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Why the Saturday Sabbath is used by God as his seal.

Discussion in 'Traditional Adventists' started by reddogs, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    To understand the importance of Gods Sabbath as it portains to his authority we begin at the first day of creation.​
    Genesis 1:1-5
    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
    Thus the first day finished and we are told that Jesus was here with God as part of the trinity and yet he didnt make any claim for this day or mark it as a special day for man. Now contrast this with the way the seventh day is set aside:

    Genesis 2:1-25
    1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
    2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested [a] from all his work. 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.
    So the creator of the heavens and earth rested from all his work on the seventh day and blessed it and made it holy. Was he tired after all those days of creation, of course not. He was making a exclamation point on his creation that it was his, and to drive the point home he set his standard or mark on it, the seal of his authority. Like a flag it was set on this planet to show his domain, lay claim, delineate his area of authority. Nothing was made on the sabbath so there was no reason for him to create it except as a gift which he had the power and authority to do. God placed His presence in the Sabbath by resting on that day. He "sanctified" the Sabbath, i.e., separated it, set it apart for holy use or purpose. He, not man, made the seventh day then made it the Sabbath and made it Holy. There were not six days of creation, but seven. On the Seventh Day, the Creator ended His work, not His creating. He created the Sabbath by His rest. Now since sin had not yet occured on earth the concepts of murder or stealing had no meaning to Adam or Eve so in addition to the Sabbth God showed his mark by giving them embodiment of his laws protecting them from sin. They still had a choice to obey, they were not held back from sinning but being in Gods love they had no need for anything in sin. God tells Man the results of going beyond Gods authority and into that of another, of making this choice which results in the wages of sin:

    Genesis 2:15-17
    15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
    This is why Satam fights so hard to wipe of the evidence of creation and do away with peoples belief in it as it sets Gods domain and the Sabbath his mark for all time. All the other commandments man could hide his sin or keep their sin from being uncovered so God put a clear mark showing his standard, so to follow the Sabbath it had to be evident, a clear sign to others of our love for God. Man brings his standard or flag and plants it to claim the domain of their King or Country so that all can see their declaration of authority, so the Sabbath at creation was Gods flag. It shows who put his standard on this earth at creation and claimed it as his own and put a sign of his authority on it, and who the upsurper is with his false claims and false days and times of worship.

    "..The change from Sabbath to Sunday was not simply one of names or numbers, but of authority, meaning and experience. It was a change from a holy day divinely established to enable us to experience more freely and more fully the awareness of divine presence and peace in our lives, into holiday which has become an occasion to seek for personal pleasure and profit...." HOW IT CAME ABOUT:FROM SABBATH TO SUNDAY ?Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D., Andrews University
    After the fall into sin the generarations following knew of Gods standard and his Sabbath, and those who "walked with God" like Noah, followed his authority of his laws and his mark of authority embodied in his day he had made holy and set aside for man.

    Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
    The generations knew the charge which they had been giving as Abraham obeyed Gods authority embodied in his laws and his statutes.

    Genesis 26:4-5 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
    For generations it was passed on from father to son, but when the children of Isreal came out of Egypt there were many who had not known of the God of Creation, Noah or Abraham. So he told them:

    Exodus 20:1-21
    1 And God spoke all these words:
    2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
    3 "You shall have no other gods before [
    a] me.
    4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.
    7 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
    8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
    12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
    13 "You shall not murder.
    14 "You shall not commit adultery.
    15 "You shall not steal.
    16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
    17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

    18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."

    20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning." 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
    So to make sure they had understanding he put it down on stone, but it was still the same Sabbath and laws, nothing was changed, the mark of Gods authority still were embodied in his laws and his statutes.

    Exodus 24:1-12
    1 Then he said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, 2 but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him."

    3 When Moses went and told the people all the LORD's words and laws, they responded with one voice, "Everything the LORD has said we will do." 4 Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.

    He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings [a] to the LORD. 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, "We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey."

    8 Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, "This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."

    9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, [b] clear as the sky itself. 11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank. 12 The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction."

    When Jesus came nothing was changed, the mark of Gods authority written in his commandments and his Sabbath were reconfirmed and made sure by Jesus and his testimonies.

    Mark 1:21-22 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day He entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

    Mark 6:2, 5 And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? . . . . And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

    Luke 4:16, 31 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 . . . . And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.

    Luke 13:10 And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
    So do you think God will change his law and the Sabbath at the end of time, no the forces of evil will be the instigators and will try to upsurp Gods seal of authority. This is why they work so hard to destroy his mark as it is a visible sign of those who follow God, it is his standard and they must bring it down, wipe it out, make the people hate it and some have.

    The issue is far more than the day of worship. The day symbolizes the experience and commitment of God's true people; and even more than this, it becomes an ultimate vindication of God's character and His law, showing that what God asks is not impossible, with His power. Those who receive God's seal upon their foreheads are God's commandment-keeping people, those who accept what the standard he set at creation and will be followed even in heaven.

    This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.(Rev 12:17).

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

    To have the law of God written in heart and mind, so as to survive during the difficult times ahead, means to fill our minds with the "present truth" and love of the Bible, and to have as our greatest desire to set our eyes on Jesus at His return. "There is no place in our foreheads for the seal of the living God" if it is filled with the cares and pleasures of this world (Broadside, Jan. 3, 1849).
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  2. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    I am learning new things every day, I never knew all of this and yet the more I learn the more God allows through the Holy Spirit my eyes to be opened to understanding. I didnt know the Sabbath had that much significant, and never gave it much thought or study, what else is there of Gods truth that I dont know, here is a excellent piece on those trying to tear down the Sabbath?

    Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D., Andrews University

    "Few Bible doctrines have been under the constant crossfire of controversy as has the Sabbath. In recent years, Dispensational and "New Covenant" Christians have renewed their attack against the Sabbath with fresh zeal. The stock weapon of their arsenal is the allegation that the Sabbath is an Old Covenant relic that terminated at the Cross. Their strategy is to make the Cross the line of demarcation between the Old and New Covenants, Law and Grace, the Sabbath and Sunday. Since they believe the Ten Commandments formed the core of the Old Covenant and the Sabbath is central to the Ten Commandments, by firing on the Sabbath they hope to destroy the validity and value of the Mosaic Law in general, and of the Sabbath in particular.

    This is largely the strategy recently adopted by such former Sabbatarians as the Worldwide Church of God, Dale Ratzlaff in his influential book Sabbath in Crisis, and some of the newly established "grace-oriented" congregations, which consist mainly of former Sabbatarians. Their literature contains some of the strongest attacks against the Sabbath ever published. This is a surprising development of our times, because, to my knowledge, never before in the history of Christianity has the Sabbath been attacked by those who previously had championed its observance. The weapons used by former Sabbatarians in their attacks against the Sabbath are taken largely from the aging munition dump of Dispensational literature.

    For the sake of accuracy I must say that, contrary to most Dispensational authors, both the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) and Dale Ratzlaff are more concerned with proving the "fulfillment" and termination of the Sabbath in Christ than in defending Sunday observance as an apostolic institution. For them, the New Covenant does not require the observance of a day as such, but the daily experience of the rest of salvation typified by the Sabbath rest. In Sabbath in Crisis, Ratzlaff does include a chapter, "The First Day of the Week," where he makes a feeble attempt to justify the biblical origin of Sundaykeeping, but this is not the major concern of his book.

    For the benefit of those less versed in theological nuances, it might help to clarify the difference between Dispensational and New Covenant theologies. Both emphasize the distinction between the Old Mosaic Covenant, allegedly based on Law, and the "New Christian Covenant" presumably based on grace. Dispensationalists, however, go a step further by applying their distinction between the Old and New Covenants as representing the existence of a fundamental and permanent distinction between Israel and the Church. "Throughout the ages," writes Lewis Sperry Chafer, a leading Dispensational theologian, "God is pursuing two distinct purposes: one related to the earth with earthly people and earthly objectives involved, which is Judaism; while the other is related to heaven with heavenly people and heavenly objectives, which is Christianity."

    Simply stated, Dispensationalists interpret the Old and New Covenants as representing two different plans of salvation for two different people—Israel and the Church. The destiny of each is supposed to be different, not only in this present age but also throughout eternity. What God has united by breaking down the wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles (Eph 2:14) Dispensationalists are trying to divide by rebuilding the wall of partition not only for the present age but for all eternity. It is hard to believe that intelligent, responsible Christians would dare to fabricate such a divisive theology that grossly misrepresents the fairness and justice of God’s redemptive activities.
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  3. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    SOP tells us, “ God keeps a reckoning with the nations. . . . Men have reached a point in insolence and disobedience which shows that their cup of iniquity is almost full. Many have well-nigh passed the boundary of mercy. Soon God will show that He is indeed the living God. He will say to the angels, ‘No longer combat Satan in his efforts to destroy. Let him work out his malignity upon the children of disobedience; for the cup of their iniquity is full. They have advanced from one degree of wickedness to another, adding daily to their lawlessness. I will no longer interfere to prevent the destroyer from doing his work. [10. Ellen White, “A Time of Trouble,” in Review and Herald (Sept 17, 1901).]

    When the cup is filled beyond a certain point, Satan will be allowed to exercise great power over the world. It will be a “time of trouble” as we have not seen from the beginning of the world.

    Most importantly Ellen White says that “when it shall have become a law that the transgression of the first day of the week shall be met with punishment, then their cup will be full.” [11. Ellen White, “The Government of God,” in Review and Herald (Mar 9, 1886).]

    We have Revelation 7:3 many times, it tells us:

    “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

    SOP tells us, “Those who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. This is what distinguishes them from the disloyal, who have accepted a man-made institution in the place of the true Sabbath. The observance of God's rest day is the mark of distinction between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not (Manuscript 27, 1899). 7BC 970.2

    What will be the circumstance of the world when this happens? The SOP tells us, “when the angel of mercy folds her wings and departs, Satan will do the evil deeds he has long wished to do. . . . And so completely will men be deceived by him that they will declare that these calamities are the result of the desecration of the first day of the week. From the pulpits of the popular churches will be heard the statement that the world is being punished because Sunday is not honored as it should be.” [13 Ellen White, GCB, Mar 4, 1895.]
  4. Shibolet

    Shibolet Member

    The Saturday Sabbath is used by God as His seal because He gave His People His Sabbaths to serve as a sign between Him and them that they might know that it is He, the Lord Who sanctify them. (Ezekiel 20:12,20)
  5. overcomer

    overcomer AKA 'OntheDL'

    Reddog, can you show me a biblical text or a statement from Ellen White where it states the trinity or three persons were at the creation?
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  6. bloodygrace

    bloodygrace Newb Member

    The seal of God that goes in the forehead is the name of the Father Rev. 14:1 and Jesus said the name of the Father is his character of love John 17:25,26. Love is the highest thing in the whole bible not the worthless Sabbath day that couldn't save the Jews so it definitely won't save SDA who pretend their Jews, lol. Love was the sole focus of every single NT author, did you know that?
  7. GrammyJ

    GrammyJ Former SDA

    AMEN!! And when you read Ex. 31:12-17 it is crystal clear that the Sabbath was given exclusively and only to Israel as a sign of the covenant between God and ISRAEL, not the whole of mankind! Israel kept the weekly Sabbath, yet they caused God to be extremely angry with them because of UNBELIEF, not because of their failed efforts at commandmentkeeping. They rejected Jesus (and still do today). THAT was the problem!
  8. Aaron Bruce

    Aaron Bruce New Member

    United States
    Why is "worship" being tied to the 4th commandment? "God's finger" defined the Sabbath rest as not working. When Moses explained what "keeping it holy" meant, he told the Hebrews to 1) not work, 2) stay in their tent, 3) not start a fire. Clearly, the OT Hebrews gathered on Saturday for community worship but it seems to me that any activity that they did on the Sabbath was something separate from the actual commandment.
  9. Steve Petersen

    Steve Petersen Senior Veteran

    I think the Sabbath is a rehearsal for the future rest when Christ comes back and the lion and lamb shall lie down together, when the saints of history will sit down with Abraham at Messiah's banquet table.
  10. Dave-W

    Dave-W Welcoming grandchild #7, Arturus Waggoner! Supporter

    United States
    Actually ALL the "feasts" of Leviticus 23 are rehearsals for future events.
  11. overcomer

    overcomer AKA 'OntheDL'

    Except for the 7th day Sabbath. The 4th commandment states it's commemorative of the creation. Even if you think Hebrew 4 implies the rest in Christ, it pointed back to the creation.
  12. overcomer

    overcomer AKA 'OntheDL'

    Some annual feasts also pointed back to the past. Passover pointed back to the passover in Egypt while pointed forward to Christ' sacrifice. Pentecost pointed back to the giving of the law at Mt Sinai while pointed forward to the first outpouring.
  13. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

  14. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    Here is from Palehorse's post on the Sabbath:

    60 Bible Facts on the Seventh-day of the Week (Saturday)
    1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, God rested on the seventh day. Genesis 2:1-3.
    2. This stamped that day as God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day. To illustrate: When a person is born on a certain day, that day becomes his birthday. So when God rested upon the seventh day, that day became His rest, or Sabbath, day.
    3. Therefore the seventh day must always be God's Sabbath day. Can you change your birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were not born? No. Neither can you change God's rest day to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still God's Sabbath day.
    4. The Creator blessed the seventh day. Genesis 2:3.
    5. He sanctified the seventh day. Exodus 20:11.
    6. He made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:1-3.
    7. It was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.
    8. Jesus says it was made for man, that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as well as for the Jew. Mark 2:27.
    9. Not only is the Sabbath made for man, but Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28.
    10. It is a memorial of creation. Exodus 20:11; 31:17. Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.
    11. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3.
    12. It is not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there was a Jew.
    13. The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath of the Lord thy God."
    14. Evident reference is made to the Sabbath and the seven-day week all through the patriarchal age. Genesis 2:1-3; 8:10,12; 29:27,28, etc.
    15. It was a part of God's law before Sinai. Exodus 16:4,23-29.
    16. Then God placed it in the heart of His moral law. Exodus 20:1-17. Why did He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
    17. The seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living God. Deuteronomy 4:12,13.
    18. Then He wrote the commandment with His own finger. Exodus 31:18.
    19. He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. Deuteronomy 5:22.
    20. It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies. Deuteronomy 10:1-5.
    21. God forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times. Exodus 34:21.
    22. God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. Ezekiel 20:12,13.
    23. It is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from the false gods. Ezekiel 20:20.
    24. God promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath. Jeremiah 17:24,25.
    25. He sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it. Nehemiah 13:18.
    26. He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. Jeremiah 17:27.
    27. God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. Isaiah 56:6,7.
    28. This is in the prophecy which refers wholly to the Christian dispensation. See Isaiah 56.
    29. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. Isaiah 56:2.
    30. The Lord requires us to call it "honourable." Isaiah 58:13 Beware, you who take delight in calling it the "old Jewish Sabbath," "a yoke of bondage," etc.
  15. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    31. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down "many generations," it is to be restored in the last days. Isaiah 58:12,13.
    32. All the holy prophets kept the seventh day.
    33. When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. Luke 4:16; John 15:10. Thus He followed His Father's example at creation. Shall we not be safe in following the example of both the Father and the Son?
    34. The seventh day is the Lord's day. See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10.
    35. Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and cherish her. 1 Peter 3:6.
    36. He vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for man's good. Mark 2:23-28.
    37. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed. Matthew 12:1-13.
    38. He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was "lawful." Matthew 12:12.
    39. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded forty years after His resurrection. Matthew 24:20.
    40. The pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. Luke 23:56.
    41. Thirty years after Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit expressly calls it "the sabbath day." Acts 13:14.
    42. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the "sabbath day" in A.D. 45. Acts 13:27. Did not Paul know? Or shall we believe modern teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the resurrection of Christ?
    43. Luke, the inspired Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the "sabbath day." Acts 13:44.
    44. The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. Acts 13:42.
    45. In the great Christian council, A.D. 49, in the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the "sabbath day." Acts 15:21.
    46. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. Acts 16:13.
    47. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. Acts 17:2,3.
    48. It was his custom to preach upon that day. Acts 17:2,3.
    49. The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day. See Acts 13:14,44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4,11.
    50. There was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof that the Christians still observed the same day that the Jews did.
    51. In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not keep it?
    52. But Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. "Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all." Acts 25:8. How could this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath?
    53. The Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament fifty-nine times, and always with respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old Testament, "the sabbath day."
    54. Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath's being abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.
    55. God has never given permission to any man to work upon it. Reader, by what authority do you use the seventh day for common labor?
    56. No Christian of the New Testament, either before or after the resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the seventh day. Find one case of the kind, and we will yield the question. Why should modern Christians do differently from Bible Christians?
    57. There is no record that God has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day.
    58. As the Sabbath was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally in the new earth after the restitution. Isaiah 66:22,23.
    59. The seventh-day Sabbath was an important part of the law of God, as it came from His own mouth, and was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai. See Exodus 20. When Jesus began His work, He expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets." Matthew 5:17.
    60. Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love God, while at the same time they made void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a tradition of men.

    Now check out the list for Sunday
  16. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    40 Bible Facts on the First Day of the Week (Sunday)

    1. The very first thing recorded in the Bible is work done on Sunday, the first day of the week. Genesis 1:1-5. This was done by the Creator Himself. If God made the earth on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on Sunday?

    2. God commands men to work upon the first day of the week. Exodus 20:8-11. Is it wrong to obey God?

    3. None of the patriarchs kept it.

    4. None of the holy prophets ever kept it.

    5. By the express command of God, His holy people used the first day of the week as a common working day for 4,000 years, at least.

    6. God Himself calls it a "working" day. Ezekiel 46:1.

    7. God did not rest upon it.

    8. He never blessed it.

    9. Christ did not rest upon it.

    10. Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), and worked at His trade until He was thirty years old. He kept the Sabbath and worked six days in the week, as all admit. Hence, He did many a hard day's work on Sunday.

    11. The apostles worked upon it during the same time.

    12. The apostles never rested upon it.

    13. Christ never blessed it.

    14. It has never been blessed by any divine authority.

    15. It has never been sanctified.

    16. No law was ever given to enforce the keeping of it, hence it is no transgression to work upon it. "Where no law is, there is no transgression." Romans 4:15. See also 1 John 3:4.

    17. The New Testament nowhere forbids work to be done on it.

    18. No penalty is provided for its violation.

    19. No blessing is promised for its observance.

    20. No regulation is given as to how it ought to be observed. Would this be so if the Lord wished us to keep it?

    21. It is never called the Christian Sabbath.

    22. It is never called the Sabbath day at all.

    23. It is never called the Lord's day.

    24. It is never called even a rest day.

    25. No sacred title whatever is applied to it. Then why should we call it holy?

    26. It is simply called "first day of the week."

    27. Jesus never mentioned it in any way, never took its name upon His lips, so far as the record shows.

    28. The word Sunday never occurs in the Bible at all.

    29. Neither God, Christ, nor inspired men ever said one word in favor of Sunday as a holy day.

    30. The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in all the New Testament. Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2.

    31. Six of these texts refer to the same first day of the week.

    32. Paul directed the saints to look over their secular affairs on that day. 1 Corinthians 16:2.

    33. In all the New Testament we have a record of only one religious meeting held upon that day, and even this was a night meeting. Acts 20:5-12.

    34. There is not an implication that they ever held a meeting upon it before or after that.

    35. It was not their custom to meet on that day.

    36. There was no requirement to break bread on that day.

    37. We have an account of only one instance in which it was done. Acts 20:7.

    38. That was done in the night-after midnight. Acts 20:7-11. Jesus celebrated it on Thursday evening (Luke 22), and the disciples sometimes did it every day. Acts 2:42-46.

    39. The Bible nowhere says that the first day of the week commemorates the resurrection of Christ. This is a tradition of men, which contradicts the law of God. Matthew 15:1-9.

    Baptism commemorates the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Romans 6:3-5.

    40. Finally, the New Testament is totally silent with regard to any change of the Sabbath day or any sacredness for the first day.
  17. bloodygrace

    bloodygrace Newb Member

    The seal of God that goes in the forehead is the name of the Father Rev. 14:1 and Jesus said the name of the Father is his character of love John 17:25,26. Names in the bible represent the character of the individual and John says very boldly that God is love in 1John 4:8. God is not the Sabbath day, so why don't SDA ever deal with what the bible actually says? Because there day in the sun is over.