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Thursday, July 5 2012

When Is The LORD's Day?

Studies in this series:
1. Who Is The LORD? 2. When Is The LORD's Day? 3. What Is The Day Of The LORD?


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.

The Holy Scriptures

"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)

"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 1:14 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.

Earth

"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [see Herbs Of The Garden]. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:1-31 KJV)

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.

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)

Centuries later, the LORD God was the "Rock" that delivered the people of the Exodus - "and that Rock was Christ."

The Sinai Peninsula

"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.

20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 20:2-7 KJV)

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.

Nazareth

"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,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 KJV)

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].

2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)

"66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 66:23 KJV)

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?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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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.





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