“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters". (Rev. 14: 7)
Compare the two verses:
(Revelation 14:7) - “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."
(Exodus 20:11) - "the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is”
Note: This is directly pointing our attention to the forgotten commandment, the only commandments that tell us to remember the Sabbath day and why? For God alone is the creator and only him we are to worship and the Creator [Jesus] confirms the Sabbath. How did He confirm?
God tested the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. He rained down Manna for six days and on the seventh day, he rained down none (Ex 16:4-28). God's purpose in doing this was to teach them trust in his provision! They were to trust and have full assurance. And the Sabbath was the test of their trust or full assurance. On the seventh day, they were to trust in the full provision that was given to them on the sixth day. How much was it given to them on the sixth day? Double portion (Ex. 16:22).
Jesus comes along and He says “I am the bread" (John 6:48-49) - I am the manna that came down from heaven. So Jesus picks up this analogy and if he is the bread of life, then we can expect something would happen on a sixth day in the life of Jesus. What happened on a Friday with Jesus? He was crucified. So get this now - The cross of Christ was the double portion - the more than abounding blessing that God has given us and now what comes the day after Jesus died? It is the Sabbath. So, do you realize that the Sabbath is a test to see whether we trust in the full provision made for us at the cross? That's what it is!
Every Sabbath we keep, we are saying, "I trust in the full provision made for me at the cross, I will rest in him". That means, I am resting from my own works (Heb. 4:10). What are my own works? The works of the flesh. Therefore, the Sabbath reveals our ultimate trust in the sacrifice of Christ. Cross [blood stained banner] stands for the confirmation of the Sabbath. So, to deny Sabbath is to deny the very thing the cross stands for.
“As the sinner looks upon the Saviour dying on Calvary, and realizes that the Sufferer is divine, he asks why, this great sacrifice was made; and the cross points to the holy law of God , which has been transgressed. The death of Christ is an unanswerable argument to the immutability and righteousness of the law. ” Bible Echo, March 15, 1893 par. 3
In the first angel’s message, worship and Sabbath-keeping are inextricably united, just as fear for God and rendering Him glory are united with the judgment. Should a Christian deny the divine requirement of obedience to God’s law, then all logic demands that he reject the Sabbath and the Investigative judgment.
For every requirement of God, Satan provides a counterfeit. In Jesus’ time the majority of the Pharisees offered a counterfeit worship. Jesus gave ample testimony to this fact. Speaking of these Pharisees, Jesus said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9)
Here is the key to false worship. Instead of practicing obedience to God’s law, false worshippers follow obedience to men’s laws.
It is significant that the Roman Catholic Church destroyed the second and the fourth commandments, eliminating the former and so reducing the latter that the connection between the worship of the creator and Sabbath observance was lost. No two commandments relate worship more intimately then these two, for God’s command to worship is based upon His incomparable superiority to other gods (which of course are mere fronts for the worship of Satan) and His place as our Creator.
Moses gave many stern warnings on image worship. Typical of these warnings was; - “Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them” (Deut. 11:16). Yet in spite of all God’s warnings, man chooses to worship Him through images of his own devising and to ignore His authority as our creator. It is not surprising that God identifies the little-horn power of Daniel 7 as the one who thinks “to change times and laws” (Dan. 7:25).
The change of those two laws to accommodate the commandments of men led generation after generation into a false worship of God. Today in protestant churches the same principle is followed. There is no destruction or mutilation of particular laws of God. The Decalogue is preserved unchanged. But nevertheless, false worship is engendered by claims that the entire then commandments were nailed to the cross. Those who thus teach are simply substituting the commandments of men for God’s precepts.
God in His love has given us the full knowledge necessary for salvation and an unclouded view of the future. Many Christians do not appreciate these messages from God. They prefer to make futile efforts to reverse God’s words. The Investigative Judgment is unpalatable to them. True Sabbath worship they cannot render, because of the carnality of their hearts. Thus, instead of humbly believing God’s messages and falling before their Creator in repentance and pleading for power, they prefer to invent false doctrines which suit their carnal wishes.
Today the Lord is calling each one to worship Him. Only true worshippers are given the privilege of taking God’s last message to the world. Only these will become God’s saints, for they alone will keep God’s commandments through faith in Jesus.