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John Nevins Andrews (1829-1883)

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By J. N. Andrews

STEAM PRESS
1873

PREFACE

THE history of the Sabbath embraces the period of 6000 years. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord. The acts which constituted it such were, first, the example of the Creator; secondly, his placing his blessing upon the day; and thirdly, the sanctification or divine appointment of the day to a holy use. The Sabbath, therefore, dates from the beginning of our world's history. The first who Sabbatized on the seventh day is God the Creator; and the first seventh day of time is the day which he thus honored. The highest of all possible honors does, therefore, pertain to the seventh day. Nor is this honor confined to the first seventh day of time; for so soon as God had rested upon that day, he appointed the seventh day to a holy use, that man might hallow it in memory of his Creator. {HSFD 3.1}
This divine appointment grows out of the nature and fitness of things, and must have been made directly to Adam, for himself and wife were then the only beings who had the days of the week to use. As it was addressed to Adam while yet in his uprightness, it must have been given to him as the head of the human family. The fourth commandment bases all its authority upon this original mandate of the Creator, and must, therefore, be in substance what God commanded to Adam and Eve as the representatives of mankind. {HSFD 3.2}
The patriarchs could not possibly have been ignorant of the facts and the obligation which the fourth commandment shows to have originated in the beginning, for Adam was present with them for a period equal to more than half the Christian dispensation. Those, therefore, who walked with God in the observance of his commandments did certainly hallow his Sabbath. {HSFD 3.3}
The observers of the seventh day must therefore include the ancient godly patriarchs, and none will deny that they include also the prophets and the apostles. Indeed, the entire church of God embraced within the records of inspiration were Sabbath-keepers. To this number must be added the Son of God. {HSFD 3.4}
What a history, therefore, has the Sabbath of the Lord! It was instituted in Paradise, honored by several miracles each week for the space of forty years, proclaimed by the great Lawgiver from Sinai, observed by the Creator, the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and the Son of God! It constitutes the very heart of the law of God, and so long as that law endures, so long shall the authority of this sacred institution stand fast. {HSFD 4.1}
Such being the record of the seventh day, it may well be asked, How came it to pass that this day has been abased to the dust, and another day elevated to its sacred honors? The Scriptures nowhere attribute this work to the Son of God. They do, however, predict the great apostasy in the Christian church, and that the little horn, or man of sin, the lawless one, should think to change times and laws. {HSFD 4.2}
It is the object of the present volume to show, 1. The Bible record of the Sabbath; 2. The record of the Sabbath in secular history; 3. The record of the Sunday festival, and of the several steps by which it has usurped the place of the ancient Sabbath. {HSFD 4.3}
The writer has attempted to ascertain the exact truth in the case by consulting the original authorities as far as it has been possible to gain access to them. The margin will show to whom he is mainly indebted for the facts presented in this work, though it indicates only a very small part of the works consulted. He has given the exact words of the historians, and has endeavored, conscientiously, to present them in such a light as to do justice to the authors quoted. {HSFD 4.4}
It is not the fault of the writer that the history of the Sunday festival presents such an array of frauds and of iniquities in its support. These are, in the nature of the case, essential to its very existence, for the claim of a usurper is necessarily based in fraud. The responsibility for these rests with those who dare commit or uphold such acts. The ancient Sabbath of the Lord has never needed help of this kind, and never has its record been stained by fraud or falsehood. Battle Creek, Mich., Nov. 18,1873 J. N. A. {HSFD 4.5}
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TABLE OF CONTENTS



PART I - BIBLE HISTOR
CHAPTER 1 - THE CREATION
CHAPTER 2 - THE INSTITUTION OF THE SABBATH
CHAPTER 3 - THE SABBATH COMMITTED TO THE HEBREWS
CHAPTER 4 - THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT
CHAPTER 5 - THE SABBATH WRITTEN BY THE FINGER OF GOD
CHAPTER 6 - THE SABBATH DURING THE DAY OF TEMPTATION
CHAPTER 7 - THE FEASTS, NEW MOONS AND SABBATHS OF THE HEBREWS
CHAPTER 8 - THE SABBATH FROM DAVID TO NEHEMIAH
CHAPTER 9 - THE SABBATH FROM NEHEMIAH TO CHRIST
CHAPTER 10 - THE SABBATH DURING THE LAST OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS
CHAPTER 11 - THE SABBATH DURING THE MINISTRY OF THE APOSTLES
PART II - SECULAR HISTORY
CHAPTER 12 - EARLY APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH
CHAPTER 13 - THE SUNDAY-LORD'S DAY NOT TRACEABLE TO THE APOSTLES
CHAPTER 14 - THE FIRST WITNESSES FOR SUNDAY
CHAPTER 15 - EXAMINATION OF A FAMOUS FALSEHOOD
CHAPTER 16 - ORIGIN OF FIRST-DAY OBSERVANCE
CHAPTER 17 - THE NATURE OF EARLY FIRST-DAY OBSERVANCE
CHAPTER 18 - THE SABBATH IN THE RECORD OF THE EARLY FATHERS
CHAPTER 19 - THE SABBATH AND FIRST-DAY DURING THE FIRST FIVE CENTURIES
CHAPTER 20 - SUNDAY DURING THE DARK AGES
CHAPTER 21 - TRACES OF THE SABBATH DURING THE DARK AGES
CHAPTER 22 - POSITION OF THE REFORMERS CONCERNING THE SABBATH AND FIRST DAY
CHAPTER 23 - LUTHER AND CARLSTADT
CHAPTER 24 - SABBATH-KEEPERS IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
CHAPTER 25 - HOW AND WHEN SUNDAY APPROPRIATED THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT
CHAPTER 26 - ENGLISH SABBATH-KEEPERS
CHAPTER 27 - THE SABBATH IN AMERICA
INDEX OF AUTHORS QUOTED
INDEX OF SCRIPTURES
INDEX OF SUBJECTS

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I would ask, why is this uploaded here? It is historic, hardline Seventh Day Adventist theology. It should be accompanied by a warning. If it is even allowed. To be exact, it condemns all of us who view Sunday as the proper day of worship, the Lord's Day.

Jeepster, I had one parent that was SDA, and one that a lover of self and the world.  One was a jewel, the other was not, but both are children of God. Do you suggest that SDAs should be condemned because they are SDA?  What about Baptists, Seventh-day Baptists, Messianic Jews, Lutherans, Catholics, or Mennonites? I do not own this website, but I am the author of the tool that has helped make many of the e-Sword modules that are on this website, many whose theology I do not agree. (God does cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust)  Do you suggest that I be banned from this website and perhaps my tools because I sympathize with a number of SDA beliefs, such as the state of the dead, the non-immorality of the soul and the perpetuity of the Law of God as expressed in the 10 Commandments?   

 

The phrase, "Lord's Day" is found only once in the Bible, Revelation 1:10. It is not defined there, one must go elsewhere in the Bible to find the definition of what the "Lord's Day" means. A business partner or mine was surprised to find this fact out and he was very devout, Baptist who leads out in Bible studies. There are no texts that define the "Lord's Day" as the first day of the week, Sunday.  There are these verses which define which day God does claim as His own. Gen_2:3; Exo_16:23; Exo_20:10; Isa_58:13; Mar_2:28.  And the reason I respect Sabbath is not to be saved, but because it is God that does save, Exo_31:13; Eze_20:12.  

 

The best part of e-Sword is that it allows us to study the Bible for ourselves.  The one book that is essential for all to study is the Bible. It is the Bible that gives us the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent into the world to life and die for sinners, Joh_17:3.  

 

It is not essential for us to study the writings of the early church fathers, if it was Christ would have told us to do this. The fathers do not all speak the same thing. Which of them shall we choose as a guide? Should re rely on the preacher to tells us what the Bible says or means?  A priest or pope? What if these disagree among themselves? There is no need for us to trust to such uncertainty. We can pass by the fathers to learn of God out of His Word. The commentaries written about the Word do not all agree. Often they come into collision with one another. God does not ask us to be guided by them, but by His Word. All can search the Scriptures for themselves. e-Sword is great for that. And they may know that the teaching of this Book is unchangeable. The opinions of human beings differ, but the Bible always says the same thing. The Word of God is from everlasting to everlasting.
 
This module, "The History of the Sabbath and the First Day of the Week," can not condemn you.  Only the Bible can do that.  See Joh_3:16-21.  It is not even essential that you read this module.  The danger lies in not studying the Bible for ourselves and knowing it says, and not relying on traditions of men, Mat_15:1-9.

I would ask, why is this uploaded here? It is historic, hardline Seventh Day Adventist theology. It should be accompanied by a warning. If it is even allowed. To be exact, it condemns all of us who view Sunday as the proper day of worship, the Lord's Day.

I'm sorry you feel that way, my friend.

But I am glad the module was presented for us.

Though this site is not set up to air our differences in belief, I would suggest the many Biblical groups out there on the Internet to discuss those differences.

With Blessings,

Virgil


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