Revelation Now (new)

The Lord's Day

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Jac Colon


Series Code: RNN

Program Code: RNN000008

00:19 We were there in meeting in Washington DC
00:21 and on a day off, I just had to go down
00:24 to see the wall.
00:29 Big stark stone wall
00:36 with thousands and thousands of names
00:38 of men and women who lost their lives
00:42 fighting for freedom,
00:45 things that we hold so dear.
00:49 And I walked down that wall looking at those names
00:52 until finally I saw it.
00:59 Thomas T. Norman,
01:05 my best friend
01:09 and I reached out and just touched the letters
01:15 and instantly I was flooded
01:18 with memories of the time that we spent together.
01:25 Hours of target study, simulator practice
01:29 and then out on the football field,
01:31 Tommy was the quarterback
01:33 and he could throw the tightest spiral
01:35 that just settled into your hands
01:37 like catching an eggshell.
01:41 And then when he met Jeanette
01:44 and they were married and little Tarah came along.
01:47 All of these good memories just rushed over me.
01:54 You see that's what a monument is supposed to do.
01:59 It's supposed to take us back in to the experience
02:03 that it commemorates.
02:07 That's what a monument is for.
02:12 Now God knew from the very beginning
02:16 that Satan would attack His authority
02:19 as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
02:23 God knew that this would be the platform,
02:26 the stage for his final warfare against God's people.
02:33 And as we learned in the mid 1800s,
02:35 Charles Darwin published his book
02:38 "The Origin of Species"
02:41 popularizing the theory of evolution
02:44 and the church joined hands with modern science
02:47 infiltrating the ranks of God's people
02:50 with a new philosophy that would in fact undermined
02:53 God's authority as the Creator.
02:56 God knew that this would happen.
02:59 And that's why at the very beginning,
03:02 He created a monument,
03:04 a memorial to remind man for ever that He is the Creator.
03:11 Now God knew that if He made His monument
03:14 and carved it out of stone or wood,
03:17 that man would either destroy it
03:19 or decorate it with gold and silver
03:22 and worship the monument
03:24 instead of the God of the monument.
03:27 And so He didn't do that. God did something else.
03:33 He made His monument out of something
03:36 that would forever be out of the reach
03:39 of mankind and the devil.
03:42 Instead of carving it out of stone,
03:45 He carved His monument out of time.
03:50 That's why the Bible tells us in Genesis 2:2.
03:54 "By the seventh day God had finished the work
03:59 He had been doing,
04:00 so on the seventh day He rested from His work.
04:06 And God blessed the seventh day
04:09 and He made it holy because on it He rested
04:15 from all the work of creating that He had done."
04:18 So God intentionally worked six days
04:22 and then rested on the seventh day.
04:25 And when your Bible says that God rested
04:29 that's the Hebrew word Shabbat,
04:31 He Sabbath on the seventh day.
04:34 So God created the Sabbath
04:37 carving it out of time as an eternal reminder
04:42 that He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
04:46 In the Book of Revelation picking up on that very theme,
04:50 in Revelation 14, God knowing
04:53 what would happen in the last days,
04:56 created a special package of messages
04:59 to delivered by three angels and in Chapter 14:6,
05:04 "I saw another angel flying in the midair,
05:06 and he had the eternal gospel
05:08 to proclaim to those who live on the earth,
05:10 to every nation, tribe, language and people."
05:13 Every living being on this earth
05:16 is going to have the opportunity to hear this package
05:20 God's last message. Listen to what it says.
05:23 "He said in a loud voice, 'Fear God and give him glory,
05:27 because the hour of his judgment has come.'
05:29 This is an intense time, a time of God's judgment,
05:33 it's the end time.
05:35 'Worship him who made the heavens,
05:38 the earth, the sea and all that is in them.'"
05:43 God's last call is for His people to worship Him
05:49 as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
05:55 And we learned in Revelation 13 at this very time,
05:58 practically the whole world will worship the beast,
06:01 the beast is the creature, God is the Creator.
06:05 The world will be divided
06:07 between those who worship the creature
06:09 and those who worship the Creator
06:11 of the heavens and the earth.
06:15 That's why we need to take the time
06:17 to understand the issues.
06:21 And when God said in His message,
06:24 "Worship him who made the heavens,
06:26 the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
06:28 He's taking us all the way back to the Old Testament,
06:32 Exodus 20 when He gave His Ten Commandments
06:37 to His people
06:39 and embedded in the heart of the law
06:42 is the message from God with all of the authority
06:46 of the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
06:48 After all who has the right to establish the law
06:52 other than the Creator who made us?
06:58 And so when the dragon tries to give his authority to the beast
07:03 is just a mockery, it's just a sham
07:05 because all authority is established
07:08 by the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
07:12 And so in Exodus 20,
07:14 he said in verse 8 to His people,
07:16 "Remember the Sabbath day."
07:19 These were people that had been slaves in Egypt
07:22 and He delivered them out of Egypt
07:24 and now they are free. They are a redeemed people.
07:29 And to a redeemed people, He says,
07:32 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
07:35 Six days you'll labor and do all of your work
07:38 but the seventh day is the Sabbath
07:40 to the Lord your God." On it you'll not work, why?
07:43 Because, verse 11, "In six days the Lord
07:48 made the heavens, the earth, the sea,
07:51 and all that is in them,
07:52 but he rested on the seventh day.
07:55 Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day
07:59 and He made it holy."
08:03 So God is saying to those who want to live
08:06 within that circle that He created.
08:10 Here's how I made you,
08:11 here are the principles for peace and joy and happiness
08:15 and one of those principles is to work six days
08:20 and to rest with Him on the seventh day.
08:23 You see God created man in His image.
08:29 And there was something in the heart of God
08:33 that caused Him to work six days
08:37 and then blessed the seventh day
08:39 and rest on that day.
08:41 I don't know why He did that
08:43 but the fact that He did
08:45 proves that there was something in His heart
08:48 that made Him want to do it.
08:50 He finished, He rested on the seventh day
08:54 and then He made man in His image.
08:59 And says, I want you to be like me.
09:02 You work six days
09:06 and rest on the seventh day.
09:12 Something in the heart of man.
09:14 Now why did God rest?
09:19 Did God worked so hard six days
09:22 creating the heavens and the earth and then after,
09:25 man, I'm pooped, I need a siesta,
09:30 is that what it was for? No.
09:34 Well, why did God rest?
09:37 John Paul II captured the essence of God's rest
09:41 in a paper that he published years ago.
09:44 Dies Domini, apostolic letter of the Holy Father
09:47 John Paul II to the bishops clergy in faith
09:49 for the Catholic Church on keeping the Lord's Day holy.
09:53 Listen to what he said,
09:55 he said, "The divine rest of the seventh day speaks,
09:59 as it were, of God's lingering
10:02 before the 'very good' work which his hand had wrought,
10:08 in order to cast upon it a gaze full of joyous delight.
10:14 This is a 'contemplative' gaze
10:16 which does not look to new accomplishments
10:19 but enjoys the beauty of what he had just achieved."
10:24 Don't you like that?
10:26 God worked six days and He rested.
10:28 You know, my wife, she has so much talent,
10:31 she can do all kinds of things and she paints pictures too.
10:35 You know, she-- I don't know
10:36 if you've ever seen an artist paint.
10:38 Dina is up there painting and painting
10:41 and I'm looking at the picture, looks done now, right?
10:44 No, not done yet. Oh, why not?
10:46 Watch, and she gets the brush
10:48 and puts a little paint on there and go, blip, did you see that?
10:52 No, I don't see. Well, it's not ready yet.
10:55 Blip, there's another one.
10:58 I can't tell the difference.
11:03 But soon, she puts down the brush,
11:09 steps back
11:12 and rests in the picture
11:16 she had just painted.
11:19 That's what God did, He created everything.
11:24 The crowning act of creation was a man and a woman
11:29 and when He had finished that,
11:33 He put down the brush,
11:36 step back and rested in what He had done.
11:43 What a picture of God?
11:46 John Paul II captured that beautifully.
11:50 Interestingly, he goes on to say,
11:54 "God blessed the seventh day and He made it holy."
11:58 Genesis 2:3 and that's correct.
12:01 It's exactly what we just read from the Bible.
12:04 But curiously, in the next paragraph,
12:09 "Sunday then is the day of rest
12:12 because it is the day blessed by God
12:16 and made holy by Him.
12:18 And set apart from the other days
12:21 to be among them the Lord's Day."
12:25 Now how can he say God blessed the seventh day
12:29 and made it holy,
12:30 therefore Sunday is the day that God blessed
12:34 because when I look at my handy little calendar on my desk,
12:37 it says the seventh day is Saturday not Sunday
12:41 and when I open my encyclopedia,
12:43 it's sitting right here for me, this is the yes volume
12:46 and I open it up to the word Sabbath
12:49 and even the world book encyclopedia says
12:51 Sabbath comes on Saturday, the seventh day of the week
12:55 but today Christians observe the Sabbath on Sunday
13:00 because that's the day they believe
13:01 Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week.
13:04 But the seventh day, it says is the Sabbath.
13:07 So how can John Paul II say that
13:11 God blessed the seventh day
13:13 and then therefore Sunday is the day that He made holy?
13:18 Well, maybe he thinks Sunday is the seventh day.
13:22 Well, how could he say that?
13:28 God rested, He created the man
13:33 and the woman and He rested.
13:40 Sometimes people tell me, oh, well, if that's so good,
13:44 I want to do every day,
13:47 I want to keep holy every day, I want to rest every day,
13:50 you can't do that for two reasons.
13:52 One, God said I worked six days
13:56 and I rested on the seventh day
13:58 and I want you to work six days
14:00 and rest on the seventh day,
14:02 working six days is just as much a part
14:04 of entering into the Sabbath rest
14:06 as resting on the seventh day, no lazy Christians, sorry.
14:12 You can't keep every day,
14:15 can't rest in God every day like you can on the seventh day
14:19 because that's the day God rested.
14:21 And secondly, He did not bless any other day.
14:25 The Bible tells us God blessed the Sabbath day
14:28 and He made it holy.
14:31 Genesis 2, "God blessed the seventh day
14:34 and He made it holy."
14:36 He did not bless the first, second,
14:38 third, fourth, fifth, sixth day,
14:39 He blessed the seventh day. And He made that day holy.
14:44 So we can't keep any day holy,
14:48 we have to keep the day God made us holy.
14:53 Now follow me, some people try to say,
14:56 well, I start my work on Monday
15:00 so my seventh day is Sunday,
15:02 that's why John Paul II said that, no.
15:06 it's not your seventh day that He blessed,
15:11 it's God's seventh day that He blessed.
15:16 It's not your rest that's holy, it's His rest that's holy.
15:24 God rested on the seventh day.
15:27 In fact, He created Adam and Eve on the sixth day
15:33 and the very first full day that Adam and Eve
15:36 had on this earth was the seventh day
15:39 when God was rested.
15:40 So on their first day,
15:43 they entered into God's seventh day rest.
15:47 It's not their rest day and haven't worked yet,
15:49 it's God's rest that He wants us to enter into,
15:55 on His day not ours.
15:58 Hebrews, okay, Hebrews makes that clear
16:00 in the fourth Chapter.
16:02 Go back to the old--
16:03 the New Testament, now Hebrews 4:3 says
16:08 we who have believed can enter that rest,
16:11 the rest that the Old Testament saints never did enter into
16:15 because in verse 3,
16:17 he says God's work has been finished
16:19 since the creation of the world.
16:21 Verse 4, to someway he had spoken
16:23 about the seventh day which day,
16:25 the seventh day in these words on the seventh day,
16:29 God rested from all of His work.
16:33 Therefore, verse 6, it still remains
16:35 that some will enter into that rest, what rest?
16:38 His rest, God's rest.
16:42 Verse 9, "There remains therefore
16:45 a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
16:50 Because anyone who enters into God's rest
16:57 rests from his own work just like God did from His."
17:03 So how did God rest from His work?
17:06 Because that's what we want to do to enter into His rest.
17:11 We work six days
17:15 and rest on the day that He blessed,
17:19 made holy, set apart and rested.
17:26 God is not gonna withhold the blessing from you
17:30 just because you happen to be born
17:31 in the New Testament times.
17:34 Good news for us today. God's reminder.
17:41 Well, then which day is the Sabbath day?
17:49 I just read from the encyclopedia,
17:52 says the seventh day is the Sabbath day.
17:57 Well, which day is that?
17:59 I just read it from the encyclopedia,
18:02 it said Saturday.
18:04 So how come John Paul II said Sunday.
18:07 Well, we're gonna come to that, just hold on,
18:10 that's on page 12, I'm still on page 2.
18:16 Which day? How do we know the seventh day is Saturday?
18:21 Well, you could look at the encyclopedia,
18:23 but I don't know about you,
18:24 but that's not good enough for me.
18:27 I rather get it from God's word, wouldn't you?
18:31 So let's take a look, what does the Bible tell us
18:34 about which day the God blessed and made holy.
18:38 The New Testament makes it clear for us.
18:41 Look at Luke, the Gospel of Luke 23,
18:44 this one is fun, Luke 23.
18:50 Jesus had just died and in verse 53,
18:53 they took His body down from the cross
18:56 and they wrapped it in linen cloth,
18:58 placed it in a tomb.
19:01 Verse 54, when did Jesus die?
19:04 Verse 54, it was the preparation day,
19:09 so when did he die? He died on the preparation day.
19:14 And the Sabbath was about to begin.
19:16 So when is the preparation day?
19:18 It's the day before the Sabbath,
19:21 that's when Jesus died.
19:23 The preparation day, the Sabbath was about to begin,
19:26 so what did they do?
19:27 They went home, they prepared
19:28 spices and perfumes
19:30 but they rested on the Sabbath
19:32 in obedience to the commandment.
19:34 So when did he die?
19:35 On the preparation day, what was the next day?
19:37 The Sabbath. What did they do?
19:39 They rested on the Sabbath.
19:44 And then Chapter 24:1,
19:48 "On the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
19:52 the women took the spices
19:53 they had prepared and went to the tomb.
19:54 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
19:56 when they entered, they did not find
19:58 the body of the Lord Jesus." Why not?
20:01 Because He had risen, He had risen.
20:04 When was this?
20:05 When they went to the tomb early in the morning,
20:08 first day of the week.
20:11 So now we have the days of the week
20:12 lined up from the Bible.
20:14 When did He die? The preparation day.
20:17 What was the next day? The Sabbath.
20:19 And then the next day, when He was raised up,
20:23 what does it say? The first day of the week.
20:27 Now follow me,
20:29 practically, the whole Christian world
20:31 like John Paul II said,
20:33 practically, the whole Christian world observes Sunday
20:37 in honor of the resurrection of Jesus.
20:40 Am I right or not?
20:43 Are we fighting over which day is the resurrection day?
20:46 Nobody is, maybe a few people,
20:48 nobody is fighting over that.
20:51 Practically, the whole world observes Sunday,
20:54 Christian world in honor of the resurrection of Jesus
20:57 but the Bible says it was on the first day of the week.
21:01 So the resurrection day is the first day of the week,
21:04 then and the first day of the week is Sunday
21:09 and it doesn't take much of a computer
21:12 to figure out that the day before Sunday,
21:14 it must be the seventh day of the week and that's Saturday.
21:18 And you know that the Jews still observe Saturday today.
21:24 They still do. They know when it is.
21:31 Sunday the resurrection is the first day,
21:35 seventh day, Saturday.
21:37 That's the day that God blessed and made holy.
21:44 God didn't create the Sabbath and then say,
21:50 well, I got a holy day here what am I gonna do?
21:53 I know what I'll do I will make a man to keep it.
21:57 He didn't do that.
22:00 He made the man on the sixth day
22:03 and then He created the Sabbath it says,
22:06 I got a man here and a woman, what am I gonna do?
22:10 I know what I'll do,
22:13 I'll rest with them and He created the Sabbath.
22:19 And gave it to us as an eternal reminder
22:24 that He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
22:29 Oh, what a God?
22:30 No wonder the devil hates the Sabbath so much
22:34 because it commemorates the thing that he can't do.
22:40 He can't create and he hates it.
22:46 By the way when the Bible says
22:50 they went to the tomb on the first day of the week,
22:54 Greek lesson here,
22:56 the Greek word mia ton sabbaton
22:59 is translated first day of the week
23:01 but the actual meaning of mia ton sabbaton is
23:06 first day after the Sabbath.
23:09 So the first day after the Sabbath
23:12 can't be the Sabbath.
23:18 Because it's the first day after the Sabbath.
23:23 What kind of an example did Jesus give for us in Luke 4:16,
23:28 "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up,
23:30 and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue,
23:32 as was his custom." So what did Jesus do?
23:37 He observed the Sabbath. You'd say, well, He was a Jew.
23:41 Yes, He was,
23:43 but He was also the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
23:46 He was also a man
23:48 and He's also our example, isn't He?
23:52 And by the way who is the true Israel of God today?
23:57 Those who believe in Jesus Christ,
24:00 it doesn't matter if you're Jew and Gentile
24:03 that day that special appointment,
24:06 that's a divine appointment,
24:07 it comes on the seventh day of the week.
24:10 Time to meet with God, celebrate who He is,
24:15 forget about all the problems of the world.
24:17 Wow, He must have been looking ahead of our time
24:20 and saw how badly we would need it.
24:25 So Jesus went every Sabbath,
24:29 God would ask me, Colon, why did you insist
24:32 on observing the seventh day
24:34 instead of the first like everybody else?
24:36 And I said because Jesus did,
24:40 I think that's a pretty good answer.
24:43 I think God will accept that.
24:46 Just follow the Lamb, amen.
24:49 May not be, He may go places we don't want to go
24:54 but follow Him and you'll always be blessed.
24:59 Well, what did He teach about it anyway?
25:04 In Matthew 12 He said, when He went to a synagogue,
25:08 he saw man there with the shriveled hand,
25:10 verse 9 looking for a reason to accuse Jesus.
25:12 The Jews asked Him,
25:13 "Is it lawful to heal on a Sabbath?"
25:16 Oh, they wanted to trap Him.
25:18 And He said to them verse 11,
25:20 "If any of you have a sheep and he falls into a pit.
25:23 Aren't you gonna take him out on the Sabbath day?"
25:28 Then how much more valuable is a man than the sheep,
25:31 therefore it's lawful to do good on the Sabbath.
25:35 You see if sheep was money
25:37 and one of the sheep fell in the pit,
25:38 they're gonna take him out because that's valuable to them.
25:41 But Jesus is saying you don't understand
25:43 a man is a lot more valuable than a sheep.
25:47 So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.
25:49 He wasn't saying, well, you don't have
25:51 to keep Sabbath anymore, New Testament's coming up.
25:56 No, He taught them how to observe
26:00 and enjoy a Sabbath blessing.
26:05 They had attached so many traditions to the Sabbath
26:08 that Jesus had to strip away their traditions
26:11 and show them the true beauty of the Sabbath.
26:13 Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man,
26:16 it was made for mankind. It was made for you,
26:20 you were not made to observe the Sabbath.
26:22 It was made for you to rest with Me from your work,
26:27 like I rested from Mine.
26:30 What better way to rest than to do good for other people.
26:35 He was showing them how to observe the Sabbath.
26:37 Well, they were not happy campers.
26:40 In fact the Bible says in verse 14,
26:43 they went out and plotted how they might destroy Jesus.
26:46 People get angry when you start tampering
26:50 with traditions that they have attached
26:53 to the Sabbath.
26:56 The Pharisees did it,
26:57 they've done it through the ages.
27:00 They got angry when we tamper with man's traditions
27:03 that he attaches to the Sabbath.
27:05 Why did they get so angry?
27:07 What was it that made them so angry?
27:09 Romans 8:7, "The sinful mind is hostile to God.
27:14 It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
27:19 You, however, are not controlled
27:21 by the sinful nature but by the Spirit."
27:24 You see the reason they got angry is
27:26 because they were controlled by this sinful nature.
27:29 The sinful nature rebels against the things of God.
27:32 It rebels against the law of God.
27:35 It rebels against the good things
27:37 that God made for us to enjoy
27:39 within that circle that He made for us.
27:41 It rebels against that.
27:43 And whenever I find myself rebelling
27:45 against something that I discover God made for me,
27:49 I know that's my sinful nature
27:51 trying to stick up its ugly head.
27:53 And I got to smash it back down again and say,
27:55 "God, let me be led by the spirit
27:58 and not by my sinful nature."
28:05 What did Jesus command about the Sabbath?
28:11 This is one, Matthew 24, this is so powerful.
28:16 Here's the verse that convinced me
28:18 that God still had a Sabbath blessing for us,
28:21 even in the New Testament times.
28:24 You want to see it? I will show you anyway.
28:28 Matthew 24, disciples were looking at the temple
28:32 and they said, "Oh, look how beautiful the building."
28:34 They're always caught up in things,
28:36 oh, beautiful building.
28:39 And Jesus said, "I tell you the time is coming
28:41 and there will not be one stone left standing on another here."
28:45 "When is that gonna be, give us a sign" they asked Him.
28:48 So Jesus gave them some signs
28:50 as to when the end of the world would be
28:53 and when the temple would be destroyed.
28:56 And listen to what He said, "When you see these signs,
29:00 I want you to flee."
29:02 Flee the city, flee for your lives.
29:05 And when you do, verse 20,
29:09 "Pray that your flight will not have to take place
29:12 in the winter or on the Sabbath."
29:18 When you see these signs,
29:20 Jerusalem is about to be destroyed,
29:21 you better get out of there.
29:23 But I want you to pray that
29:24 it won't have to be on the Sabbath.
29:27 Now Jerusalem was destroyed,
29:30 Roman General Titus destroyed that city,
29:32 there wasn't a stone left on another.
29:34 It's like Jesus said and it was in the year 70 AD.
29:41 Now Jesus died on the cross in 31 AD.
29:45 So here He is before 31 AD looking ahead
29:48 to 70 AD about 40 years into the future after the cross
29:54 and He is saying on that day when you have to flee,
29:56 pray you won't have to flee on the Sabbath.
29:58 So Jesus, this is what nailed it for me,
30:01 Jesus expected New Testament Christian
30:04 to still be enjoying a Sabbath rest
30:07 40 years after He died on the cross.
30:11 That proves to me it was not done away
30:13 with that at the cross.
30:14 No way, He still
30:16 or maybe Jesus didn't know... know.
30:19 Jesus knew, didn't He?
30:22 He made the Sabbath,
30:24 He knew 40 years after the cross.
30:30 In fact what we're talking about
30:32 the command is a neat thought
30:36 and it's in two verses,
30:37 and I don't know if it's a coincidence or what
30:39 because I know the Bible didn't have verse numbers
30:41 when it was written originally.
30:44 But in these two verses, Acts 4:12 and James 4:12.
30:50 In Acts 4:12, "There's no other name under heaven
30:54 whereby you can be saved."
30:56 What name is that? That's Jesus, isn't it?
30:59 No other name except Jesus whereby you can be saved.
31:02 Acts 4:12 and James 4:12,
31:06 in James 4:12 the Bible says,
31:08 "There is one judge, there is one law giver
31:10 and that is He who is able to save."
31:14 Now if there's only one name under heaven
31:16 whereby we can be saved
31:18 and if there's only one judge and one law giver
31:20 and that's the one who is able to save,
31:23 then the law giver has to be the one who is able to save.
31:28 And if the one who is able to save is Jesus Christ,
31:33 then the law giver has to be Jesus Christ.
31:37 Who was it that reach down
31:40 from the cloud on top of Mount Sinai
31:42 and took those tables of stone out of the hands of Moses
31:45 and wrote on the tables of stone with His own finger.
31:49 Remember the Sabbath of the Lord your God,
31:53 it was the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
31:56 Before He became a man, no wonder Jesus said,
32:00 "The son of man is Lord of the Sabbath."
32:06 Remember the Sabbath of the Lord, your God. Wow.
32:12 Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath because He made it.
32:17 It was the Son of God who made all things we learn.
32:21 It was Jesus before He became a man.
32:24 Jesus who bent down formed the body
32:27 from the dust of the ground,
32:28 breath into at the breath of the life
32:30 wants to become a living being.
32:32 It was Jesus who created man,
32:34 it was Jesus who said with His tables of stone,
32:37 "Look, here is how I made you.
32:40 Here is the circle, stay inside the circle
32:43 and you will have peace and joy and happiness.
32:46 Step outside of the circle
32:47 and you will suffer and be hurt."
32:50 It was Jesus, the Son of God.
32:56 And He wrapped the Sabbath into one big package
32:59 and says, "Here this is for you,
33:01 I made it for you."
33:04 Sabbath was made for man.
33:09 I'll tell you another something special about the Sabbath.
33:12 We just learned Jesus died on the preparation day,
33:15 that's the day before the Sabbath.
33:18 And then He rested on the Sabbath day.
33:23 And then He rose up again on the first day.
33:27 Do you think it was a coincidence
33:29 that Jesus finished His work for you
33:33 and me on the preparation day
33:36 and rested on the Sabbath?
33:39 And then rose again on the first day of the week,
33:42 the Sabbath is the sign that God is the Creator
33:45 of the heavens and the earth
33:47 but it's also a sign that He is our redeemer
33:50 and re-creator in Jesus Christ.
33:54 It wasn't a coincidence.
33:57 That's why the devil hates the Sabbath.
34:05 But why does almost everybody observe
34:07 the first day instead of the seventh day?
34:12 Surely the New Testament must have changed it.
34:16 Well, let's take a look.
34:17 There are eight verses in the New Testament
34:20 that explicitly mentions the first day of the week.
34:25 Six of them we've already seen,
34:27 they're all just like the one we read in Matthew
34:29 that says early in the morning
34:31 they went to the tomb on the first day of the week
34:33 and they found the stone rolled away
34:34 and the tomb was empty.
34:36 There's no hint there that the Sabbath was changed
34:39 from the seventh day to the first day.
34:41 In fact when it says on the first day of the week,
34:44 it was on the first day after the Sabbath,
34:47 they went to the tomb, so it couldn't be
34:49 changing the Sabbath in those six verses.
34:52 But there are two others that are often used today
34:55 to try to show that the Sabbath has been changed
34:58 from the seventh day to the first.
35:00 And so I want to take a look at those
35:02 in 1 Corinthians 16
35:04 is one of them, 1 Corinthians 16:1.
35:09 Paul writes to the church at Corinth,
35:11 "He says now about the collection for God's people,
35:14 do it I told the Galatian churches to do.
35:16 On the first day of every week
35:18 each one of you should set aside some of money
35:21 in keeping with his income,
35:22 saving it up so that when I come
35:24 no collections will be have to be made."
35:25 When do they have to do this?
35:27 On the first day of the week.
35:29 And so many will point to that verse that you see
35:32 they were passing the collection plate in church
35:34 on the first day of the week.
35:35 So now they're keeping the first day
35:37 instead of the seventh.
35:39 But I would ask where does it say anything
35:43 about passing the collection plate in church.
35:48 Listen to it again, "On the first day of every week
35:52 each one of you should set aside
35:55 a some of money in keeping with his income, saving it up.
35:59 So that when I come no collections
36:00 will have to be made."
36:02 Does it say anything about passing
36:03 an offering plate in church?
36:06 In fact in the original Greek meaning of set aside,
36:09 it really means set aside by himself not in church.
36:15 And furthermore even if there was a meeting in church.
36:19 Listen, when was that meeting?
36:20 It was on the first day of the week
36:23 but in the Greek it says
36:25 on the first day after the Sabbath.
36:27 So how can the first day
36:28 after the Sabbath now be the Sabbath?
36:32 See, it never fits.
36:35 Now there's one other verse,
36:37 Acts 20, this is the fun one.
36:40 So turn there with me. Interesting story.
36:44 "On the first day of the week
36:46 we came together to break bread."
36:48 Now Paul is preaching
36:51 and they're breaking bread on the first day of the week.
36:54 Now we have a little worship service,
36:57 church service may be on the first day of the week.
37:00 But we have to ask a question.
37:05 Just because they worshipped
37:08 and preached and prayed together
37:09 and broke bread together on the first day of the week,
37:12 does that prove that the Sabbath has been changed?
37:16 Not really because when it says
37:19 on the first day of the week
37:20 if we're reading in Greek remember
37:22 on the first day after the Sabbath.
37:24 We came together to break bread.
37:27 But why would they be coming together
37:29 on the first day after the Sabbath?
37:32 Well, that's a good question.
37:35 Let's ask ourselves another question.
37:38 When was this on the first day of the week?
37:41 Watch.
37:42 "On the first day of the week
37:43 who came together to break bread."
37:45 Now breaking bread can also mean eat.
37:48 Acts 2 says they came together
37:50 and they broke bread every day.
37:56 So that doesn't mean that it's a Sabbath,
37:59 in fact they were eating.
38:01 Now watch, Paul intended to leave the next day
38:06 so he kept on speaking until midnight,
38:08 they were many lamps in the upstairs room
38:10 where they were meeting.
38:12 Paul preached until midnight
38:16 and only get to go till 8:30?
38:21 I wished I'd been born in Paul's day.
38:24 I could go till midnight but don't worry,
38:26 I won't do that to you.
38:31 You didn't have to say that, amen.
38:38 There were lights in the upstairs room
38:40 where they were meeting-- when was this meeting?
38:42 It was in the evening, wasn't it?
38:44 It was in the evening of the first day of the week.
38:48 Now we learnt that there was evening
38:51 and there was morning the first day.
38:54 So when does the day begin?
38:56 The day in Bible times,
38:58 they didn't have watches in Bible times.
39:02 God didn't say Adam, when you see Mickey's
39:04 big hand go around 24 times
39:06 and the little hand two times
39:07 and they both end up on twelve,
39:09 it's a new day there.
39:12 He didn't say that, He said, Adam,
39:16 when you see the sun go down in the evening,
39:19 the day is over and the new day is beginning.
39:23 There was evening and morning,
39:26 the dark part of the day comes first.
39:29 So if it was the evening of the first day of the week
39:32 then the seventh day was just coming to an end.
39:36 Are you following me?
39:38 The seventh day was just ending.
39:41 So as in today's terms it was Saturday,
39:45 the sunset, it was Saturday night
39:48 and the first day of the week began
39:49 because the dark part of the day comes first.
39:52 This was the Saturday night meeting.
39:54 It wasn't a Sunday morning worship service,
39:57 why were they meeting? Well, you see why.
40:00 Right here, verse 9 and a few more verses.
40:02 "Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus,
40:05 who was sinking into a deep sleep
40:07 as Paul talked on and on."
40:12 That encourages me
40:13 because I sometimes see people's heads nod
40:16 and they will come apologize to me,
40:18 pastor I'm so sorry, I felt, I say don't worry,
40:21 they fell asleep when Paul preached.
40:24 So who am I to get upset.
40:28 "As he felt into deep sleep,
40:30 Paul talked on and on
40:32 and when he was sound asleep, he fell out to the ground
40:34 from the third story and was picked up dead."
40:37 And let that be a warning
40:38 to anyone who falls asleep in church.
40:48 So what happened? What happened?
40:52 In verse 10, "Paul went down,
40:55 threw himself on the young man
40:56 and put his arms around him.
40:58 And he said 'Don't be alarmed,
41:03 he's alive!'
41:07 Then he went upstairs and broke bread and he ate."
41:10 Again, see breaking bread was just eating.
41:15 "Broke bread and they ate.
41:17 And then after talking until daylight, he left."
41:20 And verse 13 says, "We went on to the ship
41:23 and sailed for Assos,
41:24 where we were going to take Paul abroad."
41:26 Paul hiked 14 miles to Assos
41:28 on Sunday morning to catch a ship.
41:32 So why were they meeting on the first day of the week
41:35 because he had been with them all day Sabbath.
41:38 He was getting ready to leave,
41:39 he wants to spend his last few precious moments with them.
41:42 So he had another meeting Saturday night
41:45 and then Sunday morning he hiked to catch a ship,
41:48 that can hardly be understood as changing the Sabbath
41:51 from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
41:54 No.
41:58 Paul didn't do it.
42:00 Did the disciples?
42:02 Did any of the disciples changed the Sabbath?
42:04 Chapter 13 of Acts, in Acts 13,
42:08 let's see if there's any evidence to that.
42:10 In Acts 13, the Bible says
42:14 that, "Paul went to Antioch and on the Sabbath day
42:17 they entered the synagogue sat down
42:19 and after reading from the law and the prophets,
42:21 synagogue readers set word to them saying,
42:22 'Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement
42:24 for the people, please speak.'"
42:26 So here's Paul on the Sabbath
42:28 going in the synagogue to worship.
42:31 Now I need to make something clear
42:32 before we go any further as we talk about the Sabbath.
42:35 I'm not saying that you can only worship on the Sabbath,
42:40 I'm not saying that it's wrong
42:42 to worship God any other day of the week.
42:45 We should worship God every day of the week. Amen.
42:50 This isn't talking about when you worship God,
42:52 you worship God every day.
42:54 Now the Bible does say
42:55 the Sabbath is the day of sacred assembly,
42:57 it's a good day to come together and worship.
43:00 But we should worship God every day
43:01 and it's never wrong
43:03 to assemble together to worship God.
43:07 Well, here we are assembled together
43:09 at Sunday night.
43:10 It's not wrong
43:13 but what we're talking about
43:14 is that God rested on the seventh day
43:17 and said, "I want you to rest with Me."
43:21 That's much broader than just going to church, folks.
43:25 But today and that's what
43:26 John Paul II was all worried about.
43:28 He said it's not a holy day anymore, it's a holy hour
43:34 or didn't even that because Sunday isn't holy at all,
43:36 the seventh day is what's holy.
43:39 And maybe that's why God condensed to a holy hour.
43:46 So Paul observed the Sabbath
43:48 and then they say, "Come back next week."
43:51 Paul and Barnabas were leaving to synagogue
43:52 the people invited them to speak
43:54 further about these things on the next Sabbath.
43:58 Well, on the next Sabbath, verse 44,
44:00 almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord,
44:02 he didn't say well, now you have to wait till next Saturday,
44:05 tomorrow morning we're gonna be meeting now.
44:08 No, he didn't say that
44:09 on the next Sabbath they assembled.
44:11 14 years after the cross
44:14 and they're observing the Sabbath still.
44:16 Well, some say that's because there was a synagogue there
44:18 and it's was kind of handy to go.
44:20 Well, we discover in chapter 16:12
44:23 that "Paul went to Philippi,
44:25 a Roman colony and leading city of the district of Macedonia."
44:30 No synagogue there so what did he do?
44:32 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate
44:34 to the river to find a place of prayer.
44:37 22 years after the cross we've already seen
44:40 three examples here of Paul
44:41 observing the Sabbath on the seventh day still.
44:45 In Thessalonica 17:2, "As his custom was,
44:49 Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days
44:52 he reasoned with them from the Scripture."
44:55 Six times already,
44:56 we see them observing the Sabbath.
44:58 Chapter 18:1,
45:00 "Paul left Athens, went to Corinth.
45:01 He met Aquila and Priscilla.
45:03 He stayed and he worked with them."
45:05 Verse 4, "Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue,
45:09 trying to persuade Jews and Greeks."
45:10 Jews and Gentiles, both together
45:12 worshipping together in the synagogue.
45:14 Well, what did they do in there?
45:15 We'll come back to that.
45:16 "Every Sabbath--" how long was he there?
45:18 Verse 11 tells us Paul stayed for year and half
45:21 teaching them the word of God,
45:23 do the math, a year and a half times
45:25 52 weeks that's 78 times
45:28 that he observed the Sabbath there add the other six,
45:31 84 examples of disciples observing
45:34 the seventh day of the week
45:35 and zero examples of anybody ever observing
45:38 and making holy the first day of the week.
45:43 Jesus didn't change it, the disciples didn't change it.
45:48 Well, who did?
45:50 Well, I want to show you how it changed
45:52 but in order to do that I have to close the book
45:59 because it's not in here.
46:03 Where is it?
46:05 The history tells us,
46:07 early in the history of the church
46:08 we saw the Jews and the Gentiles
46:11 worshiping together, the church members
46:13 worshipped together.
46:16 They didn't just immediately split off the church
46:18 and the Jews, the church were Jews
46:22 that they accepted Jesus Christ.
46:25 And so they were, the only difference between the two
46:28 was some of the Jews accepted Jesus,
46:29 they were Christians, other Jews didn't accept Jesus,
46:32 they weren't Christians,
46:33 but they were still worshipping together.
46:37 But then it wasn't until
46:44 later when the Jews began to rebel against the Romans.
46:49 But the Romans came down hard on the Jews
46:52 and began to persecute them.
46:55 And when the Jews were being persecuted by the Romans,
46:58 the Christians who were worshipping there
46:59 with them got persecuted too
47:01 because in the eyes of the Romans
47:03 the Sabbath was the sign of a Jew.
47:06 And there were those Christians
47:07 worshipping together with the Jews
47:09 and they were getting persecuted
47:10 because of what the Jews did.
47:13 Now they were not happy about that.
47:16 And so they decided, hey, this isn't any fun,
47:20 we don't want to worship with those guys anymore,
47:22 we just keep getting beat up.
47:24 So let's worship on our own.
47:27 And they continue to observe the Sabbath
47:28 but they separated from the Jews.
47:31 But they continued to get beat up and persecuted
47:35 because they were observing the Sabbath
47:38 and the Sabbath in the eyes of Romans
47:39 was proof that they were still Jews.
47:42 In fact they turn so bitterly against the Jews
47:45 in the early church, this is the beginning
47:47 of the anti-Semitism that we know today.
47:50 And they turn bitterly against the Sabbath
47:53 because there was the Sabbath
47:54 that was causing the church to get persecuted.
47:57 Barnabas, 135 AD, wretched man those Jews
48:01 who were deluded by an evil angel
48:03 were abandoned by God.
48:05 They became anti-Jewish, Justin Martyr 150.
48:10 "It was by reason of yours sins
48:11 you Jews and the sins of your father,
48:13 the God impose on you the observance of the Sabbath
48:15 that there's a mark.
48:16 The purpose of this was that you
48:18 and only you might suffer the afflictions
48:20 that are now justly yours."
48:21 The Bible never says the Sabbath is a curse,
48:24 the Bible says it's a blessing.
48:26 But the church had become
48:27 so persecuted and turned so much against the Jews
48:30 that it cause them to turn against the Sabbath.
48:34 Now in Rome all of these forces were converging.
48:39 Because in Rome there weren't that many Jews.
48:42 In Rome the church was mainly converts
48:45 from the Pagan religions
48:46 where they worshipped the sun god
48:50 on the day of the sun, Sunday.
48:58 And so they decided,
49:01 they, hey, I'm tired of getting beat up
49:02 because of these Jews
49:04 and because we keep the Sabbath.
49:06 So let's keep the Sabbath at home privately
49:09 and have our worship services on Sunday.
49:13 And we can do it in honor of the resurrection
49:17 and furthermore it will make it
49:18 a lot easier for us to witness
49:20 to the rest of the pagans out there
49:23 'cause they wanted to change a day
49:24 and they won't have to become Jews
49:26 in their mind and keep the Sabbath,
49:28 it made a lot of sense to them.
49:30 It didn't make sense to the Bible
49:32 but it made sense to them.
49:35 So the church began to observe Sunday
49:37 until Constantine in the fourth century
49:39 became a nominal Christian and he passed Sunday laws
49:43 enforcing Sunday worship and forbidding Sabbath worship.
49:50 And that's how it all began
49:53 but the church finally met
49:58 at the Council of Laodicea in 364 AD.
50:03 I've been talking about this for years and years
50:05 and finally when the internet came out
50:07 I started searching around on the internet,
50:10 still couldn't find it.
50:11 But one day I found the Vatican website
50:15 and I started probing around in the archives of the Vatican
50:19 and I found it right here.
50:21 Council of Laodicea, canon 29 I printed it out,
50:25 so I could show you right here.
50:29 Christians must not judice,
50:32 be like Jews by resting on the Sabbath.
50:37 But they must work on that day
50:40 and rather honor the Lord's day, Sunday.
50:46 It was the church that officially decreed
50:50 that the commandment to keep the Sabbath
50:53 would now be observed by keeping Sunday.
50:57 It was the church, the Roman church,
51:02 the early church, the medieval church
51:06 that began to substitute the tradition of Sunday
51:11 for the observance of the Sabbath.
51:15 That's why John Paul II could say
51:18 the Lord blessed the seventh day
51:20 and made it holy therefore Sunday
51:22 is the Lord's day to keep holy.
51:26 Did he think that it was Saturday?
51:28 Did he think that Sunday was the seventh day of the week?
51:32 No, because he tells us
51:35 in catechism that he endorsed.
51:38 He said, "Sunday worship fulfills
51:41 the moral command of the Old Testament
51:44 taking up its rhythm and spirit
51:46 in the weekly celebration of the creator
51:49 and redeemer of his people."
51:51 Well, how can he say that?
51:53 What gives him the authority to say that?
51:55 Down at the bottom of the page.
51:57 The conference of bishops can abolish certain holy days
52:02 and transfer them to Sunday with their own authority.
52:07 The church has the authority to change the Sabbath
52:10 from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
52:13 That's how he can do it.
52:14 What makes him think he can do that?
52:16 The church does not derive
52:18 for certainty about all revealed truth
52:20 from the scripture alone.
52:21 No, both scripture and tradition
52:24 must be accepted and honored
52:25 with equal devotion and reverence.
52:28 John Paul II says, we did it, we change the Sabbath
52:31 from the seventh day to the first.
52:33 Rev. John O' Brien, former dean of Notre Dame,
52:37 at the university of Notre Dame says,
52:39 "The Bible does not contain
52:40 all the teachings of the Christian religion
52:42 nor does it formulate all the duties of its members.
52:45 Take for example the matter of observing Sunday.
52:48 Let me address my dear non catholic readers."
52:51 So he's talking to Protestants now,
52:53 "You believe the Bible alone
52:55 is a safe guide in religious matters.
52:57 You believe that one of the fundamental duties
52:59 enjoined on you by your Christian faith
53:00 is out of Sunday observance.
53:02 Where does the Bible speak of such an obligation?
53:05 I've read it from Genesis to Revelation,
53:07 I found no reference to the duty
53:09 of sanctifying Sunday in the Bible.
53:11 No the day mentioned in the Bible is not Sunday,
53:13 the first day of the week
53:15 but Saturday, the seventh day of the week.
53:17 It was the church,
53:19 the church which changed the observance to Sunday
53:24 in honor of the day on which Christ rose from the dead."
53:29 The church, but does the church,
53:32 does the pastor and preacher have the authority to change
53:38 one of God's commandments?
53:42 Can the church do that?
53:46 God knew that this was gonna happen, folks.
53:50 He knew it.
53:51 In case you're wondering about
53:52 what this has to do with Revelation.
53:56 The beast and the little horn are the same.
53:59 In Daniel 7:25 looking ahead
54:01 to the work of the little horn of the beast
54:03 he would think to change the set times
54:07 and the laws.
54:10 The beast would try to change God set times and laws
54:14 and now we've seen exactly how it happened.
54:18 And Rome even boast about having the authority to do it.
54:24 Well, pastor, why do all of the Protestants
54:26 still keep Sunday?
54:28 Because they stand on the scripture
54:30 and the scripture alone. Good question.
54:35 What do the Protestants think
54:37 about what we have just read?
54:41 I'm gonna read to you
54:44 from the printout to save time here,
54:46 these are all in your printouts,
54:47 so you will be able to go back and look.
54:51 Here's one Methodist scholar, Dr. Benny,
54:54 he wrote to Methodist Episcopal Theological Compendium
54:57 and you have to be able to say that
54:58 in order to graduate from the seminary.
55:01 He said it is true there is no positive command in the Bible
55:04 for keeping holy the first day of the week.
55:06 Christian church, Dr. Alexander Campbell,
55:09 founder of the Christian church wrote in the report.
55:12 "Now there is no testimony in all the oracles of heavens,
55:14 Sabbath is changed so, the Sunday came in its place."
55:17 Now, Baptists, there wasn't His commandment
55:21 to keep holy the Sabbath day
55:22 but that Sabbath was not Sunday.
55:25 It will however be readily said that
55:26 was some show of triumph that the Sabbath was changed
55:29 from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
55:31 I ask where can the record of that change we found.
55:35 Not in the New Testament, absolutely not,
55:37 there is no scriptural evidence
55:39 for the change of the Sabbath institution
55:40 from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
55:42 Of course I know how it happened.
55:44 Early in Christian history from the Christian fathers
55:47 but what a pity it comes branded
55:49 with the mark of paganism
55:50 and crimsoned by the name of the sun god
55:53 then adopted and sanctified by the papal apostasy
55:56 and bequeath as a sacred legacy
55:57 to Protestantism.
55:59 Dr. E. T. Hiscox, Baptist scholar
56:01 who wrote the Baptist manual.
56:05 They agreed with what I'm saying tonight.
56:07 No real Bible scholar will try to argue
56:10 that Saturday is not the Sabbath day, folks.
56:13 That's a fact, they won't, they know they can't.
56:18 But why did they keep Sunday?
56:20 I don't-- I can't answer that,
56:23 I just know that I want to follow the Lamb
56:27 and the word of God.
56:28 In fact I found this on the internet,
56:29 let me just share this with you,
56:31 it came from world net daily, this is about 8 years ago.
56:37 There's a pastor in Illinois who started
56:40 with $50,000 of his own money
56:42 for anyone who could produce a verse
56:43 in the Holy Bible showing that
56:44 God commands us to keep holy the first day of the week,
56:47 Sunday instead of the seventh day, Saturday.
56:50 50,000-- you want to get rich fast,
56:53 find one verse, 50,000.
56:56 Now watch this it gets better.
56:58 He will increase in $25,000 increments
57:02 every week capping it off at a million.
57:05 So you want a million dollars it's still out there.
57:09 All you need to do is find one verse
57:11 that shows from the Bible, Sabbath was changed
57:14 from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
57:16 Dr. James Orford,
57:17 professor of biblical interpretation
57:19 at Duke University, divinity school said,
57:22 "I'm afraid you're not gonna find the exact
57:23 Bible verse to counter the good pastor's challenge
57:26 and collect the reward.
57:28 As far I know there is no verse
57:30 which specifies that Sunday is a day
57:32 for Christians to observe the Sabbath.
57:36 Now the question to me is do I want to follow the Lamb
57:40 or follow man's traditions.
57:45 Follow the Lamb.


Revised 2014-12-17