The Sabbath

The Sabbath

The Sabbath (Saturday), has the honor of being the ONLY day that was BLESSED and made HOLY by God, at the dawn of creation:

Genesis 2:3 – And God blessed the Seventh Day and made it Holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

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Contrary to some, it is HIS (God’s- not the Jew’s) Sabbath Day and we are told to keep it:

Leviticus 19:30 – ‘YOU (God’s people) SHALL keep MY Sabbaths and reverence MY sanctuary: I am the LORD.

We are COMMANDED to, “REMEMBER” to keep it Holy because He knew in time, that most of us would forget just like Israel had forgotten it over time when held captive by the Egyptians:

Exodus 20:8 – “REMEMBER the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

The Sabbath Day is a COMMANDED “Holy Convocation” (Sacred Assembly) FOREVER:

Leviticus 23:3 – You may work for six days. But the Seventh Day is A DAY OF WORSHIP, a day when you don’t work, a HOLY ASSEMBLY. Don’t do any work. It is the LORD’S day OF WORSHIP wherever you live.

There are spiritual and future physical blessings for those who honor His Holy Day of Worship:

 Isaiah 56:2 – I will bless EVERYONE who respects the Sabbath and refuses to do wrong.

Isaiah 56:3 – Foreigners  (Gentiles) who worship me must not say, “The LORD won’t let us be part of his people.” Men who are unable to become fathers must no longer say, “We are dried-up trees.”

Isaiah 56:4 – To them, I, the LORD, say: Respect the Sabbath, obey me completely, and keep our agreement.

Isaiah 56:5 – Then I will set up monuments in my temple with your names written on them. This will be much better than having children, because these monuments will stand there forever.

Isaiah 56:6 – Foreigners will follow me. They will love me and worship in my name; they will respect the Sabbath and keep our agreement.

Isaiah 56:7 – I will bring them to my holy mountain, where they will celebrate in my house of worship. Their sacrifices and offerings will always be welcome on my altar. Then my house will be known as a house of worship for all nations.

In the New Testament, Jesus kept the Sabbath faithfully and it was His custom to do so. Too numerous to list all the references, but this will suffice:

Luke 4:16 – …And as His CUSTOM WAS, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day, and stood up to read (the scriptures).

Despite modern-day mainstream preachers who outrageously claim that, after the death and resurrection of Christ, that it is Sunday- not the Sabbath, which is the sanctioned day of worship established in the N.T., Paul, Jews, and the New Testament Gentile converts, defy such absurdities by having kept the Sabbath faithfully YEARS AFTER the death and resurrection of Christ:

 Acts 13:14-15 – …they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day and sat down …reading of the Law and the Prophets…

Acts 13:27 – …the voices of the Prophets which are read EVERY Sabbath…

Acts 13:42 – So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them THE NEXT Sabbath.

Acts 13:44 – On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together TO HEAR the word of God.

Acts 15:21 –  For Moses has had throughout many generations those who PREACH him in EVERY city, being read in the synagogues EVERY Sabbath.

Acts 16:13 – And on The Sabbath Day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made…

Acts 18:4 – And he reasoned in the synagogue EVERY Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles).

That is more than ample evidence that proves the Seventh-Day Sabbath, WAS the ordained Day of Worship in The New Testament and WAS KEPT faithfully.

Don’t be fooled by these clever-speaking, Sunday preachers, who’d have you believe otherwise. Let the Word of God be your teaching guide and not men who have scholarship and church traditions to uphold.

Here is more proof of the sanctity of the Sabbath Day. We are commanded in the New Testament to keep the Seventh-Day Sabbath:

Hebrews 4:4 – For somewhere he has spoken about the SEVENTH DAY in these words: “And on the SEVENTH DAY God rested from all his work.”

Hebrews 4:9 – There REMAINS, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;

Hebrews 4:10 – for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.

Hebrews 4:11 – Let us, therefore, MAKE EVERY EFFORT to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. (NIV)

When the apostles asked Jesus about the end-times, or the end of the age, Jesus indirectly implied, that in spite of what Sunday preachers tell you, THE SABBATH would still be around at that very time:

Matthews 24:20 – Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or ON THE SABBATH.

When Christ returns and sets up His Kingdom on earth, guess what day will still be His Holy Day of Worship?

Isaiah 66:22 – “For as the NEW HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain.

Isaiah 66:23 – From new moon to new moon, and FROM SABBATH TO SABBATH, all flesh shall come TO WORSHIP before me, declares the LORD.

There are those who want to demean the Sabbath Day by saying that it IS NOT a day of worship- but only a day of rest… that Sunday is the true day of worship.

But as you can see throughout the evidence provided, The Sabbath day is a “HOLY CONVOCATION” and is associated with the Honor and Worship of God throughout.

God’s Law applies equally to all men!

True, God chose Israel for His people:

 Deuteronomy 7:6 – “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God HAS CHOSEN YOU to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

But, in this New Testament era, by accepting Christ, we Christian Gentiles have become part of God’s people- the Israel of God:

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek (Gentile), there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you (Jew & Gentile) ARE ALL ONE in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:29 – And if you are Christ’s, then YOU ARE Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

So that means that:

 Exodus 12:49 – ONE LAW shall be for the native-born (Israelite) and for the stranger (GENTILE) who dwells among you.”

Numbers 15:16 – ONE LAW and ONE CUSTOM shall be for you (Israel) and for the stranger (GENTILE) who dwells with you.’ “

I hope you understand what I’m trying to tell you.

Basically, because we now have become part of God’s people, ALL of God’s Law applies equally to us, as it does to Israel.

And finally… this…  and remember, it is GOD saying it, not me! I’m only pointing it out to you for your own benefit… so don’t try and stone me for this… it is of God, not of men!

So, because it is of God, it can easily be used to discern between a Church of God- and a counterfeit!

Here it goes… and read this very carefully:

Exodus 31:13 – “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘ABOVE ALL you shall keep MY Sabbaths, for this (The Sabbath) is A SIGN between me (God) and you (His People) throughout your generations, that you MAY KNOW that I, the LORD, sanctify (Makes Holy) you.

Exodus 31:14 – You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you.

Exodus 31:16 – Therefore the people of Israel (God’s People) shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, AS A COVENANT FOREVER.

Exodus 31:17 – It is a sign FOREVER between me and the people of Israel (God’s People)…

Does anybody get the significance of this? If not, let me clarify.

God says that His Sabbath, would be A SIGN- an IDENTIFIER, a MARK, a SYMBOL, a BRAND between He, and His people! THIS SIGN IDENTIFIES HIS PEOPLE!

The Sabbath is a DISCERNER that makes a distinction between those who are God’s people and those who are not. God said it is a SIGN between YOU (His People) and ME (God)- FOREVER!

Forever means TODAY, tomorrow and forevermore!

That means the Sabbath was here in Old Testament times; in the time of Jesus, Paul & the Apostles; at the end of time as Christ implied, and when God establishes His Kingdom here on earth.

The Sabbath HAS ALWAYS BEEN associated with God, and HIS People, throughout time!

So, as God says, it DEFINITELY is a SIGN between Him and His people- FOREVER!

One of the ways I personally use this MARVELOUS revelation from God to determine which Church is more in tune to God’s Truths- is by applying the Sabbath Identifier!

Remember, God’s people, LEAD God’s Church! God’s people- according to God, WILL BE keeping His Sabbath as a sign FOREVER!

And over 30 years of applying this God-inspired method, it has never failed! It leads you to Sabbath keeping Churches of God, who teach the rest of God’s truths!

ALL of the Sunday worshiping Churches, even if they aren’t associated within the same denomination, have embraced the teachings of Papal Rome, and basically teach the very same things with very slight variations.

And their identifying sign is the sign of Papal Rome- Sunday Sacredness.

They all embrace the pagan holidays of Christmas and Easter, and have declared God’s COMMANDED Holy Days (feast days) as null and void;

…they have ALL turned away from God’s Holy Sabbath Day of worship; they allow for the eating of unclean animals forbidden by God’s Law (Lev.11);

…they all teach that man has an immortal soul, despite the bible saying that God ALONE is immortal (1 Tim.6:16); and therefore, they teach that you immediately go CONSCIOUSLY to heaven or hell when you die- even though the bible says that NO ONE HAS EVER GONE TO HEAVEN (John 3:13);

…they teach that unrepentant sinners will burn in an ever burning hell forever and ever- and in doing so, relegate a merciful God, to a God of eternal torture- even though, the bible says that the wages of unrepentant sin is DEATH- not a life sentence of eternal torture in the Lake of Fire- which is actually, the SECOND DEATH (Rev. 20:14);

…they teach there will be a Rapture of God’s elect before the Great Tribulation, but Christ says he isn’t coming for anyone until AFTER the tribulation (Matt. 24:29-31)… and it goes on, and on, and on folks, but for the sake of time, this will have to do.

Have you ever pondered about when we were young and growing up, and knew absolutely NOTHING about God… aside from acknowledging His existence?

We believed what the majority of the world believed- you know, what we saw all around us at the time. Like believing Christmas and Easter were Christian festivals in honor of Christ.

That Sunday was actually God’s day of worship… and that there was nothing wrong with eating unclean animals like pork and catfish.

And some of us actually witnessed some of the old timers that have long been dead now, drink  the blood of pigs after having cooked it with spices and other things.

We were very young, barely of elementary age, and figured all of those things were normal. After all, these people were devout Church goers.

Most of these things I’ve mentioned above- except for the blood drinking, are still things that Sunday churches believe and teach today. At that time we were young and were COMPLETELY ignorant of God’s Laws and Ways! We didn’t know any better.

So, how is it then, friends, that now we are older, wiser, and smarter… no longer infants… we read, understand, reason, comprehend and have God’s Living Guide and Instructions in our hands… the Bible.

And yet, most of us have changed absolutely nothing in our lives?

People continue following in the exact, same footsteps, of their ancestors, marching gleefully to the tune of the ways of the world.

As an ever-growing, professing Christian, HOW IS THAT EVEN REMOTELY POSSIBLE!!?

It’s BAFFLING to say the least, because for the most part, people have changed NOTHING! They really haven’t.

Instead, of people applying and living by their bible’s guidelines, they are applying and living by their church’s.

Major, major fail!

The only new things that everybody seems to have learned, and are only interested in learning, are having to do with God’s promises of blessings and prosperity… and the fact that he died for our sins.

I mean, even from childhood, we always knew that God was GOOD (merciful, gracious, forgiving, etc… maybe not to the extent we know now, but we knew he was good).

But, I find it ASTONISHING that the majority of professing Christians, still believe and are adhering to those very same ways as when they were young, ignorant children.

Didn’t they learn ANYTHING from reading their bible as a grown up?

And yes, I’m addressing professing Christians… those who, I assume, read their bibles from time to time.

I find this utterly amazing!  God’s Holy Spirit is supposed to lead us into TRUTH, not suppress it!

So, let it be noted, that this is a testament to Satan’s deceptive prowess! And for this reason, as always, I urge everyone to carefully examine their beliefs with those of the Bible.

This is what happens when guidance and spiritual food, are sought from mainstream religion, Sunday Churches, and T.V. ministers… Or, when it is taught to their children by their deceived mommies and daddies.

In the first place, why even look to any of these for spiritual things when you have access to God’s Almighty Word?

Where is the one-on-one relationship between you and His Word? God is LIVING, ALIVE and PERSONAL, in His Word!

If you need guidance outside the Bible, make sure you seek it from those who God has identified as His people- The Sabbath Keeping Churches!

These Christian Churches are the ones who are in tune to God’s Truths and have not embraced paganism.

The blessed and holy day my friends, is Saturday the Sabbath- NOT Sunday!

Sunday Churches and T.V. Ministers have set an example of error from the get go. Learn to discern these things through God’s Word. His Word helps you separate truth from fiction.

Hopefully, this article will eventually get some of you to seriously start thinking about some of these things before time runs out.

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