"Question - Has the church power to make any alterations in the commandments of
"Answer - Instead of the seventh day, and other festivals appointed by the old law, the church has prescribed the Sundays and holy days to be set apart for God's worship; and these we are now obliged to keep in consequence of God's commandment, instead of the ancient Sabbath." Catholic Christian Instructed, page 204, ed. Kelly, Piet and Co., Baltimore.
When is salvation to be brought to the people of God? "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1: 5 (Isa. 25:9) (Isa. 35:4).
When God's salvation is near to come, and the advent doctrine is being preached, for what will God pronounce a blessing on the people? "My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil." Isa. 56:1, 2.
Is this promise to be confined to the Jews at that time? "Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, everyone that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant; even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer." Isa. 56:6, 7.
What other promise has He given to the Gentiles who will then keep the Sabbath? "Even unto them will I give in Mine house and within M¥ walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off." Isa. 56:5.
NOTE. - It is evident from these scriptures that in the last days, when men are waiting for the
Saviour to appear, there will be a call for those who really love the Lord to separate themselves from the world by observing the Lord's Sabbath.
What does God call upon His ministers to say to His professed people at this time? "Cry aloud, and spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58:1.
After speaking of their lack of devotion in certain directions, and offering a corrective, what other wrong does He point out and offer a remedy for? "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." Isa. 58:13.
NOTE. - The Sabbath of Jehovah is not now, by the majority, called holy and honorable. It is by many stigmatized as "Jewish." The prophet undoubtedly saw how this would be in this age, and was moved to speak as he did because of this. "Turn away thy foot from the Sabbath." This is a strong expression to show that many would trample upon God's day, and do their own pleasure upon it, instead of seeking God's honor.
To those who will have courage to heed the appeal here given, what does the Lord promise? "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." Isa. 58:14.
And what will those be called who turn from their transgressions? "And thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in." Isa. 58:12.
What does another prophet say that God's professed teachers will do? "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 showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them." Eze. 22:26.
What does He say they have 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." Eze. 22:28.
What does the Lord say will become of this wall thus daubed with untempered mortar? "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." Eze. 13:11.
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 38:22, 23.
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