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The Mark of the Beast or the Seal of God


Introduction

In an earlier lesson we touched on the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of God but we didn’t go into a lot of detail.  In this lesson we will cover in depth the difference between the two and the deciding factor that will push you one way or the other. But before we get into the meat of the lesson, we will look at three events in the Bible.


Before We Start

Dear Jesus.  This is an important topic and one that decides our eternal fate.  Send your Holy Spirit on us
and give us the wisdom to
see Satan’s deception for these last days. We ask this in your name. Amen


Cain and Abel

Every one should be familiar with this story. Gen 4:1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.” 2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. 4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?  7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” 8 Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Here we have the story of Cain and Abel and their offerings to God.  Now God had told them that an acceptable worship to Him included the sacrifice of a lamb.  This pointed forward to the sacrifice of Jesus.  Our salvation can only come through His sacrifice.  Abel brought the right type of sacrifice but Cain brought the best fruits of his labors.  God was displeased with Cain’s worship because; 1) He didn’t bring what God had asked, 2) although he brought the best fruits of his labor, the sacrifice was based on his works instead of God’s, and, 3) His attitude was unrepentant. We see this very same attitude in worship today.  The attitude says, “It doesn't matter how I worship God as long as I worship Him”.  The emphasis is on OUR concept of worship rather than GOD’S.  This is just like Lucifer in heaven.  “We can be holy without God”.  This is what Satan promotes today.  This is part of the wine of Babylon.  What happens when you drink?  You get confused.  Satan’s wine is there to confuse people on how to worship God.


Making the Profane, Sacred

This story in the Bible is about two sons of Aaron.  The following text in Exodus shows that God called Aaron and his sons apart to be high priests in the sanctuary. Exod 28:1 “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me–Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. Now whenever, the priests were to perform their services in the sanctuary, one of the duties was to present incense before the Lord at the Altar of Incense.  The fire that they were to use had to come from the Altar of Sacrifice in the courtyard. Lev 16:12 “He shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil.  13 “He shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the ark of the testimony,  otherwise he will die Well one day, Nadab and Abihu got drunk. While drunk, they took “strange” or regular fire from another source, placed it in their censers and offered the incense to the Lord.  They were struck dead. Leviticus 10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Lev 10:8 The LORD then spoke to Aaron, saying, 9 “Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die–it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations– 10 and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them through Moses.” Well how can you tell the difference between “holy” fire and regular fire?  It looks the same.  It burns the same.  What is the difference? One is consecrated by God and required by Him.  Again.  God requires that we worship Him in the way that He specifies.  When we try to take something that is not holy and use it for holy purposes, it displeases God.  Just think of some of the music in the church today.


Making the Sacred, Profane

Let’s go to the story of Belshazzar in Daniel. Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.  2 When Belshazzar tasted the wine, he gave orders to bring the gold and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. 5 Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing. Here we have the king of Babylon, a grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, getting drunk in a big party.  While drunk, he called for the holy utensils that belonged to the Israelites and that had been dedicated to the sanctuary services.  Now he knew better because he had seen how God had dealt with his grandfather, but being drunk, he lost all sense of wisdom.  Once he had defiled the holy utensils, God sealed his doom.  Weighed in the balances and found wanting.  That night, Cyrus, attacked and took Babylon and Belshazzar was killed.


God Is Jealous In How We Worship

God is a jealous God.  He requires us to worship Him in the way that he has specified.  If we take something sacred and make it profane,  We will be punished.  If we take something profane and make it sacred, We will be punished.  Maybe not as fast as Belshazzar and Nabad and Abihu, but it will come. I know that this sounds harsh  and is not what people want to hear, but consider this.  God is unchangeable.  He is the same God today that He was back then.  His love for us is so great that He gave us His Son.  All He requires from us is a little respect and thankfulness.  He has identified His requirements.  If we follow them, we are in His will, but if we rebel against Him, He will treat us just like Satan and his angels. Why is this so important?  The war in heaven started over worship and will end with worship.  Who will we worship. God or Satan?  Where does the rubber meet the road in this issue?  It is centered around the day of worship.  Why is this so important?  The main emphasis is not so much the day of worship itself,  but because of the AUTHORITY behind the day.   Whom do you worship?  Who has authority in your life? God or Satan?  Will you worship on the seventh day Sabbath as God has specified, or on the first day Sunday, as man has specified?


Do I Have To Keep Saturday To Be Saved?

Before we answer this question, let’s quickly review the Dark Ages.  Many people were martyred for their faith.  We all know the power that martyred them.  It is the same power that will act the same way at the end of time.  Did those martyrs know all the truth that we know now?  Obviously not.  But they held to the truth that they knew and were martyred for the portion of the truth that they knew, believed and died for.   Were there Sunday keepers among those martyrs?  With the exception of some of the early Waldenses, almost all of the later martyrs were Sunday keepers.  So what’s the big deal with the seventh-day Sabbath? As the Reformation proceeded and the people were given more light, they were responsible for the light that they were given.  The Sabbath was not a test of their loyalty at that time.  The Reformation brought back the various truths that the papal system had changed.  The light on the  seventh-day Sabbath was not restored to the people until the early-mid 1800’s. What about the Sunday-keepers between then and now?  God holds us responsible for the light we have been given.  If a person has been given light on the seventh-day Sabbath and has rejected it, they will be responsible for that decision.  But many people have not been given the full light on the Sabbath and so therefore will not be responsible for not having followed it.


So Why The Big Fuss Now?

Time is wrapping up.  The final days are soon ahead of us.  The final war will be on worship.  Soon, every living person WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE between God and Satan, and that will boil down to whom do you give authority in your life.  If you remember from an earlier lesson, when the US makes an image to the papal system beast, and the beast REQUIRES Sunday worship, God’s day is still the seventh-day Sabbath.  Nothing that man can do can change that.  It’s part of the final days. But let’s look at both sides of the question from a logical standpoint.  Let’s trace the origin of both seventh-day and first-day worship.


The Origin And Authority Of Seventh-day Worship

Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. We don’t have to go any further that Genesis 2 to see that God is the author of the seventh- day Sabbath.  He sanctified it.  In other words, He made it holy.  For this reason alone and for no other reason, we should be careful in the way that we observe the day. Now let’s look at the fourth commandment. Exod 20:8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. When we look at this passage,   Four things jump out at you. 1. “Remember”.  This is not a new commandment. This is a reminder that the Sabbath was set aside at creation and sanctified. 2. The Lord is God.  This is who He is. 3. God is the Creator.  This is what He does. This is His title. A reason for keeping the Sabbath is to remind us that God is the creator.  Notice how evolution attacks that principle. 4. He created heaven and earth.  This is His territory. He owns the heavens and the earth and ALL its inhabitants.  He has authority over heaven and earth, the sea and ALL that is in them.. So the fourth commandment, more than any other commandment, identifies who God is, what He does and His domain or territory.  This is a mark of His authority.  You will find this in the seal of a country.  Look at the example in the picture of the Seal of the President of the United States.  You will see the title and the territory.


The Origin And Authority Of Sunday Worship—Not From The Disciples

If you go back to the time of the disciples, you will see that they all worshipped on the seventh-day Sabbath.  Even though all four gospels talk about the resurrection of Jesus on the first day of the week, nowhere do they say that the day of worship was to be changed.  In fact, there is not one verse in the Bible that changes the day of worship from the seventh day to the first day. Some people try to use 1 Corinthians 16:1-3 and Acts 20:7-12 as proof that the disciples worshipped on the first day.  If you read the passage in 1 Corinthians, you will see that it is nothing more than counsel to put aside the tithe on the first day.  This text in fact, testifies more to the secularness of the day than the day being holy.  If you know anything about the Jewish Sabbath rituals, you will realize that the Jewish people would not engage in ANYTHING on the Sabbath that was business related.  What Paul was asking them to do was to evaluate their finances and calculate their tithes and offerings which was to be the first things that should be given to God.  What better day to do this than on the first day of the week before they got involved in other business transactions. In Acts 20:7-12 you have the story of Paul getting ready to leave on a journey and meeting with fellow-believers before he leaves.  There is nothing in the story that designates that this was a Sabbath, or even that this was a communion service, as some claim.  Let’s look at this from another perspective.  In today’s churches, is it common to have meetings other than on the regular day of worship, regardless of if the day is Saturday or Sunday?  The answer is obvious.  Just because a group of people get together for a meeting, doesn’t necessarily mean that, that meeting changed the day they normally worship on.  As far as communion is concerned, does it matter what day you attend communion?  Does attending communion service on a Wednesday change the day of worship to Wednesdays? The other text that people also try to use is Revelation 1:10 where is says that John was in the spirit on the “Lord’s Day”.  No other references are made regarding what day of the week that was.  As far as the apostles and the believers were concerned, the Lord’s Day was the seventh day Sabbath. Other writers have tried to make a big deal out of the fact that the early Christian community was very close, met often in people’s homes during the week and that this grew into a special day of worship apart from the Jews.  However, if you read the New Testament, you will see that the Christians met regularly with Paul in the synagogues (Acts 18:4, 19;  13:5, 14,42, 44; 14:1; 17:1, 10, 17) and also with Apollo (Acts 14:24-26).  

The Origin And Authority Of Sunday Worship—ca. A.D 50 -  A.D 150

For a while, the Romans looked favorably on the Jews and Christians and in fact adopted some of their customs.  But the Jews, unhappy under Roman rule, began a number of revolts at various places throughout the empire, and soon earned the hatred of the Romans.  Jerusalem was destroyed and later rebuilt as a Roman city.  Jews were expelled from Rome along with the  Christians, since the Romans often classed the two together.  The hatred against the Jews during this period also extended to their worship services, including the Sabbath.  So it became popular to try and wean people from Sabbath worship to Sunday worship.  The Roman people had for some time worshipped the sun for a number of reasons, and it seemed natural that since the resurrection of Jesus was on the first day of the week, the first day should replace the seventh day.  So the people were taught that the first day was a day of rejoicing, but the seventh day was one for fasting and remembering the death of Jesus and remembering what the Jews did to kill Him. During this time, many pagans were being converted, and with the original Jewish converts “out of the way”, the trend away from the Jewish religious customs and especially the Sabbath began to take hold more quickly.  Instead of the original Jewish converts, Gentiles were now becoming more numerous and taking over in spiritual leadership.  This was accelerated by Hadrian and other Roman leaders who would not allow Jews into the cities. Many of the early writers at this time like Justin Martyr, Horace, Cicero, Seneca, Petronius, Tacitus, Ignatius, Barnabus, Tertullian, Marcion, and others, wrote against the Jews and the “Jewish” Sabbath. It was also during this time, when Clement,  the Bishop of Rome, who wrote a threatening letter to the Church at Corinth resolving some issue, started to provide leadership over the other churches.  This soon led to the supremacy of the Roman bishop and eventually to the establishment of the bishop at Rome as the leader of the church.  The main issue that brought this to a head was the declaration by the bishop at Rome that all the other churches accept and observe the Roman Easter, which some did at first and the rest followed eventually. In his book, FROM SABBATH TO SUNDAY, p. 212,  Samuel Bacchiocchi states, “We have found, that the change in the day of worship, seems to have been encouraged, on the one hand, by the social, military, political and literary anti-Judaic imperial policies which made it necessary for Christians to sever their ties with the Jews…. The Sabbath was in fact re-interpreted to be a temporary institution given to the Jews as a sign of their unfaithfulness.” In Wharey’s CHURCH HISTORY, p. 54, he says. “Christianity had now become popular, and a large proportion, perhaps a large majority of those who embraced it, only assumed the name….  They are as much heathen as they were before.  Error and corruption now came in upon the Church like a flood.”


The Origin And Authority Of Sunday Worship—Mithraism

The worship of the sun had been an integral part of pagan worship from as early as at least 31 B.C. when Augustus conquered Egypt and sent two obelisks to Rome to have them dedicated to the sun. (Piganiol, Histoire de Rome)   Mithraism was originally from Persia but the Romans changed parts of it to suit their own ways. There appears to be some argument as to when Mithraism appeared as a Roman cult.  Some say as early as the middle of the first century B.C., and others say in the first century A.D.  Mithras was the name of the god and was almost always shown with the sun.  The sun disc shown behind the head associated the person with sun worship.  During the second and third centuries A.D., the religious writers of the day began to push more and more for Sunday worship.  Pictures of Jesus started to appear with the sun disc behind His head. Since the pagans were used to sun worship, this would help them feel more comfortable as they converted over to Christianity. In fact, the emperor Constantine said, (Edict of Constantine, A.D. 321,)  “On the venerable Day of the Sun, let the Magistrates and people residing in the cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.”  In the book, SIX DIALOGUES ON THE LORD’S DAY, p. 23, the writer writes, “Sunday being the day on which the Gentiles solemnly adored that planet (the sun), …. The Christians thought fit to keep the same day and the same name of it, that they might not appear causelessly peevish, and by that means hinder the conversion of the Gentiles.” From THE CATHOLIC WORLD, March, 1894, p. 809, “The sun was a foremost god with heathendom…. The sun has worshippers at this hour in Persia and other lands… There is, in truth, something royal, kingly about the sun, making it a fit emblem of Jesus, the Sun of Justice.  Hence the Church in these countries would seem to have said, ‘Keep that old pagan name.  It shall remain consecrated, sanctified.’  And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.” The Christians used to turn to Jerusalem when they did their prayers but as the hatred developed against the Jews, they began praying toward the east, where the sun rises.  Many “excuses” were presented by various writers, as to why the Christians should pray while facing east. The other change that occurred during this time was the adoption of December 25 by the Christians, for celebrating the birth of Christ.  This comes right after the winter solstice and was regarded by the pagans as the birthday of the sun (dies natalis Solis Invicti), since this is when the days begin to get longer. In order to bring Sunday worship into more prominence, they began to associate it with an “eighth day” movement.  Saturday was the seventh day and represented the end of creation, while Sunday was the eighth day or beginning of the “new” creation after Jesus died. There were many different arguments presented by many of the writers at the time for the acceptance of the “eighth” day.


The Origin And Authority Of Sunday


Worship—The Roman Catholic Church

As I mentioned earlier, the bishop at Rome started to flex his powers near the end of the first century A.D. to take over as spiritual head over Christianity at that time.  Using his power, he was able to force Easter-Sunday at first and then Christmas on the birthday of the sun.  From this point it was a small step to take to assume more and more power, which we see happened.  By A.D. 538 the bishop of Rome had assumed so much power that he had full control of Europe, not only spiritually but also temporally.  All the monarchs of Europe now came to the pope to get his approval before they could govern their respective countries.  His blessing was necessary before they could rule.  In fact, the pope had so much power, that he could take a king’s kingdom away from him. In Abbot’s ROMAN HISTORY, p. 236, we read,  “The transfer of the emperor’s residence to Constantinople was a sad blow to the prestige of Rome, and at the time one might have predicted her speedy decline.  But the development of the Church and the growing authority of the Bishop of Rome, or the pope, gave her a new lease on life, and made her again the capital—this time the religious capital– of the civilized world.” And Myer’s GENERAL HISTORY, p, 455, says, “Under him was very nearly made good the papal claim that all earthly sovereigns were merely vassals of the Roman pontiff.  Almost all the kings and princes of Europe swore fealty to him as their overlord.  Rome was once more the mistress of the world.” With so much power in one person, abuse was not far behind.  The Dark Ages tell the rest of the story. Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. When Daniel speaks about this power, he says this power will try to change times and laws.  Well we saw earlier how the papacy  tried to change the way prophecy is interpreted, and we also pointed out that they would try to change the Law of God by changing the fourth commandment.  But what does the papacy itself say about this? Here is a quotation from the SENTINEL, May 21, 1995, written by the St Catherine Catholic Church.  “Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the church ever did happened in the first century.  The Holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. . . Not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power . . .” From DIGNITIES AND DUTIES OF THE PRIEST, Vol. 12. p. 27, we read, “God Himself, is obliged to abide by the judgment of His priests, and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse or give absolution…  The sentence of the priest precedes, and God subscribes to it.” From TORONTO DAILY STAR (newspaper), Oct 26, 1949, “Reverend Philip Carrington, Anglican Archbishop of Quebec, sent local clergymen into a huddle today by saying outright that there was nothing to support Sunday being kept holy.  Carrington definitely told a church meeting in this city of straitlaced Protestantism that tradition, not the Bible, had made Sunday the day of worship.”  And from James Cardinal Gibbons, THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, p. 89, “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will find not a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday.  The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday.”


Then Why Do Protestants KeepSunday?

Remember when we talked about the Reformation?  Who was the “mother church” in the Dark Ages?  Rome.  So all the protestant churches sprang from Rome.  Those churches that continued to follow the precepts of Rome, are really just an extension of the Roman Catholic church.  As long as they continue to follow ANY of the rules of Rome, they are giving homage to the Catholic Church.  Many churches today, claim to follow the Scriptures and the Scriptures only, but still worship on a day that was authorized by man and not God.  They pick and choose from the Bible those things they want to believe, and the rest is not true.  The Bible is either all true or none of it is true. Either believe the entire Bible or throw it out!  Half-way worship will not cut it. In the book, THE FAITH OF MILLIONS, Rev. John O’Brian, pp. 421, 422, we read, “But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not from the Church observe Sunday instead of Saturday?  Yes, of course, it is inconsistent, but the change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born…. They have continued to observe custom even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church, and not upon an explicit text in the Bible.  That observance remains the reminder of the mother Church from which non-Catholic sects broke away—like a boy running away from his mother but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.” God has made it very clear in the Bible that His day is the seventh day Sabbath, but how many people say, “It doesn’t matter what day I keep as long as I keep one day,”  or, “We don’t need to keep the Sabbath because the laws were nailed to the cross.”  So tell me, Does it make sense that Jesus died to eliminate the laws of His government?  Now that He has died. There are no more laws in heaven. Everybody will just love each other. Then how can we be judged?  We need to be measured against an objective yardstick.  The ten commandments are the law of love and they will be the law that we will be measured against.


Ask Yourself This

If you were to ask almost any churchgoer, “Do you keep the commandments,” they would say yes. If you would ask them if it was wrong to break a commandment, they would say yes. If you would ask them if the commandments are still valid, they would say yes.  But then if you ask them about the Sabbath commandment, all of a sudden, there is a different answer and attitude.  Now you might hear, “The commandments were nailed to the cross,” or, “We don’t need to keep the commandments anymore because we are under Grace.”  Why are all the other commandments binding, yet the fourth commandment is no longer binding?  What is it about the fourth commandment that brings such a strong reaction?  Why do people who say they love the Lord have such a strong reaction against His Sabbath?  Is it that Satan has so poisoned our minds with the wine of Babylon, that we are confused?  Something you might want to ask yourself.


My Sheep Know My Voice

Jesus says in Matthew that those people who know Him will follow Him because they hear what He says and they know that it is Him. People who are drunk on the wine of Babylon (Satan) will not hear Jesus’ voice because it is strange to them.  What is sad, is that when the truth finally becomes known to them, it will be too late.  They will be lost.


We Stand Alone

Many people are not sure of what to believe so they ask others, a friend, a pastor or someone else, whether or not something is true or false. Then they base their beliefs on the opinions of their friends, pastor, or other.  But when it comes to the judgment and you are standing before God, you cannot point to anyone else and blame them for the decisions that you made.  You, and you alone, are responsible to God for your decisions.  Those decisions will determine your destiny for eternity.  Please make the right decisions.  God wants you to make the right decision.  He has made everything as clear as possible, but He won’t force you to choose Him.


What Are The Chances Of A Sunday Law In The US?

Look around you today and see how many states already have a Sunday law on the books but aren’t enforcing them.  Look at the news and listen to the sayings of the “Religious Right”.  Look at the ecumenical movements designed to eliminate all these religions and bring them under the pope.  It’s already happening.  It’s sooner than you think.  Jesus talked about seeing the signs and recognizing that the end is near.  The harlot and her daughters will be plainly visible as we get into the last and final days. When the beast from the Middle Ages regains its power, we will see the same things happening right here in our beloved USA. Matt 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.  2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. We know Jesus is coming soon.  The earth is groaning with all the natural and manmade calamities. The signs tell us it is near. I pray that we can all be ready to meet Him when He comes.


Review

So what did we learn about the Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast? 1. The Seal or Mark is a sign of authority 2. A seal gives the name, title and territory of the person to whom it belongs 3. The war started with worship and it will end with worship. 4. God is a jealous God.  He requires His way of worship not ours. 5. We should not try and make something profane  into something holy 6. We should not try to make something holy into something profane. 7. God is the only One who sanctifies 8. God sanctified the seventh-day Sabbath and made it holy 9. As the church grew in size, the early Christians tried to distance themselves from the Jewish Sabbath 10. The Bishop of Rome grew in power so that he could force his beliefs on the rest of the Christian church. 11. Easter Sunday, Christmas and sun worship were brought into the early church to encourage more pagans to join. 12. The Catholic Church uses Sunday worship as its sign that it has the authority to change God’s laws. 13. The final fight will be between two different styles of worship.


How Does This Show God’s Love For Us?

Time after time, God continues to warn us and to show us His way.  He wants us ALL to be saved.  His call is to ALL people in ALL churches.  In Revelation 14 He gives the call to EVERYONE to come out of Babylon and come back to Him. Rev 14:6 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,  7 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.  8 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. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Then He identifies those who listen to Him. Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Jesus is coming VERY soon.  Please choose God and life.  Remember, you MUST choose.  No matter which way you go, it will be a conscious choice.  In the final judgment, everyone, including Satan, will bow down to God and acknowledge that He is Just, He is Righteous and He is Holy.  Before you go any further, ask God to come into your life and give Him control of your life.  This is not something that you can do on your own. Only He can do it, and He will if you ask.


Further Reading

In addition to Wikipedia articles, you can go to the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) at Calvin.edu  They have the writings of the early writers from the first century on.  A scholarly book that you may be interested in reading is,  From Sabbath to Sunday, by Samuele Bacchiocchi and printed by the Pontifical Gregorian University Press in Rome.  I used some material from his book to provide a concise version of what occurred in the early Christian years. 


Study For Yourself

I can’t stress this enough! Read the various articles I’ve identified and don’t read them with a prejudiced mind.  We all have opinions that we try to prove.  But if we try to prove our opinions, we don’t learn anything new.  The problem with learning something new is that we may not like what we learn. We may have to throw a lifetime out the window and start all over again.  How do you give up a belief that has been your whole life up to now?  By falling on your knees and asking God’s help.  He will be more than willing to help.  He wants ALL of us to be saved.


A Word of Warning 

As you surf the web, you will find many websites that have an axe to grind.  They purport to show that certain truths or certain people are wrong or are leading people astray.  I never pay attention to these.  If you want to know what is true and what is false, you need to read the material for yourself.  Don’t let someone else steer you wrong.  Satan is using anyone he can to confuse and misdirect people in these last days. The closer we come to the end, the more of these you will find.  Study for yourself before you judge.  2Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Remember, the judgment is between you and Jesus, no one else.

 
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