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The Little Horn and the Sabbath

By John Thiel

For a more comprehensive study on the little horn, please read this article: The Little Horn in Prophecy

When we advocate the true Sabbath in contradiction to the false Sabbath other Christians are quite often astonished at our doctrine. They find it impossible to believe that they, along with the vast majority of Christendom, are in error. They are doubtful that something so fundamental to Christianity, as they see it, could have come as the result an unauthorised change. However the Scriptures show that this is exactly what has taken place. A clear understanding of Daniel chapter 7 and the little horn can show this. Read the rest of this entry

2. True Sabbath Keeping

By John Thiel, Hebrew Wilderness Wanderings Conference, Study 2, mp3

Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you. 14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it [is] holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth [any] work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 

The children of Israel left Egypt a place where they were captives. It says they were there for 430 odd years. How many years were they in captivity? It wasn’t 400 years of captivity, it was when the next Pharoah came along and inflicted them. Maybe 350 years? Before that time where were the Israelites living? In Egypt. They were free but they were living in Egypt. What was the consequence of Abraham’s seed? The man of Gods offspring living in Egypt. What happened to the children of Israel while they were there in Egypt? Ezekiel was to speak to the Hebrews;

Ezekiel 20:5 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I [am] the LORD your God; 6 In the day [that] I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which [is] the glory of all lands: 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God. Read the rest of this entry

In Harmony With Sabbath Sanctity

By John Thiel, mp3

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.

The Sabbath day is written of all the week the best.  I don’t know about you but some people don’t think so.  Many who have been brought up in the Sabbath detail, when it comes to the end of the Sabbath they are jubilant. The go out and have an enjoyable time as if it’s burdensome.  Sometimes the Sabbath is not what God designed it to be and as a consequence those brought up with the Sabbath, fall into a state of wandering how important really is the Sabbath?  We are pursuing what is written in Amos;

Amos 4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: [and] because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. Read the rest of this entry

Are You Too Busy For God?

By John Thiel

We have reflected upon the Sabbath of the Lord our God.  We appreciated the fact that it was a day of fellowship with the Lord, of meeting him and holding communion with him.  We learnt that we needed to prepare for such a communion all through the week so that there would be no moment of time on the Sabbath day that would be cluttered by any interference.

Part of that preparation was not to permit a load of duties to fall upon our soul that God has not bidden us to take.  By taking so many burdens upon us we become so weary that not even on the Sabbath can we truly tune into to that precious time with God.

The great adversary of souls is continually seeking to insinuate himself between you and the Source of your strength. If you allow your mind to be taken up with worldly cares, he will manage to have these cares so varied in character, and press so continually upon you, that you can find no time for the spiritual and the eternal. {ST, May 8, 1884 par. 10} Read the rest of this entry

15. The Refreshment Of The Sabbath And How It Becomes Polluted

John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 15, mp3

In the sanctuary, in the ark of the covenant, are the Ten Commandments, and around the Sabbath there is a halo that is brighter than all the other commandments. We have seen that the Sabbath is a day that is the day of the Lord our God, and that therefore Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath has everything to do with our relationship with God. We also touched on the fact that the Sabbath is to be the seal of God because in the Sabbath is the seal, the name, the title and the domain that He rules. In the true keeping of the Sabbath lies the seal of God, not so much in being a Saturday-keeper. Read the rest of this entry

The Sabbath in History

“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and write grievousness which they have prescribed” [Isaiah 10:1]. [Zephaniah 1:14-18; 2:1-3, quoted.]

Christians in the dark ages suffering persecution for keeping the Sabbath;

“Some have suffered torture because they would not rest when others kept Sunday, for they declared it to be the holiday and law of Antichrist.” – Sebastian Frank, AD 1536.

By this time in history the Seventh day Sabbath was severely under attack. Read the rest of this entry

The Law of God

The Law of God

OLD TESTAMENT

I

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

II

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

III

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

IV

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

V

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

VI

Thou shalt not kill.

VII

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VIII

Thou shalt not steal.

IX

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

X

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

– See Exodus 20:1-18

 

I WILL NOT ALTER NOR BREAK THE THING THAT IS GONE OUT OF MY LIPS. See Psalms 89:34

The Law of God

NEW TESTAMENT

I

“Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10.

II

“Little children, Keep yourselves from idols.” “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” 1 John 5:21; Acts 17:29

III

“That the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed.”
1 Timothy 6:1

IV

“Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.” “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” “For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works.” “There remaineth therefore a keeping of a Sabbath to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.” “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth.” Matthew 24:20; Mark 2:27,28; Hebrews 4:4,9,10, margin; Colossians 1:16.

V

“Honour thy father and thy mother.” Matthew 19:19

VI

“Thou shalt not kill.” Romans 13:9

VII

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Matthew 19:18

VIII
“Thou shalt not steal.” Romans 13:9

IX

“Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Romans 13:9

X

“Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7

AFTER HIS DEATH

“Do we make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31

“They . . . rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:54-56

SABBATH IN THE NEW EARTH

“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 66:22,23. See Mark 2:27,28

The Law of God

AS CHANGED BY THE PAPACY

I

I am the Lord they God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

(It will be observed that the second commandment as found in the Bible is left out.)

II

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

III

Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.

“A Doctrinal Catechism,’ (Catholic) page 174, has the following question and answer:-

“Q. – Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

“A. – Had she not such power . . . she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”

IV

Honour thy father and thy mother.

V

Thou shalt not kill.

VI

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VII

Thou shalt not steal.

VIII

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

IX

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.

X

Thou shalt not covert they neighbour’s goods.

– See General Catholic Catechism

“HE SHALL THINK TO CHANGE TIMES AND THE LAW.”-Daniel 7:25. R. V.

“That man of sin . . . who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
II Thessalonians 2:3,4.

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