SANCTIFIED TIME –what is it?
(This is a “mini” Bible study about the true Christian Sabbath.)
Are you keeping the Sabbath of the Lord—the one Christ kept? Some today keep or congregate to worship on Wednesdays, some Fridays, others on Saturdays and Sundays; so if there is a true Sabbath rest for the people of God today, which physical day of the week is it? Some are even of the opinion that it does not really matter, if you choose at least one day each week.
(This is a basic “trunk of the tree” doctrine & “Sign” of Jesus Christ for His true COG. It really does matter! Please get your Bible and look up the scriptures given and read them for yourself.)
WHERE do we find this “sanctified time” being related to the Christian’s weekly observance? Is it being talked about in the NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES? Well, yes it is and here is a good place to start; Heb.4:9 “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God;”-- (RSV) Which day is this? Has the Catholic and protestant world of religion been wrong and used as a deceptive tool of Satan about what day to keep on a weekly basis? Did Christ issue a prophecy about false religion coming that would proclaim Him as the true Messiah in order to deceive?
Do the pages of the Bible actually tell us which day is the “Sabbath” to rest and worship God on, even for us today? Does it really show that there is a day that is “Sanctified time”, set aside by the great God and would thus be the “Sabbath” of the Lord? Hasn’t that been changed by Christ through “the church” to be Sunday, the day most “Christian” people go to church on today? If a person is really serious about being a true Christian and a follower of the real Jesus Christ, that person would want to know the answers to the questions above from the Bible, don’t you think? What about YOU, do YOU want to know and will you obey the Bible’s clear teaching? Is this “sanctified time” one of the Ten Commandments?
Did you know that there is at this time literally millions of people right here in the USA that claim to be Christians, and yet do not follow the examples of Scripture and its teachings? Not even our most prominent leaders, from the president on down the line in this country today; none of them publically acknowledge God’s true and Biblical Sabbath day, the Sabbath Christ kept on a weekly bases! How CAN ANYONE be true Christians and yet refuse to follow the examples set by Christ Himself? The vast majority of the world is blind to this truth, being deceived by Satan, or else they are just ignoring it in open rebellion; and believe it or not, some are doing that.
WHY IS THAT?
(It is our mission, you and I working together in this limited “Mini” Bible study, to answer many of the above questions from the Biblical perspective, and in doing so, I will be using the New King James translation, unless otherwise noted. It is recommend that you use your own personal Bible and read the Scriptures given in this study. Some will be printed out for your convenience, but it would still be best for you to check those also with your own Bible, therefore proving all things.)
One main reason for all the above questions— and “why is that”—is that the majority of “Christianity” has been deceived for centuries because of their failure to prove all things and hold fast that which is esteemed “good”, according to the Scripture. (1Thess.5:21) Many people that class themselves as religious may have no idea what “sanctified time” means! Furthermore, they also, being in a deceived state of mind, do not grasp that God has set aside more Sabbath’s than just the weekly one, as we will see later in this study! So get your bible and let us begin!
Where does it say in the Bible that Christianity has been deceived for centuries?
Rev. 12:9 points out that the whole world has been deceived by Satan the devil, starting in the garden of Eden with Eve. (Gen.3:4-5) 2 Cor.4:3-4 show us that those who are perishing are blinded to the true Gospel by the “god of this world”, which is Satan. Eph. 2 shows us that we have all at one time or another been in the category of the “sons” of disobedience! Let us read this; Eph.2:1-3 “And you He made alive, (Those now called and chosen) who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (note also Rom.3:23)
COMMENT: Those who observe the “Sabbath” of the Bible have all had to learn and accept the truth of which day this applies to, even against opposition by Catholic and protestant ministries, perhaps even family members. The very calendar we use today is a product of man, not inspired by God and is of ROMAN origin. The beginning of days have also been changed from the Biblical perspective of beginning at sunset. Man has changed that to 1 second after midnight to begin the new day. These are all areas where the majority of mankind has been deceived and then led astray into other areas by a false and counterfeit religion.
Okay, so what is “sanctified time”?
Gen 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
Comment: Sanctified time is time that God has ordained and set aside for His people to rest and worship Him on. Those who recognize their calling and choosing by God and Christ will use THIS 7th or last day of the week to rest from their weekly labors and congregate together to worship on. God has set aside the 24 hour seventh day period of time for people to worship Him on and rest from normal work and other activities, while being refreshed with a deeper Spiritual relationship with God. Most of the religious people of the world observe what is not normally time set aside for religious purposes, following after pagan practices put in place by men. What God had sanctified in the beginning as “Holy TIME” has become the fourth commandment, which is why it is sanctified time, the only day of the normal week for true Christians to worship God on. God set it apart-not men!
How has Satan been able to deceive the whole world in this Christian, or Common era (CE or AD) into observing unsanctified time and ignoring the Commands and examples of Scripture? Has Satan really influenced the changing of the day to worship on?
This was prophecy to come, recorded by Daniel in Chapter seven. Satan has his agents and through a great false church, now with harlot daughters (many protestant denominations) scattered throughout the world with false ministers, he has deceived the masses! Rev 17:1-5 “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 "with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication." 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
Comment: This system of religions with false ministers and pagan practices stem from ancient idolatrous practices that men, used by Satan, were able to subtly begin to create. It goes back before the time of Christ and has affected Israel and Judah both in the past. However, there was a more intensified movement of deception to build a false and counterfeit church a few years after the resurrection of Christ, but still claiming it as Christian. (Matt.24:5 & Rev.6:2)
Where did all of this start to get off track from the truth of Scripture in the New Testament?
Believe it or not, Satan the devil moved very quickly to start to build his deceptive church, the harlot of Revelation 17, as seen in the last answer and comment! It was probably only about two years or so after the founding of the New Testament COG that Phillip unknowingly baptized the man who would bring in the lawlessness that Paul later spoke of! (See Acts ch.8 for details) Christ already knew there would be a great false system (Rev.6:2—given above) palming itself off as Christian, that would subtly begin in the original apostle’s time frame. Matt 24:4-5 “And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. (RSV) In other words, what Christ was saying is that these false ministers would be preaching that Christ really was the Son of God and true Messiah, but they present a false image of Him, use half-truths, perversions of Scripture and pagan practices to deceive their unknowing followers. This still goes on today and in the very near future the man of sin prophesied to appear as the false prophet (Rev.19:20 & 2Thess.2:8-12) will suddenly come on the scene and again deceive with Satanic powers!
It is alleged that it was Simon Magus—a master of magic and witchcraft or sorceries used to deceive (Acts 8:9-11)—the one that Peter rebuked for wanting to BUY the Holy Spirit, who was instrumental in starting the false religious movement that would later become the Catholic Church. This may also have been the individual whom Paul was speaking of as an already existent “lawlessness one” at work when Paul wrote this around 51 A.D., a teacher of lawlessness who was already on the scene. (2Thess.2:7) This deceptive system would grow quickly and the apostle John would, nearly 40 years later, refer to these deceiving individuals as “antichrist’s” (1John2:18-19) and show that they were never a part of the true COG, even though they passed themselves off as ministers of Christ! (2Cor.11:13-15) We are starting to see a lot of this showing up again among those who claim to be the COG today. No compromisers, watering down the truth will be in the Kingdom of God without repenting deeply of their errors. Christ Himself told us this would come in the last days, and that we should be watching, in order to escape. (Matt.24:11-12, 24-25 & Luke 21:36)
What does that have to do with the Lord’s Day, His resurrection day that people worship on in his honor, which is on Sunday and called “Easter” today?
For one thing, Christ was not resurrected on a Sunday, and secondly, no Command can be found in Scripture for Sunday as a weekly day of worship to replace the seventh day! Third, there is also no command for us to worship or celebrate the day of Christ’s resurrection. Sunday was never “Sanctified time” by God as a regular weekly day of worship! Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament (John 1:1-3, 14) who was also instrumental in creation John 1:3, gave these Commandments to ancient Israel through Moses—He was the “ROCK” that traveled with Israel, (1Cor.10:4) and Heb. 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
We have already read this once, but let us notice again that it was the seventh day of creation week that was sanctified by the 'elohiym or the plural Godhead, (which, one of those later became Christ, as shown above) and He set it aside for Holy time. Gen 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God ('elohiym) blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
Comment: Clearly God rested on the seventh day and not the first! Abraham obeyed God by keeping the Sabbath commandment. (Gen.26:5) When giving the people of Israel the Law through Moses at Mount Sinai, the fourth Commandment was to keep the seventh or Sabbath Day Holy! This was not ever changed before Christ came, even though Israel had forgotten it while in captivity to Egypt, God made sure they were reminded of it. The 4th Commandment says “Remember” the Sabbath, so it was still in use by the righteous from creation. Christ also kept it and so did the apostles.
How do we prove this wasn’t a different day nearly 4000 years after creation? (This is a common way of reasoning around the obedience to this command)
Exo.20:8-11 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
In the time of the prophet Isaiah, it was still considered to be Holy Time. That is found in the last verses of the 58th chapter. It was still the 4th Commandment and being kept by the Jews, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, as Sanctified time for worship. So that is clear evidence they knew which day it was and the seven day pattern for the week has never been changed in the Bible.
This is why the seventh day Sabbath is truly the “Sabbath of the Lord” and is sanctified time. It was set apart for Holy use by the two great God beings who spoke to each other about making man in their image and likeness on the sixth day (Gen.1:26-28) and it is the actual completing day of creation. God uses the number seven for completeness, and set in motion the seven day week, which has never been changed, even though mankind has named the days of the week and changed the days in a month, also naming the months with different names than what God gave Moses, changed the time for the day to start and the beginning of the year and all these other things, yet the seventh day has always been the day of worship of the true God. Even on these changed calendars, it is still the last day of the week and Sunday is still the first day! They are opposite of each other, just as God and Satan are opposites. When Christ returns, the seventh day Sabbath will be restored as the weekly day of worship in the kingdom of God and the whole world will observe it. That will continue even on past that time as the passage of Isa.66:23 seem to indicate.
Was Sunday never really sanctified time for worship by God, to be observed by His true Church today?
The name “sun day” is derived from ancient sun worship and was a pagan name given to the first day of the week by the Roman Empire. Originally it was the day that some worshiped the sun on, found in Ezekiel 8:16, last part of the verse. Verse 14 shows that some women were weeping for Tammuz, the husband of Ishtar who was at that time consider a Babylonian sun god. This is where the worship on Easter (Ishtar) Sunday also came from, which was adopted by Catholicism and the Roman Empire, and is not Christian. The first day of the week from creation forward has always been a normal work day, according to the fourth Commandment, and is to be used for personal and work use, but the seventh day was set aside for rest and Holy use. But there are more Sabbath’s than just the normal weekly Sabbath, and these Sabbaths are a sign of how to locate God’s true people as well. It is also a transgression of God’s laws to neglect these because Christians are commanded to keep these annual Sabbaths as well. The day of Pentecost always comes on the first day of the week, and some of the other Holy Days will come on a Sunday from time to time, and ONLY when that happens, that Sunday would be considered Holy time or sanctified time for the purpose of that Holy Day. The book of Ezekiel tells us a little about how that ancient Israel was not allowed to enter their promised land because they profaned these Sabbaths of God. They also went back into captivity many years later because of the same thing. Let us read this together:
Eze.20:12-16 "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them. (See the article SIGNS for more information on The Sabbath and how to recognize the true COG today.) V.13 "Yet the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not walk in My statutes; they despised My judgments, which, if a man does, he shall live by them; and they greatly defiled My Sabbaths.” 15 "So I also raised My hand in an oath to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, 'flowing with milk and honey,' the glory of all lands, 16 "because they despised My judgments and did not walk in My statutes, but profaned My Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.”
You will find more about these Holy Days as being “statutes” with their annual Sabbaths in the book of Leviticus, chapter 23. The study on “WAVE SHEAF DAY” which Christ also fulfilled is very helpful in understanding how to get the count for Pentecost right every year. (That study is one of many on the list of those being re-edited and its link will be re-established here on this page when finished) For the normal week throughout the year, Sunday is not Sanctified time set aside by God for worship and is not the “Sabbath of the Lord”! Christ Himself said that He was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28 & Luke 6:5) being Creator of it, as noted within. It is clear from all four gospel accounts in the New Testament that Christ kept the Sabbath. There is no record of any of the Disciples or the apostles of Christ, even Paul, keeping any other Days as Holy time except the ones mentioned in the Old Testament Scriptures. All true Christians as the COG today, keep the seventh day Sabbath as Holy and Sanctified time! We believe it was set aside by the God of creation at creation and it has always been a Sabbath rest from normal and routine “occupational” labors for the people of God. I hope these seven questions and answers have been useful to you in beginning to learn about the Sabbath of the Lord that true Christians keep. There is so much more to learn about the Sabbath of true Christianity revealed in Scripture, but this has been a limited study, only intended to get you started and to help you begin to understand the Sanctified Time that the true Sabbath is, because only God can sanctify time and make it Holy for worship!
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