How the beast changed God’s law
Last post we talked about God’s law, it’s purpose in our lives and how it is unchanging, as meaningful today as it was for the Israelites.
This one we’re going to talk about the law that the beast changed, or at least convinced the world that it had changed.
Remember back in Daniel 7, we noted that the beast would try to change laws and times? So, let’s look at the law (commandment) that talks about time:
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. – Exodus 20:8-11
This law has been so twisted in modern Christianity as to make it nearly unrecognizable. This law is a call back to the creation story, a call for us to remember who our creator is, and what He did. He blessed this day, the seventh day, out of all the others.
Which day is the seventh day? Well you can simply look at most calendars for that answer, it’s Saturday. This day has been kept by the Jews throughout history, so we know which day it is. Also, you can look at a calendar in 105 languages around the world and instantly recognize which day is Sabbath. Here are just a few:
- Arabic: Sabet
- Armenian: Shabat
- Bosnian: Subota
- Bulgarian: Sabota
- Corsican: Sàbatu
- Croatian: Subota
- Czech: Sobota
- Georgian: Sabati
- Greek: Savvato
- Indonesian: Sabtu
- Italian: Sabato
- Latin: Sabbatum
- Maltese: is-Sibt
- Polish: Sobota
- Portuguese: S ábado
- Romanian: Sambata
- Russian: Subbota
- Serbian: Subota
- Slovak: Sobota
- Slovene: Sobota
- Somali: Sabti
- Spanish: Sabado
- Sudanese: Saptu
- Ukranian: Subota
And, interestingly, in Danish, the name for the 7th day is lørdag, meaning “Lord’s Day”.
This Seventh day has been holy since creation (as we’ve seen), through to the Israelites in their exodus, when, on Friday a double portion of manna was provided so they would not have to collect it on the Sabbath rest. It continued through all the way until Jesus’ death (Mark 15:42) when the disciples rested, because it was Sabbath (Luke 23:56). Even Jesus rested in his tomb though the Sabbath, rising on the first day of the week, Sunday (Mark 16:1). And Christians have been keeping Good Friday and Easter Sunday for centuries, so we know the day between them, Saturday, is Sabbath.
So, why is it that most Christians observe Sunday, the first day of the week, instead of Sabbath, the seventh day of the week? Well, if God never changes, and neither do His laws, as we saw in the last post, then it must mean something else has changed them. And, as we saw a few posts ago, the Bible predicts that the little horn, the beast of Revelation would change God’s laws and times.
But, this Sabbath was created for all time. In fact, after Judgement Day, when the Earth and Heaven are recreated, Sabbath will still be kept (Isaiah 66:22-23). This is because the Sabbath is a reminder to us about who God is. Not only that He created us, but also that it is He who sanctifies us (Ezekiel 20:12). It is there to remind us that He is our God (Ezekiel 20:20). It was created before we fell into sin (Genesis 2:2-3) and will continue until after we have new lives and are sinless.
This means a rejection of His Sabbath is a rejection of His role as creator, as His role as the one who sanctifies us, a rejection of Him as our God.
Next post we’re going to go through some of the rationalizations used to justify this change. We’ll take a look at the verses quoted and the arguments used for why the majority of modern Christians worship on Sunday instead of Saturday, and we’ll look at some of the church’s writings on the subject to see what they say about this change.