Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Sabbath

Do I love God? Does mankind love God? I know He loves me, but does He know I love Him?

After we keep the Sabbath holy- showing that we love God- God can truly send out revival and pour out His spirit on us. Until we keep the Sabbath holy, we are suspending God in place over the sanctuary, not allowing Him to do His work.
You see the Sabbath day is the day God wants to reveal His glory to us! It should be a day of total spiritual restoration and the revelation of new truths.
We have a distinct message as Seventh Day Adventists. Yet many of us don't even know why our message is different and how to defend it. Many of us are keeping the Sabbath- yet we are keeping it for the wrong reasons. Many of us Sabbath keepers- are spending the Sabbath- without God.

The Sabbath day is holy because the Sabbath is when God comes down and reveals Himself. This is shown time and time again with the Israelites. The reason why many of us don't believe this today is because we are really not keeping the Sabbath holy so to us it is just like a Sunday but more restful. The Sabbath day should be the day when we see God and are restored. Sabbath should be our day of power to get us through the week.
God is suspended above us waiting to reveal Himself. We need to repent and start spending the Sabbath with Him.

Matthew 17:1-9 “ Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. “ While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.  Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

Exodus 24:15-18 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Ezekiel 8:6 "And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestable things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

The Sabbath is important because it contains the seal of God's law. In the end times, the Sabbath is something we will be persecuted for.

Revelation 7:2-3 But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’

Read Daniel 7. Verses 25-27 say "He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time." This is referring to to the pope Roman Catholicism's deception to change the Sabbath day from Saturday to sunday.But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.

Leviticus 19:30 says Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

Genesis 2:2 says "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

Why do we Seventh Day Adventists keep the Sabbath day holy?
Because we want to show God that we love Him

Exodus 20:8-11
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

God asks us to follow the Ten Commandments which reflect our love toward Him. We are not saved by works or righteousness, but God's love language is obedience.

Are Sabbath-keepers the only ones to enter heaven?
Absolutely not. Not keeping the Sabbath is a sin, but we have all fallen short of the glory of God.

Isaiah 58:13-14
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."

The Sabbath should be a day when we are unselfish, when we think about God and appreciate everything He does for us. It should be a day of rest from worrying about our self and the things we must get done. The Sabbath should be a day of rest from stressful activities, a day when we can spend a long time with God in His word and in prayer. On the Sabbath day, God wants us to spend time with Him because He wants to reveal Himself to us!

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