The Ten Commandments Prophetic Connection
When did they come into existence?
The Ten Commandments were not an afterthought by God, given to the Jews to keep them in line. The essence of the moral law has always been in existence, because they reflect the very nature and character of God. There are many references in the Bible that describe the Ten Commandment Law that also describe the character of God using the same words.
|Romans 16:26: God is Eternal||Psalms 111:7-8: The law is Eternal|
|Isaiah 5:16: God is Holy||Romans 7:12: The law is Holy|
|I John 4:8: God is Love||Romans 13:10: The law is Love|
|Psalms 145:17: God is Righteous||Psalms 119:172: The law is Righteous|
|Deuteronomy 32:4: God is Truth||Psalms 119:142: The law is Truth|
|Luke 18:19: God is Good||Romans 7:12: The law is Good|
|I John 1:5: God is Light||Proverbs 6:23: The law is Light|
|1 John 3:3: God is Pure||Psalms 19:8: The law is Pure|
|Psalms 48:1: God is Great||Hosea 8:12: The law is Great|
|John 4:24: God is Spiritual||Romans 7:14: The law is Spiritual|
|Mathew 5:48: God is Perfect||Psalms 19:7: The law is Perfect|
|Deuteronomy 32:4: God is Just||Romans 7:12: The law is Just|
Several of the Commandments which specifically apply to the human race, even though they became valid with the creation of man, would have already been in existence also, because God is all knowing and knew an eternity before he created mankind that He would. The remainder of the Commandments would have also already been applicable to the angelic realm prior to creation.
What are the Ten Commandments?
A list of the Bible Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 20:2-17
1. “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
2. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my Commandments.”
3. “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”
4. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
5. “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
6. “Thou shalt not kill.”
7. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
8. “Thou shalt not steal.”
9. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”
10. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”
Is there proof that they always existed?
Proof of the existence of the Ten Commandments can be found by looking at the original sin committed by Lucifer. Remember that the Bible clearly defines sin as the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”
If there had been no Ten Commandment law then there could have been no transgression of the law and no sin. We also know they existed long before they were first given and codified as found in Exodus 20 and were kept by Abraham as shown by the following verse. Genesis 26:5 “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
What caused the war in heaven?
It was sin that caused the war in heaven? Lucifer became jealous and coveted what God had. Isaiah 14:12-14 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Lucifer coveted the very thrown of God and the worship that only our Holy God deserves. This sin of coveting was breaking the tenth Commandment and because of it he was banished from Heaven.
After the war in Heaven Satan initially was ousted from Heaven, but still had some form of access, and he was continually accusing the brethren. We know from the story of Job that he could communicate with God. Job 1:7-9 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?”
The Bible shows us that when Jesus performed His redeeming work on the cross that Satan and a third of the angels, who chose to align themselves with evil instead of good were now permanently banned and cast out of Heaven and down to the earth.
Revelation 12:7-10 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
Where are the Ten Commandments in Heaven?
There is a Heavenly temple that is mentioned many times in the Bible, and in fact the tabernacle that Moses built was an exact copy of the Heavenly temple. God gave Moses the blueprints and exact dimensions for the earthly sanctuary so that it would be an exact replica of the heavenly sanctuary. Exodus 25:8 “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” Exodus 25:40 “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”
The Bible also shows us that the Ten Commandments that God wrote with His finger on the stone tablets for Moses were duplicates of what is in the heavenly temple – just as the earthly tabernacle that Moses fashioned was a duplicate of the one in heaven.
We know also from the book of Revelation that when John saw the Holy Temple of God in Heaven in vision, that he also saw inside the temple the Ark of the Covenant, which is the resting place for God’s Holy Law, showing the eternal nature of His law. Revelation 11:19 “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”
Were they known on earth before Mt Sinai?
We know that at the time of creation God sanctified the seventh day and made it His Holy Sabbath. The people of the earth were aware of the precepts of God’s law long before He reiterated them to Moses on Mount Sinai. When Cain killed Able he broke one of God’s holy Commandments “thou shalt not murder.” In Genesis 26:4, the Lord spoke to Abraham and told him “I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” In verse 5 the Lord told him it was “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my Commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
When the law of God was written by His finger on the stone tablets, the fourth Commandment began with the word “Remember”, confirming that this was a law that the people were already well aware of. The problem had been though, that even though God’s people knew the precepts of His Commandments, for many years they had abandoned them, which was why God had punished them by letting them go into captivity in Egypt in the first place. When God wrote His law on stone He was giving them a wake up call. He was restating to them the importance of His Ten Commandment law.
When God called Moses up to Mt Sinai it was a magnificent event. Amid thunder and lightning and the mountain shaking the voice of God as a trumpet spoke to Moses. Exodus 19:16-25 “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them. And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. And the LORD said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them. So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.”
This highlights the importance that God placed on His Ten Commandment law. He wanted people to stand up and take notice. He was reiterating that He wanted His people to obey Him.
What is the significance of the heavenly sanctuary?
The earthly sanctuary that Moses built, which was mapped on the heavenly sanctuary was far more than a dwelling place for God. It was actually the blueprint for salvation.
Every aspect of the temple not only pointed to the completing work that Jesus would do on the cross, but it also portrayed the work that He would do for us after His resurrection, when He would become our great High Priest in Heaven. Old Testament prophecies (Daniel's 70 week and 2300 day prophecy) also reveal to us the time line of our Saviour’s birth, death and resurrection, His work in the Holy place of the Heavenly Temple and also when He would begin His Judgment and cleansing work in the Most Holy Place.
In the sanctuary service, the daily sacrifices showed that salvation was through the blood of the lamb. The blood was sprinkled on the altar of incense. The alter represented the cross of Jesus and the incense represented heartfelt prayers of repentance going up to heaven. The laver represented cleansing, the shewbread the truth (Word of God) and the candlesticks represented the Way. Each year on the Day of Atonement the Priest would go into the Most Holy Place and cleanse the sanctuary. This represented Christ’s atoning work for us and that He is our advocate in Heaven for the judgment.
In summary the sanctuary service showed that the way to eternal life was through the steps of repentance and sanctification followed by being judged on our works (for our rewards). There were also many other significant things relating to the setup of the sanctuary and where the various tribes were to camp around the sanctuary. The meaning of the names of each of the tribes and the order that they were instructed to camp around the temple also was another message of the steps to salvation.
The other various ceremonial feasts and festivals also all pointed to the redeeming work of the Messiah. In essence God gave the Jewish people the blueprint for salvation through the tabernacle. What they did physically by following the ceremonial law was a ‘type’ of what Christ would fulfil with His death on the cross and resurrection, and what we today follow spiritually. See the Ten Commandments, Ceremonial law and Colossians 2:16, Colossians 2:14-17, Romans 14:6, Galatians 4:9 and what is the law in Galatians?
In at the heart of the sanctuary in the Most Holy Place, housed within the Ark of the Covenant, where the very presence of God presided were the two tablets of stone with the Holy Eternal Ten Commandments written on them.
How are they related to Prophecy?
What is the connection between the Ten Commandments and the end time Bible prophecies of Revelation? What is the significance of keeping them, and how does keeping them prevent us as Christians from receiving the “mark of the beast?”
Amid the numerous interpretations of the mark of the beast that vary from a computer chip to a bar code to a tattoo of 666 to a credit card or ID card, there is one significant point that is being overlooked by all of these scenarios. The book of Revelation, which is full of symbolic language, identifies two groups and hence draws a distinct line between those who take the mark of the beast and those who belong to God. We also find that Revelation 13:17 distinguishes between the mark, and the name of the beast, and the number of his name, which we are told is 666. Hence the mark and 666 are not the same thing and so this number is not the mark of the beast as so many have wrongly assumed.
What does the Bible show is the difference between these two groups? It shows that those who belong to God FOLLOW HIS TEN COMMANDMENTS. Revelation 14:9-12 (The First group) “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (The Second group) Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
The entire book of Revelation deals with the controversy between good and evil, between Satan and God. The continuing trait that depicts God’s people is that they follow the Ten Commandments. Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon [Satan] was wroth [angry] with the woman [Church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Parentheses are added.
Perhaps the most powerful scripture is found near the end of the book of Revelation. It tells us explicitly just who will make it into the kingdom of God. It shows clearly that only those who seek to obey God and follow ALL of His Commandments as a result of our faith in the redeeming work of Christ will make it into the kingdom. This means that even though we are saved by Grace, if accepting Jesus as our Saviour does not also entail accepting Him as Lord of our Lives and following the Commandments of His Lordship then we will not be saved. Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
What did Jesus say about the Ten Commandments?
Over and over again the Bible makes it clear that those who deliberately practice lawlessness (breaking His law) even though they claim to be Christians, will not make it into the kingdom. Jesus Himself said Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, (this refers to people calling themselves Christians) shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
He also said, John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my Commandments.”
When the rich young man asked Jesus what he needed to do to obtain eternal life Jesus told him to follow the Ten Commandments. Matthew 19:16-17 “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the Commandments.”
Jesus demonstrated that to have eternal life we need to forsake everything and follow in obedience to Him. Matthew 19:25-30 “When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”
When the Pharisees asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment He told them in effect that loving God and loving people was a summary of the Decalogue. Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Jesus was in no way reducing the significance of any of the ten as some pastors today teach. See the two greatest Commandments in the Bible.
In Mark we see an encounter with the Pharisees where there is one more significant point that is brought out. Mark 12:28-34 “And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.”
The point brought out here is that the law is entirely and completely about love. It is about loving God with all our heart and soul and loving people the same way. The first four Commandments relate to loving God and the last six to loving people. This shows that our response to loving God completely is that we will follow His moral law. When it says that ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices’ this is so significant because it shows that the Scribe understood that if he did fully and completely love God there would be no more need for sacrifices, as he would be fully and completely obeying the Ten Commandment law and therefore not sinning. This shows ever so strongly how loving God and obeying Him are completely intertwined. We cannot claim to love God and not obey Him.
In Romans, Paul reiterated what Jesus had said about ‘loving thy neighbour’ as thyself being a summary of the Ten Commandments. Romans 13:8-9 “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other Commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
The perfect law of Liberty
James in chapter 1 verse 25 describes the Ten Commandments as the perfect law of liberty which of course means freedom, not bondage. It was the sacrificial law that Paul called bondage. James 2:10-13 further elaborates which says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”
James also goes on to say that obedience to the Ten Commandment law will be seen in our works, and that faith in Jesus without works is dead. This means that though we are saved by grace, this must lead to a transformation in our lives as we seek to do the good works by obeying this perfect law of liberty. James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Is what God wrote in stone Eternal?
There is a lot of confusion among many Christians about the validity today of what God wrote in stone. Many pastors teach that they were done away with at the cross. This interpretation of scripture stems from an inability to differentiate between the ceremonial or sacrificial law (Ordinances) that were made null and void by the death and resurrection of Christ, and the eternal Ten Commandment law. Being under “grace” was never intended to give us a licence to sin. See a comparison table of the Ten Commandments and the ceremonial law on this page.
What does the Bible say? Apart from the many references by Jesus to the need to keep the law, the Old Testament also states that His law is eternal. Psalms 111:7-10 “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his Commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his Commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Did the Ten Commandments change with the New Covenant?
The Old Covenant was the Decalogue itself, Exodus 34:28 “And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.” And Deuteronomy 4:13, “And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even Ten Commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.” Did anything change with God’s law in the New Covenant and if so why was it changed. Hebrews 8:6-10 gives us the answer, “But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.”
The author of Hebrews makes reference to Jeremiah 31:31-33 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” In both Hebrews and Jeremiah we are told the fault was with the people not keeping God’s Commandments so He made a new covenant whereby God would now write His law on our hearts and in our minds in hope that we will never forget His law. The only thing that has changed is where they are now written — in our hearts and minds.
Do most Christians keep them?
It is a sad fact that most of the Christian world could not recite the Ten Commandments if you asked them to. They are no longer displayed on the walls of our churches and no longer taught to children at school. It is a tragedy that something so precious as the very sacred laws of our Father in Heaven are being treated an unimportant.
Thankfully some churches have started to wake up to the need for a revival of the Decalogue and so in 2006 the first ever Ten Commandment Day was celebrated in America, and there is anticipation that in future this annual event will be celebrated in other countries as well.
Something very unusual happened, when in the lead up to the Ten Commandment Day, many pastors around America began to preach on them. When they began to teach about the fourth Commandment, people started asking the question, “Why are we going to Church on Sunday, when the Bible clearly says that God sanctified the Seventh Day and commanded that we keep it Holy?” In fact in response to studies into this matter, there were over 1000 Sunday keeping churches, who were awakened by the prompting's of the Holy Spirit into the realization that by not keeping the Bible Sabbath (Friday evening to Saturday evening), that they were inadvertently breaking the law of God and so they changed their day of worship to the Bible Sabbath.
Does is really matter if we don’t keep the fourth Commandment?
James tells us that if we break even one, that we are guilty of breaking them all. James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
This means that trying to keep nine of the Commandments is not enough. God expects us to keep ALL TEN of His Commandments, including keeping His Sabbath Day Holy. God asks that we keep it set apart for Holy purposes so we can draw nearer to Him. It is also a special sign between us and God forever and that it is God that sanctifies us and God alone that we belong to and give our love and worship.
The Sabbath Day was never altered by God despite a lot of confusion between laws among other things that has caused some to believe otherwise. But there just is no Biblical Commandment that dictates its change. Read was the Sabbath abolished for more. In fact Jesus clearly told us that until Heaven and Earth passes away, nothing will change in God’s law. Matthew 5:18-19 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Did you note that Jesus said we are not only to obey them but teach them also? See also what is the meaning of Jesus fulfilling the law?
Will God honour me if I live a Holy life and keep Sunday as a Sabbath?
The Bible shows us that God will not honour us if we deliberately sin. Once we find out that the Seventh Day Sabbath is still in effect and that God still expects us to keep it, if we don’t observe it then we are guilty of deliberately breaking one of God’s Commandments. There is a severe warning given in the scriptures that tells us that if we continue to wilfully sin, then we cannot be forgiven. Hebrews 10:26-29 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, ... 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”
Ignorance is an excuse. While we were unaware of the significance of God’s Holy Sabbath and were not keeping it, there was no condemnation, however once the truth is revealed to us and we have been shown the light of this revelation, then our grace period is over. God would also know the hearts of those that never had opportunity to be shown this light and if they loved Him enough to obey Him. We must make the decision to obey our heavenly Father so that we can earn the right to the tree of life. Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
God saves us through grace, and our response to this grace MUST be our obedience in following the Ten Commandments of our Heavenly Father.