lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people
their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58:1.
12. What message of Sabbath reform does He send?
"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, honorable; and shalt
honor 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." Verses 13,14.
NOTE.-The Sabbath of Jehovah is not now, by the majority even of professed Christians,
called holy and honorable. By many it is stigmatized as "Jewish." The Lord
foresaw how this would be in this age, and inspired the prophet to write as he did. "If
thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath." This is a strong expression,
indicating that many would be trampling upon God's day, and doing their own pleasure upon
it, instead of seeking God, and honoring Him by keeping the Sabbath holy.
13. What will those be called who engage in this reformation?
"And thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to
dwell in." Verse 12.
14. What does another prophet say professed teachers among God's people have done?
"Her priests have violated My law, and have profaned Mine holy things: they
have put no difference between the holy and profane; neither have they shown
difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths,
and I am profaned among them." Eze. 22:26.
15. What have they done to maintain their theories?
"And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity,
and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not
spoken." Verse 28.
NOTES.-Untempered mortar is that which is improperly worked, and will not therefore
hold together or stand the test. Thus it is with the reasons advanced for keeping Sunday
instead of the Bible Sabbath, the seventh day. They are not only unsound and untenable in
themselves, but are utterly inconsistent, contradictory, and destructive one of the other,
among themselves. They are like the witnesses employed by the Jewish leaders to condemn
Christ. Of these the record says: "The chief priests and all the council sought for
witness against Jesus to put Him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness
against Him, but their witness agreed not together." Mark 14:55,56. The lack
of agreement among them was evidence in itself of the falsity of their testimony.
In nothing, perhaps, is a lack of agreement better illustrated than in the reasons
assigned for Sunday-keeping. Note the following:-
One says the Sabbath has been changed from the seventh to the first day of the week.
Another says that the Sabbath commandment requires only one day of rest after six of
labor, and hence there has been no change.
Some reason that all ought to keep Sunday, because although, as they affirm, God did not
appoint a particular day, yet agreement is necessary; and to have any or
every day a sabbath would be equal to no sabbath at all.
Others, to avoid the claims of God's law, assert that the Sabbath precept is one of those
ordinances which was against us, contrary to us blotted out, and nailed to the cross.
Still, they admit that a day of rest and convocation is necessary, and therefore the day
of Christ's resurrection, they say, has been chosen.
Another class say they believe it is impossible to know which is the seventh day,
although they have no difficulty in ascertaining which is the first.
Some are so bold even as to declare that Sunday is the original seventh day.
Others, with equal certainty say that those who keep the seventh day are endeavoring to be
justified by the law, and are fallen from grace.
Another class, with more liberal views, say they believe that every one should be fully
persuaded in his own mind, whether he keep this day, or that, or none at all.
Still again, as if having found the great desideratum or missing link in the argument, men
credited with even more than ordinary intelligence, will sometimes declare that it is impossible
to keep the seventh day on a round and rolling earth; and yet, strange to say, they
find no difficulty in keeping Sunday anywhere, and believe that this day should be
observed the world over!
Lastly, and more terrible and presumptuous than all the rest, some, like Herod of old in
slaying all the children of Bethlehem in order to make sure of killing Christ, have gone
so far as to teach that all ten commandments have been abolished, in order to avoid
the duty enjoined in the fourth. But as in the case of Herod, God's Anointed
escaped the murderous blow of this wicked king, so in the judgment such will have to meet
God over His broken law, and will find that the Sabbath precept stands there unchanged
with the rest.
Said Christ, "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and
shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever
shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven"
16. What does the Lord say will become of this wall thus daubed with untempered
"Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall:
there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a
stormy wind shall rend it." Eze. 13:11.
17. When are these hailstones to fall?
"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the
treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day
of battle and war?" Job 28:22,23.
18. Under which of the seven last plagues will this hail fall?
"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; . . . and the
cities of the nations fell: . . . and every island fled away, and the mountains were not
found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the
weight of a talent." Rev. 16:17-21.
19. In order to prepare His people for that terrible time, what does God expect His
ministers to do?
"Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for
the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord." Eze. 13:5.
20. Instead of trying to close up this breach made in God's law [the loss of the
Sabbath], and so make up the hedge, what have they done?
"They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the
Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the
word." Verse 6.
21. During these closing scenes, what message is God sending to the world to turn
men from false worship to the worship of the true and living God?
"Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and
worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. . . .
Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the
wine of the wrath of her fornication. . . . 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." Rev. 14:7-10.
NOTE.-This is the last gospel message to be sent to the world before the Lord comes.
Under it will be developed two classes of people, one having the mark of the beast (the
Papacy) , and the other keeping the commandments of God, and having His seal, the Sabbath
of the fourth commandment.
22. What, besides attending and taking part in religious services (Luke 4:16), did
Christ do on the Sabbath day?
"Who went about doing good." Acts 10:38. See Matt. 8:14-17; 12:1-15;
Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-6; Luke 6:1-11; 13:11-17; 14:1-6; John 5:1-18; 9:1-41.
NOTE.-When we come to study the life of Christ, we find that He did not make the
Sabbath a day of idleness, nor even a day confined wholly to public and private worship,
but one of active service in blessing others. On this day especially He went about doing
good, ministering to the sick, and bringing relief to those long bound by Satan. Luke
13:15,16; John 5:5,6. And as He is our pattern in all things, we, too, like Him, should
seek to make the Sabbath a day for helping and blessing others. To loose the bands of
wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, deal bread to the hungry, clothe the naked, and let
the oppressed go free, is the fast which God has chosen, and the Sabbath-keeping most
acceptable to Him. Isa. 58:1-12. In this kind of work and ministry there is room for a
world-wide Sabbath reform.