I was sent a link to an article called the “The Beast, The Dragon and The Woman” by Joe Crews from Amazingfacts.org. I started to read this article and was very intrigued at the first few pages on his historical background information regarding who the antiChrist could be. But when I continued to read, everything came to a screeching halt. Mr Crews believes that the Mark of the Beast will be those who keep Sundays holy during the tribulation instead of Saturdays (the Sabbath): He says;
The Seal of God
“A seal is something that has to do with legal affairs. Official documents are always stamped with the seal of the governing body. Every government has a seal that is placed upon its legal documents…..
“Does God’s seal have to do with His law also? If so, how and where is it impressed? Let’s read Isaiah 8:16, “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” This proves that the seal is connected with the law. In fact, His law is sealed among the disciples of God. But where is the law actually placed upon those who are faithful? The answer is found in Hebrews 10:16, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”
This, then, is how the Lord’s seal is placed on the disciples. It is written on their minds or, symbolically, on their foreheads. Proverbs 7:2, 3 makes it even plainer: “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.The law, you see, is observed both by the hand and in the mind; thus, it is spoken of as being applied to the hand and forehead….”
The Sign of God’s Authority
“The Sabbath is a memorial of the creative power that distinguishes Him from the false gods.”
The Seal in the Law
“…the Sabbath is the seal of God—the mark of the only one who can create and who is authorized to rule the earth. And to make His law authoritative, He has placed the seal in it, showing that He stands behind every single commandment in that law.”
Seal and Mark in Competition
“Let us see what the relation is between the seal of God and the mark of the beast. The two things are in competition with each other. In Revelation 14:9, 10, the third angel’s message portrays those who have the mark: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.”In verse twelve we have another group identified by these words, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” In other words, those who keep the commandments of God do not have the mark of the beast and those who have the mark of the beast do _not obey the commandments of God. The Ten Commandments, containing the seal of God, are set up in competition with the mark of the beast. The seal is the Sabbath; therefore, the Sabbath is opposed to the mark. Then what is the mark?”
“The world is rapidly approaching the time when God’s Sabbath becomes a great test of obedience. Its claims will be placed before all earth’s inhabitants. At that time, when the issues stand clearly revealed, individuals will accept the seal of God or the mark of the beast….”
Let’s analyse this properly because one can be fooled by Mr Crews ridiculous notion and actually think you need to start keeping the Sabbath otherwise Jesus is going to reject you.
1) What is the Seal of God?
The seal of God is none other than the Holy Spirit. ”Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22) and (2 Corinthiansc5:5 and Ephesians 1:13-14;4:30) The Holy Spirit is referred to as the ”seal”, “deposit” and “earnest” (The Greek word arrhabō for “earnest” means “a pledge”). The Holy Spirit comes to abide in all believers the moment they are genuinely saved (justification). The Holy Spirit seals us and because of this seal we can be assured of our salvation. No one can pluck you out of God’s hand “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28) God then renews and sanctifies us through His Holy Spirit.
2) You can’t be under grace and law at the same time:
Joe Crews aptly quotes the following scripture ”This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;” (Hebrews 10:16) and then twists the scripture and applies it to the Sabbath day instead of the Holy Spirit. The 10 commandments are written into our hearts and into our minds when we get saved and the Holy Spirit seals us. As a Christian these commandments are now ingrained into your mind and heart and you will keep them.
3) Jesus is our Sabbath rest:
Jesus says; “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Jesus is ‘Lord of the Sabbath day’ (Matthew 12:8). You see Jesus came to seek and save lost sheep who would hear His voice (John 10:3, 27) so when the Pharisees criticized Him for healing a man on a Sabbath day, Jesus reminded them, that they would not think twice to pull a sheep out of a pit on a Sabbath day. Because Jesus created the Sabbath day he He could break the Sabbath rules and change them permanently.So Jesus informed the Pharisees that people are more important than sheep and the salvation He provided was more important than rules. We now enter into the Sabbath rest He provided by paying for our sins. ”And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:” (Mark 2:27 )
Jesus came to relieve us from our attempt at achieving salvation by our works. We no longer rest for only one day, but cease forever our at working to obtain God’s favour. Jesus is our Sabbath, He is our rest now, He is our rest from works forever.
Do not reject God’s Sabbath through Jesus Christ. There is no rest outside Jesus Christ, and no works can satisfy or provide relief.See more at: http://www.discerningtheworld.com/2013/07/07/jesus-christ-is-our-sabbath-rest
4) Keeping the law:
The bible is very clear on this issue, it’s God’s grace and grace alone which is a blessing, or the law and if you want to keep the law you are cursed:
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
During the time of Moses there were covenant laws that God made for His people. The Law would point out all mans short comings with God, but it could not make a man righteous. In the Old Testament, the curse would be the penalty imposed for not keeping the law. In the above passage in the New Testament the apostle Paul is telling everyone that those who do not keep the Law perfectly are cursed but worst of all no man can keep God’s Law perfectly – so you are doomed if you try. There are over 600 Jewish laws that need to be kept 100% right in God’s sight. If you insist on keeping one Law you are commanded by Law keep them all. Break one commandment and you fall under condemnation.
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
We are free from the Law because Jesus Christ replaced the lamb sacrifice and shed His blood for our sins and we believe by faith NOT works. You are now under God’s grace, no longer are you under Law.
Who is Joe Crews and Amazing Facts:
The website Amazing facts disguises itself quite nicely as a Christian website. No where on their site, that I could find, do they state they are actually Seventh-day Adventists. But go to Wikipedia and you find out that is exactly what they are. Beware of Amazing Facts and (Walter Veith and Victor Gill)
Please note Seventh-day Adventists do not believe in a rapture of the body of Christ before the tribulation starts. They believe they are going to go through the tribulation and suffer under God’s wrath. Seventh-day Adventists follow the heretical teachings of their prophetess called Ellen G White.