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A Vindication of the Seventh-Day Sabbath and the Commandments of God - With a Further History of God's Peculiar People from 1847-1848

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Title:AVindicationoftheSeventh-DaySabbath

Author:JosephBates

ReleaseDate:November23,2009[Ebook30531]

Language:English

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VINDICATIONOFTHESEVENTH-DAYSABBATH***

A

Vindication
ehtfo

Seventh-DaySabbath,
andthe
CommandmentsofGod:
withafurtherhistoryof
God'sPeculiarPeople,
from1847to1848,
ByJosephBates.

1.NoGodbutmethoushaltadore;
2.NoImageframetobowbefore;
3.MyHolyNametakenotinvain;
4.MysacredSabbathdon'tprofane;
5.Toparentsrenderduerespect;
6.Allmurdershunandmalicecheck;
7.Fromfilthandwhoredombase,abstain;
8.Fromtheftandallunlawfulgain;
9.Falsewitnessfleeandslanderingspite;
10.Norcovetwhat'sthyneighbor'sright.

NewBedford
PressofBenjaminLindsey
8481

Contents

Preface............................2
TheSabbathControversy...................4
BarnabasAgainstTheSabbath................22
ToTheEditorOfTheAdventHarbinger.........37
TotheEditorofTheBibleAdvocate.............54
PastAndPresentExperience.................71
JosephBates.ScripturalObservanceOfTheSabbath....87
UnderTheGospel......................89
TheBeginningOfTheSabbath...............91
TheLastExperimentOnDefiniteTime;TheProlonging
OfTheDays
All
Failed..................94
Christ'sSecondComingToGatherHisPeople.......101
ACorrection.........................104
Seventh&FourteenthOfRevelations............105
Footnotes..........................131

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Preface.

TOTHELITTLEFLOCK:
I
DEDICATE
toyouthefollowingpages,withmycontinued
prayerstoGod,throughourGreatHighPriestandcoming
King,thattheymay,inconnectionwithGod'sHolyWord
andguidanceoftheDivineSpirit,enableyoumoreclearlyto
discoverthedeceptiveartsoftheDevil,andtheagentsheis
employingintheselastdays,tobetrayandensnareyouinhis
(almost)innumerableandcomplicatedvarietyofsinsandsnares;
andseeyourtrueposition
justhere
undertheH
IGH
L
ANDS
of
I
MMORTALITY
!Donotforget,whileseekingtounderstandthe
Scriptureswithasimpleandhonestdesiretolive
here
byevery
wordofGod,toreadagainandagainthewarningthatGodin
hisinfinitemercygavetoJesusmorethanfiftyyearsafterhis
gloriousresurrectionandtriumphantascensiontohisFather's
seatinhisSanctuaryintheheavenofheavens;andhesent
itbyhisangel,whopresenteditbeforeJohninholyvision,
recordedinhisRev.xii:13and17,andinxvi.chapter,first
partofthe13th,and14thand15thverses.Youwillseethe
openingdevelopementoftheseverythingsintheworkbefore
you.Nonewillfullyrealizethembutthosewhoarekeeping
all
oftheCommandmentsofGod,especiallyhisHolySeventh-day
Sabbath.Withoutfearofcontradictionhereorhereafterbefore
thegreatW
HITE
T
HRONE
,ItellyouthereisnotanAdventpaper
(thatIhaveheardof)publishedintheland,thatisleadingtothe
kingdom.Idonotsaybutwhattheypublishmanytruths;but
theirhereticaldoctrineswill,iffollowed,never,nonever,lead
youtoGod!Andasyoupassalongthroughthesepeaceand
safety
valves
inyourpropheticalhistory,watchingandanxiously
waitingforGodtogivethefourthsignofthecomingofJesusby

Preface.

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shakingtheheavensandearth,theseaandallnations,andgive
youthe
time
ofJesus'coming,youwillmoreclearlydiscover
thewideningtracktheseadvocatesarepursuingwithalmosttoa
unit
everyprofessedadventministerintheirtrain.Youwillalso
seethatthe
Waymarks
andhighheapsinyourpathway,
pastand
present
,aretheonlysureearthlyguidestothepeacefulhavenof
eternalrest.Frommywatch-towerIhavediscoveredandpointed
outtoyousomeofthedevouring
WOLVES
insheep'sclothing.
Letusavoidthem,andliveprayerful,humbleandwatchful,for
morewillyetbeseen,andperhapsstartrightoutofyourmidst!
AsIamunabletopaythePrinter,yourmeansasGodhas
givenyouabilitywillbeneeded.ItrustthatGod'struechildren
areready.
Fairhaven,Mass.Jan.1848.
.B.J

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TheSabbathControversy.

OncemoreIfeelconstrainedtospeakinvindicationofthe
SabbathoftheLordourGod.Ihavebeenprivilegedtoreadabout
allthearticleswhichhaveappearedintheB
IBLE
A
DVOCATE
,both
forandagainsttheSeventh-daySabbath,foraboutfourmonths
past;andoccasionallyathrustandachallengefromtheAdvent
Harbinger,declaringthatthelawofGodwasabolishedmore
thaneighteenhundredyearsago,andthatwehavesincethat
timebeenundergrace.ThemostthatIhavefearedinthis
controversywas,thatitwouldnotbecontinuedlongenoughto
bringoutthewholetruth,totheutterconfusionanddismayof
theseprofessedSecondAdventSabbathbreakers.Onetraitin
theircharactersisnowprettyclearlydeveloped,thatisthey
areSabbathhaters!ThelawofGodisnicknamedbythem,the
JewishRitual,theJewishSabbath,theSabbathoftheold
Jews,&c.&c.,thusvirtuallyshowinguptheircharactersin
theseperiloustimes,accordingtoPaul,ascovenantbreakers,
boasters,proud,blasphemers,denyingtherighteouslawofGod,
andyetprofessingtobelievethewholewordofGod.AsJannes
andJambreswithstoodMosessodosomeoftheseleadingmen
resistthetruth.Awonderfulandhorriblethingiscommitted
intheland,theprophetsprophecyfalselyandthepriestsbear
rulebytheirmeans,andmypeoplelovetohaveitso;andwhat
willyedointheendthereof?AnswerThesoulthatsinneth,
itshalldie.Ithinkitisbecomingveryevidentthattheyare
fulfillingRev.xii:17,andxvi:13,firstclause.Noneothersso
likelytodeceiveasthese,becauseoftheirpositioninthenear
comingoftheSaviour.Itamountstoalmostanimpossibilityto
get
their
definitionofthe
LawandCommandments
.Oneclass
willtellyouthattheoldandnewtestamentsaretheWordand

TheSabbathControversy.

5

CommandmentsofGod.Asecondwilltellyouthatthenew
testamentcontainsallthecommandmentsandteachingsthatare
nowrequiredofus.Iwasinformedofacompanyofprofessed
adventbelievers,notthirtymilesfromthis,havingbecomeso
alarmedortenacious,thattheywouldnotcarrytheoldtestament
withthemtomeetingonthefirstday.Therewasnothingin
it,however,thattheyfearedbutthecommandmenttokeepthe
Seventh-daySabbath.Athirdclasswilltellyouthatbaptism,
theLord'sSupper,washingoneanother'sfeet,holygreeting,and
allthecommandswhicharegiven,arecommandments.Joseph
Marsh,editoroftheAdventHarbinger,sayswearenotunderthe
law(ofMoses)butunderthelawofgrace,thenewtestament.
NowtheApostleJameshasgivenusatestwhichwillutterly
confoundallsuchunscripturalarguments,viz.:Whosoever
shallkeepthewholelawbutshallfailwithrespecttooneprecept
hathbeenguiltyofall.[
Macknight'strans.
]Nowtomake
itstillplainerforus,hesays,Forhewhocommandeddonot
commitadultery,hathcommandedalso,donotkill.Nowifthou
commitnotadultery,
butkillest
,thouhastbecomeatransgressor
ofthelaw.NowIaskinallcandorwhichofthese
five
are
right?Youanswer,James,theinspiredone.Well,doeshe
justifyeitheroftheotherfour?Youanswerno,forhehas
directedustothetablesofstone,thetencommandmentsinthe
law,recordedinExodusxx:1-17.Thisisthetruesource.Isit
doubted?ThenhereisthetestimonyofJesusinMatt.v:17-19.
Nowreadthe21stand27thversestheverysameonesJames
hasquoted.Seealsothe33dverse,thethirdprecept.There
areseveralothersifrequired,butsurelythesetwoareclear.
Certainlynoonewilldoubtfromtheabovetestimonybutwhat
thetencommandmentsinthedecalogueareallandtheonlyones
thatmanisrequiredtokeep,withtheexceptionofthenewone
inJohnxiii:34,givenforthechurchofChrist.ButJ.Marsh
says,itisclearthatallthetencommandmentsinthedecalogue
wereabolishedatthecrucifixionofChrist.Sosayseveryone

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AVindicationoftheSeventh-DaySabbath

thattakesthisstand,andtheyquoteforproof2dCol.14-17.
ButithappensveryunfortunatelyforthemallthatJamessaw
hismastercrucifiedandhistestimonyisdatedA.D.60,about
twenty-nineyearsbeyondtheirpointoftime,andshowsusthat
thecommandmentswereasmuchenforcedthenandeverwould
be,astheywerewhenhismasterwascrucifiedtwenty-nineyears
before.NowIsaythatthistestimonypointedlyandpositively
condemnsthemandwillcondemnthematthejudgment.For
proofofthisIappealtotheteachingsofourLordJesusChrist,
whatwemustdotobesaved,
Ifthouwiltenterintolife,keep
thecommandments.
ButsomewillsayJamescalleditthelaw,
thereforeyoumustsoexpoundit.IwillletGodandJesusdo
that:GodsayspositivelythatthekeepingoftheSeventh-day
Sabbathismy
commandmentandmylaw
.Exod.xvi:28,29.So
hehasinotherplacestaughtusrespectingthewholedecalogue,
andsoinlikemannerdoesJesus.Readthesamequestionand
answerrecordedinLukex:25-28:W
HATSHALL
I
DOTOINHERIT
ETERNALLIFE
?JesusaskshimwhatiswrittenintheLAW.He
repeatsthewordsofJesusrecordedinMatt.xxii:36-40,or,in
37-39thverses.
And
(Jesus)
saiduntohim,thouhastanswered
RIGHT
thisdoand
THOUSHALTLIVE.Now,ifyouwantit
stillclearer,readMattv:17-19.Lawandcommandmentsare
heretoo,synonymous:Whosoeverthereforeshallbreakone
oftheseleast[
laws
]commandments,andshallteachmenso,
shallbeinnoesteeminthereignofheaven,butwhosoever
shall
practice
andteachthemshallbehighlyesteemedinthe
reignofheaven.[
Campbelltrans.
]Thatheisspeakingof
thelawofcommandmentsinthedecalogueispositiveandclear
fromthe21st,27thand33dverses.Thathemeansthewhole,
isalsoclearfromthisandtheabovequotationsinMatt.xxii.
andLukex.Nowifthekeepingofthecommandmentswill
secureuseternallife,andtheviolationofthemrenderusofno
esteeminthereignofheaven,howcanthoseentertherewho
donotkeepthem,andespeciallysuchonesasJosephMarsh

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