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OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH
Sabbath is a golden clasp that unites God and His people. But the Sabbath command has been broken.
God's holy day has been desecrated.
The Sabbath has been torn from its place by the man of sin, and a common
working-day has been exalted in its stead.
A breach has been made in the law, and this breach is to be repaired.
The true Sabbath is to be exalted to its rightful position as God's
rest-day. In the fifty-eighth
chapter of Isaiah is outlined the work which God's people are to do.
They are to magnify the law, and make it honorable, to build up the old
waste places, and to raise up the foundations of many generations.
To those who do this work God says: 'Thou shalt be called, The repairer
of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
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, honourable;
and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure,
nor speaking thine own words: 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.'
Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict in which all the
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a part. Men have honored Satan's
principles above the principles that rule in the heavens.
They have accepted the spurious Sabbath, which Satan has exalted as the
sign of his authority. But God has set His seal upon His royal requirement.
Each Sabbath institution bears the name of its author, an ineffaceable
mark that shows the authority of each. It
is our work to lead the people to understand this.
We are to show them that it is of vital consequence whether they bear the
mark of God's kingdom or the mark of the kingdom of rebellion, for they
acknowledge themselves subjects of the kingdom whose mark they bear.
God has called us to uplift the standard of His down-trodden Sabbath.
How important, then, that our example in Sabbath-keeping should be
right."--Testimonies, Vol. 6, pp. 351-353.
time to time questions have come into this Office regarding various important
aspects of the Sabbath. Before his
death, Brother Houteff prepared material in question-and-answer form for a tract
dealing with the subject of the Sabbath. Since
it was never published, and since it is important that we have a thorough
understanding of the Sabbath Truth, the Code takes pleasure in introducing a
series of question-and-answer articles taken from the tract material.
The question to be discussed in this issue is:
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IT? WHEN IS IT? FOR WHOM IS IT?
Truth-seeker writes: "I am sending you literature on the seemingly
Scriptural doctrine that the Bible Sabbath falls on Friday, not on Saturday nor
on Sunday. It looks to me
unanswerable. Please give me a
examination by Heaven's all-revealing microscope (the Spirit and Word) discovers
the Friday-sabbath literature to erect the entire structure of its doctrine on
Exodus 16, verses 1 and 2, which its author terms "The Keys to God's
Week." And so if under
Heaven's own microscope his position proves to be solidly and securely footed in
fact, then the doctrine is to be reverently accepted.
But if such examination of the position proves it untenable, then of
course it should be dismissed. Since
the position is based on Exodus 16:1-12, we quote those verses:
they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of
Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the
fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of
Egypt. And the whole congrega-
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the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: and
the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of
the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did
eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to
kill this whole assembly with hunger.
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. And
it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they
bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then
ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: and in
the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that He heareth your
murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the
evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the Lord
heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against Him: and what are we? your
murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.
Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel,
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near before the Lord: for He hath heard your murmurings.
And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the
children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the
glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of
Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning
ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your
God." Ex. 16:1-12.
verses the Friday-sabbath author's featured thoughts are presented in the
following fourteen quoted paragraphs.
are also given the divine connection, or the true relationship of God's days and
God's months in the 16th chapter of Exodus.
God proved to the children of Israel which each day of the week was by
'the falling of the manna.' The
first manna fell on the 16th day of the second month, the day after the 15th,
see Ex. 16:1-22. This marked the
first day of the Bible week, Creation Week.
Now the 16th day of this second month of God's year as is shown elsewhere
in this study, is now called Saturday under the Roman name. The 2nd day on which the manna fell is now called Sunday, and
the 3rd day is called Monday, the 4th day is called
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the 5th day is called Wednesday, the 6th day or 'Preparation Day.' is called
Thursday; and the 7th day on which no manna fell is now called Friday.
This same relationship was maintained from Creation for we see there that
the first time the moon ever registered time, which would be the first day of
the month, was on the 5th day of the week.
carefully read in review about the departure of the children of Israel out of
the land of Egypt. (Exo. 12).
You will find that they were instructed to keep the passover (Abib 14) in
Egypt and then leave on the following day (Abib 15).
Lev. 23:5-6, Num. 33:2-3.
can understand the wisdom of God in giving the children of Israel His True Time,
for He was showing them important feast days to keep and, as we will soon see.
He was going to give them His laws to keep.
to Num. 33:2-3 the children of Israel departed out of the land of Egypt on the
15th day of the first month (Abib).
was in the wanderings of the children of Israel that God performed one of the
greatest of all Bible miracles: the falling of the manna. Have you passed this scripture over as being only a
miraculous feeding of the children of Israel to keep them from starving to
death? God had a deeper purpose.
According to Ex-
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16:3, God purposes to prove 'whether they will walk in my law or no.'
an outstanding date given in Exodus.
16:1: And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the
children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and
Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the
land of Egypt."
and one-half or three million people had been on this journey for thirty days
and all the provisions they brought had evidently been consumed and their
condition became so desperate on this particular 15th day of the second month,
Zif, (refer to calendar), that the whole congregation of the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and Aaron. They
would rather have died at the hand of the Lord in Egypt. (Ex. 16:2-3).
on that same 15th day God made a promise through Moses, saying:
16:12: I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them,
saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with
bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.
the first morning after the 15th would
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morning of the 16th: the first day that manna fell in the wilderness.
It is declared to us clearly that this is the first day of the week, for
Exodus 16:22 says they gathered it every morning for six days. Also see Ex.
let us count: Manna fell first on the 16th day of the second month (Zif) or the
first day of the Bible week; 17th--2nd day of week; 18th--3rd day of week;
19th--4th day of week; 20th--5th day of week; 21st--6th day of week, and twice
as much Manna fell. On the 22nd
there was none that fell, for this was the 7th day of the week or the Holy
Sabbath of Creation. Exo. 16:23-30.
This teaches us as it taught them the true seven day cycle or Bible week.
So we can truly connect together God's Bible Week:
4 5 6 7
Zif: 16 17 18
Seventh day Day Sabbath Is Called Friday On Roman Gregorian Calendar.
once more to the calendar, we use the 'key week' and find that we can trace
forward or backward. Tracing
backward, we find that the 1st day of the 1st month of the 1st year of a 3 year
cycle comes on the 5th day of God's week.
new moon showing the first day of
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first year of the cycle always comes in on the day which the Roman calendar
calls Wednesday. Actually God's day
begins on the previous evening (i.e. Tuesday evening, Roman time) according to
scripture. Gen. 1:23.
Wednesday is the day of the new moon, and the new moon comes on the 5th day of
God's week, then we can safely say that the 6th day falls on Thursday and the
7th day Sabbath of God's Week is called Friday, Roman time.
Bible day is from sunset to sunset. Thursday sunset to Friday sunset is actually
God's Sabbath."--God's Calendar, pp. 3, 7.
comments by the Friday-sabbath author on Exodus 16:1-12 reveal that his position
has as its basis the assumption that there is unbroken chronological continuity
between the event of Exodus 16:1 and the events of Exodus 16:2-16.
The reasoning is such as to make it appear that in the evening of the
fifteenth day, the day the Israelites arrived in the wilderness of Sin, the
quail came up, and that in the morning of the next day, the sixteenth, the manna
fell. Upon this key premise the
Friday-sabbath doctrine is built; and thereupon, it must stand or fall.
Let us therefore, prayerfully scrutinize it through the all-searching
lens of the Spirit of Truth in the Word Itself.
analysis of the Scriptural record (Ex-
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under consideration reveals that the only day of the month Inspiration names is
the fifteenth, the day of the Exodus' arrival in the wilderness of Sin (Ex.
16:1). The scripture does not name
the day or the month upon which Israel murmured; and it does not name the month
or the day upon which the manna first fell, nor the day upon which the quail
facts became absolutely evident when it is noted that not all the time elements
of Exodus 16:2 to 12 are chronological or immediately connected with those of
Exodus 16:1, the verse which deals with the day of Israel's arrival in the
wilderness of Sin. Verses 2 to 12
and on to 35 briefly recount only the most significant aspects of the most
significant experiences which befell them during their forty years' sojourn in
these verses make it equally evident that none of the events they recount took
place on the days immediately following the Exodus' arrival in the wilderness of
Sin. Any careful comparison of the
records will bear out that the events in point cover a considerable period of
time, and that there is a gap in time between Exodus 16:1 and Exodus 16:2; also
that, chronologically, even the events of Exodus 17 come between the events of
Exodus 16, verses 1 and 2.
is, that aside from stating the day of the month the Exodus arrived in the
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be the fifteenth, the record does not name any other day at all in connection
with either the falling of the manna or the coming of the quail, but simply
points out that the one came in the evening (of an unrecorded day), and the
other in the morning (of an unrecorded day).
Furthermore, and again contrary to the theory, the manna came first and
the quail came days later, as we shall now see.
the book of Numbers, chapter 11, re-cords the manna and the quail events in
greater detail than does Exodus 16, we shall briefly examine the account as
remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the
melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: but now our soul is
dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes."
Num. 11:5, 6.
displeased with their murmurings over the manna, the Lord commanded Moses:
thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and ye shall eat
flesh:...Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten
days, nor twenty days; but even a whole month, until it come out at your
nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you...." Num. 11:18-20.
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and the preceding verses of the chapter definitely disclose that the quail came
after the Israelites murmured against the manna; and that after they lost taste
for it they became the more querulous because of the their unbelief in the
Lord's ability to provide flesh food for such a great multitude.
To their surprise, though, "...there went forth a wind from the
Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were
a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side,
round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the
next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten
homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the
wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people
with a very great plague." Num. 11:31-33.
verses of Scripture bring forth the firm fact that the quail did not come ahead
of the manna (Num. 11:1-9, 13, 18-23, 31-33), and that they were there not for
just one evening, but rather for at least two days (Num. 11:32).
This is proof in the absolute that the day of Israel's arrival (the
fifteenth day) in the wilderness of Sin (Ex. 16:1) was not the day the quail
came, as the Friday-sabbath author
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it to be.
surprising, too, that he has failed to note that it was not in God's purpose to
feed His people with flesh at all during the forty years; no one could imagine
that He was capricious to give them meat to eat right at the start, then
abruptly to take it away from them and to put them on manna instead.
Moreover, had such been the case, then such, rather than the contrary,
would have been the record.
is understandable that just as soon as they saw that there was no way of making
a living in the wilderness, they faithlessly envisaged themselves reduced to
want, poverty, starvation, and death, and straightway began to recriminate Moses
over their fear-anticipated lot, and to cry out bitterly for sustenance, for
food of any kind, rather than for a special kind. Being pitiful of their fears and mindful of their needs, the
Lord sent them "bread [manna] from heaven." Ex. 16:4.
Soon, though, they tried of the manna, and began to murmur anew in lust
for flesh food that was not for their good.
Thus it was that, though contrary to His wise purpose for them, the Lord
sent them quail (Ex. 16:8). Still,
though, the manna as usual fell the next morning.
So they then had both bread and flesh to feast on--yea, flesh to the
fatal full (Ex. 16:12, 13; Num. 11:31-33).
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solemnly affirms the Psalmist, "they spake against God; they said, Can God
furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold,
He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can
He give bread also? Can He provide
flesh for His people?" Ps. 78:19, 20.
logic of the events in the sequence thus established by the Psalmist, gives
corroborative evidence: (1) that the "bread" (the manna) came down
quite some time after the fifteenth day; (2) that it came after their second
advance into the wilderness of Sin--as far as to Rephidim (Ex. 17:1), the place
where Moses struck the rock which then gave water; and (3) that the quail came
into the camp still after that. To
restate it, first came water from the rock, then came down the manna, and af-ter
it came the quail. The Psalmist's
inspired statement--"Behold, He smote the rock...; can He give bread also?
can He provide flesh for His people?"--declares that the Lord had already
caused the rock to give water even before they faithlessly cried out their doubt
of His ability to give them bread, and that next they cried out doubt of His
ability to give them flesh!
to see and to reckon with these truly key facts, the Friday-sabbath author
mistakenly assumes that the quail came first, then the manna, then the water.
Evidently he overlooks the fact that Exodus 16, itself, shows that the
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recorded there cover a period of time (all the days of their wanderings in the
wilderness of Sin) rather than simply a few days following their arrival in the
wilderness of Sin. The events of
the chapter include even the spying out of the land, also the giving of the
Testimony" of the Lord (the law) from Sinai, as well as the building of the
tabernacle and the furnishing of it (Ex. 16:33-35; 40:2-6).
All these events are recorded in the same chapter, although as we have
already seen, the first event chronologically to follow the event of the
fifteenth day--the day of their arrival in the wilderness of Sin (Ex. 16:1)--was
Moses' smiting the rock at Rephidim (Ex. 17).
Friday-sabbath author's next step in the process of constructing his theory, is
the fallacious contention that the "evening" (Ex. 12:6) of the day in
which the preparations for the Passover were to begin was not the afternoon of
the fourteenth day, but that it was at sundown on the thirteenth day, and that
therefore the eating of the Passover, "the feast," took place then--at
the beginning of the fourteenth day. This
he does in spite of the fact that Inspiration definitely commands:
ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month
they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their
fathers, a lamb for an house:...and ye shall keep it up until
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fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of
Israel shall kill it in the evening." Ex. 12:3, 6.
mark, the command specifically exacts that the sacrificial lamb be separated
from the flock on the tenth day of the first month, kept alive but up to the
fourteenth, not up to the thirteenth, then killed in the evening of the same
day; that is, the lamb was to be killed toward the end of the fourteenth, not at
the beginning of it. The margin
places the time of killing the lamb "between the two evenings."
Biblically and traditionally the one "evening" is the time after the
noon sun begins to decline--the afternoon, after 1 P.M.; the other
"evening" embraces the period of dusk, from the time the sun sets to
bedtime. These two limits fixed the
hours for all the preparations.
Israel made all these preparations during the fourteenth day, then ate the
sacrifice during the night of the fifteenth day (Ex. 12:18; Lev. 23:6), the very
night of the season in which, as the Bible plainly states, they not only ate the
Passover but also left Egypt (Num. 33:3; Lev. 23:6).
To make this important fact graphically clear, we subjoin the following
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how, therefore, in view of these clear-cut Biblical records, one can possibly
conclude, as the Friday-sabbath author does, that the Passover feast was
celebrated at the end of the thirteenth day (which according to Biblical
reckoning* would be the night of the fourteenth day), although the Scriptures
specifically state that it is celebrated during the night of the fifteenth day,
is indeed beyond all fathoming. Not
only the Bible's decisive explicitness concerning the time for this important
celebration, but history and tradition as well, make virtually impossible
anyone's missing the facts. Yet in
spite of this and contrary to it all the Friday-sabbath author is led into
rationalizing a one-day cutback of events--back to the thirteenth day--in order
to tailor the time to fit the theory. Since
he must have read the Bible through, then it is difficult to escape the
conclusion that the error seems not so much a matter of misinterpreting, as a
matter of deliberately side-stepping.
too, the figures on his charts definitely indicate that he has, in an attempt to
make the theory fit with other events, embodied in his study the erroneous
interpretation that Christ's statement,"...three days and three nights in
the heart of the earth," means three days and three nights in the tomb.
Upon this presumptuous premise, together with his misapplication of the
time of Christ's cruci-
dark part ahead of the light part of the day.
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and resurrection, and with his "quail-manna" theory, he builds up the
Friday-sabbath doctrine, obviously not reckoning with the inevitability that one
day Truth must storm its sandy foundations and topple it to the ground.
now be observed that in order to prop up the Friday-sabbath theory, the author
of it was forced also to try to match the day and hour of Jesus' death with the
day and hour in which the Passover lamb was killed. Thus he was forced into shifting back the time of the
Passover feast from the fifteenth to the fourteenth day of the month, although
contrary to the Scriptures! By such maneuvering and rationalizing, the author
has the Passover lamb killed and Christ crucified on the same day, the
thirteenth, Wednesday. So he goes
on to explain that Jesus could not have been alive to celebrate the Passover.
He then rationalizes Matt. 28:1 into placing the resurrection on the
seventeenth, Saturday evening. But
even after all this manipulating, he is not able to match the time of the
events, for although he contends that the Passover lamb was killed at sunset,
yet he has to admit that Jesus was crucified between sunrise and noon-day--at
"the third hour." Mark 15:25.
this shifting of events even in the face of the Scriptural facts that Jesus
spent the Passover day, the fourteenth, with His disciples (Mark 14:12-25); that
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them the Passover feast on the fifteenth, Wednesday night (Mark 14:18); that He
was arrested that same night immediately after the Passover celebration, then
tried by Annas and by Pilate, and crucified and buried at about sundown (Mark
15:42-46) on the sixteenth, Friday; finally, that He arose on the eighteenth,
Sunday, the first day of the week (Mark 16:9).
Indeed, the Friday-sabbath au-thor seems utterly to ignore all these
Biblical records of the events. And
in this he shares in common with all the other three-days-and-three-nights
desperate endeavor to substantiate their three-days-and-three-nights theory, all
these perverters of the Scriptures try to tell us that the "preparation
day" and "the Sabbath" of Matthew 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54,
and John 19:31 were not Friday and Saturday but some other days of the week.
Significantly, though, is the observation that they often refer to
unknown and so-called original manuscripts in Hebrew and Greek--to anything and
everything that they can make to serve their purpose among those who have no way
of checking them. Sooner or later,
though, the truth leaks out that these many-translation-quoters never quote from
the Greek Bible "the preparation day" and "the Sabbath." And why not?--for the very good reason that in every instance
It reads add
here the Hebrew word for -->(Friday), and
add here the Hebrew@ word for -->(Saturday), where the English reads
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day, and "Sabbath"!
next the "wave sheaf" which is typical of the resurrection of Christ.
Having to be offered during the Passover week and on no other day but
"on the morrow after the Sabbath" (Lev. 23:11)--on the first day of
the week--it, too, points out that the day in which the Lord was to rise from
the dead, was to be on the first day of the week, the day after the seventh day
Sabbath. Sabbath-dodgers, though,
are trying to make us believe that "the morrow after the Sabbath," is
not the day after the seventh-day Sabbath, when clearly the antecedent (in Lev.
23:3) is the Sabbath of the Decalogue. Besides,
though occasionally a rest day in the Scriptures is called "a sabbath,"
never is any day other than the seventh day Sabbath called "the
the Sanctuary law demanding "seven sabbaths" from the day of the sheaf
offering to the Pentecost (Lev. 23:15), absolutely eliminates the possibility of
any day other than the seventh-day Sabbath to precede the day of the sheaf
offering and thus the resurrection, and the Pentecost.
That is, in order to get seven Sabbaths within 49 days and have the 50th
day come on the day after the Sabbath (Lev. 23:16), on the first day of the
week, one has to start counting from the first day of the week, Sunday.
No other day will do. Try it
and see. Consider, too, the
tradition of celebrating Easter (the
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spite, though, of all the light on the subject, there is scant hope that these
perverters will stop arguing themselves out of the Sabbath blessing!
indeed that they will not open their eyes to see that the Bible makes
unmistakably clear that they misinterpret the heart of the earth, that Jesus by
it did not mean the grave, that He was not three days and three nights in the
grave, also that His trials, crucifixion, and burial consumed more than one day.
They seem bewitchedly oblivious that the Book records the hour of each
event, as follows: (a) at about the sixth hour (either noon or midnight
according to ancient time-keeping--sunset at the twelfth hour), Jesus was in
Pilate's Judgment Hall (John 19:14); (b) at the third hour He was nailed to the
cross (Mark 15:25); (c) at the succeeding "sixth hour," the hour while
He hung upon the cross, darkness covered the earth (Mark 15:33); (d) at the
"ninth hour" He died (Mark 15:37); and (e) at about the twelfth hour,
just before sunset, He was buried (Mark 15:42-46).
Now consider the Inspired record (1) that from the first sixth hour to
the second sixth hour there are twelve hours; (2) that from the second sixth
hour to the twelfth hour (sunset) there are an additional six hours; (3) that
there is only one sixth hour (noon) during the light part of the day and one
sixth hour (mid-
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during the dark part of the day; (4) that it was at the sixth hour during the
light part of the day that darkness covered the earth, while Jesus was hanging
on the cross (Matt. 27:45); (5) and that since the sixth hour in which He was
led into Pilate's Judgment Hall was before the crucifixion, then it inescapably
follows that the sixth hour before the crucifixion was either Thursday noon or
midnight the sixth hour in the night between Thursday sunset and Friday sunrise.
Why could they have brought Him to Pilate by night?
For the same reason that they had Him arrested and brought to Annas and
Caiaphas by night--that is, because they feared the people, for many believed in
Him, and they wanted therefore to keep quiet their dark work, so as not to
create commotion or opposition.
that Jesus' captors first led Him to Annas (John 18:13-24), where they awaited
the coming of day for His legal trial before the Sanhedrin (which preceded His
trail before Pilate), is inescapable proof that the time which elapsed from the
Sanhedrin trial to the burial, was from early morning, Thursday the fifteenth,
to about sunset the next day, Friday the sixteenth, a total of thirty-six hours.
And since the hours from His burial about sunset Friday, to His
resurrection, about sunrise Sunday, make a total of another thirty-six hours,
then the grand total of hours in which He was in the custody of the Sanhedrin is
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the Bible's own hour-by-hour record of the time of these events, and in perfect
accord with it is the traditional and historical celebration of the same events.
Since the chronicled hours, from Jesus' arrest and trial to His
resurrection, bear indisputable record of a total 72 hours, and since those who
buried Him returned home and kept the Sabbath according to the commandment (Luke
23:56), and also since we are told that He arose on the first day of the week,
Sunday (John 20:1-8; Luke 24:1-7; Mark 16:1-6), there is therefore no slightest
Bible justification for anyone's concluding wrongly concerning the day and the
hour of each event and the total hours consumed.
Finally, since only the Bible tells the exact and whole truth, then any
voice to the contrary is that of the Deceived, the Devil, plotting to discredit
the Bible and to trap someone somewhere.
time thus consumed in this sequence of events (from the time Christ appeared
before Annas to the time He arose from the dead) is absolutely Biblical,
aggregating as predicted exactly three full days and three full nights, then
there is no Scripturally and logically admissible conclusion other than that
Christ definitely did not intend His utterance, "three days and three
nights in the heart of the earth," to mean merely from the time He was to
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grave to the time He was to arise from it.
Rather, He meant from the time the Sanhedrin was to take Him into
custody, to the time the stone was to roll away from the tomb in order for Him
to arise therefrom (Luke 24:7). Moreover, since the Sanhedrin was the
headquarters, the heart of the church, thus the heart of the earth in its time,
and since Christ was in its custody three days and three nights (for the
Sanhedrin set a watch over His body even while It rested in the tomb), then the
Sanhedrin, the church, is what He termed "the heart of the earth."
And who can honestly deny the correctness of the figure, considering
that, as the Scriptures teach, the earth still stands only because the church,
the heart of the earth (the transmitter of spiritual life), is still functioning
in an effort to impart eternal life to it?
church (with Christ in it), not the grave, is in every spiritual sense the heart
and the life of the earth. Indeed,
no understanding mind could ever regard the grave to be "the heart of the
earth"; much less, then, could the Lord so regard it.
The enlightened mind well knows, too, that the grave is not the generator
of life, but the container of death, and therefore can never be called the heart
of the earth, no, no more than can a man's carcass be called his soul.
Jonah's ordeal is a type of Christ's ordeal, we shall now look unto it.
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living creature that safely transported Jonah's life through the deep, must be
figurative of something living, not of a grave, an inanimate thing, that itself
is figurative of eternal hell! What,
then, could the whale possibly be figurative but of the old ship Zion on voyage
over the savage sea of sin, to the City Eternal! O, how plain, how sure, how
whale's failing to do away with Jonah, but rather taking him safely to shore so
that Nineveh perish not, typifies the Satan-dominated Sanhedrin's failing to do
away with Jesus, though fulfilling the prophecies "that one man should die
for the people, and that the whole nation perish not! John 11:50.
And just as Providence permitted the ship's crew to plunge Jonah into the
sea for the sake of the ship's safety and for their own lives' sake, as well as
for the sake of Nineveh, so Providence permitted the mob to take Christ and to
nail Him to the cross for the sake of His church and her captive members, as
well as for the sake of the lost world.
also is seen the fact that as the ship and its crew would never have survived
the storm, nor Nineveh the judgment that was about to befall her, save by
Jonah's ordeal in and survival of the briny deep, in like manner the church and
the world would never have escaped Satan's hold upon them, save by Christ's
voluntary sufferings and by His triumphant
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the belly of a hunger-stricken whale God safely carried Jonah through the depths
of a stormy sea, and since in the hands of a blood-thirsty church He safely bore
Christ through the depths of sin itself, thus even so today will He safely bear
through the depths of hypocrisy, ism-corrupt Christianity, and pleasure-loving
society, every one who does as did both Jonah and Christ.
God will do as much for all today, even though they be in the grip of a
money-mad, prophet-hating, and self-satisfied (lukewarm) ministry.
Yes, He will safely transport all such to the shores of Mount Zion, there
to stand with the Lamb. However,
those who do follow the example of Jonah and of Christ, will for certain find
themselves among the "outcasts" for Truth's sake.
But thanks be to God that no one, priest or prelate, can deprive them of
feasting on meat in due season, on timely truth, especially adapted to meet
their particular needs. Thus all
who awake to their Laodiceanism, and to their duty to proclaim God's Truth for
this time regardless of consequences, will triumphantly and jubilantly land on
the shores of eternity!
it is that Jonah's voluntarily allowing himself to be plunged into the fiercest
of sea tempests for the sake of the ship and its crew, and thus for Nineveh, is
the type; and that Christ's voluntarily permitting Himself
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plunged into the fiercest of sin tempests, there to be mocked, nailed to a
cross, and put into a tomb, for the sake of the Church and the captive members,
and thus for the world, is the antitype.
descending to earth to save its inhabitants at a time when Satan had taken
complete control not only of the world but of the Church too, and thus expected
therein to forever make rid of the only Saviour as soon as He should appear;
also Christ's breaking through Satan's defense lines, re-establishing His Church
communication lines the world over for His people to come in, is His glorious
are the lessons which the Lord wanted to convey to the Jews through the
Jonah-whale allegory, and these are the lessons which He especially wants to
convey to us. The theory, though, of three days and three nights in the
grave brings no lesson of any kind, to any one.
now clearly seen, too, that to construe Christ's statement, "three days and
three nights in the heart of the earth," to mean His going into the grave,
is calculated not only to do away with the Holy Sabbath but also to exclude the
significance of His trials and sufferings, to cover up the lesson which the
Inspired figure, "the heart of the earth," teaches.
frail and flimsy pebble structure
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Friday-sabbath builder batter itself to pieces against the immovable foregoing
concrete facts. Even with employing
his own distorting way of figuring, he fails to get a Friday for the Sabbath. Where
he really gets Friday instead of Saturday for the Sabbath, is in the following
two paragraphs that are absolutely of his own fabrication.
new moon showing the first day of the first year of the cycle always comes in on
the day which the Roman calendar calls Wednesday. Actually God's day begins on the previous evening (i.e.
Tuesday evening, Roman time) according to scripture.
Wednesday is the day of the new moon, and the new moon comes on the 5th day of
God's week, then we can safely say that the 6th day falls on Thursday and the
7th day Sabbath of God's Week is called Friday, Roman Time."--God's
Calendar, pg. 7.
these statements may sound impressive, their substance is the stuff of tinsel.
The new moon of the first day of the first year in the three-year cycle
does not always come on Wednesday, as he says it does.
The World Almanac reveals that over a period of 25 years, only three
times did a new moon fall on Wednesday in the month of March (the season of the
three-year cycle)--(1) 1928, March 21; (2) 1948, March 10; and (3) 1951, March
7. The moon does not follow in any
month of any
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pattern he fancies it follows.
subject in question now alight like "the burning bush," it is our
devout hope that both the author of the Friday-sabbath doctrine and the victims
of it will readily see that a Friday-sabbath is just one more case of ism-sprout
now at the eleventh hour, just one more Enemy endeavor to draw minds away from
the Lord's saving message, and to confuse, confound, and disgust both believers
and prospective students of the Bible. It
is therefore our earnest prayer that the author of the Friday sabbath, along
with his victims, will now rejoice that the Spirit of God has again reproved
error and caused Truth to shine forth brighter than ever; not simply exposing
just another false theory, but actually doing away with another Enemy attempt
again to "take away the Daily," and again to put in its place an
"abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan. 11:31); this time not by
endeavoring to set up anew the day of Romanism, but actually to foster the day
Brethren, who have been trapped by the Friday-sabbath ism, now rejoice from the
depths of your souls that "the Spirit of Truth" has made possible your
escape from the Enemy's stronghold. May
you not for even one fleeting moment delay your flight from it, lest you
frustrate the grace of God.
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see, I am sure, that the so-called "Key to God's Week," instead of
being the key by which to unlock proof that Friday is the Sabbath is actually
the key by which to lock up the error and set its captives free.
through the Rod (Mic. 6:9; 7:14), Inspiration has at this very time amassed
unparalleled prophetic proof of the onrushing approach of "the great and
dreadful day of the Lord" (Mal. 4:5), what, then, could be more inevitable
and more certain than that Satan would unleash upon Christendom his most vicious
pack of Bible perversions? It is
therefore not surprising to hear the loud barking of "greedy
dogs,...shepherds that cannot understand" (Isa. 56:11), endeavoring to draw
away attention from the most weighty concern ever to confront mankind--the
all-consequential truth that "the great day of the Lord is near, it is
near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man
shall cry there bitterly." Zeph. 1:14.
the momentous message in connection with the day of the Lord (Mal. 4:5, 6), is
to lift aloft "the law of Moses" which God "commanded unto him in
Horeb" (verse 4--the law of the Decalogue, Ex. 20:3-17), and thus proclaim
the Sabbath (the heart of the law) "more fully," Satan in his
preacher's garb is spawning a new batch of false Sabbath theories with which to
confound the Truth
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possible. But the Spirit of God
works, too, revealing Truth to expose falsehood, so as to safeguard the faithful
who want to know the truth at any price, and who want to obey It regardless of
next issue of the Code, there will appear two questions and their answers.
One question will pertain to Sabbath observance at the International Date
Line; the other will pertain to the question of whether the Sabbath is governed
by the lunar month or by a independent weekly cycle.
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S N O T E S
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