Is the sabbath in prophecy? Yes, the sabbath day is quoted in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and there is a strong connection with the sabbath day and the Seal of God in Bible prophecy.
Jeremiah 17:21-27 ...'Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; ... then this city shall remain forever. ... v27... But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.'
What powerful words these are from God. Jeremiah gave God's people a warning from God Himself, that they were to keep the Sabbath Day Holy and not to bring any burden into the city on that day. This shows how important the Sabbath Commandment was, because if they kept it Holy, then the city would have remained forever! But if they kept breaking the Sabbath Commandment, then the city would be destroyed. Of course, we know that they did not listen to God's Word, they did not heed Jeremiah's warning, and the city was completely destroyed.
There is another prophetic statement in the Bible that says the Sabbath Day would still be in effect in the future:
Isaiah 66:22-23 ...'For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.' ... This is a prophecy that reveals we will still keep the Sabbath Day on the new earth for eternity.
With this in mind, let's take a look at the Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast. We know that the mark and the seal are direct opposites. If one has the seal of God, then he cannot get the beast mark, and if one receives the mark, then he cannot have the seal. So what is the mark of the beast? Let's take a look at some of the scriptures that speak of this 'mark':
Revelation 13:16 ...'And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.'
Revelation 14:9-10 ...'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.'
This is a serious issue, one that we need to find out the truth from the Bible, because those who receive the 'mark of the beast' will be destroyed by God and will have no share in His Kingdom. In Revelation 13, it talks of a beast that causes the world to receive a 'mark' in their hands or foreheads. This beast of Revelation 13 is the Roman Catholic Church.
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Most of the Christian world believes that the 'mark' will be some sort of technology or ID card. But think about this, if you were to receive a chip or ID card, but continued to serve God in all truth, would you have the mark of the beast and therefore be lost? Of course not, if you continue to serve God in 'Spirit and Truth' with all your heart, mind and soul, then no chip or card will separate you from Him. Maybe some technology will help the beast system to IDENTIFY those who do or don't receive the 'mark', to stop you from buying or selling, but in of itself, it cannot be the 'mark'. So what could the 'mark of the beast' or 'the number of his name, 666' be?
There is only one way to receive the mark of the beast. You HAVE to go against God and His law. It's important to labour on this point, as it is vital and one that the majority of the Christian world misses! How can God reject you if you just simply receive a form of worldly ID, but continue to serve Him in all truth and love Him and keep the ten Commandments? It's impossible. Therefore the 'mark of the beast' (666) must be a RESULT of going against God and His law. It isn't a physical mark, because you can receive a physical mark and yet continue to truthfully serve God. So it must be a spiritual mark.
Re-read the verses above in Revelation 14:9-10, which state that those who receive the 'mark' will receive the full wrath of God. Now read the following verse ... Revelation 14:12 ...' Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' ... So, in a few verses, God is telling us the difference between those who receive the 'mark' and those who don't. And what is the difference? What are the people doing who don't receive the 'mark'? They are 'Keeping the Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.' These saints will be God's remnant church, keeping His commandments and following in the footsteps of Christ Jesus. And those who do receive the 'mark of the beast' 666, will in some way be breaking the Commandments of God and not following in Jesus' footsteps.
The saints are those who keep the Commandments of God.
Notice that the 'mark' is either received in the 'forehead' or in the 'hand'. We can also see this in Revelation 13:16 ...'And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.'
If we look closely at this, we can see that the 'mark of the beast' isn't the only 'mark' that is placed in people's foreheads. If you carry on reading past the 'mark of the beast' in Revelation 13:16-18, straight away in Revelation 14, we come across a group of people that have the 'Father's name written in their foreheads.' So, we know that one set of people have the 'mark of the beast' and the other set has the name of God in their foreheads. This corresponds to the two groups of people that are living when Jesus returns. Those two groups are the saved and the lost. But will there be people actually walking around with God's name physically stamped onto their foreheads? Or again, could this be a spiritual 'mark'.
John also sees an evil scarlet woman riding a beast in Revelation 17:5 ...'And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS.' ... No one doubts this is a symbolic, of which Bible prophecy is full of. There won't be a real prostitute riding a beast with that name tattooed on her forehead. Therefore, the writing of that mysterious name upon her forehead must also be symbolic, the same as the writing or 'mark' on the people's foreheads.
So why are the people marked on the hand or the head? If we take a look into the Old Testament, we can see the significance of this:
Exodus 13:9 ...'And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth.'
Deuteronomy 6:6-8 ...'And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.'
Deuteronomy 11:8,18 ...'Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it ... 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.'
God did not want the Israelites to physically write His law on their heads or hands. So what does it mean? God wanted His Word/Law INSIDE their minds. He wanted them to think about His Law each day, so that they wouldn't stumble and sin. The same with the writing in the hand, this represents the actions. God wanted His Word to reflect in the way they acted. So the forehead represents the mind and the hand represents action, thought and act! ... Hebrews 10:16 ...'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.'
So at the end, we will have one group of people that yield their minds and actions to the beast, hence they will receive the 'mark of the beast.' And one group that will yield their minds and actions to God, and will have His name in their heads (minds).
What is the name of God? Is it just a set of words that God would like us to use when we address Him, or does this issue involve more than that? Exodus 34:5 ...'And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.' ... So Moses ascended up Mount Sinai and God proclaimed HIS name ... Exodus 34:6-7 ...'And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.'
You see, God is describing His character. He revealed Himself as merciful, gracious, patient, forgiving, just, and full of truth. These amazing attributes are referred to as 'the name of the LORD.' At the end of His earthly life, in a prayer to His Father, our Saviour Jesus Christ said ... John 17:6 ...'I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.' ... Jesus didn't say this simply because He had been pronouncing certain words correctly, but because His life revealed the true character of God. So when the Bible says people will have the name of God on their foreheads, this means that His attributes of character have become a deep part of their thinking and actions. They keep the Commandments of God, including the Biblical sabbath day and are truly connected with Jesus Christ. In the final days, God will have a people who are so firmly rooted in His law of liberty, the Ten Commandments and in His attributes of character that they will not be deceived and receive the Mark of the Beast. So, we are dealing with spiritual issues.
True faith, which relies wholly upon Christ, will be manifested by obedience to all the requirements of God. From Adam's day to the present time the great controversy has been concerning obedience to God's law. In all ages there have been those who claimed a right to the favor of God even while they were disregarding some of His commands. But the Scriptures declare that by works is "faith made perfect;" and that, without the works of obedience, faith "is dead." (James 2:22, 17). He that professes to know God, "and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:4).
Revelation 7:2-3 ...'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.'
What is the 'seal of God'? Let's define a seal. The seal of a king contains three things, first the name, second his title or claim to authority, and thirdly, the region of his rule. For example, 1.Barack Obama, 2.President of the 3.United States of America. What is the purpose of a King's seal? See the following verses:
Daniel 6:15-17 ...'Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.'
So the seal of the King is a statement that his decree is not to be changed by anyone.
Romans 4:11 ...'And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.'
Note that the sign of circumcision is also a seal of righteousness. A sign and a seal are synonymous.
Isaiah 8:16 ...'Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.'
Nehemiah 9:38 ...'And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.'
Nehemiah 10:29 ...'They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes.'
2 Timothy 2:19 ...'Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.'
1 John 2:4 ...'He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.'
"Seal the law among my disciples."
To depart from iniquity is to keep God's law. The disciples of God, those who are known by God, and call on the name of Christ, are sealed with His law. God's seal is in His law, so clearly this is a symbolic seal, not a literal one.
Ezekiel 20:12,20 ...'Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.' And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.'
Exodus 31:13 ...'Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.'
Exodus 31:16-17 ...'Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.'
So the Sabbath Day is a sign of God, or His seal, representing His authority as Creator. Now look at the Fourth Commandment as found in Exodus:
Exodus 20:8-11 ...'Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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.'
So the 4th commandment contains a signature of God. It is the only commandment that tells us who it is we worship. Who do we worship? The LORD, Creator of heaven and earth.
His Name: The LORD. His Title: Creator. His region of rulership: Heaven and Earth.
So the fourth commandment proclaims the seventh day (Saturday) to be the Sabbath. To confirm this declaration, the seal of God has been affixed to this commandment. The intent of this seal is to establish the authority of God and that no man can change His Law. The seal of God is not a literal seal. It is affixed to, and obtained by, those who worship the one true God on the day he specified in His Law. Those who worship on the Saturday Sabbath and believe it to be a continuing testament to the Creator, have the seal of God on the forehead.
Note this amazing assertion from, believe it or not, the Roman Catholic Church:
"human existence is endowed with a certain rhythm. As well as the rhythm of day and night, lunar months and solar years (Gn 1:14-18), God establishes a weekly rhythm with rest on the seventh day, the basis of the sabbath (Gn 2:1-3). When they keep the sabbath observance (Ex 20:8-11), the masters of the earth render homage to their Creator." (Source: The Pontifical Biblical Commission, May 24, 2001,THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THEIR SACRED SCRIPTURES IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE, 2. The Human Person: Greatness and Wretchedness, a) In the Old Testament, #27.
And yet it is the very same church that changed the sabbath to first day, with no authority from God to do so. This raises the question, who do you render homage to, when it is not the seventh day Sabbath you keep, but Sunday, the first day?
So, what is the 'mark of the beast'? We know the Roman Catholic Church has 'thought' to change the law of God, because they have boasted about it for centuries. No one can actually change God's Laws and that's why they only 'think' they have changed them. Notice that they think to change 'TIMES and laws'. There is only one Commandment that has to do with time, and that is the 4th Commandment, concerned with the Sabbath Day.
Now, remember where the 'mark' will be? In the head and hand. Don't miss this vital point.
Exodus 20:8 ...'Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.' ... Where do we 'remember'? In our foreheads.
Exodus 20:9-10 ...'Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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.' ... With what do we work? Our hands.
The Sabbath Commandment deals with WHO we worship.
Now, take a look at the following quotes from the Roman Catholic Church.
"Q. Which is the Sabbath day? A. Saturday is the Sabbath day. Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." (The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Geiermann, 1946, p. 50).
"The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday." (The Christian Sabbath, p. 29. Printed by The Catholic Mirror, the official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Baltimore, Md., 1893).
"Of course the change [from Sabbath to Sunday] was her act ... and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters." (Signed by H. F. Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter dated, Nov. 11, 1895).
"The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" (Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., History of the Sabbath, p. 802).
"Sunday is our MARK or authority ... the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." (Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923).
So we can see that the Roman Catholic Church boasts about this 'mark' of authority to change the laws of our Creator. The sad thing is, they only 'think' to have this power. They don't actually have it. God hasn't given any church or man power to change His laws. Sunday is the "mark" of Rome's authority. And just like "the name" of God refers to His character (Exodus 34:5-7), even so does "the name of the beast" refer to it's own character. The beast (Roman Catholic Church) "thinks" it's OK to change God's law (Daniel 7:25). Those who think like this during the closing seconds of time will be sharing in the character of the beast. They will have his name on their foreheads, instead of the name of the heavenly Father (Revelation 14:1).
The Sunday law has been enforced before and I believe it will be enforced again soon. The Roman Catholic Church are working hard to push through this law. See THIS INFORMATION for more about this.
Revelation 19:20 ...'And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.' ... Most Christians are waiting for some technology to come along with a chip or ID card to be the 'mark of the beast', and yet God's Word says that those who receive the 'mark' will be deceived! So the TRUE 'mark' must involve some subtle deception, ie. it isn't going to be obvious or easily noticed. Certainly not as obvious as this 'chip' that most Christians think. This is why satan has cleverly introduced Sunday as the substitute to God's original Sabbath Day (Saturday). Satan wants YOUR worship, he doesn't want you to worship God.
Note: 666 is the number of the beast. Notice how many times the number 7 is repeated in the following verse: ... Genesis 2:2-3 ...'And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.' ... God institutes the Sabbath Day here and look at the number of sevens, three in all! ... 777, God's perfect number.
"During Earth's last crisis, when the Mark of the Beast is globally enforced by law, after a person truly sees the core issue and then chooses to believe in the Catholic Church's Sunday instead of the Bible Sabbath of Jesus Christ—then and only then, will God Almighty look into his or her mind, and consider that person to have the mark in their forehead. Those who don't believe in Sunday keeping, yet who go along with it because of intense social and economic pressure to conform, will receive the mark in their right hand. Those who reject the use of force, who follow the Lamb, keeping the true 7th day Sabbath no matter what the cost, will be revealing their supreme loyalty to the great Creator of heaven and earth. They have the name of God in their foreheads." (Steve Wohlberg, Truth left behind).
So who will you choose to worship? Will you follow Jesus and keep the Commandments of God (including the 4th) and receive the seal of God, or will you worship the beast (Roman Catholic Church) and keep her commands and receive the mark of the beast? The choice is simple, but the rewards are VERY different! This is the truth about the sabbath in prophecy.
Please see www.endtimes-bibleprophecy.com/page39.htm concerning the abomination of desolation for more information about what has been done to the sabbath day in Bible prophecy.