Like the Seventh Day
Adventists Catholics believe in the importance of the seventh day
and how God has Seventhed Himself to us by His oaths or promises to
us when He established a covenant with us. The role of the Sabbath and all the other key
elements of the Old Covenant are too significant for their
importance to be limited to themselves.
Each of these beautiful
aspects points to something else that is greater and beyond itself.
The Old Testament (O.T.) is filled with types that prefigure the
greater glory of God that is fully revealed in the New Covenant. These
O.T. types find their perfection and completion in Jesus Christ,
either in Himself or in someone or something that manifests His
grace and glory in the New Covenant that He
established. So, it is in Jesus, who is God, that we can find the ultimate fulfillment of
all these good things.
“Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he (Jesus)
interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.”
father of all mankind, prefigures Jesus Christ, the New Adam (1
Corinthians 15:45-49, Romans 5:14-21
Noah and his
family were saved from the flood, and this prefigured how those who
are united to Jesus Christ would be saved from sin. 1 Peter
Abraham and Isaac:
Because Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac, Genesis
22:16 God promised to make him the father of a great nation, the
Jewish people. Jesus is greater than Abraham John 8:58
beloved son of Abraham Genesis 22:2 prefigured Jesus the Son of
God. and Matthew 3:17
going to be sacrificed. Genesis 22:2 This prefigured Jesus who was
through whom the Law was given. Jesus refers to Moses’s law, but He
expounds upon it and modifies it. Matthew 5 John 5:45-46
the greatest king in the Old Covenant, and to whom God promised
there would always be a descendant on the throne. Jesus is the King
of Kings. Revelation 17:14
been the wisest man to have been born because God blessed him with
special wisdom. He prefigure Christ who had infinite wisdom.
prefigured Christ. John 2:19
great prophet who spent three days in the whale and through whom God
demonstrated his great mercy to those who repent and turn to Him.
Jonah prefigured Jesus who is the Prophet who rose on the third day.
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Seventh Day Adventist focus on the importance of the Old Covenant
and the Sabbath which was a sign of the Old Covenant. The Catholic
Church agrees and affirms the importance of these things, it is just
that we believe that they are even more important because they
pointed to greater realities beyond themselves. They foreshadowed
greater truths about the mercy of God that was revealed in the
fullness of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Exodus 31:13 “ ‘You shall keep my
sabbaths, for this is a sign
between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know
that I, the Lord, sanctify you.’ ”
The Sabbath points forward to when the
God-Man won for the human race the grace to be sanctified, that is,
made holy. Jesus conquered Satan and sin by rising from the dead.
We read in Romans 4:25 how Christ “was
raised for our justification.” However, Jesus was raised on
the first day of the week. And
Luke chapter 24 makes that clear.
Therefore, the Sabbath points us forward to
even a more glorious day, the Lord’s Day, the eighth day, or the
first day of the week which in turn points us to that time in which
we will spend with God in Eternity after our earthly journey.
Oaths are promises that invoke God’s Holy Name. Covenants are
established by oaths. The Hebrew word for seven is based on the
word for oath. So, it could be said that when God makes a covenant
by His word or oaths that He seventh’s Himself to mankind.
Just as the Old Covenant was replaced by the New Covenant the
Sabbath was replaced by a new a better seventh’ing of Himself to us
which He did on the Lord’s Day, the day He conquered Satan by rising
from the dead and the day of the week he sent the Holy Spirit to His
people. The Lord’s Day is the eighth day which is the new Seventh
Day signifying the New Covenant in Jesus Christ.
More than just a Creator, God is also a Redeemer and Sanctifier
who opens the door of heaven to those who are a New Creation in
Jesus Christ. Jesus has seventhed Himself to us through the
We Catholics can be inspired by and learn from SDA's deep
devotion who keep
holy the Seventh Day. For us, the Seventh Day is the Lord's
Day, the first day of the week.
“The Sabbath was the end of the first
creation, the Lord’s day was the beginning of the second, in
which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he
prescribed that they should formerly observe the
Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the
first things, so we honor the Lord’s day
as being the memorial of the new creation”
(On Sabbath and Circumcision 3 [A.D. 345]).