The Sabbath at the End Time
By Mark A. Finley
The Sabbath is an eternal sign that God is our loving Creator. It reveals an all-powerful, compassionate, heavenly Father who is interested in the details of our lives. As we rest each Sabbath, we rest in His love and care for us.
In the book of Revelation, the seventh-day Sabbath is a sign of allegiance to God, the visible sign of our commitment to Christ.
1. Who did the apostle John describe as the author of Revelation? Circle the name of the author of Revelation in the text below, then fill in the blanks.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John” (Rev. 1:1).
a. Who gave Revelation’s message to Jesus?________________________________________
c. To whom did the angel give it?___________________________________________________
Revelation is a message about Jesus sent to John by an angel directly from God. Revelation’s prophecies reveal Jesus and the everlasting gospel.
2. How did John identify God’s last-day message carried to the earth by three angels?
“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people”(Rev. 14:6).
God’s last-day message of the everlasting gospel—the good news of salvation from sin’s penalty and power—goes to the ends of the earth before Jesus comes.
3. What four aspects of the everlasting gospel are outlined in Revelation? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Rev. 14:7).
b. __________________________________ glory to _________________________________
c. the _______________of His ____________________has ____________________________
d. __________________Him who made ___________________and ____________________.
To fear God means to respect and obey Him. To give Him glory means to honor Him in all we do. Judgment implies we are moral creatures responsible for our actions.
4. How do we worship our Savior and Lord as Creator? What is a sign of His creative authority? Fill in the blanks below.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.… For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day … and hallowed it” (Ex. 20:8-11).
The commandment says, “Remember the _____________day to _______it__________________
.… For in _________days the __________made the ______________and the ______________.”
We worship God each Sabbath because He created us. We did not evolve; life is a precious gift from our loving heavenly Father.
5. While the first angel of Revelation 14 calls humanity to “worship the Creator,” what does third angel warn against? Fill in the blanks below.
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Rev. 14:9, 10).
The third angel warns against worshipping the ________________and his __________________.
Revelation brings to view two systems of worship: worshipping the Creator or worshipping the beast. The sign of the true worship is the seventh-day Sabbath, a symbol of supreme allegiance to Jesus as Creator.
The sign of false worship is the mark of the beast, and refers to ignoring God’s way in favor of exalting the human rather than the divine.
6. How are God’s end-time people pictured in Revelation? Write your answers on the lines below.
“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12).
God’s end-time people have two undeniable characteristics:
a. Those who __________________ the ____________________of ____________________
b. and the ____________________________of ____________________________________.
7. One of the signs of God’s last-day people is a love for Jesus that leads to obedience. The Sabbath is a symbol of obedience to the One who created us. The Sabbath command is a call to worship whom? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“And to make all people see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 3:9).
God created all things through _________________________________________________
Since God created all things through Jesus, the seventh-day Sabbath is an end-time sign of worshipping Jesus. He is the “Lord … of the Sabbath” (Matt. 12:8). When we worship on the Sabbath, we are giving Jesus the highest praise and honor. Why not praise Him with all of your heart and worship Him as Creator on the seventh-day Sabbath?
What counsel does the Bible offer about keeping the Sabbath? That’s our topic for next month.