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By Yasmine Peru

sunday-closed.jpgRecent events in Poland shouldn't come as a surprise to Seventh-day Adventists who have long been telling the world about "last day" events, one of which will be a Sunday Law, which many believe is the Mark of the Beast spoken about in the book of Revelation.

Despite the fact that nowhere in the Holy Bible does it state that Sunday is the day of rest, Polish lawmakers voted on Friday, November 24, 2017, to officially declare Sunday as a day of rest by slowly phasing out Sunday shopping by 2020.

According to reports by the Associated Press (AP) and other respectable media outlets, the bill, which was backed by the powerful trade unions and the Roman CAtholic Church, passed with a vote of 254 to 156. The Catholic bishops, however, are still not satisfied and are insisting on a full Sunday ban. The Associated Press states that "Poland's influential Roman Catholic bishops said in a statement they were not fully satisfied and insisted that all Sundays should be free from work for everyone."

The bill is expected to pass the Polish Senate and will be signed into law by the country's president.

Poland, a country of 38 million, is said to be predominately Catholic. This is the same religion which takes dubious credit for interfering with the fourth commandment which says "REMEMBER the Sabbath day to keep it six days the Lord made heaven and earth and rested on the seventh day." The seventh day Sabbath of the bible is Saturday, not Sunday. It was the Roman Catholic Church which arrogantly and without any authority, admits that they "Transferred the solemnity of the Sabbath from the seventh day of the week - Saturday - to the first day of the week, Sunday."

One article online notes that ..."The Old Testament teaches that Saturday is a day of rest since God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. Sunday, the first day of the week, became the Catholic "seventh day" and a day of rest after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on Sunday."

However, the same New Testament also teaches that Jesus, when he was here on earth "as his custom was" went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week. Nowhere in the New Testament does it say that, having risen on the Sunday he then declared it a day of worship. As a matter of fact, the true meaning of Jesus rising on Sunday, meant that even in death he kept the Sabbath holy by resting in the grave on Saturday, the Sabbath, and then rising on the Sunday.

Reports are that according to the new law, from March 1 to December 31, 2018, stores will be open on the first and last Sundays of the month only. In 2019, stores will only be open on the last Sunday of the month. Then in 2020, most retail establishments will be closed in the country on all but eight Sundays.

Interestingly, while many are lauding this move and welcome it as a day of rest and family, some comments have taken the lawmakers to task.

According to one person who commented online:

According to another: "You'd be hard pressed to prove that we don't have to obey the 4th commandment which tells us to not do any of our work on the 7th day of the week. Which commandment asks us to pick whichever day we want?

And, going in depth, another critic added: "And that leaves us with Paul. But even he said in Romans: "by the law is the knowledge of sin," and, "shall we continue in sin ...? God forbid," and "Do we make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Clearly, according to Paul, picking some other day than the one Jesus blessed and sanctified at creation would be sin, and Christians aren't supposed to sin.

However, today we tend to look at Paul's writings through the glasses of our culture and traditions, and sometimes we therefore read into Paul's writings things he never intended. For example, Paul in Rom. 14 talks about honoring or not honoring some sort of day, and folks often conclude that he was talking about the weekly Sabbath, when Rom. 14 nowhere says that that's what he was talking about. And wouldn't it be odd for him to contradict himself in the very same book, saying that the law defines sin in one place, Christians shouldn't sin in another place, and it's all right to break the 4th commandment in yet another place?

It is more reasonable to conclude that Paul in Rom. 14 was referring to Jewish feast days and annual sabbaths described in Lev. 23, which fell on different days of the week from year to year. Then we aren't making Paul contradict himself."

Please do not become complacent in your faith, merely waiting for the Sunday law to be enforced. We NEED to have a DAILY relationship with Jesus Christ in order to get through the time of trouble that is coming. Are you living for Christ everyday?

Revelation 12:11 ...'And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.' ... These are powerful words and they describe the TRUE people of God. Who are they? They are the ones who trust in the blood of Jesus, and by the word of their testimony, SHOW that their lives were totally devoted to God. And as Revelation 14:12 says, they (the saints) are the ones who keep the faith OF Jesus. They don't just have faith 'IN' Jesus, they keep the faith OF Christ. In other words, the faith, character and life of Jesus is actively being LIVED OUT in their lives. Does this describe you? Are you covered by CHRIST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS?