True Christians OBEY The Fourth Commandment

Throughout the Bible, God shows that His true followers keep His commandments. In Revelation 12, God describes the true Church—the little flock—that had to escape the bonds of the Roman Empire during the Dark Ages (v. 6). Then, He foretells how this will happen again—in our day (v. 14). Finally, God describes Satan's RAGE against the Church: "And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (v. 17).

In Revelation 14:12, God describes the character of His saints, saying, "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Notice that the saints do not merely observe some "new" commandments of Jesus. They observe God's commandments through the faith OF Jesus Christ—not merely their faith IN Him (cf. Galatians 2:20, KJV). For, through the Holy Spirit, they have Christ living His life in them and empowering them to overcome themselves, the world and Satan—and are therefore able to OBEY God's spiritual law!

And Revelation 22:14 describes those who will live with God the Father and Christ throughout eternity in the New Jerusalem: "Blessed are those who DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

In His famous Olivet Prophecy recorded in Matthew 24, Jesus describes the time when true Christians will, once again, have to FLEE for their lives. This time is just a few years ahead of us—for it is placed in this prophecy just BEFORE the Great Tribulation, in which ALL humanity would be exterminated, were it not for God's supernatural intervention. Warning His true servants as to what we should do when that Tribulation approaches, Jesus said, "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the SABBATH" (v. 20). Obviously, Jesus knew that His true disciples at the time of the end would still be KEEPING the true Sabbath day!

In another inspired END-TIME prophecy, God's Word shows that His true servants will be keeping the Sabbath day holy even during the 1,000-year reign of Christ here on this earth: "'For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,' says the Lord, 'So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,' says the Lord" (Isaiah 66:22-23). So obedience to the fourth commandment is not "old fashioned." It is instead the "wave of the future"! For ALL HUMANITY will learn to obey God's commandments—and keep holy the days God made holy—in the soon-coming Tomorrow's World, when the Kingdom of God is set up on this earth!

We who are willing to heed and OBEY our Creator now— through Jesus Christ living His life within us—will be given the awesome opportunity to serve under Him in ruling the cities and nations of the world at that time. For we are the true pioneers preparing for Tomorrow's World. We are overcoming—standing up against the prevailing forces and trends of this materialistic, Satan-influenced society. Jesus said, "He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— 'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter's vessels shall be broken to pieces'—as I also have received from My Father" (Revelation 2:26-27).

Yet, even now, in this carnal society, you are not completely alone by any means. For when you include the Orthodox Jews, the Seventh-Day Adventists, the Seventh-Day Baptists and many from the various Churches of God, there are millions of people who observe the seventh-day Sabbath. They have found, and you will find, that it is possible to keep this "test" commandment and still be blessed and made prosperous in many ways. You may even find in our diverse society a number of people who will admire your courage and dedication, even though God may not be "calling" them to full spiritual understanding at this time.

Remember, there are millions of people who sincerely want to do the right thing. Yet Jesus said, "NO ONE can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44). But, if God is calling you and is now opening your mind to His full Truth, then you have a RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT upon that Truth. For as James 4:17 states, "to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin."

If you, then, are sincerely interested in truly obeying God and being one of the "firstfruits" of His salvation in this age, you may wish to contact Christ's "little flock," which He has preserved even in this mixed-up generation. A significant branch of this body of believers is doing the Work of God. It is the Church that sponsors the Tomorrow's World program on radio and television and that publishes the Tomorrow's World magazine, which goes into many nations. We are called the Living Church of God, and you will find our regional addresses and phone numbers at the end of this booklet. We have representatives in many major cities around the globe. So if you would like to ask questions about how to properly observe the Sabbath or about meeting with others in your area— or if you have other questions about true Christianity—just drop us a line or give us a call. No one will be sent to call on you unless you request it. Our representatives will simply talk to you on the phone or answer in writing. We will NOT use any "high-pressure" tactics to get you to join or support us. For we want to be sure that God is truly "calling" you.

Do you want the opportunity to observe the true Sabbath, to enjoy warm, loving fellowship with others of similar beliefs and to learn more fully the plan and PURPOSE of the Great GOD? Do you want to participate with others in this CRUSADE to prepare the way for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth? We hope so, because all of this is so enormously helpful in assisting your spiritual growth. Unless you meet with others of the true faith of Jesus Christ and are nourished with His Word rather than the traditions of men, you may easily "die" spiritually. The book of Hebrews, in a passage quoted elsewhere in this booklet, says, "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (10:24-25).

Will you, personally, exercise the faith and the COURAGE to obey the God who gives you life and breath? Or will you follow the deceptions of this world under Satan's powerful influence? You now KNOW that the God of the Bible commands you to observe His holy Sabbath. And the ultimate penalty for disobeying God's law is DEATH in the Lake of Fire. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23; cf. Revelation 21:8).

As God spoke to ancient Israel, so now—through His inspired Word—He speaks to you in Deuteronomy 30:19: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and your descendants may live.

The Living Church of God offers a variety of free publications including a Bible study course, booklets and the Tomorrow's World magazine.

The following booklets may help you to better understand

God's plans for you and the world. To request your free literature, please refer to the facing page for the address nearest you.

Is This the Only Day of Salvation?

The Real God: Proofs and Promises

What's Ahead for America and Britain?

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