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The Sabbath of the Lord

 

Isaiah 66:23 - “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.”

The prophet Isaiah, more than 700 years BC, after dealing with the people of God at the time, and opening to them the messianic prophecies, focused more on the future in the last chapters of his book. On the last verses he turns the vision of the people to the Sabbath of the Lord in the earth made new.

The Sabbath began in Eden. In Eden God gave man two institutions: marriage and the Sabbath; these two are still with us today. Marriage was given for the closest relationship with another human being, between a man and a woman, and the Sabbath for a close relationship with the Creator. “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. 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.” Gen. 2:2,3.

The generations before the Flood lived for hundreds of years with a powerful strong body. They used their own wisdom to lay aside the notion of a creator and apply their body strength to the pleasures of corruption and for acts of violence. Gen. 6:12. They came to the point of not knowing God anymore, and in their own minds they were the gods of the earth. But God found men that were obedient to his voice, faithful to his commandments, and willing to keep a close relationship with the Creator. In that line were Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many others. When the people of Israel came out of Egipt, the Lord required obedience to his commandments as the wisest way to have peace, order, respect, and good behavior among the vast multitude. The Lord said: “that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.” Exo. 16:4. Manna came down from heaven six days of the week, double portion on the sixth, and none on the Sabbath, the day of the Lord. The Lord fed his people with manna, the same way for 40 years, until they entered Canaan.

At mount Sinai, God wrote the ten commandments with his own finger on tables of stone. In the center of the law of God is the fourth commandment, the Sabbath of the Lord, confirming his divine authority. Exo. 20:2-17. Moreover, the Sabbath is the seal of God or sign between Him and those who love, obey and worship the Creator of all things. The Sabbath is a sign that God sanctifies his people and seals them for salvation. Exo. 31:13,17. A person who keep the Sabbath, must certainly keep the other nine commandments, because true Sabbath keeping is done by those who know and love the Lord. If there is one who knows the Lord; he walks daily with Jesus, doing his will, and “calls the sabbath a delight” Isaiah 58:13.

When Christ followers come together, from all nations and languages around the earth, they talk, sing, greet one another and praise God, united and bonded by God's love as contained in the spirit of love of the Sabbath commandment. God does not force anyone to keep the Sabbath. It is your choice of showing your love to Him; He only says: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exo. 20:8.

Jesus came to fulfill the law. “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.” Matt. 5:18. Taking the Sabbath out of the center of the law, is the same as breaking the whole law of God. James 2:10-12. Jesus kept the Sabbath in communion with the Father and doing good to those in need around him. The Lord made the Sabbath for man. Mark 2:27,28. He knew how man without Jesus love and without the Sabbath will forget the Creator, will become self centered, and will become the terror of the earth, killing and destroying everywhere. To rescue mankind from that perdition and bring those who hear his voice into the kingdom of God, he said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.

In the last days of earth history, just before the Second Coming of Christ, the Bible says will be only two groups of people: those keeping the Sabbath of the Lord according to God’s commandments, Rev. 14:12, and those keeping Sunday according to the commandments of men. Rev. 13:16; 14:9-11. The decision each person makes with respect to this final, critical issue, determines whom he obeys, whom he worships and if he will be saved or lost. Those saved by the Lord at the Second Coming, will have the blessing of eternal life, and in the earth made new, “from one sabbath to another” will come to worship the Lord.

A word for the last days ...

The sign, or seal, of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Lord's memorial of creation ... The mark of the beast is the opposite of this--the observance of the first day of the week ... when you obey the decree. Maranatha, p. 211.

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