Monday, April 23, 2018

The Sabbath Debate: My Review Part IV

Before we get into this post, let's first review the most important things in the first three commentaries of the debate:

1) Jesus kept several Sabbaths that occurred on Sunday. Days of holy convocations/sacred assemblies and a mandatory rest (Sabbath) could occur on the first day of the week as well as the seventh. Therefore, if God commanded a Sabbath to occur on Sunday and Jesus kept it, it can never be wrong to attend Sunday services. Going to church on Sunday will never be evil nor will it be the reason we receive the Mark of the Beast.

2) Jesus attended the synagogue, not the Temple on most weekly Sabbaths. The Temple was for worship, the synagogue (in Jesus day) was for study. It would be equivalent to saying Jesus attended Sabbath School but He did not attend the public worship service on the seventh day. This is a very important distinction because God mandated that worship occur only and exclusively in His presence at the Temple in Jerusalem. No where else. So when Adventists bring up that Jesus attended the synagogue on Sabbath, they are saying the very opposite of what they assume they are saying. They are actually saying that Jesus did not attend worship at the Temple on Sabbaths. He attended a study group at the synagogues.

Now to more of Doug Batchelor's points about the Sabbath:


Doug Batchelor made the comment that if the Sabbath was exclusive for Israel God should have made that clear, "It would have been so easy for God to say Jewish Sabbath."

Mr. Batchelor must have missed when Mr. Gregg pointed out that God specifically did say that the Sabbath was for Israel. In Deuteronomy 5 God says that He did not make the covenant (including the Ten Commandments) with anyone previous, but only with the people at that time. In the repeat of the Sabbath commandment (vs. 12-15) we also read that Israel was given the holy Sabbath because God brought them out of Egypt. He only brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt and none other. So we can know that the Sabbath commandment was exclusively for Israel. And God clearly said in the New Testament that the old covenant ended with John the Baptist and Jesus brought in a new and better covenant with better laws!

See Matthew 12, Mark 2, Luke 6
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here….For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12: 1-8
Pastor Batchelor brought up Jesus' words that "The Sabbath was made for mankind" as if Jesus was declaring that the Sabbath was not exclusive for the Jews—but for everyone. However, Gregg made an excellent rebuttal about how the Adventists take that passage out of context and read much more into it than Jesus intended. If the context was taken into consideration, Gregg points out that the question under discussion was not if the Sabbath was universal but if one could do good on the Sabbath. Jesus was clearly saying that mankind was not under the lordship of the Sabbath, but that God gave the Sabbath for them. "Man" was referring to Israel, not everyone. Jesus was explaining the authority of the Sabbath was not as powerful as man's authority. 


Pastor Batchelor claimed that if Jesus broke the Sabbath that He could not be our Savior because it would then make Him a sinner.

What? That is exactly, exactly what the Pharisees were saying about Jesus. The passage was placed in scripture by the Apostle Matthew for this very point. 

Jesus claims that He could break the Sabbath without sinning. Adventists place themselves in the position of the Pharisees by claiming Jesus could not break the Sabbath. Yes He could, Jesus claimed, because of who He was!

If Adventists would listen closely to the words of Christ, "I tell you that something greater than the temple is here," they would see that Jesus was declaring Himself above the Sabbath laws! Not simply that—but that He was a king and a priest because He could eat while for others some food was not lawful. He points out that He can desecrate the Sabbath and is innocent. However it seems that Adventists are so eager to protect the Sabbath in these passages that they do not see what Christ is saying! Christ is claiming to be above the laws! He is saying that He is a priest and king! And not only Himself, but His Apostles too were also priests because Jesus was allowing them to break the Sabbath and be innocent. This is a major proclamation of who He is and that He was establishing the Kingdom at that moment. He was priest king in the line of King David and His Apostles were His priests! The Sabbath was not the point.


Pastor Batchelor continually creates a straw man argument with his opponents. I believe this is because he went from being non-religious to a Seventh-day Adventists without really understanding all other Christian perspectives. He erroneously assumes when non-sabbatarians claim that the Sabbath was fulfilled in Christ that we mean the law was destroyed. That is an inaccurate and frankly unfair assumption. The vast majority of Christians understand that when Jesus says He fulfilled the Messianic prophecies given by the prophets, He isn't destroying the prophecies. That would be ludicrous. That would be like a medical student attending medical school to destroy the requirements of becoming a physician. They are not there to destroy but to fulfill!

I appreciated Mr. Greggs response. The new laws, look similar to the old just like a man looks similar to the boy, but they are not the same. The grown man fulfills the boy but doesn't destroy him.

Jesus completed, accomplished the prophecies! By finishing and being the end to which the prophecies pointed, Jesus was not destroying the law and prophets.

Pastor Batchelor asks, "Is it okay to break a commandment?"
Just like it was wrong for Israelites to break their laws, it is wrong for Christians to break the commandments of Christ. 

Sin takes over us-- like drugs can make men addicts. When a person fulfills the requirements of rehab, they are not then free to go out and take drugs again! Heaven forbid. No, he has fulfilled the rehab requirements and enters the world of freedom! We are set free from the law because through God's grace in the New Covenant, we are set free from sin! Through the power of the Cross and through God's grace we can overcome sins now that we were unable to conquer before the New Covenant.
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7: 4-6


The old covenant law ended with John the Baptist.
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgression, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made. Galatians 3: 19
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came. Matthew 11: 13
The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed. Luke 16: 6
Before Faith Came we were under the law the law was the tutor to bring us to Christ that we may be justified by faith. After faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. Galatians 3: 23-25
Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

God gave the Old Covenant (including the Ten Commandments) on top of Mt. Sinai, Jesus gave the New Covenant on the top of the Mount of Olives. Please read Matthew 5-6 and you will see that Jesus took authority over the Ten Commandments and made them better! He said "You have heard that you shall not kill" (Ten Commandments) but I say… Those words, "but I say" are vital to understanding that Jesus was taking the Old and making it better and new. Jesus said it is no longer good enough to simply refrain from killing, you are not even to hate anyone.

The Ten Commandments are part of the Old Covenant but their spirit lives on in the New.

I think it is easily understood when we look at the Magna Carta vs. the Constitution. The Magna Carta was a English document giving Englishmen some rights under the law. Some of those rights are the same ones in our United States Constitution, in fact the Founding Fathers based some of the Constitution on the Magna Carta, but they are not the same document. They are similar, but when we are in a court of law defending our U. S. rights we do not cite the Magna Carta as our legal authority, we cite the Constitution.

The Old Covenant had some parts of it based in Natural Law (universal moral codes). The New Covenant also draws from Natural Law. But Jesus said that the New Covenant is better!

At the Mount of Olives, Jesus became the new law giver. And all the old, obsolete laws that pointed to Christ were fulfilled and a new covenant with new laws began.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Hebrews 1: 1, 2
But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs [Israel] as the covenant of which He is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to My covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord… By calling this covenant “new,” He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. Hebrews 8: 6-13
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts… He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 2 Cor. 3: 3-8
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also….You [Jesus] are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God…Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:11-22 

The Ten Commandments were replaced by better Commandments. And at the end of Jesus ministry it was made clear by God's voice from heaven.

In Mark 9, Jesus is with Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration and Moses and Elijah appear there before them. Peter asks Christ if he should build three tabernacles (shrines for the law) one for Moses (law giver—Ten Commandments), one for Elijah, the prophet and one for Jesus. Then, suddenly a cloud covered the top of the mountain and the three disciples saw only Jesus. God spoke, "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him."

God tells us right there that no longer are we to listen to the old law and the prophets for everything they taught from the tiniest tittle to the greatest law was to point us to Christ. After Christ a New Covenant was established. A covenant that required a holiness so much more perfect than the Ten Commandments could ever provide. Now we are told we must be merciful. That is was nowhere in the Ten. The Ten were lacking, and now God gives us better commandments. Now we must love our enemies. Now we are to forgive. Pride has become the greatest sin and that is not even mentioned in the Ten.

And Sabbath. Just as each of the Ten were made better in the New Covenant, the Sabbath commandments is now about our spiritual rest in Christ. "Come unto me, " Jesus siad, "All you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The Old Covenant shadow of the Sabbath is now an every day, every hour, every minute rest in Christ. The Sabbath is better now.

Jesus gave us better commandments.

Friday, April 13, 2018



In the debate, Doug Batchelor brought up something that is widely taught in Adventism—that Christians should go to church on Sabbath because Jesus as our example went to the synagogue each Sabbath. 

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. Luke 4: 16

And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day He entered into the synagogue, and taught. Mark 1: 21

He preaches in synagogues all over Galilee on Sabbath. Luke 4: 44

Yes, absolutely! Over and over in the gospel accounts, Jesus was reported as attending the synagogue on Sabbath. But what Adventists do not realize is that this disproves a mandatory weekly Sabbath worship service for Christians. Adventist misunderstanding lies in their false assumption of what a synagogue is.


In general, Adventists do not understand the difference between the Temple in Jerusalem and a synagogue. Many Seventh-day Adventists think that at the time of Christ the synagogues of Israel were similar to a Christian church or a place of worship. As if the synagogue was synonymous with the Temple. While they have no official teaching, it is assumed by the way the synagogue is expressed in SDA interpretation that it is a satellite church out of the main Temple. The Temple in Jerusalem was the largest, main Temple at the capital of the nation of Israel, and the synagogues were little replicas—miniature Temples. However, they are wrong. And this misunderstanding has profound effects on Adventist theology about the Sabbath.

So, what is a synagogue?

For Adventists I will give a very short description--at the time of Jesus the synagogue was like Sabbath School--it was a place of study like school. Jesus attended Sabbath School on Sabbaths--not church. A more detailed descriptions follows:

Jewish tradition tells us that Moses commanded all Israel to have daily private prayers in addition to the other requirements in the Torah mandating Holy Convocations. In the eighth century BC when the Assyrians captured northern Israel, they could not fulfill the Temple laws and its general worship services, thus giving great import to these private prayers to sustain their religious life.

During the different diasporas in Israel's history, especially the Babylonian exile, when they could not worship together at the Temple, Israel realized that they would fall into idolatry if they did not have public gatherings to pass down their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So they began general assemblies to fulfill the mandatory private prayer which then became communal prayer and study of Torah. The synagogue became this place of gathering—the Beit Kenesset in Hebrew, and synagogos in Greek.

Returning to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile, the priest and scribe Ezra led the people as they restored the Temple. At this same time, Ezra standardized the communal prayers and Torah readings in the synagogue as well as obligated the men of Israel to participate in the synagogue service when they were physically unable to worship at the Temple. This did not negate the Lord's demand that Israelite men had to worship at the Temple. From all over Israel, three times a year, the men of Israel over the age of twelve were obligated to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship God. Scholars believe Ezra was attempting to solve the problem of God's people's survival when not in Israel. At some point, there arose an obligation to attend the synagogue on the second, fifth and seventh day of each week. But the synagogue eventually was opened up for daily liturgies and it became tradition for Israel's men to go debate and discuss theology there. Hence why Jesus and His Apostles went there to proclaim the Kingdom of God. 

However, up until the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in AD 69, the synagogue at no time was seen as a place of worship by the Israelites. It was a place of prayer and study—as well as a gathering place for civil exchange including trials for Torah-breakers and meting out their punishment.

By the time of Christ, Jerusalem had about 400 synagogues but they did not take the place of worship at the Temple. They were for Torah study and prayers. Wherever there was a Jewish population anywhere in the world, the synagogue was the hub of Israelite activities. And since the Sabbath was a holy day of rest, the Jews met at the synagogue for a special service but it was not considered "worship" in the sense we think of it today. The synagogue would only become a place of worship after the Temple was destroyed.  

When our Adventist brothers and sisters in Christ read scripture saying that Jesus attended the synagogue on Sabbath as a custom or tradition, they read this information with a anachronistic view. Jesus was at the synagogue on Sabbaths because this was a custom, mandated by the priests— not by God in the Ten Commandments. Jesus was not attending the synagogue in order to worship, but to study with Israel's men.


This is the most important point:
If Jesus was trying to show us that corporate worship was mandatory on Sabbath, He would have attended the Temple, not the synagogue. 

What? Adventists will ask. What is the difference?

Because the Temple at Jerusalem was the only place Israel was allowed to gather for Holy Convocations, general assemblies or in other words, to corporately worship. Adventists confuse the synagogue and the Temple. Public worship had to be at the Temple in Jerusalem where God's presence was. No public worship could happen outside of the Temple at Jerusalem—not in a synagogue nor could there be more than one Temple. There was only one. And public worship must happen there according to God's command.

In Deuteronomy 12, (entitled: "One Place of Worship") we can read God's command to Israel that once they have peace in the Promised Land, the Lord will choose only one spot in which they can worship Him.

These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land.…Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. You must not worship the LORD your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you. You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit, since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the LORD your God is giving you. But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land… Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD….Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please. Offer them only at the place the LORD will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.…But take your consecrated things and whatever you have vowed to give, and go to the place the LORD will choose. Deuteronomy 12: 1-29
Having a specific place of worship is not unknown in scripture. God led Israel out of Egypt so they could worship Him at a place God chose. Then when Israel was entering the Promised Land, the Reubenites, Gadites and 1/2 tribe of Manasseh were said to have built an altar to worship God on the east side of the Jordan River which almost caused a war. Until the leaders of those clans pledged that the replica altar was not built for rebellious worship but as a memorial that their future generation, 
will worship the LORD at His sanctuary… Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the LORD.’…Far be it from us to rebel against the LORD and turn away from him today by building an altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings and sacrifices, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle.”  Joshua 22: 11-28
When Israel fell to idol-worship He removed them from His presence at the Temple in Jerusalem, so they would be punished and when they desired to worship Him again, only then would God restore them to the Promised Land where they could worship Him. We find this in many places in scripture. 

There is the story of when King Jeroboam created a replica of the Jerusalem Temple in Northern Israel.
… the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. And this thing became a great sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other. (Read full story in I Kings 12-13)
When worship was about to take place on this false altar to God, the Lord split the altar.

Then in II Kings 18 the enemy of Israel says because they are not worshipping at the Temple, God will not protect them. 2 Kings 18: 22 See also 2 Chronicles 32: 12; Psalms 102: 21, 22; Isaiah 27: 13, 36: 7, 66: 20; Zech. 14: 16-17. 

The definitive proof that the Jews only allowed worship at the Jerusalem Temple is what the Samaritan woman said to Jesus. 

Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” John 4: 20


Because public and corporate worship was forbidden anywhere but at the Temple in Jerusalem, Jesus was physically unable to attend worship service at the Temple during the time He lived in Nazareth because it was 91 miles from the Temple. A distance un-walkable by Jesus to make each week—which is a minimum of a three day walk but in general people made it in 4 or 5 days. Most of His ministry was in the Galilee region, again, too far to walk weekly for Temple worship. Like the rest of Israel, Jesus was only required to assemble for public worship three times a year at the annual Sabbaths.

Doug Batchelor, being a Jew should have known this. He is irresponsible to be spreading misinformation when Doug should at least have taken the time to research what the synagogue at the time of Jesus was for.


Jesus fulfilled and obeyed the Sabbath Commandment (part of the Ten Commandments) by resting each Sabbath. But He did not attend public worship every Sabbath. It was only at the annual Sabbaths at Jerusalem that He worshipped with Israel publicly at the Holy Convocations. And, as you read in part II of this review, some of those annual Sabbaths were on the first day of the week—Sunday. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SABBATH DEBATE Between Doug Batchelor and Steve Gregg: My Review Part II

Before I continue reviewing the debate, I have a couple of things we need to clear up about the Sabbath. Adventists, as wonderful as they are, have created some false assumptions about a "day" of worship.

Having false assumptions on the "day" of worship in American is fairly easy because, in Protestant America, we think of only one day a week as church day—and that is Sunday. However, if you were to move to non-Protestant areas you would soon realize that for the Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic and Catholic Churches, their history is to worship corporately on a daily basis.

And because Protestants in the United States attend church usually only once a week, on Sundays, the Adventists have created a false history around the idea of there being a correct day of the week to go to church.

And because they believe there is a correct day of worship, they then take this false premise and go even further with believing there is a false day of worship—a day God does not want us to assemble together to worship Him. And further, Adventists doctrines record that in the last days, this correct day of worship will become an international test of Christian faith.

History and scripture can easily refute the idea that there is a wrong day of worship (Sunday) if we take the time to research it. In fact, the greatest evidence that Sunday is not a wrong day of worship is studying Christ's life. For in His lifetime, as an Israelite, He would have been required to have corporate worship in Jerusalem not on weekly Sabbaths (living in Nazareth and in Galilee, He could not have gone to weekly Sabbaths at the Temple. It was several days walk from Nazareth to the Temple.)

Like the rest of the men in Israel, they were required to attend corporate worship at the Temple on other Sabbaths than the weekly one—three annual Sabbaths. These did not always fall on the seventh-day of the week. Let us look at the time approximate time period of Christ's life that He would have been required to attend the annual sabbaths in Jerusalem and see what day of the week the annual Sabbaths fell on.

Here is the breakdown:


Passover/Pesach (Ex. 12: 14-20, Num. 28: 16-25, Dt. 16: 1-8)

These are the LORD's appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The LORD's Passover begins at twilight...On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present an offering made to the LORD by fire. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. Lev. 23: 4-8

Holy Convocations (sacred Sabbath assemblies) are on both the first and seventh day of this holy week and have a mandatory sacred Sabbath assembly of worshipping God. 

During Christ’s lifetime there were 18 Passovers that fell on SUNDAY! Thirteen of them occurred after He was twelve (the age when Israel required men to go to worship at the Temple on the three mandatory annual Sabbaths). So we know that on thirteen different Sundays, Jesus was resting AND worshipping corporately on Sunday. This Sunday Sabbath was mandatory. 


Shavu’ot (Feast of Weeks)

From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD...On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. Lev. 23: 15-21

Certain Jews and Christians today use a calendar system that fixes Shavu'ot fifty days after the weekly Sabbath which would make it a perpetual Sunday Sabbath. And we can say with confidence that Jesus attended at least twenty of them during His adulthood. But for the Jews who use the fifty days from the Passover annual Sabbath (not fixed to a day of the week) we offer the following: Feast of Weeks/ Shavu’ot occurred on a Sunday nine times and four after Jesus turned twelve. This Sabbath occurred on Sunday in the year AD 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 26, 33, 36.


Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah

On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire. Lev. 23: 23-25

There were seven Feast of Trumpets Sundays that required a Sabbath rest and a sacred assembly during Christ’s life, five after he turned twelve. The years a Sunday Sabbath on this feast occurred was in AD: 3, 10, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30


Feast of Tabernacles/ Sukkot

On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD's Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present offerings made to the LORD by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work. These are the LORD's appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing offerings made to the LORD ....This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come Lev. 23: 34-41

During Christ’s life the Feast of Tabernacles sacred assembly, listed by God as an official “Sabbath” occurred on Sunday in the years AD: 3, 10, 23, 27, 30 and Christ would have attended the last three of these.

At the very least Christ would have attended 25 Sunday Sabbaths in his lifetime. 
Why, in reviewing a debate about whether Christians must keep a Saturday Sabbath, would I bring up the Sunday-Sabbaths that Jesus was required to keep?

Because as you will note at the end of the debate, Doug Batchelor admits that Seventh-day Adventists teach and believe that before Christ comes again there will be a final test for Christians. The Seventh-day Adventists church claims there is no precedent in scripture to make Sunday a holy day. In fact, this is so serious to them that in the end-times Christians who attend church on Sunday (the false Sabbath) will receive the Mark of the Beast.

I have above shown that not only is there scriptural and historical evidence of Sunday Sabbaths, but that Jesus kept them many times in His life. If Jesus kept Sunday as a holy Sabbath rest day along with all Israel, then it is not against God's will for Christians to do so.

Keep this in mind as you read part III of the review that I will be posting soon! Blessings.