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Thursday, July 5 2012
When Is The LORD's Day?
As we have covered in the first study of this series (see Who Is The LORD?), "the Word of God," Who was with God at the time of Creation (hence the "us" and "our" in "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" of Genesis 1:26) was born as Jesus Christ.
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?]. 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." (John 1:1-3 KJV)
The "LORD God," Who was born as Jesus Christ, stated plainly where He was given the power and authority to do the work of Creation: "O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
"17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:1-5 KJV)
The plain truth reality that Jesus Christ was "the LORD God" Who created all things is stated over and over in the Holy Scriptures.
"1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church [see Brides From Their Sides and Can You See The Church?]: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead [see The Fruit Of Pentecost]; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross [see The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?], by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Colossians 1:16-20 KJV)
The account of the work of Creation that Jesus Christ did on the first six days of the first week.
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The LORD then created the week, with the Seventh Day, Christ's Sabbath Day, when He "ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." Jesus Christ then "blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." It was created as Christ's Sabbath, for and by Him - and all of humanity.
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Centuries later, the LORD God was the "Rock" that delivered the people of the Exodus - "and that Rock was Christ."
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
When Jesus Christ, as the LORD God, delivered the Ten Commandments, He called them "My Commandments" - people were commanded to obey Christ's Commandments. The first three of the Ten Commandments specify that the true God was Jesus Christ, the LORD God ("I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt" and "that Rock was Christ"):
"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
The Fourth Commandment specifically refers to the work and rest that Jesus Christ did during the week of Creation. Truly observing the true Sabbath is based upon Christ's own work and rest - He didn't work on the seventh day and rest on the first day, as "Sunday keepers" do, in Christ's Name.
"20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
As we've covered, the LORD is Jesus Christ. Consider, for example, how the Fourth Commandment would read if that plain Biblical truth were stated directly. Could "Sunday keepers" so easily ignore, dismiss and sneer at Christ's true Sabbath (the Sunday resurrection myth is dealt with in the Fact Finder question below)?
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of Jesus Christ: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days Jesus Christ made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jesus Christ blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. He did not sin by observing some other day than the Seventh Day that is specifically commanded - most particularly as well, in view that it was Jesus Christ Who originated the Sabbath at the time of Creation, and it was Jesus Christ Who delivered the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai.
"4:16 And 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 stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
When Christ returns, "all flesh" will look to "the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." The whole world ("all flesh") will be observing the one and only true Sabbath: "from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD" - Who is Jesus Christ.
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it [see The Church In The Kingdom Of God].
Fact Finder: According to the Word of God, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred on the Seventh Day, the true Christian Sabbath. How did the myth of a "sun day" resurrection originate? Why, in view of the Biblical Truth that "sun day" is a violation of the Fourth Commandment, is "sun day" worship a sin?
This Day In History, July 5
1295: Scotland and France made the "Auld Alliance" against England.
1610: Forty colonists, led by John Guy, departed Bristol, England to settle in what is today Newfoundland.
1687: Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published by The Royal Society in England.
1770: The Battle of Chesma began between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1809: The Battle of Wagram. It was the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars.
1811: Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
1830: France invaded Algeria.
1865: William Booth founded the "Christian Mission" in London, England. It was later renamed the "Salvation Army."
1932: Antonio de Oliveira Salazar became the leader of Portugal.
1934: Police opened fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco in what became known as "Bloody Thursday."
1940: In France, Henri Petain's "Vichy" government (that cooperated with the Hitler's invasion forces) severed diplomatic relations with Britain.
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the battle of Kursk began between the armies of Germany and Russia. It was the largest full-scale battle in history, and the world's largest tank battle.
1950: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Law of Return. It granted all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel (unfortunately, for many of the people of Judah to this day, the most famous Jew of all, Jesus Christ, is still not welcome to them; see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1959: President Sukarno of Indonesia dissolved Parliament and proclaimed dictatorial powers.
1963: The Roman Catholic Church granted permission for Catholics to be cremated.
1994: Yasser Arafat traveled to the "West Bank" (see also Why East And West Manasseh?) after 27 years in exile, determined to turn the self-rule areas of Gaza and Jericho into a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.
1996: A sheep (named Dolly) became the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell.
1998: Japan launched an unmanned spacecraft to Mars, thereby becoming the third nation, along with the U.S. and Russia, to have exploration vehicles in space.
2009: The largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, over 1,500 items, was found near Hammerwich, England.