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Christ’s Pre-existence

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Proverbs 8:22-30 is used by many to show that the Son of God (Christ) was brought forth from the Father before anything was created. From the period of dateless ages that Christ was brought forth, there has never been a time where He was not in close fellowship with His Father. Both 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30 are used to show that Christ was made unto us wisdom.

      • Proverbs 8:22-30 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.
      • 1 Corinthians 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
      • 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

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Where was the God of Jesus Christ?

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Jesus referred to Himself as the Light of the world in John 8:12, 9:5, and John 12:46… but He also said:

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:44-45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (more…)

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Who is the God of Christ?

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Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

1 Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. (more…)

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307 Bible Texts – The Relationship Between God the Father and His Son

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A Good Number of Bible References and EGW Quotes

Pastor Daniel R. Mesa III

(Bible texts are in regular font. EGW quotes are in italics. My personal comments are underlined.)

  1. Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
  2. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    1. “After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son carried out their purpose, which was designed before the fall of Satan, to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God says to his Son, “Let us make man in our image.” {1SP 24.2}
  3. Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.
    1. EGW used this verse one time and simply quoted it.

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God the Father in the Bible

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God the Father, 14

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (more…)

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The Son of God in the Bible

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Son of God, 48

Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they [demons] cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (more…)

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The Spirit of God in the Bible

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Holy Spirit, 7

Psalms 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

Isaiah 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (more…)

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Christ Spoke God’s Words

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Have you ever asked the question, “What authority did Jesus use when He was speaking?”

Matthew 4:4 He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 24:35 (Mark 13:31) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Luke 5:1 It came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

Luke 11:28 …Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

      • (Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.)

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Worshipping Jesus with Daniel Mesa

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Are we to worship Jesus?

Let’s see what the Bible says. My name is Pr Daniel Mesa at RevelationWithDaniel.com.

The first question is this: is Christ God? John 1:1-3, 14 says,

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:14 The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Is he divine? – Matt 16:16

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God the Father and the Son

God
so love the world that He gave His Son
John 3:16

God
gave of His Son
1John 5:10

God
sent His Son
1John 4:10

God
sent His only begotten Son
1John 4:9

God
testified of His Son
1John 5:9 (more…)

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Justification Retained

But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ’s righteousness while practicing known sins or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.  {FW 100.1}

Genuine faith will be manifested in good works; for good works are the fruits of faith. As God works in the heart, and man surrenders his will to God, and cooperates with God, he works out in the life what God works in by the Holy Spirit, and there is harmony between the purpose of the heart and the practice of the life. Every sin must be renounced as the hateful thing that crucified the Lord of life and glory, and the believer must have a progressive experience by continually doing the works of Christ. It is by continual surrender of the will, by continual obedience, that the blessing of justification is retained.  {1SM 397.1}

James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

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The Work of the Minister

“The work of explaining the Bible by the Bible itself is the work that should be done by all our ministers who are fully awake to the times in which we live (letter 376, 1906).”

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The Millennium & the Holy City

Hello…

You wrote:

“Comment: I am a Seventh day Adventist studying with a Baptist preacher. Could you please tell me how you would answer his question regarding Jerusalem in Revelation 20? I told him that was the New Jerusalem that comes down at the end of the 1000 years. He points out that the New Jerusalem does not come down until Revelation 21, after the wicked have been judged. I showed examples where Revelation is not written in chronological order, but I cannot find any scriptural references that support my understanding that is the New Jerusalem instead of the old. How would you address this? I am really enjoying your sermons on going through Revelation chapter by chapter, I first learned about them through audioverse. Thank you for mentioning your website, I will investigate this site thoroughly. You speak in a way that is easy to comprehend. Thank you for your ministry. I will be anxiously waiting for your response. Thank you in advance…”

Revelation 20 plays the future three times over.

Before: 1, “Angel come down”
During: 2, “bound him”
After: 3, “after that he must be loosed”

Before: 4, “I saw thrones”
During: 4, “They lived and reigned”
After: 7, “thousand years are expired”

Before: 11, “a great white throne”
During: 12, “the books were opened”
After: 14, “the lake of fire”

In verse 9, in the context of ‘after’ the millennium, the Holy City–New Jerusalem–seems to be COMING down, though I don’t believe it is pictured there as having COME down completely. Please notice that it is possible that it is still hovering over the earth, if you will, while fire comes down. Then, after the final destruction of sin and sinners, the Holy City continues as pictured in chapter 21.

Please let me know if that makes sense to you. Thanks! Be blessed.

 

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Thanking God for RevelationWithDaniel

This is a comment I got through email:

Comment: Hello Pastor Daniel,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your excellent ongoing series happening right now ‘Revelation verse by verse’
What a blessing and truely God has blessed you to help many grasp a better understanding of this wonderful book which is so crucial at this time.
May God continue to bless you ‘ …more than you can ask or think…’ with ongoing clarity, eloquence and articulation of the fascinating truths of the book of Revelation

Mike

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Is Ordination Present Truth?

There were three items in the earthly sanctuary: a pot containing manna, the ten commandments, and Aaron’s rod that budded. This can be seen in both Old and New Testaments, but notice Hebrews 9:4 putting each item together in one verse, “Hebrews 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Hebrews 9:4 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.”

Aaron’s rod was a symbol for a lot of things, as were the pot and commandments (see the above video for a quick overview), but one thing can definitely be found by reading Numbers 16-17–God’s order in the priesthood is important to Him.

Since we are living today in the antitypical Day of Atonement (find a study on that here), which was the only time in Israelite history when the ark was seen during the services, we conclude that the items placed within that ark are especially significant for us today–as present truth.

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Priesthood of All Believers

Hello ______________,

The text comes from 1 Peter 2:5-10:

1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 

1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 

1Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 

1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

1Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

The claim will be that EVERYONE now is a priest, because of the wording. But please notice Exodus 19:5-6:

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom

[i.e. royal] of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 

Notice the similarities in the verses? 

The problem with what most people say is that the NT gives ability for everyone to be priests, wherein the OT gives us a clear cut example of the entire nation being a ‘kingdom of priests’, but ONLY the Levites were called to serve as the actual priests in the temple, and still ONLY the SONS of Aaron that were Levites were able to serve… So… where’s the disconnect in the NT? 

What our scholars today are doing is a major disservice to the Bible and the truth it upholds. 

Here is a group panel discussion on the subject. You might do well to listen to it as well—(I don’t remember everything that was spoken of, and many times a discussion will go on talking about all sorts of things, but I believe it will be good.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NxVW1qA8Gw

Thanks for asking.

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Churches, Seals, and Trumpets All Historic

ChurchThank you for asking about how the seven churches of Revelation 2-3 can be part of the historic view of the Christian faith starting with the time of Christ and going through to the second coming of Christ. I’ll just say that I’ll be part of this conversation, not the final answer.

There are three sevens in the sequences of the churches, seals and trumpets: 

  • 7 Churches
  • 7 Seals
  • 7 Trumpets

There are pictures of Christ in ministry before each of the sevens:

  • Chapter 1 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 churches. 
  • Chapters 4-5 have a picture of Christ followed by 7 seals.
  • Chapter 8 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 trumpets.

I believe there are ways to show the history of the time of Christ on the earth until the time of Christ’s second coming in each of the sevens. Let’s first look at the churches:

  • The churches start with the stars (messengers, or preachers) in the hand of Christ. Christ is also pictured walking in the midst of that church (2:1). This happened physically as well as literally with the first church made up of the Apostles and NT prophets.
  • In the center of the churches, Thyatira is mentioned (2:18). In that church we can read of Jezebel. She happened to be a whore who practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22). She was woman who served Baal and ruled his prophets, having her own priesthood, if you will (1 Kings 16:31, 18:19). She persecuted God’s people in the wilderness (Elijah and the others hiding with Obadiah) for a period of 3.5 years, 42 months, a time/times/and-a-dividing-of-time, or 1260 days. She was married to an apostate king, representing church and state which ruled for the 1260 year period of the dark ages.
  • Then we have a group at the end of the churches, representing the time just before Christ’s second coming, where the Laodiceans are mentioned. The word Laodicean is a name made up of two words: people and judgment—or meaning, the people in judgment. We today, as Laodicean Christians, are a people experiencing the sanctuary-foretold judgment before Christ comes again. 

From what seems to be an obvious layout of symbols representing history to the present, we can see that the churches illustrate the history of the Christian church from the time Jesus was on the earth till the time He comes again in glory—after the pre-advent judgment.

The seals can be seen similarly, as you can read in 6:1 that the Lamb is the One who opens the first seal. How was he pictured just a few verses previously? As a “Lamb as it had been slain” (Rev. 5:6). How is He pictured during the sixth seal of 6:14-17? As a Lamb coming the second time. Obviously, time has passed between the first and the sixth seals.

The trumpets can be seen in the same way mainly from this quote from the book, The Great Controversy, page 334-335:

“In the year 1840, another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman empire, and specifying not only the year but the very day on which this would take place. According to this exposition, which was purely a matter of calculation on the prophetic periods of Scripture, the Turkish government would surrender its independence on the eleventh day of August, 1840. The prediction was widely published, and thousands watched the course of events with eager interest. At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the Advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.”

Basically, toward the end of the trumpets, God’s messenger was able to place the fulfillment of the sixth trumpet right along with the outplay of history. I can take that to the bank. So, the first through the fifth trumpets must have been before the 1840s, while the seventh is during the time of the judgment when “the ark of His testament” is seen “in heaven” (11:19)—just before the coming of Christ.

Also,

  • The seals have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th seal (seen in chapter seven).
  • The trumpets have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th trumpet (seen in chapters 10 and most of 11).

They must therefore be telling a similar story, as they are laid out the same on purpose—that was not a random happenstance.

The book of Revelation is laid out that way, I believe, showing how we ought to understand it.

Keep studying and we will grow together until we meet under the tree of life!

Churches, Seals, and Trumpets All Historic2017-02-08T21:50:38+00:00

Revelation’s Old Testament Feasts

(Revelation 1:9, 5)

On a barren island with no direction; a rover,

I saw perfect beauty in the Lord’s Passover…

(Revelation 1:16)

I’d heard it said that He’d been given for dead…

Then I realized, He was the Unleavened Bread!

(Revelation 1:18)

Stupendously shocked and near unbelief,

I saw the Lord risen as the true Wave Sheaf!

(Revelation 5:4-6)

I John, had believed that nearly all was lost…

When the Lord Almighty was fulfilling Pentecost!

(Revelation 7:9-12, 8:7)

With dizzying scenes I saw the saints triumphant!

Then I heard a sound, the voice of a trumpet!

(Revelation 10:10, 11:19)

I waited with nausea through a long postponement,

That lead to a day: it was the Day of Atonement!

(Revelation 21:1-5)

I long for the day to be released from shackles…

Oh, that time is coming in the feast of Tabernacles!

~DanielRMesa3

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Parallels between Revelation 12, 13 and 17

Oooooooh, look what I found at work today… =)

Parallels between Revelation 12, 13 and 17

Seven heads and ten horns (12:3; 13:1) Seven heads and ten horns (17:3)
Names of blasphemy (13:1) Names of blasphemy (17:3)
Woman (12:1) Woman (17:1)
Call for wisdom (13:18) Call for wisdom (17:9)
Nations, tongues, peoples (13:7) Nations, tongues, peoples (17:15)
Persecution (12:6, 13-15) Persecution (17:6)
Waters (12:15) Waters (17:1)
Waters dried up (12:16) Waters dried up (16:12)
Was (1260 years—12:6; 13:5) ‘Was’ (1260 years—17:8)
Is not (deadly wound—12:16; 13:3) ‘Is not’ (deadly wound—17:8)
Wound healed (12:17; 13:3) ‘Shall be’ (wound healed—17:8)
Beast & false prophet (13:1-18) Harlot and daughters (17:5)
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Question regarding the Sabbath

Hello,

Thank you for writing. You wrote:
I saw your video, & I believe it. I also know Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for picking on the Sabbath, corn, I think. The reason for this question is I went to my work & I asked if I could have every Saturday off. I felt I could not go into detail, but did enough for her to know why. She is a Christian, & I asked her did she want to know facts. She did not. I have one Saturday off a month, so she gave me 3 choices, neither would work. My question is, if we do worship, can we also work, or is working out. I know God rested, sanctified it Hallowed it, &I blessed it. Why did Jesus heal, & not rebuke the disciples?  What do I do?

To be sure, God wants you to be faithful, and He knows your situation–finances and all. Also, He does not lead us out into the wilderness to kill us, but if we walk contrary to His will, we die. Please do what you know to be best in His Word and God will bless you abundantly.

Regarding Matthew 12 when Christ did not rebuke the disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath: they were not working, mind you, they were just eating because it says, “His disciples were an hungred.’ Had they been fishing for pay, harvesting corn as a job, or selling what they had harvested, Jesus would most certainly have rebuked them.

In fact, after Christ died, He left such an example in His life regarding Sabbath keeping that His disciples would not break it. Notice Luke 23:54-24:1:

“54  And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. 55  And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid. 56  And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. 24:1  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. ”

Have you noticed Nehemiah 13:15-18? (I chose the ESV here):

“15 In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. 16 Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself! 17 Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day? 18 Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.””

The Commandment itself, found in Exodus 20:8-11, states clearly how we should regard work:

“8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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.”

There are more references about work on the Sabbath, but you’ve gotten the picture.

Did you know that you would be able to get a letter from a Sabbath keeping pastor, as long as you are a member of that church, and he could write that, due to your religious convictions, you are requesting every Sabbath day off from Friday night sundown til Saturday night sundown? It would also have legal authority, as a letter from the pastor and regarding religious convictions. Could you still loose your job? Yes, but would God bless your faithfulness or your unfaithfulness?

Regarding the last part of your question, ‘Why did Jesus heal on the Sabbath?’ Christ didn’t get paid for healing, it wasn’t regular, carnal work. He was doing ministry, bringing people to a better understanding of His and His Father’s love. He made it clear that we can do good with and for others on the Sabbath days: Luke 14:1  And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him. 2  And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3  And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? 4  And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5  And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? 6  And they could not answer him again to these things.” Jesus was showing that the Sabbath was and is a blessing to people, not a day to treat as the others of the week. Christ made that clear by example.

Another thing to consider is Daniel 5:1-4: “Belshazzar the king [of Babylon] made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine [ever heard of the wine of Babylon before?] before the thousand. 2  Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3  Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4  They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone…” It was directly after this that God send and clear cut judgment upon Belshazzar and the kingdom of Babylon. The king dies that night and the nation fell to the Medes and Persians.
Here’s what Belshazzar’s tragic end can tell us in principle: don’t treat God’s holy things as though they are common.

The Sabbath is holy, unlike any other day of the week. Please don’t treat it as though it is common.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Daniel.

Question regarding the Sabbath2016-09-14T02:36:33+00:00

Matthew 16:28

“Can you please explain to me matt 16:28 as we studying with group.”

Hello _________________,

Thank you so much for contacting me from RevelationWithDaniel. =)

Good for you studying with others. Here are a few thoughts regarding the verse(s) in question:

Matt. 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom.

Matt. 17:1 ¶ And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

Matt. 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light…

The same story can be found in Mark 9:1-13, and Luke 9:27-36.

Notice, in each of the references made by Christ about ‘seeing the Kingdom of God,’ the comment is followed by the transfiguration. When Christ was “after six days” brought “into a high mountain apart and was transfigured before them,” He was showing the three disciples with Him (Peter, James, and John), a type of the Son of Man being honored, fulfilling the law and the prophets (represented by Moses and Elijah).

Also, you’ll notice that it’s after six days in Matthew and Mark, but Luke says, “about an eight days after…” This is profound, as we know the earth has been here, from the genealogical references in the Old and New Testaments, for over 6,000 years. We also know the weekly cycle is what God has set in order, believing that He will also give this earth 6,000 years of salvation labor with 1,000 years of rest (the millennium), equalling roughly 7,000 years of this earth’s lifespan. So, when looking at the prophecy of the last seal (Revelation 8:1), we can see the amount of time equalling to 7.5 days (“after six days,” “about an eight days…”).

So, could the transfiguration be representing the coming of Christ AFTER 6 (which is 7), yet almost 8 ‘days’?

There’s a lot more I’m sure, but this can get you started in your next study. =)

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