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The Rest Of The Story


Opener: The Word of God is a sure foundation that has stood the test of time. Sadly, millions have built their religion on the ever-shifting sands of human opinion. Jesus warned, only those who anchor their faith from the unchanging rock of His Word, will stand through the coming storm. Join us now as Amazing Facts presents, Here We Stand: Foundations Of Our Faith.

Jéan Ross: Good evening, friends. Welcome again to this revival series entitled Here We Stand: Foundations Of Our Faith. My name is John Ross. I'm director of church ministries for Amazing Facts. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of you right here in Lansing. Thank you for coming out this evening. We trust that the Lord will richly bless you for being here tonight. You might be meeting in a church auditorium or perhaps you're in a home, wherever you might be, our prayer is that God's spirit will be there to touch your hearts as Pastor Doug Batchelor opens up the Word of God.

Our sermon titled today that Pastor Doug will be doing is The Rest Of The Story. Well, friends, at this time I would like to invite Pastor John Lo McCain to come out and join us for our theme song. Do we enjoy the song that we've chosen for the theme? Absolutely. John.

John McCain: Well, let's stand together those of you who are here locally and those joining us from around the world. We'd like to encourage you to raise your voices to the Lord as we sing our theme song. My hope is built on nothing less. Let's sing together tonight.

All: [singing] My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand. When darkness seems to veil its face, I rest on his unchanging grace; in every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

McCain: Amen. Remain standing with us as Pastor Quentin Purvis of the Lansing SDA church is going to lead us before the Throne of Grace in prayer tonight.

Quentin Purvis: Our Father, who art in heaven, holy and wonderful is your name. Here we stand in your presence seeking your truth. Here we stand, give us godly wisdom as we study your words. Here we stand on the brink of eternity. Help us to fight the good fight. Help us to keep the faith. And may we build our foundation on you. In the name of Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, amen.

McCain: You may be seated.

Pastor Doug Batchelor: Welcome, friends. It's good to see each of you here this evening and for those who are here in Lansing, Michigan, I’d like to extend to you, I think it's still Sabbath, happy Sabbath. We are going to be talking about that subject a little bit tonight. We have some Bible questions that have been coming in from around the country, and around the world. Pastor Ross, maybe we should get right into that because I've seen some of them and we've got a lot we can say.

Ross: Very good. Well our first question this evening comes all the way from Switzerland. This group watching there. What is the distinction between the old and the new covenant?

Pastor Doug: We actually had several questions that seemed to imply an interest in better understanding that. Last night we talked a little bit about the 10 commandments. Naturally a person might want to know, well, where is the distinction between the 10 commandments of the Old Testament and the new testament for the Christian of the new covenant? Your Bible is divided into sections. You've got what they call the Old Testament that means covenant, and the New Testament that's about where the division would be. Wait, I’m in Daniel, hang on here.

Anyway, you've got three-quarters of the Bible in the Old Testament and then you've got about a quarter of the Bible in the New Testament. What's the difference between the two? The Old Testament you find in Deuteronomy chapter four, where it says, "I declared unto them my covenant 10 commandments and I wrote them on two tables of stone." The Old Testament is the 10 commandments. The old covenant, the people said after the Lord declared the 10 commandments, and you can find this in Exodus chapter 20. They said, "All the Lord has said we will do." We're making an agreement.

You've said this is our covenant. We agree, we'll do it. But before Moses got down the mountain with the 10 commandments they were already worshiping a golden calf and probably breaking all 10 of them. Now God says I’ll make a new covenant. Who knows where you first find the new covenant? You first find the new covenant in the Old Testament. Matter of fact nobody is saved under the old covenant. We're all saved based on the new covenant. The new covenant is the law of God written in the heart. Nobody is saved by works. Everybody is saved by faith.

God simply allowed them to discover in the Old Testament that you cannot do anything without Him. But everybody who is saved is saved by faith. The new covenant God says you can find this in Jeremiah 31:31 it's repeated in Hebrews chapter 8, "A new covenant I will make after those days with the house of Israel I will write my law in their hearts." Notice the difference. God is now writing the law in the heart instead of stone. He goes on to say, "And I will cause them to walk in my ways and keep my statutes." Before they said, "We will do it." The new covenant says, "I will do it." We'll talk a little bit more about that tonight.

Ross: Next question we have. Is there a right and a wrong way to study the Bible?

Pastor Doug: Well, first of all, one wrong way to study the Bible is to attempt to study it without prayer. We need to make sure and ask God's help when we study His Word. Some people study the Bible, it’s sort of like Bingo. They flip the Bible open and they just start looking for different verses. I heard about one lady that she was praying about whether or not to marry somebody and she just prayed and she flipped open the Bible and it said, "If he bids thee go with him." So she married him. Well, fortunately for her it worked out, but I don't recommend making your decisions based on that. That's one of the wrong ways. You shouldn't use the Bible as though it's some kind of a lucky charm.

The right way to study the bible is to pray first, you can study it by book. It's good to get an overview, do your best to read through the panorama of Bible history. You might start with Genesis, Exodus and then go to the books of Samuel and Kings. Read the New Testament, the gospels, and that gives you the story as a backdrop. You can study it by a subject and especially today with computer programs you can search the Bible so quickly to find different subjects.

You can study it by book and themes and we'll see more. One thing we might recommend is get a set of Bible study guides. Amazing Facts has a set of 27 Bible study guides that have been very popular. Matter of fact we're just reprinting them right now and you could go through the Amazing Facts Bible study course. Go to Amazing Facts you can do it online for free or you can order them.

Ross: The next question. When is the best time of the day to study the Bible and how long should I study the Bible?

Pastor Doug: Well, that probably varies a little from person to person. Just show of hands, how many of you consider yourselves a morning person? Okay, now shown by the same sign, how many of you consider yourselves a night person? You start waking up-- see that? Some of you just you just don't really get your engine warmed up until about 8:00 p.m. Then you start feeling very energetic. Now, Karen and I are opposites that way. She becomes very industrious about the time I'm winding down, and I wake up early and my mind is clear and I feel very energized in the morning and that's the best time for me.

The Bible typically it says, they were to go out and get the manna early in the morning. I recommend mornings for Bible study at least some Bible study because you're going to need it that day. A lot of people get in the habit of missing breakfast. You shouldn't miss your Bible breakfast. I found thy words and I did eat them. Man doesn't live by bread alone but by what? Every word. I think it's good to start with a nutritious breakfast and read a few verses and it'll vary how much depending on perhaps a little less for children, more as you get older you're able to digest more, and we'll say more about that.

Ross: Okay, what resources can you suggest to help me study the Bible?

Pastor Doug: Well, I guess I jumped the gun on that one. I mentioned for one thing you can go to the computer and there are so many good things you can- there's free concordances, there's free Bible software that you can download on the computer. We mentioned that there's study guides that you can get. Amazing Facts not only has our basic 27. We've got historical lessons, there's a discover Bible lessons and many others. But study with a set of lessons. How many of you have heard of the Conflict Of The Ages series? Best Bible study I ever had. Best preparation for ministry that I ever had. Was starting with patriarchs and prophets and going through great controversy with the Bible in my hands. That's the best Bible study and go at your own pace.

Ross: A follow up question on that one, is there a particular version that we should use when studying the Bible?

Pastor Doug: Some of us are going to probably have varying opinions on that. It's one thing to read the Bible just to get the overview and there's some modern translations that help you in more modern language get that. When I first was up in the mountains reading the Bible, I had a very simple version. It's probably what I needed at that time. But now I really like the King James and the New King James versions, stays very true to the original text. Some of the modern translations take liberties that make me nervous when it comes to being exact with theology. I'm sure a lot of people out there even pastors would differ with Pastor Doug on that. Some of that is going to rest on opinions.

Ross: Next question, how do I have family worship with my children?

Pastor Doug: You sedate them first.

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No, edit that out of the program.

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I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that. I had no plans on saying that. We've had six kids so--

[laughter]

Well, first of all you have to peace it for their age. Obviously when they're very little, you have prayer with them, you do things that are simple they can appreciate. You don't want it

to be long and tedious because their attention span is shorter. As they mature you can lengthen it, you can make it a little deeper. We go through a set of study guides with our children in the morning, then we just have a general family prayer in the evening before we go to bed and sometimes you do prayer requests with them and they can see their prayers being answered. You've got a litter of kids, what do you do?

[laughter]

Ross: Well, after I sedate the children for a while-

Pastor Doug: [laughs]

Ross: -then we'll read a Bible story and interact. I think something important about Bible study is making the Bible interesting and relevant for everyday life. Taking a lesson from whatever you're studying and trying and apply it so the children can understand it.

Pastor Doug: That's right.

Ross: I think we have time for one more, Pastor Doug. Here it is, what should I expect should happen if I spend regular time studying the Bible?

Pastor Doug: Good question. Romans 10:17, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. You cannot be saved without faith. Without faith it's impossible to please Him. Faith comes through the Word. Before I started reading the Bible, maybe I should back up and tell you for those who may not know, I was raised pretty much an atheist and read a lot of religious books. I was living on the mountains by myself and found the Bible up in this cave I was living in. Started reading the Bible with no intention of believing it.

I thought it was just a collection of fables and just changed my life, that's been over 30 years ago. It came from reading the Word. You cannot be saved without love. You don't love someone you don't know. You get to know the Lord through His word. You get to know someone through communication. You speak to them and they speak to you. That's prayer is when we speak to the Lord, His word is the primary way He speaks to us. When you know Him you'll love Him, when you love Him you'll want to obey Him.

Ross: All right, well, thank you, Pastor Doug, I think that's it for our questions.

Pastor Doug: Welcome, once again, friends. Here we stand and we're talking about the word of God and some of the foundational teachings of Christian truth, that have been lost to the greater extent by Christendom. Now, last night we talked about a very important subject, dealing with salvation, the law of God, trying to better understand the relationship between these two very important issues.

Normally when you talk about the 10 commandments, most people don't have a problem until you get to one in particular. That's the fourth commandment. This meeting has been presented in a special sense to help people better understand who are Seventh Day Adventists, what do they believe, what are the distinctive differences, why do they believe that and of course it's also a call to revival among God's people to take a stand for Biblical truth and to hold your ground. Amen?

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Doug: When you think about Pentecostals, what specific doctrine often pops into your mind?

Congregation: Tongues.

Pastor Doug: Tongues, I hear you saying it. Speaking in tongues [unintelligible 00:15:29]. When you think about Baptists, well, just by the title you might think about baptism by immersion, others might go a little deeper and think about predestination or once saved, always saved. That's sometimes a label that's associated with Baptist theology. If you talk about the Catholic Church some might think about the Mass, or a confession, or some of the other prominent teachings that are unique. Obviously when someone mentions the Seventh Day Adventist church, one of the things that's at the forefront is what?

Congregation: Sabbath.

Pastor Doug: It's the Sabbath. Sometimes people will ask me, "What church do you belong to?" I'll say, "I'm a Seventh Day Adventist Christian." "What do they believe?" "The Bible."

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I am not a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church because somebody faxed me a creed one day, or because I was raised in this church. It just happened that when I read the Bible and began to search for a church that was as close to the Bible as it could be, that's what you want to support. I had nowhere else to go. That doesn't mean everybody within any specific church is perfect. There are good people in every denomination, every denomination has some folks that they wish would not get out in public.

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You know what I mean? That's normal, you can't really judge them by that. But the foundational teachings are the important issue. But when you think about Seventh Day Adventist, the first teaching that comes to mind is of course the seventh day Sabbath. It was amazing to me how people would cringe when I first began to learn these things when I was a baby Christian in worshiping in different fellowships. I kept wondering about it and I'd go to a variety of pastors and I'd say, "Why do we go to church on Sunday?" They all gave me different answers. Which made me suspicious.

One would say, "Well, we go to church on Sunday because Jesus rose on the first day of the week and it's the Christian's Sabbath, it's the New Testament Sabbath." I said, "That sounds good, but where's the scripture?" "Well, there really is no specific scripture but we have a long standing tradition. We've been doing this for 1,500 years or more." "That's not a good reason, where's the Bible reason?" What's going to be the foundation for what we stand for? It's the scriptures. How else can you defend it? I go to another pastor, I'd say, "Why do we go on Sunday?" They'd say, "Well, it really doesn't matter what day you go. Just don't go on Saturday because we're not under the law now, we're under grace."

I actually was doing a meeting like this when a minister who was attending interrupted the meeting. I'll never forget this. He said, "Pastor Doug, you're putting--" I was preaching on the Sabbath truth. He said, "You're putting all these people under a yolk of bondage. You're putting them under works, telling them they've got to keep the old laws." It was a smaller group and we began to have a dialogue right there in the middle of the meeting. I said, "Brother, do you believe God wants us to keep the 10 commandments or not?" Some of his parishioners were there at the meeting. He was sensitive to that, and he said, "No."

He could hear the gasp, his members were, "You don't believe we should keep the 10 commandments?" They realized that would include the other nine and that didn't sound right. He said, "Yes." Then he thought, well, that's going to include the Sabbath. Then he said, "Nine of them."

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I said, "You're telling me in other words the one commandment you think we should forget is the only one that begins with the word remember."

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I said, "I don't think it's fair that you're accusing me of putting these people under a yoke of works because I'm telling them to rest, you're telling them not to rest, you're telling them to work."

[laughter]

I kept hearing that. One fellow I talk to was very creative. "Why do we go to church on Sunday?" He said, "Back in the days of Joshua, the sun stood still, Saturday became Sunday."

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Of course I said, "Why for the next 1,000 years did they still keep it on the seventh day?" And he couldn't answer that. There are a hundred other answers but, just about any church you go to and you say, "Why do you go on Sunday?" A lot of double talk. You don't hear a scripture. Matter of fact I on many occasions I'm not afraid to do it now, I've turned the camera around in a big audience and I said, "Please show me one scripture that commands us to keep the first day of the week holy as the Sabbath." I'm never afraid to ask that question. Who knows what someone might say? But there is no scripture. I'm not afraid of someone giving me a scripture. There isn't any. But there are plenty of scriptures that command us to keep the seventh day holy as the Sabbath.

I want to make such a big deal out of this except if the 10 commandments were spoken by God's voice, and written by God's finger, if there is something worth standing for, that would be among that group of things, for which you should be willing to stand. We illustrated last night that the heroes of the Bible like Daniel and Shadrack, Meshack, Abednego were willing to die rather than disobey one of God's commandments. Is He going to want less from His people in the last days? Well, tonight the subject is going to be dealing with specifically the Sabbath truth. I welcome your questions.

Once again I want to mind your friends who are watching, hope you tape this program, share it with your friends. If any of your friends want to know why Seventh Day Adventists keep the seventh day, I hope to cover as much as I can in this presentation. Our message is going to be, The Rest Of The Story. The reason I titled it The Rest Of The Story is because we're going to be talking about rest. There are two great New Testament utterances by Jesus. The first one is found in Matthew chapter 11 and it tells us in verse 28, "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you what?

Congregation: Rest.

Pastor Doug: Rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls for my yolk is easy and my burden is light." First you come to Jesus, then the other, you've got one is the great invitation, we just quoted, the other is the great commission. "Go ye therefore and teach all nations," Matthew 28:18-20. You come to Jesus, then you go for Jesus. You come to Jesus love for God, you go for Jesus love for your fellow man.

In coming to Jesus we embrace rest. That is the spirit of the law. That is the spirit of the Sabbath commandment. It's all about finding that rest from laying our burdens down. But the big question people grapple with is, that's fine, well, Pastor Doug, but, is it necessary for New Testament Christians to actually keep the seventh day Sabbath? Well, let's find out what the Bible says. Do you believe what the Bible says?

Congregation: Yes.

Pastor Doug: We're going to look at a lot of Scripture. I've got my Bible here. I hope you don't think it's just a prop because most of the Scriptures I got are on the screen because I want people to be able to record this and look at it again. Let's start with the commandment. Exodus 20:8. This is the fourth of the 10 commandments. It's the longest of the 10 commandments. It's the only commandment that begins with the word 'remember', implying God knew we might be prone to forget. "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all of your work but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall not do any work. You, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger who is within your gates.

For," here's why, "in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that's in them, and he rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. That's the commandment. Remember they're not called the 10 suggestions, or the 10 recommendations. When the Almighty, creator of the cosmos, says, "This is my will, do this." Then he wants us to do it. Not just to be hearers but doers of the law. One of the most prominent crimes in the world today is called identity theft. Have you been hearing more and more about identity theft? The odds of someone being a victim are going up exponentially.

How many of you have had somebody abuse your personal information? Credit card, something so you had to cancel the card? Someone got some numbers. Look you can see hands right here. It's becoming more and more common. People get ahold of your credit card information or your driver's license or some of the personal invitation, a social security number and these con artists are very shrewd. They get on the phone and they call people that are believing and they trust folks and they say, "We're calling from the credit card department and it appears that someone has stolen your information, can you please confirm your card number."

They're very smooth and they get you to offer up this stuff. Then they take it and they go on a spending spree before it's discovered. Sometimes they even assume someone else's identity for a long period of time and they commit crimes, cash checks under another person's name. All of a sudden someone is carried off to jail and he says, "What did I do?"

It takes sometimes months for them to discover it was someone else who had stolen their identity that committed the crimes. It can be difficult. It can take years to clear your name and your credit from this identity theft. I heard about one man the FBI caught up with, Abraham Abdala.

He was a bus boy, 32 years old. He managed to get the personal information of Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, George Lucas. When they arrested him he had managed to somehow bamboozle the banks and the credit agencies out of $80 million. Bus boy, high school dropout. He had 800 credit cards. I guess he never got enough. Some of you have only got 400, can you imagine having 800?

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If I fill out every application that I get for a credit card, I'd have 800 too, 800 credit cards. He had a credit card making machine, identity theft. The devil has bamboozled the Christian church by stealing the identity of something that God set aside as holy, and putting a different time and a different label on it and he's assumed it for himself. Most of the Christian church has been fooled by this. We'll find out more about what I'm talking about specifically. Question number one, we already know what the subject is, what is the Sabbath day? Well, I'm going to give you a whole series of verses dealing with this truth.

Of course it was on the Sabbath day that God rested from His work of creation. For six days God created the world and He made different things on those six days. What did He make on the seventh day? He made a day. The only thing he made on the seventh day was the Sabbath. Do we still need everything else God made on those other days? Then why would we think the only thing He made on the seventh day is no longer needed? Let's read it, Genesis 2, Sabbath goes back to creation, it's part of God's perfect plan, there was no sin in the world at this time.

"On the seventh day God ended His work what he had done. He rested on the seventh day from all of his work which He had done, then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He had rested from all these work which God created and made." The Sabbath is this holy sphere of time that dates back to the very beginning. You notice in the commandment it says that on the Sabbath day God created, He blessed it and He sanctified it. Man was made in the image of God. God asked us to follow his pattern of embracing the rest. "Come to me," Jesus says, "and you will have rest."

The blessing, He's blessed this day above other day and so many people are missing the blessing because you must capitalize on that by faith. You must claim it. It's there, whether you believe it or not. The seventh day is the Sabbath whether you've ever known it or not, whether you believe it or not that doesn't change it. If you don't believe the seventh day is the Sabbath it's not going to affect that truth. The truth is the truth whether you believe it or not. He sanctified it. He made it holy. When God tells us something is, it's still holy. Two institutions in the Garden of Eden. God established marriage and He established the Sabbath truth, because all love relationships flourish in the dimension of time.

Love requires quality time in order for it to be enjoyed, in order for it to grow deeper and stronger. The reason the devil hates the Sabbath truth is, he knows that if he can get people busy with the cares of life that they will not be thinking about that quality time, that appointment we've got with God where our relationship with Him is to grow, it's to be nurtured, it's to be nourished. Not only that, people need physical rest. I've heard a number of reports from the military. They've tried all kinds of tests about what is the endurance of man. They even tried going on a 10 day work week for the troops and they said the ideal schedule is six days of work one day of rest.

God knew what He was talking about. Then you consider especially in our age now all of the stress that people grapple with. More than any other time in the history of the world today people struggle with stress. People are all stressed out. Let me read some- there's some scientific data that I think is worthy of sharing with you. A Cornell University study of working couples confirms the detrimental effects that work-related stress has on families. Married couples with children burdened by long hours of paid work report the lowest quality of life among working couples.

Additionally, catch this, 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. I wish I could say I was totally immune, and 75% to 90% of all physician office visits are attributed dedicated, did you catch that, 75% to 90% of all physician office visits are attributed to stress-related ailments or complaints. According to the American Psychological Association stress is linked to the six leading causes of death in the United States. Stress is related to heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, suicide. The pharmacy so many of the drugs that are sold over the counter everything from sleeping pills to anti-acids are related to stress.

I wonder if there's a connection between man forgetting that God said, "Rest," and to enjoy the rest that He has told us to enjoy in the Sabbath time. Every Sabbath day is not only time for us to let the pressure of the stress go away, just to lay your burdens down. Jesus says, "Come to me, I’ll help you with your burdens. I’ll give you rest." The Sabbath is a renewing of that relationship every week. It's also a memorial of creation. You see, every time you remember the Sabbath day, you remember that in six days God created. It is a constant memorial that God is our creator. You can also find that in Ezekiel.

It tells us that he gave us the Sabbath day as a sign of redemption. Not only it reminds us that he is our creator that he made us it reminds us that he redeemed us. For instance, you can look in Exodus Chapter 31 Verse 13. "Verily my Sabbath you shall keep, for it shall be a sign between me and you throughout your generations that you might know that I am the Lord that does sanctify you." A moment ago I cited Ezekiel. It's Chapter 20 verse 20.

"Hallow my Sabbaths and they shall be a sign between me and you that you might know that I am the Lord your God." Did it stop being a sign that he is our Redeemer and our creator at some point? Or is that a perpetual sign? That's why God told us in the commandment, "Remember to keep the Sabbath day." To keep it what? To keep it Holy. Now think about this for a moment, please. If I were to ask you where in the world is the Holy Land? What would you say?

Congregation: Israel.

Pastor Doug: Israel, okay. In the Holy Land where would you say is the Holy City? What city would that be?

Congregation: Jerusalem.

Pastor Doug: Jerusalem I heard you. If I were to ask you is there a Holy Mountain in Jerusalem, what would that be?

Congregation: Mt. Zion.

Pastor Doug: Mt. Zion sometimes called Mount Moriah. You're right, they call it the Holy Mount. What was built on that Holy Mountain? The Holy Temple was there. That's correct. In the Holy Temple, they had the Holy Place, you still with me? In the Holy Place there was the Holy of Holies. So we've got a target. You've got the world and then you get the Holy Land, you get the Holy City, the Holy Mountain, the Holy Temple, the Holy Place, the Holy of Holies. What was the one article of furniture in the Holy of Holies?

Congregation: The Ark of the Covenant.

Pastor Doug: The Ark of the Covenant. The Holy Ark and what was in the Holy Ark? The Holy Law. In the law, you can take your computer and search it, you find the word 'holy' one time. Where do you suppose you find it? It's in the middle of the law in the Sabbath commandment. When people try to get rid of that one command they're taking the one place in the law of God that is like a bull's eye in the law of God on the planet. Why would God make such a big deal about the Sabbath? Because you and I live in something called time. If you have no more time that's bad news. Isn't that right?

We live in time. The Sabbath is a memorial that God gives us life, that He redeems us, that relationships are built in time. The devil hates it. Because as we spend time with God we get to know God, as we get to know Him we love Him. As we get to know Him better we love Him better and if you love Him then you obey Him. You can't obey Him if you don't know Him and you don't love Him. Does that make sense? The devil hates that because this is where people find the power to live the Christian life. It's in the relationship with Jesus and the Sabbath is all about that relationship that love, that time, that quality time with God. It is not a Jewish law.

Now, my mother was Jewish. Grew up understanding a lot about the religion. But one thing that's real clear to me is the Bible teaches that the Sabbath is for everybody. What did Jesus say? Mark chapter 2 verse 27, "The Sabbath was made for man." That would have been an easy place to say the Sabbath is made for Jews, or for Hebrews, or Israelites he doesn't say that. He says the Sabbath was made for man. You know what else? He's tracing it back to the Garden of Eden when after God made man on the sixth day then he made time. For a man with God, the very next thing he made was the Sabbath.

Every man needs it. Everybody in the world is related to Adam and if you're not related to Adam I'd like to talk to you later. Need to have your DNA checked. You know what else God made for man? Woman. God said, "It's not good that man should be alone." So He made a woman. Here's the question, do we still need women? Do we still need the Sabbath? I always get extra votes when I do it that way. Let's read this verse Isaiah 56 verse 6. The Sabbath is not just for one race. Listen to this, "Also the sons of the stranger that join themselves to the Lord to serve Him."

These are strangers, aliens, non-Jews. To love the name of the Lord, to be His servants. Every one that keeps the Sabbath from polluting it and takes hold of my covenant. He's not even talking about the general Sabbath day He says the Sabbath. Even then I will bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer. It's for everybody. In the early days of the church when people converted to Christianity, they embraced the Sabbath along with the other principles of the Bible. It's a time for corporate worship. We need that we need to come together, to fellowship, to edify, and build each other up. The Bible tells us in Exodus Chapter 23 that the Sabbath is a holy convocation.

That word convocation means it's like where you get the word convention. It means an assembly, a convening, a coming together. Sometimes I meet people even Sabbath keepers and by the way Seventh Day Adventists we don't have a patent on the Sabbath truth. Many different churches out there today that have learned the Sabbath truth. Matter of fact I got a call one two three weeks ago, Bonnie, from a pastor, I won't say his name, I don't want to put them on the spot. Lives in Austin, Texas, Pentecostal Church of God pastor, studying our material, watching the programs, accepted the Sabbath truth presented it to his church. The majority of his church accepted it they said it's in the Bible.

This is a truth that's spreading everywhere. We don't have a patent on this. It does matter, it is important. It's one of the 10 Commandments. It says here in, of course, Exodus Chapter 20 verses 8 and on, to remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy. You notice God didn’t say, "Remember the Sabbath day and start keeping it holy." He said keep it holy. That means it is holy. He's asking us to keep what he has made Holy, Holy. Let me illustrate. If you come to my home and I say I live in a cold climate and it's winter. I say could you just watch the house for a few minutes, got to run to the store can you keep the fire going? No problem, Doug. I said there is the wood box can keep the fire going? No problem.

I leave and you think, well, I better check the fire and you go over and you open up the stove, there's no fire. It's just cold ashes. You're thinking to yourself, why did Dough say, keep the fire going if there's no fire? The very fact that I said keep the fire going implies there is a fire you just keep it going. God is saying the Sabbath is Holy. It did not start being holy with Moses. Some people think that God dreamed it up for the children of Israel at Mount Sinai. They just don't know their Bibles very well.

Goes all the way back to Adam and proof of that would be if you go to Exodus Chapter 16, when the Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt before they ever got to Mount Sinai. It says Moses said to them, remember they rain the bread down from heaven. Moses said to them, eat today what they'd gathered for today is the Sabbath to the Lord. Today you will not find it in the field. They would go out five days a week, they'd gather manna. On the the sixth day they'd gathered twice as much because there would be no manna on the Sabbath day. Yet on the Sabbath day some still went out looking for manna and God said how long will you refuse to keep my commandments? Now, notice you find the manna story in Exodus 16. You don't get to Mount Sinai until Exodus 20. God was saying the Sabbath is one of my laws before they ever got to Mount Sinai. It goes all the way back to Adam and Eve.

We all need rest that's not just a Jewish need. That's absurd for people to say that this is the Jewish law. What did God get it wrong at creation he had to change it later? It was part of his perfect plan. What about the New Testament would mean there was something wrong with the day? Which brings me to my next question. You need to pray for me I'm on question two out of 30 questions no that according to me.[laughter] Half my time is gone thou is not that many I think I’ve got maybe a dozen. Which day of the week is the Sabbath? Will go quicker now. I’ve already told you but let's read it one more time.

It says Genesis Chapter 2, on the-- Say it with me. Seventh Day God ended his work which he had done, He rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done and then God bless the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he had rested from all his work which God created and he had done. First time the Bible any numbers mentioned three times as in connection with the Sabbath. It says the seventh day, the seventh day, the seventh day.

Now, if you've got caveman theology whenever you hear a number like that 777 what pops into my mind is what's the mark of the beast 666. One of the identifying marks, we just read one of the signs one of the seals that you belong to God is the Sabbath. That number seven is a sign that you are resting in the Lord, you're trusting in him. Now, you notice God didn't say He didn't say keep a seventh day and I this is one of the most common arguments.

After I started studying with people, it's interesting to watch people keep changing their positions to avoid the Sabbath truth. Okay, wait a second let me just say something here. I always forget this. I get so worked up over this subject. I forget how it disturbed me when I first heard it. Please forgive me, friends, if I'm not being gracious. I know it can be very disturbing when people hear this it's such a compelling for me.

It seems to be such compelling evidence that some people are blown away and they don't know what to do because accepting the Sabbath truth for them can mean losing their friends, their fellowship, they could be put out of their church, they can lose their jobs it can mean tremendous change in their lives. I've also noticed that when people discover the Sabbath truth they start going through a struggle because they begin to say, "Can I afford to believe this?" I'd like to plead with you right now don't think that way.

Open your heart, open your mind and say Lord first let me just ask the honest questions. Is it true? Be open to the logic of God's word, it says, "Come let us reason together." Use your head ask yourself if it makes sense if it's true then say, "Lord, I don't know what I'm going to do about it but please give me grace and guide me." God does not send the Sabbath truth to be a burden for you. He sends it to be a blessing. He doesn't want it to be a problem. It's a privilege and so just look at this honestly. Amen.

He doesn't say keep a Sabbath Day. It's like if I were to say, "Can you bring me a chair?" you could grab any old chair it didn't matter what color it is and bring it to me, but if I say, "Bring me the chair." well you know I'm talking about a specific chair. It doesn't say a seventh day is a Sabbath God says the seventh day. Isn't that what he says? He means what he says he's God.

Now, if you have any doubts and you think I'm teaching something biased there's no question about what the seventh day is, is what we commonly call Saturday. If you don't believe Pastor Doug maybe you believe Webster. You look at Webster's dictionary, Saturday the seventh day of the week it's very simple. If you're wondering well what is Sunday. I thought Sunday was the seventh day. No, Sunday the first day of the week.

You check on me. Now sometimes people juggle calendars a little bit depending on what country you're in but it doesn't change the days of the week. I can set up my computer where it starts on the working days of Monday but that doesn't make Monday the first day of the week. People do all kinds of things trying to juggle that. Some people say well Doug nobody really knows anymore what was the seventh day of creation because after all calendars been changed many times and who knows anymore. Have you heard that argument before?

That is a myth. That is absurd when you really think about it. Has the calendar been changed? Many times the months and dates on the calendar have been changed. That never has any effect on the days of the week. I’ll show you in just a minute what I'm talking about. Someone wrote years ago the US Naval Observatory with this question asking if the changes in the calendar in recent years have affected the weekly cycle. They responded from the US Naval Observatory, "There has been no change in the continuity of the weekly cycle since long before the Christian era."

The continuity of the weekly cycle meaning first, second, third, fourth, six, seven days of the week, I missed the fifth. Sorry. Fifth, sixth, seventh day of the week and it just keeps cycling. For instance, there was a change in the calendar we're now living under the Gregorian calendar and I think it was 1582 Pope Gregory the 13th change and it was like October 5th Friday. The next day was Saturday, October 15th. They went from the 5th to the 15th they added 10 days and it was really an astronomical change they needed to make.

There wasn't any conspiracy. They were doing it for the seasons and for farming. When he changed the 5th of October to the 15th he changed the calendar. It did nothing to the days of the week Friday was followed by Saturday. See what I'm saying? That's why your birthday might be on a different day of the week every year because people look at a calendar and they see the days of the week on a calendar. They see the month they think when you change the month that affects the week it has nothing to do with the week.

That argument really holds no water at all. Then for me what's one of the very compelling arguments is in the bible. It tells us what day the seventh day is. You're reading Luke chapter 23 verse 54 through 24. When Christ died says, "They returned and prepared spices and ointments and they arrested the Sabbath day according to the commandments." By the way, this was written by Luke, a Gentile. Written 20 years after the cross. Would have been a good place for him to introduce the new Christian Sabbath if there was one but he doesn't.

I think it's interesting that Jesus chose Friday afternoon as the Sabbath was about to begin to say it is finished. He went to sleep, he rested through the Sabbath from his work of saving mankind and he rose Sunday to continue his work as our high priest. Not to establish a new day of rest. Jesus even kept the Sabbath in his death. You look in the Bible and commonly we think of Friday, they call it Good Friday was the day he was crucified. It's the preparation day the bible says.

He rested in the tomb on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was about to begin after the Sabbath was passed they came to the tomb as the first day began to dawn. That would be what we commonly call Sunday morning. I have no dispute that Jesus rose Sunday morning. Question is does that make it a new Sabbath day? Jesus died on Friday does that make that a new Sabbath day?

The Lord's Supper was celebrated on a Thursday does that make that a new Sabbath day? Jesus did wonderful things in many different days of the week but there is nothing wrong with the original Sabbath. Why would he change it? Does that make sense? Somebody, please say Amen.

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Doug: I realize we're not in the church but it will help me. We know the day between Friday when he died on the cross and Sunday when he rose is what day? What's between Friday and Sunday quick.

Congregation: Saturday.

Pastor Doug: Saturday there you go. It hasn't changed. Matter of fact most Christians that go to church on Sunday they have no dispute that Sunday is the first day the week. They just argue their reasons for keeping it that day, but they still failed to produce a commandment. Then one or the other for me compelling arguments about what day it is, is you've got a whole race of people around the world.

What did they say last night 15 million Jews around the world, and they know what their holy day is and it has not changed ever since at least the Exodus. You think I could see one or two people going into a coma and waking up and forgetting the days of the week but for the whole nation to forget is not very likely. We know what day the seventh day is. We also know what happened. Matter of fact in 108 languages of the world the word for what we call Saturday is Sabbath.

Anyone here who speak Spanish? Salvado, Sabbath day is Spanish seventh day of the week Saturday. Russian Sobota and many many other languages where I've been it's same Sabbath day and they call it the Sabbath. The word for the seventh day is the Sabbath even though they may go to church on the first day of the week. Question number three. This is simple. When does the Sabbath begin? Do we start keeping the Sabbath midnight or 2:00 in the morning when the daylight savings time changes.

It tells us clearly in the Bible, Leviticus 23:32, "From evening to evening you'll celebrate your Sabbath it begins at sundown." Again, Mark 1:32. "And add evening when the sun had set they brought to him all those who were sick. They waited till the Sabbath was over at sundown and healed the sick and those who were demon-possessed." Now, the big question is if we're Christians, we follow Christ. What day, question four, did Jesus keep as the Sabbath? I want to follow Jesus, don't you? If you follow Jesus and you're a Christian you can't go wrong. It says in Mark 6:2, "And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue." Jesus had a pattern of teaching in the synagogue. Synagogue means gathering. He went to the church on the Sabbath day. In Luke 4:16, "So 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 he stood to read."

Jesus went to church on the Sabbath day. He read the scriptures on the Sabbath day. If you follow his pattern and he never told the disciples to do anything otherwise. Matter of fact, Christ when talking about the end of the world. He said that we should pray Mathew 24:20, "Pray that your flight might not be in the winter." He's not talking about airline flight. Some are fleeing for your lives. “Pray that your flight might not be in the winter or on the Sabbath day." Jesus looking down in history prophesied his people would still be keeping the Sabbath and they would pray they would not have to flee on that day.

That tells us something about his recognizing how important it is. Some people think that Jesus came to do away with the Sabbath because occasionally he healed people he'd do things like that. He'd do deeds of goodness on the Sabbath. Yes, he came to help take away some of the misconceptions about the Sabbath. He clarified the Sabbath truth because there were a number of man-made laws that had been attached to it. He did not do away with it. It's still holy. He kept it by his example.

Number five. Did early Christians keep the Sabbath? I mean what was the pattern according to the Bible? It says in Acts 17:1, "They came to Thessalonica where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul--" Tells us that they went into the synagogues. "Then Paul, as his custom was, went to them and for three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the scriptures." Not only did he do it with the Gentiles, or the Jews, it says, "Then the Gentiles begged that they may have these words preached to them the next Sabbath."

Jew, Gentile they met on the Sabbath day in the New Testament. Matter of fact I understand you can find over a hundred examples if you add them up, of the disciples keeping the seventh day Sabbath in the New Testament. You go to Acts 16, that in fact Acts 13:44, "On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God." Jew and Gentile. Acts 16:13. Of course again written by Luke, a Gentile, "And on the Sabbath, we-" Luke could have said we are keeping the Jewish Sabbath, the old Jewish Sabbath.

If there's a new day, they never say anything about that because they all understood what day it was. "And on the Sabbath day, we went out of the city to a riverside where prayer was customarily made and we sat down and we spoke to the women who met there." All through the Roman Empire, they knew that God's people kept the seventh day Sabbath. One of the greatest arguments I think about the practice of the New Testament Church is in Luke 23:56, "When Christ died and they were not finished embalming his body, with their incredible love for him, they still would not violate the sacred hours of the Sabbath to embalm his body."

So many people would argue today what the exorcists did. We really ought to finish up what we're doing. His disciples from spending three and a half years with Jesus knew that he would not be pleased with that. So they waited until Sunday morning to finish. Why? Because they believed that it would displease the Lord. For them to violate it now, well at least they thought it was a violation. They never gotten any idea from Jesus that it had been done away with. Why would they do that?

Number six. Are the 10 commandments still valid today? I believe they are, friends. Jesus said, "It's easier," Luke 16:17, "for heaven and earth to pass than for one tittle of the law to fail." The God's law is perfect. God's law does not need to be changed. The purpose for the gospel is to transform us. We are what needs changing friends. Yet so many in the church were trying to change the standards of God to accommodate man's sinfulness. No. The purpose of the gospel is to lift man up from his sinfulness to God's purity. Amen.

Revelation 22:14, "Blessed are those," blessed in the Sabbath, "who do his commandments that they might have a right to the tree of life and enter through the gates of the city." God expects us people to keep them. Again, Hebrews 13:8, God's law has not change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Again in Malachi 3:6, he says, "I'm the lord. I change not." You know that's one reason that we went with this theme of rock through the series. The word of God is like a rock. Christ is our rock and the 10 commandments are written on a rock. It doesn't change. God could have used paper.

Ceremonial laws were written on some other parchment or leather, but the 10 commandments, God wrote himself, spoke with his own voice, wrote it in stone, if he was going to change one of them, I don't know that he would have done it that way if it was temporary or passing in nature. It was because of its permanent nature that he did it that way. Right now, we're living in the time of the new covenant. The old covenant was the law of God written on the stone. The new covenant, he says, "I'll write my law on their hearts." You notice he doesn't say a different law, it's the same law but it's written in the heart now. Love is the fulfilling of the law. If you love God you'll keep the first four. If you love your fellow man you'll keep the last six.

Number seven. Does one commandment matter? I mean as long as you do it 90% that's not so bad, is it? If you're in elementary school and you get a 90 you'll feel pretty good? Doesn't work that way with God's law. James 2:10, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offended one point, he's guilty of all." Those of you who think that 90% is okay, that depends on which law it is. I don't think there's too many here that would think that the seventh commandment you don't mind as long as your spouse keeps the other nine, they can break the seventh. You all know what the seventh is, that's the one about adultery. 90%. Would you accept that argument? "I'm keeping 90% dear."

How many of you would accept that argument? You see because if you love somebody, you wouldn't even think of offering that as a suggestion. God is saying, "What about your time with me? You're going to tell me that one doesn't matter?" That's a serious thing. Jesus said, Mathew 5:19, "Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of the least of these commandments," specifically at least the ten, "and shall teach men so, he will be called least in kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Whenever you're in doubt about what to do, first of all, follow Jesus's example and you're safe. Secondly, do the safe thing. I know that I'm not in trouble come judgment day because I'm keeping the fourth commandment along with the other nine. It always strikes me as very strange. I've preached in many different churches. I've preached in Nazarene, Foursquare, Assembly of God, Baptist, Church of Christ, Methodist. I've lost count. I've spoken in many different churches. That's why I know that there are godly spirit led lovely people in these different churches. Some have just not heard the truth. Jesus said, "I've got other sheep that are not of this fold, but they're going to hear my voice and they're going to take a stand on the last days."

I always think it's odd. I know these churches. I know what they believe. I could go to most of those churches and I can say, "Thank you for inviting me to preach. Today I'm going to talk about not worshiping other gods and I'd get a lot of amens. I could talk about not stealing. I could talk about any of the other nine commandments and I'd probably get a hearty amen. Of course, there is one church if I talked about idolatry they would be uncomfortable. The others, 90% they'd be very happy with. If I were to start saying, "Keep the Sabbath," they'd be actually be okay, but if I said on the day that God blessed the seventh day, they'd fold their arms, they'd sit back in their chairs they'd say, "Legalism." Not under the law.

Doesn't that sound strange? Something strange on the range as they say. Among Christians, that would be nervous and so restless about keeping one of God's commandments. It's a serious sin. One time a man, during the exorcist experience, was caught breaking the Sabbath. Moses wasn't sure what to do. They brought the case before the Lord. You know what God said? Bring him before the people and stone him to death. We don't live in that society today. They would stone when people would break a number of the commandments it was capital punishment. Especially the first four commandments. Capital punishment when God was right in their midst. The Sabbath commandment. How important does God feel about that?

Does he feel like it's a less of a sin now? Some of us are just, "Well you know it's a little commandment." What did Jesus say? "Whosoever shall break one of the least of these." it's not a little one trust me, friends. If it was so little, the devil wouldn't hate it so much. You usually say, "If loving what the devil hates." Did you catch that? Will we keep the Sabbath in eternity? Isaiah 66:22. It says, "For as the new heavens and the new earth, that I will make shall remain before me," saith the Lord, "so shall your seed and your name remain." And he's talking about the new heavens and the new earth. And it will come to pass that from one new moon to another, and that goes on to say, "From one Sabbath to another shell all flesh-" I say all Jews? "All flesh come and worship before me in heaven." And who do you think the preacher will be when you go to church in heaven? Jesus. Will anybody sleep during the sermon at that point? No.

Now follow me, please. We already know that God created the Sabbath back in the beginning with Adam. We know that they kept it in the Old Testament whenever they forgot about it, the lord would remind them. We know that Jesus and the apostles kept it. I could show you from history that the early church kept it until 400 or 500 years. Matter of fact there have been Christians through the ages that have kept the seventh-day Sabbath. Why would we not keep it, now we're going to keep it in heaven? Why would there be this one brief period of time where God was going to change days or do away with it? It just doesn't make sense friends.

People of God had been under attack because the devil is attacking the relationship. In heaven, we’ll be keeping the Sabbath day. It'll be a time of resting with God. Jesus has come to me and I will give you rest. I’ll tell you the ultimate coming to Jesus is when he comes to pick us up and take us back to glory. Amen. That will be-- We're going to spend a billennium Sabbath with him. First 1000 years it's going to be like a Sabbath to recuperate from this world.

Number nine. Why do religious leaders ignore the Sabbath truth? You know this is a prophecy, it's not original did not happen recently. Why did the religious leaders ignore it? You can read and mark chapter 7:9. Jesus said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God that you might keep your tradition." Putting aside a clear commandment of God it's not new for religious leaders to favor traditions of their institution rather than the clear commandments of God's word.

Again Luke 6:46. "Why do you call me Lord and do not the things I say?" Again. Ezekiel 22:26-31 he says, "Her priests have violated my law and have profaned my holy things. They put no difference between the holy and the profane, and they've hid their eyes from my Sabbaths and I am profaned among them, therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them."

When God tells us that the Sabbath is his holy day, it's the Sabbath of the lord. And we say it just doesn't matter. How can we say he has our heart when he doesn't have our time? Let's face it it's easier for some people to give God their money than their time. Think many of us probably had fathers where you could give your kids a trinket or a toy but, didn't have enough time. Love shows that you care by investing time. People say Lord Lord but they don't want to give them the seventh day.

Number 10 what should I do about the Sabbath truth? How should I respond to these things? Well, Jesus tells us. John 14:15, "If you love me," do what? "Keep my commandments." He wants us to show our love for him by keeping him.

Furthermore, the Lord says in John 13:17, "If you know with these things, happy-" does he say miserable? "- happy are ye if you do them then." Why am I sharing these things with you? To make problems? It doesn’t say there aren't any problems in following the lord, but ultimately you will be much happier. I had a person came to a presentation like this and they told me afterward, "Pastor Doug I wish I’d never come." I said, "Why?" "Because what you said makes sense and now I know and I don't want to change, now I'm miserable." I said, "I'll pray for you-you'll continue to be miserable until you surrender." Lord didn't send it to you and to make a promise to you because he's trusting you with the truth. And when you take a stand for the truth there's a blessing that will come from that.

Well, think about it. Worst thing that can happen is you take a stand with the Sabbath truth and you get killed for it. If you die standing for Jesus what's the next thing you're aware of? Your problems are over. Be the best thing ever happened to you. We sometimes think that this life is what it's all about. This life preparing for the one that really matters. We forget think this is it. This is not it. If we haven't got time to give Jesus one day a week in seven. How are you going to endure eternity with him? We don't have enough faith to get to church once a week, how we don't have enough faith to get to heaven?

I better save that I’ve got something else to say on that point. Isaiah 58:13, his promises go with it. "If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath from doing your pleasure and my holy day." The foot in the bible stepping on something then disrespect and call the Sabbath a delight. It's a delight. Holy day of the lord an honorable and you'll honor him. You're not honoring a church or an institution or pastor, it's honoring God. "Not doing thine on ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking your own words. Then you will delight yourself in the lord."

What is God to associate with keeping the Sabbath? Delight. "And I’ll because you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it." He’ll cause you to ride on the high places of the earth. When the children of Israel were getting ready to enter into the Promised Land, God said to Moses, "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest." The very Promised Land was a symbol of that rest that God was going to give them.

But the devil doesn't want you to have that rest. He wants to keep it so busy with the cares of this life, that the day of the lord overtakes us as a thief. Every Sabbath day we put the brake on and we recalibrate. We get our priorities straight and the devil doesn't want us to do that. Even in God's remnant church, we're getting very sloppy about how we're keeping the Sabbath. Matter of fact I’m going to go so far as to say I’ll bet you that if you go a hundred years back most Sunday keepers were keeping Sunday better than many Sabbath keepers are now keeping the Sabbath.

That's true. I’ve talked to a lot of folks that are cut from the old cloth. They may be even went the wrong day, but there they were very strict about keeping it. The devil is now doing to God's church what he's done to many others. Let's face it a lot of folks go to church on Sunday, then they go to the mall, they go to the movies, they go to the football game. Mow their lawn, it's just it's not even a Sabbath for those who say it's a different day. Let's get the day right but let's not stop there, let's keep it holy.

Number 11 important question. How did so many people start keeping Sunday? On the first day of the week. Well, you can start-- I have so much I could say on this. The earliest recognition this is the encyclopedia Britannica 11th edition on the article on Sunday. The earliest recognition of the observance of Sunday is a legal duty is a constitution of Constantine. This is Constantine the great, enacting that all courts of justice inhabitants of towns and workshops be, were to rest on Sunday. They called that the Venerable Day of the Sun. Venerable they Solace, it wasn't having anything to do with the son of God, it had to do with sun worship and Mithra. With the exception of those who are engaged in agricultural labor.

He published the Edict of Milan, he established Sunday as a day of worship. Many of the Christians who were trying to get in with the new supposed Christian emperor, they being too little by little drift away from the Sabbath of the seventh day, because they were having problems with the Jews. And they wanted to create a separation between themselves and the Jews.

They said, "Well, we're going to keep the more popular Roman Sabbath. They began to distance themselves from the Jewish Sabbath. Not because of any scripture but because of political pressure. It was politically correct to do what the emperor was doing. Now you can go right to the Convert's Catechism of the Catholic Church, they're very honest about this. And I could just give you all plethora of information in history on this. Wish I had more time.

Matter of fact, there's a website. It's called Sabbathtruth.com. Sabbathtruth.com .net .org. We'll take you to this very important website that's got a lot more history on this subject. And I hope that all of our friends who're looking all the history these quotes I’m sharing and many more are there. Let's go back. Let me finish that catechism quote Sheryll, I changed gears on here while I was thinking about it. It says, "The question-" this is the Catholic catechism they taught with question-answer format. "Which day is the Sabbath day?" Answer. Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Well, the next natural question is, why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. They freely admitted that. It happened back in the early days of the movement there in Rome, where it originated and it spread through the empire. You can go right to the Catholic encyclopedia volume four page 153, the church after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath or the seventh day of the week-- you notice the church, not the bible. Then made the third command refer to Sunday, they did away with the second commandment. That has to do with idolatry. The third commandment referred to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord's Day. It is so clear from history. The big question is, "Why won't Bible Christians take a stand?" So many Christian movements have come out of the dark ages back to the Bible, but they stopped with one of God's commandments. The one that deals with the love relationship, and giving God your time in your life.

The Bible foretold in prophecy, "The beast power with think to change times and laws." There's only one law that is a law and a time. That's a seventh commandment, am I right?

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Doug: You know I don't have a lot of time for this next question. Maybe we'll do this during our question time tomorrow, but I'm going to read it to you. How do I keep the Sabbath Day? What are some practical things that we should do, or not do to keep the Sabbath day? Tell you what, I'm going to stop right there. Well, how much time I have? I better stop right there. I just want to pause here, and collect this.

I'll talk about some of that maybe during our question time tomorrow. You've heard a lot tonight friends. I have not told you half of what I could say on this subject. This is one of God's commandments. If I were to tell you that during the weekend, the Michigan government has changed the speed limit, you can now go 90 Miles/Hour on the interstate, does anyone here believe me?

Nobody can try it out. Try and see what happens.

[Laughter]

Let me know tomorrow. Why don't you believe me? Because no responsible government would have such a prominent law that affects so many citizens that would not thoroughly advertise a change in that law. How in the world can Christians think that one of God's commandments, spoken with his audible voice, thundering from a mountain burning with Ark letters into stone? Moses wrote the first set, he came back and said, "I'm giving it to you again, same exact thing, unchangeable." God's going to deliver his law that way; he's going to change the one commandment that says, "Remember-" And silence in the Bible on that?

Come on friends. We might come up with all these very creative rationalizations and arguments about why we don't want to give God our time, but let's be honest and call the truth "The truth." If we're having problems say, “Lord, this makes sense, but I'm struggling." Pray to God. Don't go by what you feel, don't go by what your Pastor says, don't go by what I say, go by what the Bible says.

Congregation: Yes.

Pastor Doug: The Bible is very clear. God's law has not changed. Jesus wants you to have that rest, the devil wants you to work yourself to death. When Moses came to liberate God's people from their bondage, the Pharaoh was mad, he said, "You're making the people rest." You know that word is? You are making the people Sabbath. That Pharaoh is the devil. That's how the devil feels today.

Before the great deliverance in the days of Moses, there was a revival of the Sabbath truth. Before Jesus comes to deliver us from our bondage, there's going to be plagues again, and the revival of the Sabbath truth among God's people.

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Doug: I think it's time that revival starts. Amen friends.

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Doug: It better begin here at home. God's given the message to us, amen?

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Doug: I'd like to invite John to come out. He's going to sing before I pray. I want you to pray about keeping this day of rest that God has provided for us in His Word.

[Singing]

John: Oh day of rest and gladness. Oh day of joy and light, oh bomb of cure and sadness, most beauty for most price, on thee the high and lowly, who've been before thy throne. Sing holy, holy, holy to the eternal one. A day of sweet reflection, thou what a day of lights. A day to raise affections from earth to things above. New graces ever gaining from this a day of rest. We seek the rest remaining in mansions of the blessed.

Pastor Doug: I remember. Thank you, John. Praise the Lord. I remember when I first heard these things, for a while I think I was even a little angry because among the 14 different schools I went to growing up, I went to a few Christian schools, I'd never heard this, and it was so simple. It almost seemed to me that there was some conspiracy. It was like an identity theft. There was a substitution.

The devil is very clever. Through history, he's shown that he can separate God's people from the source of their strength by tempting them to disobey. God can put a wall in a hedge of protection about us. He can put a pillar of fire between us and the enemy, but if we are willingly refusing to obey His law, when we know His will, He must withdraw that protection, and we suffer.

In the last days, the devil's been very clever. He's not telling us so much. Well, first he'll say, "Don't keep the Sabbath, you don't need it. Laws done away with it. Not under the law now. Do whatever you want all the time. Don't give any time to God." Then he says, "If you're convinced the Sabbath's still there, all right, if you're going to keep it, just don't keep it on the day that God tells you to keep it." Such a little subtle difference. Someone might say, "What difference does it make?" It's a big test. Do you trust the Lord? Are you going to do it His way, His day?

You take a step in faith and say, "Lord, I'm willing to do your will. I'm going to do what you say. Not the first day or the fifth day but the seventh day. I'm going to keep your law." Did it make a difference how many times Joshua marched around Jericho? Was God particular? Did it make a difference how many times Naaman washed in the Jordan River? Does God mean what he says?

You'll get a blessing if you take a stand for truth, friends. Is that your desire?

Congregation: Yes.

Pastor Doug: Can I pray with you? Father in heaven, dear Lord, I pray that you'll be with each person who is listening right now. I pray that the power and the impact of the simple truth of your word will be sealed in their hearts through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Bring these things to life Lord, I pray that you'll just take the scales from their eyes, and help them to see that your truth and your lot has never changed, and then you are calling people together to come to you for that rest. Bless these meetings and each person, we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

God bless you, friends. Next meeting is tomorrow night "Confusion in the cemetery," We hope you'll come.

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