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why I became a scientist who is a creationist

The Seventh Day Sabbath
of the Bible
Has the Biblical Sabbath ever changed?
Are we still to keep it? What does the Bible Teach?

 

The Sabbath is described in the Bible as the seventh day of the week. But many assume that the Sabbath has been changed to Sunday and that since we are Christians we no longer need to keep the original Sabbath day. Is that true?

Some people don't want to think about the possibility that they could be keeping the wrong day to especially worship God. But others wonder, in this day and age, whether the Sabbath is really important. Do we really still need to keep the Sabbath.

But, in the Bible, we see that God has commanded us to keep the Sabbath. So we should find out if God really thinks its important. If He does, then we need to find out what day it is that He wants us to keep.

The purpose of this study is to answer these and other questions from the Bible and to let the Bible speak for itself.

The Sabbath and Mana

Let's start with the story about the mana, which occurred during the first part of the Exodus from Egypt. It is here that we get a real good hint that the Sabbath was established long before God gave the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.

God wanted the Sabbath observed before the Ten Commandments were given! In the Bible, it records a time before the Ten Commandments were given, that God required the Israelites to keep the Sabbath. This is shortly after they left Egypt.

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:

  1. And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
  2. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.
  3. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." Exodus 16:3-5

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:

  1. And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
  2. Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD has said: 'Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'" Exodus 16:22-23

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:

  1. "Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there will be none."
  2. Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none.
  3. And the LORD said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?
  4. "See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day."
  5. So the people rested on the seventh day. Exodus 16:26-30

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.

  1. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
  2. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:2-3

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:

  1. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  2. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
  3. but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
  4. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV

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?

  1. 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.

  1. 'hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.' Ezekiel 20:20

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? Why is it needed?

The reason is very simple: "That you may know that I am the LORD your God."

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 fallen angel wants us to worship him. So, the question: "who are we going to worship?" is a very real question!

  1. How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
  2. For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
  3. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.
  4. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (hell), To the lowest depths of the Pit. Isaiah 14:12-15 NKJV

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.

  1. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,
  2. but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
  3. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:7-9 NKJV

Today, Satan and his evil angels, which are now known as demons, are attacking God by tempting people to worship them instead of God:

  1. They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
  2. They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear. Deuteronomy 32: 16-17.

In Deuteronomy, Moses 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 the word: "Gentiles" means "nations", Paul is really saying that the nations of the world are worshipping demons with their idols.

  1. What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?
  2. Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 1 Corinthians 10:19-20

When Jesus was on earth, the demons made their presence known because they had a hold on the people. Various people had a demon that controled them:

  1. Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,
  2. saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!"
  3. But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. Luke 4:33-35

This kind of conflict didn't happen once, here is another example of demons speaking out against Jesus:

  1. When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
  2. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Matthew 8:28-29

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!

  1. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19.

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.

  1. But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
  2. Thus you shall say to them: "The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens."
  3. He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion. Jeremiah 10:10-12.

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.

  1. You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You. Nehemiah 9:6 NKJV

All the host of heaven worships God because He is the one who has made them and all things!

  1. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!"
  2. Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
  3. the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
  4. "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created. Revelation 4:8-11 NKJV.

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:

  1. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
  2. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
  3. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
  4. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20.

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.

  1. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
  2. You shall not murder.
  3. You shall not commit adultery.

  4. You shall not steal.
  5. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  6. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
  7. Exodus 20:12-17.

But it is in the first four commandments that we run into real problems. These commandments direct us of our duty to God.

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved 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; 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 on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

  4. 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 do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

    Exodus 20:3-11.

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!

  1. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
  2. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
  3. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:1-3
  1. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  2. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
  3. but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
  4. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV
  1. The works of the LORD are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
  2. His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever.
  3. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and full of compassion. Psalm 111:2-4
  1. 'hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.' Ezekiel 20:20

Even though most do not follow the Biblical Sabbath, God does make concessions on the Biblical ignorance of His followers.

  1. "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30
  1. Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, `We see.' Therefore your sin remains. John 9:41

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.

  1. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17
  1. "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30

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:

  1. Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--
  2. saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." Revelation 7:6-7

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:

  1. "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." Revelation 12:12

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:

  1. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
  2. But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. Daniel 7:25-26 NKJV

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:

  1. 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 Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:17.

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.

  1. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14.

God's people will be blessed because they follow God and keep His commandments! They keep the commandments of God because they love Him.

  1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
  2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
  3. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:1-3

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!

  1. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
  2. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
  1. I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them,
  1. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
  2. But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever.
  1. until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. Daniel 7:7-8, 21, 25-26, 22 NKJV

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:

  1. 'hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.' Ezekiel 20:20

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:

  1. 'Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.
  2. 'It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'" Exodus 31:16-17

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:

  1. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
  2. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
  3. having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
  4. in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
  5. in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 18-19

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:

  1. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
  2. do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
  3. You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in."
  4. Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. Romans 11:17-20

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:

  1. And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27

All people benefit from the Sabbath. Look at what the people of God will be doing in the new earth:

  1. "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says the LORD, "So shall your descendants and your name remain.
  2. And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says the LORD. Isaiah 66:22-23

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.

  1. I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
  2. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, Revelation 1:9-10

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:

  1. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
  2. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

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:

  1. 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. Luke 4:16

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:

  1. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
  2. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
  3. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:1-3

We also know that God has made all things through Jesus:

  1. has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; Hebrews 1:2
  1. and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; Ephesians 3:9
  1. He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
  1. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:3

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.

  1. And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27

Jesus made the Sabbath and He made it for man. So it makes sense that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath:

  1. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8

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!

  1. He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16

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!

  1. And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
  2. "Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath. Mark 2:27-28

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:

  1. "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them. Ezekiel 20:12

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.

  1. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-- 1 Corinthians 1:30

So of course, Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath. God used Him to Create all things!

  1. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8

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 any way, 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:

  1. "If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words,
  2. Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken." Isaiah 58:13-14

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, that is not true. 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:

  1. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. John 5:10

They found that it was Jesus who did this and they were angry:

  1. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. John 5:16

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:

  1. And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? . . . Matthew 12:10

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?"

  1. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. Luke 6:6-7

They all thought that even healing should not be done on the Sabbath. So they watched Jesus to see what He would do:

  1. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? Luke 6:8-9

So Jesus asked them if it was good to do good things on the Sabbath.

  1. But they held their peace. Mark 3:4 (part)

They would not answer.

  1. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts. Mark 3:5 (part)

Jesus was angry because of the hardness of their hearts!

  1. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
  2. How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Matthew 12:11-12

Because their livelihood was so important, They certainly would not want to lose a sheep, thus they were allowed to save the sheep on the Sabbath, yet it was not right to save a man!

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.

  1. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Matthew 12:13

When Jesus healed the man, the leaders were furious:

  1. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. Luke 6:11
  1. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. Matthew 12:14

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.

  1. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!" Matthew 12:14

This was another unnecessary restriction that was placed on people because of the Sabbath:

  1. But He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him:
  2. "how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?"
  3. And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:25-27

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.

  1. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
  2. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. Luke 13:12

But since it was the Sabbath, the ruler objected:

  1. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, 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. Luke 13:14

Jesus knew that it was right to heal on the Sabbath:

  1. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
  2. And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? Luke 13:15-16

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.

  1. And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. Luke 13:17

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.

  1. 'Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.
  2. 'It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'" Exodus 31:16-17

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!

  1. 'hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.' Ezekiel 20:20

It is that special sign between God and us.

  1. "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says the LORD, "So shall your descendants and your name remain.
  2. And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says the LORD. Isaiah 66:22-23

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.
I Will Try To Answer Any Question You Ask.
Presently there are two questions.

 

The first question:

I have read your articles with much interest and agree whole hearty with most of it, so keep up the good hard work of study and prayer. I too have struggle with the 4th command. But I have some genuine concerns which are closely related to this subject. This comes from a genuine heart - I have good friends and fellow believers on both sides. Please forgive my quest for understanding.

Col 2:14 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;

Col 2:16 - 17 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.

Gal 3:1 - 3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 4:9 - 10 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

 

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:

  1. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
  2. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

There is nothing in this text of Matthew that shows that the law or the Prophets will be brought to an 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:

  1. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"
  2. But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. Matthew 3:14-15

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:

  1. I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
  2. of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
  3. the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. Colossians 1:24-26

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

  1. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
  2. that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4

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

  1. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 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.

  1. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
  2. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
  3. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
  4. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:7-10

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:

  1. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
  2. having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
  3. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
  4. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
  5. which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Colossians 2:13-17

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.

  1. And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
  2. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, Matthew 27:50-51

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:

  1. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
  2. having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, Ephesians 2:14-15

So, Jesus abolished in His flesh the law of commandments contained in ordinances. This explains what we see in Colossians:

  1. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
  2. having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
  3. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
  4. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
  5. which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Colossians 2:13-17

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:

  1. Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath -rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
  1. It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath." Leviticus 23:24, 32

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:

  1. These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day--
  2. besides the Sabbaths of the LORD, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the LORD. Leviticus 23:37-38

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.

  1. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
  2. having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
  3. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
  4. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
  5. which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Colossians 2:13-17

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:

  1. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
  2. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

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:

  1. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
  2. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage),
  3. to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Galatians 2:3-5

This was highly political. When certain people came, the others suddenly started to act differently:

  1. Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;
  2. for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. Galatians 2:11-12

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?

  1. O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
  2. This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
  3. Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
  4. Have you suffered so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain?
  5. Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? -- Galatians 3:1-5

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:

  1. But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.
  2. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
  3. You observe days and months and seasons and years. Galatians 4:8-10

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:

  1. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
  2. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

The Ten Commandments are not passing away until after heaven and earth passes away!

  1. "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says the LORD, "So shall your descendants and your name remain.
  2. And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says the LORD. Isaiah 66:22-23

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.

 

The second question:

Sir, I so much thank you for all the work you have put together for those of us who are after the coming of our lord Jesus christ, your work make me to get the full understanding of human race here on earth, thanks for the focus you have giving us through christ salvation. You actually explain every point needed to understand, but could you please explain this statement in details in the book of revelation as in

  1. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11
I know there was war in heaven but explain this statement (in red) above, Thanks sir, I know God has bless you already, here from you soon.

 

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:

  1. 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. Revelation 12:17

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:

  1. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  2. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
  3. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
  4. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. 2 Timothy 3:2-5 (part of 5)

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.

  1. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  2. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
  3. 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:
  4. 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. Exodus 20:8-11

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!

  1. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12

The next Scripture, which has words you were asking about, shows us more information of the battle that is raging:

  1. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
  2. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
  3. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
  4. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Revelation 12:9-12 (first part of 12)

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:

  1. how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Genesis 39:9 (last part)

Joseph was only a slave in Egypt, yet when Potiphar's wife asked to have sex with him, His only thought was: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

It didn't matter if he could lose his life because she was unhappy with him. God is what mattered to 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:

  1. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
  2. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fathers commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:9-10

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!

  1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
  2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
  3. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:1-3

Jesus is our example. What He did, we ought to do as well:

  1. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6

Jesus specifically gave us an example that we should follow. There was no sin in his life thus we must strive not to sin as well.

  1. . . . . but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
  2. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
  3. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 1 Peter 2:20-22

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!

  1. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:7

Jesus also suffered so He might sanctify His People with His own blood:

  1. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13:12

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.

  1. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
  2. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

The sanctifying blood of Jesus makes us perfect so that we can do His will. Jesus actually condemns sin in the flesh!

  1. 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: Romans 8:3

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:

  1. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
  2. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
  3. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. Revelation 15:2-4

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!

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