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In his mention of
the "little horn," what does the prophet say that power should
think to do?
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall
wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and
laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and
the dividing of time." Daniel 7:25.
What does Paul say
the "man of sin" should do?NOTE. - There is only one way
by which any power could exalt itself above God. Although it might enact
numberless ceremonies, the observance of which would be demanded as
strictly as God requires His commandments to be obeyed, yet as long as the
people felt obliged to obey God also, no power could be said to be
elevated above God. It would only be equal with Him. In order, then, for
this power to exalt itself above God, it must of necessity seek to change
God's law, or some portion of it, and require obedience to his own law
instead of God's.
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above
all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." 2
What power has
attempted to change the law of God?
The papacy; as proved by history and the admissions of the Catholic
writers themselves, such as the following:
Question - "Have you
any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals
Answer - "Had she
not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern
religionists agree with her, she could not have substituted the observance
of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the
seventh day, a change for which there is not scriptural authority." Doctrinal
Catechism (Catholic), page 174. See also chapter 90, "Change
of the Sabbath," elsewhere in this book.
What does the
Sabbath commandment require?
"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:" Exodus 20:8-10.
Why did the Lord
set apart the seventh day for man to keep?
"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." Exodus 20:11.
Did God bless the
seventh day while He was resting upon it, or when His rest on that day was
"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." Genesis 2:3.
What three distinct
acts were necessary to establish the Sabbath of the commandment?
God rested on it; he blessed it; he sanctified it. "Sanctify:
to make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use."
For whom was it
NOTE. - It was not made for
the Jews alone. The Jews derive their name from Judah, one of the twelve
sons of Jacob, from whom they are descended. The Sabbath was made more
than two thousand years before there was a Jew.
"And he said unto them, The sabbath was
made for man, and not man for the sabbath:" Mark 2:27.
How does the Bible
use the term sanctify in other texts?
"And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount
Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and
sanctify it." Exodus 19:23.
"Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and
all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and
cry unto the LORD." Joel 1:14.
In all the places in the sacred text it means to appoint,
or proclaim, as in Joshua 20:7; 2 Kings 10:20, 21; Zephaniah 1:7, margins. So
when the Sabbath was sanctified, as the last act by which it was made for
man, an appointment, or proclamation, of the Sabbath was given.
murmured in the wilderness, and God designed to give them manna for food,
how did He say He would prove them?
"Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven
for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day,
that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no."
On which day did
the people gather a double portion of the manna?
"And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered
twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the
congregation came and told Moses." Exodus 16:22.
When the rulers
told Moses of this act, what reply did he make?
"And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said,
To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that
which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which
remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning." Exodus
When had God said
In the beginning, when God sanctified the Sabbath, thus proclaiming
What did some of
the people do on the seventh day?
"And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people
on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none." Exodus
How did God reprove
"And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my
commandments and my laws?" Exodus 16:28.
Was breaking the
Sabbath a refusal to walk in the law of God?
"See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he
giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in
his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." Exodus
How did the Lord
prove the people (verse 4) whether they would keep His law, or not?
By the Sabbath commandment; and so the Sabbath was a part of God's law
even before it was spoken from Sinai. It is this sacred institution, which
God preserved by the miracle of the falling manna, that the papal power
has thought to subvert.
Why did God give
NOTE.-As the Sabbath was
given that man might keep in memory the creative power of God, it can be
readily seen that a power endeavoring to exalt itself above God would
first try to cover up or remove that which called man's special attention
to his Creator. This could be done in no way so effectually as by setting
aside God's memorial, the seventh day Sabbath. To this work of the papacy
Daniel had reference when he said, he shall "think to change times
and laws." Daniel 7:25.
"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." Ezekiel