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The Battle Over Worship eCourse Index The Battle Over Worship eCourse Index {4 lessons: 100 points} We have restored in the Scriptures quoted the Names of the Father and Son, as they were originally written by the inspired authors of the Bible. Click here to download the Restored Names Version (RNV) of Scripture. -WLC Team

Lesson #1 {25 points} The Battle Over Worship Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #2 {25 points} The Sabbath: Our Pledge of Allegiance Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #3 {25 points} The Sign of Loyalty Lesson Quiz (offline/online) Lesson #4 {25 points} Armageddon – The Battle over Worship Lesson Quiz (offline/online)

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The King James Version (KJV) is mostly used in these lessons. Click here to access the KJV online. The entire great controversy between Yahushua and Satan, at its most basic level, is over the issue of worship. The day upon which you choose to worship, reveals which Deity/deity you are worshipping. From Genesis to Revelation, this is a recurring theme. In the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah, there is a very interesting passage explaining the reason for Satan's fall: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of El: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High (verses 12-14.) It was in aspiring to be "like the Most High" that Lucifer broke the first and greatest commandment: "Thou shalt love Yahuwah thy Eloah with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment" (Matt. 22:37 & 38.) Lucifer did not want to simply be like Yahuwah in character; if that had been his desire, he would never have rebelled. Instead, he coveted the honor and worship that were due to the Creator alone. The statement: "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation" is very revealing. The word here translated "congregation" is mo'ed. Mo'ed means "appointed place of meeting." . . . The word mo'ed keeps its basic meaning of "appointed," but varies as to what is agreed upon or appointed according to the context: the time, the place or the meeting itself . . . The meaning of mo'ed is fixed within the context of Israel's religion (The New Strong's Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words.) Mo'ed often designates a determined time or place without any regard for the purpose. Since the Jewish festivals occurred at regular intervals, this word becomes closely identified with them . . . Mo'ed is used in a broad sense for all religious assemblies. It was closely associated with the tabernacle itself. [Yahuwah] met Israel there at specific times for the purpose of revealing His will. It is a common term for the worshiping assembly of [Yahuwah's] people (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, "Lexical Aids to the Old Testament," 1626, emphasis supplied.) The word mo'ed, then, is commonly used to refer to worship times. Satan is saying, in Isaiah 14, that he will be like the Most High because he will sit on the mount of the congregation – the mountain of mo'ed, the mountain of worship. He will establish when to worship, and by virtue of exercising that power, steal the right to be worshiped.

The first time that mo'ed appears in the Bible is in Genesis 1:14: "And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." The word translated "seasons" is mo'ed. Right in the middle of Creation week, Holy Scripture records that one of the purposes of the lights in the heavens was for determining mo'ed – when the appointed time for worship should be. This is affirmed in Psalm 104:19 – "He appointed the moon for seasons." Again, the word "seasons" is mo'ed while the word "appointed" means to do, make or create. Yahushua created the moon for the express purpose of establishing the times of worship. Which times of worship? They are all listed in Leviticus 23. Most of the chapter is taken up with listing the yearly feasts: Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles. However, the very first feast listed is the seventh-day Sabbath: And Yahuwah spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of Yahuwah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of Yahuwah in all your dwellings (Leviticus 23:1-3.) The word here translated "feasts" is, again, mo'ed: worship times. Daniel 7:25 speaks of Satan's use of a religious and political power to try to change the law of the Heavenly Father: "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws." In the Knox translation, Satan's intent is stated even more clearly: "He shall insult the Most High, he shall torment/wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and he shall attempt to change the calendar and the ordinance." Satan, in his efforts to usurp Yahuwah's authority has not only thought to change times and laws – he has done it. He has masterfully diverted the attention of all those who sincerely desire to keep the true Sabbath. The focus has been on a Saturday versus Sunday confrontation. No one has seen that it is much larger than that. Counterfeit worship requires a counterfeit calendar. The Julian calendar, from which the modern Gregorian calendar comes, has usurped the original luni-solar calendar established by the Creator at the beginning of this world. The day on which you worship, calculated by which calendar you use, reveals whether you are pledging your allegiance to your Creator, or to that power, the deity of this earth, which has set itself up in opposition to the Yahuwah, the Creator of heaven, earth, the seas, and all that is in them.

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QUIZ 1. The entire great controversy between Yahushua and Satan, at its most basic level, is over the issue of: o

Whom you want to obey.

o

Who is right.

o Worship. 2. The day upon which you choose to worship: o

Does not matter as long as you worship.

o

Reveals which Deity/deity you are worshipping.

o Does not matter as long as you keep one day in seven. 3. The reason for Satan's fall, as given in Isaiah 14, is: o

Pride.

o

Satan's desire to be like the Most High.

o

Satan's wish to sit upon the Mount of the Congregation.

o

All of the Above.

o None of the above. 4. In aspiring to be "like the Most High" Satan broke the first and greatest commandment: "Thou shalt love Yahuwah thy Eloah with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." o

True.

o False. 5. Lucifer wanted: o

To be like Yahuwah in character.

o

A throne like Yahushua's.

The honor and worship that belonged to the Creator alone. 6. The word mo'ed refers to: o o

The lunar calendar.

o

The worshipping assembly of Yahuwah's people.

o

A party.

o A wedding. 7. Satan's express desire, as recorded in Isaiah 14, is to: o

Establish when to worship.

o

Lead the heavenly choir.

Dictate the laws of heaven. 8. Satan desired this because: (See #7 above.) o o o

By establishing when to worship, he would steal the right to be worshipped. He had been given a beautiful voice and thought the leadership of the choir should have been given to him.

o It was more important than the job he had been given. 9. The first time 'mo'ed' appears in Scripture is: o

Isaiah 14:13: 'I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation.'

o

Psalm 104:19: 'He appointed the moon for seasons.'

Genesis 1:14: 'And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven . . . and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.' 10. The Creation account given in Genesis one: o

o o

Does not indicate what calendar a person is to use. States that the lights in the heaven were to serve as a calendar because they were to establish 'seasons' - mo'edim, or worship times.

o Proves that the Gregorian calendar is the calendar of Creation. 11. The moon was created specifically for: o

Being pretty.

o

Calming young children at night - it is a built in night-light.

o

Establishing the times of worship.

Eclipses. 12. What are Yahuwah's appointed worship times which the moon establishes the timing thereof? o o

A. Weekly Sabbath.

o

B. Passover.

o

C. Feast of Unleavened Bread.

o

D. Pentecost.

o

E. Feast of Trumpets.

o

G. Day of Atonement.

o

F. Feast of Tabernacles.

o

All of the above.

B through G only. 13. Daniel 7:25 reveals Satan's plans to: o o

A. Create a counterfeit priesthood.

o

B. Change times and laws.

o

C. Change the calendar and the ordinance.

o

D. Destroy Yahuwah.

o

A and D.

B and C. 14. Satan only thought to change times and laws. He has not really done it in the minds of people. o o

True.

False. 15. Counterfeit worship requires a counterfeit calendar. o o

True.

o False. 16. Satan has diverted the attention of the world from the true issue to focus instead on: o

Christians versus Muslims.

o

Believers versus Atheists.

Saturday versus Sunday. 17. The day on which you worship reveals, ultimately: o o

Which church you belong to as a member.

o

When you go to church.

o

How you dress and your dietary laws.

o

Whom you are worshipping: the Creator, Yahuwah, or His enemy, the deity of this earth, Satan.

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The King James Version (KJV) is mostly used in these lessons. Click here to access the KJV online.. "The temple of Yahuwah was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament." Revelation 11:19. The ark of Yahuwah's testament is in the holy of holies, the second apartment of the sanctuary. In the ministration of the earthly tabernacle, which served "unto the example and shadow of heavenly things," this apartment was opened only upon the great Day of Atonement for the cleansing of the sanctuary. Therefore the announcement that the temple of Yahuwah was opened in heaven and the ark of His testament was seen points to the opening of the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary in 1844 as Yahushua entered there to perform the closing work of the atonement. The ark in the tabernacle on earth contained the two tables of stone, upon which were inscribed the precepts of the law of Yahuwah. The ark was merely a receptacle for the tables of the law, and the presence of these divine precepts gave to it its value and sacredness. When the temple of Yahuwah was opened in heaven, the ark of His testament was seen. Within the holy of holies, in the sanctuary in heaven, the divine law is sacredly enshrined--the law that was spoken by Yahuwah Himself amid the thunders of Sinai and written with His own finger on the tables of stone. The law of Yahuwah in the sanctuary in heaven is the great original, of which the precepts inscribed upon the tables of stone and recorded by Moses in the Pentateuch were an unerring transcript. Thus, the divine law is sacred and as unchanging as the character of Yahuwah Himself. They saw, as never before, the force of the Saviour's words: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law." Matthew 5:18. The law of Yahuwah, being a revelation of His will, a transcript of His character, must forever endure, "as a faithful witness in heaven." Not one command has been annulled; not a jot or tittle has been changed. Says the psalmist: "Forever, O Yahuwah, Thy word is settled in heaven." "All His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever." Psalms 119:89; 111:7, 8. In the very bosom of the Decalogue is the fourth commandment, as it was first proclaimed: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days Yahuwah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahuwah blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:8-11. The Protestant reformation began a work of restoring to the world truths that had been lost under the weight of centuries of paganism, tradition and assumption. As humble students of the Word of Yahuwah studied, the Spirit of Yahuwah impressed their hearts. The conviction was urged upon them that they had ignorantly transgressed this precept by disregarding the Creator's rest day. They began to examine the reasons for observing the first day of the week instead of the day which Yahuwah had sanctified. They could find no evidence in the Scriptures that the fourth commandment had been abolished, or that the Sabbath had been changed; the blessing which first hallowed the seventh day had never been removed. They had been honestly

seeking to know and to do Yahuwah's will; now, as they saw themselves transgressors of His law, sorrow filled their hearts, and they manifested their loyalty to Yahuwah by keeping His Sabbath holy. Many and earnest were the efforts made to overthrow their faith. None could fail to see that if the earthly sanctuary was a figure or pattern of the heavenly, the law deposited in the ark on earth was an exact transcript of the law in the ark in heaven; and that an acceptance of the truth concerning the heavenly sanctuary involved an acknowledgment of the claims of Yahuwah's law and the obligation of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. Here was the secret of the bitter and determined opposition to the harmonious exposition of the Scriptures that revealed the ministration of Yahushua in the heavenly sanctuary. Men sought to close the door which Yahuwah had opened, and to open the door which He had closed. But "He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth," had declared: "Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it." Revelation 3:7, 8. Yahushua had opened the door, or ministration, of the most holy place, light was shining from that open door of the sanctuary in heaven, and the fourth commandment was shown to be included in the law which is there enshrined; what Yahuwah had established, no man could overthrow. Those who had accepted the light concerning the mediation of Yahushua and the perpetuity of the law of Yahuwah found that these were the truths presented in Revelation 14. The messages of this chapter constitute a threefold warning which is to prepare the inhabitants of the earth for the Master's second coming. The announcement, "The hour of His judgment is come," points to the closing work of Yahushua's ministration for the salvation of men. It heralds a truth which must be proclaimed until the Saviour's intercession shall cease and He shall return to the earth to take His people to Himself. The work of judgment which began in 1844 must continue until the cases of all are decided, both of the living and the dead; hence it will extend to the close of human probation. That men may be prepared to stand in the judgment, the message commands them to "fear Yahuwah, and give glory to Him," "and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." The result of an acceptance of these messages is given in the word: "Here are they that keep the commandments of Yahuwah, and the faith of Yahushua." In order to be prepared for the judgment, it is necessary that men should keep the law of Yahuwah. That law will be the standard of character in the judgment. The apostle Paul declares: "As many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law, . . . in the day when Yahuwah shall judge the secrets of men by Yahushua, the Anointed." And he says that "the doers of the law shall be justified." Romans 2:12-16. Faith is essential in order to the keeping of the law of Yahuwah; for "without faith it is impossible to please Him." And "whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:23. By the first angel, men are called upon to "fear Yahuwah, and give glory to Him" and to worship Him as the Creator of the heavens and the earth. In order to do this, they must obey His law. Says the wise man: "Fear Yahuwah, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13. Without obedience to His commandments no worship can be pleasing to Yahuwah. "This is the love of Yahuwah, that we keep His commandments." "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." 1 John 5:3; Proverbs 28:9. The duty to worship Yahuwah is based upon the fact that He is the Creator and that to Him all other beings owe their existence. And wherever, in the Bible, His claim to reverence and worship, above the deities of the heathen, is presented, there is cited the evidence of His creative power. "All the eloah of the nations are idols: but Yahuwah made the heavens." Psalm 96:5. "To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the

Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things." "Thus saith Yahuwah that created the heavens; Elohim Himself that formed the earth and made it: . . . I am Yahuwah; and there is none else." Isaiah 40:25, 26; 45:18. Says the psalmist: "Know ye that Yahuwah He is Elohim: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves." "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before Yahuwah our Maker." Psalms 100:3; 95:6. And the holy beings who worship Yahuwah in heaven state, as the reason why their homage is due to Him: "Thou art worthy, O Sovereign, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things." Revelation 4:11. In Revelation 14, men are called upon to worship the Creator; and the prophecy brings to view a class that, as the result of the threefold message [the warnings given by angels in Revelation 14], are keeping the commandments of Yahuwah: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear Yahuwah, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters (Revelation 14:6 & 7). One of these commandments points directly to Yahuwah as the Creator. The fourth precept declares: "The seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah: . . . for in six days Yahuwah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahuwah blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:10, 11. Concerning the Sabbath, Yahuwah says, further, that it is "a sign, . . . that you may know that I am Yahuwah your Elohim." Ezekiel 20:20. And the reason given is: "For in six days Yahuwah made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed." Exodus 31:17. "The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to [Yahuwah]"--because He is the Creator, and we are His creatures. "The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become obsolete, and must never be forgotten."--J. N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath, chapter 27. It was to keep this truth ever before the minds of men, that Yahuwah instituted the Sabbath in Eden; and so long as the fact that He is our Creator continues to be a reason why we should worship Him, so long the Sabbath will continue as its sign and memorial. The keeping of the Sabbath is a sign of loyalty to the true Eloah, "Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." It follows that the message which commands men to worship Yahuwah and keep His commandments will especially call upon them to keep the fourth commandment.

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QUIZ 1. The Sabbath: o

Was nailed to the cross. We are now under grace.

o

Was for the Jews only. I am not Jewish, therefore it does not apply to me.

Is our pledge of allegiance to our Creator. 2. The announcement, in Revelation 11:19, that the temple of Yahuwah was opened in heaven and the ark of His testament was seen points to: o

o

Yahushua's first coming.

o

Yahushua's second coming.

o

Moses being given the vision of the heavenly sanctuary so that he could know how to make the earthly copy of it.

The opening of the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary in 1844 when Yahushua entered there to perform the closing work of atonement. 3. The ark in the tabernacle on earth contained: o

o

Nothing. It was simply a table, the importance of which was the \

o

The two tables of stone, upon which were inscribed the precepts of the law of Yahuwah.

The blueprints for the earthly sanctuary. Solomon used these centuries later when he built a permanent temple. 4. The ark was merely a receptacle, a box for holding something. The value and sacredness of the ark came from: o

o

The gold which overlaid the wood.

o

The fact that it was a symbol of Yahuwah's throne.

The presence of the two tables of stone, held within it, on which were inscribed the divine law. 5. The law of Yahuwah: o

o

C. Is as sacred and unchanging as the character of Yahuwah, Himself.

o

B. Is preserved in the sanctuary in heaven.

o

A. Was inscribed upon the tables of stone given to Moses.

o o

D. Has been lost through the many translations of the Bible. It is impossible to know for sure what it is. A through C.

o C and D only. 6. The fourth commandment tells us:

o

When to worship.

o

Whom to worship.

o

When to work.

o

When to rest from work.

o

Who may rest with us.

o

All of the above.

o None of the above. 7. The law of Yahuwah: o

Is a revelation of His will and a transcript of His character.

o

Is only for the Jews.

o

Is impossible for fallen man to keep.

Was intended to be goals for us to strive toward. 8. Not one command of the law of Yahuwah has been changed or ever shall be changed. o o

True.

o

True - but the law is only for the Jews. I am not a Jew; therefore, it does not apply to me.

o

False. It was to last only until the cross.

False. The Roman Catholic Church changed it because Yahushua gave His authority to Peter, the first pope. 9. The fourth commandment tells us to: o

o

'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah: in it thou shalt not do any work.'

'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. The first day is the Sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah: in it thou shalt not do any work. Afterward, six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the first day is the Sabbath of Yahuwah thy Eloah.' 10. The Protestant reformation: o

o o o

Was a revolt against Heaven itself because it was open rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church which is Yahuwah's representative here on earth. Was an argument over whether or not priests should be allowed to marry. Began a work of restoring to the world truths that had been lost under the weight of centuries of paganism, tradition and assumption.

Was a fight over whether or not it was right to sell indulgences (certificates which reduced the amount of time spent in purgatory for a specific sin). 11. Fill in the blank: There is _______ evidence in scripture that the fourth commandment has been abolished, and/or the Sabbath has been changed. o

o

Every

o

Some

o

A little

No 12. If the earthly sanctuary was a pattern of the heavenly sanctuary, then: o o o o

We should worship in a temple that looks just like the pattern given to Moses. The law deposited in the ark on earth was an exact transcript of the law in the ark in heaven. We need to find the lost ark in order to know what the law says.

o A temple must be built in Jerusalem so that our worship will be acceptable to Yahuwah. 13. The secret of the bitter and determined opposition to the harmonious explanation of the doctrine of the Sanctuary is: o

That it is no longer binding, now that Yahushua has died for us.

o

Anti-semitism.

That acceptance of this doctrine brings with it an acknowledgement of the claims of Yahuwah's law and the obligation of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. 14. When Yahushua opened the door, or ministration, of the most holy place in heaven, light was shown which revealed: o

o

Sunday is the true Sabbath day.

o

The law was nailed to the cross.

The seventh-day Sabbath of the fourth commandment is still binding. 15. The binding claims of the law of Yahuwah are found in the three messages of Revelation 14. These messages contain: o

o o

A listing of the weekly and yearly feasts. A threefold warning which is to prepare the inhabitants of the earth for the Yahushua's second coming.

A description of the seven last plagues. 16. In order to be prepared for the judgment, it is necessary: o o

To keep the law of Yahuwah.

o

To know when it is going to be happening.

o

To be in Jerusalem.

o To get a good lawyer. 17. _______ is essential in order to keep the law of Yahuwah; for "without ________ it is impossible to please Him." And "whatsoever is not of ________ is of sin." Fill in the blanks: o

Love

o

Good works

o

Faith

Hope 18. 'Without _______ ______ His commandments no worship can be pleasing to Yahuwah.' Fill in the blanks: o

o

Memorization of

o

Obedience to

o

Knowledge of

o Writing down 19. The true importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that: o

It reminds us to worship Yahuwah because He is our Creator.

o

It allows our bodies a rest from work.

o It disproves evolution. 20. Keeping the true Sabbath is a _______ __ _______ to the true Eloah. (Fill in the blanks.) o

Sign of loyalty

o

Work to do

o

Out dated practice

o

Requirement in Jerusalem

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The King James Version (KJV) is mostly used in these lessons. Click here to access the KJV online. In the issue of the great contest between the forces of good and of evil, two parties are to be developed, those who "worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark," and those who receive "the seal of the living Eloah," and have "the Father's name written in their foreheads." In the fourth commandment is found the seal of Yahuwah's law. This only, of all the ten, brings to view the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows His claim to reverence and worship above all others. Aside from this precept, there is nothing in the Decalogue [the 10 Commandment Law] to show by whose authority the law was given. The Sabbath enjoined by the fourth commandment was instituted to commemorate the work of creation. Had the seventh day always been kept, there would never have been an idolater, an atheist, or an infidel. The sacred observance of Yahuwah's holy day would have directed the minds of men to their Creator, the true and living Eloah. Everything in nature also would have brought Him to their remembrance; and would have borne witness to His power and love. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the seal of the living Eloah. It points to Yahuwah as the Creator, and is the sign of His rightful authority over the beings He has made. Those who obey this law will bear the seal of Yahuwah, for He has set apart this day as a sign of loyalty between Himself and His people. To Moses on Mount Sinai He said, "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am Yahuwah that doth sanctify you." The mark of the beast is the opposite of this,--the observance of the first day of the week as the sabbath enforced by human law. This mark distinguishes those who acknowledge the supremacy of the papal authority from those who acknowledge the authority of Yahuwah. As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite "the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, . . . because by keeping Sunday strictly they acknowledge the church's power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin." Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, page 58. The Roman church thus declares that by observing the first day of the week as the sabbath, Protestants are recognizing her power to legislate in divine things. And it is true that those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe a false sabbath in the place of the true, are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. The Roman church has not relinquished her claim to supremacy; and when the world and the Protestant churches accept a sabbath of her creating, [either Saturday or Sunday on Pope Gregory XIII’s calendar] while they reject the Bible Sabbath, they virtually admit this assumption. They may claim the authority of tradition and of the Fathers for the change; but in so doing they ignore the very principle which separates them from

Rome,--that "the Bible, and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants." The papist can see that they are deceiving themselves, willingly closing their eyes to the facts in the case. As the movement for Sunday enforcement gains favor, he rejoices, feeling assured that it will eventually bring the whole Protestant world under the banner of Rome. With rapid steps we are approaching this period. When the Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion, for opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution: when the state shall use its power to enforce the decrees and sustain the institutions of the church,--then will Protestant America have formed an image to the Papacy, and there will be a national apostasy which will end only in national ruin. The laws of nations should be respected as long as they do not conflict with the laws of Yahuwah; but when there is collision between them, every true disciple of Yahushua will say, as did Peter when commanded to speak no more in the name of Yahushua, "We ought to obey Yahuwah rather than men." Paul wrote to the Romans, "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." But there is a point beyond which it is impossible to maintain union and harmony without the sacrifice of principle. Separation then becomes an absolute duty. Yahushua never purchased peace and friendship by compromise with evil. The life of Yahushua, the suffering which He endured from a perverse nation, demonstrate to His followers that there must be no sacrifice of principle. Peace is too dearly obtained if purchased by the smallest concession to Satan's agencies. The least surrender of principle entangles us in the snares of Satan. The Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict, in which all the world will act a part. Men have honored Satan's principles above the principles that rule in the heavens. They have accepted the spurious sabbath, which Satan has exalted as the sign of his authority. But Yahuwah has set His seal upon His royal requirement. Each Sabbath institution, both true and false, bears the name of its author, an ineffaceable mark that shows the authority of each. The great decision now to be made by everyone is, whether he will receive the mark of the beast and his image, or the seal of the living and true Eloah. And now, when we are on the very borders of the eternal world, what can be of so much value to us as to be found loyal and true to the Eloah of heaven? What is there that we should prize above His truth and His law? What is so necessary as a knowledge of "what saith the Scripture?"

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QUIZ 1. In the great battle between the Creator and Satan, two parties are to be developed: o

Sun worshippers versus moon worshippers.

o

Those who receive the seal of Yahuwah versus those who receive the mark of the beast.

o

Communism versus Democracy.

Muslim versus Christian. 2. In the fourth commandment is found instruction to: o o

Honor your father and your mother.

o

Not covet things that belong to your neighbor.

o

Not steal.

Worship Yahuwah because He is the Creator. 3. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment is: o o

The seal of the living Eloah.

o

A memorial of Creation.

o

A day of worship.

o

All of the above.

o None of the above. 4. The sign of authority claimed by the Roman Catholic Church is: o

The very act of changing the day of worship to Sunday.

o

They have the fanciest cathedrals.

They are the largest denomination. 5. When people worship on Saturday or Sunday by the pope's calendar, they are: o o

Using society's calendar, but not Yahuwah's calendar.

o

Protecting their jobs.

o

Acknowledging the authority of the Roman Catholic Church to command worship times.

o

Following tradition.

o

All of the above.

None of the above. 6. The laws of nations should be respected as long as: o o

They do not conflict with the laws of Yahuwah.

o

They are convenient.

A person agrees with them. 7. Those who worship on the true seventh-day Sabbath, calculated by the Creator's calendar: o o o

Are legalists, insisting on keeping a Sabbath which was nailed to the cross. Receive the seal of Yahuwah, for He has set apart the Sabbath as a sign of loyalty between Himself and His people.

Are fooling themselves because it is impossible to know when the true Sabbath comes. That is why all Yahuwah requires is that we keep one day in seven. 8. Those who worship on the first or seventh days on a pagan or papal calendar: o

o

Show loyalty to the power that established that calendar.

o

Receive the mark of the beast.

o

Defy their Creator.

o

All of the above.

o None of the above. 9. When Protestant churches worship by the pope's calendar, while rejecting the Bible Sabbath: o o

They agree that the Roman Catholic Church has the authority to change the law of Yahuwah. They are honoring the true day of Yahushua's resurrection: Sunday.

They are still accepted by Yahuwah as all He requires is that His people keep one day in seven. 10. When Protestants claim tradition or the teachings of the Fathers as the reason for worshipping on Saturday or Sunday, they ignore the very principle which separates them from the Roman Catholic Church: o

o

The transfer of authority from Yahushua as head of the church to Peter, the first pope.

o

The Bible and the Bible only!

The Immaculate Conception. 11. There must be no sacrifice of principle. Peace is too dearly obtained if purchased by the smallest concession to Satan's agencies. o

o

True.

o False. 12. Only habitual surrender of principles entangles us in the snares of Satan. o

True. The little things do not count.

o False. The least surrender of principle entangles us in the snares of Satan. 13. 'The _______ question is to be the issue in the great final conflict, in which all the world will act a part.' (Fill in the blank.) o

Jerusalem

o

Conversion of the Jews

o

Muslim

o

Sabbath

Immortal soul 14. Each Sabbath institution (seventh-day lunar Sabbath; Saturday; or Sunday) both true and false shows the ________ of each Deity/deity. (Fill in the blank.) o

o

Name

o

Home

o Authority 15. The great decision now to be made by everyone is: o

Whether he will receive the mark of the beast and his image, or the seal of the living and true Eloah.

o

Whether or not to move to Jerusalem.

o

Whether or not to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.

o

Whether to worship on Saturday or Sunday.

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The King James Version (KJV) is mostly used in these lessons. Click here to access the KJV online. The battle over worship will continue to grow and spread. Every person on earth must make a decision to worship the Creator on His true Sabbath, as a sign of loyalty to Him, or else to simply shrug the duty aside as not relevant to today's needs. Many will decide that as long as you worship on a seventh-day sabbath, it is as good as the seventh-day Sabbath. To secure material security, they will accept a spurious sabbath. Many, though, will choose to stand steadfast and loyal to their Creator, worshiping Him on the day which His calendar in the sky dictates. The controversy will escalate until it reaches the point warned about in Revelation 16:13, 14 & 16: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them to the battle of that great day of Yahuwah Almighty . . . And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. A great deal of speculation has arisen from the word "Armageddon" which is used only once in the entire Bible. Hollywood film writers have incorporated it into many apocalyptic, end-of-the-world scenarios. The word itself is curious because, while Revelation appears to have been written in Greek, "Armageddon" is actually a combination of two Hebrew words. The first is har (#2022) which simply means "mountain." Scholars are divided as to the second word in the combination. Some believe it is #4023: Megiddo, which was a place in Palestine. The problem with this interpretation is that when one goes to where Megiddo was there is no mountain there! In fact, there is just a valley: "the Valley of Megiddo" (See 2 Chronicles 35:22.) The other option is the most accurate. It is #4150: mo'ed: the worshipping assemblies of Yahuwah's people. What Rev. 16:16 is referring to is the Mountain of the Mo'edim. In the scriptures, mountains are symbols of governments. (See Daniel 2, specifically, verses 34-35 and 44.) This is the same mountain referred to in Isaiah 14 where Lucifer was telling his intention of sitting on the Mount of the Congregation: he was stating his purpose to assume control of the government of Heaven and the right to be worshipped. The lengthy controversy between good and evil has been a conflict between two different governments: a Government of Love versus a Government of Evil; a Government which gives its citizens complete freedom of choice versus a government that enslaves the wills of its citizens. Your day of worship reveals to which government you are pledging allegiance. The battle of Armageddon is the final confrontation in the war. It is a battle between two different governments and their differing times of worship. Armageddon is the deciding battle because Yahuwah will finally have a group of people willing to obey His law at any cost to themselves. This fight will be played out on the battlefield of the mo'edim, the battlefield of worship days.

Satan has spent the last 6,000 years constructing his mountain – his government, his system of counterfeit worship. The Creator, also, has a system of worship: true, holy worship. Each system has its own feast days. The sign of loyalty is the day on which you choose to worship because that is governed by either the true calendar established by Yahuwah at Creation, or a counterfeit calendar, divorced from the moon which was created for the very purpose of revealing the times for worship. During creation week when the moon was created for calendation ("He appointed the moon for seasons [moe'dim]" Psalm 104:19), another role was assigned it: "And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." The word translated "signs" is #226: Owth means "sign; mark." This word represents something by which a person or group is characteristically marked . . . [it is used] to represent a military banner . . . The word means "sign" as a reminder of one's duty . . . (The New Strong's Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) The true Sabbath is all of this, and more. The Sabbath, as calculated by the moon, is a reminder of our duty, our privilege to worship our Creator on His mo'ed, His appointed day of worship. It is a mark that distinguishes those who worship their Maker by the luni-solar calendar. In the final battle between good and evil, the mo'ed you keep is the military banner which designates on which side you stand. The day on which you worship, in a very real sense, is your pledge of allegiance to the Master/master you serve. Just as school children pledge allegiance to their country's flag, worshippers are pledging allegiance when they choose the day on which they will worship. Furthermore, the calendar they use to count to that day also reveals which Deity/deity they are worshipping: the Creator Yahuwah who made the heavens and the earth; or Satan who has sought to steal that worship by leading the world to unite in using a pagan calendar. The final generation is described in Revelation 14:4 as a special group: "These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth." To follow the Lamb anywhere He leads requires a complete surrender of the will. Only those who have first surrendered their will to the point of being willing to obey if it is true will recognize truth in an unpopular doctrine. The Lamb is now inviting you to follow Him. Will you surrender your will and allow Him to lead you into all truth?

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QUIZ 1. The great final conflict in the long standing battle between the Creator and Satan will be over: o

Who has more followers.

o

When to worship: on the true Biblical Sabbath? Or on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?

Jerusalem. 2. Each day of worship, both true and counterfeit, represents its Creator/creator and shows the authority of each: Yahuwah, or Satan. o

o

True.

False. 3. The duty to worship Yahuwah is based upon the fact that: o o

He can destroy you if you disobey.

He is our Creator and we owe our existence to Him. 4. Concerning the Sabbath, Yahuwah says, that it is: o o

Optional - He knows you are busy, but He would like you to try to spend time with Him if you can.

o

A celebration!

o

'A sign, . . . that you may know that I am Yahuwah your Eloah.'

A good day to spend time with family. 5. Had the Sabbath always been kept, people would have been led to remember the Creator and there would never have been idolaters, atheists, or infidels. o

o

True

False 6. Worshipping on a seventh-day sabbath is as good as the seventh-day Sabbath. o o

True

False 7. While scholars are divided over the definition of 'Armageddon', the best definition is: o o

Apocalypse

o

World War III

o

Mount Mo'edim: the Mountain of Worship Time

Mount Megiddo 8. The lengthy controversy between good and evil has been a conflict between: o o

Two different governments.

o

Two different worship days.

o

Two different deities: Yahuwah, the Creator or Satan, the Adversary.

o

All of the above.

None of the above. 9. The true Sabbath: o o

Is a reminder of our duty to worship our Creator.

o

Is a mark that sets apart those who worship their Maker.

o

Is your pledge of allegiance to Yahuwah.

o

All of the above.

o None of the above. 10. The mark of the beast: o

Is only in the United States - it is their Social Security numbers.

o

Is our sign of loyalty to Yahuwah.

o

Is merely a scary Hollywood idea, used in some violent horror movies.

o

All of the above.

None of the above. 11. The Battle of Armageddon is the deciding battle between good and evil because: o o o

It is the last battle. Yahuwah will finally have a group of people willing to obey His law at any cost to themselves.

Yahuwah's people fight the Beast's people and win, setting up a temple in Jerusalem. 12. When the moon was created for calendation, it was also assigned another role: o o

Being a night-light for young children.

o

Being there for eclipses.

Being a sign that represents the Creator's worshippers. 13. The final generation is a special group because: o o

They follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth.

o

They are the final generation!

o

They wear special clothing, covering their heads when they pray.

o

They move to Jerusalem.

They rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. 14. The only people able to recognize truth in an unpopular doctrine are: o o

Those who have university degrees.

o

Those who have first surrendered their will to the point of being willing to obey if it is true.

Priests and pastors. 15. The Lamb is now inviting you to follow Him. Will you surrender your will and allow Him to lead you into all truth? o

o

Yes! Where He leads, I will follow.

o

No. It requires too much sacrifice.

o

No, it is too inconvenient.