God’s ancient people, Israel, was punished for not keeping God’s Commandments and more specifically, the Seventh Day Sabbath. As a result of disobeying God’s command, they were punished, again and again, for their disobedience. At times the punishment was so severe, God would have them under severe periods of time, one of which comes to mind, their Babylonian captivity.
“They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke Me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not hearkened unto Me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not heard My words, Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” Jer 25:5-11 (KJV)
We know the story, they were penalized for a total of 70 years for not remembering God’s Sabbath, which is a command, not a suggestion, and the land of Israel rested for the amount of Sabbaths which were violated. Now, for those who truly study they will note the 70 years represent a period of “Sabbath years” just as after six days comes the Sabbath, so after six years comes a Sabbath year. Israel violated this and paid dearly for their disobedience.
Just as Israel left Egypt, as God’s people, leaving false and imposed religion and not the faith of God, the United States of America is similar. Our country, USA was founded for having left Europe because of a false religious system, Catholicism, which was imposed upon them which is not the faith of God. Because having been so long under the treatment of Egypt, Israel forgot about God’s seventh day Sabbath and God used Moses and manna in order to teach them what they’d forgotten and to get rid of the customs, traditions and false teachings of the corrupt and pagan system.
The United States share this similarity with Israel. There is no doubt in my mind—now, why there is such a special relationship between the United States and Israel because of the uniqueness of these two countries. God brought those worshipers of Him out from the bondage of Roman Catholicism and into the “New World”, to give them a chance to return to Him. This is why the term “Spiritual Israel” is applied to God’s people in the new world. Just like Israel, God showed His people about the Sabbath which was done away by Roman Catholicism by using His remnant church, the Seventh Day Adventist. So long were they under the teaching of this false religion, but this would in no way prevent God from teaching that small group of people the truth about something which is so important, to Him, as it should be with us. However, America is continuing to denounce God, denounce His Commandments and even worse to criticize and remove the Sabbath from their lives. What will be the result?
Just as Israel was punished the United States, too, will have judgments put upon them; however, God never punishes without first warning. I know this to be true in my personal life and it works the same from a corporate body. The United States have been warned just as Israel was warned. When Babylon destroyed its city and temple, the same occurred to the United States when in September 11, 2001 God allowed the security to be breached and brought down what we worship, “money and power”, and just as Israel vowed to rebuild and be stronger, the United States has done the same, rebuilt and claims to be stronger. God does not honor defiance against Himself.
We will receive warnings—again, but don’t look for your church, your family, your friends and loved ones to join with you in accepting the warning and wanting to change their lives. Israel rebuilt and those same walls and systems of beliefs were leveled to the ground in 70 AD, never to rise again. What does God have to knock down in your life to get your attention? He allowed drug addiction to get my attention. What is He using to get yours? These are merely warnings of a greater tragedy, a judgment which is soon to occur. While we cannot escape the corporate judgment because of where we live, we can escape the personal judgment and protected through the corporate judgment because of our relationship with Him.
We, individually and corporately need to return to the Bible Sabbath. We need to set aside the seventh day Sabbath, God’s Holy Sabbath and fulfill the requirements He has stated from the very beginning. To be defiant and make false claims against the Sabbath will only place you where you are not able to be reached, and this cannot be good—at all.
“Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy…” for there is no other way to demonstrate your love for your Savior which is totally acceptable to Him.
January 21, 2017