How to Keep the Sabbath Properly

We need to understand and formulate a right approach to this day. It cannot be just like any other day of the week.

A day of testing (Exodus 16:4; Exodus 31:13, 17; Ezekiel 20:12, 20) whether we will keep the Sabbath holy in the way God has prescribed?

A day of ceasing from:

  • Our work (Leviticus 23:7; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15)
  • Our ways (Isaiah 58:13)
  • Our pleasures (Isaiah 58:13)
  • Our words (Isaiah 58:13)
  • Our burdens (Exodus 6:6-7; Nehemiah 13:15-22)

A day for engaging in:

  • God’s work ( John 6:29, Mark 16:16, Philippians 2:12)
  • God’s ways (Jeremiah 6:16)
  • God’s pleasures (Philippians 2:13; Luke 12:32; Ephesians 1:5)
  • God’s words (Luke 4:4, 16-21; Acts 17:2-3)
  • Worshiping and honoring God (Exodus 20:8-10; Isaiah 58:13)
  • Fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25; Leviticus 23:3; Nehemiah 8:8; Acts 18:4, 11; Acts 2:1, 42)
  • Coming before God (Leviticus 19:30; Leviticus 16:1-4; Exodus 28:1-3; 1 Peter 2:5, 9)
  • Doing good within the other guidelines (Matthew 12:9-14)
  • Healing and rejuvenation (Mark 3:4; Luke 13:16)
  • Freedom and liberation (Deuteronomy 5:15, 1 John 5:3)

God has given us general rules by which we can answer the specific questions we may have on how to keep the Sabbath properly. He has given us guiding principles that allow us to make the right decision on how to observe the Sabbath.

This is why we prepare (Exodus 16:5, 29-30) to keep the Sabbath day holy.

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Did Jesus Baptize?

Is there a conflict between John 3:22 and 4:1-2? It seems to show that Jesus baptized in one case and yet in the other that He baptized no one.

The intent of this section in chapters 3-4 of the Gospel of John was to show that Jesus taught baptism (by full immersion).

Since we are dealing with only one writer in these verses, it is safe to say that John knew what he meant to say in each case. This is made easier when we look at John 4:1 and then at John 4:2.

John 4:1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John

Here he says that “Jesus…baptized” which is similar to the statements made in John 3:22 as well as John 3:26. But in the next verse John clarifies what he meant by the terminology in all three verses:

John 4:2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),

In this verse it is made clear that although Jesus did not physically baptize any one, He was there teaching and empowering his disciples to do so – and in this respect this is what He is continuing to do even today.

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There is No Immortal Soul

Nearly all religions believe that there is a separation of the temporary and eternal at our death. This is the concept of the immortal soul as it called in much of modern Christianity.

The term “immortal soul” is not found in the bible

Its roots are in Greek philosophy

It’s what man has concocted

But as we will see later, it goes back much farther than that

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Why We Do Not Serve on Jury Duty

Our Citizenship

As a Christian our citizenship is first and foremost in heaven (Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:13). In that respect we are to be acting as an Ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20) from that foreign country serving as an appointed (John 6:44) representative (Romans 8:29; Galatians 3:27) of God who is the Head of State for His Kingdom.

We are not to be involved in the matters of the this world which is ruled by Satan (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 2:13), but rather we are to come out it and not be a part of it (John 15:19; 17:16,18; 18:36-37) in much the same way that diplomatic visitors cannot participate in this and similar activities.

During our temporary stay here on Earth we are to act commensurate to our commission (1 Peter 2:11-12; Hebrews11:13) and demonstrate conduct becoming of God (Matthew 5:16-18; 1 Peter 1:17).

Letter vs Spirit of the Law

In the court of this land it is mandated that only the letter of the law be considered when adjudicating a case. As a keeper of God’s law, we are to judge righteously (John 7:24) as outlined in the Bible (Matthew 4:4). A significant part of His Way also allows for repentance (Acts 2:38; 3:19), forgiveness (Luke 17:3; Matthew 6:14), mercy (Matthew 23:23) and conscience (Romans 14:23) which the modern judicial system rarely allows for or takes into account.

Judicial Processes

There is often a conflict in how the Bible states that we are to go about judging a matter versus how we would be expected to assess it in court. For instance, God says that two or more witnesses are needed to convict someone and if they perjure themselves they are subject to the penalty of the crime at hand (Deuteronomy 19:15-20; Matthew 18:16). In the court system one witness may be acceptable and the consequences of perjury may be tantamount to a slap on the wrist, if anything at all.

There are still a broad spectrum of other issues such as: the omitting of evidence, acceptance of laws that are against the clear Word of God, working on a Sabbath, sentencing that does not fit the crime, instructions contrary to the Bible, acting against one’s conscience, etc. that would put the Christian in an ungodly predicament in the court room.

Christ’s Example

We are to pattern our behavior after Christ (1 Peter 2:21) and when asked to judge a civil matter (Luke 12:13-14) He opted out. Also Paul who admonished us to follow him as he follows Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1) stated he had no business judging those outside of the church (1 Corinthians 5:12).

God’s Law Before Man’s

Although we are to pray for the leaders of the nation (Titus 3:1–2; 1 Timothy 2:1–2) and “give to Caesar the things of Caesar” we can not be remiss in giving “to God the things of God” (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7).

So the summation of the matter is that we can not participate in jury duty as we must put God’s ways before man’s (Acts 5:29) even if there are consequences to go with it (Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 4:12-13).

In accordance with all the above, the Greater Church of God, has stated on its web site from its inception that we “do not participate…in jury duty” as a matter of our faith. It should be noted that this belief has been held sincerely through previous organizations dating back more than 40 years.

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Who are You?

I would like to begin today’s message by asking you a very simple question or so it seems at face value, yet one that maybe one of your most difficult and ongoing questions that you will ever have to answer.

Who are You?

If you are asked that question could you describe with a high degree of certitude exactly who you are?

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An End and a Beginning

Going forward, the decision has been made to change the Signs of the Times from its previous form to a video format.

Due to proprietary nature of an increasing number of news sites as well as ongoing questions to the veracity of what is being reported, the determination was made to communicate prophetically significant news in a commentary that would be unique in its composition.

In addition to this, the new format can be more readily distributed to the world in accordance with our stated goal in Matthew 29:19-20.

We hope that you enjoy the new direction!