02 Your Face is Telling

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The best repairer is the manufacturer. In mechanics that’s a fact, whoever built the car is the best person to fix the car. We all need repairing. The whole world needs repairing and the best one to do that is the person who created it, the manufacturer of this planet. He can fix us. When we dwell upon the power of our God, really, is there any excuse, any reason for stress? When the Israelites came before the Red Sea, do you think they were a little stressed? Perhaps a bit more than a little, I think they were very stressed.

Here is this big mass of water and it posed big issues considering the situation behind them and the situation beside them; big mountains, black Pharaoh coming after them and this water mass in front of them. If they considered that in the creation God divided the waters from the waters, they would understand that this little puddle of water before them was nothing that was beyond the capabilities of God. God can separate the waters. The Bible records that God sent a wind. That word ‘wind’ translates as spirit. When Noah was on the ark and the water was everywhere, it says that the Lord sent the wind and it dealt with the water.

When we get stressed we have situations in our life where we get perplexed. If we dwell on the abilities of God, then those difficulties actually will melt away into nothing. When something is really big, do you know how to make it small? You look at something bigger, then you look back at it again and you see that it is not so big. When my daughter was just born, I thought my youngest was small until Shiloh was born then I realised she’s big, this is small. We have this issue in life, where we get so caught up in the narrow situations and stresses of life, but if we stand back and say, The God who I serve built this whole planet. The earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the spirit moved upon the waters. Do you realise that you are 75% water? Do you think God can deal with you? God can deal with our little bit of water that we have. All the chemicals that float in us, do you think that God can arrange them properly? Do you think that God is greater than us?

Absolutely. If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart. This thought is only valuable when you think about it in the situation. It’s all well and nice for us to come to a convention and have a lovely spiritual time and say yes, God is the Creator and, then when we get into our situations do we remember that or not? The Bible says if our mind is stayed on Him, what will happen to us? He says he will keep us in perfect peace. Do you think that will be reflected on your face?

You have to choose who you want to serve. No man can serve two masters, it cannot happen. Therefore take no thought of what you will eat and what you will wear and what you will put on. In other words, you can’t serve the devil if you’re serving God. It is impossible, so don’t worry. If God is your God, if you have made Him everything in your life and you have dedicated yourself to His service to be repaired by Him, then we have nothing to fear if that is the case. We have to make a choice. God says, I made you. Part of love is allowing people to choose whether they want it or not. This can almost be like the weak spot in creation. God makes everything so solid and firm and then this weak spot that He now gives, or choice to those things that He created. Now it’s up to them if they want Him still to reign over them.

There are so many people who say, I don’t want Him to reign over me, I want to reign over myself or I want the world to dictate to me what the fashions are or what the customs are. I am going to conform to the world’s standards. I don’t want the Lord. If that is the case, then there is no rest, there is no peace. The Bible tells us that there is no rest for the wicked. They are like the troubled sea that cannot rest. If you choose God, the Creator, to be your sustainer, then you will have peace; there is no other way, you will have it. That peace will be shown upon your countenance. If we do not have the Creator as our sustainer, then we will not have peace and that also will be shown on our countenance.

Genesis 4:1-6 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

In the process of time, that means at the end of a situation. When you have a process to be done, there is a time. In the process of that time there was worship done by Cain and Abel. The word process means the ending of something. When we consider at the end of the month or the end of the year there wasn’t anything particular written at that time, but at the end of the week, there was something. Was a week a time period? Was there a process – 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day, 6th day, 7th day? It was the last day of the week, in the process of time; Cain and Abel came to worship God. Here these two are at the end of this process of time (of the week) and they come to worship God. We should all do that, coming at the end of the week in the process of time, and offer to the Lord sacrifice.

You notice that just because you can come at the process of time, you can come on the seventh day of the week, the Sabbath of the Lord our God, but that does not mean we will be blessed. These two brethren came and they came to offer these sacrifices. When Abraham said when he was taking Isaac to the mountain to offer him, We are going to worship, sacrifice is worship, so in this worship that they were engaging in, it had two vastly different results. The result was shown upon the countenance. Cain’s countenance fell. As soon as Cain’s countenance fell, God said, Why are you upset?

We actually communicate more with our faces than with our mouths. Over 60% of communication is visual. If I was to say to you, I’m really happy with a frown on my face, would you believe me? I told you I was happy, why didn’t you believe me? Because my face told you something else. In all our senses, hearing, smell, taste, sight; if any senses contradict each other, guess which wins? Sight. We can talk about serving the Lord, we can make a profession, but unless people can see it, it means nothing. What is written on your face will tell more, it will be a greater sermon to the world than what you verbally say. Here we have a situation where Cain came and God didn’t have respect unto Cain and his offering (worship) that he was delivering. Cain got sad, his countenance went down and God reads that countenance.

You don’t have to say anything to God, He can see your face. It is really interesting how much we communicate with our face. If I look to someone and I smile, someone smiles back. As we behold a countenance it reflects on us, like a little baby smiles back when you smile. We are talking. When our faces hang down, we are communicating to the Lord. Do you believe that we’re talking to God with our face? Cain’s face fell and God said, Why are you upset, Cain? What’s wrong with you?

Genesis 4:7-15 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, [that] every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

This word ‘well’ is the word ‘amend’. If you will amend your ways, you will be accepted. Both Cain and Abel were both sinners. They both had sinned. Sometimes we think if we never have sinned then God will accept us. No, if we amend our sinful ways God will accept us. That is the word ‘well’. If you don’t amend your ways, sin lies at the door. That is one lesson we need to learn, vengeance belongs to God. Don’t take vengeance in your own hands; God can mark, He can reserve a person for His vengeance. The angels that have left their first estate and He has reserved them in darkness unto everlasting punishment. God knows how to put a mark on someone who He will give punishment to, so you don’t have to do it. I thank the Lord for that. It’s not our job to mark people and punish them, It’s God’s job; He does that.

Cain came to worship God but he came not according to God’s command because the Bible is very clear that without blood there should be no remission of sins. This offering, this worship was actually the worship of the forgiveness of sins. Cain brought his vegetables which was not required, it was the blood of the lamb to typify Jesus who is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Cain thought that’s a bit messy, I don’t like that. With human reasoning he brought along his vegetables and thought God can’t complain, He should take what He gets. He should be happy. Human reasoning was placed above the command of God, and in doing that, Cain was very disappointed and his countenance fell. God entreated him, If you amend your ways it’s okay.. He didn’t, he rejected the second call, and then God place a mark upon him. All because his countenance fell and he was upset, he was annoyed at God for what God had said. Every person will come to the point of having a mark on their face according to what their countenance will reveal.

The Lord saw the wrath of Cain. He saw the falling of his countenance. Thus is revealed how closely the Lord marks every action, all the intents and purposes, yes, even the expression of the countenance. This, though man may say nothing, expresses his refusal to do the way and will of God. {CC 26.2}

Mark the words of the Lord. . . .This question may be addressed to every young man and young woman who, like Cain, reveal their passion . . . when acting out the promptings of Satan, which are in direct opposition to the requirements of God. {CC 26.3}

If you choose to throw off the sacred, restraining influence of the truth, Satan will lead you captive at his will. You will be in danger of giving scope to your appetites and passions, giving loose rein to lusts, to evil and abominable desires. Instead of bearing in your countenance a calm serenity under trial and affliction, like faithful Enoch, having your face radiant with hope and that peace which passeth understanding, you will stamp your countenance with carnal thoughts, with lustful desires. You will bear the impress of the satanic instead of the divine. {CC 26.4}

Many children and youth have their characters imprinted on their countenances. Their life’s history they carry in the features of the face. . . . If Christ is the abiding principle in the heart, you may read purity, refinement, peace, and love in the features. In other countenances, an evil character hangs out the sign; selfishness, cunning, deceit, falsehood, enmity, and jealousy are expressed there. How difficult it is for truth to impress the hearts and countenances of such characters! . . . {CC 26.5}

All spiritual culture Christ has provided for His children. If Jesus is abiding in the soul, the heart is filled with the holy graces of His Spirit, which makes itself manifest in the transforming of the features. If you would have beauty and loveliness of character, the divine law must be written upon the heart and carried out in the life. {CC 26.6}

You might not say a word and God already gets a no from you. You can read something in the Bible, you might not even mention anything about it, but your countenance will tell God, God, I don’t like what I just read. God takes it as that. You can go walking in the world today, and what do people’s faces look like; especially the young generation who sit in front of the computer playing computer games for hours, what does their face look like afterwards? Their eyes are red and glassy, they’re really dark in their face. Why is their countenance shown like that? Because that’s what’s happening to their characters. We want peace, joy and serenity. That can only come when we worship God with knowledge of His creative power. If we desire to throw off the restraining influence of truth, Satan will lead us captive. God put two trees in the garden of Eden. He said All the trees in this garden, all of it is good to the eyes, they were all beautiful trees and good for food, but this one here, no, you’re not allowed that There was a restraint of truth and God said very clearly, If you eat the fruit you will die. God made the commandment very clear.

When man (Eve) came to that tree, she saw that it was pleasant to the eye. Aren’t all trees pleasant to the eye? Isn’t the fruit good for food, isn’t fruit nice? All the other trees were pleasant to the eye and good for food, so when she came to this one, what difference was it from all the others? The others had those qualities to them but she saw that this one would make her wise. This one will make me smarter than God. So she took of it. When God makes a requirement and my mind starts to think, I think I know a bit better about this topic than God, we put human reasoning above God’s requirements. This is what Cain did. God made it very clear that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Cain started rationalising, thinking and pondering about it till the requirement was gone from his mind. When he brought his offering it was not accepted and then he got upset. This is shown on the face.

Many children and youth have their characters imprinted on their countenance. Their life history are carried in the features of the face. If Christ is the abiding principle in the heart, you may read purity, refinement, peace, love in the features. {CC 26.5}

Our faces have a different appearance after we spend time with God. Who spent time with God on top of a mountain? His name was Moses. After he was communing with God, what was his face like? It was shining so much that the people couldn’t even see. The Bible says Moses did not know his face was shining. Everyone else could see it, but he didn’t. As we consider this, that things are shown on our countenance, let’s not study our countenance, let’s study Jesus. Let’s not look in the mirror and say ,I need a little wrinkle uplift or I need to make myself look better. No, study Jesus, that will fix the problem. Don’t worry about your countenance, worry about Jesus, and your countenance will be okay.

These graces of the Spirit will transform the features. If you would have the beauty and loveliness of character the divine law must be written in the heart and carried out in the life. The fruits of the Spirit, the manifestations, the showing of the Spirit is love, joy and peace. When you understand that the world was framed by the word of God, and the power of creation and you apply that to your life today, you will have peace.

Some will say the Christian’s life is difficult, there are trials and struggles. Yes, there are trials and struggles and our face may not always be in the smiling position, we may have sorrow, we may have anguish and this will appear on our face; but the anguish and sorrow of a Christian is only the anguish of giving birth to a child. What is the face of a lady when they are in labour? It doesn’t look too relaxed. It’s sorrow and the Bible says we will have sorrow. What is a lady’s face like afterwards? It yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness, it is joy and they shine. They don’t know they shine. You can tell pregnant women or a lady who has had a baby and they are generally serving the Lord, they have this shine about them, but they don’t know it.

This trial is only in relation to following the Lord. A Christian should only have a sorrowful time when wrestling with God and the promises and gaining victories. We shouldn’t be worried about the bank account, and all the peripheries of life; God will take care of them. We need to focus on Him and when we do that the tendency of our countenance will be peace. This worship shows on the countenance. How you worship is revealed on your face. Worshipping is simply admiring.

Revelation 14:6-7 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Do you dwell on the earth? We are all here, this is for us. This word admire, to fear God, to understand His power, how many people fear the ocean; but how many people love to look upon it? It’s beautiful, but it has some power in it that we don’t really want to mess with because we will get hurt if we step on the wrong side of it. God has this power and we need a healthy fear, because if we are on the wrong side of it, it’s terrible but it is also beautiful and it is awesome. God is calling us to admire God.

When you admire someone, generally it’s something they’ve done that you admire. Think of someone you have always admired, may be from your past, generally it’s what they do that you admire about them. When it comes to the worship of God, what is the best way to be able to admire Him? To dwell upon His creation. Here, this message in Revelation, calls the attention right back to Genesis having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, saying Fear God, give glory to him for the hour of his judgment is come and worship and admire him who made these things.

Revelation 14:8-13 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 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, 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: 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. Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

This everlasting gospel is worshipping God, and if any man worship the beast, he will receive a mark. What’s it all about? It’s all about worship; it’s all about admiring. Do you admire technology more or the creation of God? Which really speaks to your heart more? When a new app comes out or God’s creation? What is it that catches our attention? If we worship the Lord we are partaking of the everlasting gospel, but if any man will worship or admire the beast and his image, there will be no rest.

What does someone’s face look like when they haven’t had any rest for a while? We saw that yesterday when a lot of people had driven over a long night. That is only one night without rest. This is day and night without rest. Do you think that will be shown on the countenance? We have this situation of worshipping God and this rest will give this peace. Peace is shown on your face, then it says;

Here is the patience of the saints: ere [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14;12.

How many of us get the chance to really dwell upon God’s power in creation? The other week I had the privilege of looking at how intricate the ear drum and how hearing actually works. It is amazing. The sensitivity of the ear is incredible. When you look at it, it blows the thought of evolution out of the water, then it makes you think God is amazing. Your eardrum can pick up a noise, a movement, that is smaller than a hydrogen atom, and your ear can pick it up. If there is blood going in my ear, wouldn’t my ear be really noisy all the time? Your brain just tunes out, there is a part of your brain that switches off the noise of the blood travelling in your ear. It makes a noise, but your brain mutes it. Wouldn’t you want to worship God when you look at these things?

How much time do we get to do that? When do we get time to stop and be still and know that God is God. It would be a really good idea if there was a special time that was just devoted to dwelling upon this topic. To stop work, not clean the house, to have a break, a rest and have a certain time period to remember the creations of God, to have a memorial. Do you think that would be a good idea or not? I think it would be a great idea, because then we can dwell on the gospel. If we believe we are gospel Christians this idea should not be foreign to us, this idea of having a special day to do this would be wonderful.

I think it would be a brilliant idea to have time away from our busy schedule, a whole twenty-four hour period where we can have a good rest and actually be able to have the mental function to be able to dwell upon God’s power.

Psalm 111:2-4 The works of the LORD [are] great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work [is] honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD [is] gracious and full of compassion.

Do you find it amazing to understand these things and to get a glimpse of them? If you have pleasure in knowing God and his works you will seek them out, you will make time for it. To have a rest; stop your work, have a break and think about God. His works are great and those that have pleasure in that will make time for it.

Do you see the relationship between His works and His righteousness? The word righteousness is just right works. When God works it’s always right, so God’s works are righteousness. When you are looking at the trees, that will tell you about righteousness will it not? The trees of righteousness. We are to be trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.

I was pondering before I came in here, Lord, you made the tree to stand up tall and do what it’s doing and praise the Lord it is actually doing what He wanted it to do, and I pray that I can do what He wants me to do. If the tree can do it by the power of God’s word, can I do it by God’s power? Yes. That gives me some comfort that, that tree is proof that God will help me; visible, tangible proof. I can touch that tree, I can hug it, it is real and it tells me something that I can’t see. That is God’s power to help me which is invisible. The things that are made tell of the things that cannot be seen.

When He made the six day creation, He made it to be remembered. That word ‘remembered’ is translated as memorial. Young’s literal translation reads ‘the Lord hath made a memorial for His wonderful works. That is God had this idea of saying it would be good if man would dwell upon this, so I’m going to make a memorial. He made the Sabbath and Jesus says clearly that the Sabbath was made for man. He made it for man. Here is the Creator, He makes something and He gives it to man and most men don’t want it; amazing. The amazing thing is that people today say that to keep the Sabbath is works. It is works-based. How can you make a rest, works? If I would take a rest and someone would accuse me of working, I would call that person insane, because they don’t realise that I’m not working, I’m resting. Let it be very clear that the Sabbath day has nothing to do with works. It has to do with rest. This rest isn’t just sleeping in bed all day, this rest is actually dwelling upon God’s power, because He hath made a memorial for His works. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered. How we worship will determine what is on our countenance. If you don’t want rest that’s fine, you will get the mark of the beast, because they don’t have rest. If you want the rest of God, then this is it, He has made it for this purpose.

Matthew 15:8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.

We can come to church and sing our songs and praise the Lord, clap our hands or whatever people do today and the Bible says that the heart can be far from God. It says ‘in vain do they worship me’. In vain do they admire me. Why? Teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men. When man starts thinking and saying, I think this Sabbath idea was done away with and it’s just for the Jews, I don’t think it’s applicable today, that’s just the commandments of men. Such people worship God in vain, to no purpose. Jesus takes this scripture out of the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 29:13-16 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, [even] a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise [men] shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent [men] shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

People say you have to fear God otherwise you will go to hell, you have to be afraid of God because you are going to burn in hell if you’re lost. So we start trembling. The fear is taught not by awe and a sense of an enormous amount of power, but the fear is taught through an angry God. They say the Old Testament has an angry God and Jesus is the kind God and Jesus is busy trying to calm the Father down, saying, don’t be so angry, this is the doctrine of men. What is the issue here? When we will seek to put our ideas above that of the written word, or to say, God didn’t really make me. I believe in Jesus, but I also believe in evolution. This is how ridiculous it is that the potter’s clay will say to the Creator, you didn’t make me, all because they won’t dwell on the power of the gospel in Genesis.

We don’t want to worship God in vain because if we do, it will be revealed on our countenance. God gives us a command, remember the Sabbath day. The Sabbath day was given to remember creation so He gives this day to remember creation and then also tells you to remember the day. You have to remember to remember. Sometimes we forget and we say, please remind me to not forget, that is what God did. He said, I don’t want you to forget my creation, so I am going to make a day, but don’t forget the day. To remember something is to bring it to mind, to have it active, bring it right in front of you, you are dwelling upon it, bring it to your remembrance. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work, but on the seventh day it is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.

Someone recently communicated the thought in a presentation I shared on the Sabbath and said, the seventh day, who says that’s the Sabbath? Nowhere in Genesis does the word Sabbath appear. He said that the connection that the seventh day is the Sabbath is erroneous. The Bible says very clearly in Exodus chapter 20 that the seventh day is the Sabbath. That seventh day, is that the seventh day of creation? Yes, because it says in six days the Lord made heaven and earth and the sea and all that therein is, and He rested on the seventh day and He blessed the Sabbath and hallowed it. He interchanges the seventh day with the Sabbath, so very clearly the seventh day is the Sabbath. God just made man. Man is the crowning act of creation. The most amazing work of the whole lot wasn’t the sun, the mighty ocean or the big mountains, it’s you. You are the most amazing work of God in his six day week, the crowning act.

Genesis 1:31 – 2:3 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  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. 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.

God made a memorial for the purpose of His creation so we would remember it, then he blessed the day. Why? Because He rested, He stopped doing what He was doing and took a different occupation for the day, He took a different activity. That activity was to enjoy His creation. He made it and it was very good, now He stopped working and rested. God doesn’t get physically tired. This Sabbath rest is not a physical rest as much as it is a spiritual rest, because God is a spirit. When God rests it means it is a spiritual rest.

In order to have a spiritual rest you need a physical rest to be able to have a spiritual rest. The stopping of the labour is only one part of the Sabbath, the other part is the spiritual rest. God stopped and did this on this day of the week. In Him doing that, that was the blessing upon it. Can we only get blessed on the Sabbath day?

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God blessed man; that means every day of the week God has a blessing for you; you are blessed. You are built in His image, He wants to walk with you in the cool of the day, He wants to communicate with you all the time and He has blessed man. Man is always blessed. Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day God wants to bless mankind by His presence but on the Sabbath day He added another blessing which was in Him resting and taking His time in the enjoyment of creation.

If you want that blessing, you can’t find it where it’s not. Don’t look for the blessing of rest to admire His creation where the blessing isn’t. Is the blessing on the first day of the week? Yes or no? How do you know? It says it is the seventh day, that’s how we know, we didn’t make it up. The seventh day God made a blessing, so if you want that blessing, where are you going to find it? On the Wednesday? On the Friday? On the Sabbath. You can’t find the blessing any other time because it’s just not there. To say it is there is to say God tells lies, God is lying at His creation.

This idea of having time out to spend time in nature to consider how powerful our God is in relation to my problems and to make all my problems little again, is so healthy for your countenance. The best make-up you can ever have on your face is the Sabbath rest. It’s real, it’s not fake, a facade or pretend to put all this stuff on and then if anyone would see you when you don’t have it all on you get embarrassed. The Sabbath day is the best for your complexion. When man worships God he gets on his countenance the peace of heaven. When man doesn’t worship God properly then their countenance will fall. As Seventh-day Adventists we believe that the seal of God in the forehead is the Sabbath day. Many people have thought that it is just made up.

Atonement

At-one-ment

At – field of expertise, e.g. you are good at something

one – in harmony, unity

ment – state of e.g. enjoyment is state of or process of enjoying, e.g. management

Atonement is the field or work of making two people unified in a certain state or certain reality. Jesus Christ is our ‘atonement’ .

Sabbath

Sabbath means rest , but is built up of multiple Jewish words

(Shabbat)

ab – Father

ath – portant sign = (a wonderful child; exceptional)

= indication (a revealing of, a symptom)

= omen (a monumental sign with immense ramifications)

awth – beacon, flag, mark

A father is someone who brings someone into existence. God just made the seven days and He loved what He saw. He just made man. When you look at the genealogy of who begat who and all the begats, it says that Seth was the son of Adam and Adam was the son of God. As He finished the crowning act of His work, He said, now we’re going to have a Sabbath, a sign because I’m a Father, I have a son here and his name is Adam. This word portant means a wonderful child. That is where we get the word ‘important’, it’s exceptional; someone who is exceptional. When He makes man, He then makes Sabbath for man, because God made man as His son, This wonderful child of mine. I will make a sign between us and this sign is time with Me and him He called it the Sabbath.

This word (portant) shoots off another word which is ‘awth’ which means a beacon or a flag or a mark, something to really declare what is going on, something very important. You only flag something when you want to remember it. When you are reading a document and you want to bookmark it, you want to put a mark on it. Why do you want to put a mark on it? So you will remember it. God makes this day and wants to mark it. I’ve made 1,2 3, 4,5, 6 , 7 – I want to mark that one. It’s special because I just made man and now we get to spend time, My extraordinary, My exceptional child. It’s a sign between my child and Me.

This is what the word means, and this is the producing of a rest. If you will spend time with the Father, you will have rest. The whole word joined together means rest, because you are spending time with the Father who created everything and you can have rest, you can rest in His power.

Think about Abraham, Abraham rested in God. He had something tremendous to do and that was to sacrifice his son. That is something very trying. What gave Abraham peace in it all? We read in Hebrews chapter 11 Abraham believed God was able to raise his son back up again. The only reason Abraham could have this faith was because he believed in the Creator, he believed that God can bring him back to life. If he didn’t believe that, he would not have done it. We are admonished in Romans chapter 4 that we are to have the faith of Abraham, and we cannot have that without understanding creation. You cannot understand creation unless you have time to dwell upon it in a special time when God will draw near to you to reveal the secrets that you knew not.

This word ‘portant’ has multiple meanings. It also means indication. So the Sabbath is a sign with the Father, with his children, but it’s actually indication. When you indicate, you can go either way and so it is with the Sabbath, you can go either way. You can keep it or you cannot keep it, either way it’s a sign, either way it will indicate something. It can indicate two things. Indication means to reveal, for example, if I had a rash on my skin that is an indication that I have a problem, it’s a symptom. If I am not keeping the Sabbath, is it an indication? It’s an indication that I have a problem. If I am keeping the Sabbath it is an indication that I have a remedy. This word indication is used in the positive or the negative.

This word also means that it’s an omen. An omen is something that has monumental realities to it, it’s huge. It’s nothing small, it’s nothing to be swept under the carpet, and it’s not a little thing. It’s not just a day that the Seventh-day Adventists love to harp on about, not at all, this is a monumental sign, it has immense ramifications to it. That is what this word portant means, it’s very important. This sign is hugely important. That’s what an omen is. It is also whether good or evil will come. In other words, it’s a prophetic sign. An omen is a prophetic sign.

When we study prophecies and we see this sign, this seal that the Father has, do you think it has to do with an omen? Yes it does. An omen is a prophetic sign, so when we see this sign in the book of Revelation it has to do with the Sabbath, because this is what the word means. It’s hugely important that when God the Father makes an incredible creation like you and me, He is intensely interested in having time together. If you say, No, it has a huge ramification on your life, if you do not spend time with God, if you do not remember His works which He has made for you to remember. If we forget it is enormous upon your life. Your whole destiny hangs upon this issue, the Sabbath. When Cain and Abel came to worship, they came in the process of time, at the end of a time period. As they came, one worshipped correctly and one didn’t. The person who didn’t worship correctly received a mark. It does not just meant having to go to church on Saturday. There are a class of people who went to church on Saturday and do you know what Jesus has to say about them?

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

Matthew 23:29-35 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and [some] of them ye shall kill and crucify; and [some] of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute [them] from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

When we are talking about the Sabbath, it’s not just that we claim to be Seventh-day Adventists or whatever our profession may be in relation to the Sabbath, it is far more than that. Here were these people that were going to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, they were going to church and here was a man, Jesus Christ, who was performing miracles. He was showing the power of creation, isn’t that what a miracle is? The best repairer is the manufacturer. Here were the blind men, the lame men, all those with disease and He starts healing them, He manifest the power. If the Pharisees had their minds in tune with creation, what do you think they would have thought when they saw Jesus, when they saw that God said, let there be light when there was pitch darkness? And there was light. They look and this man says to the blind man, you can see now. All of a sudden the blind man goes from darkness to light. They thought, no man has ever done this on our whole planet, perhaps He is the Creator. If your mind is in tune with creation you would receive Jesus Christ; if you believed Moses, you would have believed Christ.

Here they were just nit-picking on all the little laws and little things that they had made big, instead of dwelling on God’s power and God’s ability for mankind, that they missed the whole point. Then upon these pretended Sabbath keepers, all the blood of Abel, every righteous person ever slain, their blood was on them.

How shall you escape the damnation of hell? He is saying to them, how are you going to get away from it? You’re marked for destruction, you’re marked for damnation. Was not Cain marked for damnation? God marked him and said, don’t kill him. I’ve got him. No one was allowed to take vengeance on Cain because vengeance belongs to God. He was marked for that purpose. Here the Pharisees, the pretended observers of the Sabbath, were marked for the same destination, because Cain killed Abel.

God has given to every man his work; and if any one turns from the work that God has given him, to do the work of Satan, to defile his own body or lead another into sin, that man’s work is cursed, and the brand of Cain is placed upon him. The ruin of his victim will cry unto God, as did the blood of Abel. Any man, be he minister or layman, who seeks to compel or control the reason of any other man, becomes an agent of Satan, to do his work, and in the sight of the heavenly universe he bears the mark of Cain (MS 29, 1911). {1BC 1087.3}

If I dwell upon the creation and see nature and that a tree has a purpose to do what it has to do, if the tree decides to do what a frog does, that is disorder. We see order in creation that God made something for a special purpose and its happiness is in fulfilling that purpose. If I would dwell upon the fact that God makes things for a reason, then I have to ask the question, Lord, why did you make me? If you made the trees for all the reasons you made the trees, if you made the birds to sing their songs and fly to give us joy, then what have you made me for? Do you think God has a reason why you are here? He does. Every person here, God has a calling for. Believe it, God has a reason for you to be here.

If I have a reason and I don’t fulfil that reason, if I don’t dwell on God’s creation and I think, maybe I should be doing something that doesn’t belong to me and I start dictating to other people what they should be doing, and putting myself in the place of God as the head of His church, and telling people what to do and commanding people after me, then I’m bearing the mark of Cain. In other words, if I dictate, if I compel to control the reason of other men, I am breaking the Sabbath day because I cannot hold the position that I am not made for at the same time dwelling on the fact that God makes everything for a reason. If I am not dwelling upon that, and I am dwelling upon my own abilities and how good I am and puff myself up, and start dictating to people how they should listen to me and obey me, then I am not keeping the Sabbath although I may be a pretending Sabbath keeper.

This is what will happen if we dwell on nature long enough, we would all be put in our place. I believe that when we are all in our place that is harmony. When we all do our part then God will communicate to you your role. God will tell you what gifts He has given to you and those gifts you will employ for Him. That is the power of creation. When it happens in the church, when every individual member takes the Sabbath day seriously and puts themselves in the place where they belong where God would have them be, then there will be harmony in the church; then there will be unity, sweet harmony. When everyone sings his part, it’s beautiful.

Christ was vehemently accused by men holding the highest offices in the church, men whose fathers He had delivered from Egyptian bondage. The people chosen by God to be the light of the world stood under the black banner of Satan, and reviled and oppressed their long-expected Messiah. Thus they brought their ruin upon themselves. Their contemptuous speeches reacted on them. What darkness this night’s work brought upon the chief actors in the scene! Nevermore did the memory of it fade from their minds. Nevermore did peaceful sleep come to their pillow. Their wicked deeds testified more loudly against them than did the mark of Cain against him. Transactions such as this have taken place, and will again be enacted. The tide of popular feeling is always fickle. The hosannas of today may be followed by the Crucify him of tomorrow. In this our day. {ST, January 31, 1900 par. 18}

This is when the leaders were persecuting Christ. We had two brothers Cain and Abel, one was righteous, one was doing the right thing, the other one wasn’t. When someone does the right thing next to someone who isn’t, it shows them up. When people get shown up their countenance falls and they get annoyed. Who likes being shown up that you are wrong? No one does. This was the reaction when Christ was following the Lord’s will and He showed up the church of His day. Anyone who would follow the Lord and if there are any people in the church that are not doing God’s will, they will be shown up and their countenance will fall. As Christ, as Abel, as all the righteous people have been persecuted, he that lives in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

Transactions such as this have taken place, and will again be enacted. The tide of popular feeling is always fickle. The hosannas of today may be followed by the Crucify him of tomorrow. In this our day. {ST, January 31, 1900 par. 18}

If would actually keep the Sabbath properly and be put into our position by God by understanding our communication with the God of creation, and we would be righteous and walk in what God has ordained us to do, getting the strength from the Spirit who acts upon God’s word in the creation, then persecution begins. Then you will see who really your friends are. This will happen again. John chapter 3 says that Cain killed Abel because his works were righteous and Cain’s were wicked.

The whole world is under a different worship system and whether they be going to church on Saturday or not, is not the sign. The sign is the Sabbath of creation. When this happens we will not go in the way of Cain. Jude verse 11 says there are people who go in the way of Cain.


Jude 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

There are people who go in the way of Cain. What does that tell you about Cain? He is a type of a whole lot of people. There is a certain way to travel, and that is worshipping in vain. They will be thrown out when they begin to knock at the door and say, Lord, Lord, we have prophesied in your name, we have done all these wonderful works in your name, and we have been sacrificing for you. God says, I don’t want it. They will be bitterly, bitterly angry.

When you make something for someone and you give it to them and they say, I don’t want it. How do you feel? God tells us what He wants. He wants admiration and that admiration comes by looking at his power. He is worthy of it, he is worthy of admiration. Look at what He has done and you will admire Him, but if we come up and devise a different way of worship and we devise this other way to get all the hype and emotion from the music, God will say, I don’t want it. In our carnal state we will be upset at that. It says there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. What does a face look like when it’s weeping and gnashing? It is anguish. That will be what happens to professed followers of God when they don’t keep the Sabbath.

There remains a rest to the people of God, the keeping of the Sabbath, it remains today. We are called to take hold of that, this mark, the Sabbath, it’s not a made up Adventist theology, this is what the word means. It’s the Father’s sign with His special children. If not, it’s a sign against the people. I pray that we will examine the way we keep the Sabbath and what we dwell upon. If we are not dwelling upon God’s power, then I pray we start doing that more.

Amen.

Posted on January 6, 2012, in Sermons For Sabbath, The Gospel in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I was wondering that myself and have forwarded your comment to the preacher he may mean angry as I know Paul is definitely not racist as his wife is dark skinned

  2. What does the color of the Pharoah have to does with the Israelistes big issue? I am amist at that.. If is where a white Pharoah would the issue have been smaller or does the idea a black Pharoah make it sound more scary??? wow…

  3. THE REVIEW AND HERALD. Vol. 57, No.1.

    “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is Truth.”

    Battle Creek Mich. January 4. 1881.

    James White Editor,

    ORGANIZATION AND DISCIPLINE.

    The various forms of organization and church government existing in the several religious bodies of our time, is evidence that church organization and discipline are subjects upon which great and good men have differed. The testimony of the Bible, therefore, especially of the New Testament, must be allowed to decide then subjects of vast importance to the prosperity of the church. In no one chapter or book of the New Testament, has Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, or Jude, written out a complete system of Christian discipline, giving the positions and duties of the several officers of the church.

    But that there should be order in the church of God is evident, not only from the declarations of the apostles, and the record of what they did, given in the Acts of the Apostles; but from the great facts relative to organization and order found in the Old Testament. The Jewish church was disciplined by a thorough system of organization. God is the same in all ages. The freedom of the gospel of the Son of God does not consist in laxity and confusion.

    The epistles of Paul and of Peter distinctly speak of officers of the church, and of their duties. The Now Testament clearly defines the relation which Christ sustains to the ministry and to the church, and also the proper relation of the ministry to the church and to one another. But the system of Christian or-ganization is not given as fully in the New Testament as the system of Jewish organization was given in the Old Testament. Having, however, the benefit of both the record of the system of the former and the declarations and acts of the first apostles of the letter, we have all that Infinite Wisdom saw necessary for the Christian church.

    The relation which Christ sustains to the ministry and to the church, is stated in the following words of our Lord and of Paul: “One is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.” Matt. 23:8. “But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ.” 1 Cor. 11: 3. Christ is the great Shepherd of all, while his ministers are under-shepherds.

    And Paul would impress the church, with her duty to the ministry in these words: “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God.” Heb. 13: 7. “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls as they that must give account.” Verse 17. And yet it was not the design of God that any system of organization should exist in the Christian church that would take the leadership from Christ.

    Organization was designed to secure unity of action, and as a protection from imposture. It was never intended as a scourge to compel obedience, but, rather, for the protection of the people of God. Christ does not drive his people. He calls them. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Our living Head leads the way, and calls His people to follow.

    Human creeds cannot produce unity. Church force cannot press the church into one body. Christ never designed that human minds should be molded for Heaven by the influence merely of other human minds. “The head of every man is Christ.” His part is to lead, and to mold, and to stamp his own image upon the heirs of eternal glory. However important organization may be for the protection of the church, and to secure harmony of action, it must not come in to take the disciple from the hands of the Master.

    All true ministers are Christ’s ambassadors. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us ; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Cor. 5: 20.

    In their ministry they are to represent the doctrine of Christ, and the interests of his cause in this world. They surrender their own judgment and will to Him who has sent them. No man can be Christ’s ambassador, until he has made a complete surrender of his right of private judgment to Christ. Neither can any man properly represent Christ who surrenders his judgment to his fellow-man.

    But the subject must not be left here, with the truth partly expressed. The words of Christ and his apostles relative to unity and the ordained means to secure it, and proper discipline, must have a qualifying bearing upon the subject, lest unsanctified men, who do not submit their will and judgment either to Christ or to church authority, assume the gospel ministry, and divide and scatter the flock of God.

    But here we wish it distinctly understood that officers were not ordained-in the Christian church to order or to command the church, or to “lord it over God’s heritage.” In the case of difference of opinion that arose in some of the primitive churches relative to circumcision and the keeping of the law of Moses, recorded in the fifteenth chapter of Acts, the apostles and elders at Jerusalem acted as counselors in a manner to give room for the Holy Ghost to sit as Judge.

    The report of that blessed meeting at Jerusalem to settle a festering difficulty, commences on this wise:

    “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us.” And the brethren who were from among the Gentiles in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, “rejoiced for the consolation.” Differences settled in this way frequently seem more than settled, and generally remain settled; while those disposed of by the exercise of more church authority are seldom really settled at all.

    Between the two extremes, of church force, and unsanctified independence, we find the grand secret of unity and efficiency in the ministry and in the church of God. Our attention is called to this in a most solemn appeal from the venerable Apostle Peter to the elders of his time: “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away, Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” I Pet. 5:1-5.

    Those who drafted the form of organization adopted by S. D. Adventists labored to incorporate into it, as far as possible, the simplicity of expression and form found in the Now Testament. The more of the spirit of the gospel manifested, and the more simple, the more efficient the system.
    The General Conference takes the general supervision of the work in all its branches, including the State Conferences, The State Conference takes the supervision of all branches of the work in the State, including the churches in that State. And the church is a body of Christians associated together with the simple covenant to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

    The officers of a local church are servants of that church, and not lords to rule over it with church force. “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matt. 23:11. These officers should met examples of patience, watchfulness, prayer, kindness, and liberality, to the members of the church, and should manifest a good degree of that love to those they serve exhibited in the life and teachings of our Lord.

    Our State Conference Committees should be men of God, with liberality and breadth of views and feelings that will lead them to have a fatherly care of all branches of the work in the Conference. It is their duty to counsel together in the fear and love of God, and regard themselves as a board of counselors to all the ministers and churches under their supervision, and not a board of directors. Our great leader and director is Christ.

    The labors and duties of the General Conference Committee are still more extensive and important than those of the State Conference Committee. They should be men of experience, of breadth of views, and divested of sectional feelings, whose minds and hearts of love can take lathe best good of the cause in alt its branches, and in all parts of the field- They should be regarded as a board of fathers to the cause in the highest sense.

    In the fulfillment of the duties of their office, in taking the general supervision of the entire work, their strength is in so counseling with their brethren in the spirit of tenderness and love as to bind the hearts, of all the laborers to their hearts, and give room for the voice of the Holy Ghost. As was manifested in the days of the apostles. They should ever bear in mind that the head of every man is Christ.

    They may counsel with the State Conference Committees in reference to ministers laboring here or there, but should never direct. “The head of every man [every minister], is Christ.” The minister who throws himself on any Conference Committee for direction, takes himself out of the hands of Christ.

    And that Committee that takes into its own hands the work of directing the ambassadors for Christ, takes a fearful responsibility: “One is your Master [Leader], even Christ, and all ye are brethren.” Matt. 23:8. May God preserve to us our organization and form of church discipline in its original simplicity and efficiency.

    J. W.
    James White

  4. Cain bought his idea of a sacrifice which God specifically did not ask for. He asked for a animal sacrifice. A fruit offering was not part of the sanctuary services. The speaker of the above sermon is not a ‘learned’ man but a 28 year old mechanic who didn’t finish high school but now preaches according to the movings of the Holy Spirit. He also recently said in the next sermon;

    I might think I’m out of the Catholic Church so I’m out of Babylon. People believe if you come to my church you will be saved. If you glue yourself to the pews, you will be saved. Just stay there in the church. Come, my people, enter in for the Lord cometh out to punish. We want to make sure that we are not coming into some lie that people say if you be a member of our church, you will be saved. We want to know where do we go, where is the hiding place, where is God calling His people to come into to be safe? It’s very clear, it’s not a church organisation, it’s not a structure of institutions.

    continued;
    https://sabbathsermons.com/2012/01/06/03-safe-inside/

    Download in Word format;
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/77340764/03-Safe-Inside

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