Originally published on Friday, 14 May, 2010 18:30 in German at www.letztercountdown.org
It is incredible how quickly everything is happening now and where the bad news are coming from! It is the second time this week that the worst news is about our own house. Again, I expected for May 13 some news from Munich regarding the "Constantine Sunday Law" by the Alliance For A Free Sunday, but it remained rather silent so far about this campaign.
Instead, we were able to read at the "Adventist Press Service APD (http://www.stanet.ch/apd/news/archiv/7302.pr.html) an extraordinary message that I want to comment:
Churches proclaim nationwide "Day of Creation" in Munich
At the Second Ecumenical Church Congress in Munich, the Brunswick Protestant Bishop Friedrich Weber proclaimed at the central celebration of Christ's ascension at the Odeon's square a nationwide "day of creation" that Christians want to celebrate together from now on every first Friday in September. The Chairman of the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK) emphasized that he was frightened when he saw how the goods of the earth without regard for their limitations and without regard for the welfare of future generations would be exploited.
Well, it actually seems to have been a great event, the proclamation of a "new" day of creation. In my understanding, the memorial day of the creation since this same creation, was always the seventh day of the week, at which God rested from His work of creation: the biblical Sabbath. But I am sure that our "brethren" of the Adventist Press Service will immediately address that this is a counterfeit of the real Day of Creation!? However, what should make us think is that the SDA church is a member of this ACK and hence also is accountable for this message. ... To whom will the SDA church be faithful in the next part of the article? God or the ACK?
They write on...
That the creation of God would get a place in the church and service calendar, was a first concrete step to recover the "measure of humanity" and to cease "from the merciless treatment of our natural environment and with ourselves". "After me the deluge" is no longer valid. The responsibility for creation would be a fundamental task of the church.
We should ask the question: Which church? The Ecumenical World Church of course! For me, they are mixing religion and politics. Wasn't it the government and the politicians before who were responsible for the environment? But anyhow, it is about the "measure of humanity" and not the "measure of God". It's about human rights and not about the Laws of God! The attitude "After me the deluge is not valid anymore", they say! Right, because for them there will be no deluge anymore, but a furnace that will burn at the day of the Lord, because they proclaim a false "Day of Creation". But we as Adventists indeed do have a very special "responsibility for creation", because we know that the Sabbath is sanctified by God and He commanded the true Day of Creation. But our brethren of the APD will surely correct this in the following paragraphs of their article! I can hardly wait for it!
Let's read on rapidly...
The first central celebration of the Day of Creation will take place on 3rd September 2010 at 17 hours in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in Brühl near Cologne. Depending on local and regional circumstances, churches may celebrate together the Day of Creation also at a different date in the period between 1st of September and 4th of October. The Christian churches of Germany on the basis of common Christian faith in the Creator God want to set a visible sign of the perception of environmental problems and the conscious use of the creation.
Well, that's fine! I always believed that the Greek Orthodox and other "Christian" churches would go along with the Pope, and therefore want to proclaim a wrong day of creation as an annual memorial day. It is clear what is behind this trick, right? They want of course, that we would separate the Sabbath from creation. If we would declare nicely that now we would have an annual day of creation, we would no longer need a weekly day of creation. Then we could change the motivation for the Sabbath simply to relaxation, the exercise of our right as workers and employees of a day of rest and our right to have time for our families. And then, it wouldn't matter anymore if this day would be any other day of the week, because it would be no longer about honoring the Creator God, but just about caring ourselves. But now, surely comes the correction and the appeal of our brethren of APD, that this would lead to our destruction, robbing the Sabbath of its true meaning and preparing the way for the obliged Sunday observance of all churches, the papacy and the ecumenical movement!?
There's not much left, now it has to come! ...
But even before some churches have been commemorating the Creator in a special way.
Yeah, now it seems to come! Certainly now we Adventists will be mentioned and that we as the "only" the true church are honoring the true Creator with the true Day of Creation. I knew it! Thank God!
In the Orthodox tradition, 1st of September opens the new church year and they celebrate the day of creation. The Roman Catholic Church recalls at the 4th of October at St. Francis of Assisi. Other churches are celebrating at the first Sunday after Michaelmas the harvest festival. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is celebrating the day of creation in late October.
Whaaat, what kind of day is that?? I know only of the 22nd of October, the most historical day of our church, because according to the Karaite calendar, the Day of Yom Kippur of the year 1844 fell on a 22nd of October. The day when the Investigative Judgment began and Jesus passed from the Holy to the Most Holy in the Heavenly Sanctuary. I am already confused since a long time, that this is no longer recognized and instead a "Day of the Pastor" was proclaimed at very same day. People come before God. It has long been a trend in Adventist Church. Hence, according to this statement, we would celebrate the day of creation at late October. I can not believe it! Am I really reading an article by Adventists for Adventists?
But there is still hope! Isn't this also the motto of this Second Ecumenical Church Council? There are two more sentences. Go ahead, brothers and sisters, you still have one more chance!
The Day of Creation now proclaimed in Munich will give Christians the opportunity to get aware of their shared responsibility for God's creation. According to Bishop Weber this would unite the "praise of God and the lamentation about our situation".
My poor dishonored God! There comes nothing more ... End of the article. End of the church. End of the world. Only my tears for the church have no end. But the tears of Jesus ... for His eyeballs will soon turn into fire and fall onto earth.
The last word in the article of the Adventist Press Service of the Adventist Church, about the new day of creation, has a Protestant Bishop who estimates the Sunday as the true Sabbath day. But his words in the last part of his last sentence will come true! Soon, all together will lament about their situation. It is even prophetic what Mr. Weber says:
The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us. Lamentations 5:15-22
They still have a chance, that God would forgive even his own Judas church. But very soon, the door of mercy will close for all who think that the day of creation would be the first Friday in September and keep the Sunday, the mark of the beast, and then they will once again lament together:
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. Revelation 14:9-11
Actually, I would like to wish you now a happy and blessed Sabbath, or should I already say: Have a happy and restful family day?