19 A Perpetual Covenant

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We should strive to be among the 144,000 and because that is what we need to be doing, we need to be acquainted with the experiences of the 144,000.  The beginning of Revelation 7 is given to the sealing of the 144,000.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things…

After what things? The chapter before we read about the sixth seal. So after these things the items in the sixth seal John saw four angels.

Revelation 7:1 I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  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.

We see after these things there was some work to be done before this earth gets consumed. The sixth seal covers some events and it also covers Jesus coming in the clouds but in chapter 7 before the seventh seal is opened in chapter 8 something has to happen before the earth gets destroyed.  Chapter 7 must be before the coming of Jesus but after certain things in the sixth seal.

Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

This is the coming of Jesus.  Some events were taking place in the opening of the sixth seal which eight Bible writers talk about.  Do you realise there are eight Bible writers that talk about this event?  Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos and Isaiah all talk about this.  If you do a study of these eight writers there are four in the Old Testament and four in the New Testament and if you get the descriptions they all say it a little different not that they contradict each other but add another dimension of how and what it did. You come to an idea of what and when was this dark day as there have been in the history of the world a few dark days.  Jesus talks about it in Matthew and the destruction of Jerusalem.  After the destruction of Jerusalem there would be a time of trouble.

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

This is talking directly in relation to a persecution period because Gods people were being killed.  It is different to the time of trouble in Daniel 12:1.  That time of trouble is a time of trouble for the wicked and the righteous. It is a global time of trouble. This time of trouble is a time of trouble for the elect.  Those days had to be shortened otherwise there would be no more faithful people left.  It is talking about the dark ages and the inquisition and all those mass murders and the martyrs of the dark ages.  The days had to be shortened. In prophetic time the saints were given to the papacy to tread underfoot for 1260 years.  But the days of the tribulation had to be shortened within that period.

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

The 1260 years was a time period of papal supremacy but inside of that was a time of persecution and it had to stop before the 1260 years was up because those days had to be shortened. Mark says within those days after the tribulation.

Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

It’s within the 1260 years but it’s after the tribulation shall the sun be darkened.

Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

That is exactly what the sixth seal was all about.  It was in the year 1776 that the last martyr was killed in Spain. How many years after was 1780?  Four years later there was a dark day.  That dark day of 1780 in the encyclopaedia and in the eight mentions of that day in the Bible match perfectly. You can’t match any other dark day to the eight descriptions given in the Bible.  When it was to go dark it was to be dark from the rising of the sun and the darkest time was to be at midday the Bible says and also in the description of the encyclopaedia.  This took place in 1780 and in 1833 a meteor shower.  Speaking of the sixth seal and after these things, it can’t have been the end of the whole of the sixth seal or Jesus would already be coming.  After these things namely that which took place in Revelation 6:12 and 13 is followed by Revelation 7.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

John says after these things in 1780 and 1833 I saw.  In the 1830’s there were rumblings in Europe of war but in the year 1848 was a revolution around Europe and over 30 nations were in revolution.  Kings were being dethroned and governments were being overrun by the common people and it stopped by the end of that year.  By the end of 1848 there was a holding back.  The angel of Revelation 7 ascended from the east. What else ascends from the east?  The sun ascends from the east.  The angel that ascended from the east having the seal of the living God was in the year 1848 which was the same year the first Sabbath conferences were held in America but it was only very small.  How much light comes when the sun starts rising?  Just a little bit and it will grow and grow until the full blaze of noonday.  So it was from the events that took place in 1848 we have a grand movement today that wouldn’t have existed if that strife wasn’t held back.  This is the timing of the seal of the living God.  This seal was to be placed where?  In their foreheads. The seven churches are seven periods of Ecclesiastical time.

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 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.

Who is to worship at the saints feet?  The synagogue of Satan at the feet of the 144,000.

Revelation 3:10 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.

The people that existed in the time of Philadelphian church were those were living when there was an open door.  There was another room to go into.  All of Christs saints sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Therefore these saints in heavenly places had a door open for them.  This is none other than the opening of the second apartment of the heavenly sanctuary where God commences his judgement.  What year did that happen?  1844.  It was the same time that Europe was in stir that the angel started ascending from the east having the seal of the living God because who was sealed with their fathers name written on them?  These people. It indicates they will die as it says I will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which is now. Are we living in the hour of temptation now?  Do the people of the Philadelphia church live today? No because it says blessed are they who die.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

This is the time period where the name will be placed on the saints. How many were there that were sealed in their forehead?  The Bible says 144,000.  As the seal was to be placed in their forehead these people were to have the name of God written upon them.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

The seal would be placed where?  We are told the people of the Philadelphian period will have their name upon them and here is a text saying the Fathers name will be written on their forehead and these people that have the Fathers name written on the forehead are to serve him in the temple and in the Laodicean case we will be serving him on the throne.

Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

The fathers name written in the forehead is what the angel is sealing the people with.  144,000 having their Fathers name in their forehead and that was the seal to mark these people different from everyone else.  Revelation 15 is speaking of the same company of people.  I’m amazed at how much the Bible talks about the 144,000.  It’s as if all of earth’s history just points to that time. God is very interested in us today.  Never think that God leaves his people at the end of the world because the Bible has a condensed reality for us today.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Whose song was that?  Moses.  What happened in the days of Moses?  Was God’s name glorified in the earth?  Who shall not fear thee?  Was there a fear of the name of the Lord at the time of Moses?  We know the story of the Exodus. The Egyptian army came after the Israelites and they went through under the direction of Moses who is being directed by God and they went through the Red Sea not to mention all the plagues that devastated Egypt and as they went through the Red Sea, this nation which was the head of the world in its day was to destroyed by God.  By the time they came around into Canaan were the nations scared?  They had heard of what had happened and there was fear on the nations because of what God had done for these people. The 144,000 have a direct relation to the seeing the experience of Moses.

Deuteronomy 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

The 144,000 gain the victory over the world and by them overcoming the world Jesus has the power to come and rule the nations with a rod of iron and smash the image.  The people know the Fathers name is upon them and they shall be afraid of thee.  This Father’s name, the seal of God that is placed upon the forehead is what we want to understand because if we are to strive to be among them.

It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him. The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. {GW 261.1}

What does it mean to embrace him as a personal saviour?  Does it mean if there was no one else in the world that he would care just for you? When you read the Bible do you read it as though he is talking just to you?  Do you read the Bible like that?  If you don’t read the Bible like that he is not your personal saviour.  It’s just time and place every time you read it as though it’s for the Jews only and not for us.

Many hold faith as an opinion. But saving faith is a transaction, by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God. Genuine faith is life. A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power.  {GW 261.1}

Does that mean it’s a two way street?  How do you overcome the world? This is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith. This faith was a characteristic of the 144,000 for it is written that here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.  They have this faith that brings them into covenant relation with God by which the soul becomes a conquering power.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

They overcame the world.  Do any of you know of a covenant that has a result of a name change?  Is marriage a covenant?  Do you get a name change?  If we want the Fathers name we need to have a covenant relation.  Is marriage a relation?  Absolutely. It is a relation that results in a different name.  Marriage was only ever a symbol of what heaven was like and I praise the God that he always ordained practical ways to understand the gospel.  He has to mankind from the beginning a lifestyle, a way of relating to one another to teach us how to be saved.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Is God holy?  He wants to have a covenant relation and that person will be holy.

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

This relationship of a name change, do you want to see the name change in the Bible? It is very clear.

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

What is his name?  The Lord our Righteousness.  That is the name of the person who came out of the loins of David.  Jesus Christ his name is the Lord Our Righteousness.

Jeremiah 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this [is the name] wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.

What name is it?  Is that the same name? There is the name change and this name change is for only those who enter into covenant relation with him.  When Jesus came to earth he taught certain principles. One of these principles was that salvation comes by knowing Jesus Christ and God.  In a marriage do two people get to know each other?  True they do but to what degree?  Do any of you know me like my wife knows me?  No.  Because that covenant relationship that I’ve entered into has allowed the knowledge to increase far beyond just an opinion of what they are like.  They don’t really know they just observe, see and conclude but this is eternal life that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ who thou hast sent.

John 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

See this relationship?  Who bore the fathers name?  The son?  Does the son bear the fathers name?  Absolutely.  For a woman to have the same name she needs to get married.  Jesus came born of God.  His name was the same name as the father.  I have manifested thy name unto men which thou hast given me.  Eternal life is knowing Jesus in a covenant relationship that requires your name to be changed to the same name and eventually you become the same person.  Because of this, God’s people are sealed.  What does the name change and knowing God have anything to do with the seal of the 144,000?  Have I made a far stretch here by connecting them by bible texts?

The Seal of the Living God

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

This is the seal of the living God.  Anyone that is going to name the name of Christ or get married must have a departing of iniquity.  If you want to get to know Jesus you must cease the iniquitous life.  We compare scripture with scripture as it opens up a big field of study.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up,

What time period is that when the door is shut?  The close of probation.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

If you want to name the name of Christ you need to know him in a covenant relationship.  If you don’t know him in a covenant relationship you are a worker of iniquity.  You can eat with him and listen to his teachings but if you hold the truth as an opinion and theory and knowing how it all works, if that is just external, you are called a worker of iniquity as you’ve not really named the name of Christ. You’ve not gotten married in other words. This is the seal of God.  What was put in the forehead? The Fathers name was placed in the forehead and that name only can come by a covenant that can change the name namely marriage.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 24 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

We can be as religious as we like but if we haven’t entered into a covenant relationship with him we are workers of iniquity.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

It’s not that you didn’t know, you didn’t know enough.  You just knew them as an external friend, you didn’t know them like your wife or husband. You were destroyed because of lack of knowledge because thou has rejected knowledge.  I don’t want to get too close, I don’t want this man to rule over me as my husband.  He is a nice guy but to enter into a covenant relationship where he dominates me? No, no.  Thou shalt be no priest to me.  What are the 144,000 to do?  Serve in the temple as priests.  You will not be a priest to me if you don’t get that full knowledge.  Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God.  There is something to forget about God’s law. I will also forget thy children.  Are there marriages that suffer because there is a lack of knowledge between the partners?  Does your partner ever say you don’t know me?  Or do you feel that you can’t open up sometimes because there is no connection really.

You are married on paper but you are not really one flesh. Unfortunately that is today’s picture of marriages.  Many husbands and wives don’t know each other. Yes in the physical but this is not we are talking about.  We are talking about mentally knowing each other, knowing what each other is thinking and compassionate understanding for one another.  What is the best way to fix a relationship where people don’t really know each other properly or what causes the lack of knowledge where you have been married for so long but you say my name is such and such as you don’t really know each other anymore and you have to greet each other and make sure you at least know the name of the person.  What will fix that?  What is the cause the makes it happen? Lack of time.  In the world if one of the partners forgets the anniversary, do you know what happens? You don’t care about me.  I care about you. No if you do you would have remembered.  You forgot about a birthday and it’s interpreted as though you don’t care.  I care but I’m just busy. I talk to you every night and morning, is that good enough? To come back from work and talk to the wife and in the morning you talk to the wife and go, is that good enough?  No.  So it is that because the people have forgotten the law of the covenant they haven’t entered into true covenant relationship.

Ezekiel 20:12 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. 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God.

Here is a time where God says remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. The Sabbath day is the day that God wants undivided attention to build the relationship so when he comes he will know you and you know him.  In that relationship you will then get your name change. People say the Sabbath is works, you shouldn’t have to keep the Sabbath.  It’s amazing because the Sabbath is rest, not works and out of all the commandments it is the one that doesn’t get accepted. The one that you don’t work and anyone who keeps it works. They work and they don’t rest. They say it was given to the Jews but God said remember the Sabbath day.  If they didn’t know it, how could they remember it?  Because it was written in Genesis. They had to remember the seventh day because it was written.

Genesis 2:2 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.

Therefore the Sabbath was given to man, not the Jews. It is a day that establishes the relationship as my personal saviour.  He can’t be your personal saviour if you are not connected with him because you are not personally connected in a covenant relation.  That covenant relation gives you the ability to be victorious.  It is the seventh day that God had rested.  Some say it doesn’t matter what day you rest on.  It’s a bit like if my wife and I made some time to spend together and I said this is the day I’ve taken off work and she says fine I’ll just take Wednesday of because it doesn’t matter.  So I have Sabbath off and my wife has Wednesday off because it doesn’t matter which day.  Does it matter which day?  God picked the day, you can’t change that. It’s like making an anniversary on another day and not even being there with the person.  Some will say we shouldn’t worry about the Sabbath, we should be seven day Christians, and we should always talk with God.  Absolutely but talking every day with your wife doesn’t mean you know each other unless you spend undivided attention. God is setting precedents of what man should do with the wife.

The man should take time from his work and say this is the time I am stopping my work and I will devote it to spending it with the person I love.  That is what the Sabbath day is about and the Christian world won’t accept it.  It is a fact that when the Christian world ignore the sabbath day, will come to the judgement and the close of probation and will say everything we have done and God will say I don’t know you guys, you didn’t even spend a minute with me on my day. You wanted to make your own day and he will take them and cast them into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  God has specified the day and this day does not just belong to the Jews.  People say we are always reading the Old Testament.  Can anybody tell me which part of the bible was the apostolic church founded upon?  The Old Testament.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Which part of the bible was that?  The Old Testament.  Therefore if we take out the to we can’t be apostolic at all. If we just rely on the book of Acts and say we are the Apostolic church because we rely on what happened in Acts in speaking in tongues, it is not what they relied on, they relied on the Old Testament.

Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2 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. 3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a dry tree. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose [the things] that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Do you want this name?  The gentiles and strangers that come in, don’t let them feel that they can’t keep the sabbath, if the gentiles will come in and keep the sabbath day from polluting it and please God, he will give them a name better than all the others.  What name was that?  The Lord Our Righteousness.  He will impress the father’s name, which is the sons name in their forehead because they have kept the covenant, the marriage covenant, and the anniversary.  Praise the Lord that God made a weekly anniversary, you don’t have a year to have a special time.  He wants it every week.  God will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.  If you name the name of God in all reality, can that name ever be cut off?  No because it is like saying God will be cut off.

Isaiah 56:6 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; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

My holy mountain.  What name is that?  Mount Zion.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Isaiah 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

Here is a mind field of study in this chapter.  In this chapter those that join themselves to God and keep the covenant which is the marital covenant by keeping the Sabbath day will have the name on their foreheads and be placed upon Mount Zion.  It is very clear what this seal is all about.  Those that choose the things that please me.  They are going to build up the old waste places.  They are going to restore what was established in Eden. You can’t get older than that.

Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].

Those that will please him. When a married couple spend time together but are half doing other things, is that pleasing in the relationship?  How would you feel if you went to your spouse and said let’s talk and you said yes let’s talk?  This is a reality because whatever occupies the mind, where your treasure is there will be your heart be also.  The lord is to be our treasure.  Where our treasure is there will our heart be also.  When we do the Sabbath we won’t do our own pleasure.  This is the difference between the seal of God and the mark of the Beast.

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Can you have pleasure in doing things that are not your natural pleasure?

Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:

Is it delightful not to do your own pleasure?  Right there is the impossibility of keeping this law.  Its not about using Saturday as the day to go to church. That has little to do with it.  It is delighting yourself in God. Delighting in doing things that aren’t in the carnal flesh. When you don’t speak your own words, when you spend that time and take that effort to get to know God, then you will delight yourself in the Lord. When you get to know him properly, in his presence there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Everyone who joins themselves to Jesus has the same name and if we all have the same name then we are all of the same family.

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

This is a necessity to find delight in the Lord as the carnal mind will get very weak from dwelling among spiritual subjects but if the spirit strengthens the inner man then you can know;

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

If we would enter into a covenant relationship with God and take the Bible as he is talking to us personally, if we would take the Spirit of Prophecy and the gems in the morning watch books and read them as though he is talking personally to me, if you have a question ask the Lord.  Read it in conversational style.  Ask a question and keep reading, as you will find the question often gets answered.  All of a sudden something starts happening as you do that.it becomes a relationship.  This Bible is living.  When we study and we come across a text and you read before and after, it is amazing.  It passes knowledge.  You start to get to know his voice and see his character how it is written.  We can’t use another version of the Bible. The King James is divinely written in English. If you start changing the Bible, you start changing the voice. People say it’s hard to read, its not common talk. It is love talk, not common talk.  It has to be elevated above the miasma above common conversation.  God is relating to you.  I really like the Bible how in Revelation 2 one of the promises he gives to the overcomers;

Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].

Sometimes when people are married they call each other a different name. There is a love name they have between each other. It is unappropriated for another to come in and call a person that love name.  Jesus our Lord is going to give you a name that only you and him know together.  You will have a special name. He is a personal saviour. There are 144,000 and you may think you will be in the crowd. You won’t. He will know you and he will have a name for you that has a ring to it.  It has a depth of meaning to it.  That is the sort of love revealed in the overcomers. There is a need for us because Gods people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, there are certain things that come into the mind that destroy the lack of knowledge.

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

There are thoughts that float around our head that if we ponder them they push out the intimacy of God on the Sabbath. The Sabbath day is to be sacred time in your head.  This time is a time to get to know him even more and spend the whole time undivided on that purpose.  This will prove your conversion and name change. This will prove your marital relation with him.  How can we know who is on the Lord’s side?

Many profess to be on the Lord’s side, but they are not; the weight of all their actions is on Satan’s side. By what means shall we determine whose side we are on? Who has the heart? With whom are our thoughts? {FLB 220.3}

What do you think about the most?  What is the tenor of your thoughts?

Upon whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best energies? If we are on the Lord’s side, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. We have no friendship with the world; we have consecrated all that we have and are to Him. We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things.  {FLB 220.3}

If this is the breath of your soul, you will delight yourself in the Lord that the world will never know.  By that knowledge you will be found in him.  You will be found as it is written sealed with the seal of the living God.

Revelation 7:3 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.

Whatever your character trait is like, he is still wanting that relationship.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

It is only by the observance of that anniversary time where God is in that day, he blessed it because he rested on that day.  It is the day he has chosen.  If you want to get to know him, you must take that same time period of from sunset Friday to sundown Sabbath and spend that time with him as he has taken that time to grant a special blessing, which he won’t any other time of the week.  You can talk to him all day long every other day and he will communicate with you like any other relationship but this is the day he has chosen. Therefore if you strive to be among these people and if you want to be saved in the end, you must spend time with him.  The Sabbath is a basis for salvation because it is relationship based.

Amen.

Posted on March 25, 2011, in Sermons For Sabbath, The Consummation of the Everlasting Covenant and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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