The Seventh-day Sabbath: the Seal of the Living God
23 Jan'19 5
THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GODYou are welcome to another edition of Insights from God's Word, a Bible Study Programme that is committed to sharing God's Word by allowing the Bible to speak for itself.
Friends, I want to thank the Lord so much for how far He has brought us. This study will be the last in our series on The Sabbath Question. In this last study, we will consider the topic: The Seal of the Living God. In particular, we are going to find out from Scripture, the seal or sign of God's ultimate relationship with His people.
From the last book of the Bible; that is, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass (
a) What is this seal or sign that will set apart God's people from the wicked during earth's final crises?
b) Is this seal some physical mark that will be placed on the forehead; as the text suggests, or something else? As has been our practice, we will go to the Bible to find answers to these important questions.
Beloved, from the Old Testament book of Esther, we are given background knowledge of what a seal actually is. From
Friends, from this account in Scripture, we learn that the SEAL of a King has something to do with his LAW. It is the seal that actually authenticates the law. Just like an official seal or stamp in our days, it is the seal on a document that makes it authentic.
Beloved, we can observe from the seal of Kings and Governments across the world, that any good seal is actually composed of three important items. These three items constitute the name of the person in authority, the title of this person, and then the territory or domain of his or her rulership. From
1. NAME: AHASUERUS
2. TITLE: KING
3. TERRITORY: PERSIAN EMPIRE
Beloved, when this seal is pressed unto a document, it carries with it the power of law. From the account of King Ahasuerus in the book of Esther, it is clear that a King's Seal has got something to do with his Law. Interestingly friends, we discover from another portion of Scripture that the Seal of the King of the universe has also got something to do with His Law.
In fact, we read from
Friends, as we noted earlier, a good seal should be made up of the 1) name of the person in authority, 2) his or her title and then 3) the domain of his or her rulership. Now, as we consider God's Ten Commandments one after the other, we come to realize that God's seal is placed right within the heart of His Law. It is interesting to discover that all the three items that constitute a good seal are found right within the fourth commandment in the Decalogue.
This commandment reads: "8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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" (
Beloved, from the Sabbath commandment alone, we find the three elements that make up the Seal of the Living God .Now, the seal of God, as inscribed in the fourth commandment, will look like this:
1. NAME: The Lord Your God. (
2. TITLE: Maker or Creator. (
3. TERRITORY: Heaven and Earth. (
Friends, we can see clearly from Scripture that it is within the Sabbath commandment that we find the SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. It is within the Sabbath Commandment that we find the SIGNATURE of the Omnipotent. Thus, from this background, it is clearly evident that the Seventh-day Sabbath is the Seal of the Living God.
Beloved, the Sabbath is the sign of God’s ultimate relationship with His people. Right after the creation of our world, the Lord filled the Sabbath hours with abundant blessings, and gave it as a precious gift to the human race (
Friends, thus right after creation, the Sabbath has been the sign of God's ultimate relationship with His children. The Sabbath has been the means through which the Lord sanctifies His people. For instance, when the whole world was wholly given to idolatry because of sin, the Lord chose the people of Israel to be a light to the world (
Decades after Moses, God repeats this same commandment through the prophet Ezekiel. From
Friends, you may have realized from our study so far that the words sign and seal are used interchangeably in relation to the Sabbath. This is basically because the two words are synonyms and can be used as such. From
Beloved, from our study so far, I believe it is clear to us now that the seal of God is not something physical that will be placed on the forehead of God's people. Rather, God's end time saints will decide with their entire MIND to keep the commandments of God, including the Sabbath (
At this point in our study, an important question that begs for an answer is this: You have explained that the seal of God is the Seventh-day Sabbath. What about the quotation in
Beloved, the keeping of God's commandments, particularly the Sabbath, is what will distinguish God's end time people from the rest of the world. The final battle in the great controversy between Christ and Satan will still be over worship; and the Seal of God's Creatorship, the Sabbath; will be set in contention to the Mark of the beast (which is, Sunday Worship). The world will be brought to make a choice; and none would remain neutral.
Exhortation: "Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil" (
"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" (
(For a detailed step by step study that unravels the antichrist power of Bible prophecy; and the prophetic issues that relate to the end of our world such as 666, the Mark of the Beast and Armageddon, please request for our Bible prophecy series dubbed: The Final Events of Bible Prophecy).
Stay blessed and keep shining for King Jesus.
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