Anchor Secrets Unsealed School of Theology: Revelations Seven Seals

Lessons from a Forbidden Tree

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: ARSS

Program Code: ARSS190022S

00:16 Well, good morning and Happy Sabbath.
00:18 Happy Sabbath.
00:20 It's a real pleasure to be here on the true Lord's Day,
00:25 the Holy Sabbath, the seventh day of the week.
00:29 In our last study together, we were dealing a little bit
00:31 with the Sabbath as the Seal of God.
00:35 Basically in this class, we've studied the seven seals
00:39 and in the last presentation last evening,
00:43 as well as the presentations today,
00:45 we are going to take a look at the Seal of God
00:50 and the Mark of the Beast,
00:51 which is spoken of in the interlude to the seals.
00:56 So basically, we're amplifying the interlude
00:58 where you have the sealing, the four winds, et cetera.
01:02 Today in our study, we are going to begin
01:04 on page 373 of your syllabi.
01:08 I got it right that time, didn't I?
01:12 And what we're going to do,
01:14 we're not going to be able to finish this lesson
01:16 in one session.
01:18 So what we're going to do is do the first part,
01:21 and then we're going to finish this lesson
01:23 and also the following lesson,
01:26 which is basically three pages and a little bit.
01:29 So we're going to study lessons from the forbidden tree
01:33 and the idle Sabbath in both sessions this morning.
01:36 Then this afternoon,
01:38 we're going to deal with the last chapter
01:39 that we find in the syllabus.
01:41 So let's begin at the top of page 373.
01:46 In this study we will look at the subject of the Seal of God
01:51 and the Mark of the Beast
01:53 from a different perspective than usual.
01:57 As we examine the creation story,
02:00 we noticed that Adam and Eve
02:02 did not actually see God create anything.
02:08 Obviously, Adam did not see God create anything
02:12 during the first six days
02:13 and Adam did not see his own creation.
02:16 And when God created Eve, He put Adam to sleep.
02:21 So they did not see God create absolutely anything,
02:26 therefore they had no absolute rational,
02:31 empirical, scientific, or historical proof
02:37 that God was telling them the truth
02:40 when He told them that He was their Creator.
02:43 Belief in Jesus as the Creator
02:46 was a matter of faith in His Word.
02:51 Belief in Jesus, in other words,
02:53 was not based on proof,
02:55 but we'll see that it was based on evidence.
02:59 However, God does not expect us to have blind faith.
03:05 In matters of belief,
03:06 there is no such thing as blind faith
03:10 because faith is always sustained
03:13 by evidence.
03:15 So you'll notice that there was no absolute proof
03:18 or demonstration
03:20 that God was the Creator.
03:23 Adam and Eve did not see God create anything.
03:27 There was no demonstration that Jesus was the Creator.
03:31 And yet did Adam and Eve have evidence
03:35 that God was their Creator?
03:37 Absolutely.
03:39 Eve existed in a beautiful world.
03:44 God gave her a wonderful husband.
03:47 Jesus talked with Adam and Eve face-to-face.
03:51 They had fullness of happiness and joy.
03:55 In other words, Adam and Eve,
03:57 and particularly Eve at this point
03:59 because we are going to talk about the temptation
04:03 that Eve faced.
04:05 She had plenty of evidence
04:08 that God was her Creator.
04:12 In other words, her faith was not based on blind faith.
04:17 It was based on evidence.
04:20 Ellen White has correctly stated the following,
04:23 "God never asks us to believe
04:26 without giving sufficient evidence
04:29 upon which to base our faith.
04:31 His existence, His character,
04:34 the truthfulness of His Word
04:36 are all established by testimony
04:39 that appeals to our reason."
04:42 And this testimony is what?
04:44 Abundant.
04:46 "Yet, God has never removed the possibility of doubt.
04:50 Our faith must rest upon evidence,
04:53 not demonstration.
04:56 Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity
05:00 while those who really desire to know the truth
05:02 will find plenty of evidence
05:04 on which to rest their faith."
05:07 In another statement that we find in Testimonies
05:10 for the Church, volume five, page 69,
05:12 we find these words,
05:14 "If you refuse to believe,
05:17 until every shadow of uncertainty
05:20 and every possibility of doubt is removed
05:24 you will never believe,
05:26 the doubt that the man's perfect knowledge
05:29 will never yield to faith.
05:31 Faith rests on evidence not word,
05:36 not demonstration because if God demonstrated
05:40 to Adam and Eve that He was the Creator,
05:42 they would not need to have faith
05:44 because they saw it."
05:46 That's why the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:24 says,
05:51 "Why would we believe in something
05:54 or have faith in something that hasn't taken place yet,
05:57 if we actually have already seen it?"
06:00 Now, let's notice the next section,
06:02 we're going to deal with a question and answer
06:05 sequence here in this lesson.
06:07 According to the Bible, who was the active agent
06:11 in the creation of the world?
06:13 We could read several verses,
06:15 but we want to read one passage,
06:17 particularly John 1:1-3.
06:22 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
06:27 and the Word was God.
06:30 He was in the beginning with God.
06:33 All things were made through Him,
06:37 and without Him
06:38 nothing was made that was made."
06:42 So if Jesus created all things,
06:45 He also created what?
06:47 He also created the Sabbath.
06:49 This is why He later explained in Mark 2:27,
06:53 that the Son of Man is Lord of what?
06:56 The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath
06:58 because He created all things the first six days
07:02 and on the seventh day
07:03 He created holy time,
07:06 so there's no doubt.
07:07 The Bible tells us that Jesus was the Creator.
07:11 And we have plenty of evidence to base our faith on,
07:15 but we weren't there seen it,
07:17 so we have no absolute demonstration
07:21 to prove that God was the Creator.
07:24 We have evidence that we can rest our faith on.
07:29 Now, what positive command
07:31 did Jesus give Adam and Eve when He created,
07:35 I put Adam here but it's Adam and Eve,
07:37 Eve through Adam,
07:39 when He created him or them?
07:42 Genesis 2:15-16 tells us,
07:45 "Then the Lord God took the man
07:48 and put him in the Garden of Eden
07:50 to tend and keep it.
07:52 And the Lord God commanded the man..."
07:55 Of course, first Adam and then through Adam
07:57 the command reaches Eve.
07:59 "And the Lord God commanded the man saying,
08:02 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat."
08:08 So first of all, we have a positive command.
08:11 Before God tells them what they can't do,
08:13 God tells them what they can do.
08:15 God tells him, "You can eat
08:18 from all of the trees of the garden.
08:20 All of the trees
08:22 are for your personal enjoyment."
08:24 But then we have a negative command.
08:29 Genesis 2:17, we find these words,
08:33 "But of the tree of the knowledge
08:36 of good and evil,
08:37 you shall not eat,
08:40 for in the day that you eat of it,
08:42 you shall surely die."
08:47 So you'll notice that in the first command
08:50 that God gives to Adam and Eve,
08:52 He tells them, "You can eat
08:54 of all of the trees of the garden,
08:55 they are for your personal use and consumption
08:58 but there's one tree that I forbid you to eat from."
09:03 Now, we're going to see
09:05 as we go along why this is important.
09:09 Now, the question is
09:10 what was the location of the tree
09:12 from which they were forbidden to eat?
09:15 Well, Genesis 2:2-3,
09:18 and I'm reading from the NIV because it's clear.
09:21 We find where the tree was located,
09:24 the tree that tested Adam and Eve's faith
09:27 that God was their Creator
09:29 and He was the true God.
09:32 "The woman said to the serpent,
09:34 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
09:38 but God did say,
09:40 'You must not eat from the tree that is," where?
09:45 "In the middle of the garden and you must not touch it,
09:50 or you will die.'"
09:53 So where was the tree that tested
09:55 the faith of Adam and Eve
09:57 that God was a true God,
09:58 and He was the Creator?
10:00 It was in the middle of the garden.
10:04 The tree that tested the loyalty of Adam and Eve
10:06 was located in the very middle.
10:09 The tree was the external way
10:13 in which God could test Adam and Eve
10:16 and their internal commitment to Him.
10:19 So do we have an external test in the Garden of Eden
10:22 like we were studying in our last subject together?
10:25 Yes.
10:26 The evidence that they actually trusted God
10:30 was not eating from a tree.
10:32 But their trust was really what?
10:35 Their trust was inside
10:37 and they showed it by respecting God's tree.
10:41 Now, who chose the tree
10:43 from which Adam and Eve were not to eat?
10:46 Well, Genesis 2:17 tell us that God was the one
10:50 who chose the tree and pointed out the tree.
10:53 "But of the tree of the knowledge
10:54 of good and evil you shall not eat.
10:57 For in the day that you eat of it,
10:59 you shall surely die."
11:02 By the way, when it says, "You shall surely die."
11:04 In the Hebrew it says, "You will die by death."
11:07 I don't think there's any other way of dying.
11:09 What God is saying,
11:11 "You're going to really die, truly die.
11:14 You can take it to the bank that you're going to die."
11:17 Now, let's read the note.
11:19 God did not give Adam and Eve the option of choosing the tree
11:24 from which they could not eat.
11:26 God chose the specific tree,
11:29 pointed it out and expected Adam and Eve
11:33 to abstain from eating its fruit.
11:37 Now what was the appearance of the tree like?
11:41 Genesis 2:15-17
11:44 tells us about this tree.
11:47 Is there any evidence in the text
11:50 that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
11:52 was any different than any other trees
11:54 in the garden?
11:56 No.
11:58 Let's read the note.
11:59 There is no evidence that the tree of the knowledge
12:01 of good and evil
12:03 was any different
12:04 from the other trees of the garden.
12:06 It was not taller or brighter,
12:10 neither did it have a different type of fruit
12:12 than the other trees.
12:14 What made it different was not its external appearance,
12:18 but the fact that God had set it apart.
12:21 God identified the tree by location,
12:24 not by appearance.
12:27 Notice this interesting statement
12:29 from Ellen White,
12:31 the book Confrontation, page 12.
12:34 "Adam and Eve were permitted to partake of every tree
12:38 in the garden saved one.
12:41 There was a single prohibition.
12:44 The forbidden tree was as attractive and lovely
12:49 as any of the trees in the garden.
12:52 It was called the tree of knowledge
12:54 because in partaking of that tree of which God had said,
12:57 "Thou shalt not eat of it,"
12:59 they would have the knowledge of sin
13:01 and experience in disobedience."
13:03 So Ellen White tells us that this tree
13:06 was as attractive and lovely
13:08 as any of the other trees in the garden.
13:10 In other words, it wasn't taller.
13:12 It didn't have a halo of light around it.
13:16 It didn't have a bigger and juicer fruit.
13:18 It looked just like the other trees of the garden.
13:22 Now, to whom did all the trees of the garden belong?
13:26 All the trees of the garden belong to God, right?
13:29 Even the ones that Adam and Eve could partake of and use
13:32 for their own personal consumption.
13:34 Notice Psalm 24:1-2, this is where we find
13:37 that all of the trees were the property of God
13:40 as well as everything else
13:41 that God made that Jesus made.
13:44 "The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness."
13:48 That means everything in it.
13:50 "The world and those who dwell therein."
13:54 And now we have the reason,
13:55 "For he has founded it upon the seas,
13:59 and established it upon the waters."
14:03 So to whom did all of the trees belong,
14:06 the trees that they could partake of,
14:08 and the tree that they could not partake of?
14:10 All of them belong to God.
14:12 Now, you're probably wondering why we're going through this
14:14 if you haven't heard this presentation before.
14:17 There's an intention and a purpose
14:18 why we're going through this,
14:20 and you'll see it as we go along.
14:22 Let's read the notes.
14:24 "All the trees of the garden were God's property
14:27 because He had created them.
14:30 However, the tree of knowledge was in a special category.
14:34 It belonged to God what?
14:36 Exclusively in a special sense.
14:40 Even though the other trees of the garden
14:42 also belong to God,
14:44 He permitted man to use them for his own personal pleasure.
14:50 However, this particular tree was not for man's use.
14:54 It was off limits."
14:58 Now how much of the tree belongs to God?
15:02 Could man eat just a little piece
15:04 of the fruit?
15:06 What would the answer be to that?
15:08 Not even a little piece of the skin
15:11 of the fruit of the tree.
15:13 The tree in its entirety belong to God
15:17 and man could not partake of
15:19 any itsy bitsy piece of it.
15:24 Now, let's go to the subtitle, Rejecting God as Creator.
15:29 What did Satan tell Eve that she and her husband
15:33 would become if they ate from the tree?
15:37 Genesis 3:4-5,
15:40 "Then the serpent said to the woman,
15:43 'You will not surely die.
15:45 For God knows that in the day you eat of it
15:49 your eyes will be opened,
15:51 and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
15:56 So what did Satan tell Eve that she could be
15:59 if she actually ate from the tree
16:01 and partook of the tree that belonged only to God?
16:05 Eve, you will be like God.
16:10 Satan was giving her an alternative explanation
16:13 to her existence.
16:15 And here we have the sequence.
16:17 Eve strayed from her husband side.
16:21 Eve asked herself why God forbade
16:23 eating from this one tree.
16:25 You can read this in Patriarchs and Prophets.
16:27 When she comes to the tree, she says,
16:28 "I wonder why God told us
16:30 that we couldn't eat from this particular tree.
16:32 It's not taller.
16:33 It doesn't have a halo of light around it.
16:35 The fruit looks pretty much
16:36 like the fruit of the other trees.
16:38 I wonder what this tree
16:40 has that would lead God to forbid us from eating it."
16:44 Perhaps she asked herself,
16:47 "Is it really true that Jesus was the One
16:50 who created us as He told us?
16:52 After all, did we actually see Him
16:55 create anything?"
16:57 She asked herself
16:59 if there might be an alternative explanation
17:01 of their existence.
17:03 So Satan now takes advantage
17:05 because Satan can read body language.
17:07 If you read Patriarchs and Prophets,
17:09 Ellen White explains that as she saw this tree,
17:12 she asked herself,
17:14 "Why God would tell them not to eat from the tree?"
17:18 And Satan is able to read body language
17:22 and furthermore,
17:23 Ellen White explains that Eve,
17:26 when she came to the foot of the tree,
17:29 she actually expressed her thoughts audibly.
17:33 She was talking to herself, but she didn't even realize it.
17:37 And so Satan now he says,
17:39 "I know what she's thinking about,
17:40 why God told them not to eat from this tree."
17:44 So Satan now is going to use four methods
17:46 to deceive Eve.
17:48 First, he is going to perform a counterfeit miracle.
17:53 And these methods
17:54 he's going to use all over again
17:55 at the end of time.
17:57 What was the counterfeit miracle?
17:58 How many of you have ever seen a talking snake?
18:03 Wouldn't it be a miracle for a snake to talk to you?
18:06 You better believe it,
18:08 but the snake wasn't talking, it was the devil.
18:10 But he made it appear like the serpent was speaking,
18:12 so he performed a counterfeit miracle.
18:15 He also distorted the Word of God.
18:19 So God has told you that
18:20 you can't eat of any tree of the garden,
18:22 and Eve has to correct him.
18:24 She said, "No, no, no, that's not what God said.
18:25 God said that we can eat from every tree
18:28 except this one."
18:30 In the third place,
18:31 Satan led Eve to follow the testimony of her senses.
18:37 It says in Genesis 3:6
18:40 that he saw that the fruit of the tree was good
18:44 and she was listening
18:46 that it was going to make her wise.
18:48 She touched the fruit and she did die
18:51 and so all of her senses are involved.
18:53 She's following the testimony of her senses.
18:56 And the last method of Satan was the most deceptive of all,
19:00 and that was to tempt Eve to follow her unaided reason
19:05 instead of following the Word of God.
19:08 In other words, Satan now offers Eve
19:11 an alternative explanation of why God told them
19:15 not to eat from the tree.
19:17 He's going to tell Eve,
19:19 "It's not because you're going to die
19:21 if you eat from the tree.
19:23 God knows that if you eat from this tree,
19:26 you are going to be just like Him."
19:28 What he's hinting at,
19:30 is that God at some point in the past ate from the tree,
19:34 and that made Him God.
19:36 And after that, He intimidated everybody by saying,
19:40 "If you eat from this tree, you're going to die."
19:42 But it's really because God didn't want any rivals.
19:46 Are you understanding what's happening here?
19:48 So what is the devil leading Eve to do?
19:51 To question God's story about her existence.
19:56 Now, let's read the note.
19:59 "Eve's only safety was to have," what?
20:02 "Settled faith and trust in the Word of God."
20:06 Period, God said it,
20:09 I believe it and that settles it for me.
20:13 She was not to pay any attention to the miracle.
20:15 She was not to pay attention to the word of the serpent.
20:21 She was not to pay attention
20:23 to her senses or to the logical,
20:26 seemingly logical explanation that the serpent
20:29 or Satan was offering her.
20:31 The purpose of the tree was to test
20:34 Adam and Eve's faith in the Lord,
20:37 to see if they were willing to recognize Him
20:40 as their Creator and the only true God.
20:43 That was the test.
20:45 In his temptation, Satan was not telling Eve
20:48 that she and Adam would be little gods,
20:51 if they ate from the tree.
20:53 He was actually insinuating that at some time in the past,
20:57 God had eaten from the tree and had become God.
21:01 And he assured Eve that if she ate from the tree,
21:04 she would be God as well.
21:07 The Hebrew word for gods in Genesis 3:5,
21:11 and that's the way that it's translated
21:13 in the King James Version, is Elohim.
21:16 It's a same identical word that appears in Genesis 1:1
21:20 where it says, "In the beginning God
21:22 created the heavens and the earth."
21:24 Satan unabashedly attacked God as the Creator
21:28 and His only right to be God.
21:32 He was not telling Eve that she would be a little god,
21:35 but rather that she would be
21:36 on a level of equality with God.
21:39 Satan knew that the only way he could get Adam and Eve
21:43 to dishonor their Creator was by getting them to partake
21:47 of the one tree
21:48 that God had reserved for Himself.
21:51 Are you catching the picture?
21:53 So it's an attack on the Creator.
21:55 It's an attack on the true God.
21:57 If Satan can lead Eve to partake of the one tree
22:01 that God reserved for Himself,
22:03 that would be actually slapping the Creator in the face
22:06 and her wanting to make herself God.
22:10 Now, let's go to the next section.
22:12 Satan deceived Eve.
22:15 What excuse did Eve give to God
22:18 for eating from the tree of knowledge?
22:20 Genesis 3:13,
22:23 "And the Lord God said to the woman,
22:26 'What is this that you have done?'
22:28 The woman said,
22:30 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'"
22:35 I like the way the King James says it,
22:39 "The serpent beguiled me..."
22:41 That's an old English word.
22:43 We don't use it very much,
22:44 but it sounds a lot more sinister, I think.
22:47 "The serpent beguiled me."
22:49 It means that the serpent deceived me.
22:52 Now, what do we need to do in order to deceive someone?
22:58 We have to offer a counterfeit.
23:00 And there are three aspects to a counterfeit.
23:04 First, in order for a counterfeit
23:07 to be deceptive,
23:08 the counterfeit must be as close as possible
23:11 to the what?
23:13 To the genuine.
23:14 You have fool's gold.
23:17 Well, you have to make it look as close as possible
23:19 to real gold, right?
23:21 Secondly, the counterfeit comes
23:26 after the genuine in time.
23:28 That was a counterfeit...
23:29 The purpose of the counterfeit is to counterfeit
23:32 that which is already genuine.
23:34 And three, the only way to detect the counterfeit
23:38 is to what?
23:40 To compare with the genuine.
23:41 So in order to detect the counterfeit,
23:43 do you have to know what the genuine is?
23:46 Absolutely.
23:47 I want you to keep those three ideas in mind
23:49 because they're very important.
23:51 First of all,
23:52 in order for a counterfeit to be deceptive,
23:55 it must appear as close as possible to the genuine.
23:58 Secondly, it comes
24:00 after the genuine in time and three,
24:03 in order to detect it,
24:05 you must clearly know what the genuine is.
24:09 Now, what was the penalty for eating from the tree?
24:13 God told them explicitly.
24:16 Notice Genesis 2:17,
24:20 "But of the tree of the knowledge
24:21 of good and evil,
24:22 you shall not eat,
24:24 for in the day that you eat of it,
24:26 you shall surely die."
24:29 So the sentence for partaking of God's tree
24:34 that He had reserved for Himself was death.
24:38 So we've studied
24:40 the original temptation in heaven.
24:41 There was this external tree
24:43 that tested the internal commitment
24:46 of Adam and Eve to God.
24:48 Now, why have we gone through this?
24:50 Because there's a striking parallel
24:54 with the final test.
24:56 Only the final test is not going to be over a tree,
24:59 the final test is going to be over a day.
25:02 Now, let's notice the parallel.
25:05 What positive command
25:08 did God give in the Fourth Commandment?
25:11 Exodus 20:8-9,
25:13 "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
25:16 Six days you shall labor and do all your work."
25:22 So let's read the note.
25:24 "God specified
25:25 that all the trees of the garden
25:26 were for man's personal use.
25:29 Similarly, He has specified
25:31 that the first six days of the week
25:34 are for our own personal use as well."
25:38 Now what negative command
25:40 did God give in the Fourth Commandment?
25:43 After giving the positive command saying
25:44 all six days are for your own personal use,
25:48 yet in the Fourth Commandment,
25:49 God gives a negative command.
25:51 Exodus 20:10,
25:53 "But the seventh day is the Sabbath
25:57 of the Lord your God.
25:59 In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son,
26:02 nor your daughter, nor your male servant,
26:04 nor your female servant,
26:06 nor your cattle,
26:07 nor your stranger who is within your gates."
26:11 Six days are for your personal use.
26:14 The other day, the seventh day is off limits.
26:18 It belongs to me.
26:21 As God reserved one tree exclusively for Himself,
26:25 the Fourth Commandment underlines the fact
26:27 that God has reserved the seventh day
26:29 of the week for Himself.
26:31 The Bible tells us
26:32 that the Sabbath was God's rest day
26:35 before it became a rest day for man.
26:38 This is why God calls the Sabbath, My holy day.
26:43 And that's the reason
26:44 why it is called the Sabbath of the Lord your God
26:49 because it belongs exclusively to Him.
26:52 It is off limits to man,
26:54 just like the tree of the knowledge
26:56 of good and evil was off limits to man.
27:04 Where do you think the Fourth Commandment
27:07 is located in the law of God?
27:10 It's in the very center of the law of God.
27:13 The tree of knowledge
27:14 that tested the faith of Adam and Eve
27:16 was located in the middle of the garden.
27:19 Likewise, the Sabbath commandment
27:21 is in the very center of God's law.
27:24 And now we're going to cover something very interesting.
27:27 And I didn't place the illustrations
27:31 in the syllabus,
27:32 but what I'll do is I'll make sure I get copies
27:35 of those so that you have them.
27:38 But anyway, likewise, let's go back here
27:43 to the beginning of the note.
27:44 The tree of knowledge the test of the faith of Adam and Eve
27:46 was located in the middle of the garden.
27:48 Likewise, the Sabbath commandment
27:50 is in the very center of God's law.
27:53 Archaeological discoveries at Ugarit,
27:56 which is in, what is Syria,
28:01 unmistakably revealed that ancient law codes
28:05 had the seal in the middle of the tablet.
28:08 The seal always contain three elements.
28:12 Number one, the name of the lawgiver.
28:15 Number two, the official function
28:18 or office of the lawgiver.
28:20 And number three,
28:21 the jurisdictional territory
28:24 over which the official governs.
28:26 Even in ancient seals in the middle of a tablet,
28:30 you have these three elements to make the seal authentic.
28:34 Of all of the Ten Commandments,
28:36 only the Fourth contains these three elements.
28:39 His name is the Lord your God.
28:42 His title or office is Creator.
28:46 His jurisdictional territory
28:48 in the Fourth Commandment is heaven,
28:49 earth, the seas and the fountains of waters.
28:53 Now, according to God Himself, what is His covenant?
28:58 Deuteronomy 4:13,
29:01 "So He declared to you His covenant,
29:04 which He commanded you to perform,
29:06 the Ten Commandments,
29:08 and he wrote them on two tablets of stone."
29:10 So the Ten Commandments are God's what?
29:13 They are God's covenant.
29:16 And how many sides of the tablets
29:18 did God write the Ten Commandments?
29:21 You know, some people are surprised about this,
29:23 but they're written on both sides of the tablets.
29:26 Notice Exodus 32:15-16,
29:29 "And Moses turned and went down from the mountain,
29:32 and the two tablets of the testimony
29:34 were in his hand.
29:35 The tablets were written on what?"
29:38 We're going to see
29:39 there's an archeological reason for this.
29:41 God gave the law in the time when there were covenants
29:45 such as the Ten Commandments in the surrounding nations.
29:49 The tablets were written on both sides,
29:52 on the one side and on the other,
29:54 they were written.
29:56 Now the tablets were the work of God
29:58 and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets.
30:04 Now, the note is very significant.
30:06 Clay tablets have been on earth
30:09 in the city of Ugarit
30:13 and this land of Canaan that's actually Syria,
30:16 just north of the land of Canaan.
30:18 These tablets contain covenants
30:21 between greater and lesser kings.
30:25 The tablets contain writing on both sides.
30:28 And the interesting thing is the same material
30:31 that's written on the front side
30:32 is written again on the backside
30:34 of these tablets.
30:35 You say, "Well, why would they write the same information
30:38 on the front of the clay tablets
30:40 as on the back of the clay tablets?"
30:42 You're going to see that in the minute,
30:43 in a moment.
30:45 So the tablets contain writing on both sides,
30:49 and in the middle of one side
30:51 is the authentic seal of the lawgiver
30:54 and you can find this huge seal
30:56 that is impressed in the middle of the clay tablet
30:59 when the clay is soft.
31:01 So what happens when they impress the seal
31:04 in the middle of the tablet on one side?
31:06 It obliterates much of the writing.
31:10 And so they would write the same thing
31:11 on the backside
31:13 so that you could read the entire covenant
31:15 because the seal was on the front side.
31:17 I have bunches of pictures of this one.
31:19 At one time I was presenting a series of meetings
31:24 at Andrews University Seminary
31:26 during their week of prayer
31:28 and during the day
31:29 I went to this library to do research.
31:33 And, you know, I like to just go
31:35 from bookcase to bookcase,
31:38 looking at the different books to see
31:40 what I find being interesting
31:42 and I noticed these great big green books.
31:44 And the title of them is, Ugarit or Ugaritica.
31:48 And so, I don't know why I was curious about
31:51 taking one of those down there huge volumes,
31:53 and there were several of them.
31:55 So I decided I would take one off the shelf,
31:57 and I went to the table there
31:59 and I started leafing through them.
32:01 And then suddenly I saw these tablets,
32:05 many different tablets that were unearthed in Ugarit.
32:10 And these tablets were written on both sides
32:14 and in the center of the tablet always
32:17 was the dynastic seal of the king
32:19 that is making the covenant.
32:21 And on one side the seal is impressed on the clay
32:24 it obliterates the writing on the front side,
32:27 so they write the same information
32:28 on the backside,
32:30 very significant,
32:31 and the seal was in the center of the tablet.
32:35 I'm going to give you...
32:36 I'll take some photocopies
32:38 that you'll be able to take with you.
32:40 Let's continue here.
32:41 The seal of authenticity
32:43 in the middle of the tablet contains the name,
32:47 the title and jurisdictional territory
32:51 of the lawgiving king.
32:54 One is reminded of the Ten Commandments.
32:57 They are a covenant between God and His people
33:00 and the tablets were written on both sides.
33:03 One would therefore expect God's seal
33:05 to be in the very center
33:06 of the Ten Commandments and it is,
33:09 The Fourth Commandment is the only one
33:12 that identifies the name of the lawgiver,
33:14 his function or office
33:17 and his jurisdictional territory.
33:21 So we ask the question, according to God Himself,
33:26 what is His covenant?
33:28 The Ten Commandments.
33:29 Where would we expect to find God seal
33:33 in the Ten Commandments?
33:34 In the middle of the tablet.
33:36 Where was the tree in the Garden of Eden
33:38 that tested Adam and Eve?
33:40 In the middle of the garden, as we noticed.
33:43 Now, who chose the seventh day Sabbath
33:46 as the specific day of rest?
33:49 Exodus 16:29, "See!
33:52 For the Lord has given you the Sabbath."
33:54 Who did?
33:56 "The Lord has given you the Sabbath,
33:58 therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread
34:00 for two days.
34:01 Let every man remain in his place,
34:03 let no man go out of his place on the seventh day."
34:08 God chose the tree
34:10 from which Adam and Eve were not to eat.
34:14 In like manner, God established the seventh day at creation
34:17 as His day of rest.
34:19 God has not given man the option of choosing
34:23 on which day he will abstain from work.
34:25 The Fourth Commandment does not say,
34:27 "Remember to keep one day in seven,
34:30 or remember to keep every seventh day
34:32 or remember to rest or take time to rest."
34:36 God said, "The seventh day is the Sabbath
34:40 of the Lord your God."
34:41 God did not give man the option.
34:43 God chose the day.
34:45 Who chose the tree?
34:47 God chose the tree.
34:49 Now, here we come to a very important point.
34:54 How many days belong to God?
34:56 All days belong to God because He made them,
35:01 but the Sabbath belongs to God how?
35:05 In a special way.
35:07 It is God's exclusive property.
35:11 It is holy,
35:12 and we are not to use it for ourselves.
35:15 And you'll always meet people that will say,
35:17 "I believe that all days are God's."
35:20 Now, how are you going to answer that,
35:22 all days are God's?
35:23 It's true.
35:24 Yes, I agree with you, but not all days are holy.
35:29 That's the answer that we have to give.
35:30 All days are God's but not all days are holy.
35:33 All trees were God's,
35:35 but one tree was exclusively His
35:37 that He reserved for Himself.
35:40 Let's continue here.
35:41 The same principle applies to the Sabbath
35:43 as applies to the tithe.
35:47 Some people affirm,
35:48 "I believe that all days are God's days."
35:51 And they are right,
35:52 but this does not mean that all days are holy.
35:55 How much of our money belongs to God?
35:57 All our money belongs to God because God says,
36:01 "Mine is the silver and Mine is the gold,"
36:03 Haggai 2:8.
36:05 However, this does not mean that all our money is what?
36:08 Holy.
36:10 God did not say that all days are holy.
36:13 There is only one day that God identified as holy,
36:16 the Sabbath.
36:18 And then we have the stories that I mentioned yesterday,
36:20 the story of Nadab and Abihu,
36:23 and the story of Belshazzar.
36:25 They illustrate two serious sins against God.
36:31 The story of Nadab and Abihu, God said,
36:35 "When you mingle incense with fire,
36:39 I want you to take the fire from the altar of sacrifice
36:42 because that's the fire that I rain from heaven.
36:44 That's holy fire."
36:46 But Nadab and Abihu, under the influence of wine...
36:50 Is Babylon going to be under the influence of wine
36:52 at the end of time?
36:53 Absolutely, wine is involved, but it's spiritual wine.
36:56 It's false doctrine.
36:58 Under the influence of wine,
37:00 they took common ordinary fire
37:03 and they offered it to God as if it were holy.
37:08 And what did God say?
37:09 "God said no problem, fire is fire."
37:13 No.
37:14 Let me ask you, do you think
37:15 the chemical properties of the fire
37:17 that they took was the same as the fire
37:20 from the altar?
37:21 Sure.
37:22 Do you think that if they put their fingers
37:24 in both fires their finger would be burned?
37:26 Of course.
37:28 Did the fire look the same?
37:30 Sure.
37:31 What distinguished the fire
37:32 that they were supposed to take?
37:34 The fact that God had said it was holy.
37:37 It has nothing to do with appearance.
37:40 What happened with them
37:41 as a result of taking something that was common
37:43 and presenting it as if it was holy?
37:46 The Bible says fire came out from the Most Holy Place
37:50 and consumed them in the sanctuary.
37:52 Then we have the story of Belshazzar,
37:55 also under the influence of wine.
37:59 And he's by the way, the last king of Babylon
38:01 and in Revelation we have Babylon the great.
38:04 And he was drinking wine and so he says,
38:07 "Let's bring the holy vessels
38:10 and make a common use of them and put wine in them."
38:14 So he's doing the opposite.
38:15 He's taking something that's holy
38:17 and he's treating it as if it was common.
38:21 What happened with Belshazzar?
38:23 That very night he was slain
38:26 and the kingdom was taken from him.
38:31 If God allows people to take a common day,
38:37 like Sunday, which is a working day,
38:40 and to present it to Him as if it were holy,
38:43 that would be the same as the sin of Nadab and Abihu.
38:47 And if God allows people to take a holy day
38:50 like the Sabbath,
38:51 and treat it like it's common,
38:52 that would be like the sin of Belshazzar.
38:55 God is going to have to apologize
38:57 to those people from the Old Testament.
38:59 But you might say,
39:01 "Well, back then God was all justice
39:04 and now He's all mercy."
39:06 God's character doesn't change.
39:09 When God says the seventh day is a Sabbath.
39:11 He means the seventh day.
39:14 He doesn't mean the first day.
39:15 First day is a secular day.
39:17 Six days are for you, the seventh day God says,
39:20 "It's mine."
39:22 Just like in the garden, God said,
39:23 "All of the trees are for your personal consumption,
39:26 but this one tree is off limits to you."
39:30 Notice this statement
39:32 that we find in Spiritual Gifts,
39:33 volume 4A, pages 14 and 15.
39:36 When God says, "Keep the seventh day,"
39:40 He does not mean the sixth nor the first
39:44 but the very day He has specified.
39:46 Is that true of the tree in the garden also?
39:48 Yes.
39:50 If men substitute a common day for the sacred,
39:54 and say that will do just as well,
39:57 they insult the maker of the heavens and the earth.
40:01 Did Eve insult the maker of heaven and earth
40:03 by eating from God's tree?
40:06 You're catching the parallels here.
40:09 So once again, if men substitute a common day
40:11 for the sacred and say that will do just as well,
40:14 they insult the maker of the heavens and the earth,
40:17 who made the Sabbath to commemorate
40:20 His resting upon the seventh day
40:22 after creating the world in six days.
40:25 It is dangerous business in the service of God
40:28 to deviate from His institutions.
40:31 Those who have to do with God, who is infinite,
40:35 who explicitly directs in regard to His own worship
40:38 should follow the exact course
40:41 He has prescribed and not feel at liberty
40:44 to deviate in the smallest respect
40:48 because they think it will answer
40:50 just as well.
40:51 God will teach all His creatures
40:54 that He means just what He says.
40:58 That's a powerful statement, isn't it?
41:01 Now let's talk about the Sabbath and astronomy.
41:05 Thought question,
41:06 is there any astronomical reason
41:09 for a seven-day week?
41:12 No astronomical reason.
41:14 Let's read the note.
41:16 There is an astronomical reason or explanation for the year.
41:20 It takes our planet 365, actually 365 and a quarter days
41:24 to make one complete turn around the sun.
41:27 There is an astronomical explanation
41:30 for the month.
41:31 It is the interval between one new moon
41:33 and the other.
41:34 There is an astronomical explanation for the day.
41:38 It is the amount of time
41:39 that it takes our planet to make one complete turn
41:42 around its axis.
41:43 However, there is no astronomical explanation
41:46 for a seven-day week.
41:48 The only reason we have a seven-day week
41:51 is that God made it so at creation.
41:55 Notice Signs of the Times, March 20, 1879,
41:59 the first week in which God performed the work
42:02 of creation in six days
42:04 and rested on the seventh day was just like every other week.
42:09 The great God in His days of creation,
42:12 and day of rest measured off the first cycle
42:15 as a sample for successive weeks
42:18 till the close of time.
42:21 The weekly cycle of seven literal days,
42:23 six for labor, and the seventh for rest,
42:26 which has been preserved
42:28 and brought down through Bible history
42:30 originated in the great facts
42:34 of the first seven days.
42:37 Let me ask you,
42:40 do all the days of the week look alike?
42:44 Yes or no?
42:45 Yes.
42:46 Does the sun rise and set on the Sabbath
42:48 as well as the other days?
42:50 Yeah.
42:51 Do each of them have 24 hours?
42:54 Do we go to bed and get up on every day?
42:58 Sure.
43:00 So the Sabbath, by its external appearance,
43:03 looks like every other day.
43:05 Just like that tree looked like every other tree.
43:09 What made the tree distinct?
43:12 Not its appearance,
43:14 but the fact that God had set it apart.
43:17 What makes the Sabbath unique?
43:21 It's like every other day,
43:23 except for the fact that God set it apart
43:26 as His day of rest.
43:30 Now, what great fact
43:32 does the Bible Sabbath memorialize?
43:37 Exodus 20:11, let me ask you,
43:39 if Adam and Eve respected the tree,
43:41 would that show that they believe
43:43 that God was the only true God and the Creator?
43:46 If they respected the tree, the external tree,
43:48 they would be showing that they had faith in God.
43:51 Their external act of obedience showed their faith.
43:55 Is that true also with regard to the Sabbath?
43:59 Note Exodus 20:11, "For in six days,
44:02 the Lord made the heaven and the earth,
44:04 the sea and all that in them is
44:07 and rested on the seventh day.
44:09 Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and," what?
44:12 "And sanctified it or made it holy."
44:16 The Sabbath is a memorial of the Creator.
44:19 And by observing it,
44:22 we are recognizing the fact that He alone is God
44:26 and that we are His what?
44:28 That we are His creatures.
44:30 If we remember the tree of knowledge in the garden
44:32 also tested man's willingness to accept God's sovereignty
44:36 as the only true Creator God.
44:40 When we keep the Sabbath,
44:41 whom are we recognizing as the only true God?
44:45 Well, notice Ezekiel 20:20, "Hallow my Sabbaths,
44:51 and they will be a sign between Me and you,
44:55 that you may know," what?
44:57 "That I am the Lord your God."
45:01 As abstaining from the tree of knowledge
45:04 was an external sign of loyalty
45:07 so abstaining from our own secular affairs
45:11 on Sabbath is an external sign of loyalty to the true God.
45:17 How many hours of the Sabbath belong to God?
45:22 Can we use just a little itsy bitsy piece of skin?
45:27 Leviticus 23:32,
45:30 "It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest,
45:34 and you shall afflict your souls."
45:37 This is talking about the Day of Atonement,
45:38 but the principle is
45:40 when the Sabbath begins and ends.
45:42 It says, "On the ninth day of the month at evening,
45:46 from evening to evening,
45:48 you shall celebrate your Sabbath."
45:51 Now, when is the evening?
45:53 Mark 1:32 tells us when the evening is.
45:57 "At evening, when the sun had set,
46:00 they brought him all who were sick,
46:03 and those who were demon possessed."
46:06 How much of the time of the Sabbath belongs to God,
46:10 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds?
46:14 No, from sundown to sundown,
46:18 the Sabbath belongs to God,
46:20 just like the entire tree and all the fruit
46:24 belong exclusively to God.
46:27 Some people might say, "Well, all that fruit went to waste."
46:31 No, because in the Garden of Eden,
46:33 probably the fruit on that tree didn't actually fall.
46:38 But anyway, we don't know that for sure.
46:40 Let's read the note.
46:41 "We must keep the Sabbath from evening to evening,
46:44 that is from sundown to sundown.
46:47 The evening and morning marked each day of creation.
46:50 The entire 24-hour period belongs to God.
46:54 Not one little itsy bitsy second
46:57 can be used for our own secular affairs.
47:00 The Commandment forbids going out
47:01 to eat in a restaurant, playing ball."
47:05 I've enumerated some things here
47:07 sleeping all afternoon...
47:11 Watching certain kinds of television.
47:14 Not all, you know, you can watch 3ABN
47:16 and of course SUM TV,
47:19 shopping at the mall, et cetera.
47:21 Those are all secular activities.
47:24 If we love Jesus, it will be our great pleasure
47:27 to leave aside our common endeavors
47:30 to concentrate only on Him on the Sabbath.
47:34 It will be a delight
47:36 and we will not desire to do anything else
47:39 other than enhance our relationship with Him
47:41 because strong relationships are based on spending time.
47:46 We will not do as Israel was doing in the days of Hosea
47:49 when they were longing for the Sabbath to be over
47:52 so that they could carry on their own secular business.
47:55 You can read that in Amos 8:5.
47:58 Ellen White well remarks
48:00 and I'm going to read three or four statements now
48:02 from her writings.
48:03 "A partial observance of the Sabbath
48:06 is not accepted by the Lord
48:08 and as a worse effect upon the minds of sinners
48:12 then if you made no profession of being a Sabbath keeper.
48:15 They perceive that your life contradicts your belief
48:18 and lose faith in Christianity.
48:21 The Lord means what He says."
48:25 That's Four Testimonies, 248.
48:27 On page 249, she wrote,
48:29 "It is as ruthless a violation of the law
48:32 to occasionally use the Sabbath for secular business
48:36 as to entirely reject it,
48:38 for it is making the Lord's Commandment
48:40 a matter of convenience."
48:43 On page 250, we find this statement,
48:46 "Many excuse themselves for violating the Sabbath
48:49 by referring to your example."
48:51 She's writing to a certain individual.
48:53 "They argue that it's so good a man
48:55 who believes the seventh day as the Sabbath
48:57 can engage in worldly employments
49:01 on that day
49:02 when circumstances seem to require it."
49:04 We were talking about this yesterday, right?
49:07 "Surely, they can do the same without condemnation.
49:11 Many souls will face you in the judgment,"
49:13 she's writing to a specific individual,
49:15 "making your influence an excuse
49:18 for their disobedience of God's law.
49:21 Although this will be no apology for their sin,
49:24 yet it will tell fearfully against you."
49:28 Then she also wrote about
49:30 guarding the edges of the Sabbath.
49:31 Six Testimonies, 356,
49:34 "We should jealously guard the edges of the Sabbath.
49:38 Remember that every moment is consecrated."
49:41 How much?
49:43 Every moment is consecrated holy time.
49:45 "Whenever it is possible, employers
49:48 should give their workers the hours from Friday noon
49:51 until the beginning of the Sabbath."
49:53 We do that at Secrets Unsealed.
49:56 We give everybody off at noon
49:58 and we don't work on Friday afternoon
50:01 because it's preparation day.
50:03 "Give them time for preparation
50:05 that they may welcome the Lord's Day
50:08 with quietness of mind by such a course
50:11 you will suffer no loss
50:14 even in temporal things."
50:18 Powerful statements, aren't they?
50:20 That's a promise.
50:22 Does Satan hate the Sabbath?
50:23 Yes.
50:26 Why would he hate the Sabbath?
50:28 Well, let's go to Isaiah 14:14.
50:31 This is when he is in heaven.
50:34 What great aspirations did Lucifer have in heaven
50:37 that led to his downfall?
50:39 He said what?
50:41 "I will ascend
50:42 above the heights of the clouds,
50:45 I will be like the Most High."
50:47 What did Satan want to be?
50:49 He wanted to be God.
50:52 So couldn't he keep the Sabbath and still claimed to be God?
50:55 No, because the Sabbath points out the true God.
50:59 So if Satan kept the Sabbath, then Satan will be saying
51:03 that the Lord is the true God.
51:06 So Satan had to adopt what?
51:09 His own day
51:11 so that he could claim to be God.
51:13 Notice, let's read the note.
51:15 "There can be no doubt that Satan hates the Sabbath
51:19 because it reveals what?
51:21 The absolute distinction between the Creator
51:24 and the creature.
51:26 At the beginning,
51:27 Lucifer later called Satan wanted to be God,
51:31 which is a preposterous idea for a mere creature.
51:34 Satan's hatred for the Sabbath stems
51:37 from the fact that it identifies
51:39 the true Creator,
51:41 whose position he wanted to usurp.
51:44 We can discern Satan's hatred for the Sabbath
51:46 by the way he led Israel to persistently violated
51:49 in the Old Testament,
51:50 by the way in which the religious leaders
51:52 of Christ they distorted its meaning,
51:55 and by the way Christians distain
51:57 and attack it today."
52:00 All you have to do to see
52:01 how much Satan hates the Sabbath
52:03 is look at the history of the Sabbath,
52:05 and how Satan has led people either to distort the Sabbath
52:10 or to idolize the Sabbath.
52:13 Now, let's talk about
52:14 the genuine and the counterfeit.
52:17 Which genuine day of worship
52:19 did God create at the beginning?
52:22 Well, let's read a text that we already know.
52:26 We've read many, many times
52:28 so we can probably repeat from memory.
52:30 "Then God blessed the seventh day
52:32 and sanctified it,
52:34 because in it He rested from all His work
52:38 which God had created and made."
52:41 Now do you suppose that if God has the Sabbath
52:45 as His sign as a true God,
52:48 and as the Creator,
52:50 if Satan wants to occupy the position of God,
52:54 can he keep the same day?
52:56 No, because the Sabbath points to the true God.
52:58 So must the devil adopt another day,
53:01 which is his creation to exalt him as God?
53:05 Absolutely. Let's read the note.
53:07 "Satan has a counterfeit for each one of God's truths.
53:12 It is important to remember
53:14 that the counterfeit in most cases..."
53:16 Not always because Satan sometimes preempts,
53:19 when he knows what's going to happen,
53:20 he preempts it.
53:21 For example, did Satan know that
53:24 there's going to be a great revival
53:25 right around the corner among God's people?
53:28 Yeah, Ellen White says that before that happens,
53:30 Satan is going to introduce a counterfeit,
53:33 but the counterfeit always has reference to the genuine.
53:36 But generally, the counterfeit comes
53:39 after the genuine to counterfeit the genuine.
53:43 So now notice, it is important to remember
53:46 that the counterfeit in most cases comes
53:48 after the genuine in time.
53:50 And the counterfeit deceives because it is so what?
53:54 So similar to the genuine.
53:57 Is Sunday a day?
53:59 Does it have 24 hours?
54:02 Do you get up and go to sleep on that day?
54:04 Does the sun rise and set on that day?
54:07 Yeah.
54:08 Do people purport that keeping that day honors God?
54:12 Yeah, perfect counterfeit.
54:16 God's genuine day of worship at the very beginning
54:19 was the seventh day Sabbath.
54:21 Would we then expect a counterfeit day of worship
54:25 later on in history?
54:27 Would it be a day that purportedly honors God?
54:31 Yes, to both questions.
54:34 However, in order to be deceptive,
54:36 it would have to be a day that supposedly honors God.
54:40 Which day of worship
54:43 has the Christian world embraced
54:46 that seemingly honors God but really does not?
54:51 The answer is unmistakable, Sunday.
54:56 Thought question,
54:57 this is our last point in this first session.
55:00 Is the Sabbath really better than any other day?
55:04 What is the true issue involved in keeping the exact day
55:09 that God has specified?
55:12 Let's read the note.
55:15 "The Sabbath is not better than any other day per se.
55:19 The central issue
55:20 in the Sabbath Sunday controversy
55:23 is not whether one day is better than the other.
55:27 The central issue is whose authority do we obey?
55:32 By keeping the Sabbath
55:34 we are recognizing the authority
55:37 of the one who established it.
55:40 On the other hand, by keeping Sunday
55:42 we are recognizing many people perhaps inadvertently,
55:48 we are recognizing the authority of the power
55:52 that made it a day of worship."
55:55 And what power is that,
55:57 that made Sunday the day of worship?
56:00 The Roman Catholic papacy, the little horn or the beast.
56:05 Daniel 7:25, speaking about this little horn
56:09 that spoke blasphemies against the Most High
56:12 and that persecuted the saints of the Most High
56:15 and ruled for time,
56:17 times and the dividing of time.
56:19 We're also told that this little horn
56:22 thought that it could change God's law.
56:26 Which day does the papacy say that we're supposed to keep?
56:30 We're supposed to keep Sunday.
56:32 But when we keep Sunday,
56:34 we are honoring the power that claims
56:36 to have changed the day.
56:38 Let me ask you, what would the papacy have to be
56:40 in order to change God's law?
56:42 It would have to be God
56:44 because only God can change His law.
56:46 That's why 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 says
56:49 that the man of sin,
56:51 which is another way of describing the little horn,
56:54 or the beast, or the harlot.
56:56 The man of sin sits in the temple of God,
57:00 claiming to be what?
57:02 Claiming to be God.
57:04 Only God could change His law and of course,
57:07 God isn't going to change His law.
57:09 So and the papacy says,
57:10 "We changed the Sabbath to Sunday."
57:13 It is claiming to exercise the power
57:16 and prerogative of God.
57:18 It is usurping the position of God.
57:21 And who is behind it all?
57:23 The one who said,
57:25 "I will be like the Most High."
57:29 So, folks, the issue of Sabbath and Sunday
57:32 is an issue of authority.
57:35 If Adam and Eve respected God's tree,
57:38 they would be respecting His authority.
57:41 Human beings at the end of time,
57:42 who respect God's day are respecting God's authority.
57:47 We cannot substitute anything in place
57:49 of what God has said that we should do.
57:53 We need to strictly obey what He has told us to do.
57:58 And we'll always come out well
58:00 if we do what God instructs us and commands us to do.


Revised 2022-01-13