The Sabbath Versus Sunday Crisis!

 

                        A clever plot being hatched by both Protestants, Evangelicals

                        And Catholics to enforce Sunday observance upon the Christian

                        world is being fomented and planned behind secret doors.

                        Meetings being held in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere are

                        designed to impose Sunday observance and worship upon a

                        sleeping world!  Will you be caught off guard?

 

William F. Dankenbring

 

 

Anew article in this week’s Jerusalem Post, “Praying With Fire” by Rabbi Riskin, discusses the subject of “fire.”  The world today is playing with fire.  Consider how the Soviet leaders almost pushed a nuclear button back in 1962 over Cuba. Today America has invaded Iraq in the Middle-East, and Russia has begun strongly asserting herself in the Middle-East, and Arab neighbors are threatening to destroy Israel—the world is playing with FIRE.

 

What is our defense against this mad, crazy, frenzied world? Our defense is PRAYING with FIRE! Pray with “fiery” prayer like Elijah, Moses, Daniel and David-- prayers that make a difference! In the Parallel (Amplified) Bible, James 5:13 says, “is any of you ill-treated, or suffering evil?  He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise to God. Is anyone sick among you? He should call in the church elders and they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name, and the prayer of faith will save him and the Lord will restore him. If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

 

James continues, “Confess to one another your faults, offenses and pray also for one another that you may be healed and restored to a spiritual tone of mind and heart. The earnest, heartfelt, continuous, fervent prayer of a righteousness man makes tremendous power available that is dynamic in its working.” 

 

“Elijah was a man with such a nature as ours. He had feelings, a constitution and affection like ours. He prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for 3 years and 6 months. Then he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops as usual.”  In this end-time age of tribulation we need to begin PRAYING the fire and intensity of God’s Holy Spirit!

 

Leviticus 9:1 refers to when the fire came down upon the Tabernacle in the wilderness. It happened on the 8th day as Israel waited during the sanctification of the Tabernacle. Shemini means 8th day. This was the first day of Nisan, the very day on which the Sanctuary was erected. It was also in the midst of the exultant celebration that followed the descent of the divine fire that consumed the offering on the altar as a sign of heavenly acceptance.

 

Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, were also consumed by the divine fire. What occasion such divine wrath, and what is the significance of the eighth day which gives this Biblical portion of study its name? Moreover, what is the symbolic secret of fire which makes it a statement both of divine fire and divine disapproval – God’s grace and God’s wrath? The eighth day is indeed fraught with significance.

 

Let us return to the initial days of creation. The 6th day God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden. The first couple sinned by eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil by declaring themselves (and not God), the arbitrator of what is good and what is evil. So Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. According to teachings of the Midrash, Adam would recite the Psalm for the Sabbath day, and was uplifted by the understanding that there is truly a road that is paved with repentance back to Eden with contact and unity with God. Then on the 8th day after their sin, darkness began to descend on the world.

 

The Almighty prepared for Adam two flint-stones which Adam rubbed together and fire emerged. Hence on the eighth day, the beginning of the second weekly cycle became parallel to the first day of Creation. On the first day of Creation God created light (Gen. 1:3-4). On the eighth day (the first Sunday), Adam created light and warmth by using flint-stones. Deeper meaning lies in the seven days of Creation; God created a world for human beings. The day after the weekly Sabbath, on the eighth day Adam discovered through fire how he could repair, improve, and recreate that world as a true picture of the divine, giving light or by misusing the power of fire to create destruction.

 

In the 7 days of Creation, God made a world fit for humanity. On the eighth day of the Consecration of the Sanctuary, the Israelites had made a sacred place – an improved world in miniature – in which God could dwell together with humanity by his presence in the most HOLY place inside the Tabernacle. As God said in Exodus, “they shall make for me a Sanctuary so that I may dwell in their midst.”  So fire is a response to God’s light. But fire is a two-edged sword that can strengthen and purify as in prayer, or it can subvert and petrify. It can bring warmth, or explosion and nuclear destruction. We need to therefore serve God in accordance with his laws that we dare not to remove our creative spirit from God’s direction and laws.  To do so would be to repeat the sin of Adam—to go astray according to our own minds and thoughts, instead of following the pathway of God’s thoughts and laws.” It would be a wrong use of the energy of fire.

 

So God sent His divine light and fire from heaven as a sign that He accepted the Sanctuary and the work of human hands that built it according to His exact directions. If they had built it contrary to His divine directions, then He would never have accepted it. Nadab and Abihu came along with STRANGE fire that they had not been commanded to bring. They improvised their own method of worshipping God, and brought unacceptable and unqualified sacrifices as Cain did. So they died on the spot for perverting the commands that God gave Israel. 

 

Today there are a lot of ministers, from the various end-time Churches of God ,as well as other churches, playing the role of modern-day Nadab and Abihu by bringing strange fire before the altar of God – by changing his appointed times—the calendar and the holy days of God and even the weekly Sabbath Day! They proclaim to be worshipping God while perverting his worship and commandments. That is like the sin of Nadab and Abihu with their estranged form of disobedience to God’s plain and simple Torah by adding to and taking away from the word of God  -- as many modern ministers of God do.

 

The problem is that there is no fear of God before their eyes. They have lost the fear of God, or they wouldn’t dare to do such a thing! They think they have been delivered to do those things.

 

We must use our creativity in the service of God to perfect ourselves, our world, and our churches.  But do so only in accordance with God’s divine will and the limits he has placed on His divine service!  Almighty God thunders,  You shall not learn to follow the abominations (detestable acts) of those pagan nations . . . . You shall be perfect (entirely obedient) with the Lord your God” (Deut.18: 9-14).. 

 

Rabbi Riskin says that we must serve God in accordance with his law, his commandments, his will and the limits he has placed on divine service so that we never fall into the trap of bringing strange fire (Baal worship) before the Lord.  Human hands created fire, human hands are agents of free will and can use that agent as creativity for good such as cooking food, or for destruction as in weapons of war. The Jews pray for the speedy return of Elijah the prophet on the weekly Sabbath day before Passover to herald the soon coming of Messiah. In our own hands lies the future of the world, whether we properly recreate our world and return to Eden by repentance and obeying God’s commandments. It depends on our own hands and how we use the amazing powers of fire. Be busy with prayers of repentance and striving to return to God and keeping his statutes, laws, and judgments. Peter admonished all to save themselves from this despicable and rebellious generation.

 

Growing Persecution against Christians

 

The Canadian government has just ordered a Christian ministry that teaches doctrine and who differentiates between Christians and Cults shut down, because their materials were critical of the beliefs of others who are not Christian. Canada’s version of the “Hate Crime Law” has now prevented that ministry from continuing its work that has been being done for over 30 years. The leader of this church, called MacGreggor Ministries, says Canada is no longer a Christian nation and has very strong hate laws. MacGreggor ministry points out the differences between Christianity and various cult beliefs, but also with respect and as a proponent. The work is always done as a response to a question or an issue. The leader said, every time we criticized something, they wanted us to say “Christianity is equal to Buddhism, Mormonism, or Jehovah’s Witnesses, just decide for your self”. Their leader says, “watch out America”.

 

The governments of this world are not the government of God, but are in the hands of Satan the devil the god of this world. God is allowing him more and more control over the nations of this world. Why is God allowing this? As I see it brethren, God sees that this world needs correction and “waking up!”  Christians in this world need a gigantic awakening, a cold dash of reality that will cause them to turn to God in repentance and pray “fiery” prayers in earnest repentance for all their abominable sins. They don’t know the difference between truth and lies, or good and evil anymore.

 

In Algeria 13 Protestant churches were shut down and any media criticism of the religion of Islam banned! Algeria is close to a fully Sunni Muslim country in northern Africa. They cannot reopen their doors until they are issued a permit that allows non-Muslim groups to hold organized worship. Algeria passed a law in February 2006 that required non-Muslim congregations to obtain a permit from their regional prefecture to hold worship gatherings. It also banned the production of media intended to “shake the faith of a Muslim,” according to Compass Direct News. After the law’s passage, however, there had not been any enforcement of the law and no Christian churches have been closed until recently. This decision might be linked to recent tension over allegations that Christians were trying to convert Muslims.

 

According to the Arabic newspaper, al-Insan al-Jadad, Islam’s “Public Enemy #1, fiery Coptic priest Zakaria Botros (along with fellow missionaries – mostly Muslim converts) has been making waves in the Islamic world. He appears frequently on the Arabic channel al-Hayat (Life TV) addressing controversial topics of theological significance, free from the censorship imposed by Islamic authorities. Egypt’s Copts, members of one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East have in many respects come to personify the demeaning of the Islamic institution of “dhimmitude” (which demands submissiveness from non Muslims, in accordance with Koran 9:29).

 

But Botros does not submit, and minces no words. He famously made of Islam “ten-demands,” whose radical nature he uses to highlight Islam’s own radical demands on non-Muslims. Thousands of Muslims are converting to Christianity. More Muslims have accepted Christ over the last 30 years, and specifically over the last 7 to 10 years than any other time in human history. There is a revival of Christianity going on in the Muslim world. God is doing something.

 

Coming – Religious Ecumenism

 

The king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, is planning an inter-faith conference for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, according to the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat.  The call for religious dialog to include Jews is the first by the monarch, whose country’s regulations prohibit the importation of non-Muslim religious objects including crucifixes and stars of David. The Saudi King said representatives of the three major monotheistic faiths need to work together “to defend humanity” from harm. King Abdullah said that he had discussed the idea of a summit meeting to promote religious dialog a number of months ago with the Pope.  This is going to be interesting. The world’s religions may be on the verge of uniting in some way to form the religion of the beast of the New World Order (Rev. 13).

 

The PLOT against the Sabbath

 

The 7th Day Adventists are extremely diligent to keep abreast and actively oppose enactment of Sunday legislation that would enforce Sunday worship upon humankind.

 

In an article entitled “Sunday Law by Stealth” by Pastor Hal Mayer, we read of sobering developments that  relate to the nearness of a Sunday law soon to be imposed on the Christian-professing world!

 

Says Hal Mayer, “Back in early November rumors were flying around that a secret meeting was scheduled between the Christian Coalition and the Vatican in Washington, D.C. Rumor had it that there was to be a discussion about the state of the world and the condition of the U.S. and most important of all, the need to protect the Lord’s day (Sunday) as a day of rest. There would be key congressional law makers present and a high level Vatican Cardinal was to address the group. My ministry must circulate only facts and not just conjecture, speculations, or assumptions.”

 

“Now I am going to tell you the details that I have received from a personal friend who was a credentialed participant in the secret meeting. I am going to tell you what is going on behind the scenes. Look at Revelation 13:15-17 regarding the image of the beast and its power. Notice that the receiving of this mark revolves around worship of the image of the beast.  Those who do not go along with this New World Order will be prevented from buying and selling and many will be killed.

 

This force is near at hand behind the scene to force you to worship the god of this world. First there has to be a general crisis that generates a good deal of fear – a crisis of world proportions. Secondly, there must be a nearly unshakeable cooperation between the religious forces and the US government and including the Vatican. Thirdly, they must keep this matter secret, so that it isn’t agitated about until there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Messiah has been holding back the winds of strife so that God’s people can get ready and be prepared for this tribulation. As a watchmen on the walls of Zion, we must give warning and open the issue to God’s people as early as possible, so they can get ready and do what they can under the power of God to stand. We dare not turn our faces from this issue or relegate it to the distant future.”

 

Suddenly “Sunday legislation” is looming on the horizon in the United States, as Bible prophecy foretells!  It is about to come out in the open.

 

Pastor Mayer continues, “The Protestant world is going to learn what the purposes of the Roman Catholic Church are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing in power to further her own ends, positioning herself in the world governments and U.N., even with the natives of Africa, Muslims and Buddhist, and her doctrines are influencing legislative bodies and churches of men. Unfortunately many of God’s people don’t seem to care. Thousands and hundreds of thousands are asleep, like the ten virgins in Jesus’ parable.  Many keep listening to the kind of music that makes angels weep and that invites Satan into their hearts, minds and homes.”

 

Are you sleeping at the switch?  Or are you standing vigilantly on your watch?

 

Mayer goes on, “We have known that the Sunday law movement would come, but have put it off in the distance subconsciously. We want to feel good. We don’t want to be depressed by bad news, so bathe ourselves in positive thinking and ‘feel-good’ spirituality TV pastors and spiritual fornicators. This is only empty and superficial, because it doesn’t wake us out of danger. It puts us to sleep, and makes us spiritually lazy.”

 

We have all heard the story of the frog put into the lukewarm water but doesn’t notice that water is being heated up slowly until it reaches the boiling point, and by that time the frog is weakened and it is impossible for it to jump out of the boiling water and save itself.

 

Behind Closed Doors

 

There were three organizations involved in this secret meeting in Washington, D.C: The Christian Coalition of America, Christian Churches Together, and Catholic Campaign for America.

 

The Seventh-Day Adventist present was Pastor Allen Fine, speaker and director of A New Sound Inspiration radio program in West Virginia and has been an SDA pastor for over 40 years and is now retired. Pastor Fine started attending their meetings back in 1989 to get an idea of their plans. Pat Robertson, leader of the Christian Coalition at that time was gleeful he had brought so many churches together into the Coalition. On March 29, 1994, the leaders of the Christian Coalition including Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Gary Bower, James Dobson, Ralph Reed and others including a Jewish rabbi who stacked their hands all together and declared that they are one.

 

Pastor Fine and his wife Deanna witnessed this, and believe that their intention was to use Christian organizations to get control of state and Federal legislatures and thereby set up the image of the beast.

 

In 2004 Pastor Fine received a memo from the new president of the Christian Coalition, Roberta Combs, addressed to him as “Leader, Christian Coalition in West Virginia”, and it discussed plans for the upcoming leadership meeting and legislative briefings in Washington, D.C.  Pastor Fine was surprised. “I didn’t ask for this,” he thought, “but I’ll take it.” When Roberta Combs, the president of the Christian Coalition, lost her husband suddenly to a heart attack, Pastor Fine was on hand to minister and pray with the family over the phone. This brought them close together as friends. Roberta Combs later asked him if he would be willing to serve as co-chairman of the Christian Coalition alongside Jim Backlin. He accepted and this has put him in a position to be credentialed to the leadership meetings with other Christian organizations and for him to attend the important secret meeting with the Vatican. Pastor Fine says that he believes God has a very important purpose for him on the inside of this important organization.

 

The story goes on.  The “Christian Coalition and Christian Churches Together and Catholic Campaign for American have developed a “ten-point agenda” for America that they want to implement at the federal and state levels by law. These ten amendments were recently updated at the Fuller Theological Seminary on March 1, 2007. Most of them are designed to uphold the principles that are important to Christian people, such as Marriage between one man and one woman, public prayer, references to God in the pledge of allegiance and on coins and bills, judicial integrity, limits on eminent domain, the right to bear arms, ect.

 

But ironically the seventh amendment on their list is a call for a national day of rest. This day would no doubt be Sunday.  The seventh amendment says: ‘Throughout all the land a National Day of Rest shall be honored by governments and industrial manufacturers and public shopping facilities’.”

 

The report continues: “A more recent organization known as Christian Churches Together (CCT) is also involved in the secret Sunday law movement and was represented at the secret meeting in Washington. This ecumenical organization has many churches that are members and they are all made to feel as if they have equal say, but it is organized in such a way that Rome’s representatives dominate the steering committee and the direction of the organization. This group is becoming more and more powerful however, and is now working on getting put into law a national day of rest in the United States.”

 

Catholic Campaign for America is another organization that is wants to establish a Sunday law. Catholic Campaign for America was founded in 1989 by Thomas V.Wykes, Jr. “who wanted to address the moral crisis in America with a Catholic response,” says Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. 

 

Declares Pastor Mayer: “As you can see, the Sunday law has been stealthily working its way through the ecumenical organizations and governmental bodies. When church leaders are excited about their unity with other churches, and when a large enough coalition of churches unite together they begin to feel very powerful, especially politically powerful. Then naturally they begin to use that power to accomplish their purposes.”

 

The IMAGE of the Beast

 

The beast is the Roman Empire. The religious organization that was founded as an image of the Roman Empire’s government is the Roman Catholic Church.  It is the image of the beast. Now in our day, the Roman Catholic Church is once again beginning to exert its influence and take over the religious direction of the Western World, and the United States.  The Roman Catholic Church is the woman riding the beast, (Rev.17) the great harlot that sits on many waters (nations) with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication (spiritual adultery liaisons) and the inhabitants of the earth are made drunk with the wine of her doctrines (teachings or fornications).

 

The apostle John says he was taken to the wilderness where he saw the woman (the harlot church) sitting on a scarlet colored beast. Scarlet (red) is the color of blood (blood of the saints). The beast was full of blasphemies having 7 heads and 10 horns. You can read more about this in my article “Who or What is the Beast”. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls (very RICH CHURCH) having in her hand a golden cup of abominations and filthiness of her fornications with the nations of the earth.

 

On her forehead there is a name written: “MYSTERY BABYLON the GREAT”— mother of harlots and the abominations of the earth. The origin of this church goes back to ancient Babylon. Her priests, mass, the headdresses all go back to the ancient Babylonian conspiracy that took over the earth in the days of Abraham, Noah – fomented and directed by Nimrod and his harlot wife, Semiramis.  Tte woman was drunk with the blood of the saints.

 

The Insidious Plot

 

On November 2007 top agents from the National Security Agency (NSA) met Pastor Fine when his plane landed in Washington, D.C., verified his identity on the spot and told him that this was such a provocative meeting they would have to keep his driving license until the meeting was over. When he asked why they were taking him to the Regency Hotel and not the John Paul II Cultural Center where the meeting was to be held, he was told by one of the agents that it would not be appropriate to have this kind of meeting at the John Paul II Cultural Center and that the meeting had been moved to the Regency Hotel.

 

The meetings were under surveillance constantly by the NSA until the meetings were over. On November 14th the day was spent in a conference on global warming. The speakers included Al Gore, former vice-president. During lunch on November 15, just before the meeting with the Vatican Cardinal, one of the NSA security agents came and asked Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition on, if she had told her people they were not to take any recording devices or cameras into the meeting, and that nothing will be released for publication until the Vatican has approved it. This is important because it reveals Rome’s manipulation and the concern that the Vatican has for loose elements that might damage her position.

 

Says the report, “Thirteen people met together, seven from the Christian Coalition, two from Christian Churches Together, and two from Catholic Campaign for America, plus Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Cardinal. The Cardinal was introduced as Cardinal Pizeroser from San Francisco, but that name cannot be found on any official lists of Cardinals, which suggests that it was a pseudonym. . The Vatican does not want to get its fingerprints on certain provocative activities. Nancy Pelosi was the only one who was permitted there from the U.S. Congress’ and is a very staunch practicing Catholic from childhood. She said to the Cardinal, ‘I live my faith. I have been trained and directed by Christian parents. I went to church school and also every Sunday I was faithful in recognizing that it was very necessary to do the things that I knew that I was supposed to do, and I have not changed one bit from that.’

 

“During this meeting the word ‘Sunday’ was never used, but here the Vatican Cardinal said, ‘We as Christian leaders must recognize that we have a responsibility to do that which is in keeping with the Lord’s will, and if we don’t we will pay for it . . . As you all know, we must all work for the betterment of America (see America as the second Israel). We must work with the state legislatures to appropriately help them to understand that all the immorality and slime must be stopped . . . we must work together in unison to show the Lord that this must be stopped.”

 

The report continues: “With the ‘ten amendments’ in his hand, the Cardinal said there would be more said on this when ‘His Holiness’ (Benedict XVI) would be here in Washington in April to meet with President Bush and also to meet with some of these same Christian leaders at the Senate Office Building on April 17.” 

 

“Some of the things that we at the Vatican are concerned about is what is happening here (in America) to the Lord’s day, concerning sporting events and all kind of calls for different things to be done. As you know, the Lord’s day is used in a blatant way against our God. The people must be told that this day must be kept holy. You must work together as leaders of this nation. As goes this nation, so goes the world.”

 

The Vatican is going to stamp Sunday worship on America through legislation, and then stamp it on the rest of the world through the influence of America in world affairs—a newly resurrected Roman Empire.

 

Pope Benedict will land in Washington, D.C., on April 15 and meet with President Bush. On Apri16 he will spend his birthday with a gathering of Cardinals at the John Paul II Cultural Center, as well as with ecumenical leaders. Then on the 17th he will meet with selected religious leaders including representatives of the three organizations that met in November: The Christian Coalition, Christian Churches Together, and the Catholic Campaign for America and perhaps others including a number of members of Congress. The purpose of the meeting, along with other agendas, is to motivate Christian leaders and legislatures to bring to the forefront, in the Congress and state by state, a national day of rest.   

 

Says Hal Mayer, “When the President of the United States of America elevates this kind of meeting with Christian leadership in America to the level where it wouldn’t be honorable to do it in any other place than in the Senate Office Building, we have come to a very important and significant moment in prophecy. When the President of the United States can bring the Pope to the White House and to the Senate Office Building to discuss a national day of rest (weekly), we have essentially come to the point where the image of the beast is about a to reveal itself.” 

 

It is time to PRAY with fire. We NEED God’s wisdom, guidance, protection and deliverance through obedience to Him. May God help us to understand.