves. Also, because of their loss of contact with God, they lost their faith that God could provide for them in their time of need. We can easily see how they were, at that time, from their own words:
The children of Israel complained because they were hungry. So, God answered their complaint by giving them food; However, at the same time God chose to test them with the Sabbath:
In addition to the birds, God gave them manna to eat. The test that God gave them was concerning when and how much manna they were to collect. On the sixth day of the week they were to collect twice as much manna as they did on the other days. But they were to collect no manna on the Sabbath day of rest. It was a test that God set up:
But some of the people were disobedient. They went out looking for manna on the Sabbath day, doing exactly what they were told not to do:
God specifically asks how long they will refuse to keep His commandments and His laws. So, we can see that God chose to specifically prove His people on the keeping of the Sabbath.
Thus the Sabbath commandment must have been a part of God's law long before God personally spoke from Sinai; because this incident of the Sabbath and manna occurred in the wilderness before they ever came to Mount Sinai, where the law was given verbally.
In fact, this event might have happened at least a month before they reached Sinai; Because, after they are given the manna for the first time, God would have to provide them with water from a rock, then they would have a war with the Amalekites. After which, Jethro would come to visit Moses. Only then would they reach Mount Sinai.
Both the Sabbath and the law must have existed from the time of creation.
In Genesis 2 we see how the Sabbath was instituted. The very act of blessing and sanctifying a day of the week, involves the idea that there is a future use for its existence. God meant for the Sabbath to be observed as a day of rest since He also rested on the seventh day when He created the earth.
The Fourth Commandment
After the children of Israel got to Mount Sinai, God spoke to the people directly and on tablets of stone to make fresh, in the people's minds, that they needed to observe God's Law. The fourth commandment was the one commandment that they were already tested on. So, it is clear that God needed to remind and emphasize that the Seventh-day Sabbath was God's day for them.
God commanded that His people observe the Seventh-day Sabbath to help them generate an awareness that God really did create all things. They needed to remember His great work of creating the world and to have it in their thinking:
Sabbath means "rest". So, the commandment is actually saying that the seventh day is the Rest-day of the LORD your God. In the fourth commandment, God is declaring this to be the Rest-day for us as well.
The fourth Commandment is the one commandment that identifies who God is. He is the God who made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them in six days!
So, the fourth Commandment commemorates the Seventh Day of the week as the day that the Lord rested, blessed, and sanctified because He created the earth in six days. The Sabbath is a memorial. In this memorial, it is God who reminds us that He is the one who created us! He asks us to stop and remember what He did to create our world.
Why would He do that? Why would God make it a special point to remind us of this fact?
We have made this point before but let's expand the thought: "He has made His wonderful works to be remembered. Psalm 111:4" As we think what God did to create our world, it helps us to direct our thoughts toward God. It teaches us not only to love and respect our God who has made all things; But also, it helps us to realize that God really is the creator of all things. It becomes a reality to us. Thus we begin to realize that we owe everything to God! Thus, we are led to worship and honor our God who not only has made us but also loves us.
But is there more to the answer?
Why is the Sabbath So Important to God?
We have already seen that God wants us to remember that He is our Creator by keeping the seventh-day as the Sabbath. But is there an additional reason why God would choose to memorialize the Seventh-day Sabbath and actually make it a part of the Ten Commandments?
Yes there is! The reason is so urgent that God has commanded all His followers to honor His Seventh-day Sabbath as a holy day.
So, why does God want us to remember that He is the creator of all things? Why is the Sabbath a sign between God and us?
The reason is very simple. In the Universe there is a rival power, a fallen angel, who does not believe that God should rule everything. Instead, the fallen angel wants to gain the throne of God for himself and he wants all people to worship him!
We might call this conflict an intergalactic war or a universal war because it involves both heaven and earth and also all the inhabited worlds of the universe. However, it especially involves us and our own worship since the fallena angel wants us to worship him. So, the question: "who are we going to worship?" is a very real question!
Lucifer, who is now called Satan, the great dragon, is the one who wanted to take over God's throne in Heaven. He became jealous. Lucifer wanted to be like God.
Satan was no match against the forces in heaven and he and his evil angels were thrown out of heaven.
Today, Satan and his evil angels, which are now known as demons, are attacking God by tempting people to worship them instead of God:
Deuteronomy says that by praying to foreign gods people are really worshipping Satan and his demons.
Paul makes an even stronger statement. He says that the gentiles actually worship demons with their sacrifices to idols! Since Gentiles means nations, Paul is really saying that the nations of the world are worshipping demons with their idols.
When Jesus was on earth, the demons made their presence known because they had a hold on the people:
This kind of conflict didn't happen once, here is another example of demons speaking out against Jesus:
This time the demon cried out saying: you came too soon. It's not time yet. "Have You come here to torment us Before the time?" The apostle James, in the Bible text below, said it well when he said the devils tremble!
It is clear that these demons controlled the people but they were no match against Jesus!
So, what is it that distinguishes the God in heaven from these false demon gods? It is the fact that God is the one who has created all things. He alone has all the power and because of that, the demons tremble at the thought.
The Sabbath specifically points to the fact that it is God who has made all things. All the others are only impostors! He has made us and because of that, He requires us to keep the Sabbath to remind us that indeed, He has made all things! So, the Sabbath shows us which is the true God. It is the one who has made heaven and earth!
The Heavenly Angels Worship God Since He Made All Things
It is God alone who has the power to create all things. The same fact that causes the demons to tremble on earth also causes the angels in heaven to worship God with love, joy, and wonder.
All the host of heaven worships God because He is the one who has made them and all things!
Satan has tried to get rid of the Fourth commandment
To worship God because He has made us, is not what Satan would have us do. In fact, Satan would rather have us be totally ignorant of the fact that God is the one who made us.
So, Satan especially desires to change the Sabbath because it is the one commandment that reminds us of the fact that God is indeed the Creator who made us. It also reminds us that God blessed and sanctified the Seventh-day of the week so we could remember that it was indeed God who has created all things.
In today's world, the Sabbath is not respected, even by the Christian church. Many say that it is not important which day you keep. Or they might say that because everyone today keeps Sunday, that we should follow that day. There are many different reasons given for keeping Sunday.
Some even say that the Ten Commandments are not important anymore. But what they really mean by saying that is that the fourth Commandment is no longer binding.
Almost all Christians believe that we shouldn't kill or steal, etc. But they want to deny that the seventh-day is still the Sabbath!
Jesus However, was very strong in saying that the law would not be changed:
Since Satan wants to take over the world, it makes sense that he would try to get people not to keep the Ten Commandments. If He can get people to ignore just one of the ten, he will have them as his.
While it is true that people are breaking all the commandments of God, Satan has made it seem that there is one commandment that does not make sense.
Most all people see the wisdom in the last six commandments. These commandments help keep law and order in almost any country.
But it is in the first four commandments that we run into real problems. These commandments direct us of our duty to God.
While it is true that many break the first and the third commandments, these commandments are still taught in many or most Christian churches as being important. We are taught not to take the name of the Lord our God in vain. This is in spite of the fact that swearing is now commonplace, and we are also taught not to worship other gods.
That is not true for many who break the second and fourth commandments. Many of these people have been taught by religious leaders to bow down toward images and pictures, and/or to keep the first day of the week holy, not the seventh-day.
While God has told us not to bow down toward images or picture, a large portion of the Christian community does that very thing.
In spite of the fact that God specifically says He blessed the Seventh-day holy because He created the world, and in spite of the fact that there is absolutely no record of any other day being observed as Sabbath in the Bible; Almost all of the Christian church is now observing the first day of the week.
In the dark ages, elements of paganism were introduced into the church and has since become traditional. These traditions have nothing to do with Bible truth and they also indicate that Satan has succeeded in separating most of the people of the world from God. Satan has the world following his rules instead of the laws of God as described in the Bible.
In this war between Jesus and Satan, the day we keep directly relates to whom we are serving. The Bible is extremely clear as to the day, and also as to why we should be keeping the Seventh-day of the week as the Sabbath. It is to be a sign between God and us!
Even though most do not follow the Biblical Sabbath, God does make concessions on the Biblical ignorance of His followers.
But, as we can see in the next Scripture, when we become aware of the truth and we realize what we are doing, God's people will choose to follow Him.
In the future, Satan will start forcing the people of the world to specifically break God's laws. But God will not allow him to work without actually warning the world.
So, the call will be made from heaven for the human family to worship the God who has made heaven and earth. This message will some how be given to the world:
Verse seven specifically mentions to worship Him who has made all things! So, he is referring to the fourth Commandment. We are to worship the Creator of all things because His judgment has come!
In the Ten Commandments, God has clearly stated how He is to be worshipped and honored. We are to keep His Sabbath holy!
It is just before the hour of God's judgment that these things start to happen. Satan will also begin to act because he knows his time is short:
In his desperation, Satan will endeavor to force all the inhabitants of the world to follow him. When he does make Sunday an issue, he will force the whole world to observe his false day of worship. Look at this interesting scripture:
The phrase: And shall intend to change times and law, is an important one. Satan will try to change the law of God. Looking at the Hebrew, the sentence can easily be read this way: And shall intend to change time law. It has to be the Sabbath of the fourth commandment since the fourth commandment is the only law based on time!
So, it is clear that Satan will attack the Sabbath in his last desperate fight against Jesus and His people.
There has been a lot of preconditioning because virtually the whole world worships on Sunday rather than the Sabbath. Even in countries where there are few Christians, Sunday is the day where everything closes. Clearly, Satan has already set the ground work for his final act, when he plans to change times and law!
The Dragon was Enraged with the Woman
Since Satan is working so hard to get people to look at him for direction rather than God, let's look to see what really makes Satan furiously angry:
Those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ are those who Satan cannot control. And remember, if Satan cannot control everyone, he will lose his goal to rule the world. It is no wonder that Satan is angry.
But, it is the people who keep the commandments of God, they are the ones who have the right to the tree of life and they will enter the gates of the New Jerusalem.
God's people will be blessed because they follow God and keep His commandments! They keep the commandments of God because they love Him.
The keeping of God's commandments becomes something God's people want to do. It will not be a burden.
Let's look at some prophecies to see what Satan will do to try to stand on the throne of God. I have color coded the following texts to indicate various activities: Red indicates what Satan will do to God's people. Green indicates what Satan will do to blaspheme God and try to take God's throne. Orange indicates what God does to judge Satan and to give the saints the kingdom.
Another note: The word "residue" is another name for "remnant". So, when it says the beast does things to the residue, it actually means he is doing things to the remnant of God!
The fourth commandment plays a powerful role in separating the Creator God from that of Satan and his evil angels. There is indeed an urgent reason why God chose to set up the Sabbath.It is for almost the same reason that Satan is going to attack it with strong fury. It is the one commandment that is so damaging to his cause.
So, when Satan tries to control the world, he will try to change the times and law of God. This is definitely the fourth commandment because it is the only law based upon time. Satan will try to get all to worship him so he will want to get rid of any reminder that he is not the creator.
This means the Seventh-Day Sabbath will become a world-wide issue in the years ahead, especially as the war between Jesus and Satan approaches the end.
If you read in the book of Job, you will find that Satan was so sure that Job would choose to live rather than die. But Job never failed God. He held on to God to the end. Satan is going to try the same thing in the last days, only harder. The righteous will have to choose to follow God by keeping His commandments; Even if it means death in this life.
At the end Satan will be so enraged with God's people, because they keep the commandments of God, that he wars against them to put them to death. Since he cannot control them, he will try to exterminate them.
The Sabbath is a Sign
From what we have seen thus far, we can see that God uses the Sabbath as a teaching tool to remind us that He is the Creator. We have also seen that the Sabbath is essential for God in His fight against Satan. The Sabbath teaches why we worship God and not Satan!
Thus, when God asks that we hallow His Sabbath, which means to honor it as being sacred; He is teaching us to honor Him. So, we are to treat the Sabbath as being holy. By doing this, we honor Him since He is the one who consecrated the Sabbath:
If God has asked that His people pay special attention to the Sabbath as a hallowed day, then it will indeed be a sign between God and His people; Because, they will follow His request out of love to Him. So, the Sabbath really is a Sign because it will teach us to know who God is, that He is our God and our Creator.
This sign of the Sabbath is not just for Old Testament times:
The reality of God's creative acts will never go away. Neither will our need to think on what God has done for us ever end. So the usefulness of the Sabbath will never end! Thus, God says the Sabbath is a perpetual covenant. It will be a sign of the children of Israel forever.
If you think that this perpetual covenant and sign is only for the children of Israel and not for us as Christians, Look at what Paul said to the Gentiles:
Paul was a missionary to the Gentiles which are non-Jews. We all have access through one Spirit to the Father. So we are fellow citizens with the saints. Thus we are also members of the household of God and so we are all joined together into the holy temple in the Lord.
To the Romans, Paul very simply said that we were "grafted in". We are now a part of God's people:
The Sabbath is indeed a perpetual covenant that lasts forever and it includes all of God's people. The Sabbath was literally made for all people as Jesus pointed out:
All people benefit from the Sabbath. Look at what the people of God will be doing in the new earth:
So, even in the New World, God's people will come on the Sabbath to worship before God in person. God's people will rejoice to worship God who has created all things!
Jesus and the Sabbath
Many people believe that the Sabbath is mainly an Old Testament doctrine and that Jesus really did not have much to do with the Sabbath. Also, many believe that Jesus actually instituted Sunday as a day of worship and they think that the Lord's day really refers to Sunday or the first day instead of the Seventh-day Sabbath.
However, since Satan has been trying to eradicate the Sabbath and we know that he will redouble his efforts in the future; We might suspect that the Lord's day idea is really an attack of Satan against the Biblical Sabbath. In addition we might also realize that the Sabbath is actually a much more long-lasting and important issue than what many people are willing to admit. That is why Satan wants to attack it.
So, does Jesus support and teach the same Seventh-day Sabbath as we find in the Old Testament or does He initiate a new day? Let's look at Jesus' own words to begin answering:
Not even a jot or tittle will pass from the law till all is fulfilled, till heaven and earth pass away! A jot or tittle is like the dotting of an "I". So the Ten Commandments are not passing away until after heaven and earth passes away!
If the Ten Commandments are not passing away, the Sabbath is not passing away since it is the fourth commandment. When Jesus was on earth we see that He kept the Sabbath. He did not come to change it:
So, we see that Jesus did not come to do away with the Law which means He did not come to do away with the Seventh-day Sabbath.
So, let's get back to the question: what is the Lord's Day? Is the Lord's Day the same Seventh-day Sabbath or is it some new day? Let's look into this issue more deeply:
We saw that God created all things. Then He rested the Seventh day:
We also know that God has made all things through Jesus:
There is nothing made that He didn't have a part in creating. It was through Jesus that literally all things were created.
Since all things were made through Jesus and without Him, nothing was made that was made. We know that Jesus also made the Sabbath.
Jesus made the Sabbath and He made it for man. So it makes sense that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath:
Jesus is Lord of even the Sabbath because He made it.
Not only did Jesus create all things but all things were actually made for Him. So it was for Jesus that the whole Universe was made!
Since all things were made for Jesus and it was through Jesus that all things were made, Jesus must have rested on the seventh-day of creation when He made our world. So, Jesus created the Sabbath day by resting on it. He blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Because He made the Sabbath, Jesus really is Lord of the Sabbath!
Since Jesus made the Sabbath, He should be the one who would know that the Sabbath was made for man.
Jesus gave us the Sabbath so we could know that it was our Creator who will also sanctify us:
The Sabbath fits in so well with the mission of Christ since it reminds us who it is who sanctifies us! If we are in Christ Jesus, He is the one who becomes our sanctification.
So of course, Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath. God used Him to Create all things!
How could the Lord's day be any other day than the Seventh-day Sabbath? No other day is even mentioned in the Bible as being special in the Lord's eyes. Also, we must not forget that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. So, the 7th-day Sabbath is the Lord's day!
So God offers a special blessing on the Seventh-day Sabbath:
The Sabbath is the Lords day! It is the holy day of the Lord and we honor Him by keeping it. So, if we turn away from doing our own pleasure on God's holy day, God will sanctify us. Then we will be able to delight ourselves in the Lord. The Sabbath will be a delight and a pleasure.
Jesus Taught True Sabbath Observance
Some say that Jesus actually worked to do away with Sabbath observance. However, the leaders had developed a system of tradition for Sabbath observance which was actually contrary to the proper worship of God on His Sabbath. So, what Jesus actually stood for was the true and proper observance of the Sabbath as it was from the beginning.
So, as we study deeper in what Jesus says, do we still see that Jesus supports and teaches that we should observe the Sabbath? Let's look in the Bible to see what Jesus taught:
In John 5 we have a wonderful story of Jesus healing a lame man on the Sabbath. He told the man to take up his bed and walk.
The man was healed and took up his bed to walk out of the place!
But the leaders were unhappy:
They found that it was Jesus who did this and they were angry:
It is obvious that Jesus did not follow their laws; But, what exactly was Jesus trying to teach with this healing? Was He teaching that the Sabbath was no longer important? Or was He saying something else about the Sabbath?
In this next example we will see why Jesus did what He did more clearly:
Jesus went into the synagogue on the Sabbath and He walked into a trap. The leaders had a man with a withered hand there and they asked Jesus "is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?"
They all thought that even healing should not be done on the Sabbath. So they watched Jesus to see what He would do:
So Jesus asked them if it was good to do good things on the Sabbath.
They would not answer.
Jesus was angry because of the hardness of their hearts!
We can see that Jesus had no such understanding that people cannot be healed on the Sabbath. On the contrary, it is right and proper to do good things on the Sabbath.
When Jesus healed the man, the leaders were furious:
In spite of the fact that the miracle showed that Jesus was from God, the leaders were angry because He did not follow their Sabbath-keeping rules. Jesus also clearly showed that they were wrong, that it is good to do good on the Sabbath. So, they became maddened and furious!
In addition, we see that Jesus did not say the Sabbath was not important any longer; But rather, He told them that it was right and lawful that we should be doing good things to help others on the Sabbath.
At another time, the disciples were hungry so they started to pluck heads of grain in the field and rubbed them in their hand so they could eat the grain itself.
This was another unnecessary restriction that was placed on people because of the Sabbath:
There were so many laws that burdened the people and it made the Sabbath a real chore and hard to observe. But Jesus said the Sabbath was actually made for man. It was to be a joy to observe, not something to be dreaded because of the burdens placed on them!
At still another time, Jesus healed a woman who was bent over and could not straighten herself up.
But since it was the Sabbath, the ruler objected:
Jesus knew that it was right to heal on the Sabbath:
As Jesus said: It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. His answer was so obviously right before all the people that the leaders were ashamed and the people rejoiced.
It was obvious to all present that this restriction of not doing good on the Sabbath was not right at all. What Jesus did was to put the Sabbath back in its proper place. It is a day for doing acts of charity and mercy as well as it is for contemplating about God and His creative acts.
Jesus magnified the Sabbath and made it honorable again. Jesus did not abolish the Sabbath, nor did He change the Sabbath. But He did rescue it from the rubbish of tradition which made the sabbath a burden and anything but a delight. The senseless restrictions that the leaders had placed on the Sabbath made it a trial. It made things so difficult and complicated that people could not keep track of all the rules and they were often found to be breaking them.
The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." He showed that it was made for our happiness and well-being. After all, God made all things and the Sabbath points to that very fact. So, it helps us to realize who it is that has the power to keep us safe. Not Satan nor his evil angels. It is the God who made us and He loves us more than we can know!
If we spend the Sabbath doing God's pleasure and not doing the things that we ourselves would benefit from, if we contemplate on the creative acts of God and of Christ what God has done for us; The Sabbath will be a delight and truly a blessing.
It will be our own act of devotion to God. and it will refresh us because it will be a joy. It is that perpetual covenant that God has with us that will last forever!
It is that special sign between God and us.
And even in the new world the righteous will always keep the Sabbath with the Creator Himself! That is why God called it His perpetual covenant because it would last forever.
Difficult Bible Passages About the Sabbath Explained.
These are verses that some people believe teaches that the Seventh-day Sabbath is no longer important and that it had been nailed to the cross.
Before we look at Colossians 2, and later Galatians 3-4, we need to remind ourselves what the Bible says about the Law.
These verses cannot be talking about the Seventh-day Sabbath, which is the Biblical Sabbath, because in Matthew we see that Jesus did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill. The Law is to last till heaven and earth itself passes away:
There is nothing in this text of Matthew that shows that the law or the Prophets will be brought to and end, or be abolished. The law and prophets include not just the ten Commandments (which includes the fourth commandment of the seventh-day Sabbath), but all the Old Testament writings. What Jesus is saying is that He is fulfilling these Scriptures. It is just like He did in His baptism when He fulfilled all righteousness:
We see that Jesus was fulfilling all righteousness by following the practice of baptism. But what does this mean? Did Jesus abolish baptism by fulfilling all righteousness. No, Jesus did not destroy baptism or righteousness by being baptized! But rather, when He fulfilled all righteousness at His baptism, He made full the practice. He fulfilled it by obedience to the baptism.
The same is true for the Law and the Prophets. Jesus fulfilled these things by making full the practice. He literally obeyed the Law and the prophets. That is how He fulfilled the Law and the Prophets.
Paul used the same word in describing his ministry, Paul said what he did to fulfill the word of God:
Paul was not abolishing the word of God by becoming a minister, but rather, Paul ministered "according to the stewardship from God which was given to" him. So, he carried the word of God out in obedience.
Also the same meaning is revealed in Romans 8:4
The righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. It is clear that the Spirit is not fulfilled by being abolished but by obedience.
Now in Galatians 6:2
I don't think that any Christian believes that the law of Christ has been abolished and we should not think that the Law and the Prophets have been abolished.
In reference to paying taxes, Paul tells us to fulfill the law of the Ten Commandments by obedience to it. That love is the fulfillment of the law.
Now that we realize that Jesus came to fulfill the law, we can start answering your question. So, let's look at Colossians:
So, what was nailed to the cross? It was the law of ordinances or handwriting of requirements that was nailed to the cross. These were ceremonial laws that involved feasts and festivals as found in the Old Testament. It dictated the eating of certain foods and drink and it included a new moon and ceremonial sabbaths.
They sacrificed sheep and goats for the forgiveness of sins. All these things pointed to Jesus and what He would do to save us. So these things were nailed to the cross because they were only a shadow of things to come. the lambs were a symbol of Christ so they were only a shadow what would eventually happen.
The ceremonial sabbaths were an aspect of the festival and not the seventh-day. Many did not even occur on the Seventh-day Sabbath.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn stopping the process. People could then look directly in the Sanctuary.
The Temple veil was torn in half from top to bottom. This showed that all the ordinance animals sacrifices had come to an end. These animal sacrifices all pointed to Jesus the Lamb of God dying on the cross.
Paul speaks about what happened in his letter to the Ephesians:
So, Jesus abolished in His flesh the law of commandments contained in ordinances. This explains what we see in Colossians:
Paul says we are no longer judged by the meat offerings, drink offerings, and sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come. All these things are connect with the shadow of things to come, the feasts and festivals etc.
The sabbaths are not the weekly Sabbath, but instead, they are the yearly Sabbath of the moral law described in Leviticus 23:24-37:
These ceremonial sabbaths which were yearly sabbaths, which occurred every year; They happened on certain days of the month. Each year they would be a different day of the week. When one of these ceremonial Sabbaths ended up being on the Seventh-day Sabbath, that Sabbath was called a high Sabbath.
Now in verses 37 and 38 these feasts are distinguished from the weekly Sabbath:
Verse 37-38 says that these are the feasts of the Lord. . . that you are to do all these things, besides what you normally do, such as: to keep the Sabbath, your gifts, your vows, and your freewill offerings. So there are the normal Sabbaths, gifts, vows and offerings; but in addition there were the feasts which included yearly Sabbaths and new moons. The feasts were a shadow of Jesus and His death and ministry.
So this is the mystery of Colossians 2:16. It is the law of the yearly sabbaths, with all its meat and drink offerings, its new moon, these were the things which were nailed to the cross.
But the great Ten Commandment law with its weekly Sabbath was not affected by the "blotting out" of ordinances. As we saw in Matthew:
Not even a tittle or jot will pass from the law till all is fulfilled, till heaven and earth pass away! A jot or tittle is like the dotting of an "I". So the Ten Commandments are not passing away until after heaven and earth passes away!
Now, let's look at Galatians. In Galatians 2 we find that people came in teaching the people elements of circumcision and the Jewish law:
This was highly political. When certain people came, the others suddenly started to act differently:
We can see that this group did more than just to teach circumcision, they also would not eat with Gentiles even if they were Christians. So, in the next Scripture, Paul asks the Galatians who has bewitched them. Did they receive the Spirit because they followed the law or is it because they heard the good news in faith?
In chapter four, Paul expands his topic to include the feasts and festivals of the Old Testament moral law. Paul asks them if they wish to be in bondage again because, as Paul said in Colossians, these things are connected with the shadow of things to come:
The Galatians had come from a pagan background and they had been following ritualistic activities all their lives. So when various Jewish converts suggested that it would be good to observe the Jewish ceremonial legalistic form of worship, they fell naturally into doing just that.
So Galatians 4 and Colossians 2 involve the same issue. It is the feasts and festivals involving ceremonial sabbaths that were all a shadow of things to come.
As we saw before, the great Ten Commandment law with its weekly Sabbath was not affected by the "blotting out" of ordinances:
The Ten Commandments are not passing away until after heaven and earth passes away!
And even in the new world the righteous will always keep the Sabbath with the Creator Himself! That is why God called it His perpetual covenant because it would last forever.
Revelation 12:11 is describing the experience of God's people, the righteous people, during the last days, the time of sorrows. This experience relates to many other verses of the Bible, which also describe the experience of God's people, but in a different way.
If we put these verses together we will start understanding what they say more clearly!
Let's start by looking at the activity of the dragon:
The dragon, which is another name for Satan, is going to be extremely angry with the woman (Which is the Christian Church). So, Satan is going to make a big war with (the remnant of her seed) which is another way to say "the remainder of Christians" that are still alive on the earth.
But it is not just any Christian that Satan is angry with. He is angry with the Christians that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ! These are the people that the Satan is angry with since they are the only ones who will not obey him.
Not everybody keeps the commandments of God nor do they have the testimony or the faith of Jesus. It is because they love themselves more than they love God. So, since they have not fully given themselves to God, they do not have the power of God in them which enables them to stand for God (see verse 5 below). They only stand for themselves since they love themselves:
Some Christians say they keep the commandments of God, but in reality there is one commandment that many people leave alone. The fourth commandment says to keep the seventh day. This is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. It is Saturday.
Satan has changed the day of worship and most of the world follows this new day. However, the Bible has not changed. It still says we must honor God on the Seventh day, not the first day of the week.
So, Satan is angry at these people because they choose to follow God and have the testimony or faith of Jesus rather than follow Satan. But God's people will be patient in that they will continue to obey God by keeping the commandments of God with the faith of Jesus!
The next Scripture, which has words you were asking about, shows us more information of the battle that is raging:
The great dragon or Satan was cast out of heaven and so he deceives the whole world. But God's people, these are they which keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus, they will win the battle over Satan because they overcome him by the blood of the Lamb (This is the blood of Jesus) because they listen to the words of Christ's testimony. So, God's people do not love their lives to the death. This means they would rather die than to sin against God. This reminds me of Joseph:
There are other examples that I could mention, like the three friends of Daniel who would rather die than bow down to someone who is not God, so they were put in the burning fiery furnace.
God's people keep the commandments of God because they love Him. They truly have the love of Jesus in their hearts. So just as Jesus can live in His Father's love, we can live in the love of Jesus:
Jesus has loved us, so we are to continue in His love. So, these are Jesus' own words, He said if we keep His commandments, we will live in His love.
So today, we can love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments!
Jesus is our example. What He did, we ought to do as well:
Jesus specifically gave us an example that we should follow. There was no sin in his life thus we must not sin as well.
Jesus left us an example that we should follow. This shows how God values our faith in Him which is more precious than gold to Him!
Jesus also suffered so He might sanctify His People with His own blood:
Now, it is by the blood of Jesus that God's people will choose death rather than to dishonor their God! The blood of Jesus has power to change us! Jesus sanctifies His people so we can do His will.
The sanctifying blood of Jesus makes us perfect so that we can do His will. Jesus actually condemns sin in the flesh!
The Law could not change us at all. But Jesus came in sinful flesh so that sin could be condemned in us, so that we could be set free. It is because of the blood that God's people were able to have victory over Satan.
Now in the next verses, we see this same group that was mentioned in Revelation 12:11 (who overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony); this group is now pictured in heaven. This is the group who have victory over the beast and over his image and over his mark, etc. So, this group overcame the beast, the image, the mark, and the number of his name by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony:
The only true standard of moral good and perfection is the law of God. If we read the life of Christ in the Gospels, we can see this law in His life. Everything He did was connected with the Law of God. He carried it into action as our example to follow.
And the righteous people will overcome Satan and sin by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. They had gotten the victory because of the power of the blood of Christ that Jesus gave them. Jesus condemned sin in the flesh!
To learn more about the conflict involving Satan, the rival power who does not want God to rule over everything. Click on the link to the right.
To learn how God does care for His people while the conflict involving Satan approaches the end. Click on the link to the right.