What does the Beast of Revelation 13 have to do with the Sabbath?

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Worshiping God Verses Worshiping the Beast

In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ warned that eventually “all the world” will wonder after the beast and worship him (Revelation 13:3,4). And the Lord gave a warning, “Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand” (Revelation 14:9).

To avoid worshiping “the beast,” Revelation specifically says we should “worship Him that made heaven and earth, the sea, and the fountain of waters” (Revelation 14:7; 12:17). Thus, one group worships the beast (verse 9), while the other group worships the Creator (verse 7).

Characteristics of the Saints

Those who worship the Creator have another key characteristic. They “keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). If we read the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), there is only one commandment about worshiping the Creator. It is the Sabbath commandment which states: “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and He rested on the seventh day” (Exodus 20:11). By comparing Revelation 14:7 with Exodus 20:11, it is clear that Revelation 14:7 is quoting from the Sabbath commandment and refocusing on it.

End Time Controversy

The prophet Daniel predicted clearly that the beast would change God’s Holy law. For it “will intend to make alterations in times and in law” (Daniel 7:25). When we look at the Ten Commandments, we discover that there is only one commandment about “time,” – the Sabbath commandment.

The Bible and all Protestant Reformers of the 16th century identified the Roman Catholic Church as the “little horn” and “the beast.” For the Bible identification of the beast power, check the following links:

Significantly, the Roman Church have boasted that it changed the Sabbath into Sunday. And it openly admitted to changing God’s law (specifically the fourth commandment). And they have changed the observance of the seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week. This fits the prophecy of Daniel 7:25 exactly. Therefore, this religious system that would change God’s law is the Antichrist of Revelation.

Thus, we see that Jesus Christ, who originally gave “The Revelation” to John on the Sabbath day (Revelation 1:10) has also revealed in Revelation’s prophecies His invitation to us to return to the Sabbath commandment to avoid following the beast. “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues (Revelation 18:4). As God’s children in the past came out of literal Babylon in order that they might return to Jerusalem, so His people today are called out of mystical Babylon so that they may be considered worthy to live in the New Jerusalem.

For more on the Sabbath, check Bible Answers (Lessons 91-102)

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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