I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Prophets and Sabbath-keeping

Last night we watched the final two episodes of the DVD series called "The 7th Day: There was a lot of history packed into this presentation and a truly impressive round-up of scholars from various backgrounds contributing to it.

  • I knew nothing about the Eskimo prophet named Maniilaq. Among the rather amazing things that he foresaw (planes and motorboats in pre-industrial Alaska of the 1800s), he was also instructed in vision on keeping a day of rest, which for him was the seventh day, Saturday. This is well documented. Maniilaq also took on the shamans. He challenged the taboos of the tribe.

  • I had previously heard about the centuries- old observance of the seventh-day Sabbath in Ethiopia/Eritrea. Several years ago we had an Eritrean Adventist in our congregation in Saskatoon. She told me that they could trace their Sabbath-keeping back to the 1st Century AD when it is believed that the Apostle Thomas ("Doubting Thomas") evangelized India and parts of Africa. What I didn't know was that there were many areas in Africa where the Sabbath was kept, even before the Christian missionaries arrived. As one of the scholars stated, the missionaries were responsible for replacing the Sabbath-keeping through imposition of Sunday observance.

  • All very interesting. I have decided to do more independent research of my own.

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