This crucial truth comes into clearer focus when we review what the seventh day means.
Look at this quote from Lesson 13: As we already saw, the seventh day is the biblical symbol, the biblical sign, the foundational sign of God as God Himself!
In the creation story, imbedded deep in it, is this sign of that work of creation, the seventh day. You can’t get any farther back, without going to God Himself.
Think about it. Everything that Christians believe is, really, rooted in one reality – God is our Creator. Nothing in Christianity makes sense apart from that foundational truth.
The cross, salvation, the Second Coming, every teaching, every doctrine – everything is based on God as the one who made the world.Creation, then, forms the ground – the foundation – of all biblical teachings, and the seventh-day Sabbath – embedded in the Genesis creation itself (Genesis 2:1-3) – stands as the eternal and immutable sign of that creation.
In other words, the Sabbath is the most basic reminder of the most basic teaching.
The only thing behind it, and more fundamental – is God Himself.
Thus, to usurp the seventh-day Sabbath is to usurp the Lord’s authority at the most prime level possible – that of Him as Creator.
It is to get behind everything and uproot it at its core. Indeed, it is to seek to take the place of God Himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4), which we have seen is what this power seeks to do.
It claims worship that belongs only to the Creator.
God’s people are called to worship Him. They are also depicted as keeping the commandments of God. Revelation 14:12
And, of all those commandments, the seventh-day Sabbath alone stands behind everything else, because it alone points to God as Creator – the only One we are called to worship – in contrast to the same power that sought to usurp not only the commandment but the role of God Himself.
No wonder millions around the world believe the seventh-day Sabbath will be the outward symbol of the final divide between those who worship the Lord and those who worship the beast.
Considering how basic and fundamental the Sabbath is to everything else, it’s hard to see how the final issue could be around anything else.
How this will all unfold, the Bible hasn’t told us. It has just told us that it will, and has given us a powerful warning about what we should have, figuratively speaking, impressed deep within our foreheads and our hands – and that is the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12
The final warnings increase in intensity and reach a climax with God’s final appeal: