After going to many Christian brothers and sisters and discussing and sharing the Sabbath a great truth became apperant to me.
All the other commandments we can pretend to follow, but the Sabbath stands out, it is a sign, the standard of God. Where he draws his battle line, the true believers put on the armor and choose God, the decieved put on the "traditions" of men and the false doctrines of the evil one who raise his banner of Baal, and pagan sun worship.
The Sabbath cannot be hidden under a bushel, you can hide your idols, swear against God out of hearing of others and love other gods such as sex, money, fame... and no one would know. But like Daniel praying at his window for all to see the Sabbath is a clear display of our love for God when we worship him.
So God has given us His truths, the banner of the Sabbath is raised and planted since Creation, Jesus has shown us who the Sabbath is for...
Here is a excellent description of the Biblical Sabbath..www.adventistbiblicalresearch.org/materials/conversations-other-chr...
who raise his banner of Baal,
Do you understand this term you wrote Richard?
Before there was a Pope there was no Sunday. History clearly shows that it was the Papacy joining and compromising with the Roman Pagans in an effort to convert the Pagans to Christians.
Emperor Constantine the first Roman to become a Christian as we know he wanted to take his Mithraism with him into the RCC. Therefore we can as best see him as a Nominal Christian.
Well said and researched Elijah. Love your SOP and your comments about raising the banner of Baal.
Baal is a Hebrew word with two forms of action, the verb form spelt with the exact same letters as the noun form, hence the word essentially means the same thing. However nobody in the world would agree with this idea.
He went to love her with his love. Are these two love words really different?
He made a record in the record. Can you see how the actions of verbs differ?
The farmer went to produce produce for sale. Notice the different actions.
The plough went out to plough all day to sow. This is a Bible verse even. We with Greek brains see words with static descriptions, like nouns. Hebrew people saw no nouns, only verbs. There are two kinds of actions or verbs, the incompleted action or verb, and the completed action or verb.
The verb form of Baal has the idea of "master", where humans do things as a small authority over others.
The noun form of Baal has the idea of "divine-master", where humans support themselves as a "god like authority" over others.
Notice the Hebrew English translator:
Those who have sharp, rough traits of character are guilty before God if they do not, by training, repress and root out all the bitterness of their nature. The man who yields to impatience is serving Satan. "To whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey." A good character is more precious in God's sight than the gold of Ophir. The Lord would have men act for time and for eternity. We have received good and bad as a legacy, and by cultivation we may make the bad worse, or the good better. Shall the bad gain the ascendancy, as with Judas, or shall the evils be purged from our souls, and the good predominate?
Principle, right, honesty, should ever be cherished. Honesty will not tarry where policy is harbored. They will never agree; one is of Baal, the other of God. The Master requires his servants to be honorable in motive and action. All greed, all avarice, must be overcome. Those who choose honesty as their companion will embody it in all their acts. To a large class, these men are not pleasing, but to God they are beautiful.
The word "baal" is all about the "authority" you are empowered by.
EGW alludes to Jesus as our master, where does Scripture say this? One verse only:
Ho 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
The Hebrew word "baali" stems from "baal" is used only here.
What is the English meaning of "baal" according to our Hebrew English translator?
God's servants are not to be treated as the servants of the Conference, to be bound and released at their pleasure. God is dishonored, and it is time you called a halt. The men who live out Christ's lessons in practical life are his co-workers. The man who acts upon worldly principles is serving another master. The two classes do not blend into one another imperceptibly like the colors of a rainbow; Christ's likeness and Satanic attributes stand out as distinct as midnight in contrast with midday. The Christian differs from the worldling in nature, in taste, in pursuits. The words of the prophet Malachi need to be read, the warnings heeded, and the instructions practiced. From the first word to the last this book should be our lesson sheet, in the home life, in the church, and before the world. God calls upon you, "Why halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord God serve him, if Baal, then serve him." God will not approve or bless the authorities at Battle Creek in turning things upside down.
He has so fully established the idol self in the heart and worshiped at its shrine, there has been no room for Jesus, no room for light, for love, for meekness, and lowliness of heart. Self is magnified into wonderful proportions. His only hope is to die to self, crucify self. If not, he loses that life which measures with the life of God. It is life or death that is set before Dr. Burke. "Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve;" "If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." [Joshua 24:15; 1 Kings 18:21.]
Every heart emptied of self will have the quickening energy of the Holy Spirit. It is now that some are being worked by satanic agencies. Mark the fruit. The whole life is one of ambitious determination to carry out their own plans and purposes, to do a special work to exalt themselves. God puts to them the challenge, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. If it be God, serve Him; if Baal, serve him." [Joshua 24:15; 1 Kings 18:21.]
The answer is "SELF". Self is a self empowered abuse of God's power where you abuse God's power for selfish reasons. You become a "god like authority" of your own destiny.
What does Paul say about this?
Ro 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Paul uses a change of words: Pious people who do works of the law using self, to make themselves good in the eyes of the Lord, are attempting to save themselves by what they do. We call this thing "legalism".
So how are we saved, if we exclude self from salvation? how does salvation work?
The answer lies in the correct meaning of faith.
See the link above.
Notice our Hebrew English translator is the only person I have found who understands what faith is
At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.�The Desire of Ages, 669, 670.
So when we raise our banner of Baal, understand what this means.
I pray, like me, we humbly seek a different master over us daily.
Learn to control our tongue, the fruit of Baal. Ask GOD to tell you want to say.
Shalom my friends
Thanks for your reply Rob. I did not realise that Ball had two meanings, although I have seen in the concordance that many Hebrew words do have more than one meaning, and many times it is oposite meanings, that can make it quite confusing so a person like me just have to trust that the translator got it right when he made the translator.
As you say we have two to chose Jesus or Ball who is Satan in reality as Joshua said; Joshuah 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Have a Blessed Sabbath Rob.
Well said and Scripture chosen my friend.
I get the impression baal is a Hebrew word that came to being only after sin entered the world, ie self is a god like authority that opposes GOD and His LOVE.
Indeed the godlike authority in which we empower ourselves, has to be daily crucified as we choose another master over lives, Jesus.
How do we via faith, get this master into our minds on a second by second daily basis?
The answer lies in the correct meaning of faith.
See the link above.
Seeing we are the only ones on this forum each day Elijah, have a read through the many webpages on this link, and tell me what you think, what faith really means... how we get Jesus as our master over us daily...