Feb 21

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Do you worship on the Sabbath? Do you think that Sunday is the Sabbath? What did, what we call “the Ten Commandments,” say about the Sabbath? Here is what Moses wrote: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8). Do you obey this commandment; and if not, why not? However, this is not all that Moses wrote on this subject, as he followed it with these words: “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” (verse 9-10). Do you obey these words and if not, why not? Or do you believe that you must obey verse eight but not verses nine and ten? If you obey verse eight, but not verses nine and ten, by what authority do you do so? By what authority do you determine that you must obey verse eight but not verses nine and ten?
Well, what a paragraph to start an article with! First, let us handle the teaching that says the Sabbath has been changed from Saturday to Sunday. Let me start with the following words, which I found in doing research: “The word Sunday is not found in the Bible.” (St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church) To this I will say, neither does the word “Saturday” appear in the Bible, the New Testament to be more exact. The point that needs to be noted just here, is that the Sabbath is an Old Testament law, it is in the Law of Moses, and not a New Testament commandment, a Law of Christ commandment. Saturday is not Sunday and Sunday is not Saturday!
Second, we can go a little deeper than this, however. There is the teaching among some churches, generally identified with some form of “Seventh-day,” that teach that we are still under the Law of Moses; therefore, we are obligated to worship on the “seventh day.” It is a general teaching among such, that we are under the Law of Moses! May I point out, the Law of Moses is a very large group of individual laws, which in the whole make up the Law of Moses. I read in one place that there are 613 Mosaic Laws. Here is an important question: “How many of these 613 laws do you even know about?” How many of the 613 laws do you keep? Do you worship according the laws in this large body of laws, that relate to worship? Do you go to the Jewish Temple once a year? I can safely say, no you don’t, as there is no Jewish Temple that has been built according the law given by God as to how it was to be built, standing today! Now, get this point, the Law of Moses required animal sacrifices, have you offered you animal sacrifices lately? Of course, you have not!
It might surprise you to know, that a high priest is required to offer some of the animal sacrifices! In Hebrews it reads: “Then verily the first (Covenant, the old Testament to us.) had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly” (Heb. 9:1-5). This temple does not exist today; therefore, no one, no not even the Jews of today, are able to worship according to these words! And yet we have some who teach that we have to keep the old law!
Continuing to read from Hebrews: “Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God” (verse 6). Did you know that the Jews of today, have no “high priest, nor do they have priests as ordained by the Law of Moses!
Here is something that I found in my search on the subject: “No, there is no Jewish priesthood today. According to the Old Testament, the only place from which it was appropriate to offer animal sacrifices to God was the Temple in Jerusalem. In A.D. 70 the Temple was destroyed, meaning Jewish priests no longer had a place to sacrifice. Since the Temple is still in ruins today, there is currently no place for sacrifice. Therefore, there is no active priesthood in Judaism.” (Does the Jewish religion still have a priesthood today.)
Do you know what is standing were the Jewish temple once stood? Here is a quote that might help your understanding and with it we close this article. “The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim shrine that was built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in AD 691. The Dome of the Rock is part of a larger Muslim holy area that takes up a significant portion of what is also known as Mount Moriah in the heart of Jerusalem.”

–Frank R. Williams

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