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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

I have just come across this module and am very glad it is here.  I'm leaving this comment even though I haven't even downloaded it as yet, this is a topic I've had tons of questions about over my life (and I'm 75 now).  I never did understand why the majority of churches worship on Sunday rather than Saturday because I have yet to find any reference in the Bible commanding us to worship on the first day of the week.  I was told that it was because Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday but that just didn't make sense to me.  Now I read this history and hopefully come out with a good solid explanation.

 

Thank You for posting this BH and doing the work to make it available for those of us who are interested. 

 

Barb

Maybe ANOTHER Chapter should be added to this module:

The Sabbath was NEVER Saturday NOR Sunday.

 

The Old Covenant Israelites used a LUNAR Calendar.

They NEVER used the GREGORIAN Calendar that is in use today, which was set in place by ROME.

Maybe another Chapter that includes the HISTORY of the CALENDAR is needed.

 

The OLD Covenant Israelites LUNAR calendar was set up with 3 types of days:

1. New Moon Days

2. Sabbath Days

3. The 6 Working Days

(see Ezekiel 46:1)

 

Please do not think I am advocating a Lunar Sabbath. That was OLD Covenant.

If one wants to advocate an OLD Covenant Sabbath, then at least learn WHEN that Sabbath WAS.

It WASN'T Saturday. and it ISN'T Sunday.

The NEW Covenant Sabbath is an Eternal Sabbath where we REST in the WORKS of Jesus.

 

When Yahweh RESTED the 7th day, did He "go back to work" the next day?

NO! Because His REST was an ETERNAL REST.

All who "Rest 1 day" must "go back to WORK" the next day and therefore do not follow the SABBATH of Yahweh.

 

What WAS the OLD Covenant? Let Scripture tell us:

 

1Kings 8:21 And there I have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of YAHWEH that He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.”

 

Exo 34:28 And he [Moses] was there with YAHWEH forty days and forty nights; he did

neither eat bread, nor drink water. And He wrote upon the tables the words of the Covenant, the ten commandments.

 

Deut 4:13 And He declared unto you His Covenant, which He commanded you to

perform, even ten commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of

stone.

 

Heb 9:3-4 Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that  budded, and the tablets of the Covenant.

 

What was IN The Ark of The Covenant?

The Old COVENANT! The 10 Commandments!

The TABLETS were not the Covenant, the WORDS ON the Tablets were the Covenant.

 

The NEW Covenant is NOT LIKE [the KJV says: not according to] the OLD Covenant.

 

Jer 31:31-32 Behold, the days come, says YAHWEH, that I will make a NEW Covenant  with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not like the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt ….

 

Since the OLD Covenant WAS the 10 Commandments,

and the NEW Covenant is NOT LIKE the OLD Covenant,

then the NEW Covenant CANNOT BE The 10 COMMANDMENTS!

 

The OLD Covenant was LAW. It was given to a People who walked after the FLESH.

The NEW Covenant is FAITH, given to a People who walk in the SPIRIT.

The Covenant of LAW was a TEMPORARY TUTOR, until FAITH came [Galatians 3].

The old covenant is a covenant of works, the new is a covenant of faith, and the 2 covenants are parallel tracks from paradise lost to paradise restored.  The conditions for both is obedience to the Law of God, which does not change and cannot be changed.  Sin is transgression of the law,1 John 3:4. The means of achieving obedience to the law is different between the 2 covenants.  The old covenant is based on the promises of the people to keep the commandments (Psalms 19:8) while the promises of the new covenant are based on better promises, the promises of God (Exodus 31:13; Leviticus 26:8-9; Proverbs 3:3; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 11:19-20; Ezekiel 20:12; Ezekiel 36:25-28; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

 

No man can keep the law of God by his own power, only by that which God will give.  The keeping of the Sabbath is not something one does to be saved.  Is it something one does because they are saved.  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 LORD is the one that does the work of sanctification.  

A resource that discusses the covenants can be found here: 
http://www.biblesupp...sting-covenant/

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