In Matthew 24:20 the Lord's words reveal that the sabbath would still be observed at the end of time.
Has there been a curse on the visible church because the sabbath has been profaned all this time--
AND ANOTHER DAY SUBSTITUTED FOR WHAT GOD SAID???
[Warning: Do not join the seventh day adventists, the cult of Ellen White.]
What you will read--
- The sabbath rest will be observed until the end of the world
- The sabbath is a specific day
- Many in the visible church call the first day of the week the sabbath
- Has there been a curse on much of the visible church because the sabbath has been profaned all this time--and another day substituted for what God said???
- The hireling does a job, but we need qualified bishops and elders
- Today's church needs to grow up
- "But what if they are just following what they have been taught?"
*** THE SABBATH REST WILL BE OBSERVED UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD ***
In Matthew 24, the disciples ask the Lord about the end of the world.Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
The Lord told the disciples that when the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stands in the holy place, the people are to flee (see verses 15-19). The Lord goes on to command them to pray that their flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day (reference Matthew 24:20).
Because this passage of scripture is talking about the end of the world, the Lord's words clearly show that the weekly sabbath, the day of rest, would still be observed at the end times and that we would not want our flight to be on that day nor in the winter.
*** THE SABBATH IS A SPECIFIC DAY ***
The weekly sabbath is a specific day (note: there were also special sabbaths (e.g., Leviticus 23:24, 39) that were not the weekly sabbath). The weekly sabbath is the seventh day of the week--Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 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:
11 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.
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the SEVENTH DAY GOD ENDED his work which he had made; AND HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made.
3 AND GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, AND SANCTIFIED IT: BECAUSE THAT IN IT HE HAD RESTED FROM ALL HIS WORK WHICH GOD CREATED AND MADE.
For other scriptures establishing that the sabbath is the seventh day of the week, see Exodus 16:26, 31:15, 35:2, Leviticus 23:3, Deuteronomy 5:14)
God finished the creation and rested on the seventh day and blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. This was before Adam disobeyed, before sin ever entered the world. An excerpt from "A Defense of the Sabbath"--Genesis 2:2-3 teaches us that FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD, long before Moses ever received the law on mount Sinai, the sabbath has been the SEVENTH DAY of the week. God specifically ENDED his work on the SEVENTH DAY, RESTED on the SEVENTH DAY, BLESSED the SEVENTH DAY and SANCTIFIED it. There is actually a blessed, sanctified day of the week. All days are not the same. ONE has been set apart--THE SEVENTH DAY. The sabbath is the seventh day, has always been the seventh day, and always will be the seventh day. No other day is the sabbath of the Lord. It is a perpetual memorial of what God did when he created the heavens and the earth. No where in the scriptures does it ever say that the sabbath ever changed from the SEVENTH day. It can't--God rested on the SEVENTH day from his work of creation. That was a one time act. The sabbath is the SEVENTH day.
*** MANY IN THE VISIBLE CHURCH CALL THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK THE SABBATH DAY ***
Many church people often meet on Sunday (the first day) and call it "the sabbath" and/or "the Christian sabbath". Sunday is not the sabbath.
*** HAS THERE BEEN A CURSE ON MUCH OF THE VISIBLE CHURCH BECAUSE THE SABBATH HAS BEEN PROFANED ALL THIS TIME--AND ANOTHER DAY SUBSTITUTED FOR WHAT GOD SAID??? ***
Has there indeed been a curse on these churches for changing the sabbath from the seventh day to the first day? and for profaning the true sabbath every week doing whatever they feel like doing on the seventh day?
- Has this false doctrine helped make our preachers thin spiritually? Has it helped keep their range of sight limited--and even off-focus and landing onto heresies?
- Has this false doctrine helped to cause the visible church to just feed off of a few pet doctrines and not go forward to other revelations?
- Could this practice of denying the seventh day sabbath cause the visible church to be in worse than an infantile state (even a baby has its own dignity and grows up, but these preachers and leaders seem infected with an intense disease and unable to lead aright but think they are doing fine)?
A cursory look at the professed Christian church--even back through the past 200 years (and more)--reveals a thinness in the professed church, a circling around the same doctrines and a seemingly unbreakable fascination in the various denominations for certain preachers that they have set up on high. Even when reading the sermons of some of the "famous" and highly-regarded preachers, the thinness appears.
Could disregarding God's word on the sabbath, the fourth of the ten commandments, affect the professed church? How could it not? Could changing God's word about the sabbath put a curse on the church that does that? Could the church become limited and anemic and sickly and growing weaker because it keeps ignoring and disobeying God's word that it may keep her own traditions? How could it get to this point that the sabbath is still ignored? It seems evident that this practice could have stopped years ago. When we read the word of God and obey it, God illuminates our eyes step by step. When we obey the light, we get more light. If we disobey or ignore the light, we can get stuck in a rut and actually can lose what we already have. To him that hath shall be given, and from him that hath not shall be taken away that which he seemeth to have.
*** THE HIRELING DOES A JOB, BUT WE NEED QUALIFIED BISHOPS AND ELDERS ***
We do have a visible church today. And yes, the hireling does do a job. It is good--VERY GOOD--to still have a Bible and the gospel preached. With these two things, each man can get saved and read the Bible and be led by God, but we do need a man to guide us, to help us to understand (see Acts 8:31), especially in the beginning--how shall they hear without a preacher (see Romans 10:14)? We need bishops and elders--blameless, grave, sober men who are sound in doctrine and ruleth their households well. These men are to head the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (reference 1 Timothy 3:15).
What happens when these men are not found? What happens when the visible church herself is a harborer and teacher of false doctrines like she has been concerning the day of the sabbath day?
*** TODAY'S CHURCH NEEDS TO GROW UP ***
Much is missing from the visible church today. She is like a babe when she is supposed to be a teacher. Hebrews teaches us that there is a time when each one of us is supposed to move on to more than the basics. We are supposed to grow up and teach. It is a natural progression; as natural as a baby that grows up before our very eyes.Hebrews 5:12 For WHEN FOR THE TIME YE OUGHT TO BE TEACHERS, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; AND ARE BECOME SUCH AS HAVE NEED OF MILK, AND NOT OF STRONG MEAT.
13 For EVERY ONE THAT USETH MILK IS UNSKILFUL IN THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: FOR HE IS A BABE.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
6:1 Therefore LEAVING the principles of the doctrine of Christ, LET US GO ON UNTO PERFECTION; NOT laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
What happens when the preachers are babes? Look around at the television-watching visible churches that circle around a few pet doctrines and plenty of degrees, conferences, dinners, trips to amusement parks, and "revivals".
*** "BUT WHAT IF THEY ARE JUST FOLLOWING WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT?" ***
"But what if they are just following what they are taught about Sunday being the Christian sabbath?" As previously noted, if we read God's word and obey it, God will illuminate our understanding and show us what our doctrine should be, even if it has been hidden for a long time like the book of the law was found in the house of the LORD in the days of Josiah (see 1 Kings 22). When we are confronted with the information, we just change so that we no longer err. Sometimes people are resistant to change because they do not want to be cast out of their current church, they do not want to acknowledge that they were wrong, etc. but to be right, we must line ourselves up with the word of God, he will take care of the rest.
Many people just listen to their erring leaders. If those people do read the Bible, they read it with false doctrine glasses on their face and cannot see the truth even when they are reading it. I remember hearing a preacher talk about his church's statement booklet telling what they believed in. He said something on this wise, "This cannot change." That booklet was not the Bible, but his statement showed the level to which he lifted up that document. His statement made clear to every listener that that church had no room for discussion about its tenets--not even discussion from the Bible. If those tenets were wrong, they were to be for ever wrong because they would not be changed. In cases like this, it is easy for a person to keep quiet so that that person can continue to attend that church. But if the pastor is wrong and will not change, how much insight and foresight does he have? What does he offer his people outside of his own limited knowledge (plus his delusions)? It seems that those that continue to believe and study the truth will eventually be led to leave that church sooner or later.
Note: As I have noted before, I am not a defender of the Seventh Day Adventist group founded by false prophetess Ellen White--may the reader NOT join that group.
- A Defense of the Sabbath
- JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD, FIRST. SUNDAY IS *NOT* THE SABBATH [Warning: Do not join the seventh day adventists, the cult of Ellen White.]
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