Sabbath Restoration

The prophecy of Isaiah declared: “Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.” “The sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, everyone that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant; even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.” Isaiah 56:1, 2, 6, 7.

As we go along with the context of this prophecy, we will notice that this declaration applies to the Christian period. In verse 8 it says: “The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.” The observance of the holy Sabbath day, according to the prophecy, will become a distinctive characteristic of a true Christian worshiper. Unlike today’s popular teachings about the Lord’s Day, Sabbath has never been destroyed or changed into a spurious one. Rather, God made an emphasis for this to remind the people of its sanctity.

"The breach was made in the law of God when the Sabbath was changed by the Roman power."

The Lord said: “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples.” Isaiah 8:16. The seal of God’s law is found in the fourth commandment. This only, of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows His claim to reverence and worship above all others. Aside from this precept, there is nothing in the Decalogue to show by whose authority the law is given. When the Sabbath was changed by the papal power, the seal was taken from the law. The disciples of Jesus are called upon to restore it by exalting the Sabbath of the fourth commandment to its rightful position as the Creator’s memorial and the sign of His authority.

To the law and to the testimony.” While conflicting doctrines and theories abound, the law of God is the one unerring rule by which all opinions, doctrines, and theories are to be tested. Says the prophet: “If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Verse 20.

Again, the command is given: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” It is not the wicked world, but those whom the Lord designates as “my people,” that are to be reproved for their transgressions. He declares further: “Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God.” Isaiah 58:1, 2. Here is brought to view a class who think themselves righteous and appear to manifest great interest in the service of God; but the stern and solemn rebuke of the Searcher of hearts proves them to be trampling upon the divine precepts.

The prophet thus points out the ordinance which has been forsaken: “Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.” Verses 12-14. This prophecy also applies in our time. The breach was made in the law of God when the Sabbath was changed by the Roman power. But the time has come for that divine institution to be restored. The breach is to be repaired and the foundation of many generations to be raised up.

Hallowed by the Creator’s rest and blessing, the Sabbath was kept by Adam in his innocence in holy Eden; by Adam, fallen yet repentant, when he was driven from his happy estate. It was kept by all the patriarchs, from Abel to righteous Noah, to Abraham, to Jacob. When the chosen people were in bondage in Egypt, many, in the midst of prevailing idolatry, lost their knowledge of God’s law; but when the Lord delivered Israel, He proclaimed His law in awful grandeur to the assembled multitude, that they might know His will and fear and obey Him forever.

From that day to the present the knowledge of God’s law has been preserved in the earth, and the Sabbath of the fourth commandment has been kept. Though the “man of sin” succeeded in trampling underfoot God’s holy day, yet even in the period of his supremacy there were, hidden in secret places, faithful souls who paid it honor. Since the Reformation, there have been some in every generation to maintain its observance. Though often in the midst of reproach and persecution, a constant testimony has been borne to the perpetuity of the law of God and the sacred obligation of the creation Sabbath.

These truths, as presented in Revelation 14 in connection with “the everlasting gospel,” will distinguish the church of Christ at the time of His appearing. For as the result of the threefold message it is announced: “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” And this message is the last to be given before the coming of the Lord. Immediately following its proclamation the Son of man is seen by the prophet, coming in glory to reap the harvest of the earth.

(Excerpt from Ellen White’s The Great Controversy)

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9 comments on “Sabbath Restoration

  1. I’m thinking that maybe the “rest” spoken of in the bk of Hebrews, is referring not to a specific day, nor to the 7th day Sabbath even though it refers to it, it does so ONLY to show us a model, or TYPE of the kind of rest we’re to enter into, but is NOT a command to keep the 7th day Sabbath! The kind or type of “rest” we’re to enter into in this GOSPEL AGE (also called: “Today”) is to be a “continual resting” from our own “works” — the term “works” is mentioned several times in the bk of Hebrews in relation to this “rest”. Which is what makes me think this is the case. Otherwise, it would seem that the bk of Hebrews and Isaiah and other references to keeping the 7th Day Sabbath, would be at “odds” with one another — contradictory. The Bible doesn’t contradict itself — or does it?
    Give me examples if it does 😉
    Thanks.

    • The word of God doesn’t contradict itself. The sabbath mentioned in the Book of Hebrews is a spiritual one, and as indicated in Hebrews, this is already existing during the time of David (the time when the psalms were written).

      “So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. GOD ANNOUNCED THIS THROUGH DAVID much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” (Heb. 4:7 NLT)

      During that time, the seventh-day sabbath is also being observed, right? In fact, spiritual sabbath is also offered to the Israelites but because of unbelief they never entered into it. (Heb.4: 2, 11) It only means that the spiritual sabbath and the seventh-day sabbath are two co-existing, non-contradicting Sabbaths. The word “Today” refers to the time when you heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, and the voice of the Spirit doesn’t contradict the law.

  2. Commentaries.

    I write from a South Pacific country.

    Christians n ministers alike have lacked knowledge of God to pervert scriptures to nullify the 4th commandment of God and destroying precious souls with lies – 1Jn 2:4..

    I have been a Faithful n committed pentecostal believer n worship God on Sunday.

    To be short God clearly showed me all scriptures including Col 2:16 which refers to the annual sabbaths in Lev ch 23 n affirmed by Hosea 2;11. Translation errors make it look definite as the weekly 7th day Sabbath.

    As a forest research scientist Ii applied my research talent to Bible research n its all there. Bad theology acts as “tyloses” in the heartwood that blocks off the pores thru which water with minerals are taken up from the soil.

    The Lord kept me away from chch as an independent messenger and He has been opening amazing doors to Sundays chchs; including bishops, Superintendents, and chairman of big chchs where I preach n teach plain truth. Thru the workd God used me to do, a number of chchs have shifted from Sunday to Sabbath in line with Isaiah 56:1-8 which the Lord gave me in 2004; clearly showing that Gentiles are to worship God on the Sabbath. The early Christian Gentiles also worshipped God on the Sab; Acts 13:14-15, 42, 44. So who gave us Sunday? It came thru Dan 7:25 prophecy.

    There is no “if” n “buts” about the 4th commandment.

    I have quit job in Oct 2009 n restoring the Sab fulltime nationwide n soon there is going to be a national declarion of the Sab with timing set already. This shall be the greatest endtime revival – the Revival of Truth to cause the greatest exodus out of Babylon.

    Right now, Im attending a Sunday to Sab cross over meeting in a biggest Pentecostal chch of the province. The shifting will be on Jan 1 2013. Im the full Guest Speaker. This chch landed in my country from England in 1954. At the same time, 12 of the same chch in another province are gathering and being ministered to bya Restoration Team God used me to recruit in Feb 2011 n taught; comprising Pastors from pentecostal (including AOG n Four Squares) n evangelical chchs. Public servants are quiting their jobs and teaming up to preach the missing truth that gives God the true worship! The 12 will be shifting anytime when they understood. Already shock waves are being felt in chch leadership is in headache like the chief priests of the time of Christ n the apostles.

    I shall post a photograph of the Banner later if I feel it necessary. Release of infor is done with caution until a national declaration in this country and to the world!

    The Sabbath is commanded by the 4th commandment of God and Satan used his agents to change it and replaced with Sunday. It is purposed by God to be restored before the return of Jesus – Acts 3:21. We

    We are talking about one of the Ten eternal law that commands a believer to worship God on a specific day which is even been Blessed n Sanctified in at the beginning of creation.

    Breaking the 4th is breaking all – James 2:8-12. Why accept 1-3, reject 4 then accept 5-10??? Go ahead n steal, murder and pass thru to eternal life… I hope one can make it. Breaking the Ten Laws is SIN – 1Jn 3:4 n is a seed of Satan – read onto vs 8.

    The “South” Pacific fire is burning and spreading fast!! And it cannot be quenched!! The Holy Spirit is kindling it and who can stop it?

    May we humble our hearts and seekGod in repentance.

    May God give grace to your hearts.

    Mike

  3. Hello again. I’m not against keeping the 7th day Sabbath, and have done so. All I was saying is that Sabbatarians may not use the Hebrews text as a PROOF text for keeping the 7th day Sabbath. What I do still find confusing and hard to reconcile to Isa 58, are the books of Acts, Gals and Romans in particular regarding the LAW. Even Peter, handpicked of Yeshua, said that the apostles decided not to “put any greater burden upon the believing GENTILES than just a FEW things….not to eat what was strangled, nor partake in blood (murder), nor worship idols, and avoid fornication.” Peter is quoted as saying: “Why do ye tempt God by trying to put a YOKE upon them that neither we NOR OUR FATHERS, were able to bear?” What was the YOKE the Apostle Peter spoke of? I believe the yoke was RELYING UPON KEEPING OF THE ENTIRE LAW OF MOSES (613 commands) for SALVATION!

    SALVATION was the whole ISSUE in Acts, where Peter made those statements. It was the sect of the Pharisees which opposed Peter and the other Apostles, saying that the new converts “MUST be CIRCUMCISED and keep the whole LAW OF MOSES in order to be SAVED.” Peter (and the Holy Spirit), disagreed with the Pharisees. So, who was right, Peter and the Holy Spirit, or the Pharisees?

    DS

    • Hi Donna, thank you for visiting my blog. With regards to your question of who’s right Peter and the Holy Ghost or the Pharisees, of course the Holy Spirit holds the truth. But don’t be confused about the issue being discussed in this council for it tackles about the statutes and judgement which includes circumcision. Remember that the laws given during the Old Covenant period are divided into two sets; the first being written upon tables of stones and the second is the statutes and judgement which God gave to Moses AFTERthe Ten Commandments (Deut 4:13-14). The Bible named these statutes and judgement as THE LAW OF MOSES according to the book of Malachi 4:4, and they were written in a book, not on a stone. These separation signifies a very important meaning and that is to identify which is for Israelites alone and which is not. Now, going back to the book of Acts, the Law of Moses being discussed there is the Law of Moses or the statutes and judgement which was intended only for the Israelites. Since the Sabbath was included in the Tables of Stones and not in the book of the law, it signifies that the Sabbath is not included in the topic being debated. In fact, the first century Christian Gentiles observed the Sabbath and attending Sabbath convocations according to Acts 13:42-44,48.

      • “Thank you so much for your reply.” I’ve been struggling with the Sabbath issue for some time – there seems to be much confusion re it, especially among Christians (which I am) as to whether or not they should observe the Sabbath or not. Yes, they observe Sunday worship service but we know that’s not THE Sabbath. Now I realize that at your site, the issue isn’t about the Sabbath but about ordinances (613 of them) in the Law of Moses. Yes, it’s true the early believers kept the Sabbath and the other Moedim. I’ve wondered though, if they did that only because it was a “transitional period” (there always is) between the first Covenant and the second (or New) Covenant – prophesied about in Jeremiah and Isaiah, and a couple other books. In other words, it’s too much to ask of mortals to have them make sudden drastic changes – so they’re taken one step at a time. The disciples were after all Jewish, and to suddenly drop all Jewish laws and practice, would have been too hard on them, but they eventually eased into the New Covenant, where things like Circumcision, animal sacrifices for sin, and the law of Moses — “faded away.” This is my hypothesis, I’ve not proven it. However, it does makes some sense, least I think so 🙂

        If you please, could you verify that I’ve got the correct understanding – are not these the “laws” or “ordinances” that were “nailed” to the Cross of Christ? Paul wrote quite a bit on the Christian being “dead to the law” and no longer “under the law” in several of his letters to the assemblies. I too have observed that there’s a separation of the Law of Moses from the Ten Commandments, so I have thought that to be significant. I’ve thought that it MUST be that the Ten Commandments still stand, but that the Law of Moses (ordinances) have “passed away” and were what Paul meant whenever he spoke about our being “dead to the law” or no longer “under the law” — that the LAW of which he spoke, was the Law of Moses, not the Ten Commandments. Am I correct in this line of reasoning?

        Would appreciate any help you can give me. Donna

      • As Christians we must obey the commandments of God and follow the footstep of our Savior. The Sabbath is one of those commandments that even Christ observed it during his earthly ministry. We must not lean on our own understanding of what happened and what did not happen. We should read our Bible to know the truth. Christ observed the Sabbath, not because He is a Jew but because He obeys the law of God (Matt. 5:17), the apostles observed the Sabbath not because of being Jews but because Christ commanded to do so (Matt. 5:18). Many years after the ascension of Christ, early Christians still observe the Sabbath. It is not by the reason of transitional period, but because they have to abide by the law. There are several biblical quotes indicated in this article showing the importance of Sabbath observance in the foretold history of Christianity, and more than that, the last chapter of Isaiah stated that until the New Heaven and New Earth Sabbath shall be observed by “ALL PEOPLE”. Thus, it is not because of the transitional period that there are records of the Christian observance of the Sabbath.

        Now, while it is true that there’s distinction or separation between the Ten Commandments and the Law of Moses as stated in Deuteronomy, the law mentioned by Paul where we are no longer under it or we were already dead from it, actually points out the entire law including the Ten Commandments. Why? Because being “under the law” MEANS we are committing sin or transgressing the law (for example the Ten Commandments). By transgressing the law we are falling under its condemnation and penalty which is death. In short, we were trapped in the penalty of death by our transgression.

        Now, all of us died or trapped in death because we transgressed the law. Christ then came to us to give grace. That grace resurrected us from being dead (in the law). By being resurrected we were also freed from the law. Are we going to disobey the law now? Of course not, because by transgressing it we are putting again ourselves under it. But since we are now living in newness of life, we should no longer live by sinning, by transgressing, but with Christ. We were liberated from the law just to be free from its condemnation, but it doesn’t mean that we can now disobey or ignore it. We are freed from the law to marry Christ, to live a new life with Him, and since we already tied ourselves to Him, we should walk with Him and follow His footsteps. Did Christ disobey the law? No.

  4. The Sabbath (4th Commandment of God) is undergoing aggressive RESTORATION in Papua New Guinea with Sunday churches shifting over to God’s appointed Day of worship, believers are marching OUT – Rev 18:4, and new converts are coming in in great numbers never like before…

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