When the Disciples were commissioned to go forth and speak with power, there were three groups of people who were available this message were to be sent: (1) Their own people who were still caught up in custom and tradition, (2) Those who had not yet heard the message, and (3) Those who were practicing paganism and idolatry. The message was simply this: Christ had died for their sins, repent and join with them in furtherance of this message. What is it for today?
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:9-12 (KJV)
When the Apostles were filled on the Day of Pentecost, a particular message was necessary and it was given having tremendous results; but the message John wrote in the passage of Scripture above, some sixty years later was given for God’s people for a much future date and we are in that period when this message, in addition to the original Gospel call is to go forth. To whom is it to go forth? Since most have already heard of the first call of Christ dying for their sins, it is now to be added the remainder, and this goes to those in the last two categories who have not heard this message caught up in Sunday worship.
Notice the last sentence of the above-mentioned passage: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. Can we claim to be God’s people without having to KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD? God has given ONLY Ten Commandments that we know of. Is Sunday-worship, congregational worship contained within those Commandments? I think not. So, if you are not in keeping the Sabbath of God, the true witness for these last days, then you are in danger of receiving the mark we so much hear about in our churches and fellowships today.
What is the “patience of the saints”? It is described as in “keeping the Commandments of God”. Why? Because they will be confronted with the majority who do not. We must continue to have patience when we are adjudged as being called Jews. We must have patience when we are accused of following an Old Covenant. We must demonstrate patience when we are to preach this message to those who will not hear. It takes great patience to go against the majority of Christians who are caught up in sun-worship and don’t even know it! The Sabbath is the memorial of Creation while Sunday is the memorial of the created sun. It has nothing to do with Christ and His resurrection because no where do we find Christ commanding up to observe His resurrection. Do we? Do we find anywhere in the Bible where even the Apostles commanded or observed Sunday themselves? Not at all.
So, we have the same message as before but with added emphasis because of the many who have fallen into customs and traditions, just like the people of old. Please, my friends. Leave your “sun” behind and begin to follow the “Son” of God.
March 14, 2016