Sabatul in lumea de azi

September 8th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Sabatul – Un Semn

September 8th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Ce este Legalismul?

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

A schimbat Iisus Sabatul?

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Ce zic altii despre Sabat

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Adevarul despre Sabat

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Biblia si Duminica

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Iisus – Domn al Sabatului

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Sabatul si Noul Testament

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Un test pentru tine

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

De la Apus la Apus

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Adu-ti aminte de ziua a 7ea

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Iisus si Sabatul

September 7th, 2013

Ask yourself, Where is the weight of evidence on this topic? What do the majority of passages teach? Never let something which is not as clear to you, overshadow what is clear. If there is a text you do not understand, let the plain passages in the Bible explain it. Do not disregard texts and passages of
Scripture which are abundantly plain in order to cling to something that is not as clear, simply to defend a doctrine you have previously been taught.
Here are four principles in discovering truth:

  1. Approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to do whatever Christ asks you (John 7:17).
  2. Ask God to send His Holy Spirit to your mind to reveal truth (Matthew 7:7; John 16:13).
  3. Compare each relevant passage of Scripture on a given topic (1 Corinthians 2:13).
  4. Act on the truth God reveals, and He will reveal more truth. Do not wait for all the truth to act on the truth you know (John 12:35).

As we approach His Word with sincere hearts, He will reveal His truth. He will enlighten our minds. He will impress us by His Holy Spirit. You may have questions, but God has answers. As you read through some of the most commonly asked questions in the next few pages, and the biblical answers I have provided, pray God will give you wisdom and understanding.

Cine a schimbat Sabatul

September 7th, 2013

By Mark Finley

John was a committed Christian. He and his wife were faithful believers. They wanted to do God’s will. As they attended a series of meetings I conducted on Bible prophecy, they were challenged with new truths they had never heard before. Questions loomed large in their minds. The Bible Sabbath particularly troubled them. They were convicted it was truth from the Bible, but their pastor raised some serious questions in their minds. They began to doubt. They seemed confused and needed their questions answered. As we studied the Bible together, their understanding of truth deepened. They found solid answers for their questions. Their doubts disappeared and they discovered the true joy and blessing of Sabbath keeping.

Possibly, you too have some questions regarding the Bible Sabbath. There may be some Bible passages which are difficult for you to understand. The Bible provides clear answers to our questions. In fact, throughout the Bible, our Lord invites us to ask questions, and He provides solid answers in His Word.
Jesus declared, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17, KJV). Peter adds, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).

The apostle Paul counsels Timothy to be someone who is “Rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, asks, “Whom will he teach knowledge? . . . For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line” (Isaiah 28:9, 10).

In other words, be sure to see the scope of the Bible’s teaching on a particular topic. Do not build your understanding on one obscure text. If you want to truly understand what the Bible says on a particular topic, study that topic from Genesis to Revelation. Let the Holy Spirit speak to your mind throughout the teachings of Scripture.

Pavel si Sabatul

August 17th, 2013

How the Sabbath Was Changed

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History Gives Some Clues
If the change did not take place in the Scriptures or through the influence   of the apostles, when and how did it happen? In order to understand this, we   must understand what happened in that early church soon after the apostles   passed off the stage of action. Paul had prophesied that apostasy would take   place soon after his departure. He said there would be a falling away from   the truth. One doesn’t have to read very far in early church history to see   just how that prophecy was fulfilled. Gnosticism began to rise up under the   influence of philosophers who sought to reconcile

Christianity

with Paganism. At the same time, a strong anti-Jewish   sentiment became more widespread. Very speculative interpretations began to   appear regarding some of the great doctrines of Christ and the apostles.The Conversion of Constantine By   the time Constantine was   established as the emperor of Rome in the early fourth century, there was a   decided division in the church as a result of all these factors. I think most   of you know that Constantine was the first so-called Christian emperor of the   Roman Empire. The story of his conversion has become very well known to   students of ancient history. He was marching forth to fight the battle of   Milvian Bridge when he had some kind of vision, and saw a flaming cross in   the sky. Underneath the cross were the Latin words meaning “In this sign   conquer.” Constantine took this as an omen that he should be a Christian, and   his army as well. He declared all his pagan soldiers to be Christians, and   became very zealous to build up the power and prestige of the church. Through   his influence great blocks of pagans were taken into the Christian ranks.   But, friends, they were still pagan at heart, and they brought in much of the   paraphernalia of sun-worship to which they continued to be devoted. We   mentioned in a previous broadcast about the adoption of Christmas and Easter   into the church. At the same time, many other customs were Christianized and   appropriated into the practice of the church as well. Sun Worship You see, at that time the   cult of Mithraism or sun-worship was the official religion of the Roman Empire. It stood as the greatest   competitor to the new Christian religion. It had its own organization,   temples, priesthood,   robes—everything. It also had an official worship day on which special homage   was given to the sun. That day was called “

The Venerable Day of the Sun

.” It   was the first day of the week, and from it we get our name Sunday. When   Constantine pressed his pagan hordes into the church they were observing the   day of the sun for their adoration of the sun god. It was their special holy   day. In order to make it more convenient for them to make the change to the   new religion, Constantine accepted their day of worship, Sunday, instead of   the Christian Sabbath which had been observed by Jesus and His disciples. Remember   that the way had been prepared for this already by the increasing anti-Jewish   feelings against those who were accused of putting Jesus to death. Those   feelings would naturally condition many Christians to swing away from   something which was held religiously by the Jews. It is therefore easier to   understand how the change was imposed on Christianity through a strong civil   law issued by Constantine as the Emperor of Rome. The very wording of that   law, by the way, can be found in any reliable encyclopedia. Those early   Christians, feeling that the Jews should not be followed any more than   necessary, were ready to swing away from the Sabbath which was kept by the   Jews.

Historical Accounts
Some of you may be greatly surprised by the explanation I’ve just made, and   I’m not going to ask you to believe it blindly. I have before me a multitude   of authorities to verify what has been said. Here are historians,

Catholics

and

Protestants

,   speaking in harmony about what actually took place in the fourth century. After   Constantine made the initial pronouncement and legal decree about the change,   the Catholic Church reinforced that act in one church council after another.   For this reason, many, many official statements from Catholic sources are   made, claiming that the church made the change from Saturday to Sunday. But   before I read those statements I shall refer to one from the Encyclopedia   Britannica under the article, Sunday. Notice: “It was Constantine who first   made a law for the proper observance of Sunday and who appointed that it   should be regularly celebrated throughout the Roman empire.” Now you can   check these statements in your own encyclopedias or go to the library and   look into other historical sources.

Here is a statement from Dr. Gilbert Murray, M.A., D.Litt., LLD, FBA,   Professor of Greek at Oxford University, who certainly had no ax to grind   concerning Christian thought on the Sabbath question. He wrote: “Now since   Mithras was the sun, the Unconquered, and the sun was the Royal Star, the   religion looked for a king whom it could serve as a representative of Mithras   upon earth. The

Roman Emperor

seemed to be clearly indicated as the true king. In sharp   contrast to Christianity, Mithraism recognized Caesar as the bearer of divine   grace. It had so much acceptance that it was able to impose on the Christian   world its own sun-day in place of the Sabbath; its sun’s birthday, the 25th   of December, as the birthday of Jesus.” History of Christianity in the Light   of Modern Knowledge.

Looking a bit further into historical statements, Dr. William Frederick says:   “The Gentiles were an idolatrous people who worshipped the sun, and Sunday   was their most sacred day. Now in order to reach the people in this new   field, it seems but natural as well as necessary to make Sunday the rest day   of the church. At this time it was necessary for the church to either adopt   the Gentile’s day or else have the Gentiles change their day. To change the   Gentiles day would have been an offense and stumbling block to them. The   church could naturally reach them better by keeping their day.” There it is,   friends, a clear explanation by Dr. Frederick as to how this change happened.   Another statement very parallel to this one is found in the North British   Review.

But let’s move on to a statement from the Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.   153. “The church after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath or   seventh-day of the week to the first, made the third commandment refer to   Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s day.”

Catholicism Takes Credit for the Change

Now a   quote from the Catholic Press newspaper in Sidney, Australia. “Sunday is a   Catholic institution and its claims to observance can be defended only on   Catholic principles. From the beginning to end of

Scripture

there   is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship   from the last day of the week to the first.”

The Catholic Mirror of September 23, 1894, puts it this way: “The Catholic   Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant by   virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from

Saturday to Sunday

.”

To point up the claims we’re talking about, I want to read from two   Catechisms. First, from the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine by   Reverend Peter Giermann. “Question: Which is the Sabbath day? Answer:   Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of   Saturday? Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the

Catholic Church

in   the Council of Laodicea transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”

Second, from Reverend Steven Keenan’s Doctrinal Catechism we read this:   “Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to   institute festivals of precept? Answer: Had she not such power, she could not   have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; she could not   have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the   observance of Saturday, the seventh day; a change for which there is no   Scriptural authority.”

Then from Cardinal Gibbons’ book, The Question Box, p.179, “If the Bible is   the only guide for the Christian, then the Seventh-day Adventist is right in   observing Saturday with the Jew. Is it not strange that those who make the   Bible their only teacher should inconsistently follow in this matter the   tradition of the Catholic Church?”

One more statement taken from the book, The Faith of Millions, p. 473. “But   since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that   non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and   not from the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it   is inconsistency but this change was made about fifteen centuries before   Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed.   They have continued the custom even though it rests upon the authority of the   Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text from the Bible. That observance   remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects   broke away like a boy running away from home but still carrying in his pocket   a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.”

That is a most interesting statement, is it not, friends? And it is a very   true statement. There is some inconsistency somewhere along the line, because   we have examined the statements of history, and you can check them for   yourself in any library. I’m not reading anything one-sided here at all. I’ve   tried to give you an unbiased picture. Although we have seen the claims made by   the Catholic Church in their publications, we are not reading them to cast   any reflection upon anyone, by any means. We are simply bringing you a   recital of what has been written and what claims have been made.

- From the Joe Crews Radio Sermon Library

Sabbath is not Jewish

August 17th, 2013

Ten Reasons why the Sabbath is not Jewish

1) Adam and Eve were not Jewish. “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:3) before sin entered. “Sanctified” means “to be set apart for holy use.” The only ones in the Garden of Eden for whom the Sabbath was “set apart” were Adam and Eve, who weren’t Jewish.

2) “The Sabbath was made for man.” Mark 2:27. Jesus said this. It was “made” in the Garden of Eden before it was “written” down on Mount Sinai. The Sabbath was “made” for “man,” not just Jews.

3) The other nine commandments are not “just for Jews.” God wrote “Ten Commandments” on stone, not just nine (See Deut. 4:12, 13; Ex. 20). Does “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” and “Do not bear false witness” apply only to Jews?

4) “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Exodus 20:10. God calls the Sabbath, “my holy day.” Isaiah 58:13. The Bible never calls it “the Sabbath of the Jews.” It isn’t their Sabbath, but God’s.

5) The Sabbath commandment is for the “stranger” too. The fourth commandment itself says the “stranger” is to rest on the Sabbath. Exodus 20:10. “Strangers” are non-Jews, or Gentiles. Thus the Sabbath applies to them too. Read also Isaiah 56:6.

6) Isaiah said Gentiles should keep the Sabbath. “Also the sons of the stranger … every one that keeps the Sabbath … for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:6, 7. Thus the Sabbath is for Gentiles and “all people,” not just for Jews.

7) “All” mankind will keep the Sabbath in the New Earth. In “the new earth … from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the Lord.” Isaiah 66:22, 23. Here God says that “all flesh” we will be keeping the Sabbath in “the new earth.” If this is the case – and it is – shouldn’t we start now?

8) Gentiles kept the Sabbath in the Book of Acts. “The Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath … Paul and Barnabas … persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”‘ Acts 13:42, 43. Here saved-by-grace Gentiles kept the Sabbath (see also verse 44).

9) “The law” [of Ten Commandments] is for “all the world,” not just for Jews. Paul wrote these words. Read Romans 2:17-23; 3:19, 23.

10) Luke was a Gentile who kept the Sabbath. Luke was the only Gentile who wrote any New Testament books (he wrote The Gospel According to St. Luke and The Acts of the Apostles). Luke traveled with Paul and wrote, “On the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side.” Acts 16:13. It was the seventh-day Sabbath, the memorial of the creation (see Ex. 20:11). Both Luke and Paul knew it.

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August 17th, 2013