A Sabbath Warning Introduction

Introduction  

          Staggering events will soon stun this world into panicky disbelief. As we swiftly approach the end of this present age of man’s rule under the wiles of Satan, it is vitally important that we are really obeying the true and living God. Jesus said that at the end of this age only God’s direct intervention would stop man from destroying all human life from this planet. He said, “and unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved (alive) but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)

 

            Apostasy has smashed our churches with a vengeance. On the one hand, some of our churches are burning with emotionalism while others freeze with classicism. The emotional churches often reduce worship to entertainment and place more emphasis on volume than on content—often confusing spirituality with emotionality. This church neither has the spirit nor the relevant gospel to feed hungry souls.

 

            The other church has developed a class system and boasts of its dignity, its membership of professional people, and its exclusiveness. In such a church the worship service is cold and meaningless, the music dull and uninspiring, and the sermon little more than a harangue on current events.

 

            Some churches are combinations of the two with man and tradition at the center. Still there is a
falling away from the commandments of God. This apostasy is most evident in the churches’ desecration of God’s holy Sabbath. And thank God, there are those churches that are truly about the business of God. They are walking in faith and grace in the commandments of God. They realize that all too often the churches’ business is not the business of the church. These churches are crusading in the power of God and keeping the holy Sabbath as a testimony of their realization that the fourth commandment is part of the ten. They cut across denominational lines and include a variety of churches—Baptist Sabbath keepers, Methodist Sabbath keepers, Lutheran Sabbath keepers etc.

 

            I am a Protestant, a Sunday worshiper. I have attended church on Sunday all of my life. My parents and grandparents all worshiped on Sunday. Most of the people I know believe that Sunday is the Sabbath. These are basically good people trying to live according to the commandments of God. They love Jesus and are trying to follow His ways. I was among that crowd. I never really questioned the Sabbath. I trusted the Church and the religious leaders. Surely they knew the commandments of God and His ways far better than I did.

 

            Then one day I heard about people worshiping on Saturday and they were not Jews. We all falsely assumed that the Jews were a strange group who were angry with Jesus, but these other people claim to be followers of Christ. Why were they worshiping on Saturday? They talked a lot about the Sabbath, but as far as I knew Sunday was the Sabbath. Anyway what did it matter? So long as you accepted Christ, all days were the same. My pastor was a well educated man, and because I am also from a strong Catholic background, I was exposed to well-educated priests.

 

            As the years passed something kept moving in my spirit. I finally decided to do my own research on this Sabbath issue. I raised this question with religious scholars from Harvard University to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. I searched diligently and relentlessly in the Old and New Testaments. I plowed through mountains of historical documents. I conducted private interviews with Bible scholars. I spoke with Rabbis and visited the homes of Jewish believers. I spoke with Muslims and studied the Holy Quran. I spoke with lay people from a multiplicity of denominations, including the Seventh Day Adventists. At the end of that long and arduous journey, the light of truth shone as brightly as the midday sun—what I discovered shamed me and drove me to my knees in repentance! There is absolutely—no justification whatsoever—for the desolation and abandonment of the Sabbath. God created it; Jesus upheld it and the disciples kept it.

 

            This same almighty indomitable God causes the earth to circle the sun so fast that the fastest jet would be left sixty-six thousand miles behind in the first hour of a space race. In the past seven minutes we, by the power of God, have been hurtled more than eight thousand miles through space. Our earth revolves around the sun (this cosmic ball of fire) once each year, traveling 584,000,000 miles at the rate of 66,700 miles per hour or, 600,000 miles per day. By this time tomorrow we shall be 1,600,000 miles from where we are at this hundredth of a second. The sun, which seems to be remarkably near, is 93,000,000 miles from the earth. Six months from now we shall be on the other side of the sun—93,000,000 miles beyond it. A year from now we shall have been swung completely around it and back to where we are right now. So when we behold the illimitable expanse of space—in which we are compelled to measure stellar distance in light years and in which heavenly bodies travel at incredible speeds—we are forced to look beyond man and affirm anew that God is truly in charge.

 

            This same omnipotent God also said: “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.” God has led me to send out a Sabbath warning to everyone. I beg you not to be blinded by tradition and indifference. Listen to God’s truth and let the Holy Spirit guide you to the light in these final days.

 

            Can anyone be saved by keeping the law? The answer is, no. Salvation comes through grace, as a free gift from Jesus Christ, and we receive this gift by faith, not by works. The law serves only as a mirror to point out sin in our lives. Cleansing and forgiveness from that sin comes only through Christ. “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.” (Romans 3:20) “For grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

 

            The law of God, however, is absolutely essential for a true follower of Christ. This is true because the whole duty of a follower of Christ is contained in God’s law. I cannot know whether I am a sinner unless I look into the perfect standard—God’s law. That is the mirror for all who follow Christ. Millions who have cast out devils, prophesied, and done many wonderful works in Jesus’ name will be lost (Matthew 7:21-23) because they did not bother to check their lives with His great law-pattern. Hence, they think they are righteous and saved when; instead, they are sinful and lost. “Herby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”(1st John 2:3) “Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

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