When were the ten commandments in force? Was it at mount Sinai that God's people first came
to know about the ten commandments? Or did they know about God's moral law before that? Well, first we need to
look back in Genesis, at the story of Cain and Abel.
In Genesis 4, verses 8-10, we find that Cain killed
Abel because God accepted Abel's offering, but He did not accept Cain's offering. And God said to
Cain ..... Genesis 4:8-10 .....'"What have you done? The voice of your brother's
blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth.' Now how could God
judge Cain, if there wasn't a law already in place that said "thou shalt not kill"? Have a good
think about it. We also have the story of Joseph being tempted by Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39:7-9. What
did Joseph say to Potiphar's wife? ..... Genesis 39:7-9 .....'because you are his
wife ... how can I do this great wickedness against God?' How did Joesph know that sleeping with
Potiphar's wife was wrong unless there was a law already in place saying "thou shalt not commit
Now the most compelling evidence that the Bible Ten Commandments is God's eternal moral
law that has always existed, will always exist and was binding before Sinai, is what we find in Ezekiel 28:12-17.
Here, God is talking about Satan, and says ..... 'Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;
and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God.'
So Satan, before he fell, was the
covering Cherub. What does this have to do with the commandments? Well, if we find out the job
of a covering Cherub, we will see the connection to the ten commandments. In Exodus 25:16-21, we find out ..... 'And
thou shalt make two cherubims of gold ... And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering
the mercy seat with their wings.' This is God telling Moses how to make the earthly sanctuary for God
to dwell in, and as we can see, he was to make two golden Cherubims to cover the mercy seat of God. Please stay
with us on this and really think about it, because this is key to understanding the eternal nature of the moral
law of God.
Now in the book of Hebrews we find that the earthly sanctuary that Moses had built was a copy (or shadow) of the
one already in heaven ..... Hebrews 8:4-5 .....'Who
serve unto THE EXAMPLE AND SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make
the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make ALL THINGS according to the pattern shewed to thee in the
mount.' Also we have in Hebrews 9:24 .....'For Christ is not entered into the holy
places made with hands, which are the FIGURES OF THE TRUE; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence
of God for us.'
So the author of Hebrews confirms that the earthly sanctuary was a COPY of the one already in heaven where God dwells.
So if the earthly sanctuary had
covering Cherubims over the mercy seat, then the REAL sanctuary in heaven also has REAL covering Cherubim. And Satan
used to be the covering Cherub over the mercy seat, the very throne of God in heaven.
Now this is the connection to the ten commandments;
What is under the mercy seat of God? The ark of His testament, which contains the Ten Commandments. Do you see this amazing
truth? If the most holy place in the earthly sanctuary contained God's law inside the ark of the covenant, and was a COPY
of the one already in heaven, then it proves that God's moral law written on the stone tablets, existed in heaven BEFORE sin entered this
world, and even BEFORE Satan fell. There is no doubt that the ten commandments is God's eternal moral law, which His heavenly
government is based on. God didn't think up His law at Sinai, no, rather His moral law that we find
contained within the ten commandments is the very foundation of His heavenly throne. His law has ALWAYS existed, and WILL
always exist. And this very law was communicated to Adam and Eve at the very beginning.
"The law of God, being a revelation of His will and a
transcript of His character, must forever endure." (The Great Controversy, p434)
John confirmed that the ten commandments is still the foundation and character of God's government in heaven,
through what he saw in a vision in the book of Revelation ..... 'And the temple of God was
opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.' Revelation 11:19 ..... So
John sees a door opened in the temple of God in heaven, and sees the ORIGINAL ark of the testament, which will
be under the mercy seat of God, containing His moral law and covered by the covering Cherubs, which is
the job that Satan used to have as mentioned above.
Do you see this amazing truth about God's Bible ten
commandments? They were in existence BEFORE sin entered this world, and even before this world began. And they
are still in existence today and very much binding upon all people. But as I said from the start, we do not
keep the commandments to be saved, we keep them because we ARE saved through the precious blood of
God has always and will always hate sin, and what is sin? ..... 1 John 3:4 ..... 'Whosoever
committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.' ..... What law? The
moral law found within the ten commandments.
Now keep that last Bible verse in your mind for a moment, and think about what happened to satan in heaven .....
Ezekiel 28:15 .....'Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee.' ..... Now God in this verse is talking about Lucifer (satan), and look at
what He says about Lucifer. "thou was perfect until INIQUITY was found in thee." What is iniquity? It's
SIN! What did John say in 1 John 3:4? He said that sin is transgression of the law. So how was iniquity found
in Lucifer? He transgressed God's eternal moral law by coveting God's position. There is no doubt that God's moral law
which we find in His ten commandments, existed before this world was created and will continue to exist and be binding
throughout eternity! As the Psalmist said, "forever O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven .... All God's
commandments are sure, they stand fast forever and ever." (Psalm 119:89; 111:7,8)