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According to the book of Revelation one of the major issues that will be involved in the final conflict between good and evil, is the matter of worship. At the center of this issue will be the question of, ‘who deserves our worship.’
In this lesson, we answer the question of who we ought to worship and what is the ‘sign’ of true worship.
Revelation 13:4, 8
“And they ___________________ the _______________which gave power unto the _______________: and they worshiped the _______________, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (v. 4)
John, in vision, saw that worship will play a very important role in the final events of earth's history. John saw that during the time of the end, the world will be divided into two classes of people, 1) those who worship the beast and his image (which represents a religio-political power and 2) those who worshiped and maintained their allegiance to the Lamb (Jesus Christ) (see also Revelation 13:8).
“If any man ________________ the _______________ and his image, and _____________ his _____________ in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall ______________ of the wine of the _________ ___ ____________, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation;”
“Again, the _______________ taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the __________________ ______ ________ _______________, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt _________________ and ___________________me.”
Satan, the rebel angel is the one behind every system that opposes true worship (see Lesson #4).
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt ___________________ the _______________ thy ___________________, and Him only shalt thou _____________.”
God is the only One who deserves to be worshiped. Not even an angel deserves to receive the allegiance and reverence that belong only to God (see Revelation 19:10).
“Thou art _________________, O Lord, to receive _______________ and _______________ and _____________: for thou hast ______________ all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were _______________.”
NOTE: God deserves our worship and allegiance because He is our Creator (see also Revelation 14:7; Jeremiah 10:10-12)
“Remember the _________________, to keep it holy. . . .”
God has given us the Sabbath as a sign and reminder that He is Creator of heaven and earth (see also Ezekiel 20:12, 20). By keeping the Sabbath, we guard against losing sight of our dependence on and obligation to God.
“Thus the _____________ and the __________ were finished, and all the host of them. And on the __________ day God ___________ His work which he had made; and He ______________ on the ________________ day from all his work which He had made. And God ________________ the _______________ day, and _________________ it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
The Sabbath was established during creation on the seventh-day. On each day of the six previous days of creation, God made everything in the earth that we now see and enjoy, but on the seventh day, God ended His work, rested, blessed the seventh day and made it holy.
“But the ______________ day is the ______________ of the LORD thy God:”
The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of the Lord. The seventh day of the week is called Saturday.
“And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be ________________ before the ________________, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the ________________:”
The Sabbath begins at sunset of the sixth day (Friday) (see Leviticus 23:32; Luke 23:53-55).
“And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for ________________, and not _____________ for the Sabbath: . . .”
No. The Sabbath was made for all mankind. The Jews were, in a special sense commanded to keep the Sabbath and reminded about it, because they were called to be God's special people who would keep His commandments, as opposed to most of the heathen nation who showed little or no respect for the God of heaven (see Exodus 19:4-6; Nehemiah 9; Romans 3:1, 2).
A. Exodus 20:8; Isaiah 58:13—REST
“_______________ the Sabbath day, to keep it ____________.”
“If thou turn away thy foot from the ______________, from doing thy __________________ on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a ________________, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing ___________ ___________ ways, nor finding thine own ______________, nor speaking thine own ___________:”
The Sabbath is to be kept holy by resting from all secular work and interests and dedicating our time to sacred duties and purposes.
B. Luke 4:16—WORSHIP
“. . . .and, as his ________________ was, he went into the ________________ on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to ________________.”
As Jesus did while He lived on the earth, we are to attend the house of worship on Sabbaths. (see also Isaiah 66:22, 23).
C. Matthew 12:10-12—DOING GOOD
“Wherefore it is _______________ to do ______________ on the _____________________ days.”
It is lawful to perform acts of mercy and service to others who are in need on the Sabbath.