John says Antichrist's name and his Mark are the same! "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that that had the Mark , or the Name of the Beast" (Rev.13:17). How do we "wear the Name" of Antichrist? If Antichrist's name will eventually become his Mark, the vast majority of present day Christians are perfectly set up to wear that Mark. John prophesied in Revelation that, "All the world will wonder after and worship the (Antichrist) Beast" (see Rev.13:3-4). John says those worshiping Antichrist are worshiping Satan!
Paul used the word, "Anomos," in 2Thessalonians 2 vss.3,7,8, describing Antichrist. Paul uses the word in such a way as it could be interpreted as Antichrist's name as well as his description. Paul's use of that word, "Anomos," matches perfectly with Daniel's description of Antichrist's war against God's people and His Law (See Dan.7:25). A comparison of Isaiah's, Daniel's, Christ's, Paul's, and John's warnings about end-time delusions should send shock waves throughout Christianity, but sadly, very few Christians want to know about it.
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Nomos and Anomos and Anomia - Definitions
First let's uncover the meaning of, "Anomos" and "Anomia." We must also know the meaning of, "Nomos," because it is the root word to Anomos and Anomia. Let's use Strong's Concordance:
Word # 3551 "Nomos" - "Pronounced Nom'-os; Nemo (to parcel out espc. food or grazing to animals); Law (through the idea of prescriptive usage),ge. (regulation, specifically (of Moses [including the volume];also of the Gospel). or fig. (a principle): Law"
(In simpler words, "The Law God gave to Moses." Note "Moses" in the definition. Thus, not just any Law, but specifically the Law God gave to Moses, the 10 Commandments )
Word # 459 - "An’-om-os; from 1 [A] (as a negative participle) and 3551; lawless, that is (negative) not subject to (the Jewish) law… wicked: without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful."
(In simpler words, "The negative of Nomos" or, " Annulling of God's 10 Commandments")
Word # 458 - "An-om-ee’-ah; from 459; illegality, that is violation of law or (genitive) wickedness:-- iniquity, x transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness."
(In simpler terms, "The negative of the Law that God gave Moses" or, "Attempting to Annul God's Law")
Thus the full meaning of, "Anomos," and, "Anomia," is, "Attempting to annul God’s Law, His Ten Commandments (or a Commandment), and then TEACHING OTHERS TO DO SO ALSO." Perhaps the letters, "MOS" in Anomos are a reference to Moses. We know that the Law referred to is the Law that God gave to Moses; the Law, "Written with the Finger of God." Thus, the undeniable definition of ANOMOS and ANOMIA is specifically the negative of God's 10 Commandments.
The word, "Nomos" appears dozens of times in the New Testament and always refers to God's Law, the 10 Commandments. The words, "Anomos" and "Anomia" appear 20 times in the New Testament Scriptures. 17 times these words represent the act of teaching others to annul God's Law or part of it. The other 3 times are where Paul used those words when referring to Antichrist and his evil workings. Anomos and Anomia are the only names Paul ever attached to Antichrist. The first uses in the New Testament of Anomia and Anomos are from Jesus. It involves three very serious warnings from Jesus in which He exposes Satan's delusions to the Church. Jesus is very clear in His prophetic warnings that Satan will be extremely successful in his delusions. Jesus, John, and Paul warned that Satan's deceptions will overwhelm the vast majority of Christians. Let's look at Christ's warnings first, then the other Prophets.
Christ's First "Anomia" Warning
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Be ware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are raving wolves" (Matt.7:15). Jesus then identified the delusion of these False Prophets. "Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but him that doeth the will of My Father, who is in Heaven. Many [False Prophets] will say unto Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them [the false prophets], I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity (teach anomia)(Matt. 7:21-23). That word, "Iniquity" in the Greek is "Anomia," thus Jesus actually will say, "I never knew you, depart from Me, ye that attempted to annul My 10 Commandments!" Before examining Christ's second warning, let's look at a statement Jesus made in this same Sermon on the Mount. As a Prophet, Jesus knew that attacking His 10 Commandments would be Satan's agenda, so He said the following: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall TEACH MEN SO, he shall be called the least the Kingdom of Heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:18-19). Notice Jesus said that those who, "Teach men so shall be called least in the Kingdom." A comparison to these words from Jesus and all Bible references to the Mark of the Beast leaves no doubt that, "Teaching" Anomia will be the Mark of the Beast. Some unlearned Preachers have tried to claim that the "Law" Jesus used here does not refer to the 10 Commandments. All Bible students who've studied this at all know that the word "Law," here is from the Greek word, "Nomos," thus Jesus was referring to God's Law, the 10 Commandments.
Some Bible Translators have had difficulty with that word, "Anomia." The King James translators used the word, "iniquity," which is fine and accurate, but "iniquity" does not specifically connect the bad behavior to God's 10 Commandments. Many translators use the word, "lawless," which better describes, "Anomia." Unless we understand the full definition of, "Anomia,"as, "Teaching to Abolish or Change God's Law," we could diminish the impact the word intends. Those listening to Jesus the day He delivered the Sermon on the Mount understood fully that He was addressing any and all who would be annulling or changing the 10 Commandments.
Christ's Second Warning - Wheat and the Tares
Jesus warned that Satan would sew, "Tares" into the Church, and, warned about the false teaching of these, "Tares." His warning was exactly the same as in His Sermon on the Mount: "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them who do [teach] iniquity (anomia). And shall cast them in a furnace of fire; and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth" (Matt. 13:38-42). Jesus warned about Tares being, "Children of the Wicked One," and told exactly their wickedness. Jesus warns that the, "Children of the Wicked One," are implants from Satan for the specific purpose of, "Annulling God's Law!" In a moment we'll show that Christianity's popular doctrine of, "Grace Frees Us From God's Law," matches perfectly with Christ's warnings. Many Readers will become angry with us, claiming we are being judgmental against Christianity. We are only tthe words of jesus. The Disciples were not at all confused about what Jesus meant when He said, "Them that do iniquity (anomia)." We need not be confused either.
Christ's Final "Anomia" Warning
Following is Christ's last warning during His ministry, but, later when appearing to John on Patmos, Jesus gave many other warnings exactly the same. Only days before Jesus was crucified, He took His Disciples up on the Mount of Olives to give them a final warning of Satan's Last-Day Delusions through Antichrist and the False Prophets, and it was exactly the same as His other warnings. He said, "And many False Prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity (Anomia) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure [resist false prophet's teaching Anomia] unto the end the same shall be saved. And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WITNESS to all nations, and then shall the end come" (Matt.24:11-14). Jesus said this in response to His Disciples asking Him about, "SIGNS" of the, "end of the world" (Matt.24:3). Jesus answered, "Take heed that no man deceive you," then warned that, "Annulling God's Law" would be a, "Sign of the End." How does the popular doctrine of, "Grace Frees us to Disobey God's Law?" Our preachers don't word it exactly this way, but rather, "Grace frees us from the Law." Sounds better, but says the same.
In a moment we will look at Isaiah, Daniel, and John where they gave us the exact same warning, but first let's look at where Paul appears to give Antichrist the name, "Anomos.".
Paul Calls Antichrist "Anomos"
"Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day [the day Jesus comes to take His people to Heaven] shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostasy] first, and that Man of Sin (Anomos) be revealed, the son of perdition" (2Thess.2:3). "For the Mystery of Iniquity (Anomia) doth already work" (Vs.7). "And then shall that Wicked One (Anomos) be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming" (Vs.8). Paul said Jesus would not come to take his people to heaven before Antichrist, which is a problem for Pre-Trib's version of Christ's Coming, but that's another Question for another Blogsite. Here Paul called Antichrist "Anomos" three times. 2Thessalonians 2 is Paul’s most comprehensive description of Antichrist. The name he gave Antichrist points directly to the Mark of the Beast. In verse 3 he called him "Anomos," translated in KJV as "Man of Sin," but most translations render, "Lawless One." In verse 7 he calls him, "The Mystery of Anomia," translated by King James as, "Mystery of Iniquity." In verse 8 he wrote "Anomos One," translated, "Wicked One," in KJV. We know the meaning of, "Anomos" and "Anomia" so we know that in the original text, Paul called Antichrist, "Man of Lawlessness," "The Mystery of Law Annulling," and "Lawlessness One." Paul used a word that means, "Annulling God's Law" three times. This is proof that Paul never taught, "Grace Frees us from God's Law." Add this to Christ's parable of the "Tares," and it is clear that today's, "Cheap Grace" doctrine of demons can be found nowhere in Scripture. Satan implanted this into the early Church. Let's look at two Old Testament Prophets that warned us this would happen.
Isaiah - Anomos
Isaiah, prophesying about the Last Days wrote, "The earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the Laws, changed the Ordinance, and broken the Everlasting Covenant. Therefore [because of this] hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left" (Isa.24:5).
What did Isaiah mean by, "CHANGED the Ordinance?" Daniel said Antichrist would "Think to change TIMES and laws." Is Isaiah's Changed Ordinance a Time Ordinance? " Choq" is the Hebrew word Isaiah used for, "Ordinance." Following is Strong’s definition of Choq:
"Choq" (pronounced khoke) An enactment; hence an appointment of time, appointed, commandment, decree, law, ordinance, portion, set time, statute, task.
An "appointment of time." A "set time." A "Commandment." "Choq" comes from the Hebrew word, "Chaqaq" (pronounced khaw-kak`), which means, "engrave or cut in stone."
A Commandment or Ordinance, Engraved in Stone, that is also a Set Time! All of the Ten Commandments were engraved in stone, but only one is a, "Set Time." If, when Jesus comes to take His people to Heaven, He punishes Antichrist and his followers because they, "CHANGED," His, "Time Ordinance," what must we do? Is there already a, "Time Ordinance/Commandment," that almost all of Christianity has thought to, "change?" Most Christians think Jesus is pleased with their attempts to, "CHANGE" His "Time Commandment." Many Ministers even declare that Jesus, "DEMANDS we CHANGE His Time Commandment!" What did Jesus say? "Whosoever shall break one of these least Commandments, and TEACH MEN SO shall be called least the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:19).
Daniel - Anomos
The actual word, Anomos, is a Greek word, thus not found in the Old Testament of Scripture. Daniel wrote the following Antichrist prophecy: "He (Antichrist) shall think to CHANGE the Times and the LAWS" (Dan. 7:25). Is a, "Changed Law," the same as an, "Annulled Law?" This Author has heard literally thousands of sermons from Radio and TV Ministers promoting Pre-Trib, and seen every popular "Rapture" movie made over the past 40+ years, and never have any of these Ministers, or any of these movies, mentioned Antichrist, "changing the Times and the Laws." With Daniel's description of Antichrist being very a key Scripture concerning this subject, we must wonder why this, "Thinking to Change Times and Laws," is never mentioned or discussed. The answer is obvious.
We know absolutely that there have been in the past, there are now, and there will be in the future, honest Ministers teaching that Graces frees us from obeying the Law of God. Bible Prophecy says, however, that as we approach the Last Days, many honest Pastors and Ministers will be lead by God's Holy Spirit to begin teaching the truth about Grace. They'll teach that Grace, instead of giving us permission to disregard God's Law, they'll teach that Grace gives God's people power to defeat Satan's lies by obeying God's Law. These honest Ministers will denounce the Doctrine they have been endorsing. They'll teach that Jesus really mean it when He said, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall TEACH MEN SO, he shall be called the least the Kingdom of Heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them (His 10 Commandments) the same shall be called GREAT in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:18-19)!
How to WEAR the Mark of the Beast
John prophesied about wearing the Mark of the Beast. If a world leader passed a law that everyone on earth had to have a number 666 placed on their forehead, every Christian, and probably every member of any world Religion, would recoil in a panic! However, according to John, almost every person on earth will wear the Mark and will worship Antichrist and Satan himself: "And all the world wondered after the Beast (Antichrist)! And they worshiped the Dragon (Satan) who gave power to the Beast! And they worshiped the Beast" (Rev.13:3-4)!
John also said something else we'd better know about.
Antichrist's NAME and MARK are the Same?
Concerning Antichrist, John wrote: "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the MARK, or the NAME of the Beast [Antichrist], or the number of his NAME" (Rev. 13:17). "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the Beast [Antichrist] and his image, and whosoever receiveth the Mark of his NAME" (Rev.14:11). According to John all who wear the Mark or the Name will suffer Hell! Some say, "I'm Saved, so, even if I wear the Mark, it won't matter!" John said, "Whosoever (every person) receiveth the Mark of the Beast's Name" will suffer the fires of Hell, and Jesus said He will say to those attempting to Annul His Law, "Depart from Me, Ye workers of Iniquity (Law Annullers), I never knew you!" (Matt.7:21).
Wearing the "Name"
So, if John is correct, if wearing Antichrist's name is equal to wearing his Mark, how can we wear Antichrist's name? If Paul is correct in giving Antichrist the name, "Anomos," and Anomos means, "Annulling God's Law" or, as Daniel put it, "Thinking to change God's Law," the answer is obvious! If we engage in, "Anomos" and "Anomian" activity, and "Anomos," and the "Mystery of Anomia," are names attached to Antichrist; if we believe and teach that God's Law is annulled, we are setting ourselves up to wear the name, "Anomos." Add to this Christ's three warnings concerning False Prophets teaching Anomia throughout the time of the Church here on earth, and we should be getting close to the answer. I all of this is true, and it is because it all comes from Scripture, what should we do with Christianity's popular doctrine that says, "Grace Frees us to Disregard God's Law?" It seems clear that Antichrist's work of, "Thinking to Change the Times and the Laws," has already been done for him, and it has been accomplished by popular Christianity. If this is so, Christianity should be in crisis mode trying to undo this horrid misinterpretation of "Grace!". Jesus said, "Whosoever shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall TEACH MEN SO, he shall be called the least the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:19). We should be focusing on what Jesus said to end this sentence. "But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Vs.5,last part).
Satan's Agenda - Disobey God
Scripture identifies Satan's agenda from his first sin as Lucifer in Heaven till he enforces Antichrist's Mark of the Beast just before Jesus comes. From the beginning, he has had a one word theme: "Disobey!" "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till INIQUITY (Avlah) was found in thee" (Ezek.28:15). That word "Iniquity" in the original Hebrew text is, "Avlah," (Pronounced av-law') and, like "Anomos," it means "Law Annulling" and "Anti-law."
"Law Annulling" was Satan's first battle cry against God, and according to Jesus, Paul, John, Isaiah, and Daniel it will be his last battle against God and God's people!Let's examine more proof from John:
"The Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the Commandments of God [rather than Antichrist's CHANGED LAW], and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:17). What was Jesus' Testimony concerning the Commandments of God? "Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least Commandments, and teach men so, he shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:19). Jesus clearly told John that, during the Tribulation, Satan would, "make war" against those who, "keep God's Commandments" (Rev.12:17). The Scripture is all too clear why Satan makes war on God's People, but, our popular Preachers tell us that Jesus Himself told his People to disregard those Commandments and replace them with "Grace!" Dear Reader, how long are we going to allow our popular Preachers insult us with such? Where's our outrage?!? Are our Popular preachers accusing Jesus of doing the work of Antichrist?
"Did Jesus Change that Sabbath Commandment?"
Dear Reader, ask almost any Minister, "What is the least important Commandment of the 10 Commandments?" If he is a Sunday observing Minister, of course he'll say it's the Sabbath Commandment. If you ask him why its' the least Commandment, he might say Jesus changed it. If, however he has attended a college or university that promotes Sunday as the Lord's Day, he'll say Paul and the Disciples changed it because Jesus gave them permission to do so. If the Minister is correct, why did Jesus warn us three times that False Prophets will be teaching "Anomia," throughout the entire time the Church was here on earth, and why did He begin His ministry by saying, "Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore (because of this), shall break one of these least Commandments, and teach men so, he shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:18-19). The question is, why would Jesus stress this, only to reverse His message, and pick out one of the Commandments, pronounce it to be least, and change it? There's another Question that might be even larger:
Accusing Jesus of Doing Antichrist's Work
All false doctrines are evil, and, in one way or another, attack the very character of God. In this case, Jesus is directly attacked! Daniel prophesied that Antichrist would think to, "Change the Times and the Laws" (Dan. 7:25). So, if we claim that Jesus changed the Time Law, are we not saying that Jesus did the work of Antichrist? All of Satan's doctrines of demons try to reverse the rolls of Jesus and Satan. Did Jesus tell Daniel that Antichrist, would, "think to change times and laws" (Dan.7:25), and then come to earth committing Antichrist’s sin?
"Paul Did It"
Some say Jesus didn't actually, Change Times and Laws, but rather Paul did it. Are these people telling us that Paul rejected the words of Jesus about that, "Least Commandment," and that he rejected Christ's three warnings about Anomia being the message of the False Prophets? In the parable/prophecy of the Tares, Jesus warned that, in the early Church, Satan would plant evil persons for the purpose of "Teaching Anomia" (see Matt.13:31). If our popular Preachers are correct; if Paul really did reject the words and warnings of Jesus, and chose rather to, "Change the Times and the Laws," then Paul was absolutely one of the first of the evil Tares implanted by Satan! Dear Reader, of course we know Paul did no such thing!!
What Paul Really Do?
Our popular Preacher tell us that Paul's message concerning the Law was, "Grace Frees us from the Law." Paul's actual words were, "For ye are not under the Law, but under Grace" (Rom.6:15). Is the message from our Preachers and Paul's message the same? Of course not! Paul is saying that we are no longer under the penalty the Law demands. The Grace of Christ dying on the Cross has paid that penalty. It is our Faith in that Grace that gives us salvation. What did Paul say about that "Faith?" "Do we make void the Law through Faith? GOD FORBID!! Yea, we establish the Law" (Rom.3:31). Throughout Paul's letters he repeats this same message in various forms. We need only to read his letter to the Romans all the way through, and his true message concerning the Law of God will be easily understood. The same can be said for all of Paul's letters. No, Paul did not attempt to reverse the warnings from Jesus.
The Name of Antichrist
Throughout Scripture, Old and New Testament, there are 100s of warnings how God's Law will be rejected in the last days. We've looked at only a few in this Website, all of which directly or indirectly refer to Antichrist. If Anomos is the name Paul gave Antichrist, and John said we must NEVER wear the Name of Antichrist, and Anomos means, "Annulling God's Commandments," and Jesus forbids us to annul even the, "Least Commandment," is it not clear what we must do if we want to avoid wearing the Name of Antichrist? Can we honestly say we need not worry about wearing the name of the Beast?
The Reader may conclude that we are saying "Sunday Worship" is the Mark of the Beast. No, because it is never a sin to worship God, regardless of what day it is. However, we've examined here from Scripture, that Antichrist was given a name that has no other interpretation than, "Annulling God's Law," specifically the Law given to Moses on Mount Sinai. So, Sunday worship is no sin, but, annulling God's Law, or even the "Least Commandment," is sin, and it's a sin that fits Antichrist perfectly. In another Website called, "The Mark of the Beast," we will show what the Mark of the Beast for the Masses of Christianity will be.
Thank you, Dear Reader, for your time and interest.What we have covered here may be new to you and may be somewhat disturbing. Please do not take this Author's word for anything as serious as the Mark and the Name of the Beast. Jesus promised that when we ask, "The Spirit of Truth will come, and Guide us into all truth...and show us things to come" (see Jn.16:13).
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr
Because of the serious nature of this subject of Antichrist's Name, we are adding more proof below. Again, Thank you, Dear Reader, for you time and interest.
The Testimony of Jesus Christ
"The Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the Commandments of God [rather than Antichrist's CHANGED LAW], and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:17).
What was the "Testimony of Jesus" concerning "Changing His Commandments?" He "Testified" that "not a jot or tittle of His Law can be changed." He "Testified" that we cannot break even "the least Commandment, and we cannot TEACH others" to do so also (See Matt.5:17-19). When John prophesied of the "Dragon making war on God's Commandment keepers," he gave us Revelation 13, his most comprehensive revelation of Antichrist's attacks on God's people. When John finished warning us of Antichrist, it appears he wanted to repeat his description of God's people that Antichrist will attack. "Here is the patience of the Saints; Here are they who keep the Commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus" (Rev.14:12). So, the real war during the Tribulation will be between those enforcing Antichrist’s, "changed times and laws" (Dan. 7:25) and those "keeping God’s Commandments" (Rev.12:17; 14:12).
Do We Know Jesus?
John also told us how to be sure that we "Know Jesus." "And by this we do know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 Jn. 2:3-4).
These are very strong words from John. These words are not this Author's. John's message is directed at an evil group within the early Church; a group that Jesus prophesied would be implanted into the Church by Satan himself. John called these Satanic implants, "antichrists." Although these early antichrist's were not "The Antichrist," their sin was identical to his. These pre-Antichrists paved the way for "The Antichrist" to "Change Times and Laws." These pre-Antichrists were later called "Gnostics" and they staged an all out attack on God—the true God of Creation—the God of the Ten Commandments. We have a separate Website explaining the gross blasphemy of these evil Gnostics. It documents the points we make in this Website, plus many more. It's called, "Gnostics - The Original 'Law Abolishers." Don't miss it!
Grace Annuls ONLY ONE Commandment?
We hear, "Grace Annuls the Law," then we hear that, "Grace doesn't free us from ALL of the Commandments! Only the Sabbath." But with all of the immorality creeping into Christianity, the list of annulled Commandments is expanding.
In an attempt to expand on the doctrine that claims, "Grace Frees us from God's Law, our Popular Preachers have designed little catch-phrases for us to excuse ourselves from obeying God's Law:
"Grace has freed you from the Law"
"Don’t be a legalist"
"You can’t keep the Ten Commandments anyway"
"Jesus kept the Commandments for you, so you don’t need to"
"Jesus loves you just the way you are. You don’t need to change"
"You can’t work your way to Heaven"
"There's nothing you can do or say, or not do or not say, that will make God love you any more or any less"
Are our Ministers using these little phrases to excuse themselves from telling us the Truth?
Paul Taught Anti-Sabbath?
Dear Reader, if you've read through this Website from the top, you have likely been shouting at us, saying that Paul wrote, "One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth a day, regardeth it unto the Lord, and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it" (Rom.14:5-6). Surly you're not telling us Paul is saying, "Keep the Sabbath if you like—disregard it if you like—change it if you like—observe no day at all, if you like. Just do whatever you please concerning the Sabbath." Are you saying that Paul said, "Go ahead. BREAK that least Commandment Jesus warned you about! I, Paul, am TEACHING you that it's OK, even mandatory! Pay no attention to what anyone else says?"
For a detailed study of what Paul is really saying here in this verse, as well as Colossians 2, see The Sabbath and Colossians 2. In it we carefully examine Paul's sabbath position. Be prepared for a shock! Paul's position is the complete opposite from what we hear from our Popular Preachers. Romans 14 and Colossians 2 are Paul's most scathing rebukes against dropping the Sabbath and replacing it with another day!!!
Paul warns the Church to NEVER attach mandatory sacredness to a man-made day. When the strongest supporters of Sunday sacredness carefully study Church History, they admit that Sunday replacing the Sabbath is man-made. It appears that Paul is also saying that Jewish Feast Days shouldn't be forced upon new Gentile Believers.
If we accept Paul's true words, then his message makes perfect sense and he’s NOT annulling Christ's command concerning the "Least Commandment." If we stretch Paul's words to say that he encouraged us to "Disregard that Least Commandment, no matter what Jesus said," we're making a serious accusation against Paul. If Paul actually did what our popular Preachers say he did, he is the chief of "False Prophets" that Jesus warned us about.
The Reader may be saying, Well, wait till you get to Colossians 2. You'll never get around what Paul said about the Sabbath! Well. let's get there:
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And, having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat (food), or drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, of the sabbath days, Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ" (Col.2:14-17).
Anti-Sabbath promoters declare, "Ya see! The Sabbath Commandment is abolished!" Honest Ministers, however, struggle with the fact that, in His first Sermon, Jesus said, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled," after which He said, "Whosoever, therefore (because of this), shall break one of these least Commandments, and teach men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven" (See Matt.5:18-19). Is there anything Paul could say that would annul what Jesus said? Would Paul really try to reverse the words of Jesus? In our Website titled "The Sabbath of Colossians 2" cover this in detail.
What is Paul Actually Saying?
If anyone tries to judge you, beguile you, deceive you, or force upon you, MAN-MADE commandments, MAN-MADE doctrines, MAN-MADE traditions, MAN-MADE customs, MAN-MADE restrictions, or anything MAN-MADE, don’t let him do it! You only need to obey Commandments that come from Christ.You must NEVER judge fellow Christians concerning ANYTHING that is MAN-MADE, PERIOD!!!
The Creation Sabbath, is NOT a Man Made, Period!! The Sabbath will be kept AFTER Jesus creates a "New Heaven and New Earth" (Isa.66:22-23). In other words, THROUGHOUT ETERNITY!!
Colossians 2 is one of the most abused and miss-used passages anywhere in Scripture. It is serious to attempt to,"Annul God's Commandments."
Many have studied everything in this Blogsite and say, "You may be right, but it really don't matter! I’m saved! Even if you're right—even if it happens just like you say, I’m safe. I'll be Raptured before Antichrist." And therein lies the problem. The Bible is very clear that no one will be saved who wears the Mark of the Beast, no matter how "Saved" the person thinks he or she is!!
Jesus, Paul, John, and all other Bible Prophets addressing this subject declare absolutely everyone wearing the Mark will be eternally lost. Please make this a matter of serious prayer.
Thank you again, Dear Reader, for your time. We hope we’ve not offended. If so, please forgive. Let's seek the guidance of God's Spirit as we study and pray and prepare for Christ's coming!
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.
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