Taken From The Sermon The Patmos Vision (60-1204e)
The Truth About The Sabath
SC-109 Now, we come to another place here where you get two different ideas. Now, I may be wrong; if I am, God forgive me. But I'm going to disagree with the Seventh Day Adventists that say that it was the seventh day he was in, the Lord's day. The Seventh Day Adventist brethren, and many of them claim that it was the sabbath day that he called the Lord's day. The Christian church calls it, the Lord's day, "The Sunday, the first day." And we notice a lot of times that--that the Christian church yet today, the Protestant people refer to it as the Lord's day, Sunday. That is not Scriptural. Sunday was the first day of the week in the Bible, not the Lord's day. And neither was it the seventh day, sabbath. It would be impossible for it to be either one of those days, 'cause it taken John two years to write the Revelation. Which day was it? There'd be many of those seventh days and first days pass over.
SC-110 The Bible, the Revelation was wrote from A.D. 95 to 96, two years. It was the Lord's day. The Lord's day is exactly what it said, and that's what it was. John was carried in the Spirit over into the Lord's day. This is the day of man, but the day of the Lord shall come. On down through the Scriptures we'll find that he was in the Lord's day, caught up in the Spirit, and taken over to the Lord's day. Amen. That's right. See, he was in the Lord's day. The Bible speaks of the Lord's day. We'll get to it in a little bit, the many Scriptures.
SC-111 The first thing, the sabbath day, as we talk about it, the sabbath day is not keeping a certain day. We have no commandment to keep Saturday for a sabbath. We have no commandment to keep the first day for a sabbath in the New Testament. The Bible said in Hebrews the 4th chapter, "If Jesus would've given them rest, would He not afterwards spoke of another day." That's right. "But there remains a rest, or a sabbath-keeping, to the people of God. For we who believed too, have entered into His rest, we cease from our works like God did from His." Watch. Oh. Praise the Lord. I just get to feeling so good; I get ahead of myself.
SC-113 Notice, in the sabbath day... God made the earth in six days, and the seventh day He entered into a rest and never returned no more to build any more world. Then He gave it to the people as a memorial. Because you couldn't keep it now, 'cause when you're keeping the sabbath here, the other side of the world is Sunday then again. See? So it showed it for a people, a space and time for Israel. But then there remains a sabbath-keeping for the people of God. For we which... believed to enter into His rest,... although the works... (I'm quoting the Hebrews the 4th chapter.)... although the works was finished from the foundation of the world. For he spoke in a certain place... on this wise,... the seventh day... And again, he limited a certain day, saying in David,... (you put it down, Hebrews 4) Again, he limited a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; and it is heard, When you... or said, When you hear his voice, harden not your heart. For if Jesus would have given them a rest (day),... would he not afterwards have spoke of another day. But there remaineth... a rest (or a sabbath-keeping)...
SC-114 The word "rest"... "Sabbath" is a strange word to us, which means "rest." It's a Hebrew word which means a "rest day," a sabbath day; don't work; rest For if Jesus would've given them rest,... would he not... have spoken of another day. But there remaineth... a rest (or a sabbath-keeping) to the people of God. For we which have entered into his rest,... we cease from our... works, like God did from his. We never turn back to it on the next day of the week and start it again; we've entered into a rest. Jesus speaking on the beatitudes, He said, "You've heard them say of the old time, 'Thou shalt not kill.' I say unto you; whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, killed already. You've heard it say, them of old times, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' (That's the commandment.) But I say to you, whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart." Is that right?
SC-116 So all these things were memorials, just signs, wonders, waiting for the real time to come. Now, when Jesus finished that, Matthew 11 (the beatitudes), He said, Come unto Me, all ye that are laboring... (tired)... and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest unto your soul. Take my yoke upon me, and learn of me; for I'm meek and lowly... (Is that right?) Come unto me, all ye that labour and... heavy laden, and I'll give you rest to your soul. "If you've labored one day, ten days, five years, thirty-five years, fifty years, ninety years, and you're tired and weary, come unto Me, I'll give you rest. I'll take all that load of sin off of you, and enter into you, and give you perfect rest and satisfaction."
SC-117 Now, what is that rest? Let--let's just settle this just a little bit, see what it is. Some of them said, "Why, you go join church." No. "You put your name on the book." No. "Well, a certain kind of water baptism." No. Let's just settle it and see what it is. Would you like to do that right here while we're waiting? We'll see where John went, over into what kind of a day did he go to? When Jesus died upon earth, and His work was finished, He entered somewhere.
SC-119 Now, let's go back to Isaiah the 28th chapter and the 8th verse, I believe it is now, Isaiah 28:8. And let's read: Isaiah 28, the prophet speaking seven hundred and twelve years before it happened. Now, how many would like to know what the true sabbath is, the true rest is? Here it is. Now, here's where the prophet spoke it, and I'll show you where it come to pass. Watch, Isaiah 28:8. For all... (The prophet prophesying of these days)... For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness,... (people taking communion, that smokes, and drinks, and lies, and steals)... so that there is no clean place. Who shall he teach knowledge?... (Who could you teach knowledge today?)
SC-120 How many heard Billy Graham today? It was a wonderful sermon he preached on, how that a people could believe a lie and just keep on in that lie and--and even justify themself and think that they were doing what was right. The American public taking, he said, and--and saying, "A wise man's filter, and the smoking man's cigarette," taking a one of the devil's lies, and instead of making him a fool, whatever he is, to smoke such a thing and try to make him a wise man. He's a fool to even smoke it, when the--when it's full of death and cancer and everything else, and still he puts it down his lungs. He's a fool, not a--not a wise man's filter; there is no such a thing. A wise man don't use the stuff. "There's no life unless it's in Oertel's 92," or something like that. There's no Life outside of Christ; that's the real true Life. What makes men and women drink that stuff? Because they're trying to satisfy that thirst in there that God put in there to thirst after Him, and they're trying to satisfy it with the things of the world. And that's the reason we have those things. That's the reason people act like that, because they're trying to quench that thirst that's in them for God, and the devil's giving them death instead of Life.
SC-122 ... all tables are full of vomit... The clergymen, everything else speak of it, "It's all right to have a little clean fun." There's no such a thing. Who shall he teach knowledge? and to whom shall he make... understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. (Now, we're no more babies.) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and other tongues will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the... (What? Sabbath-keeping.)... the rest wherein ye may cause the weary... ("Come unto Me all ye that weary and heavy laden.")... may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshening: yet they would not hear. When did that happen? Seven hundred and twelve years later when on the day of Pentecost stammering lips set upon the people, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and begin to speak with other tongues, and the Holy Ghost took their lives over, and ceased from their worldly things. Then they entered into a rest with Christ. Paul said in Hebrews the 4th chapter, we which have entered into His rest has ceased from all worldly doings as God did on the day of His creation; He entered into His rest, and we enter in with Him as our worldly works is through. There's your real true Sabbath.