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The Mark of the Beast.

A tattooed number, a computer chip under the skin, or something more subtle? It's one of the most misinterpreted prophecies in all of the Bible - yet it is so important to correctly understand this subject. But in studying the mark of the beast, we must address some very sensitive issues, naming names and being specific. This is not a popular thing today, but we must be firm because God loves His people and He wants them to know the truth. This message is not ours, but Jesus'. And with eternal death facing those who receive the mark, it would be a crime to not help Him deliver this message. This lesson should probably be prefaced with a warning: "THE DEVIL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO READ AND COMPLETE THIS STUDY GUIDE." Please read Revelation 13:1-8, 14:9-12, and 16-18, and pray for the Holy Spirit to grant you an honest and understanding heart before embarking on this study adventure.

An Urgent Reminder
We learned from Study Guide 2 that a terrible conflict is in progress between God and the devil. It has raged through the centuries since Lucifer, heaven's most powerful angel, rebelled against God. With the angels who joined him, he attempted to overcome God and seize control of the universe. God and the loyal angels had no choice but to eject Lucifer and his angels from heaven. Lucifer, who became known as the devil and Satan, was infuriated. His determination to destroy God and control the universe has grown with every passing year. Amazingly, he has won the support of the vast majority of earth's people in his rebellion. The Lord also asks for people's loyalty and support, but He leaves all free to choose. Soon every person on earth will have aligned with either Satan or God. The final battle between Satan and God is just ahead, and it is described in the book of Revelation. This book points out that God has an emblem, or mark, which will identify His people. Satan also has an emblem, or mark, that will identify those who support him. As usual, Satan will work through an earthly power (symbolized in Revelation by a beast) to impose his mark. This Study Guide will reveal the beast's mark, which every lost person of the end time will receive. Unless you know what his "mark" is, how will you avoid receiving it?

·How many lost souls are being punished in **** today?

The wicked will not be punished until after the judgment.
The beast of Revelation chapter 13 symbolizes the Antichrist.
The papacy is the Antichrist.
King Herod tried to "devour", or kill, Jesus at birth.
General Berthier inflicted a deadly wound upon the papacy by taking Pope Pius VI captive.
More than 100 nations have state representatives at the Vatican.
Millions of Christians lost their lives during periods of papal persecution.

Answer:
Revelation 13:1-8, 16-18 provides 11 identifying characteristics. They are listed below:
A. Rises from sea (verse 1).
B. Composite of the four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 (verse 2).
C. Dragon gives it power and authority (verse 2).
D. Receives a deadly wound (verse 3).
E. Deadly wound healed (verse 3).
F. Strong political power (verses 3, 7).
G. Strong religious power (verses 3, 8 ).
H. Guilty of blasphemy (verses 1, 5, 6).
I. Wars with and overcomes the saints (verse 7).
J. Rules for 42 months (verse 5).
K. Has mysterious number--666 (verse 18 ).

Do some of these points have a familiar ring? Certainly! We encountered many of them earlier when we studied about the Antichrist in Daniel chapter 7. The "beast" of Revelation 13 is simply another name for the "Antichrist," which we learned from Daniel 7 is the papacy. Prophecies of Daniel and Revelation often cover the same ground as prior prophecies, but each time new features are added that help make the prophecies certain. So expect to learn some new things about the Antichrist from this Study Guide. Now let's consider, one by one, the 11 points that describe the beast.

A. It would rise from the sea (Revelation 13:1).
The sea (or water) in prophecy refers to people, or a populated area (Revelation 17:15). So the beast, or Antichrist, would arise from amid the established nations of the then-known world. The papacy, as we all know, arose in western Europe, so it fits this point.

A Word of Explanation
In harmony with God's command to honor all people (1 Peter 2:17), we pause here to recognize the papacy for her many good deeds and activities. Her hospitals, orphanages, care for the poor, homes for unwed mothers, and care for the aged are appreciated universally. She can honestly be lauded for many things. But, like all other organizations, she has also made mistakes. God pinpoints some of her errors in Revelation. The Lord, who blesses and comforts, must sometimes chasten and correct. Please ask His Spirit to speak to you as you study this crucial topic.

B. It would be a composite of the four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 (Revelation 13:2).

Study the comparison below to see how it all fits together:

Daniel chapter 7 Revelation chapter 13
Babylon Lionlike beast (vs. 4) "Mouth of a lion" (vs. 2)
Medo-Persia Bearlike beast (vs. 5) "Feet of a bear" (vs. 2)
Greece Leopardlike beast (vs. 6) "Like unto a leopard" (vs. 2)
Rome Ten-horned beast (vs. 7) "Having ... ten horns" (vs. 1)

The four beasts of Daniel 7 are depicted as part of Antichrist, or the beast, because the papacy incorporated pagan beliefs and practices from all four empires. She clothed them in spiritual garb and spread them to the world as Christian teachings. Here is one of many supporting statements from history: "In a certain respect, she [the papacy] has copied her organization from that of the Roman Empire, has preserved and made fruitful the philosophical intuitions of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, borrowed from both Barbarians and the Byzantine Roman Empire, but always remains herself, thoroughly digesting all elements drawn from external sources." 1 This point definitely fits the papacy.

C. The beast must receive its power, seat (capital), and authority from the dragon (Revelation 13:2).

To identify the dragon, we go to Revelation chapter 12, where God's end-time church is pictured as a pure woman. In prophecy, a pure woman represents God's true people or church (Jeremiah 6:2; Isaiah 51:16). (In Study Guide 23, we will present a detailed study of God's end-time church of Revelation chapter 12. Study Guide 22 explains Revelation chapters 17 and 18, where fallen churches are symbolized by a fallen mother and her fallen daughters.) The pure woman is portrayed as pregnant and about to deliver. The dragon crouches nearby, hoping to "devour" the baby at birth. However, when the baby is born He evades the dragon, fulfills His mission, and then ascends to heaven. Obviously the baby is Jesus, whom Herod tried to destroy by killing all the babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). So the dragon represents pagan Rome, of which Herod was a king. The power behind Herod's plot was, of course, the devil (Revelation 12:7-9). Satan acts through various governments to accomplish his ugly work--in this case, pagan Rome.

We will quote just two supportive references from history, though there are many: (1) "The Roman Church ... pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation. ...The Pope ... is Caesar's successor." 2 (2) "The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised. Rome was transformed as well as converted. The very capital of the old Empire became the capital of the Christian Empire. The office of Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of Pope." 3 So this point also fits the papacy. She received her capital city and power from pagan Rome.

D. It would receive a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3).
The deadly wound was inflicted when Napoleon's general, Alexander Berthier, entered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive in February of 1798. Napoleon decreed that at the death of the pope, the papacy would be discontinued. The pope died in France in August of 1799. "Half Europe thought ... that without the Pope the Papacy was dead." 4

So this point also fits the papacy.

E. The deadly wound would be healed, and the entire world would give homage to the beast (Revelation 13:3).
Since its healing, the strength of the papacy has grown and increased until today she is one of the most powerful religio-political organizations and influence-centers in the world. Malachi Martin, consummate Vatican insider and intelligence expert, reveals the following in his best-selling book The Keys of This Blood 5 (page numbers in parentheses):

ABOUT THE POPE:
He is as determined to be world ruler as was Constantine in his day (49). He is protected by four governments (120). He is the best-known person of the 20th century (123). He is personal friends with the leaders of 91 countries (490). People of the world seem to him ready for strong worldwide moral government with control (160). Sixteen thousand journalists covered his American visit (490).

ABOUT THE PAPACY:
The American ambassador says the Vatican is unmatched as a "listening post" (120). The Vatican knows by Saturday what will happen on Monday anywhere in the world (439). Papal structure is prepared for worldwide rule now (143).

Obviously, the wound is healed and the eyes of the nations are upon the Vatican, so this point also fits the papacy.
F. It would become a strong political power (Revelation 12:3, 7).
See item E above.

G. It would become a very powerful religious organization (Revelation 13:3, 8 ).
See item E above.

H. It would be guilty of blasphemy (Revelation 13:5, 6).
The papacy is guilty of blasphemy because her priests claim to forgive sins and her popes claim to be Christ.

I. It would war with and persecute the saints (Revelation 13:7).
The papacy did persecute and destroy millions of saints during the Dark Ages.

J. It would reign for 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
The papacy reigned for 42 prophetic months, which equals 1,260 years--from A.D. 538-1798.

Points H through J also clearly fit the papacy. We touched on them only briefly here because they were covered thoroughly in Study Guide 15, question 8, items E, G, and H.

K. It would have the mysterious number 666 (Revelation 13:18 ).
This verse says, "It is the number of a man," and Revelation 15:2 says it is "the number of his name." What man do you think of when you think of the papacy? Naturally, we all think of the pope. What is his official name? Here is a Catholic quote: "The title of the pope of Rome is "Vicarius Filii Dei" (English: "Vicar of the Son of God").6 Malachi Martin, in The Keys of This Blood, uses the same title for the pope on pages 114, 122. A footnote for Revelation 13:18 in some Douay [Catholic] versions of the Bible says, "The numeral letters of his name shall make up this number." Notice the chart at right, which shows what happens when we total up the Roman numeral value of the letters of the name.


* V and U each equal five in Roman numerals.

Again, the papacy fits the identification point. The beast with the "mark" is the papacy. No other power in history could possibly fit these divine descriptive points. Now that we have positively identified the beast, we can discover her mark, or symbol of authority. But first, let's look at God's sign of authority.

1Andre Retif, The Catholic Spirit, trans. by Dom Aldhelm Dean, Vol. 88 of The Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism (New York, Hawthorne Books, 1959), p. 85.
2Adolf Harnack, What is Christianity? trans. by Thomas Bailey Saunders (New York: Putnam, 2nd ed., rev., 1901), p. 270.
3Alexander Clarence Flick, The Rise of the Mediaeval Church (reprint: New York, Burt Franklin, 1959), pp. 148, 149.
4Joseph Rickaby, "The Modern Papacy," Lectures on the History of Religion, Lecture 24, (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1910), p. 1.
5(New York, Simon & Schuster, 1990)
6"Answers to Readers' Questions," Our Sunday Visitor, Nov. 15, 1914.

·What is God's mark, or symbol, of authority?

The Sabbath is the sign, or mark, of God's power.

"I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them." Ezekiel 20:12. "It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth." Exodus 31:17.

Answer: God is saying in the texts above that He gave us His Sabbath as a glorious sign of His power to create and His power to sanctify (convert and save) us. In the Bible, the words seal, sign, mark, and token are used interchangeably.7 God's sign, the Sabbath, represents His holy power to rule as Creator and Saviour. Revelation 7:1-3 says it will be written upon the foreheads (minds--Hebrews 10:16) of His people. It will signify that they are owned by Him and have His character. Hebrews 4:4-10 confirms this by saying that when we enter His rest (receive salvation), we should keep His seventh-day Sabbath holy as a symbol, or mark, of salvation. True Sabbathkeeping signifies that a person has surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and is willing to follow wherever Jesus leads.

Since the symbol, or mark, of God's authority and power is His holy Sabbath day, it seems likely that the symbol, or mark, of God's challenger--the beast--might also involve a holy day. Let's see if it does.

7(Compare Genesis 17:11 with Romans 4:11 and Revelation 7:3 with Ezekiel 9:4.)

·What does the papacy say is her symbol, or mark, of authority?

Sunday as a holy day is the beast's mark, or symbol of authority.

Answer: Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:

"Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?"
"Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with
her--she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority."8

So the papacy is here saying that it changed Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority.

8Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism [FRS No. 7.], (3rd American ed., rev.: New York, Edward Dunigan & Bro., 1876), p. 174.


·Did God predict such a change in Scripture?

Changing Sabbath to Sunday involves altering God's law - a very serious matter.

Answer: Yes! In describing the Antichrist in Daniel 7:25, God said it would "think to change times and laws."

A. How has the papacy tried to change God's laws? In three different ways: In her catechisms she has (1) omitted the second commandment against veneration of images, and (2) shortened the fourth (Sabbath) commandment from 94 words to just eight. The Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) clearly specifies Sabbath as the seventh day of the week. As changed by the papacy, the commandment reads: "Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day." Written thus, it can refer to any day. And, finally, she (3) divided the tenth commandment into two commandments.

B. How has the papacy attempted to change God's times? In two ways: (1) She has changed the time of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day. (2) She has also changed God's "timing" for the beginning and closing hours of the Sabbath. Instead of counting the Sabbath day from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night as God mandates (Leviticus 23:32), she adopted the pagan Roman custom of counting the day from midnight Saturday night to midnight Sunday night. God predicted these "changes" would be attempted by the beast, or Antichrist.

Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:
"Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." 9

Here is another Catholic statement: "The Church is above the Bible; and this transference of Sabbath observance from Saturday to Sunday is proof positive of that fact." 10

The papacy is saying in these references that its successful change of Sabbath observance to Sunday worship is proof that its authority is greater, or "above," Scripture.

9Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (St. Louis, B. Herder Book Co., 1957 ed.), p. 50.
10The Catholic Record (London, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 1, 1923).

·How could anyone dare attempt to change God's holy day?

The papacy has changed Sabbath to Sunday.

Answer:
We ask the papacy, "Did you really change Sabbath to Sunday?"
She replies, "Yes, we did. It is our symbol, or mark, of authority and power."
We ask, "How could you even think of doing that?"
It's a pertinent question. But the question the papacy officially asks Protestants is even more pertinent. Please read it carefully:

"You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! but by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou shalt keep holy the seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead? This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered." 11

11Library of Christian Doctrine: Why Don't You Keep Holy the Sabbath-Day? (London: Burns and Oates, Ltd.), pp. 3, 4.

Tragically, both Catholicism and Protestantism stand guilty before the judgment bar of heaven for rejecting God's holy Sabbath--His sacred sign of identification.

·What solemn warnings has God given regarding His law and His sign, or mark?

Religious leaders who ignore God's holy Sabbath will face His indignation.

Answer:
A. God warns religious leaders against causing people to stumble by saying that some commandments do not matter (Malachi 2:7-9). For example, some ministers teach, "It doesn't matter what day you keep holy."
B. God warns people who want their ministers to preach smooth fables rather than the truth about His law (Isaiah 30:9, 10).
C. God warns people about hardening their hearts against the truth of His law (Zechariah 7:12).
D. God warns people who say it would seem "strange" to keep God's law--like the Sabbath, for example (Hosea 8:12).
E. God states that the upheaval, tragedy, problems, and woes of earth come because people refuse to follow His law--and have even tried to change it (Isaiah 24:4-6).
F. God warns religious leaders who refuse to preach the prophecies of the end time (Isaiah 29:10, 11).
G. God solemnly warns that leaders who teach there is really no difference between sacred things (such as God's holy Sabbath) and common things (such as Sunday) will face His indignation (Ezekiel 22:26, 31).

·Revelation 13:16 says people will receive the mark of the beast in the forehead or in the hand. What does this mean?

The forehead is a symbol of the mind. People will be marked in their foreheads by observing Sunday as a holy day.

Answer: The forehead represents the mind (Hebrews 10:16). A person will be marked in the forehead by a decision to keep Sunday as a holy day. The hand is a symbol of work (Ecclesiastes 9:10). A person will be marked in the hand by working on God's holy Sabbath or by going along with Sunday laws for practical reasons (job, family, etc.). The sign, or mark, for either God or the beast will be invisible to people. You will, in essence, mark yourself by accepting either God's sign or mark, the Sabbath, or the beast's mark, Sunday. Though invisible to men, God will know who has which mark (2 Timothy 2:19).

·According to Isaiah 58:1, 13, 14, what decisive message does God deliver to His people in the last days?

God requires His people to stop trampling upon His holy day.

"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression." "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, ... Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord." Isaiah 58:1, 13, 14.

Answer: He says, show "my people" that they are (innocently perhaps) sinning because they are trampling on My holy day, and ask them to quit breaking My Sabbath so I can bless them. Speak loudly so they will hear you!

Notice that the third angel of Revelation 14:9-12, who brings the message about the mark of the beast, speaks with a loud voice also (verse 9). The message is too important to treat as ordinary. It's a life-or-death issue. Jesus says His sheep, or people, will follow Him when He calls them. (John 10:16, 27).

Do people who worship on Sunday (as a holy day) have the mark of the beast now?

When laws are passed forcing Sunday worship, those who comply will receive the beast's mark.

Answer: No! No one will have the mark of the beast until Sunday worship becomes an issue forced by law. At that time (just ahead), those who decide to follow the false teachings of the beast and worship on Sunday (the beast?s counterfeit holy day) will receive the mark of the beast.

Those who follow Jesus and obey His truth will keep His Sabbath day holy and receive His mark. Those who expect to refuse the beast's mark in the future must step under Jesus? Sabbath banner now. His power is available to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). With Him, all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

·According to the book of Revelation, whom did John specifically see in God's eternal kingdom?

Only those who have God's mark, or sign, in their foreheads will enter heaven.

Answer: The answer is threefold and very clear:

A. Those who have God's mark, or sign (His Sabbath), in their foreheads (Revelation 7:3).
B. Those who refused to identify with the beast or his image and who refused to have his mark or name in their foreheads (Revelation 15:2).
C. The people who--today and for eternity--follow where Jesus leads, trusting Him fully in everything (Revelation 14:4). There is no other way.

·What is Jesus saying to people today?

Following Jesus must include keeping His seventh-day Sabbath holy.

“He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12.

Answer: What a fantastic promise! If we follow Him, we will not end up in darkness but will, instead, have glorious truth. Nothing could be more exciting! Further, following Him and keeping His Sabbath will put God?s mark on our foreheads and protect us from the dreadful plagues (Psalm 91:10) that will fall upon the disobedient (Revelation chapter 16). It also marks us as ready for translation at Jesus' second coming. What blessed protection and assurance God has offered us!

An Urgent Alert
You will discover some astounding information as you study the final three Study Guides of the nine that deal with the three angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-14. These Study Guides will explain (1) the role of the United States in earth's final conflict, (2) how churches and religions of the world will be involved, (3) what world conditions will precipitate earth's final battle, and (4) Satan's amazing strategy for deceiving billions.

Perhaps you are wondering what Protestant churches have to say about the papal claim for changing Sabbath to Sunday. The quotes that appear in the "Your Thought Questions Answered" section of this lesson will provide the shocking answers.

1.What do other preachers and pastors say about the Sabbath and Sunday? Exodus 20:8
Answer: Here are a host of comments from churches and other authorities about the Sabbath:

Baptist: "There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. ... It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week. ... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament--absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week." --Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The Baptist Manual, in a paper read before a New York ministers' conference held Nov. 13, 1893.

Catholic: "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we [Catholics] never sanctify." --James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, 16th edition, 1880, p. 111.

Church of Christ: "Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. In Mark 2:27, he says: 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.' From this passage it is evident that the Sabbath was made not merely for the Israelites, as Paley and Hengstenberg would have us believe, but for man ... that is, for the race. Hence we conclude that the Sabbath was sanctified from the beginning, and that it was given to Adam, even in Eden, as one of those primeval institutions that God ordained for the happiness of all men." --Robert Milligan, Scheme of Redemption, (St. Louis, The Bethany Press, 1962), p. 165.

Congregationalist: "The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath." --Dwight's Theology, Vol. 4, p. 401.

Episcopal: "Sunday (Dies Solis, of the Roman calendar, 'day of the sun', because dedicated to the sun), the first day of the week, was adopted by the early Christians as a day of worship. ... No regulations for its observance are laid down in the New Testament, nor, indeed, is its observance even enjoined." --"Sunday," A Religious Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, (New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1883) p. 2259.

Lutheran: "The observance of the Lord's day [Sunday] is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the church." --Augsburg Confession of Faith, quoted in Catholic Sabbath Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 10.

Methodist: "Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day." --Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942.

Moody Bible Institute: "The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?" --D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p. 47.

Presbyterian: "Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand. ... The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath." --T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp. 474, 475.

Pentecostal: "'Why do we worship on Sunday? Doesn't the Bible teach us that Saturday should be the Lord's Day?' ... Apparently we will have to seek the answer from some other source than the New Testament." --David A. Womack, "Is Sunday the Lord's Day?" The Pentecostal Evangel, Aug. 9, 1959, No. 2361, p. 3.

Encyclopedia: "Sunday was a name given by the heathen to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshiped the sun, ... the seventh day was blessed and hallowed by God Himself, and ... He requires His creatures to keep it holy to Him. This commandment is of universal and perpetual obligation."
--Eadie's Biblical Cyclopedia, 1872 ed., p. 561.


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Looks like we are going to be fighting another "Catholic" "Protestant" war. I will have no part in that. These so-called studies are nothing but mis-information. I'm sure Donna is trying her best to be a worker for God. But I don't think she checked out her present employer's credentials very well.
But you are right about one thing Donna. We will either have the seal of God in our foreheads/minds (His Word), or we will have the seal/mark of Satan/antichrist (His lies). Satan is coming here claiming to be Jesus Christ. Many are already prepared to belive him. They will be and are doing his work. Most churches today have taught their members to jump into the sack with the first "Jesus" that appears. Again, I know i am at odds with the majority here. But this is important. So i keep plugging away.
 

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Anti-Christ by the numbers

It could be Bill Gates III. In the computer language of ASCII, B=66, I=73, L=76, L=76, G=71, A=65, T=84, E=69, S=83, I=1, I=1, I=1. Add the numbers and the total is 666. Need more “proof”; convert MS-DOS 6.21 into ASCII, 77 + 83 + 45 + 68 + 79 + 83 + 32 + 54 + 46 + 50 + 49 and you get 666 again. Coincidence or devine revalation?

It could be Lucent Technologies, what used to be called Bell Labs, before Ma Bells break up. This is especially bold Lucent can be translated to mean, Lucifer's Enterprise, and their headquarters are located at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York. Apparently this Anti-Christ, is not afraid to reveal his identity to those who “understand” Revelations. Pretty obvious, is it not?

It could have been former President Regan. His full name was, Ronald Wilson Reagan, three names each with six letters, 666. Hows that for “proof”?

Some thought at one time it could have been President Kennedy. In 1956, at the Democratic convention, he received 666 votes for the nomination, and in 1963 was grievously wounded. But he did not heal. Or did he?

New and Old Favorite Anti-Christs in history

Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Benito Mussolini, Napoleon, Francisco Franco, Henry Kissinger, King Juan Carlos of Spain (10th to join EU), Ayatollah Kohomeini, Mikhail Gorbachev (mark on head), Saddam Hussein, Sun Myung Moon, Yassir Arafat, Louis Farrakhan, Karl Hapsburg (his family holds the title of ruler over Jerusalem), William Jefferson Clinton, Barney the Dinosaur (looks like a dragon to me), Prince Charles, Uday Hussein, Jacques Chirac, Assad of Syria, Antiochus Epiphanes (one of only a few pre-Christ Antichrists, and he fulfilled many of the prophecies that the real Antichrist will repeat}, Emperor Nero, Emperor Charlemagne

Denominational Favorites

Pick a Pope any Pope, Martin Luther

This by no means a comprehensive list, it also does not list the many organizations or things that have been linked to The Anti-Christ, for example, credit card companies, and social security numbers. It does illustrate the creativity of some "teachers" who feel they have been revealed a “special” understanding.

May your God be with you and you with your God

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Remember the book that came out back around 1988 (I think)? Some guy had figured out all the dates and had established the day of Christ's return. My wife and I were visiting friends (Christians) who were distraught about the book and this guys prediction. I laughed and told them there was no way this was going to happen because Jesus said noone would know! People are still guessing, calculating, figuring it all out.

I choose to worship on the day of Jesus' ressurrection. If someone would rather worship on a day that He was still in the tomb that's OK. I am confident that whatever day you choose to worship will not send you to **** as long as you know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
 

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RBishop said:
I choose to worship on the day of Jesus' ressurrection. If someone would rather worship on a day that He was still in the tomb that's OK. I am confident that whatever day you choose to worship will not send you to **** as long as you know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
I would have to agree with RBishops statement. The 10 Commandments was the Old Covenant which man is incapable of keeping to perfection with any regularity, that is why we have the New Covenant in Christ Jesus.
 

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Brett --

The old Covenant is the same as the new Covenant, they both say to keep Gods commandment the only difference is where it is written in the old it was written in stone in the new it is written in the hearts and minds of God's people. but they both say to keep the law of God.

Rbishop –

Apply that same logic to Adam and Eve, they could have thought that it didn’t matter which fruit to eat as long as you didn’t eat of a particular fruit of a tree of their choice. Did it work out that way? Not hardly! God said the fruit of this tree and that is what he means the fruit of that particular tree not the fruit some tree that Adam or Eve decided on, as long as they love God. That’s the point they ate of the fruit of the tree that God said don’t and they ate anyways they did not love God or they would have obeyed him to the letter. Are you free to worship God on any day you want to when he said on the seventh-day. To worship God on another day other than the day He said to is not showing God that you love Him it is being disobedient showing God that you don’t love Him. When you tell your child something for their good and they don’t do what you said is your child showing you love by being disobedient? I don’t think so. Lucifer was disobedient to God did he show love towards God? I don’t think so. Adam and Eve was disobedient to God did they show love to God? I don’t think so. Now I ask you, by being disobedient to God, choosing the day you want to worship Him instead of the day God said to worship Him, are you showing love to God? Lucifer called God a liar in disobedience. Adam and Eve called God a liar in disobedience. Now I ask you, are you calling God a liar in your disobedience? How can you say you love some one when you are disobedient to that person? Is not the obedience to some one an act of love? It is either an act of love or perverted an act of fear.
 

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The Christian community as a whole chooses to worship on Sunday because worship on the Sabbath was a legal requirement of the Law, and according to the New Testament the Christian is not under such legal requriments like circumcision, etc. Instead, we are to produce the righteousness of the Law, the character of Christ, through the Spirit (see Romans 6:14; 7:1-8:13; 2 Corinthians 3:4-18; Galatians 3-5).

Further, there are no commandments or exhortations in the New Testament for us to keep the Sabbath. Rather, the early church gathered on the first day of the week in celebration and rememberance of the resurrection. This is evident throughout the book of Acts and 1 Cor. 16:2.
Even the "tithe" (another requirement of the Law) is not used in the New Testament by Paul when he discussed giving, even though Paul spoke more on giving than any other New Testament writer. The "theme" of the New Testament is that the Old Testament Law was replaced by something "New" because man was incapable of keeping the Law. Read the OT laws. There is no way we keep all those requirements. Jesus freed the Believer from that. We are to live holy lives that honor Christ but to try to keep the OT law is impossible. Just my opinion.
 

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DONNA. I've read a lot of your posts and have the utmost respect for you but I must disagree on the Sabbath. My Bible says nothing about the days of the week, like Saturday, Sunday, Monday, etc. I agree that the catholic church changed the sabbath to Sunday, but don't believe the entire Christian world will go to **** for worshipping on the wrong day. I don't know the actual date that Christ was born, but celebrate his birth on Dec 25, or Christmas day, it's a very special day for all Christians. I don't know the exact date that Christ rose from the grave either, but consider Easter Sunday a blessed event, and a reverent one. I really don't believe that God is going to send all of us to **** because we chose the wrong day to set aside to worship him. I don't believe in working on the sabbath either, I work NO Sundays.
I have a question for you. I've longed to hear a preacher preach about working on Sunday, but haven't yet, at least to my satisfaction. Somewhere in the Bible it is written, woe to the king who leads his nation to sin. Another is, woe to the man who causes his brother to sin. I know I've read these quotes, but can't find them. My question is this. Are we causing our brothers and sisters to sin by shopping, or going out to eat on Sunday?? After all, if people didn't shop, or go out to eat, they would not be working on Sunday. :? :? :? :? . This is a question that has bothered me for many years. POWDERMAN. :D :D :D :D
 

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I have always thought that the 'mark of the Beast' was just 'numbers' getting lost on 'numbers' instead of having faith. 666 is merely representative of 'large numbers' that John had in a vision. If we get lost in 'Numerology' instead of 'having faith'....then the devil has won. We start thinking that WE can solve all of the worlds problems with our little minds instead of trusting GOD. There will be Wars...and rumors of wars....
 

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gwhilikerz -- I am working on your question and will post it as a new topic.

powderman -- you will not see the mention of the days of the week referred to in the Bible as Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, or Sat (abbreviated) what we now know them to be. in the Bible they are referred to as the first day, second day, third day, fourth da, fifth day also called the preparation day, and the seventh day also called the Sabbath day this is what you find in the bible. The first day equates to Sun, second day equates to Mon, third day equates to Tue, fourth day equates to Wed, fifth day equates thur, sixth day or the preparation day equates to Fri, and the seventh day or the Sabbath equates to Sat. I don't know who or when the changing of the week from numbers to names accrued but I do know that the Names of the week comes from paganism and greek mythology. Sunday is for the worship of the Sun god, Monday is for the moon, and so on. the calender was changed by adding 15 days but keeping in step with the days of the week like from Thursday the 12th adding 15 days and picking up on the next day Friday the 27. Adding 15 days and changing the number of the weeks to names of the week were the only changes made to the present calender in over 2000 years of its exsistance. We know Christ died on the sixth day (Friday) the preparation day and laid in the tomb, stayed in the tomb on the seventh day the Sabbath (Saturday), and was resurrected on the first day (Monday). We know this from historical records that are very accurate, the Jews also keep their own accurate records and I don't think the Jewish nation is faulty on their record keeping, and our own calender was in use during the time of Christ's death. For give me for my bad speeling.
 

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P.S. If all you guys can do is focus on the number 666 then I think you all have a bigger problem than you think you do. There is a major problem if you neglect all the other facts except the number 666 just to make light of the whole issue.
 

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I've said on other posts (several, I think) that the Bible cannot always be taken literally. Much is written in metaphors and symbolism.
Duh!? To me that's a no brainer.
I have no idea what drives fundamentalists to think every word in the Bible is literal.
It's beyond the wildest reasoning.
Here's a little, short, well worded, essay from a Christian group in South Africa. ( I have a friend there)
"Slaves usually received a mark on their hand as proof of who their owner was. Kings of those times had their own personal stamp or seal for use on official documents. This mark to which John refers namely 666 must be understood symbolically. Six is often used as the symbolic number of humankind (two arms, two legs, one head, one body). "It is man's number" (verse 18).

Through the ages people have tried to identify a person to whom this number may refer, instead of trying to establish what his main function is said to be. There are several methods which were used to try to identify a certain person to which 666 refers. One method is to give a number to every letter of the alphabet. For example: A=1; B=2, C=3; D=4 etc. So we can identify a name like Bongikasi = 115; and Vusumuzi = 152. The name of Caesar Nero in Greek is 666, because in Greek some of the letters also have numerical values.

There are Bible expositors who teach that the number 7 is the divine number of perfection, and 6 the incomplete number of man. They say that 777 refers to the Three-in-One God and that the person or power to which 666 refers, will be nearly perfect, but will never quite attain it. The purpose of the symbolic number 666 is thus to warn the believers that the Antichrist will be active near the end of time to seduce or tempt the people to believe him and to follow him. That is why believers are warned not to worship the image of the beast (verse 16).

Other people believe that the number refers to the computer age. If you look at the bar code on any article, you will notice that there are three codes that are longer than the others, but are not explained. Compare them to any of the numbers that are given, and you will see that the two thin lines mean 6. The three unnamed numbers on every barcoded article are therefore 666!. There are also proposals that every person on earth should be marked with an invisible bar code on the hand or forehead, which will have the same purpose as a credit card. It will prevent fraud, because every person will have a unique number. You will also be able to buy without money, and the amount will be substracted from your bank account and deposited in the shopkeeper's account electronically. Nobody will be able to rob you of your money or credit card, because it will be imprinted in your body. In the light of this development it is interesting to see what Revelation 13:16-17 says!

The number may therefore have several different explanations. The mark is a symbol of the attacks of the evil one on the Christian church. Christians have to remain true to their faith and loyalty to Christ even if they are persecuted. But the Lord will still be with them to support them, in whichever way the attacks may come."
Take the literal number 666 OUT of the equation. It's symblolic.
Like in Revelation there is no real beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.
T-Rex's genetically altered cousin ain't commin' back to destroy the earth for Good or Evil.
 

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I agree with jeager. The numbers are just symbolic. Getting hung up and thinking that you have to figure out all the 'coincidental' numbers...only takes away fron your faith in GOD. I would rathe just pray and say "Thank You" to GOD, and let HIM handle the idiotic numbers, along with all the technical ramblings. There is no commandment in the bible that say's anyone has to be a great scholar...in fact quite the opposite....it was written for common people to understand, and I don't think GOD or JESUS CHRIST would be DEVIOUS and play 'Tricks' on people. THAT is the DEVILS JOB. If we LIVE IN FEAR that we are not understanding GOD's will...then we are NOT living in faith. I was told at an early age, that if we accept that 'No one is without sin, and ask GOD for forgiveness, HE WILL GIVE IT. So...we CAN just be simple and innocent (ignorant). However...a lot of us DO try to figure it all out....just be careful to not get lost.
I had a very powerful vision many years ago. I was given a choice to go the way of 'UNDERSTANDING' the mysteries....or remaining just a simple man like everyone else. The first choice also came with a WARNING....that I might never be happy or 'innocent' again. Of course, I ignored the warning, and spent many years in a whirlpool and searching. It took me many many years to finally find the truth, and it was right there in front of my face the entire time, but it was just too simple....way too simple for me to grasp. I could not understand it. (Because it CANNOT BE 'understood' ) Jesus said it many times...but we have to FEEL it, and GIVE it. Love It is everywhere..in everything. (of course I still forget) But LOVE IS the ONLY reason any of us are here. It is what ALL Creation is for....to 'exchange' LOVE.
 

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ROBERT:
Great points. Get all hung up on trying to literalize symbols and we forget about the MESSAGE!
By the way, EVERYONE knows the social security number is the mark of the beast! :eek: :eek:
We are all doomed! :twisted:
I'M SERIOUS. Some dingbat preacher actually had it figured the social security number was the mark of the beast that marked all Americans and we must rebell and get the number removed from us or surely perish! :-D :)
ROTFLMAO!
Donna has a good point about the papcy being the beast, but it don't stop there. My THEORY is that ALL organized religions wear the mark of the beast by using pagan symbols, i.e. the 'cross' the easter fertility gods (rabbit/egg), christmas symbols denoting pagan gods etc.
But then what do I know?
It's just a theory. A pretty good'n though.
Beats **** out of the social security number thingy.
And really, I couldn't care less what 'day' is set aside to worship God.
I make Christianity a state of being, the to best of my human and therefore flawed, abilities.
God ain't done with me. I'm a work in progress (just like all of you) and God ain't done with me yet.
I still maintain that more "truths" will be revealed to us. The "light will get brighter as the end draws nearer" so to speak.
 

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Gwhilikerz –

Here is the answer to you seventh-day question, there are other passages in addition to these.

God made a day just for rest and God blessed the seventh day and sanctified (sanctified means to be set apart or to be made holy) it, here God did both, He set it apart and made it Holy. Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And 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. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Moses was talking to the people concerning the gathering of the Manna…Exodus 16:26-30 “Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.”

The fourth of the Ten Commandments Exodus 20:8-11 “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.”

God was speaking to Moses and the children of Israel but what was said to them is valid to us today concerning the commandments. God’s law was so important that he wrote them with is own finger not just once but twice, the first time and a second time after Moses broke the first set on the golden calf. Exodus 31:14-18 “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. 15Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 18And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Remember God only wrote four times in the Bible, three in the Old Testament the Ten Commandments twice and once on the wall (made of stone) of Babylon before it’s destruction and once in the New Testament when Jesus wrote the peoples sins in the sand. It is important to notice that when God writes in stone nothing will change it but when he wrote the sins of the people it was in sand that could be changed.

Exodus 34:21 “Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.”

Exodus 35:2 “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.”

Leviticus 23:3 “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.”

Leviticus 24:8 “Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.”

Leviticus 25:2-7 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.”

I added this to show how offensive any sin is to God for any reason. One reason that the Old Testament looks different than the New Testament in the way God deals with people is that is that in the Old Testament God is dealing with a nation for a particular purpose and in the New Testament Israel’s time is almost finished and God is moving on to the individual and His word is going to all people including the Gentiles. Numbers 32-36 “And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 33And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 34And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 36And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.”

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 “Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt 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, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.”

Nehemiah 13:15-22 “In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.”

Isaiah 56:2,6 “Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.” “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;”

This is a promise from God to everyone that keeps His seventh-day Sabbath. God says those who keep His Sabbath honors God and God honors him and will delight in the Lord. Isaiah 58:13-14 “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

This is both a promise and a warning to those that honor and keep God’s Holy Sabbath day. Jeremiah 17:21-22; 24-25; 27 “Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.” “And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; 25Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.” “But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.”

Ezekiel 46:1-2 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. 2And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.”

Jesus and His disciples were not picking corn for business but to eat that is may go to their bodies to glorify God. Like Jesus if you wish to volunteer in a soup kitchen to feel the hungry and poor (as long as you do it to the glory of God) then it is lawful on the Sabbath as it is in law enforcement, prisons, and in the medical field but if wages are earned you might think about giving those wages to god on top on what you already give Him. Matthew 12:1-13 “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungered, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.” (Also see Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-5 Luke 6:1-10)

The progression of the days of the week were the first-day, second-day, third-day, fourth-day, fifth-day, sixth-day also called the preparation-day, and the seventh-day also called the Sabbath-day, then is started allover again with the first-day. Matthew 27:62; 28:1 “Now the next day [the Sabbath day], that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,” “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” (Also see Mark 15:42 Luke 23:54-56)

Mark 1:21 “And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.” (Also see Mark 6:2 Luke 13:10)

This shows that even in death the people that loved Jesus still honored the Sabbath day. Mark 16:1 “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”

It was Jesus’ custom to worship on the Sabbath day and to keep it Holy. Luke 4:16 “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” (Also see Luke 4:31)

Freeing the oppressed from the bondage of Satan and sin. Luke 13:11-16 “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. 15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Also see Luke 14:1-5)

John 5:9-18 “And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 15The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. 16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”

John 19:31-33 “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:”

Acts 13:14 “But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.”

Acts 13:27 “For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.”

The Jews were not the only ones worshiping on the Sabbath day, the Gentiles also worshiped on the Sabbath day. Acts 13:42-44 “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.”

Acts 15:21 “For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.”

Acts 17:2-3 “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.”

Acts 18:4 “And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”
 
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