God teaches in the Bible that the seventh day is the Sabbath. The fourth commandment says, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.”
1. What is the attitude of God’s people toward all of God’s commandments?
“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:12
NOTE: The saints spoken of here are sanctified and holy without spot and blameless since the word “saints” is the same word that is in other places translated “holy.” Many who claim holiness repudiate anything that has to do with God’s law. But not so with God. Those who are really holy God says will keeps His commandments.
2. Since most people today do not keep the Bible Sabbath, can we expect it will be restored?
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honourable, and shall honour Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 58:12-14
NOTE: Just as in ancient times God called for his people to restore the trampled Sabbath to its rightful place, so He calls for its restoration today, and the restoration of all the commandments which are being trampled down. Read Revelation 14:6, 7, 12, 14.
3. By whom will the Sabbath be restored and how?
The Sabbath is restored by those who keep it. They will be called “The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in”
NOTE: When the enemy attacked the walled towns anciently they would endeavour to make a breach in the walls. Then the battle would rage around that spot.
4. Whom did God charge with the breaking of His law in ancient times?
“Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.” Ezekiel 22:26
NOTE: In addition to being unfaithful, having violated God’s law, and hiding their eyes from the Sabbath the priests have done even more. Read Ezekiel 22:28. God charges the ancient ministry with saying, “Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken.” This has to do with the Sabbath since this is one of the matters under consideration. Unfortunately there are Christian ministers today who hide there eyes from God’s true Sabbath like the priests of Israel. God’s attitude towards this misuse of leadership has not changed. Read Matthew 15:8, 9
5. What was God looking for someone to do?
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30.
NOTE: The word “gap” used here is translated from the same Hebrew word as “breach” in Isaiah 58:12. Isaiah refers to those who are faithful as the “repairer of the breach.” Ezekiel was looking for someone to stand in the breach but he found none.
6. In ancient times, when men should have been repairing the breach made in Judah’s religion what were they doing?
“Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar.” Ezekiel 13:10.
NOTE: Instead of calling Israel to repentance for their sins and to obedience to God’s will, the ancient false prophets failed to make up the gaps or breaches in the nation’s moral defenses. Rather, they suggested other solutions for Israel’s problems. It was like building a flimsy wall, said Ezekiel, and the prophets whitewashed it so it looked good. A similar situation exists today, when instead of calling men to repentance and obedience to God’s law, false teachings are put forward and men whitewash them with their affirmations. No such whitewash can hold up man-made traditions and teachings as a substitute for any part of God’s law. God is jealous for His Sabbath. What befell the ancient attempts to substitute for God’s truth will befall all modern attempts. Read Ezekiel 12:11-16.
Some have wondered whether it is possible to keep God’s law. Read Revelation 14:12 again. John mentions four characteristics of God’s people. First, they have patience, that is they endure and are steadfast. Second, they are holy and sanctified which is the meaning of a saint. Third, they keep all ten commandments. Fourth, they have the faith of Jesus. Do all Christians have faith in Jesus? Evidently not for Jesus said, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46. Faith and obedience must never be separated.