How the Little Horn Changed God's Law Index
Changing God's Law is unthinkable, and yet amazingly Daniel predicted that this would be attempted by the church in its apostasy. In the last lesson we saw that the Ten Commandments are the eternal reflection of the character of God. They cannot be altered without changing God's character. But praise God, He is unchangeable! Even though the little horn power would think to change God's law, the inescapable fact remains that God has not changed it. In this lesson we will uncover the shocking story of the little horn's attempt to change the times and the laws.
The Commandment That Helps Establish A Relationship
1. What is it that the little horn power attempts to change? Daniel 7:25 And he speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Notice that the little horn is not just attempting to change the law, but the times and the law.
2. Which of the Ten Commandments in the law deals with time?7

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Exodus 20:9-11 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, not thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Only the fourth commandment, in which God commands people to keep the Sabbath day holy, deals with time. The purpose of the Sabbath, as Lesson 10 revealed, is to give God and His people time to get better acquainted. People need to spend time every day with God in Bible study and prayer. if a deep personal relationship with God is going to be formed, God says we need one day a week to spend in contemplation of God and His blessings to us. It is like a marriage; if a husband and wife spend some time together each day, they will develop a relationship, but their marriage and their relationship will never be as deep as it is when they take an additional day each week to be together. the only way we can get to know someone is to spend time with them, and the only way we can get to know God is to spend quality time with God. The fourth commandment performs a special function, because it ties time with our relationship with God. if anyone obeys the fourth commandment as God intended and builds a solid relationship with God, there will be little question about that person keeping the rest of the commandments. It is not surprising, then, that Satan has attacked this commandment. he well knows that if he can destroy a person's relationship with God, that person will end up serving Satan. No wonder God as warned us against this power that would think to change the times in the law - the one commandment that ties time to our relationship with God.
The Seventh Day
3. Which day has God specified to be set aside as the special day in which God and His people build a solid relationship together? Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, they manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Notice that God has set aside a specific day, the seventh day, as a special time to get better acquainted with His people.
4. Which is the seventh day?   To discover which is the seventh day, one only has to take a quick look at the calendar to see that the seventh day is the day we commonly call Saturday, not Sunday.
5. Has there been any change in the calendar that has affected the weakly cycle? Since the time of Christ there has been only one major change in the calendar. This was the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1582. The Julian calendar had allowed too many leap years. As a result, the calendar was out of kilter with the solar system. In order to rectify it, ten days were dropped from the calendar in October of 1582. Even though ten days were dropped from the calendar, the weekly cycle was not changed at all. The order of the days of the week remained the same.
6. What other evidences are there that the day of the week called Saturday is the same as the Biblical seventh-day? a.) In 105 languages in use today the word for Saturday has as its root meaning "Sabbath." For example, the Latin "Sabbatum," the Greek "Sabbaton," the Russian "Subbota," the Italian "Sabbato," the Spanish "Sabado." b.) The history of the Jews, who have consistently kept the Sabbath from the Exodus event, and still keep the Sabbath on Saturday today, indicates clearly which is the seventh day. During the Exodus event God by a double miracle of the manna clearly revealed which was the seventh day. On every day a certain portion of manna would fall. There was always enough for everyone every day, but not enough to be kept for the next day. However, on Friday a double portion of manna fell and people had enough for two days, whereas on Saturday, no manna fell. For forty years God performed this double miracle every week to thoroughly establish which day was the seventh. The Jews have kept that same seventh day until the present time (Exodus 16).
7. What further Biblical evidence is there that the seventh day is Saturday?

Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, (Jesus died on God Friday)

Luke 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. (The next day was Sabbath.)

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. (Following the Sabbath came Sunday)

The Bible clearly indicates that the Biblical Sabbath was the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Since Saturday is the only day in between, the inescapable conclusion is that the Biblical seventh-day Sabbath is Saturday.
The Change of the Sabbath
Since the Scripture is very clear that the original Biblical Sabbath was on Saturday, the seventh day of the week, it might be asked, "Why do most Christians today observe Sunday, the first day of the week?" Somehow, somewhere, a change has come about. God says that He never changes, and His law never changes. He embodied the seventh-day Sabbath in His holy law. Who then changed it?
8. Who did Daniel declare would think to change the times and the law? Daniel 7:25 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: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. God foretold that the little horn, the papacy, would attempt to change times and the law. The Sabbath is the only commandment in the law dealing with time. An attempted change has been made in the time for the Sabbath, from Saturday to Sunday. Could it be that the papal power is the very one who has attempted to change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday?
Origin of the Sabbath
9. When did the Sabbath originate?

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested for all His work which God created and made.

Even in the giving of the Ten Commandments, the origin of the Sabbath is clearly identified as the Garden of Eden rather than Mount Sinai.
10. With what word does God begin the Sabbath commandment? Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

1. God chose the word "remember" to begin the Sabbath commandment. The word "remember" denotes three possibilities.

1.a You cannot remember something you have never heard of before. Therefore the origin of the Sabbath must be before Sinai, and not at Sinai.

1.b The word "remember" signifies that a person should pay special attention. "Remember" is generally used to indicate things that are of special importance that people should not forget. God chose this word to introduce the Sabbath at Sinai.

1.c The word "remember" indicates that God looked down the stream of history and saw that this would be the one commandment that the world would forget. And so He tells us to remember it, and not forget this commandment. And so He tells us to remember it, and not forget the other commandments if we wold remember the Sabbath, because the Sabbath would help us to develop a relationship with God. Amazingly, the one commandment that many would forget is the one that deals with time set aside to establish a relationship with God.

 

11. What three things did God do when He instituted the Sabbath at creation?

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested for all His work which God created and made.

God gave us an example by resting Himself. He blessed this day as He blessed no other day. He sanctified this day. The word "sanctify" means to "set apart for holy usage." God did not bless the ACT of resting, He blessed a specific DAY. If the whole world rested on a day it wouldn't make that day a Sabbath. What makes it the Sabbath is that God rested, blessed and sanctified it. People do not have the authority to change what God has sanctified. Some people feel it makes no difference what day is kept as long as they keep one day in seven. But please remember that God blessed and sanctified only one specific day - the SEVENTH day.
12. Did the Sabbath exist before sin, or only after sin?

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested for all His work which God created and made.

This point is very clear in Scripture. The Sabbath is a creation remembrance, coming to us from the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. On the cross Christ dealt with. Since the Sabbath existed before sin, there is absolutely no way it could be altered by the cross.
13. Was the Sabbath given for the Jews only? Mark 2:27 And He Said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: The sabbath existed thousands of years before there was a Jew. It is true that the Jews kept it, because they were covenanted people of God. But the Sabbath was made for the entire human race. It was given to them in the innocence of the Garden of Eden. God does not intend to establish a relationship with the Jewish people only. Every born-again person needs a relationship with God. To say that the Sabbath belongs only to the Jews is virtually to say that God only wants to establish relationships with Jewish people. But God is not a respecter of persons. He wants to know everyone.
The Perpetuity of the Sabbath
14. Will the human race still keep the Sabbath in the New Earth?

Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the LORD.

In God's newly recreated earth after sin is removed, people will still be keeping holy God's sacred Sabbath. What a delight and what a joy it will be for people to enter the Sabbath rest of God in the new earth, where they can get even better acquainted with God than they can here. This verse clearly indicates that our relationship with God will grow deeper in the new earth as we spend even more time together.
15. Of what is the Sabbath a sign? Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

The Sabbath is God's great sign of sanctification. Sanctification describes the process whereby God lives out His life in the believer, transforming the believer into the divine image. The sign that it is the Lord who is sanctifying is the sacred Sabbath. The keeping of the Sabbath indicates that a Christian is taking time to build a solid relationship with God, which is the basis of sanctification.

16. Of what else is the Sabbath a sign? Ezekiel 20:20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.

Now clearly the scriptures bring out the special significance of God's Sabbath. It is a special sign that people know the Lord. It is a sign that people have a relationship with God. That's why the Sabbath, to the Christian, becomes such a beautiful day of delight and joy in the Lord. The Scriptures do not enjoin a legalistic keeping of the day. but rather the setting aside of this special day to build a relationship with God. That's why the Christian gets excited about the Sabbath, and why the Sabbath is such a blessing in the midst of the troubles of the world. The Sabbath is a relief from the burdens of life, a time when God and His people can draw apart and develop an intimate relationship.

The troubles of the last days are going to be so great that unless people have a deep personal relationship with God, they will not make it through the end times. That's why the Sabbath is so important in these last days and why Daniel warns against the power that would think to change the day that God had set aside for a relationship with Him. If there ever was time in earth's history when people needed the Sabbath, it's today. Let us make certain that we use this special time to build a solid relationship with Jesus, that we might be prepared for the climactic scenes of earth's history soon to take place everywhere.

17, Do you desire to build a better relationship with God through regular Sabbath keeping?