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Friday, August 12 2011
Do You Observe Christ's Sabbath Or Babylon's Sun Day?
Jesus Christ was and is the Word of God through Whom "all things were made":
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
After "by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth," the LORD God (see 'The God Of The Old Testament' and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') created, and rested on, His Sabbath Day. Jesus Christ has always observed His Seventh-Day Sabbath. Christ absolutely never observed the sinful Babylonian / Roman "sun day" (see the Fact Finder question below) that flagrantly violates His Fourth Commandment in two ways - it perverts the true seventh-day Sabbath into a work day ("the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work" Exodus 20:10 KJV) and it perverts the first workday of the week into a day of rest ("Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" Exodus 20:9 KJV).
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)
"For the Son of man is LORD of the Sabbath Day"
Many of the Christ's most-famous teachings were delivered during His Sabbath Day. Consider:
"11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light [see The Yoke Of Freedom]." (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)
When did Christ speak those words? Answer: "At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day," right after He stopped for a meal on the way to synagogue (which some of the Pharisees hypocritically criticized; see When Do Jews Become Christians?).
"12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the Corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day [see Did Jesus Break The Law?].
From that field, He entered the synagogue - where He taught and miraculously healed people (from which "the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him").
"12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
The Messiah's very famous "a prophet is not without honour, but in his own country" was spoken while Christ was observing the Sabbath.
"6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? [see Mary's Other Children] And they were offended at him.
After Satan's famous "temptation of Christ," He taught in the synagogues of Galilee. It was then, while in the synagogue of His hometown, that He was rejected by the people of Nazareth - while fulfilling a prophecy of Isaiah.
"4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
The Messiah then left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, where He thereafter observed the Sabbath at the synagogue there.
"4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
It was after attending Sabbath services in Capernaum that Jesus made the famous healing of Peter's mother-in-law, at Peter's house, after they left the synagogue.
"4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
Jesus always observed the Sabbath, in perfect obedience to the Fourth Commandment. When He taught, "they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes." Jesus always observed the true Sabbath because He was always true to the Word of God.
"1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
Fact Finder: How did the official state church of the Roman Empire replace Christ's true and only Sabbath Day with their Babylonian "sun day"?
This Day In History, August 12
1099: During the First Crusade, the Crusaders defeated the Egyptians at Ascalon on the "Palestine" coast.
1281: Kublai Khan's Mongolian fleet was destroyed by a typhoon as it was nearing Japan.
1332: The Battle of Dupplin Moor; Edward Baliol, king of Scotland, with the aid of Edward III defeated Donald, earl of Mar and regent for David II (who was 8 years old at the time).
1499: The naval Battle of Zonchio began between the Venetians and the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1450: During the Hundred Years War, the English surrendered Cherbourg, completing Charles VII's conquest of Normandy.
1508: Ponce de Leon arrived in Puerto Rico.
1759: The Russians under General Soltikov and the Austrians under General Landon defeated 40,000 Prussians under Frederick the Great at the Battle of Kunersdorf in the Seven Years War.
1762: The British captured Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.
1813: Austria declared war against Napoleon.
1877: British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley reached the mouth of the Congo River.
1896: Gold was discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. The news set off the "Yukon Gold Rush."
1898: The Spanish-U.S. war ended with the signing of a protocol by Spain and the U.S. Spain relinquished Cuba and ceded Puerto Rico. At the same time, the Hawaiian Islands were formally annexed by the U.S.
1908: Henry Ford's first Model T rolled off the assembly line.
1914: At the start of the First World War, the first troops of the British Expeditionary Force crossed the English Channel for battle. In 10 days, 120,000 men were transported without loss of a single man or ship.
1944: The first PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) supplying gasoline across the English Channel to the Allied forces in France, went into operation from the Isle of Wight. It could transfer up to 700 tons of gasoline a day.
1961: The erection of the Berlin Wall began.
1992: The U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to form a free-trade zone that would rank as the world's largest single trading bloc. The agreement was later dwarfed by the rise of China which flooded North America with made in China products, while at the same time China became the largest creditor of the soaring U.S. national debt i.e. in 2010, China became the major financial supporter of the technically-bankrupt U.S. government which was actually paying most of the billions of dollars of debt interest with even more borrowed money.