Does Daniel 7:25 prove Sabbath keepers are the mark of the beast?
"He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time." (Daniel 7:25)
A. Reasoning with Sabbatarians with their own logic:
Daniel prophesied the beast will changes times and seasons.
Sabbatarians use this verse to say worshipping on Sunday is the mark of the beast.
Problem is, the universal record of history and the New Testament proves that Christians never kept the Sabbath after the resurrection of Christ.
We know Christians have always worshipped on Sunday and Sabbath keeping among Christians really didn't take hold until about 150 years ago (1800's).
Therefore Sabbath keepers are the one's who have changed God's law of on the day of worship, after 1750 years of worshipping on Sunday.
They may be what Dan 7:25 was talking about.
B. What Dan 7:25 is really prophesying:
The book of Daniel has several figures and illustrations (statue, 4 beast, Goat & Ram etc.)
They all have one thing in common: They all envision kingdoms from Babylon to Rome.
In Dan 7:7 Rome is the fourth beast of the vision.
Obviously then, this is something the Roman Government changed.
It has nothing to do with Christians changing the day of worship. That is a Sabbatarian fabrication.
C. Two changes in times and laws: two obvious applications
- It was the Romans who introduced a whole new time keeping system known as "Roman Time"... you know the system the world uses today as opposed to Jewish Time that Daniel was familiar with?
- The Romans introduced Emperor worship (changing laws) where Christians were killed if they did not say Caesar was God.
So too bad the for all the Sabbatarians who get all excited over Daniel and Revelation as proof that Rome change the day of Worship for Christians. We know this cannot be the correct interpretation, because Christians always worshipped on Sunday and never on the Sabbath until that last 100 or so years.
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