“Keeping the Law” is very different from what the Papal-sponsored Judaisers are preaching.
A listener and contributor to my program, Tony, sent me an e-mail recommending a teaching by Rob Skiba that gave away nothing on what Tony and I know as the “Jesuit World Order” but none-the-less Tony considered the teaching “critical” and “outstanding”.
I assume Tony felt that way because of a vein that runs through all good Christians; we respect and revere the “Hebrew roots” of our Jewish Savior and we wish to please Him by disciplined living. That is the appeal of Judaising and it is a dangerous trap that our Roman foes exploit to the fullest.
Heirs of the Promise
Whether it’s reverence for the Bible or respect for our “Hebrew roots”, the Dragon of Rome has zeroed in on our emotions of warmth and exploited them to the fullest in order to cover her tracks.
I remember like it was yesterday one of my final meetings with supposed Jesuit foe Eric Jon Phelps and my desperate attempts to rationalize the negative aspects of his mission such as needless enflaming of racial hatred1 or his insistence that modern Israel still has a future prophetic role to play. I now know the reason is what Cardinal Thomas Wolsey called “Learning Against Learning”; the Counter-Reformation tactic of mixing truth with lies. Eric Jon Phelps is an undercover Jesuit—he even has a family under false pretenses (a crime for which he will answer to when he stands before Christ).
Questioning “Eric” on his Dispensationalism, I asked him about the 144,000 or Revelation 7. “Eric” insisted that he took the Bible literally. This is a cunning tactic that is meant to instantly gain the high ground amongst Fundamentalist Christians who revere the Word of God.
After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the Earth, holding the four winds of the Earth, that the wind should not blow on the Earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then 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 granted to harm the Earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the Earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the Throne, and to the Lamb!” ~ Revelation 7:1-10 (NKJV, some capitalization added to denote uniqueness)
Have these sealed servants received their special commission based upon their bloodlines?
If so, why are the tribes of Dan and Ephraim not mentioned? Do they have a special curse upon them, transferred by blood?
It is impossible to trace ancestors of the tribes today, will God perform a miracle for this purpose? Is it necessary?
Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Doug Batchelor has an excellent and compelling teaching 2 on this that explains each of these concerns; he calls the number a literal “Special Forces” for Christ while the listing of tribes is symbolic.
For the details of this teaching, go here.
NOTE: I love the Adventists’ for their insights (they are the only Protestant sect today) but it is quite obvious and clear to us non-Adventists that the Seal of God is not their legalistic definition of a Saturday Sabbath. Such are the pitfalls of organized religion; both truth and tradition are institutionalized.
* the 12 apostles did not come one from each Tribe, setting the precedent for a spiritual definition of “Children of Israel”
* historically, the 12 Tribes were very different in population but those listed in Revelation 7 and 14 are exactly 12,000 of each
* depending on how you count Joseph’s sons, Jacob’s two adopted grandsons, the Tribes can equal 12, 13 or 14
* the Miracle of Christ’s Sacrifice extends Grace to any person who believes; “Jews” are now defined by the spirit in their heart and not the flesh of their lineage (Romans 2:28-29)
* “12” is the number for building. Pastor Doug states “Twelve is a perfect number for building, because it is one of the most versatile numbers. It can be evenly divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and of course 12.”
* this seal does not mean only 144,000 are Saved as verse 9 follows with the multitude worshipping the Lamb at His Throne
* the names appear to be aligned, not by birth, but by the significance of what they mean in order to reaffirm the Gospel!
1. Judah means “I will praise the Lord”
2. Ruben means “He has looked on me”
3. Gad means “Given good fortune”
4. Asher means “Happy am I”
5. Naphtali means “My wrestling”
6. Manasseh means “Making me to forget”
7. Simeon means “God hears me”
8. Levi means “Joined to me”
9. Issachar means “Purchased Me”
10. Zebulun means “Dwelling”
11. Joseph means “Will add to me”
12. Benjamin means “Son of His right hand”
“I will praise the Lord for he has looked on me and granted good fortune. I am happy because my wrestling, God is making me to forget. God hears me and is joined to me. He has purchased me a dwelling and will add to me, the Son of His Right Hand.”
What Is Sin?
Here we have a bit of a translational problem; a definition of “sin” can be found in I John 3:4 but that all depends upon which translation you read.
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. ~ NKJV
Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. ~ NASB
Despite it’s bad reputation for inaccuracy, the NIV comes a little closer.
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. ~ NIV
The King James appears to render this passage quite differently.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. ~ KJV
I neither like nor recommend the King James as its Shakespearian English is needlessly confusing. It’s also a favorite translation of those desiring to sound righteous. What I do recommend is serious scholarship; do exactly as I have done above. Check multiple translations whenever possible and do original language word studies frequently.
What Is “the Law”?
If “sin” is “transgression of the Law”, then the next logical question is, “What is the Law?” Does this mean that by eating shrimp, not covering my head or cutting the lawn on Saturday I’m sinning?
Perhaps a better question is, “Are the 613 Mitzvot of Moshe (the do’s and don’ts within the Law of Moses) what we mean by ‘the Law’?”
A careful examination of Scripture reveals something astounding: there appears to be more than one “Law”—the 10 Commandments or “Moral Law” verses the “Ceremonial Law”.
The “Ceremonial Law” was written by Moses and placed in a Book as a testimony of Israel’s fleshly tendencies. (Deuteronomy 31:9-29)
The “Ceremonial Law” was placed beside the Ark. (Deuteronomy 31:24-26)
The “Ceremonial Law” was necessary to explain the Plan of Salvation and was fulfilled by the Sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:17-18, Matthew 27:51, Acts 15:10-11, Romans 10:4, Galatians 3:23-25, Ephesians 2:14-15, Hebrews 9:6-15)
Failure to differentiate between the “Moral Law” and the “Ceremonial Law” can lead to the reverse of the Judaisers’ heresy; the idea that Christ rendered all Law obsolete.
The effective counter remains “But what about murder and adultery mentioned in the Ten Commandments?” It’s clear that Christ’s sacrifice gave us freedom, not anarchy.
In fact, on the Sermon on the Mount, Christ took the Commandments and increased their jurisdiction beyond action and into your very thoughts and yearnings. (Matthew 5:21-30)
There is also a “Royal Law” which James says is still in effect—
If you really fulfill the Royal Law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the Law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. ~ James 2:8-13New King James Version (NKJV, some capitalization added for uniqueness)
Enterprising students of Scripture have noticed that all of the first 10 Commandments are explicitly and clearly reaffirmed in the New Testament with the exception of the 4th.
Conversely, the listing of sins which merit damnation go beyond the 10 Commandments—
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. ~ I Corinthians 6:9-10
Consequently, confusion (perhaps some rendered purposefully) still exists amongst Christians regarding the Commandment to, “keep holy the Sabbath Day”.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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. 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. ~ Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV
To make matters more confusing, the first Christians appeared to gather for fellowship and worship on “the first day of the week” (Acts 20:7-8) in honor of the day that Christ rose from the dead. (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2-6, Luke 24:1, John 20:1)
Should Christians keep the Sabbath and should it be kept on the seventh day of the week?
The first concern with that issue is, “What is the seventh day of the week?”
For some in the Christian tradition, the first day of the week is named in accordance with the creation tale in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, where one of the first things God did was say “let there be light, and there was light.”
Not every culture has Sunday as its first day, and notable exceptions are found in the Slavic languages, where Sunday is the last day of the week and is not named in honor of the sun. For example, in Hungary Sunday is called Vasárnap and means “market day,” and in Old Russian, where Sunday was sometimes called “free day.” ~ Today I Found Out
Monday or Sunday first day of the week?
The first day of the week varies all over the world. In most cultures, Sunday is regarded as the first day of the week although many observe Monday as the first day of the week. According to the Bible, the Sabbath or Saturday is the last day of the week which marks Sunday as the first day of the week for many Jewish and Christian faiths, while many countries regard Monday as the first day of the week.
According to the international standard ISO 8601, Monday is the first day of the week ending with Sunday as the seventh day of the week. Although this is the international standard, countries such as the United States still have their calendars refer to Sunday as the start of the seven-day week. ~ TimeAndDate.com
The moment we begin to push a strict understanding of even when to observe the Sabbath, we are in danger of the sins of legalism and pride.
One can make the case that pride was the beginning of all sin and rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-14), and as a result, is the worst of sins.
The traditions of the Ceremonial Law are significant, but only in as much as they create a beautiful picture of our Savior and His Redemption for us. Without Him, they are completely without substance. Amongst the Ceremonial Law are the marking of Sabbath days, the strict keeping of which leads to the deadly sin of pride—
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the Circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the Cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using — according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. ~ Colossians 2:11-23
But are those Sabbath Days different from the Sabbath (as our Adventist brethren claim)?
If there is an important passage that needs a testimony in Scripture, we can expect it to be mentioned at least twice—for as the testimony of two or more is found, so is an issue resolved. (Matthew 18:16)
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. ~ Romans 14:4-10 (NKJV)
It is an absolute fact that one can be nourished in their relationship with Christ by voluntarily keeping a Sabbath, but only if that is their intent, because that was clearly His Intent—
Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”
And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” ~ Mark 2:23-27
Unfortunately, the reality of this issue appears to be that the vast majority of Christians exercise no discipline in this matter and a very small minority of Christians push a fanatical adherence to the legalistic side of it.
As with every issue of guilt and emotion where there is no clarity of thought or balance, the Dragon has stepped up to excite the paranoia of the devoted into believing that a specific, mandated day of rest will be the ultimate evil brought by her iron grip.
- On the title page of his book Vatican Assassins he clumsily and comically lists himself as “Eric Jon Phelps White Separatist American Freeman Dispensational, Fifth Monarchy, Seventh-Day Baptist-Calvinist”.
- It’s a shame that in Pastor Doug’s excellent teaching on this subject he quickly interjects to defend the globe Earth, heliocentric, Darwininan, dinosaur, Big Bang, cosmic accident, cosmological matrix the Jesuits created for us by stating that the “4 corners” aren’t literal. The truth is that the Earth is flat and, therefore, those corners are almost certainly literal as lying just beyond the ring of ice we are told is “Antarctica”.