a believer in the Advent message who lived in Paris, Maine. Soon after the disappointment of 1844, the Sabbath truth came to the Andrews home through T M Preble's article in The Hope of Israel, and seventeen-year-oldJohn believed at once. A few years later he was traveling with Elder and Mrs James White, preaching and writing.
His contribution as a writer matched his other achievements. Beginning as a corresponding editor of the Review and Herald, he produced a large quantity of periodical and book material. He was on the editorial staff of the Signs of the
served as president of the General Conference, 1867-1869. He became the first Seventh-day Adventist foreign missionary by going to Switzerland in 1874, to preach, write, and organize the Central European Mission. He was founder and editor of Les Signes des Temps. He died in Basle, Switzerland on Oct 21, 1883.
THE history of the Sabbath embraces the period of 6000 years. The seventh day is the
Sabbath of the Lord. The acts which constituted it such were, first, the example of the
Creator; secondly, his placing his blessing upon the day; and thirdly, the sanctification or
divine appointment of the day to a holy use. The Sabbath, therefore, dates from the beginning
of our world's history. The first who Sabbatized on the seventh day is God the Creator; and
the first seventh day of time is the day which he thus honored. The highest of all possible
honors does, therefore, pertain to the seventh day. Nor is this honor confined to the first
seventh day of time; for so soon as God had rested upon that day, he appointed the seventh
day to a holy use, that man might hallow it in memory of his Creator.
This divine appointment grows out of the nature and fitness of things, and must have been
made directly to Adam, for himself and wife were then the only beings who had the days of
the week to use. As it was addressed to Adam while yet in his uprightness, it must have been
given to him as the head of the human family. The fourth commandment bases all its
authority upon this original mandate of the Creator, and must, therefore, be in substance what
God commanded to Adam and Eve as the representatives of mankind.
The patriarchs could not possibly have been ignorant of the facts and the obligation which the fourth commandment shows to have originated in the beginning, for Adam was present with them for a period equal to more than half the Christian dispensation. Those, therefore, who walked with God in the observance of his commandments did certainly hallow his Sabbath.
The observers of the seventh day must therefore include the ancient godly patriarchs, and
none will deny that they include also the prophets and the apostles. Indeed, the entire church
of God embraced within the records of inspiration were Sabbath-keepers. To this number
must be added the Son of God.
What a history, therefore, has the Sabbath of the Lord! It was instituted in Paradise, honored by several miracles each week for the space of forty years, proclaimed by the great Lawgiver from Sinai, observed by the Creator, the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and the Son of God! It constitutes the very heart of the law of God, and so long as that law endures, so long shall the authority of this sacred institution stand fast.
Such being the record of the seventh day, it may well be asked, How came it to pass that this day has been abased to the dust, and another day elevated to its sacred honors? The Scriptures nowhere attribute this work to the Son of God. They do, however, predict the great apostasy in the Christian church, and that the little horn, or man of sin, the lawless one, should think to change times and laws.
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