All government seals contain three common elements: the name, title, and territory of the ruler. This applies to the Bible as well, for example, Daniel 1:1 reads, “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.” So, we have the name, the official title, and his area of dominion.
Within the 10 Commandments, only the Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) has all the elements of a seal. For it reads, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11). In the Sabbath commandment, we have God’s name (the Lord or Jehovah), His title or office (the Creator) and His territory (the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them).
The seventh-day Sabbath Commandment is the only commandment that is repeatedly referred to as a seal or sign of God as seen in the following references: Exodus 31:16; Ezekiel 20:12; Ezekiel 20:20.
The Bible never identifies the seventh-day Sabbath with the Jews for it was instituted over 2000 years before any Jews ever existed (Genesis 2:2,3). God calls the seventh-day Sabbath “My Holy Day” (Isaiah 58:13) and “the sabbath of the LORD thy God” (Exodus 20:10).
In the NT, Jesus never changed the Sabbath (Matthew 5:17,18). The change came early in the Christian times when the Catholic Church transferred the sanctity of the seventh-day Sabbath to Sunday, thus violating the commandment of God (Exodus 20:8-11).
Why did God bless the Sabbath? Because He rested from His work of creation on that day (Genesis 2:2,3). And since every love relationship needs time grow, the Sabbath was instituted that people may rest from their work and nourish their relationship with God. Keeping the Sabbath demonstrates that God’s children are resting from their own works and are trusting in Jesus for their salvation (Revelation 14:12).
At the end of time, the point of controversy will be over the seventh-day Sabbath observance since all the other 9 commandments are publicly accepted. But the crisis will rise when symbolic Babylon prevails upon the state to enforce Sunday observance by civil law and seeks to punish all dissidents (Rev. 13:12–17). But the faithful will continue to keep God’s commandment (Revelation 12:17), receive His seal, and will not be harmed by the final plagues (Revelation 7:1-4).
In His service,
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