A Rebuttal to the "Sabbath Keepers Refuted" Website

Here are the answers to the Sabbath Keepers Refuted Website. We will add answers to the site as we get time to answer and post them.

The Questions and Comments in Red are from the Sabbath Keepers Refuted Website.

Amazing Facts about the Sabbath and other questions!

Answers Given by Curt Winkle & Peter Salemi. Other Authors are welcome.

  1. If every man from Adam to Moses kept the Sabbath, why is the Hebrew word for the weekly Sabbath found in the ten commandments, never found in the book of Genesis? Why is no one before Moses ever being told to keep the Sabbath. Why are there no examples of anyone keeping the Sabbath?

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

  Gen 2:2-3 (KJV)

What is this?  Is it not a description of the very first Sabbath?  Isnít this day blessed?  Nowhere in the Bible does another week day get a blessing.  DO NOT confuse or twist this statement with annual Sabbaths or feasts.  Iím referring to a specific weekday.  Only the seventh day is blessed, the Sabbath.

 

In Exodus 20, the whole reason for the Sabbath was "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (v.11). It was to commemorate creation and the divine example of rest on that day. God create the seventh day at CREATION which we see in Genesis 2. And also in genesis 2:3 the word "rest" is "shâbath."  The word Sabbath is found in the book of Genesis.

 

God said that  "Abraham" "obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Gen 26:5). Now according to this website, the law is one single unit see here  which it is, he is correct. So according to this passage and all over the bible there is only one law, the same law. Then Abraham KEPT GOD'S SABBATH! Here is the example that he was looking for, for Abraham keeping the Sabbath.

 

And is this the SAME Covenant that God made with Moses and Israel, with Abraham as well. Absolutely! Notice: "The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day." (Duet 5:3).  In this passage, the context is NOT a different covenant but, that "The meaning is, "not with our fathers" only, "but with us" also, assuming it to be "a covenant" of grace." (JFB Commentary). The Good News Bible renders this passage, "not only with our fathers, but with all of us who are living today." So it was the same laws and statures that God gave to Abraham, he gave to Moses as well.

 

Exodus 5 after Moses' conversion, and he went to Israel and made them rest, "Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens....And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens." (4:4-5). The word "rest" again mean "shâbath." This is before the giving of the law at Sinai.


 

Exodus 16 shows God's Sabbath test before the giving of the law at Sinai as well.

 

Read our booklet Sabbath in Genesis for more details here
 

  1. Why were the Patriarchs never instructed about he Sabbath, but were instructed regarding: offerings: Gen 4:3-4, Altars Gen 8:20, Priests: Gen 14:18, Tithes: Gen 14:20, Circumcision: Gen 17:10, Marriage: Gen 2:24 & Gen 34:9. Why would God leave out the "all important" Sabbath command?

Letís first look at Godís relationship with early man.

 

15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

  Gen 2:15-17 (KJV)

Now, God is shown here to be giving man instruction.

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

  Gen 3:2-3 (KJV)

 

And this verse shows that this instruction was then passed on to the woman.  Why would we even imagine God to be as shallow as not to share with his new creation the blessing he gave in Gen. 2:2-3?  After all, wasnít man there?  Öhe had rested from all his work which God created and made.  In my own deductive reasoning, Adam heard the Lord bless the day.  Why would God bless the seventh day at creation, but wait over a thousand, almost two, to finally tell Moses, ďBy the way, Iíve been forgetting to tell you people all these years, but, I blessed the seventh day and it is now your Holy Sabbath.Ē  I donít think so.  Quit bringing God down to our level of thinking.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

  Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)

Back to the question at hand, are you positive God didnít share everything with the patriarchs?  Genesis tells us that God was with Adam a lot.  He brought the animals forth to be given names; do you think that happened in one sitting? Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the fieldÖ  Our modern scientists are still discovering creatures.  Not something to be done in one visit.  God walked with the patriarchs.  When he got together with them did He ever make small talk?  No, there was always a lesson, a sharing of knowledge and wisdom.  Some where called friends.  Do we hide things from our friends?  Not if we are true friends.  God never, once through scripture, deceived or intended to deceive us.

 

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

  Gen 5:22-24 (KJV)

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

  Gen 6:8-9 (KJV)

 

            God even makes a covenant with Noah and establishes it.

 

18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark,

  Gen 6:18 (KJV)

He doesnít go into detail as to what this covenant is to us, but Iíll bet Noah knew all the details.  And if we look at the whole picture weíll see the details.  Anyone can pull a scripture out and twist it to there purpose, but when taken in context and tense, it canít be denied without denying God.

 

1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

  Gen 7:1 (KJV)

Noah is counted as righteous and Adam and Eve had first sinned.  How are these possible; if there isnít a law?  Sin is transgression of the law.

15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

  Romans 4:15 (KJV)

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

  1 John 3:4 (KJV)

Now we must agree that if one is righteous and another is a sinner, that there was a law.  Moses wrote the laws down for Israel because they were in Egypt so long that they picked up the heathen ways and were no longer walking with God and were in need of re-educating as we are now and will get our re-educating when Christ returns.

 

One more addition. The New Testament says that Noah was a " preacher of Righteousness" 2 Peter 2;5. Yet we find nothing recorded in Genesis about his preaching, but he preached. Are we to then say that because the instruction of the Sabbath is not in the Old Testament, that it was not preached? Indeed however it was. God blessed it and rested. Showed the example to Adam who wrote it down in the first tablet of Genesis. Noah preached righteousness, which is God's commandments, see Psalm 119:172. The knowledge of the Sabbath was known.

 

Read our booklet Sabbath in Genesis for more details here
 

  1. If the fact that God wrote the 10 commandments on stone proves they are forever, then whatever happened to the two stone tablets that God gave Adam at the beginning of time? Why is Moses the first one to see a stone tablet written by the finger of God?

 The Sabbath and the rest of God's laws were TAUGHT orally at the time. And God told Abraham to teach his children orally as well, "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." (Gen 18:19). At the time of Sinai, the law was "added" in written form, because of "transgression" (Galatians 3:19-20). When Israel received the Covenant it was "not being mixed with faith" (Heb 4:2). So God did not write them in their hearts as he wanted to because they rejected God, see Exodus 20:19-21. So God added the law on tablets of stone instead of "fleshly tables of the heart." (2 Corinthians 3:3).

 

  1. Why is the weekly Sabbath commandment never quoted in the New Testament?

It is!  The Sabbath is mentioned more than fifty times.  Grab a concordance and count, or, better yet, read from Mark to Colossians and count as you read.

1st Chronicles 16:17

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

  1 Chron 16:15-17 (KJV)

Here is a New Testament scripture proving that not only is it mentioned but confirms that the covenant and laws were around with the patriarchs.

 

Hebrews 4:9 makes it very clear "There remaineth therefore a rest [Greek "Sabbatisimos" meaning "A KEEPING OF THE SABBATH"] to the people of God."

 

Also James told the conference about the gentiles that, "For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day." (Acts 15:21). James said they can learn God's will every Sabbath in the synagogues.
 

  1. Why is the Sabbath the only one of the ten commandments that are said to be "throughout your generations", the usual phrase that indicates it was a temporary ceremonial law only for the Jews?

How can he reason like this. The phrase "throughout your generations" means perpetual "forever." "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant." (Ex 31;16). "And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever." (Ex 12:14)
 

  1. Why is there no example of exclusively Christians coming together on the Sabbath day as a church or prayer meeting after the resurrection of Christ?

There is, the book of Acts tells of events after the resurrection.

13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

  Acts 13:13-14 (KJV)

 

Acts 16:11-13 shows that they were travelling and the waited til the sabbath for prayer that was THEIR CUSTOM: "Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
"And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.
"And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither."

Paul was converted after the resurrection, as well.  He never once preached opposite of the Sabbath teachings.

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

  Acts 17:1-2 (KJV)

Paul is now a Christian and is still a Sabbath keeper.  And of course there are numerous accounts of our ultimate example, Christ, keeping the Sabbaths and even says he is Lord of the Sabbath.  Matt. 12:8, Mark 2:28 and Luke 6:5.

 

Read our booklet which day is the Christian Sabbath for further details here

  1. Why is there no command in the New Testament for Christians to keep the Sabbath holy?

If you read the Gospels youíll see that this is a question of either ignorance or blindness and you need to pray for God to shed off your blinders. Jesus, Himself, lived a Sabbath keeping life and even that he came to fulfill the law, not destroy it.  Matt. 5:17-19.  The Sabbath is part of the ďlawĒ, is it not?

Hebrews 4:9 makes it very clear "There remaineth therefore a rest [Greek "Sabbatisimos" meaning "A KEEPING OF THE SABBATH"] to the people of God."

  1. While Paul taught in the synagogues up to 84 times, why does the Bible never say he kept the sabbath?

Look at the second verse in Acts 17; Sabbath keeping was Paulís manner, his way, his habit, his belief.  You get the idea.

  1. If Paulís action of preaching to non-believers 84 times in the book of Acts on the Sabbath make him a Sabbath keeper, is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor a Sunday keeper if we invite him for 84 Sundays in a row to teach us about Godís word?

No!  Because thatís not his manner, this is also answered in the previous Answer.  Paul did what he always did, if he knew Constantine was going to change the day and everyone was going to follow like lambs to the slaughter, he wouldíve taught against that as well and, in a sense, he may have. 

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

  Gal 1:8-9 (KJV)

Donít forget the instruction that Jesus gave to his disciples after the resurrection.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

  Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)

Paul has been labeled as the greatest of all the disciples, so you know he kept the Lordís laws.

  1. How could Adam, Noah and Abraham keep the Sabbath, when Deuteronomy 5:2-4 says that the 10 commandment covenant (see was "not made with any of the fathers of Israel who lived before Moses."

 In this passage, the context is NOT a different covenant but, that "The meaning is, "not with our fathers" only, "but with us" also, assuming it to be "a covenant" of grace." (JFB Commentary). The Good News Bible renders this passage, "not only with our fathers, but with all of us who are living today." Nothing Here suggests a different Covenant at all, but the same Covenant God gave to Abraham, God gave to all of Israel.

 

11. If we must follow the example of Jesus in all things like keeping the Sabbath, then why do Sabbatarians not follow the example of Jesus in circumcision, animal sacrifices and keeping Passover?

Many of us do keep these.  Exception being the sacrifices; Christ was our ultimate sacrifice and final atonement.  By continuing on with sacrifices we would be making Jesusí death a vain action.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

  Romans 5:8-11 (KJV)

And there are medical benefits to circumcision and in following the dietary laws which are the probable reasons God instilled them on us.  He wishes us to be clean in all ways; out of our bodies, in our bodies, in our minds, in our whole soul being so that we can live long, happy, healthy lives.

 

The sacrificial law is still in place, its been "reformed" (Heb 9:10). The sacrifices are still the same its just now in stead of bulls and goats and lambs its Jesus Christ who is our sacrificial offering in the temple in Heaven.

 

12. If the Sabbath was for Gentiles and Adam, Noah and Abraham, then why is the Sabbath a sign to remind their exodus from Egypt? Exodus 16:23,29; 31:13-18. Were either Abraham or Seventh-day Adventists ever slaves in Egypt?

 As we have proven above, Adam Noah and Abraham were Sabbath keepers. There is no indication in the scripture that the Sabbath was exclusively a memorial of slavery in Egypt. God was showing them the Sabbath was a symbol of freedom and equated it with the release of them from Bondage which took place on the Sabbath. And the Sabbath was for gentiles as well as the Israelites in the Old Testament. Gentiles for those who converted to YAHWEH, notice the scriptures. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy....Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
"But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:" (Ex 20:8-10). The "strangers" were of course gentiles and they kept the Sabbath. God said, "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." (Ex 12:49)

The strangers, or Gentiles kept the Sabbath, see Exodus 20:10; 23:12; Deut 5:14. The Day of Atonement, Lev 16:29. The Passover, Ex 12:48-49; Number 9:14, and the Sacrificial laws, Num15:14. "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." (Ex 12:49, Num 9:14; 15:15-16, 29; Lev 24:16, 24).For people to say that the Sabbath was for Israel only is totally going against scripture. 

 Why did God say about Gentiles converting to Yahweh: "my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

" Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. " Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD...Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; " Even them will I bring to my holy mountain [the kingdom of God, see Isaiah 2:11, Daniel 2:35, 44

and Micah 4]...," (Isa 56:1-3, 6-7). A person who "joins" himself to God is a converted Christian, see1 Corinthians 6:17.

13. If the Sabbath law is still in force, then why do they not stone their own members when they break the Sabbath as the law said?

 What this author fails to realize is, in the Old Testament ONLY the government, the Judges were allowed to put people to death. "As the Judges determine" (Ex 21;22). The death penalty, the only power to administer that is the government NOT the church. The church is the ministration of righteousness and of the spirit, not the ministration of the death penalty, see 2 Corith 3.

 

14. If the change from Saturday to Sunday happened, why is there absolutely no discussion of this change of actual day for the first 600 years of church history. Merely calling Sunday the Sabbath doesnít count!

  This is totally not true. First Constantine ordered Christians not to "Judaize" on the Sabbath but must work on that day. Why tell Christians to do that unless they were keeping the Sabbath. Second Tertullian himself commented on Christians taking up the Roman Sunday as rest instead of the preceding day." (Ad Notiones, 1.13, in the Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol3, p.123.  Even Pope Gregory in 590 in a letter to the Roman people denounced as prophets of Anti-Christ those who maintained that work ought not to be done on the seventh-day (The Law of Sunday, pp.265-267).

15. If the first/old covenant was abolished according to Heb 8:13 and the Ten commandment law was that first covenant (Ex 34:27-28; 1 Kings 8:9,21; Heb 9:1-4), then why do Sabbatarians want to keep the first/old covenant?

 What this author does not understand is that the Covenants made with Israel at Sinai and the so called new, are really the same Covenant God made with Abraham. The Old and New Covenants are really one Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant. What we call the Old Covenant was the Abrahamic Covenant but because their lack of faith, God wrote the law on stone. But this time God will "renew" kainos means refresh, not something absolutely new in time, that would be the word "neos." The Abrahamic Covenant was "refreshed" "renew." With better sacrifice and with the laws of God written on the hearts of men, and not on tablets of stone.

 

16. Why is the universal record of history (75-500AD) 100% in unanimous agreement that Christians never kept the Sabbath (7th day) and have always worshipped on Sunday?

17. Why is the universal record of history (75-500AD) 100% in unanimous agreement that Christians ate the Lordís Supper every Sunday in the tradition of Acts 20:7?

18. Why is the universal record of history (75-500AD) 100% in unanimous agreement that Christians always called Sunday the Lordís Day because, they said, this was the day Jesus rose from the dead?

Again totally false. First- the Sabbath. Two 5th century historians Socrates and Sozomen both says that the church kept and were keeping the Sabbath. As we have seen also above Christians kept the Sabbath.

Second-Acts 20:7: ďNow on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.Ē

Some think that ďbreak[ing] breadĒ is a reference to the bread and wine of the New Testament Passover and therefore is a religious service on the first day of the week. However, breaking bread does not refer to a  religious service, but to dividing flat loaves of bread for a meal. ďIt means to partake of food and is used of eating as in a meal...The readers [of the original New Testament letters and manuscripts] could have had no other idea or meaning in their mindsĒ (E.W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, pp. 839, 840). This is proven by the fact that, after Paul finished speaking, they again broke bread and ate (verse 11). Breaking bread to eat a meal is mentioned in Luke 24:30, 35 and Acts 27:35.

The timing of these events helps us to understand more clearly. Acts 20:7-11 describes several events of one night. Since the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, counts days as beginning when the sun goes down (see ďWhen Is the Sabbath to Be Kept?,Ē p. 7), these events began with a meal on Saturday evening after the Sabbath, which would have been the only evening on ďthe first day of the week.Ē Several translations, including the New English Bible, Todayís English Version, The New Testament in Modern English, and The Jewish New Testament, state unequivocally that this occurred on Saturday night.

Paul planned to leave the next day for another city, so he stayed and spoke long into the night. At midnight one young man in the congregation fell asleep, tumbled from the window where he sat and was killed in the fall. Paul rushed to the young man, who miraculously came back to life. After that, the group broke bread and ate again, talking almost until dawn. Paul departed at daybreak.

After speaking and talking all night, Paul the next morning walked almost 20 miles to Assos to meet the rest of the people in his group who had sailed there (verses 11, 13, 14). Rather than describing a religious service on Sunday, this passage actually documents Paul walking 20 miles on foot on the first day of the weekóhardly making  it a day of rest and worship for him!

Historically, the early church as the Britannica says, "The cross-bread was eaten by the pagan Saxons in honor of Eoster, their goddess of light...The custom, in fact, was practically universal, and the early church adroitly adopted the pagan practice, grafting it on to the Eucharist. The boun with its Greek cross became akin to the Eucharistic bread or cross-marked wafers mentioned in St. Chrysostom's liturgy. In the medieval church, buns made from the dough for the consecrated Host were to be distributed to the communicants after mass on Easter Sunday. In France and other Catholic countries, such blessed bread is still given in the churches to communicants who have a long journey before they can break their fast" (The Encyclopśdia Britannica, eleventh edition, article "bun"). Eurcharist was from paganism not the bible. This was during the Quartro-deciman controversey of keeping Passover or Easter, That  Polycarp even made a journey to Rome seeking to convince the bishop of Rome, Anicetus, of his errors in not celebrating the biblical Passover date and in observing, in its place, an annual Sunday Paschal observance (Easter) and a weekly celebration of "Eucharist."

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19. Why has no Sabbatarian every produced even one historical quote (75-500AD) that says Christians kept the Sabbath?

 Here they are . By the fifth century both days were being observed by Christians, except in Rome and Alexandria. Socrates Scholasticus, a church historian of the fifth century A.D. , wrote,

"For although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries [the Lord's Supper] on the sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this".

Sozomen, a contemporary of Socrates, wrote:

"The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath, as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria."

Other writings of the period state the following: For example, the Apostolic Constitutions, compiled in the fourth century, furnished instruction to

keep the Sabbath [Saturday], and the Lord's day [Sunday] festival; because the former is the memorial of the creation, and the latter of the resurrection. The Apostolic Constitutions

Let the slaves work five days; but on the Sabbath-day [Saturday] and the Lord's day [Sunday] let them have leisure to go to church for instruction in piety.

Other references refer to both days as sisters and a team of two days.

20. If the Sabbath is not a ceremonial law, then why is it lumped into the same identical class of "holy convocations" as the rest of the Jewish feast days? Lev 23:2; Ex 20:9; 31:17

 We do not hold these beliefs but believe they are one and not abolished. You cannot find in the bible that the law is abolished.

 

21. If the 10 commandments remain but the book of law was abolished, then why did God put two copies of the 10 commandments in the book of the law? Ex 20; Deut 5

 We here at British-Israel do not hold these beliefs, but believe they are one and not abolished. You cannot find in the bible that the law is abolished.

 

22. How can there possibly be an difference between "the law of God" and the "Law of Moses" when God gave the Law of Moses (Ezra 7:6; Neh 8:1) and Moses gave the Law of God (Neh 10:29; 2 Chron 34:14)?

There isnít a difference; Godís law was given a ďnick nameĒ, so to speak, because of its human writer.

 

23. If there is a distinction between the moral and ceremonial laws, why are the Jewish feast days called part of the Law of the Lord? (2 Chron 331:3)

First, letís eliminate the term Jew for one moment.  The tribe of Judah was only one tribe of Israel.  The feast days were given to all of Israel as Holy Convocations or Sabbaths.  Anyone can become an ďIsraeliteĒ or child of God, we only need to follow his direction.  The main Hebrew word used for law is torah.  Torah means: teaching or instruction.  Itís all good and beneficial to our health, lives and relationships, including and especially that which God desires from us.  And, yes, God says in His Commandments, remember the Sabbath day and keep it Holy.  If this is true, then it makes it part of the law.

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

  Romans 8:4-9 (KJV)

Letís get spiritual.  Die to ourselves and put on Christ each and everyday.

 We here at British-Israel do not hold these beliefs, but believe they are one and not abolished. You cannot find in the bible that the law is abolished.

 

24. If there is a distinction between the moral and ceremonial laws, why in a single chapter of Nehemiah 8are the following phrases all used interchangeably: "book of the law of Moses" v1, "the law" v2, "book of the law" v3, "the law of god" v8, "book of the law of god" v18?

 We here at British-Israel do not hold these beliefs, but believe they are one and not abolished. You cannot find in the bible that the law is abolished.

 

25. Why are the two most important commandments contained within the "ceremonial law of Moses that was Sabbatarians say was nailed to the cross? (Matthew 22:36-40)

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

  Col 2:14 (KJV) The "handwriting of ordinances" means "record book of sin" not the law of God. The word "cheirographon" is also found in apocalyptic literature which means "record book of sin, see The Sabbath in the New Test, p.111, Biacchiocchi). Your sins were nailed to the cross not the law. The law of God is not even mentioned in the passage.

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  John 14:6 (KJV)

God has given his laws (instructions), his ways to us.  Jesus says he is truth; so believe Him.  And Heís the way; so he must be lawful (abiding by his laws), as we should.  He wishes only the best for us.

 

26. Why did Jesus say Moses gave the 10 commandment law: "Thou shalt not kill" in Jn 7:19?

They didnít believe Jesus to be the Messiah and wished to kill Him for what He taught.  They didnít want to be accountable for their wrong doings.  He, also, used it as an example of their hypocrisy in that theyíll obey one commandment and not another.  And the most obvious reason; weíre not to murder.  Even though, Jesus was eventually murdered for us. 

 

27.If the Sabbath cannot change, because God cannot change (Mal 3:6) then what about all the other feast days and laws that changed? Heb 7:12. And why did Jesus give a "a new commandment" in John 13:34?

" For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law." The author here is taking it totally out of context.

Here is where the author's repeated in Hebrews citation of Psalm 110:4 becomes of crucial importance. God declared the words "'You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek' " (RSV) long after the giving of the law. As Leon Morris puts it, "that God spoke through David about the Melchizedekian priesthood, while the Aaronic priesthood was a going concern, shows that the priests of the line of Aaron could not accomplish what a priesthood aimed at" (Morris, p. 66). In short, the Levitical priesthood had not replaced that of Melchizedek. To the contrary, the Melchizedekian was not only older than the Levitical, but would supersede it.

But what about the law? Didn't it specifically say that only the sons of Aaron could be priests? That's true. And that is why Hebrews 7:12 claims that "when there is a change of the priesthood, there is of necessity a change of law also." The context makes it plain that verse 12 speaks not about a change of law in general, but only a modification in the stipulation that the only valid priest had to be a son of Aaron through the flesh (cf. 7:16)

At this point the author is very careful. He does not reject the law in his presentation, but notes that Scripture itself actually speaks about two types of priesthood (7:11). The law of Moses established a priesthood passed down from the descendants of Levi, but Psalm 110:4 speaks about a priest like Melchizedek who did not belong to that tribe. With that in mind, Hebrews 7:11 asks: "If perfection had been through the Levitical priesthood .... what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek [Ps. 110:4] rather than after the order of Aaron?"

Thus on the issue of priestly succession, Hebrews has laid out a firm Old Testament case [Not New Testament] for superceding the law on that one specific point (7:11-14). Christ qualifies as priest even though He is from the royal tribe of Judah But that actually has its own appropriateness, since Melchizedek Was not only God's priest but also a king of Salem (7:1; Gen. 14:18). In the New Testament Christ is also both King and High Priest. Melchizedek foreshadowed Him in both realms. (from Exploring Hebrews, by George Knight, p.123).

"New Commandment" ? Read this article. Did Jesus mean he did away with the 10 commandments?
 

28. If the ten commandments are going to be in heaven, what is the use of "thou shalt not commit adultery", if there is no marriage in heaven? Lk 20:34-35

 Here we can see the bias of the author of this site against the keeping of God's Sabbath day with the out of context twisting of the scriptures. There are two ways to apply Adultery to the Christian. One of course is adultery in the sexual fashion of having sex while you are married to another, and other sexual sins related to this as well. But there is another way to apply this. SPIRITUAL ADULTERY. God was married to Israel, Jer 3:14; Isaiah 54:5. And when Israel sinned, the committed adultery with other gods. "Several Old Testament prophets used adultery as a metaphor to describe unfaithfulness to God. Idolatry (Ezek. 23:27) and other pagan religious practices (Jer. 3:6-10) were viewed as adulterous unfaithfulness to the exclusive covenant that God established with His people. To engage in such was to play the harlot (Hos. 4:11-14)." (Holman Bible Dictionary under' adultery").  So in the kingdom this law can apply.

Since these next set of questions deal with the gentiles. We will first show you that the gentiles kept Godís law as well in the Old Testament. Since this is a popular argument for the ďno lawĒ advocates.

 The Sabbath was binding on Israel. And not just Israel, but the GENTILES AS WELL! Since its binding on Israel forever, and the Jewish people converted to Christianity in the time of the Apostles, does that mean that the Jews kept it on Saturday and the Gentiles on Sunday? Are there two kinds of Christians? Read Galatians 3:28-29: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. And if ye [Gentiles] be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

So, since the Sabbath is BINDING TODAY on the Jewish part of God's Church, and there is no difference - we are all ONE in Christ - it is also binding on Gentiles! This scripture in Galatians is NOTHING NEW! Actually, this is an OLD TESTAMENT LAW! Gentiles that convered to YAHWEH were considered ISRAELITES!

"But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." (Lev 19:34; 25:34). These people are gentile converts and became "Abraham's seed" and obeyed the same laws. The strangers, or Gentiles kept the Sabbath, see Exodus 20:10; 23:12; Deut 5:14. The Day of Atonement, Lev 16:29. The Passover, Ex 12:48-49; Number 9:14, and the Sacrificial laws, Num 15:14.

"One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." (Ex 12:49, Num 9:14; 15:15-16, 29; Lev 24:16, 24).For people to say that the Sabbath was for Israel only is totally going against scripture. Why did Paul say: "There remaineth therefore a rest [Greek: "Sabbatisimos" lit. "A KEEPING OF THE SABBATH] to the people of God" (Heb 4:9). The Jewish New Testament says a "Shabbat [Hebrew for "Sabbath"] KEEPING for the people of God."

Why did God say about Gentiles converting to Yahweh: "my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

" Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

" Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD...Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

" Even them will I bring to my holy mountain [the kingdom of God, see Isaiah 2:11, Daniel 2:35, 44 and Micah 4]...," (Isa 56:1-3, 6-7). A person who "joins" himself to God is a converted Christian, see 1 Corinthians 6:17. So when the Bible speaks of a stranger keeping the law, it means a converted gentile, that becomes "Abraham's seed." Gentiles Christians who are converted, keep the law of God, are just like the Gentiles under the Old Testament. Nothing has changed. The apostle Paul did not make this up, he got it from the scriptures. That's why Galatians 6:16 calls the Church, the "Israel of God." Jew or gentile, converted to Christ, we are "Abraham's seed," racially or Converted.

Not let's continue with the Sabbath Questions from the Sabbath Keeper's refuted website website.

32. If the Sabbath was given to all men, why were Gentiles called "strangers". Why were Gentiles outside the gates not required to keep the Sabbath? Ex 20:10.

The Gentiles who were not converted as we have shown you are not of God. The question would be why would they if they did not believe. Is a Muslim or a hindu going to follow God? NO! A Buhddist going to follow God? NO! If they do not believe they will not follow. But one day the day will come when all nation will observe the law of God in the kingdom of God. Notice ALL the gentiles keeping the feast of Tabernacles in the Kingdom: " And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
" And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
'And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles." (Zech 14:16-18). Here God rebukes the nation with plagues if they do not keep God annual SABBATH, the feast of Tabernacles.

Isaiah and Micah 4 show all the nations going up to learn of God and of his ways, and it it says, "for out of Zion shall go forth the law," (Isa 2:3). This is in the Kingdom when Christ rules.

What of the New Covenant? It is for Christians. What does it consist of. Are you a Christians Are you under the New Covenant? Of course we are, and the New Covenant says, "I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.' (Jer 31:33; Hebrews 8). Are there two kinds of Christians? No we are all one in Christ. And God says there is "one law" in the Covenant community, for the stranger and the Israelite, "One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." (Ex 12:49; Num 15;16). There are no two standards, one for the Israelite and one for the gentile. We are one in Christ, and there is one law in the covenant community.

Also, one more interesting point, God in the Old Testament, would not allow UNBELIEVING Gentiles into the sanctuary and worship God unless he was converted, "Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel." (Ezekiel 44:9). One must be converted to keep the law. You must believe as I said. Would a muslim or a hindu keep the law? No. But in the Kingdom, the bible says that "all will know me" Jer 31;34, and that the "the veil that is spread over all nations.' shall be "destroyed." (Isaiah 25:7).

33. How could the Sabbath be a sign between God and Israel, if all nations were expected to keep it? Ex 31:17 (see above)

34. Why did God send the Jews into Babylonian Captivity for breaking the Sabbath, but never ever criticized any Gentiles for never keeping the Sabbath?

This is totally not true. In the end time the people of Israel for forsaking God go into captivity, and on the way back because of their repentance go back to the land of Palestine, and, "For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob." (Isaiah 14:1). Who are these people? Not their oppressors. They rule over them see v.2. Its the people who sojourned with Israel and forgot God with Israel and have repented.

But also, as we have mentioned above. The converted Gentile was called an Israelite. So when God meant Israel, it meant the Gentiles as well.

35. Why did God often criticize the Gentiles via the prophets for moral violations, but never for not keeping the Sabbath?

Again God here is speaking of unconverted gentiles, not the gentiles in the covenant community. They did not even know what the Sabbath was. Why would God mention something to them, that they had no idea what is was. Talk about grasping at straws.

36. If the Gentiles were supposed to keep the Sabbath, why are they called "strangers of the Covenant" in Eph 2:12?

Do you still want to split hairs about the Gentiles not learning of the Sabbath.  Eph 2:12 says they were strangers. That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  Meaning they didnít know the ways of God, including the Sabbath. These were unconverted gentiles that did not know God. YET, "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." (V.13) Now in Christ because they have converted, the "sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD [conversion see I Corith 6:17] , to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;... Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, [Kingdom of God] (Isaiah 56:6-7).

37. If the term, "the law" always means the 10 commandments, then why is Leviticus called "The Law" in Mt 22:35ff, Numbers called "The Law" in Mt 12:5, Deuteronomy called "The Law" in Mt 22:35f, Psalms called "The Law" in Jn 10:34,45, Rom 3:10-12; 3:13-14,19, the Prophets called "The Law" in 1 Cor  14:21 and the Ten commandments are called "The Law" that is abolished in Rom 7:4-7?

As we have said, the law mean the whole law not just the ten commandments. Is the law abolished in Rom 7:4-7?

In his book Law and the Sabbath, Allan Walker  writes, "Before a person is convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit, before he has found pardon and justification in Christ, he faces the penalty for sin. But in accepting Christ, he is released and made free from that penalty because Christ paid it for him.

"Let us next consider the first seven verses of Romans 7. They have to do with being "delivered" from the penalty of the law through the atonement provided by the death of Jesus on the cross. The first verse reads: "Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?"

"This demonstrates that Paul was not going to teach that this law had become "dead" and was no longer operative against the transgressor. For how could a "dead" law have "dominion" over a man? When a man claims that because he has become "justified by faith" he is "above law" and can steal, lie, commit adultery, or live in violation of any of the other commandments without forfeiting his justification and returning to a state of condemnation, he is only deceiving himself. Of this Paul says, "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, . . . nor thieves, nor covetous, . . .shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10. We may be sure there is nothing in the seventh chapter of Romans or any other part of the Bible contrary to this.

"The second verse continues this thought: "For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law [of faithfulness and fidelity] to her husband so long, as he liveth." As long as this husband lives, she is to keep herself "only to him" as she promised in the marriage vow; but if he dies, she does no wrong in marrying another man. In this analogy it was the "husband'; and not the "law" that died. "But if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law [of fidelity] of her husband." It is the husband that dies. "So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress" (verse three); for in so doing, she violates two laws: (1) that of fidelity, which she owed to her husband, and (2) the seventh commandment, which forbids adultery. "But if her husband be dead [not either of these laws], she is free from that law [of fidelity]; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man." [Romans 4:15 says, "for where no law is, there is no transgression."]

"Here are three things: (1) the woman, (2) the law and (3) the husband. Which of these three died?

1. "If the woman be dead"-that is not what it says.

2. "If the law be dead"-that is not what it says.

3. "If the husband be dead"-that is what it says.

"How pleasing it would be to the no-law teachers if it read, "But if the law be dead." That is what they are trying to prove, but it does not read that way.

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law." Romans 7:4. It does not say, "The law has become dead," but, "Ye . . . are become dead." "Ye also are become dead to the law"-to the judicial penalty of the law to which they were bound as the woman to the husband. "Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ." Notice the words "by the body of Christ." This expression means "by the death of Christ on the cross." Peter says, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:24. Now let us ask ourselves, Did Jesus' death on the cross cancel the law, or the death penalty-which? Paul says that Christ "by the grace of God should taste death for every man." Hebrews 2:9. Why did He taste death for every man? Because "death passed upon all men." Romans 5:12. So Christ's death was to cancel the penalty-not the law itself.

"In Paul's analogy, when the woman who has been "married" to this sentence of "death" (which is true of all of us) receives Christ, she is then and there "loosed" from that sentence (husband) and married to another, even Christ. If we continue in our transgression, if we willfully violate the Sabbath commandment every week, or any other commandment, we are still "bound" to that husband of "death." So if while we are living in this transgression, we claim we are married to Christ, such a life is one of spiritual adultery.

"Having been liberated from this "death which passed upon all men," we are, at the same time, "discharged from the law." Romans 7:6, A.S.V. This text does not imply that we are free to steal, lie, commit adultery, murder, etc., but that we are discharged from the death sentence "by the body of Christ." As Paul goes on to explain, "That being dead wherein we were held." The American Standard Version reads, "Having died to that wherein we were held." The fact that this release was accomplished by the body of Christ proves it was the death that passed upon all men which become judicially dead when a person accepts the gospel. He becomes "discharged from the law."

"These words, "discharged from the law," are legal terms. A man pays another man's penalty, and the judge says to the prisoner, "You are discharged, sir." He does not mean discharged to go out and violate the law again, but discharged from the penalty. So on the cross Christ paid our penalty and thus made it possible for us to be discharged from the law as far as its death penalty was concerned. Then we become "dead [to that] wherein we were held," namely, the death penalty. Our allegiance to that "husband" has terminated because he became dead "by the body of Christ." Then we become "married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God."

"In order to make it plain that he was not arguing that the law is "dead," and no longer operative against the transgressor, Paul goes on to say, "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7. How could any commandment of a dead law condemn a living man for violating it? Such a thing would be impossible. But the very fact that Paul quotes the tenth commandment of the Sinai law and goes on to say that it is this law that reveals a knowledge of sin-this positively proves it was still in force and very much alive. The same thing would be equally true of the fourth or any other commandment of the Decalogue. Stephen, preaching this side of the cross, said: "This is he [Moses] that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively [living, A.S.V.] oracles to give unto us." Acts 7:38. So these Ten Commandments given on Mount Sinai were "living" and not "dead." All who are willfully violating them, while at the same time claiming they are married to Christ, are living in spiritual adultery.

The theory that justification by faith, as taught in the New Testament, makes void the law and gives license to disobey the commandments of God has back of it one single aim: to evade the observance of the Lord's holy Sabbath day. But since this faith by which the sinner is justified does not make void the law, but establishes it, the Sabbath is also established, since it is part of the law" (pp.27-31, emphasis added).

. 39. If the term "commandments" always means the 10 commandments, then what did Paul call the injunction for prophetís wives to keep silent in the assemblies, a  "commandment of the Lord" in 1 Cor 14:37?

 History correctly shows, the men sat on one side of the assembly and the women on the other and the women would interrupt the assembly to ask questions to their husbands. Good to keep this one because they did not want confusion in the churches as it says in that same chapter, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." (v.33).

40. If the term "keep my commandments" always means the 10 commandments, then why is this a new commandment? Jn 15:10-12 + Jn 13:34.


We answered this question above with this link, here
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41. If only the ten commandments are going to endure until heaven and earth pass away, why did Jesus say the law AND THE PROPHETS? Mt 5:17-18

Does the author of this website even realize that he is contradicting himself. First he says the law is done away then he shows a scripture that says the law will be here to the end of time? Yes as we believe the law and the prophets will be here forever!.
 

  1. When Jesus was asked, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" why did Jesus NOT QUOTE from the 10 commandments, but from the abolished ceremonial law of Moses? Matthew 22:36-40

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

  Matt 22:36-40 (KJV)

Note: these verses donít mention anything about the law being abolished.  If we, truly, love our Lord we will practice obedience.  We donít feel love from our children when they donít follow household rules.  And that rebellious action of disobeying doesnít make us hug and kiss them; no, we ground and/or spank them.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

  Deut 30:19-20 (KJV)

  1. If the 10 commandments are the highest and most complete expression of Godís will, then why did it lack the two most important commandments? Matthew 22:36-40 where is the prohibition against drunkeness, homosexuality and fornication?

Thou shalt not commit adultery.  This doesnít only mean cheating; it is much broader than that.  This includes all forms of sex acts and this includes spiritual adultery and whoring after other gods.  If we tell our child to clean their room, we donít mean make things disappear under the bed or in the closet.  Common sense tells that.  God is also spiritual, so it is important to look beyond the physical.  The reason all the bylaws or amendments were added was to stop any confusion.

As for drunkenness; a drunkard dishonors his/her parents. 18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

  Deut 21:18-20 (KJV)

19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

  Prov 23:19-25 (KJV)

Opposite of wise is foolish.  6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

  Prov 26:6-9 (KJV)

5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

  Prov 15:5 (KJV)

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: 1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

  Prov 26:1 (KJV)

If we are drunks, we are fools; if we are fools, we are dishonorable.

  1. If the 10 commandments are the highest and most complete expression of Godís will, then why did Jesus give a new commandment to "love one another, even as I have loved you" John 13:34. Where were the Jews told to love their neighbor as Yahweh loved them?

As we showed with Deuteronomy 30; if you love the Lord, then you will do as He commands.  Though Christ said it was a new commandment, the concept was always there, only now it is ordered.

  1. If Christians worshipping on Sunday is equal to Sun Worship, then is Adventists worshipping on Saturday equal to Saturn worship?

No.  This is called splitting hairs.  Sabbath keeping was instituted at creation.  A paganís mockery of the Sabbath does not, by far, void it.

  1. If Sabbatarians will boldly quote "scholars" who are really Bible trashers and skeptics who claim "the origin of Sunday worship is entirely pagan", like Arthur Weigall in his ridiculous little book, "the paganism in our Christianity", will these same Sabbatarians turn a few pages later where these same authors say the origin of the Sabbath is also pagan? "I have, already mentioned that Sunday, too, was a pagan holy-day; and in this chapter I propose to discuss the origin of this custom of keeping one day in the week as a Sabbath, or "day of rest,' and' to show that the practice was forcefully opposed by Jesus Christ. The origin of the seven-day week which was used by the Jews and certain other peoples, but not till, later by the Greeks or Romans, is to be sought in some primitive worship of the moon (The Paganism in Our Christianity, Arthur Weigall, 1928, p209,210-211)

See answer 45.  In addition; no matter the credentials a man holds, he is still a man and subject to err.  I have not read the mentioned book to comment specifically on it.  Many books have good information in them, but, all too often, they have bad things mixed in.  We must separate the wheat from the tares.  We do this by confirming it with Scripture.  When scripture doesnít uphold it; throw it out, it is a tare.

  1. If the Sabbath is a moral law, why did Jesus say that David, the priests, a man with his donkey could all break the Sabbath without sin? Mt 12:1-14; Mk 2:23f, Lk 13:10-17; 14:1-6 Jn 5:8-18; 7:19-24; 9:14-16.

6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.  Matt 12:6-8 (KJV)

Our Saviour, Yahweh is with these men and exalts His disciples to the same position as priests, saying they are blameless on the Lordís Day.  As a king, anointed of God is blameless.

25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.  Mark 2:25-28 (KJV)

10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. 15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?  Luke 13:10-16 (KJV)

Remember the Exodus, Godís people were freed on the Passover, one of the Lordís annual Sabbaths.  They celebrated their freedom, so there is nothing wrong with freeing this womanís illness, or helping (doing good) in freeing his lost animal from the well.  A modern example, letís say; your house was up in flames on the Sabbath and your family or loved pets were trapped inside still, it would be a good thing to save their lives and acceptable in the Lordís eyes to save them.  However, we shouldnít rake the leaves in the yard or wash the car.  We need to be just as, if not more, spiritual as we are literal in our observance to the Commandments.  Remember, YAH puts a mark in our head and hands, too.  What we say, think and do is our works and we will be judged by them if we fail to be in that number, if we arenít counted as His elect.

  1. If the Sabbath is a moral law, why did God grow tired of the Jews keeping it and told them to stop keeping the Sabbath? Isa 1:13-14 Did God ever grow weary of anyone not committing adultery or murder, and tell them to be immoral and kill?

We cannot make a statement off two verses in this question.  Judah was being rebellious and rebellion is the same as witchcraft.  If we do unto God without a repentant heart then we have done it in vain.  Isaiah 1; God wants repentance first.  It is comparable to making a child apologize for his ill deeds; if youíre forced to do something you arenít usually meaning it.

  1. If the Sabbath is a moral law, how could Jesus break it without sinning? Jn 5:18

Yahweh is Lord of the Sabbath.  Also, did Christ really break the Sabbath?  Being that He is our High Priest, He is allowed to work for the same reasons a priest could.  They only accused Him of breaking it, but He had done Godly works and healed and taught.

  1. If one of the distinctions between the ten commandments was proven by the fact they were written by the finger of God, why did Moses copy them out twice with his own hand? How can there be any distinction between the 10 commandments in the ark and the book of the law beside the ark, if the book contained two copies of exactly what was in the ark?

In recollection, Moses broke the tablets that God wrote.  He made one set to put in the ark and the other set for Israel.

19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

  Ex 32:19 (KJV)

  1. Why are the terms "ceremonial law" and "moral law" never found in the Bible. Why is the word ceremonial or any of its roots never found in the same verse as the word LAW and why is the word moral or any of its roots never found in the same verse as the word LAW?

Why would there be a distinction between the Laws?  All laws show our obedience or disobedience.  If you arenít in the parameters of the law, then you fall under the law.  Ceremonial laws were for the Levites and are null and void, in part, because few know of their heritage/lineage.  Many other reasons, like the work done on the cross, void the ceremonial laws.  Other laws, like the food laws, were instituted for health reasons. 

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

  1 Tim 4:4-5 (KJV)

This scripture, apparently, frees us from those laws.  But, with stipulation, we must receive it with thanksgiving and prayer so that God sanctifies it.  How many pray before chomping into an egg mc muffin while going 70mph down the interstate during rush hour traffic?  Few people do, if any.   Donít get hung up on legalistic terms.  A major fault with the Pharisees was this.  Common sense tells us which laws are which.  If we are told to clean the altar a certain way; you can be assured it was a Levitical law or Ďceremonialí law, pertaining to caring for things in the temple.  If we are told not to lie, covet, and steal; be assured that is a Ďmoralí law. 

  1. If there is a distinction between moral and ceremonial laws, why do "Godís laws" and "the law of God" contain ceremonial laws. Why do "Moses law" and the "law of Moses" contain moral laws?

Though the written law is often called the Law of Moses, who gave it to Moses?  God.  So, there is not really a law from Moses and a law from God.  All laws were from God.

  1. If there is a distinction between moral and ceremonial laws, why does the "law of God" command animal sacrifices Lk 2:23-24 and the "law of the Lord" contains burnt offerings 2 Chron 31:3; 1 Chron 16:40? 

God is Lord and both laws mentioned are from one.  Chronicles speaks of tending to the ark and Luke speaks of dedicating a child, Yahweh, in particular.  Different for obvious reasons; regardless of reason or type of sacrifice, everything from incense and grain to oil and animals offered on the altar were burnt.  That given for the Levites or priests, i.e.; a lamb, would be put to pasture or penned until later need.

  1. If there is a distinction between moral and ceremonial laws, then why is the book of the law filled with moral laws not contained in the 10 commandments?

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

  Deut 30:19 (KJV)

The foods the Lord says we should abstain from have been linked many diseases and ailments.  A, too, close to home example; my wifeís co-worker died from a tapeworm given to him from eating pork.  The laws concerning the temple were to keep things orderly and clean.  The Lord wonít live in filth.  Our bodies are considered temples, too.  The Spirit wonít live in us if we live sinfully.  The Lord wants us to be healthy and happy, so He showed us how.  We can choose life or death.  Laws like the food laws could kill us physically when disobeyed.  Laws like the Ten Commandments could kill us spiritually when disobeyed.

  1. If there is a distinction between the Law of the Lord and the Law of Moses, why in 2 Chron 35:26 are "the acts of Josiah and his deeds of devotion as written in the law of the Lord"?

The Lord gave Moses the law.  Except by title, there is no difference between Mosesí Law and the Lordís Law, they share the same author.

  1. If there is a distinction between moral and ceremonial laws, then why does the Law of God include new moons, solemn feast days: Ps 81:3-4?

They are Sabbaths.  I believe this Scripture is referring to the Day of Atonement, because it says on our solemn feast day.  Most of the Sabbaths are a time for rejoicing in the Lord, but the Day of Atonement is for reflecting and fasting, atoning for our sins.

  1. If there is a distinction between the Law of the Lord and the Law of Moses, why did the law tell Israel to dwell in tents: Neh 8:14?

It is the Feast of Tabernacles, a time where folks would sojourn to feast sites, mostly Jerusalem, they would need shelter.  One city or a handful of cities isnít capable of housing that many people.  Imagine if everyone in the U.S. went to N.Y., L.A., Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Miami.  Those who werenít residents would be encouraged to bring tents and RVís because the hotels would filled in an instant.  They could stay out in the elements, but if rain came along and got them wet, chilled, then they took ill; they have none to blame for their health issues, only their disobedience.

  1. If Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets, then didnít Mt 5:17 say that only then would they be abolished before heaven and earth pass away? If the law and the prophets are still in force, doesnít that prove Jesus didnít fulfill the law completely?

A parable I share with many; Let us say I am contracted to build you a house.  When I hand you the keys, final papers are signed and you have a smile on your face, then my contract is over and my job fulfilled.  After I drive off, is you house still there?  Fulfill means Ďto completeí; only in more modern dictionaries does it get the addition definition of Ďto endí.  The nailed to the cross doctrine is a dangerous, yet popular, deception.  It gives excuse to not be accountable for our actions and permits Christians to live in their worldly ways, which God abhors.

  1. When you ask me, "if the 10 commandments are abolished, does that mean we can steal", can I ask you, "when you travel from Canada to the USA, does that mean you can steal? Is it possible that two completely different "codes of law" (law of Moses vs. law of Christ) have the same laws just like Canada and the USA?

The Law of Moses and the Law of the Lord are the same.  God authored them; man gave two titles to them.  Iím sure Israelites saw Moses writing and put two and two together.  When a law believer asks one who believes the law is abolished that question they are proving a point that the law is still in affect.  Scripture states clearly that the law hasnít been abolished. 

17   Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

  Matt 5:17-20 (KJV)

  1. If the Jewish law against eating pork was abolished by Christ, why do Sabbatarians continue to enforce what they call, "the ceremonial law of Moses": Mk 7:18-19; 1 Tim 4:1-4; Rom 14:2; Acts 10:9-16

Acts 10 pertained to a parable of men that Peter would meet more than food, but it does say that what God sanctifies is good.  Back to a previous answer; receive it with prayer and thanksgiving so that the Lord will sanctify it or donít eat it.

  1. If the Jewish law of Tithing is forbidden in 2 Cor 9, why do Sabbatarians practice from "ceremonial law of Moses"?

2 Corinthians does not forbid tithing.  It says that we should be cheerful givers, giving willingly from our hearts.  If we canít give in that order then that is when we shouldnít give.  A good example of cheerful giving was when Moses was gathering material for the tabernacle and ark.  Israel gave in excess of what was asked and Moses had to stop them from giving.  Another example was when the poor woman gave all she had.  She didnít grudge about it, only those who gave more than she in amount, though they fell short in percentage.

  1. If the Jewish Sabbath was abolished in Col 2:14-16, yet Sabbatarians keep the Sabbath, which itself is the only ceremonial law of the 10 commandments?

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

  16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

  Col 2:14-17 (KJV)

The ordinances blotted out were things concerning sacrifices and other Levitical duties.  Ordinances are things added to the law, but they arenít the law.  If a city abolished all of its ordinances would that null and void the constitution?  Of course not!  Verse sixteen begins another paragraph, as we know, new paragraphs mean new topics.  To those who are obedient, donít let them bully you because you wonít profane what the Lord has given.  It does not say to celebrate Christmas over Tabernacles.  It does not say switch the Sabbath for Sunday.  So, nowhere can I see an abolishing of the Sabbath.  The Ten Commandments are not ceremonial laws.  They describe Godís character and show us how to be righteous and holy, as He is.  This type of deductive reasoning is dangerous, if we are allowed to abolish a holy day, like the fourth commandment, then we could abolish the first commandment and have other gods besides Yah and Yahweh, right?  Wrong!  We canít abolish the fourth commandment, the first commandment or any other commandment that God gave.  Now a question for the author of the question, why did you go from calling the Ten Commandments moral laws to calling them ceremonial laws?  This type of confusion in your questioning shows that you should put away your vindictiveness, and angry questioning and seeing the Word through your eyes and pray over the Word to Yahweh and ask that the blinders of manís indoctrinations and self pride be removed and His loving, saving truth be revealed.

  1. Why do you practice Tithing which is Prohibited: 2 Cor 9:7 forbid Eating Pork, which is Permitted: Mk 7:18-19 and keep the Sabbath which is Abolished: Col 2:14-16? Arenít all three of these ceremonial laws?

Exhorting us to give with a cheerful heart is not abolishing tithes and other gift giving.  Mark was referring, mainly, to eating with dirty hands, but as I showed in a previous answer, if you received your food with thanksgiving and prayer, having God sanctify it, then it is clean to eat.  If youíre not in the habit of doing that, then I suggest you abstain from foods not on the list.  As I also pointed out, the Sabbath isnít anymore abolished than loving the Lord is.

  1. When Sabbatarians attempt to prove there is a distinction between the moral vs. ceremonial laws, the law of God vs. the Law of Moses, the 10 commandments vs. and the book of the law, and they shown countless bible passages that destroy any distinction Sabbatarians might dream up, will they at least be honest and admit they need to find some definitive way to create this false distinction that does not exist in the Bible and will try again tomorrow?

I see no point in answering a question from an individual that canít his own definition of ceremonial and moral laws straight, but switches them from one to the other if it fits his frame of questioning.  There is nothing to admit, anyhow.  Scriptures say to be obedient unto righteousness, and, it is by the law that we are brought to salvation, and, those who love the Lord have done these (the Ten Commandments).  I set before you life and death, choose life.

  1. Why do you refuse to accept that Col 2:16 contains the Old Testament pattern of referring to the Jewish holy says in a yearly, monthly, weekly sequence as in 1 Chronicles 23:31, 2 Chronicles 31:3, 2 Chronicles 8:13, 2 Chronicles 2:4, Nehemiah 10:33, Ezekiel 45:17, Hosea 2:11, Galatians 4:10?

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days

  Col 2:16 (KJV)

Throughout history, Christians have been persecuted and martyred, why?  Because they let no man judge them for their obedience to God in keeping His Sabbaths (weekly and annual) or by abstaining from those foods and drinks that are bad for you.

 

  1. If the plural "sabbaton" in Col 2:16 cannot refer to weekly Sabbath day, then why does plural "sabbaton" refer to the weekly Sabbath day in Matthew 28:1, Luke 4:16, Acts 16:13, Exodus 20:8 (in Septuagint) Leviticus 23:37-38 (in Septuagint)?

Why wouldnít it?  We all have moments of error, if a man said a black chalkboard was white, he may be extremely color blind or was taught wrong, but whatever his reason for his error, correct him with love and move on.  Col. 2:16 could say, donít let the world judge you in your obedience to God and the meaning would not alter.

  1. If in Col 2:16, the lack of the definite article before the word "Sabbath" in the Greek proves it cannot refer to the weekly Sabbath, then why does the weekly Sabbath lack the definite article in Matthew 28:1, John 5:9, 10, 16?

 I don't know where this argument come from but I am glad that he agrees that this is the Sabbath, and this scripture in Colossians proves that the gentile church was keeping it. read our article on Colossians 2:16 for a full study.

  1. If Isa 66:23 proves the Sabbath will be in heaven, will the new moon festival also be there? "from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath".

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

  Isaiah 66:22-23 (KJV)

If the Lord says it will be, then it will be.  So why does man continually try to abolish what the Lord kept and plans to keep?  The Sabbath!

  1. If Hebrews 4 teaches we are to keep the weekly Sabbath, then why does the text say we are to enter a rest that none of the Jews at the time of Joshua in the promised land ever experienced in v 8?

It doesnít say that.  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (v 8)  If Jesus had given them restÖit doesnít say He gave a restÖbut wouldnít He have appointed another day?  Nowhere in this verse does it say; that no one else has ever received the rest that Yahweh offers.  But keep reading, I donít like to single out verses.

9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

  Heb 4:9-10 (KJV)

Godís people get a rest in the same manner God did.  There is a dual meaning in this verse; if we cease from our works but do Godís works we have a rest.  An example would be Christ healing on the Sabbath or Moses leading Israel out of slavery from Egypt.

  1. If the Sabbath will endure forever because it is called "eternal" then wonít all the Jewish feasts and circumcision also endure because it is also called eternal in Gen 17:10-14 (same Hebrew word used)

Perhaps the author of Hebrews thought that was already understood and accepted.

  1. If the Sabbath will endure forever because it is called "holy" then wonít all the Jewish feasts also endure forever because they are also called holy?

Yes, now we are catching on.

  1. If the Sabbath will endure forever because God hallowed it, then wonít Solomon's temple Ps 65:4; 1 Ki 9:3 and the vessels in the tabernacle Ex 40:9; Num 31:6; 1 Ki 8:4 also endure forever because God hallowed them too?

Now youíre getting material and worldly.  God isnít about things of this world and His children arenít of this world.  All of Solomonís things have already gone.

  1. If the Sabbath will endure forever because it was an eternal sign between God and his people, then shouldnít we also still practice circumcision Gen 17:11 and Passover Ex 12:13 because it too is called an eternal sign between God and his people?

Circumcision has health benefits tied to it, similar to the food laws.  But there is a spiritual lesson attached to every physical example as is clarified in the New Testament Scripture; 23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

  John 7:23-24 (KJV)

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

  Romans 2:29 (KJV)

Shed the foreskins of our worldly way and circumcise ourselves unto the new flesh which is the Spirit in Christ.

  1. If it is only through the Sabbath that we can know that it is God who sanctifies us Ex 31:13, then what ever happened to faith in Christ sanctifying us? Any if we should therefore keep the Sabbath, then we must also build the tabernacle, for the Bible says through it we may know it is God who sanctifies us Ezel 37:28?

13 Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches:

  Ezek 31:13 (KJV)

Where is it that the Sabbath sanctifies us?  This has nothing to do with the Sabbath.

28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

  Ezek 37:28 (KJV)

The Lord sanctifies us!  The Sabbath is a sign between God and us. 9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

  Ex 13:9 (KJV)

Exodus shows that all of the Lordís laws (including the Sabbath) are for a sign of Godís people.

  1. If the fact that the Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament after Pentecost proves it is still in force, then does the mention of The Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1, The days of unleavened bread Acts 12:3; 20:6, Days of Purification: Acts 21:26, Animal Sacrifices: Acts 21:26, Circumcision: Acts 16:3, Temple worship: Acts 24:12 prove we must keep these too because they are also mentioned and must therefore also still be in force like the Sabbath?

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

  Acts 21:26 (KJV)

Because an offering may have been made, nothing is mentioned of a sacrifice!  Yes, we should observe all of the Lordís Sabbaths.  If we wish to have a building to worship in (not a necessary thing) then offerings should be made to maintain it, etc.  If we wish a Spiritual leader to reside fulltime then arrangements of tithes for that personís upkeep should be met.  Itís not necessary, read Matthew; 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

  Matt 18:20 (KJV)

 

  1. If Seventh-day Adventists want to deny that their official position is that worshipping on Sunday is the Mark of the Beast, do they realize that the "inspired" Ellen G. White, Uriah Smith, the Advent review and Leo Schreven (who conducts "Revelation seminars" today) all call it the mark of the beast?

9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

  Ex 13:9 (KJV)

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. 14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

  Ex 31:13-14 (KJV)

45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: 46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

  Deut 28:45-46 (KJV)

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

  Rev 14:9-11 (KJV)

It matters little if any man agrees with each other, only that we see what God says and agree with that.  Many more scripture show this, but these few make it clear that there is a mark or sign for God and Satan.  A mark in your forehead means it is how/what you think/believe and a mark in your hand is what you do or your works.  This is why Yah looks into our hearts and judge our works.  Worship on pagan days or festivals in Yahweh is an abhorred thing to do.

4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

  Deut 12:4 (KJV)

 

  1. Christians can find 21 reasons why the first day of the week is significant to their faith as Christians in the New Testament. Can Sabbatarians find even one reason in the New Testament why the Sabbath has any meaning distinct to Christians?

1. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. 9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

  Matt 12:8-9 (KJV)

2. 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

  Acts 13:14-16 (KJV)

3. 2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

  Mark 6:2 (KJV)

4. 1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

  Luke 14:1 (KJV)

5. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

  Luke 23:56 (KJV)

6. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

  Acts 15:21 (KJV)

7. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

  Acts 18:4 (KJV)

8. 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

  Acts 17:2-3 (KJV)

9. 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

  1 Cor 15:33-34 (KJV)

10. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

  2 Tim 3:10-17 (KJV)

11. 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

  Jude 1:3-7 (KJV)

12. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

  Heb 10:19-29 (KJV)

13. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

  Rev 22:13-14 (KJV)

14. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

  Rev 14:12 (KJV)

15. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

  7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

  2 John 1:5-9 (KJV)

16.

 

  3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

  7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

  1 John 2:3-7 (KJV)

17. 20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

  23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

  1 John 3:20-24 (KJV)

18. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

  1 John 5:2-5 (KJV)

19. 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

  1 Tim 6:14 (KJV)

20. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

  Romans 7:7-13 (KJV)

21. 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

  Eph 6:1-9 (KJV)

22. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

  1 Cor 7:19 (KJV)

 

Only 21?  The list for why we should be obedient could easily reach over 100 reasons.

  1. Did you know that the Jewish Sabbath was significant to the Jews because it was a memoral of this present physical creation and their deliverance from the bondage of Egypt and that the first day of the week is a memorial of our new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:7) and our deliverance from the bondage of sin. (Gal 4:4-5; Eph 1:7)

Continue on in Galatians; 8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

  Gal 4:8-11 (KJV)

Read on in Ephesians, too; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places

  Eph 1:17-20 (KJV)

The Sabbath is still significant.  Yahweh is Lord of the Sabbath.  Christ even rose on the Sabbath.  Scripture says the tomb was the already empty on the first day.  So the significance of the first day to Christians is part of the great delusion.  3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

  2 Thess 2:3-12 (KJV)

 

  1. Did you know that regardless of whether the Sadduceeís or Phariseeís method of calculating Pentecost was used the year Christ died, both would calculate Pentecost in Acts 2:1 as the first day of the week. Did you also know that the official position of the Seventh-day Adventist church was that Pentecost in Acts 2:1 fell on a Sunday that year?

It has no merit whether Pentecost was on the first day, third day or last day; reason is, the annual Sabbathís changed days of the week yearly, similar to a birthday would.

  1. Do you realize that the phrase, "that no collections be made when I come" in 1 Cor 16:2 proves the Christians were forbidden from saving up their offerings each week at home and demanded they put it into a common treasury every Sunday?

 

This is decidedly interesting logic on the part of bible.ca- interesting, but characteristically shoddy and poorly researched. First of all, the question cites the wrong Scripture verse. Ironically enough, Acts 13:14 reads:

"But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down."

Amusingly, if bible.ca's supporters behaved like the commendable Bereans and actually checked their Bibles, they'd notice that the very passage they allude to in opposition to Sabbatarianism actually reinforces it. Of course, very little of bible.ca stands up to Scriptural scrutiny, but we'll set aside the derogatory personal remarks for the moment. The verse which this writer has in mind is Acts 14:

"And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed."

And, indeed, in this instance, the Greek word κατά, which appears in 1 Corinthians 16:2 is translated "every". In fact, κατά is translated as "every" a whopping seventeen times in the King James Bible. Now, at first blush, this may seem like quite a blow against Sabbath-keepers, but the tables are turned when one considers that this word is used in the New Testament 378 times, and, quite frankly, this little word can have quite a variety of meanings. It is translated "charitably" in Romans 14:15, "excellent" in 1 Corinthians 12:31, "mightily" in Acts 19:20, "willingly" in Philemon 14, and even as "godly" in verses such as 2 Corinthians 11:2. Furthermore, although it may be translated "every" on seventeen occassions, it is also translated "daily" on seventeen occassions, and is used in the phrase "day by day" in Luke 11:3. Therefore, if bible.ca is to be consistent, they must admit that 1 Corinthians 16:2 can truthfully and coherently be rendered: "Daily on every first day..." Now, surely the Apostle Paul (not to mention the Holy Spirit) was not so grammatically inept as to miss such an obvious contradiction in terms. Consider, then, that the word κατά is translated "according" 109 times, in contexts such as Matthew 2:16:

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according [κατά] to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men."

κατά is translated "at" eight times, such as in Matthew 27:15 and Mark 15:6, both of which open: "Now at [κατά] that feast...", "concerning" five times, "on" four times ("But they said, Not on [κατά] the feast day..." [Mark 14:2]), "touching" three times, "into" two times, and so on and so forth. Clearly, the vast majority of the time, this word specifies a single, particular occasion (in fact, κατά is translated "particularly" twice), and not a recurring event. Finally, let us hear the testimony of the commentators:

"Upon some one first day of the week, or more, if there was a necessity for it, until the collection was finished; though the Syriac and Arabic versions render it, "every first day": but this is not the apostle's intention, that a collection should be made every first day, but only on some one day, or as long as it was necessary: for at the close of the verse he gives this reason for it, "that there be no gatherings when I come": whereas, if this collection was to have been every first day, and to have been always continued, it must have been when he was present, as well as when absent; but this was only designed for a certain time, and on a certain account..." -John Gill's Exposition of the Bible, Commentary on 1 Corinthains 16:2

 

  1. Did you know that 1 Cor 16:2 actually says, "EVERY 1st day" because the same Greek phrase is also found in Acts 13:14 "appointed elders in EVERY church". Did you know that you must give every 1st day of the week in to the churchís common treasury?

Read answer 80.

  1. If Jesus died on Wednesday and rose on the Sabbath rather than a Friday - Sunday duration because you demand a full 72 hours in the grave, then why did Jesus count the Friday - Sunday duration as three days in Lk 13:32?

32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

  Luke 13:32 (KJV)

32 But he said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Look, I cast out demons and accomplish healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I complete my work.

  Luke 13:32 (NET)

32 He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'

  Luke 13:32 (NIV)

32 He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Listen! I am driving out demons and healing today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will finish my work.

  Luke 13:32 (ISV)

32 And he said unto them, Go and say to that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am perfected.

  Luke 13:32 (ASV)

32 Jesus replied, "Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and doing miracles of healing today and tomorrow; and the third day I will reach my destination.

  Luke 13:32 (Living)

32)

Out of all these translations I donít see how anyone gleaned any specific day, only that it parallels the time Christ spent in the grave.

  1. If Jesus died on Wednesday and rose on the Sabbath rather than a Friday - Sunday duration because you demand a full 72 hours in the grave, why is exactly a 72 hour period called 4 days by Peter in Acts 10:3+9+23+24+30?

3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

  Acts 10:3 (KJV)

9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

  Acts 10:9 (KJV)

23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

  Acts 10:23-24 (KJV)

30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

  Acts 10:30 (KJV)

Reply for question 82 would apply to this question.  Cornelius mentions four days.  How does this make the 72 hours Christ was in the grave four days?

  1. If the fact that the 10 commandments were written in stone, that proves they will never be abolished, then where was Adamís stone copy of the 10 commandments? Why did God not give Adam a stone copy once for all time? Why is it that Moses was first person in history to not only see the 10 commandments, but the first person to hold the stone tablets upon which the 10 commandments were written? Why do Seventh-day Adventists argue that the ten commandment law is no longer written in stone, but in the flesh of the human heart in 2 Corinthians 3:3? (Of course 2 Cor 3:3 says the 10 commandments were abolished and the new Covenant, the law of Christ is written on human hearts)

2nd Corinthians doesnít abolish anything.  It shows the Spirit of the law being written in us.  Abraham had the law written in his heart.  Us legalists, Sabbath keepers, or what ever nick-name given donít just go by the letter of the law like we are accused, but live with the law written in us.  It is only by the righteous One residing in us that our carnal body obeys the letter of Yahwehís law.  During Israelís time in Egypt they had learned many bad things and grew away from God spiritually.  When Moses led Israel they were only able to comprehend the letter of the law and not the Spirit.  Certain leaders, prophets(esses) and judges lived by the Spirit of the law.  King Davidís eating of the shew bread is an example of this.

  1. If only the 10 commandments we can "live", then why does Ezek 20:11 say this of the "ceremonial law", "I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live." (Ezek 20:11)?

11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. 12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

  Ezek 20:11-12 (KJV)

It doesnít say ceremonial law.  Read on in Ezekiel.

27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.

  Ezek 20:27 (KJV)

30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?

  Ezek 20:30 (KJV)

We see that they are abominations and spiritual whores who blaspheme the Lord by doing as the heath/pagans do unto their gods.  4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

  Deut 12:4 (KJV)

In Revelations we are given the final or completed picture of those wonít live because they profaned Godís commandment.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

  Rev 2:5 (KJV)

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

  Rev 2:9-10 (KJV)

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

  Rev 2:13-16 (KJV)

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star.

  Rev 2:19-28 (KJV)

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

  Rev 3:2-5 (KJV)

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

  Rev 3:8-12 (KJV)

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

  Rev 3:15-21 (KJV)

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

  Rev 7:3-4 (KJV)

4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

  Rev 9:4 (KJV)

18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

  Rev 9:18-21 (KJV)

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

  Rev 12:17 (KJV)

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

  Rev 13:12-17 (KJV)

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

  Rev 17:14-18 (KJV)

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

  Rev 19:11-21 (KJV)

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

  Rev 20:10 (KJV)

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

  Rev 20:14-15 (KJV)

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

  Rev 21:23-27 (KJV)

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

  Rev 22:4 (KJV)

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

  Rev 22:11-15 (KJV)

These are some highlights of good and bad, life and death.  Blessed are they that do his commands.  I have set before you life and death, therefore, choose life.  Follow Yahwehís commandments, our soul depends on it.  We must end our justifying of our worldly ways because only God can justify us.

Be blessed and be diligent and prayerful in the study of Yahís Word.