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18.05.2015
Goda€™s prophets used the illustration of being caught in a fishermana€™s net as being caught in Goda€™s judgment. The fish-shape symbolized Christianity, and many first-century Christian frescos included fish icons. Early Christian artists illustrated this profound truth with a simple fish symbol made of intersecting arched lines, easily read for over 2000 years. Goda€™s prophets used the illustration of being caught in a fishermana€™s net as being caught in Goda€™s judgment.A  Ouch!A  This applied to a nation and to individuals. Christa€™s fishermen-disciples had firsthand experience with Ezekiel 32.A  Keep this in mind as you read Jesusa€™ words in Mat. We want to say much more about our precious Jesus, and our relationship with Him.A  We want the world to know the blessings of a maturing, personal relationship that empowers us in our daily lives. Leta€™s illustrate these uplifting aspects of our Christian walk through this project.A  We will visually communicate this inspiring dimension of truth using lines, shapes, form, texture and colors. A willingness to learn and to obey must characterize all of those who expect to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Many of them know that one of the Ten Commandments requires the keeping of the seventh day of the week.
Most Sunday keepers have simply accepted the practice of the religious majority in the community where they were raised; assuming that it has to be right because so many are doing it.
Every available source of information reveals that in religious matters, at least, the majority has always been wrong. That fact alone should not over impress anyone.Taken by itself, in the light of Christa€™s words, it should raise a flag of warning. There are only eight texts in the New Testament that refer to Sunday, and by carefully studying these verses we can be certain that all the evidence for consideration is before us.
Matthew writes, a€?In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchrea€? (Matthew 28:1). Since the Hebrew reckoning would establish the end of the Sabbath at sunset, they assume that the women came just before the first day was ushered in at sundown.
Marka€™s words make it impossible to hold the view that the women came Saturday night and found the tomb empty. The important thing to note is that nothing is said in any of these texts about the first day of the week being holy. The vast Christian majority agrees that these events transpired on the day we now call Good Friday. Then, as the Sabbath was ushered in at sunset, they a€?rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.a€? This identifies that holy day as the specific weekly Sabbath of the Ten Commandments and not the Passover or some other feast-sabbath that could have fallen on any day of the week. He describes the sequence of events over three successive daysa€”Friday, Saturday, and SunA­day.
Today it is referred to as Easter Sunday, but the Bible designates it a€?the first day of the week.a€? In the light of these indisputable, historical facts to which all Christianity subscribes, no one can plead ignorance of the true Sabbath.
Marka€™s account reveals that they totally rejected the testimony of Mary and the other disciples who brought word of actually seeing the resurrected Lord. It was not an occasion of unrestrained joy over the resurrection, as some have portrayed it. In fact, every one of them reveals a consistent, total ignorance of any recognition of the first day of the week for worship, prayer, rest, or honoring the resurrection.
If we find no evidence in these texts, we will have to abandon the search, for there is nowhere else to look. The Roman Christians owed a great debt of gratitude to the mother church in Jerusalem that had sent teachers to evangelize them. In these verses, Sunday is identified once again as a day for secular activities and gives no indication of religious observance. In Lukea€™s history of the early church, he describes the dramatic farewell meeting, which Paul had with the believers in Troas. It is very significant that they would not go out to sea until the Sabbath was over on Saturday night.
The chief focus of the story seems to be upon the raising of Eutychus from the dead after he fell out the window. We have seen from Acts 2 that bread was broken daily, and nowhere is the Lorda€™s Supper linked to any particular day.
Not one of them has offered the slightest evidence that Sunday was ever sanctified by God or celebrated by man.
There he saw a soldier with a gun on his shoulder marching up and down near a deserted corner of the courtyard wall. After preaching in the synagogue, where the Gentiles were not permitted to enter, Paul was besieged by the Gentiles with an appeal to preach to them a€?the next Sabbath.a€? Many have charged that Paul only preached in the synagogues on the Sabbath because he had a ready-made crowd of Jews to work on. Modern critics of the Sabbath try to label Sabbathkeepers as legalists who are aliens to the grace of the gospel.
He was ministering in Greece, where there were only a few scattered Jews and no synagogue at all. Surely, no one can fail to discern Paula€™s deep commitment to the Sabbath as we follow him in this unusual outdoor mission. Just before his death, Paul made this emphatic statement to the Jewish leaders, a€?Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romansa€? (Acts 28:17).
If Paul had ever deliberately broken the Sabbath, or kept another day than the seventh, he could not have declared truthfully that he had done nothing against Jewish custom.
We would have the support and example of most of the great religious institutions of the land, both Protestant and Catholic. Until we find some indication in the Bible that God retracted that moral law which He introduced to the world with such a fanfare of power and grandeur, we will accept the Ten Commandments as still relevant and binding today.
It is undoubtedly true that Satan has manipulated the economic world to the distinct disadvantage of the Sabbathkeeper, but Godhas never required the impossible. It is love that leads Goda€™s chilA­dren to choose death rather than disobedience to one of His commandments. Others have questioned the criteria by which any church could be tested and rated as a€?truera€? than another.
Some feel that the distinctive name of the organization will set it apart as the right one. The information must be couched in language that will appeal to human logic and should consist of more than just vague generalities or insinuations.
Limited time and space does not allow for an exhaustive study, but two principles will be given prioritya€”accuracy and simplicity. God said in the Old Testament, a€?I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate womana€? (Jeremiah 6:2). Repeatedly, he sought to take the life of Jesus, and finally, he managed to bring Him to that mockery of a trial where He was tortured, crucified, and buried. Millions died under the terrible inquisitions which sought to eradicate all opposition to the papal system.
Another book of Acts could be written about the heroism of the Waldenses, Huguenots, and Albigenses who refused to surrender their faith during those centuries of fierce oppression.
One verse says the woman was in the wilderness for 1,260 days and the other verse says she was there for a€?a time, times, and half a time.a€? These two periods are equal. It was to remain in hiding until the end of the 1,260 years, and that a€?wildernessa€? period ended in 1798. Nowhere is there a more concise description of the last-day remnant of the original apostolic faith as it was preserved through the ages.
It is the last part of the true church, at the very end of time, which will be holding the exact same doctrines as did the early, apostolic church. Not only must it arise some time after the year 1798, but on the authority of the Word of God, it would have to be keeping ALL the Ten Commandments of God. If this text truly contains the heart of ultimate truth for us, the Word of God would have to clarify every part of it. We know now without a shadow of doubt that the testimony of Jesus is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. We are getting closer and closer to identifying the special people of God in our day and their special message. The a€?spirit of prophecya€? is just about as incomprehensible as the a€?testimony of Jesus.a€? But stay with me, and we will get the explanation for that point very shortly. Jesus indicated that the proclaiming of a certain definite truth would immediately precede the conclusion of human history. Then immediately John said, a€?And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle . The end comes just as soon as this particular a€?gospela€? message has gone to every nation on earth. Both John and Jesus testify that upon completion it will usher in the glorious kingdom of Christ. The Creator set in motion the arbitrary cycle of the seven-day week to mark off the true Sabbath, so that the world would be without excuse in knowing whom to worship and when. The true remnant church of the last days will surely be used of God to carry His final warning message to all inhabitants of planet earth.
We have in our hands right now the key to unlock one of the most fantastic spiritual secrets in the world. Mark it down: according to the clear teaching of the Bible, no church could be the remnant of the woman unless it keeps the seventh-day Sabbath as well as all the other nine commandments.
And the implication is very strong that the gift will be in operation at the return of our Savior.
We have no problem with the term a€?gift of prophecy.a€? The New Testament epistles are filled with references to all the gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of prophecy. It is a well-known fact that when Jesus returned to heaven He left certain special a€?giftsa€? or abilities with His people on earth. All the gifts which Christ placed with His church were to continue operating until the very end of time. But why did the gift of prophecy seem to drop out of sight after two or three hundred years into the Christian era? The truth is that God was dealing with the church then in the same way He had always dealt with His people. When they turned from the law, they understood that they were also forfeiting the only other avenue by which they could receive divine direction.
It was the violation of the fourth commandment which especially provoked the displeasure of God.
What happened to Goda€™s law at the very same time the gift of prophecy disappeared from the church?
This fantastic prophecy reveals that there will be an end- time restoration of the faith of the apostles. It will restore the foundation of many generations by keeping the Sabbath, the same one that Jesus made for man during creation week, and the same Sabbath He observed when He was on the earth. Do not overlook the fact that these commandment-keeping saints are empowered to do what they do only by trusting Jesus. Many claim to be the true church, but their claims are not based upon the requirements of the Word of God.
To Titus he wrote, a€?For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly . Since the remnant is merely an extension of the great original, it will be despised by the majority, counted as peculiar, and finally, like the early church, as worthy of death.
Like all other churches it consists of ordinary people who must maintain a constant saving relationship with Jesus Christ. It will appear near the end, holding the same doctrines as did the apostolic church, keeping all the Ten Commandments (including the Sabbath), having the gift of prophecy, and preaching Revelation 14 to the entire world. It would be less than honest to leave you hanging at this juncture, wondering if God had described some impossible, hybrid church that would never exist.
The inspired record of Revelation 12 contains no emotional bias toward any existing church. There will always be a few ready to charge us with sectarianism in spite of the undeniable evidence before us. Arising around 1844 this movement of destiny began the predicted program of restoring the truth which had been lost or distorted during the Dark Ages. In harmony with the Bible rule to a€?try the spirits,a€? every manifestation had to be tested by the Word of God. With a simplicity and logic that appeals to human reason, God has fulfilled His promise to guide us into all truth.
No one should join the church, which is the body of Christ, unless they have been drawn spiritually into a relationship with Jesus. And the most presumptuous thing anybody can do is to pray for an understanding of Goda€™s will and then refuse to obey, for any reason whatsoever, when the answer comes.
Every religious thought, every book we read, and every sermon we hear should be measured by the infallible rule of the inspired Scriptures. Jesus Himself said, a€?And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of mana€? (Luke 17:26). If there is any biblical authority for keeping the first day of the week, it will have to be found in one of these verses. Here we have some very interesting proof that the Sabbath could not possibly be the first day of the week. Notice that Mark equates the dawn with a€?the rising of the sun.a€? He wrote, a€?And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
He lists the very same women as coming at sunrise Sunday morning, but they were asking the question, a€?Who shall roll us away the stone?a€? Obviously, if they had been there the night before and discovered an empty tomb, they would have known that the stone was already removed from the door. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. Here it is called the a€?preparationa€? day, because it was a time for making special arrangements for the approaching Sabbath.
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandmenta€? (Verses 55, 56). There can be no doubt that Jesus was raised sometime during the dark hours of that early morning.
The text plainly states that they were gathered there a€?for fear of the Jews.a€? The frightened disciples had already learned that the tomb was empty, and they expected shortly to be charged with stealing away the body of Jesus. In fact, there was not even any recognition on the part of the disciples that a miracle had taken place.
The Gospels were written several years after the events transpired, giving many opportunities to the Holy Spirit to inspire the authors with the full facts.


Paul and Luke are the final witnesses who mention the first day of the week, and both of them have been grossly misrepresented in what they said.
Why did Paul suggest that this work be done on Sunday, and what was involved in getting it done? Keep in mind that there was an apparent food shortage in Jerusalem, and the need was not primarily for money. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
Paul urges them to return carnal, or material, gifts in appreciation of the spiritual truths received from them. Those who grasp for any tiny excuse to justify their disobedience of Goda€™s commandments have grievously distorted this account in the book of Acts. In addition, upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. This definitely places the first moments of the Sabbath at sunset, when it is beginning to be dark. Toiling at the oars and sails would have been no more proper for a holy day than Paula€™s twenty-mile walk across the isthmus on Sunday morning.
The dauntless Paul, after ministering on Sabbath and all night Saturday night, walked twenty miles on Sunday morning to join his companions in Assos.
It is surely obvious to anyone that the Troas meeting was not a regular weekly worship service.
Goda€™s great infallible test-Book has revealed that the majority is following tradition instead of truth. The first day of the week is just as devoid of holiness as the deserted courtyard of roses.
Not so the writers of the Bible, who constantly associate obedience with true salvation by faith. Just suppose this Macedonian experience had taken place on the first day of the week instead of the Sabbath. On the strength of this unqualified declaration by a man of unimpeachable integrity, we close the search for Sunday keeping authority in the Bible.
In all honesty, we must declare that the prevailing custom of keeping a different day from the one commanded in the great handwritten law of God is contrary to the Word which will finally judge us. In some cases, He allows His children to be tested by losing their jobs, and then opens up better ones in response to their faith. Keeping the Sabbath, even the true seventh-day Sabbath, is an operation in futility if it does not proceed from a heart full of love and devotion to God. Denominations, sects, and cults make strident claims based upon emotional interpretations of isolated Bible texts.
Yet, it is also true that every Christian has access to the same mighty power of God for overcoming those frailties.
Obviously, this could be no accurate test, because the choice of a name would reveal nothing about the spiritual nature of that church. Over twelve hundred years of history must be dealt with only briefly as we follow the absorbing story of the true church to its surprising climax.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads . But the grave could not contain the Son of God, and on the third day He burst out of the tomb. Cruel pagan emperors turned the sporting arenas and coliseums into theaters of death for those who followed the true gospel. Historians estimate that during the Dark Ages more that fifty million people laid down their lives rather than yield up their Protestant faith. God fought for them, and sometimes the pursuing armies of Rome were cut off by mysterious avalanches and rock slides. This means that a a€?timea€? has to be a year in prophetic symbolism, a€?timesa€? is two years, and a€?half a timea€? is half a year. This places the woman in her wilderness hideaway for the full period of 1,260 literal years. How long did the papal power continue to suppress the true doctrines by the exercise of her religio-political authority?
538 a decree by Emperor Justinian went into effect which assigned absolute spiritual preeminence to the church of Rome.
Not only will this last-day church arise after 1798 and keep all the Ten Commandments, but it will have the testimony of Jesus.
The definition is provided by the word of an angel sent all the way from heaven to explain it to John. It should, for it is quoted almost word for word right from the fourth commandment of the decalogue, which strongly indicates that the Sabbath will be a part of the a€?gospela€? proclamation which must go to the whole world just before the end. Thus the first angela€™s message called for men to a€?worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the seaa€?a€”a call to true Sabbath-keeping. That message will include (a) the judgment hour is come, (b) true Sabbath worship, (c) the fall of spiritual Babylon, and (d) the mark of the beast. God has concentrated all the clues in this one, tremendous, prophetic chapter of Revelation. Many churches brush aside the Ten Commandments as mere ceremonial rules of Moses and teach that they were abolished at the cross! Suddenly, we see the vast majority of those who passed the first test failing to meet the second. If just knowing prophecy and preaching it could be called the a€?spirit of prophecy,a€? then many modern teachers and evangelists might qualify. They would be needed to bring the church to perfection and to the fullness of Christa€™s stature.
If they were intended by our Lord to do their sanctifying work right down to the end of time, then they should all be seen operating in the churches around us.
It is easy to see why most churches try to ignore the absence of this gift in their midst, especially when we discover the reason for its absence.
All through the Old Testament God led and instructed them by two divine agenciesa€”the law and the prophets. Not only do they refer to the writings of Scripture, but they also refer to the two means of divine guidance.
In his apostasy Saul cried out, a€?God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreamsa€? (1 Samuel 28:15). As I live, saith the LORD God, I will not be enquired of by you.a€? Why would He not answer them in this case? The history of that early period shows that the Sabbath was set aside in favor of the pagan day of the sun. When you find them, they will not be boasting of their righteousness, or depending on their good works to save them.
Only those who fit the four specific marks outlined in the book of Revelation can be qualified for consideration. The book of Revelation exposes a diabolical plan of the end-time a€?beasta€? power to enforce a mark on every individual, and those who will not receive that mark will be condemned to death. It is undoubtedly true that there will be people saved and lost out of all denominations and sects.
He has made the marks so distinct and clear and simple in the Bible that all can know what to look for. Out of all the ecclesiastical systems in existence at this date, there is only one that fully meets the biblical criteria of the remnant.
The most disinterested person would have to come to the same conclusion after examining the full, prophetic picture. One after another of the original doctrines of Christ and the early church were returned to their former luster and beauty. How could that infant church, with only a few hundred members in 1860, reach out with its unpopular message and evangelize every country in the world?
It does not matter what we were taught as children, or what the majority is following, or what our emotions lead us to think or believe.
Yet they tenaciously follow the tradition of observing a different day from the one God commanded.
And those in the majority today, as in all past ages, are not really looking for truth as much as they are looking for a smooth, easy, comfortable religion that will allow them to live as they want to live. I propose that we test the Sunday-keeping practice of this majority group and find out if it is correct.
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. Thus, we can understand clearly that Matthewa€™s a€?dawna€? is referring to the early morning visit at sunrise on Sunday morning. In fact, the text states very simply a€?the sabbath drew on.a€? This means that it was coming up next. In none of the Gospel recitals do we have any evidence that the women, or anyone else, attached any sacredness to the day on which the resurrection took place. Lukea€™s record is such a perfect chronological account of those three days that even the most simple and uneducated can locate the biblical seventh day on our modern calendar. Like all the other writers he gives no indication whatsoever that the first day of the week was ever counted holy or kept holy by anyone. Jesus told His disciples that the work of that Spirit was to a€?guide you into all trutha€? (John 16:13). Paul was writing special appeals to the churches in Asia Minor, because many of the Christians in Jerusalem were suffering greatly for lack of food and daily necessities. Such famine conditions were not unusual in areas of the Middle East, as Luke reminds us in Acts 11:28a€“30.
Because it is the only record in the New Testament of a religious meeting being held on the first day of the week, we should examine it with special care and interest.
Paul, who had stayed a full seven days so that he could be with the people over the Sabbath, decided not to leave with the ship on Saturday night. Neither Paul nor his fellow travelers would have indulged in those secular activities on Goda€™s holy Sabbath.
They had stayed with the ship as it sailed around the peninsula on Saturday night, after the Sabbath was over.
The importance of that all-night session appears in the miraculous raising of the young man Eutychus, and in the fact that Paul would never see them again before his death. The man replied that he was only following orders and did not know why he was assigned to that particular spot.
Jesus said, a€?Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted upa€? (Matthew 15:13).
On one occasion, Paul was petitioned by the Gentiles to hold an exclusive service for them on the Sabbath. In this instance, Paul made an appointment to minister to the Gentiles on the following Sabbath, and according to verse 43, many of those who heard him that day were a€?proselytesa€? to the faith. Without question, it would be cited as absolute evidence for Sunday worship, and we would have to concur. No amount of popular, majority opinion can annul the weighty testimony of a plain a€?Thus saith the Lord.a€? We must stand upon the Bible and the Bible alone for our doctrine on this subject.
Jesus is simply telling us that if there is ever a conflict between obeying Him and obeying our employer, we should put Him first. Nevertheless, the a€?thingsa€? are always added when we trust Him and obey, regardless of the circumstances. The apostle John defined love in these words, a€?For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandmentsa€? (1 John 5:3). Without love, all law keeping becomes mechanical and miserable, but with love, every commandment becomes a joy and delight.
Therefore, any church today will necessarily be made up of individuals who are at varying levels of personal sanctification. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, a€?I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christa€? (2 Corinthians 11:2).
It was Herod, the representative of Rome, who sent out the order for all babies of two years and under to be slaughtered.
At other times the mountain streams were reddened by the blood of those faithful ones who sealed their devotion to the truth with their lives. Gradually, this religious tyranny drifted into union with civil powers until eventually kings were forced to seek permission from the pope before they could begin to rule. It is not based on some emotional feeling or upon some strained interpretation of a single Bible text. It is so important that we are going to analyze every word in order to extract the full meaning. In fact, if God has any kind of special counsel or warning for the world at the end of time, He would surely give that message through His last-day remnant church. He wrote, a€?And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice . Notice that a part of this last call of God will be announcing that the judgment has already started. Others take the position that all the Ten Commandments, EXCEPT THE SABBATH, were carried over into the New Testament. These gifts were to mature and perfect the leaders of the body of Christ as they sought to edify the members. In fact, all the spiritual gifts were very much in evidence, according to the book of Acts. Why dona€™t we find prophets in all the churches of today along with pastors, teachers, etc.? Through the prophet Jeremiah God spoke to Israel, a€?If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you . Verses 11-13 give the answer: a€?And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.
A disgraceful compromise with heathen sun-worship led to an open rejection of the true seventh-day Sabbath. The same gifts of the spirit will be manifested, and all the great apostolic doctrines will be stripped of the effects of 1,260 years of papal distortion.
Under the anointing of unusual spiritual blessing and power that remnant church will carry the special last warning message of Revelation 14 to all the countries in the world. Above all people they will have a loving, personal relationship with the Savior they worship.


Just suppose we could find only one church in the world today which meets all these biblical tests. As you might suspect at this point, those who resist that beast mark will be those who a€?keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesusa€? (Revelation 14:12). Every person will be judged on the basis of revealed truth, and how he obeyed what he knew. Is it difficult to match the four great distinguishing signs with the hundreds of confusing church names and bodies?
As the authority of the law and the Sabbath was re-established, God did exactly what He had promised to do: He restored the beautiful spirit of prophecy to the remnant church.
Had her writings not conformed to the Bible in every respect, they would have been rejected as counterfeit, but they spoke in perfect agreement with the Scriptures. But one thing is certaina€”you can never be the same again, no matter which decision you make.
Then under the strength of that new love relationship follow Him into service as a member of the true remnant church. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulA­chre?a€? (Mark 16:1a€“3). The next day was the Sabbath a€?according to the commandment.a€? Since the commandment plainly designates that a€?the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord,a€? that Sabbath had to be Saturday. So far, the significant common thread in all the Gospel stories has been a total absence of such evidence.
After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. When Jesus appeared to them He spoke words of strong rebuke because of their lack of faith and because they had rejected the testimony of their own companions.
If first-day observance had been any part of truth, then the Holy Spirit would have been divinely obligated to reveal it to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Paul asked the church at Corinth to gather food, clothing, etc., and store it up at home until he could send men to transport it to Jerusalem. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. It is very interesting that he describes it as sealing to them a€?this fruit.a€? The Greek word used here is a€?karpos,a€? which is the universal term used for literal fruit.
And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: a€¦ and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. Since the Pharisees taught that it was wrong to heal on the Sabbath, the people waited until the Sabbath was over before bringing their sick to Jesus. Instead, he fellowshipped all night long with the believers and then walked twenty miles across the peninsula on Sunday morning to join the boat at Assos.
That long journey on foot by Paul the next day would have been very inappropriate on any kind of holy day.
The czar asked the captain of the guard what the soldier was doing, but he had no idea either. But what possible arguments can one present against this example of Paul in true Sabbathkeeping? Make this kind of personal love relationship the basis of your Sabbathkeeping, and it will be the happiest day of your week, for the rest of your life! The wheat and tares will still be mingled together, and no church will be made up entirely of perfect people.
In the Old Testament, Israel was the chosen people so often portrayed as being married to God.
Dona€™t miss a step of the prophecy as we trace the vicissitudes of the true church right down to the present day! Ordinarily, the dragon is used as a symbol of Satan, but in this case, the devil was working so closely with the Roman power to kill Jesus that the dragon also symbolizes Rome. And that is equal to exactly 1,260 days, using the Bible reckoning of 30 days to the month. This authority remained in force until the year 1798 when Europe was rocked by the French Revolution.
It is rooted in a prophetic revelation of a specific time period which can be verified by scores of historical records.
If the true church can be discovered at all in the Bible, this will be the verse to reveal it. The Ten Commandments reflect the character of God, reveal His will for all His creatures, and form the basis for all morality and true worship. At first glance, this would seem to be a very poor definitive test for discovering which church is right. Yet most of them are transgressing the commandment of God every week by blatantly doing work on the Sabbath, which God has prohibited.
In either case, the fourth commandment, containing the special sign of Goda€™s creative and redemptive power, has been rejected and desecrated.
We shall discover that this involves more than merely understanding and preaching prophecy. And the sacred record indicates that if they rejected one of those divine agencies, God would remove the other also, because they were actually rejecting His leadership.
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. And when this happened, God did exactly what He had always done before when His people turned from His holy law; He withdrew the guidance of the spirit of prophecy.
The law and the prophets get back together again in the last remnant piece of Goda€™s true apostolic church!
As we have already discovered, this glorious gospel of the three angels includes the present-hour judgment, the Sabbath, the fall of Babylon, and the beast message.
Their obedience will be based solely upon the merits of Christa€™s imputed and imparted righteousness.
The work of Seventh-day Adventists has been established in countries representing nearly 100 percent of the world population. If the Scriptures do not support it, then we should diligently search the Word until we find the day that our Lord has endorsed for us to keep. The expression a€?lay by him in storea€? in the original Greek gives the clear connotation of putting aside at home. When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spaina€? (Romans 15:25a€“28). And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
Luke, the careful historian, does not even record any of the content of Paula€™s marathon sermon, although he faithfully documents the miracle of the resurrected youth. The general in charge of the palace security was consulted, but he could give no reason for the assignment. My personal feeling is that you will find this experience to be the most exciting adventure you have ever had in Goda€™s Word. In the subsequent rebellion of the oppressed peasants against the privileged clergy, the pope was captured in 1798.
The woman (church) simply could not make her appearance until the inhibiting powers of papal opposition had been taken out of the way. Surely all of them would teach and practice obedience to the great moral law of Goda€” or would they? On numerous occasions the children of Israel turned away from the law of God, only to find the prophetic voice silenced as well. They will keep the commandments because they have been saved by grace and not to gain any favor with God. On the contrary, it would surely be composed of average men and women, subject to the same failings as all other human beings. Many will fail the test, because they depend on their knowledge of the truth rather than the saving merits of Christa€™s righteousness.
Though inspired by the same Spirit, they do not add to nor take away from the Holy Writ, but like a magnifying glass they bring out the beauty and truth of the Word. And every one of these unique doctrines of Revelation 14, including the judgment, the Sabbath, and the beast message, is being witnessed to those nations. Suddenly my car lights picked up a sign that read, a€?Belle Glade 14 miles.a€? Heartsick, I realized that I was traveling in the opposite direction from West Palm Beach.
Long ago, I decided to be a Christian and to follow the Word of God wherever it would lead, regardless of my feelings. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed notthem which had seen him after he was risena€? (Mark 16:10a€“14). When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. Apparently, it was the way Eutychus dropped out of church, and not the day on which it happened that Luke is seeking to establish. Finally, the king ordered a search of the dusty military records, and the mystery was unfolded. Therefore, the woman of Revelation 12 flashes us the picture-story of the church at the time of Christ. The prophecy declares it would be for a€?a time, times, and half a time.a€? How mysterious!
The papal property was confiscated, and the French Directory government decreed that there would be no more Bishop of Rome. That prophesied event took place in 1798, and the truth which had been clothed in sackcloth now began to emerge from obscurity, soon to appear as the glorious remnant of the woman.
The fact is that very few contemporary denominations even lay claim to keeping all the Ten Commandments. Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the eartha€? (Jeremiah 26:4-6). This is why it is altogether possible for many even in the a€?remnanta€? church to be lost. And finally, how many are proclaiming the three angelsa€™ messages of Revelation 14 in all the countries and languages of earth?
It makes no difference to me which day I keep holy, as long as it is the one commanded in the Bible! Years and years before, the queen mother had planted some rose bushes in that corner ofthe courtyard, and a soldier had been sent to protect the tender plants from being trampled. The clothing of sunlight typifies the glorious New Covenant of grace, and the twelve stars represent the twelve apostles. The oppressive rule of the papacy ended exactly 1,260 years after it was inaugurated in A.D. Contrary to the opinion of many, this plain, bold preaching of the beast message is included in the everlasting gospel of Goda€™s kingdom. Most of them admit freely that they do not observe the seventh-day Sabbath required by the fourth commandment. Here we have evidence that two of the gifts, teachers and prophets, were a part of the church at Antioch.
Is there reason to believe that when the church restores the law and begins to observe the Sabbath again, that God will also restore the gift of prophecy to the church?
Again He declared, a€?And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of mana€? (Luke 17:26). Others who have not so great light will be accepted if they know Jesus and walk in all the light that has been revealed. This young woman, with only a grammar school education, received special revelations that extended over a period of more than six decades.
I hope you feel the same way as we begin our examination of every single reference in the New Testament that mentions the first day of the week. Later, someone had forgotten to cancel the order, and the daily sentry ritual had continued through the yearsa€”soldiers with their guns, guarding nothing but an empty rose plot.
The moon under her feet indicates the fading glory of the Old Covenant in the presence of the true Lamb of God. We have already found that she is the true apostolic church, representing the great, original teachings of Jesus.
Even warnings against the mark of the beast will be heralded to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. This leads us right back to that dynamic prophecy of Revelation 12 and Goda€™s description of the true remnant.
From her inspired pen poured more than seventy books, many of which were acclaimed by the highest secular critics to be matchless in form and content. Now, I could have continued down the road saying that somehow, somewhere up ahead I might find West Palm Beach.
Since this word literally means a€?missionaries,a€? (coming from a Greek word meaning a€?one who is senta€?), again we can say that most modern churches qualify on this particular gift. The saved will be comparable to the eight souls taken into the ark at the time of the great flood. Instead, I turned the car around and went back to the place where I took the wrong turn and got on the right road leading to West Palm Beach. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.
Truth has never been popular, and it will be less so in the final age of sensual pleasure and materialism. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets . The remnant church will not be found among the great, popular churches with their indulgent life-styles. Said Jesus, a€?If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow mea€? (Matthew 16:24). It is exactly like the first piece that came off the bolt, but it happens to be at the very end and is always a small piece.



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