Can the beast change God’s law?
One of the identifying marks we didn’t spend time one is that it would try to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25). So, we’re going to focus on the law it claims to have changed in this post.
Specifically we’re going to look at one of the ten commandments that it changed. These ten commandments were given directly by God, written by His own finger (Exodus 31:18). Who would dare change them, right? You know these right? Just in case you don’t, let’s go through them:
- Have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3)
- Don’t make any idols (Exodus 20:4-6)
- Don’t take the name of the LORD in vain (Exodus 20:7)
- Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (Exodus 20:8-11)
- Honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12)
- Don’t kill (Exodus 20:13)
- Don’t commit adultery (Exodus 20:14)
- Don’t steal (Exodus 20:15)
- Don’t lie (Exodus 20:16)
- Don’t covet (Exodus 20:17)
Jesus nicely summarized these later by saying the first commandment is to love the LORD your God with all your heart, mind and soul (commandments 1-4) and love your neighbour as yourself (commandments 5-10). Some teach He was doing away with the Old Testament law (including the 10 Commandments), but fail to realize He was supporting them. In fact, these two commandments come from the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:5 & Leviticus 19:18).
But Satan has been slowly undermining God’s law for centuries. Remember, his favorite method of deception is mixing truth with lies, and one of the ways he’s doing it is the teaching that because we are saved by grace (which is true), we no longer have a use for the law (which is false).
John tells us that whoever sins is lawless, because sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4), and Paul tells us that the purpose of the law is to show us what sin is, that without the law, we would not even know what sin was (Romans 7:7). Paul also says that once we are Christians, was should stop sinning, we should live according to this law that shows us our sin (Romans 6:1-2).
Now, it’s true, we are not saved through keeping the law, and it is not what cleanses our sin (1 John 1:7), it is the grace of God that saves us so that we can’t make a claim that anything we have done can save us from our sins (Ephesians 2:8-9). The law was never intended to redeem anyone from their sins. Not in the Old Testament, not now. When God gave the people the ten commandments, and the rest of the law, it was already after they had been saved from Egypt. Instead, God tells them to be obedient now that they are saved, so that we can be special to Him (Exodus 19:4-5).
The reason we are to keep the law is because we love the LORD (Deuteronomy 6:4-5), God was always more interested in our hearts than in our perfect obedience to the law (Micah 6:8). But to help with this, God promises to give us His Spirit that will help us keep His commandments (Ezekiel 36:26-17). Christianity has been teaching for a long time now that when Christ came, God changed. His laws changed, our method of salvation changed, everything changed. But, this is contrary to the Bible. While Jesus’ death was critical to our salvation, the time of His death means very little. Whether He was crucified 2000 years ago, this year or 2000 years in the future, our salvation as those who follow God would be just as assured. Jesus died to save His follows during His time, as well as us today, as well as the Israelite people thousands of years ago (Hebrews 13:8), God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6), and neither do His laws (Matthew 5:17).
Next post we’re going to look at which of the 10 commandments the “little horn” has changed.