What day is the Sabbath? Has the Sabbath day been changed from Saturday to Sunday? What is the truth about keeping the Bible Sabbath day?
What day is the Sabbath? Has the Sabbath day been changed from Saturday to Sunday? What is the truth about keeping the Bible Sabbath day?
'Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. The seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God.' (Exodus 20:9-10)
'For I am the LORD, I change not.' (Malachi 3:6)
'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' (John 14:15)
Are you searching for the truth about the Sabbath day? Do you want to know what day is the Sabbath? Unfortunately, the Sabbath truth has been trampled down and rejected by man for the past 1700 years since the Roman Church rose to power. And yet the Sabbath truth can be revealed if you open your heart to God's Word in the Bible and let Him guide you. This issue is simply down to who you choose to serve and worship. Do you want to serve and worship God, or man? Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, created the heavens and earth as it says in Colossians 1:16.....'For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.' ..... If Christ created the heaven and earth, then it was He who created and instituted the Seventh Day Sabbath. What would be the right thing to do? Should we follow our loving Heavenly Father and His Son, our Saviour Christ Jesus? Or should we follow man, and trust that the majority of people are doing the right thing? Friend, even if you were the only person in the world who followed the truth of God, then you should do it. Don't think that just because the masses are doing one thing, that it is right, as it says in Psalm 118:8 .....'It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.'
It is man who has confused the issue about what day the Sabbath Day is and satan wants nothing more than for us to divert our worship to him from God. But God has throughout His Word in the Bible been very clear on the Sabbath day truth...... Exodus 20:8 .....'Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.' ...... It's interesting that God said 'remember'. There are two things we can get from that word. First, it implies that the Sabbath day was already in effect before the Ten Commandments at Sinai. Second, it implies that God knew it would be forgotten. And how could Jesus or the apostles abolish or change the Sabbath Commandment, when Jesus said Himself the following truth:
Matthew 5:18 .....'For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.'
Not one word or letter will pass from the ten commandments until when? "Heaven and earth pass away". Has heaven or earth passed away yet? No. Therefore not one command has changed from God's law.
See HERE for more information about God's ten commandments.
So what day is the Sabbath day? .... Genesis 2:2-3 .....'And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.' ..... This is an interesting verse. Why? Because God confirms three times what day the sabbath is. It should be enough for us when God says something once, but for Him to say it three times in one verse shows how important the seventh day Sabbath is. Now I hear many Christians say today that God doesn't mind what day we keep the Sabbath. Take another look at the verse above along with the 4th commandment. To me, God seems pretty clear on which day He wants us to keep the Sabbath. Please remember, this is a God who angels and seraphims adore and bow down to. We mere sinful humans should give Him the respect He deserves and keep the Sabbath day that He commands.
The Sabbath means rest, which Jesus did on the seventh day. Now we know that Jesus didn't need rest, but He did rest from His work of creation as an example for us to follow. Notice from the verse above that the seventh day was blessed and sanctified. Sanctified means to set something apart for Holy use. So the seventh day was set aside as a special day for Holy use. There is no other day throughout history that God has 'sanctified' or 'set apart' for special holy use. The seventh day is the only day that has that status. One other interesting fact; Bible prophecy in the book of Revelation reveals that the number of the beast is 666. Maybe God is showing His own number in this verse above, 777!
God says the Sabbath is "My Holy Day"
Note: There isn't a single verse in the entire Bible where our Heavenly Father, or Christ our Saviour blesses or sanctifies the first day of the week (our Sunday). Only the seventh day has that status. And yet man in his arrogance changed the special day of rest from the seventh day to the first, WITHOUT ONE WORD of authority from God or Christ Jesus! And please note this following point very carefully. The seventh Day Sabbath was created and instituted at creation before sin entered the world. Therefore it must have been part of God's eternal plan for man to enjoy one day a week resting with Him. The seventh day is the only day that had the particular name of 'The Sabbath' attached to it. None of the other days have ever had any special reference made to them. They are just called first day, second day, etc. Friend, the seventh day is the day our Creator and Saviour blessed and set aside for us.
So what day is the Sabbath? What day are we commanded to keep? The ten commandments in Exodus 20 confirms that the Seventh day of the week (our Saturday) is the Sabbath. Why is it that most Christians will stand up for the Ten Commandments and defend them, but when you challenge them on the fourth Commandment, they will say that God doesn't mind how you keep that Commandment, or what day you keep the Sabbath. It is one of the Ten, so it is just as important as the other nine. Who are we to say what our Almighty Creator does or doesn't mind? Are we now going to put ourselves in the place of God and make His decisions for Him? That is nothing but blasphemy! Remember, God never changes ..... Malachi 3:6 ...'For I am the LORD, I change not.' ..... His Sabbath day has never changed, and we can clearly know what day the sabbath is by just reading His Word in the Bible, without adding anything ourselves or taking anything away from God's true Word.
Let's take a look at a comparison of the seventh day Sabbath at creation and the seventh day Sabbath in the fourth commandment:
Points to Creation
Points to Creation
It's the same day wouldn't you agree?
Mark 2:27 .....'The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.' ..... Did you see that word "MADE"? The Sabbath was MADE for man. When was it made? AT CREATION BY JESUS. This is proof from the lips of Christ Jesus that the seventh day of creation was the sabbath day of the fourth commandment. It's a DAY, a 24hr period of rest every week. For some reason, many Christians apply this verse to saying that the Sabbath day is not important and we can choose to keep it or not. Jesus gave us a gift at creation of one special day a week, where we can rest and spend it in worship and communion with Him. Are you going to turn around and say, "thanks Jesus, but I'll choose my own day"? Just imagine standing before God and telling Him you weren't interested in keeping His Holy day. Many Christians will say that we are putting ourselves under works and the law if we keep the Sabbath. No, we are RESTING in Jesus by keeping the seventh day Bible Sabbath every week. And if someone tells you that they now rest in Jesus every day in the spirit, ask them how they felt after a busy day at work? Did they feel at 'rest' when they were focusing on work and trying to get things done? I very much doubt it. Don't get me wrong, we are to live for Christ Jesus every day, not just one day a week, but that shouldn't stop us from obeying God and keeping His commandments. By obeying the 4th commandment and resting on the true Sabbath day, it is a physical, outward sign that you are resting in Jesus. Let's face it, I'm not telling you to "work" your way into the kingdom, I'm telling you to REST!
Do you know what the seventh day Bible Sabbath is? It's GOD's Holy day! Many Christians label the seventh day Sabbath as the 'Jewish Sabbath'. But you will not find any scripture anywhere in the Bible confirming that. How many Jews were there at creation? None! Were Adam and Eve Jews? No. And yet God created the seventh day Sabbath for THEM and the rest of MANKIND. There is no scriptural evidence anywhere in the Bible to claim that the Sabbath day was for the Jews only. What does God say the sabbath day is? ..... Isaiah 58:13 .....'If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD.' .... This is the truth of God's Word in the Bible. He declares what the Sabbath day is, it's His Holy Day, not the Jewish day. And Jesus backed this Himself in Matthew 12:8 ....'For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.' .... It's His Holy day, not the Jews day or anyone else's, it's HIS day! A special day for Him to spend quality time with His children.
Now the Jewish nation was chosen by God to take His Word to the nations of the earth, and anyone else (non Jews) who wanted to join them had to keep the Sabbath day also. Now in Isaiah 56:1-7 we have a remarkable truth about the Sabbath day. Please have a good read of it. It confirms that God promises the "strangers" (non Jews) that if they keep His Sabbath day Holy and choose the things that please Him, then He will give them (non Jews) a place in His house and a name BETTER than of sons and daughters (Jews). This is a wonderful promise to anyone who joins themselves to the LORD and keep His Commandments, including His Sabbath day Commandment. This also shows beyond any doubt that the Sabbath was for MANKIND, not just for the Jews. We can also see from Ecclesiastes 12:13 that keeping God's commandments is the whole duty of MANKIND, not just the Jews.
God is seeking those who worship Jesus in spirit and in truth, and keeping the seventh day Sabbath is part of worshiping Him in truth, according to His Holy Word in the Bible.
Was the Sabbath day being observed and kept before Sinai? Did God require the keeping of the Sabbath day before the Ten Commandments were written on those stone tablets? YES! it was! .... Exodus 16:23 ....'And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.' .... The seventh day Sabbath did not start with the ten commandments, it was already in effect from creation. And what did God say to the Israelites when they broke the Sabbath Commandment by going out to get more manna on the seventh day? "How long do you refuse to keep my commandments?"
Isaiah 58:13-14 ....'If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.' .... God doesn't want the Sabbath day to be a legalistic ritual. He wants us to 'delight' in it and make it 'honourable'. That's what the Sabbath day should be like. We should keep the seventh day Sabbath because He loves us and gave His Son for us, to die for our sins. Friend, do you love the LORD with all your heart and soul? Then delight in His Holy Sabbath day, turn away from your own pleasures on that day and God will cause you to 'ride upon the high places of the earth'. This is a wonderful promise to those who seek to delight themselves in the LORD, to serve Him, to obey Him and most of all to love Him with all your heart. Is it important to find out what day the sabbath is? I believe it is, if you love your Creator, Lord, Saviour and King with all your heart. Just remember what He has done for you.
As mentioned earlier, the Sabbath day was created and instituted BEFORE sin. It was God's original plan for man to spend one day a week in special communion with Him and delight in His creation. We can also see from the Word of God, that the Sabbath day will carry on AFTER sin has gone ..... Isaiah 66:22-23 ....'For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.' ..... Can God be any more clearer? The Sabbath will continue to be observed in the new heaven and earth. So we can see that keeping the Sabbath day will continue after the second coming of Jesus. And if you are wondering why it also says "new moon", that means every month also we will go to see God. Do you know what will happen every month in the New Jerusalem? Take a look at Revelation 22:2, you will see that the tree of life produces new fruit when? EVERY MONTH. Jesus Himself confirmed that the Sabbath would still be in effect after His death and resurrection. See the following verse:
Matthew 24:20 ....'But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.' .... Jesus is warning those with Him about the future destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army, and that they should pray that their escape would not fall on the seventh day Sabbath.
"The seventh day Sabbath was instituted BEFORE sin"
Did you know this REMARKABLE fact? In over 100 languages, the name for the day that we call "Saturday" is "the Sabbath." For example, "Saturday" in the Spanish language is "Sabado," which means "the Sabbath." In Italian, it is "Sabbato," which also means "the Sabbath." In Russian it is, "Subbota." In Polish, "Sobota," etc. The only day that has been and will ever be called the Sabbath day is the seventh day.
You see, this fact above falls into place when you realise that the Sabbath day was being observed at the time of the tower of Babel..... Genesis 11:9 .....'Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.' ..... Even though God confused their language and scattered them across the face of the earth, the Sabbath day remained 'The Sabbath day' in all the different languages. This shows that the seventh day Sabbath was being observed early in Genesis. And if you take another look at Exodus 16, you will see that the Israelites were also keeping the Sabbath BEFORE the Ten Commandments were given.
Did you also know that there are about 500 Sabbath keeping denominations? Click the link to download the document with the list of churches.
The Lord's Day
Revelation 1:10 ....'I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day.' .... The majority of the Christian world attributes this 'Lord's day' to being Sunday (first day of the week). Mr Eugene Peterson, who compiled 'The Message' version of the Bible has even changed 'the Lord's day' to 'Sunday' in his bible version. God will judge anyone who changes His Word. By the way, if you have this version of the Bible, then I would suggest you didn't use it, as it is nothing but a 'new age' bible. It is one of the worst bible versions out there. So, is the Lord's day Sunday? No, it couldn't be. There isn't a single verse that backs this theory up in the whole Bible. So what day could the Lord's day be? Could it be the Sabbath day (the seventh day Sabbath)? What should we do to find out? We should use the Bible to interpret itself. What does God say about it? ...... Isaiah 58:13 .....'If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day.' .... So God calls the seventh day Sabbath HIS Holy Day. What about Jesus, does He say anything about this? ..... Mark 2:28 .....'Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.' ..... So God says that the seventh day Sabbath is His Holy day and Jesus says that He is Lord of the Sabbath. Pretty clear isn't it? The Lord's day is clearly the seventh day Sabbath. We must let the Bible interpret itself, rather than let man interpret it. Please trust in God's truth, rather than man.
Many Christians, once they start to see the truth about the seventh day Sabbath, raise the question that we cannot know what day the seventh day is, because the calendar has changed. Yes, the calendar has changed, in order to keep up with the solar cycle once in October 1582, but it did not alter the weekly cycle. Ten dates were omitted from the calendar following October 4, 1582. What would have been Friday, October 5, became Friday, October 15. This did not effect the days of the week, just the date. If you contact a Naval Observatory, they will tell you from the alignment of the stars that the weekly cycle has not changed since Bible times. Don't forget, the Jewish nation have been keeping the Sabbath Day since Old Testament times and they have meticulously been keeping the correct day right up to the present time. So can we know what day is the Sabbath day? Absolutely! Remember, if the Jews have the wrong Sabbath, then the majority of the Christian world has the wrong Sunday!!
Don't forget that it was Jesus Christ who created the Sabbath day. It was He who created the heaven and earth ..... John 1:1-3,14 ....'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.' ..... Jesus revealed Himself as the great 'I AM' from the Old Testament ..... John 8:58 .....'Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.' ..... Jesus created the seventh day Sabbath; He is Lord of the Sabbath; He kept the Sabbath; and He never changed the Sabbath. What day is the Sabbath? It's the seventh day of the week, Saturday.
It's such a wonderful privilege to set aside the seventh day (Saturday) every week and rest from our work, and from the cares of this world and spend it with Jesus, our Creator and Savior. We are not saved by keeping the seventh Day Sabbath, we are only saved by the grace of Jesus, which is a free gift. But, a true loving relationship with Jesus will produce a loving desire to keep His Commandments, including His Holy Day. Satan wants nothing more than for you to worship himself instead of God, and through the antichrist system he has changed the Sabbath truth into a lie, and most of the Christian world has believed the lie. We should worship God with all our heart in spirit and truth, the truth being according to His Word and His commandments. Therefore He is seeking those that worship Him on the true Sabbath day that He instituted, not another day that is just a tradition of man. Will you accept the truth about the Sabbath day and turn to Jesus with all your heart and soul and keep His holy day? Do not worry about what the rest of the world is doing, because you are not following man, you are following our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So what day is the Sabbath? Saturday, the 7th day of the week.
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