My response to “The Sabbath as the Seal of God”

During a recent visit to a SDA website I found this following oddity. I have placed in bold the most pertinent statements of this post / article as related to my skepticism about this subject.

“The Sabbath as the Seal of God”

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“Revelation is the final book of Scripture, which reveals to God’s people what they need to know in order to pass through the final crisis yet to befall this planet before Christ returns. So, any reference in Revelation that tells us about who Jesus is coming to take home, or who Jesus is coming to destroy, or who Jesus recognizes as His own, is extremely important to us.”

“In Revelation, chapter 7 and verses 2-3, we read: “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

“The four angels spoken of are holding the “four winds of the earth” (vs.1), which are the winds of strife and destruction. They are waiting now, until the servants of God are sealed. You have seen the wars and you have seen the tremendous power for destruction which hangs over our heads like a sword; perhaps you have wondered what keeps things under control as crime, race wars, senseless violence, terrorist acts, etc. escalate, yet, do not reach a climax of destruction. It is the four angels. God keeps a lid on the bubbling cauldron until every case is decided for good or for evil. He will not allow things to erupt until the awful words are spoken: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” (Rev. 22:11) Once each person’s fate is determined, according to their deeds, the last plagues fall and the planet writhes in anguish. Yet, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” (Psa. 91:7) The Lord waits until His people are sealed, then He visits destruction upon the world but His people are spared–for they are sealed. So, it is most important that we understand what this seal is and how to obtain it.”

“In Romans, chapter 4, verses 5-13, we find some momentous truths about faith and its signs or seals. The thrust of this section of Scripture is to inform us that faith in God saves us, not works–yet, there are outward signs of our faith, which are evident. Paul says in verse 9 that the blessings of faith come not only to the circumcised (the Jews), but to the uncircumcised (the Gentiles) also. However, in verse 11, Paul makes explicit his understanding of faith and works: Abraham was regarded by God as righteous even before he was circumcised–because of his faith–yet, Abraham received circumcision because it was commanded of God as an outward sign of his faith. Circumcision did not save Abraham–faith did. However, true faith also makes one obedient to all of God’s commands. (James 2:14 & 17) Thus, circumcision, which does not save at all, became “a seal of the righteousness of the faith.” And faith does save.”

“Now, we remember that circumcision was an outward sign, which is not now required of us by God. However, the “Sabbath was made for man”, not only for the Jews, as we have already seen. So, let us look at the seal aspect of the Sabbath commandment.”

“There are three things about any seal that define it as a seal. Just look at the Great Seal of the President of theUnited States. A seal must state the name, title, and jurisdiction of the one who holds the seal. We see this in our ownUnited Statesseal. The President’s name and title as President are found there, and, the jurisdiction is theUnited States of America. Thus, a seal is a badge of authority for the one who bears it.”

“In the heart of the Ten Commandments is found God’s seal. It states His name and title: He is Lord and Creator. It states the region over which the seal applies: “Heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” Only the fourth commandment is explicit about who is the Lord, and over what dominion He reigns. The fourth commandment is God’s badge of authority over all His creation.”

“Without the fourth commandment, the other nine commandments have no power to convict the grossest idolater of sin. The other nine may use the word “God” as stating who requires obedience, yet, any idolater can say, “Here is my god of wood; it is his precepts I obey.” And he could use the commandments of God to set up his idol as the “God” referred to by the commandments.”

 

“Some heathen people call the sun “Lord”, yet, our God claims to have created the heavens. This includes the sun, moon, and stars. Any heathen claims of a deity fall flat in the face of the Creator who includes Heaven and earth and all that is in them as His dominion. The Sabbath reminds all people who is the Creator and what is His dominion. Any other claim to “lordship” can be shown false in the light of the Sabbath.”

“Having seen how the Sabbath commandment has the attributes of a seal, we will now look at how the Sabbath can be the seal of God in us.”

“Isaiah 8:16 is a strong verse about sealing: “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” This verse occurs within a chapter about seeking the Lord and sanctification. Thus it is fitting that we should examine this verse for clues about the final sanctification of God’s people before He comes again.”

“The Ten Commandments were often called the “Testimony”, and the Ark was called the “Ark of the Testimony” or the “Ark of the Covenant.” Clearly, God was concerned that the people should see, through Isaiah, that the law was primary in the sealing work. Job 37:7 says, “He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.” This sounds familiar to us as we remember that “by their fruits ye shall know them.”

 

“Exodus 31:13 provides another reason why the Lord asks His people to keep His Sabbath: “it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.” Here we find that the sign or seal is applicable for as long as there are generations of Abraham’s seed that the Lord sanctifies. And we know that Abraham’s seed includes all who are saved by faith as was Abraham. (Gal. 3:7; Rom. 2:28-29)”

“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.” (Duet. 11:18) Notice where the words of God are a sign: as a “frontlet” between the eyes–or as a “seal in the forehead.”

 

“Do you see the significance of this? It is as though the Lord has said, “My law is a seal of my authority, a sign of my right to command obedience of my subjects and to rule my government as I see best. Your keeping of my law is a sign that you have accepted me as your ruler and acknowledge me as your God.” So, we see that the law of God, and particularly the fourth commandment, establishes a contract or “covenant” between God and ourselves. This is not the “first covenant” which involved the people trying to keep the commandments in their own power as a means to salvation (Legalism). This is the “new and better covenant” which involves God writing His law on our hearts and our obeying His commandments, by His grace and power, because of love for Him and faith in the salvation He has provided (Salvation by faith).”

“This is why the Lord can call the Sabbath a reminder that He is the God that sanctifies us. We are sanctified by faith, not by works. God is the author and finisher of our salvation. Just as Abraham was saved by faith and then obeyed God, through faith, to seal the covenant of faith by circumcision; so we are saved by faith and obey God, through faith, to seal the covenant of faith by keeping all His commandments–including the Sabbath.”

“By keeping the Sabbath, we receive the seal of God in our foreheads because we show that we belong to God and worship only him. Only He is Creator and Sanctifier. Only He is worthy of worship. Only the Sabbath sets Him apart in His true light and states clearly who He is. Only the Sabbath requires peculiar obedience to God that is an outward and obvious sign to the whole world that the one who keeps it belongs only to God. Thus the texts about the last group of God’s people on earth make sense: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12) “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Rev. 21:7) “And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.” (Rev. 22:4) “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14)”

“The last group of God’s people on earth, those who can stand as they see Him come in the clouds and are translated as was Enoch, all are known by God because they are sealed in their foreheads with His name and His words. And this is shown because they keep all the commandments of God–even the inconvenient one.”

“Who do you know who would deny that lying is wrong? Or that cheating is wrong? Or that committing adultery is wrong? Most people have no problem with those commandments. It is only the fourth that causes such turmoil in those who wish to serve God, yet, who want to remain popular with the world. Please be warned, love of the world is hatred against God. Many will sacrifice their souls to damnation because popularity with the world kept them from total commitment to God. And be assured: only those who are totally committed to God will be sealed by Him.”

“Terrible judgments are reserved for those who, by worship of the “beast”, “receive his mark.” The “Mark of the Beast” is discussed in footnote |0+| if you wish to examine it at this time. We can know that Satan has a counterfeit for every truth of God. So, while God has a seal, Satan has a mark.”

“Please do not misunderstand us. We are not saying that everyone who has died while keeping any day but the Sabbath is damned. Many bright lights for God, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, etc., all died as Sunday-keepers. Would God reward their faithfulness with eternal death? Oh no, God knows the true hearts of these men and that they were ignorant of His claims upon them about His Sabbath. The Sabbath is a testing truth for people in these last days. This is why it is brought forth with such significance in the book of Revelation. There will only be two classes of people when Christ comes. Those who keep all the commandments of God, through the faith of Jesus; and those who know that they should, because they have been warned, yet choose not to for whatever reason. The Sabbath was not a testing truth for Luther, but it is for all who are alive to watch the Lord return.”

“As you contemplate all that God has done to purchase your salvation, will you be motivated by love and gratitude to surrender all to Him? Will you decide to keep all His commandments? Will you allow Him to seal you to Himself with a seal that will mark you off as different from the rest of the world and even the rest of Christianity? Are you willing to be peculiar in order to be known by Him when He comes to take the overcomers home?”

http://www.sabbath-day.com/site.html

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Although I am far from being a expert on SDA doctrine and theology. I feel led to correct their poor teaching.

Having read from EG Whites writings that her followers have posted online I have no choice but to reject her teaching on the following grounds.

1 Saturday Sabbath was given to the Jewish Nation known as  Israel. Exodus 21:8-11 and Exodus 31:12-18. Sabbath was a sign between God and  Israel. See Exodus 31:17. The only way that SDA followers can claim to have a “seal” upon their heads is by philosophy and not Biblical teaching.

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2 When God gave the entire Theocratic laws in the Torah. ALL 613 of them were to be followed by Jewish Israel. What SDA followers have done is ASSUME that the rest of the Torah is be ignored and only the Ten Commandments to be followed. This type of philosophy known as Theonomy was not taught by Jesus. My Lord Jesus taught the following examples from the Torah in Matthew 5:17-48. Jesus also taught that are only two important Commandments from the ENTIRE Law of Moses Matthew 22:36-40.

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3 The SEAL of Christians is the Holy Spirit. I can prove this here:

 

Ephesians 1:13

Ephesians 4:30

 

This means that these SDA Theonomists are teaching falsehoods.

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4 Jesus changed the Law of Moses and formed a new morality from it.

Matthew 5:17-48

 

After reading all four Gospels I have not found SPECIFIC Commandments from my Lord to keep the Ten Commandments or the rest of the Law of Moses.

 

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5 Jesus gave his followers the most IMPORTANT of the 613 Commandments from the Law of Moses.

 

Matthew 22:36-40

 

Mark 12:29-31

 

Luke 10:25-28

 

NONE of the Ten are included in these.

 

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6 I can find no teaching in the Holy Bible that supports the teachings of these SDA Theonomists who promote Sabbath.

 

Jesus teachings about Saturday Sabbath is contrary to EG Whites writings and professions.

 

Matthew 12:1-14

 

Mark 2:23-28

Mark 3:1-6

 Luke 6:1-11

Luke 13:10-17

Luke 14:1-6

John 5:1-15

John 7:16-24

 

Have you noticed what Jesus did on the Sabbath? Jesus did not Command the Sabbath for the Gentile but broke its traditions. At no time did Jesus require his non Jewish followers to keep the Sabbath as his Jewish followers did.

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To conclude:

In teaching such subjects like:

“Saturday Sabbath will be a test”

“Sunday is the mark of the beast”

And so forth…

Those under SDA Theonomy are teaching philosophy and not the Bible. We are forewarned against judging our fellow Christians.

Romans 14:1-23

This means that EG White and her followers are sinning against the rest of us who follow non SDA teachers and Christ.

We are also forewarned about False teachers:

Galatians 1:8-9

Colossians 2:8

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

1 Timothy 1:3-11

Titus 1:10-16

Titus 3:9-11

Those under SDA Theonomy are false teachers. There is no other way to say it.

IF they follow EG Whites writings and teachings they are in reality rejecting Jesus the Christ and are placing their souls in danger.

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