Sabbath Day – Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy So You Won’t Be With the 666 Anti-Christ
Sabbath Day - Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy.
Sabbath Day – Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy So You Won't Associate Yourself with 666 Anti-Christ: This issue is critical to who you will follow someday. This scholarly post will emphasize on the issues and some details surrounding the Sabbath! Again, as we have established in my previous posts regarding Biblical matters, we will examine what does the Bible say about it. And since the New King James Version Bible is the closest translation to the King James Version, we will be using it as our modern day reference.
How did the Sabbath Day came?
* Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV) – “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
Join me in this exploration to the beginning of the earth’s historical Biblical records – the first book of the Bible which is Genesis. We will initially examine Genesis 2:2-3. Notice what it says in Genesis 2:2-3. That God or “He rested on the seventh day from all His work” and “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it!” Out of all the seven days of creation, it was only the 7th day that God had blessed and sanctified!
Scrutinize chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis. Except for the seventh day, the first day and the other days of the week were never mentioned that God blessed them. Yet people question the validity of the creation story. They accept that it took millions of years for the world to evolve! Thus, there are Christians who believe perhaps each day of creation actually took thousands of years! If that is true, then the 7th day that God blessed will be controversial, right? Well, let us probe what the Bible has to say.
Genesis 1:1-5. The first day of creation as recorded in the Bible mentions that God created the light! Get whatever Bible version you have and see or read it for yourself if this is correct.
* Genesis 1:5 (NKJV) – “God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Have you noticed something how verse described the first day? “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” We know one day is comprised of daytime and nighttime! And the Bible also calls one whole day covering an evening and morning. This is the same as night time and daytime! It is very literal! God’s word never said the first day took hundreds or thousands of years! Again, the Bible clearly specifies the first day of creation as – “So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
*Genesis 1:8 (NKJV) – “And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”
The firmament was created by God on the second day as recorded in Genesis 1:8. Take a closer look again: God described the second day consisting of an evening and morning! Not thousands of years! So the second day was also a literal day that was made up of a nighttime and daytime! Not several hundreds of nights nor several hundred of days! What about the other days then? Let us dig it up and see these texts below:
*Genesis 1:13 (NKJV) – “So the evening and the morning were the third day.”
*In Genesis 1:19 (NKJV) – “So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”
*With Genesis 1: 23 (NKJV) – “So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”
*Genesis 1:31 (NKJV) – “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
God had worked on every single day, and He literally details each of these days as “evening and the morning!” If each day of the creation is a literal day, therefore that whole week of creation was an actual week! God had rested from all His work on the seventh day and He blessed that very day!
Let us proceed to the ten commandments. This is in answer to the question: “How did the Sabbath day came?” In Exodus 20:8-11, the fourth commandment provides the details of the Sabbath:
8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
As can be seen from Exodus 20:10, God wrote the “seventh day is the Sabbath!” Consider it clearly. The first day, second day, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth day were never named the Sabbath! Plus, in Exodus 20:11, God relates the six days of His work during the creation week. God has blessed the Sabbath day (which was the seventh day when he rested) and hallowed it!
God said the “seventh day is the Sabbath!” And the “Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it!” "Hallow" means holy. You can find this everywhere. Thus, the seventh day which is the Sabbath day, is holy!
Accordingly, the Sabbath day came by virtue of God resting on the seventh day. God named the seventh day of the week as Sabbath (as seen in the fourth commandment) which He had blessed!
Also, the word Sabbath originated from the Hebrew word “Shabbat” which means rest! Many of us know it is called Saturday in English. Yet, there are languages that preserved its interpretation being the seventh day of the week.
"Sabado" is how Spanish speaking people calls the seventh day of the week. The Italians call Saturday as "Sabato." “Savvato” is for Greeks. In Latin, Saturday is called “Sabbatum!” For Armenians, it is “Shabat.” The Arabic language calls it “Sabet.” In Indonesian, it is named “Sabtu!” Russians, call it “Subbota!” Plus there are many other languages that call Saturday as Sabbath being the seventh day of the week. These languages never mean that Sabbath is Sunday which is the first day of the week!
The Spanish language do call Sunday as "domingo" not "sabado." Italians call Sunday as "domenica" and Saturday as "sabato." So many languages refer to Sabbath as Saturday or Saturday as Sabbath! On the other hand, Sunday is generally called "domingo" or something that sounds like "domingo" such as "duminica."
How did the Sabbath day became holy?
*Genesis 2:3 (NKJV) – “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."
*Exodus 20:11 (NKJV) – “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
Genesis 2:3 says “God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.’ Exodus 20:11 points, “the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” By God blessing the seventh day Sabbath, he made it sanctified and hallowed. Therefore, it should not be regarded as an ordinary day like the other days because it is holy!
Whose Sabbath Is It?
*Exodus 20:10 (NKJV) – “but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.”
Here, the fourth commandment answers the issue “whose Sabbath is it?” Exodus 20:10 reveals that the “seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” What is explained here is God's Sabbath! Not any other day of the week, but the Sabbath of the Lord your God which is the seventh day! He wants you and me to observe it as holy by not working on it! This is because He Himself did not work on it – instead He Himself rested on it!
For the sake of emphasis, this seventh day is called the Sabbath of the Lord your God! It is never labelled your Sabbath so you can do anything on it! But it is termed God’s Sabbath, it is His!
What does Sabbath signify in terms of the relationship between God and man?
Many people have heard about the number 666, have you? Well, this number is indeed Biblical. This is a number which many know as the mark of the beast or what others refer as the anti-Christ and it can be found in Revelation 13:16-18:
“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
In contrast to this mark of the beast, God has a special sign between Him and His own people. The text is found in Ezekiel 20:12 which is:
* Ezekiel 20:12 – “Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.”
In this case, Sabbath commandment exists because it is a sign of and for God’s people: between God Himself and His own people! In other words, the Sabbath plays a very important role in the ten commandments. If we want to know who are God’s people, it is the very people who keep God’s Sabbath which is His sign!
Ezekiel 20:20 establishes and confirms this further which states:
* Ezekiel 20:20 – “hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.”
So, if you do not want to be identified having the mark of the beast, you might as well have God’s sign! If God’s people keep the Sabbath, and you want to be identified as one of them, you might as well have God’s sign. The only way to do this is by keeping God’s Sabbath holy!
So, what does Sabbath keeping signify in terms of the relationship between God and man? Keeping the Sabbath makes you identified being one of God’s people. And by observing God’s seventh day Sabbath, you are reaffirming that you are recognizing Him being the Lord your God!
Looking upon Jesus Christ Himself, does He have God’s sign?
Luke 4:16 – “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.”
If we look a few texts prior to this, specifically Luke 4:14, it tells us that this paragraph was definitely pointing to Jesus. Jesus had just returned to Galilee. And it was the custom of Jesus to go into the synagogue on the Sabbath day! The synagogue is a building where the Jewish congregation meet for their religious worship. To us Christians, this synagogue is equivalent to our churches!
Based on this text, does Jesus have God’s sign? YES, because He worships God in the synagogue (or church) on the Sabbath day. And we know Sabbath is the seventh day of the week! That’s plain and simple. You cannot find any Bible text that says Jesus goes regularly to the synagogue on the first day of the week!
There is another issue I have noticed. Look at the above text in Luke 4:16 again. It says that it was the custom of Jesus to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. And He participates in the religious ceremony to read! It was not just on this particular Sabbath day that Jesus has been going to the synagogue.
Since it was customary for Him to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, it meant He has been doing this regularly. It was not just once or twice, but several times! This means that Jesus is showing Himself to be a faithful Sabbath keeper!
One big church today claims that customs and traditions are the basis of their religious theologies. Their custom is to go to church on the first day of the week. Yet the custom of Jesus is being a Sabbath keeper. They also claim to worship God. Considering they attend church on the first day of the week, how can they say they are following Jesus when Jesus customarily goes to church on the Sabbath day?
How then can Jesus meet them in church on the Sabbath when these people are attending church on Sunday? Or how can these people meet Jesus on Sunday when Jesus goes to church on the Sabbath? They can never see each other in church. Or they can never worship together with Jesus at the same time and place!
What does the Sabbath give to man? Or does keeping God’s Sabbath benefit man?
*Genesis 2:1-3 – “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh-day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
We have read in the previous Bible verses we have studied including Genesis 2:1-3 that God blessed the seventh day. I still need to find a verse and any reference in the Bible that God blessed the first day and other days. Unfortunately, it is only the seventh day which is God’s Sabbath, that He has blessed.
When God blessed the seventh day weekly Sabbath, what does it benefit man? Let’s find out.
*Isaiah 56:2 – “Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
Did you understand Isaiah 56:2? It is acknowledges that “blessed is the man who does this …. Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath….” According to the Meriam-webster.com/dictionary, the word defile means “to corrupt the purity or perfection of.”
The commandment Sabbath in Exodus 20:8 declares, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” It is very clear that if you/we(man) keep God’s Sabbath holy and should not defile it. The man who keeps the Sabbath day holy would be blessed! Do you follow or get the logic here? By keeping the Sabbath, there is a blessing that comes with it.
By the way, what does it mean being blessed? Again I searched the word ‘blessed’ online, it gave a meaning as ‘made holy; consecrated.' Also, in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it defines blessed as “of or enjoying happiness specifically, Christianity.”
In general, we are told that blessings come to the man who keeps the Sabbath day holy. This Sabbath day commandment is part of the ten commandments of God. Even by keeping the ten commandments in general, there is a blessing that comes with it!
*Deuteronomy 28:1 & 2 – “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:”
“God will set you high above all nations of the earth…. Because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” In this case, the keyword “obey” is emphasized – “because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Obedience plays a significant role in keeping God’s commandments! By obeying God’s commandments, “God will set you high above all nations of the earth.” That is God’s plan. Isn’t that wonderful?
On the other hand, did you know that by disobeying the commandments of God, a curse can come to you?
*Deuteronomy 28:15 – “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:”
Blessings are the benefits that come with obedience to the commandments of God! Now, which would you want to receive? Blessings or curse? Personally, I would rather have the blessings than the curse!
When it comes to blessings, does the Holy Bible mention any specific blessings? Or are there implied blessings?
*Isaiah 58:13-14 – “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
I see the verse of Isaiah 58:13-14 as self explanatory of how to keep the Sabbath holy! How to make the holy day of the Lord honorable and by honoring Him is done by: 1) not doing your own ways, 2) nor finding your own pleasure, 3) not speaking your own words! In simple words, we cannot do anything as we please for ourselves on that day! Our actions and words should be something that will honor God and keep the Sabbath holy! These three are in addition to God’s prescription of not working on the Sabbath day as it is written in the ten commandments! Why God doesn't want us to work on the Sabbath? He wants us to rest and take time to have a vacation! Do you want a break? Here it is! Having a vacation time is also a blessing, isn't it?
These are my understanding of what results when you keep God's Sabbath day holy. You will be able to: 1) delight yourself in the Lord. 2) God will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and 3) He will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. Whatever these three specific blessings mean, I am sure it is something great for me. After all, He says something great in Jeremiah 29:11:
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
See! God wants you and me to have peace, not a stressful life! By having a future and a hope means a bright life awaits us in the future! He want us to have a good time - a weekly vacation from work!
From personal experience, I came to really appreciate the blessings of the Sabbath rest when I was in med school. Everyday was spent in rigorous study and research! Too many books to read and lecture notes to learn. But when Sabbath comes, I can take a break – closing all my books and notes. It is a vacation from too much school work and study! And I get to enjoy time with God through church, prayer, and rest! I once had a room mate who would study on Friday nights. Every time He finds me sleeping on Friday nights, he gets tempted to just sleep too!
How about you? Would you enjoy working seven days a week? Many of my former co-workers are glad when the week is almost over. They had a term for it – TGIF. They said it as: “Thank God it’s Friday.” So, why not enjoy the blessings of the Sabbath instead of being held in bondage by work! Do all your work and whatever you want to do in the first six days of the week. Then take a break or a weekly vacation on the seventh day which we know as Saturday. That very day God call His Sabbath!
Did Jesus Christ destroy the Sabbath? What Did Jesus say About His Commandments?
So far, I have not found even a single verse in the Bible that says Jesus did away or nullified the Sabbath! Whether it is before His crucifixion or after His death, I cannot find a verse or a statement that Jesus said, to honor the day of His resurrection as the new Sabbath! Instead, I have found some interesting quotes of Jesus Christ:
*Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
*Luke 21:33 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
*Mark 13:31 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
*Matthew 5:18 – “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
*John 14:15 – “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
The verses Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33, and Mark 13:31, records the same line from Jesus. Interesting! He pronounced that even if heaven or earth will pass away, His worlds will never go away! Jesus further supported these statements. In Matthew 5:18, He said, even if heaven and earth will pass away, not one jot or tittle will pass from the law… Hmmmm….
To clarify, I searched through Google what the words “jot” and “tittle” really means. In English, “Jot” means “to write something quickly in a short note.” The word “tittle” in English means “a small written or printed stroke or dot.” Therefore Jesus is saying even a dot in the law or a stroke will not change!
Jesus stated in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” He never said, If you love me, you may change the Sabbath commandment. Jesus also never said when He is resurrected, you can change the Sabbath commandment! Instead, He said not one jot or tittle will pass from the law!
It is true that Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments!” So we keep the commandments because we want to demonstrate to Him that we love Him!
Here is one big question. Who claimed that Jesus stated God’s holy day has been changed? A switch from the seventh day to the first day of the week because of His resurrection? He remained here on earth for more than a month from His resurrection to His ascension to heaven. Yet Jesus was silent about changing the Sabbath day! If He did verbalized it, all His disciples could have written about it immediately! Paul could have promoted that in his epistles.
Besides these, can the Bible cite that Jesus will change?
Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
The New Testament of the Holy Bible in Hebrews 13:8, declared that Jesus Christ will never change! While He was here on earth, it was the custom of Jesus to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath. If that was His custom, expect that He will keep the Sabbath in the future! So, if Jesus keeps the Sabbath holy, why wouldn’t you keep the Sabbath day holy?
Didn’t Jesus say to keep only two commandments and not the ten?
*Matthew 22:37- 40 – “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
*Deuteronomy 6:5 – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
*Leviticus 19:18 – “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
Yes, Jesus did mention two commandments: first by citing Deuteronomy 6:5 when He said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ as the first commandment. Then He said “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” which is found in Leviticus 19:18 in the Old Testament. And He further says that “on these two commandments hang the Law and the Prophets.
What does it mean when Jesus said “on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets?”
It simply means these two are the summary of His laws which include the ten commandments! Allow me to illustrate this further.
Let us closely dissect the ten commandments here which are the following:
First commandment found in Exodus 20: 3 says: “You shall have no other gods before Me.
Second commandment in Exodus 20:4-6 states: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
The third Commandment in Exodus 20:7 states: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
And the fourth Commandment in Exodus 20:8-11 states: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall not do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
Take note that the first four of the ten commandments are all geared towards how we should serve God. These four commandments contain the specifications of how we should recognize, honor, respect and worship God. And Jesus simply summarized these four commandments. He summed them up by citing Deuteronomy 6:5 in His own way. Thus, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ These encapsulates the first four of the ten commandments!
Fifth commandment found in Exodus 20:12 states: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
Sixth commandment (found in Exodus 20:13) states: “You shall not murder.”
Seventh commandment (found in Exodus 20:14): “You shall not commit adultery.”
Eighth commandment (found in Exodus 20:15): “You shall not steal”
Ninth commandment (found in Exodus 20:16): “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Tenth commandment (found in Exodus 20:17): “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
The fifth commandment until the tenth commandment are all geared toward our treatment of our fellow men. Our fellow men include our father and mother and your neighbor. The fifth to the tenth commandment simply boils down to "You shall love your neighbor as yourself! Jesus condensed these six commandments by citing Leviticus 19:18 where this phrase is found!
“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” meant that these two commandments summarizes God's laws! And these are not new commandments after all!
What does the Holy Bible say About How We Should Do Business On The Sabbath?
*Nehemiah 10:31- “If the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we should forgo the seventh year’s produce and the exacting of debt.”
*Nehemiah 13:15-22 – “In those days I saw people in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions.
16 Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, "What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day?
18 Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath."
19 So it was, at the gates of Jerusalem, as it began to be dark before the Sabbath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and charged that they must not be opened till after the Sabbath. Then I posted some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day.
20 Now the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice.
21 Then I warned them, and said to them, "Why do you spend the night around the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you!" From that time on they came no more on the Sabbath.
22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy!”
In short, doing business on the Sabbath is profaning or breaking the Sabbath. Such business include buying and selling.
Has time changed that affected the Sabbath?
It is known that the Catholic church did change the calendar. Pope Gregory XIII changed and introduced a new calendar system in Europe in 1582. It was known to be the Gregorian calendar. Its purpose was to correct the dating system of the Julian Calendar. It is because they wanted to change the date of Easter.
What the pope did was to change the numbering system of the dates but not the weekly day cycle. In other words, the weekly day cycle was not affected, thus it was never changed.
Since we have mentioned Easter, let it be known that even the Roman Catholic church knew that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. They named the Friday when He died as Good Friday. They also recognize that Jesus Christ was risen from the dead on the first day of the week. And they kept an annual celebration of this Sunday event which they call Easter. Until now, Easter has always been celebrated on a Sunday - the first day of the week.
There is another group of people who have kept tract of the weekly cycle. They strictly observe God’s Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. This group of people are the Jewish people who have always religiously kept the weekly cycle. Included in these is their weekly Sabbath observance even before and during the time of Jesus Christ!
Here's one question. If Jesus simply wanted to prove that He has power over death, why didn't He just rose up immediately after He was killed? Well, probably people will say, He did not really die!
And here's another one. Why did Jesus immediately rose from the dead after the Sabbath or the first day of the week? It was because He also rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment even in His death! In Luke 23:5, it is recorded as "they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment."
So, you see, the seven day weekly cycle of time has never been lost! Roman Catholics name the Friday on which Jesus was crucified as Good Friday. The Jewish people call the seventh day of the week as Sabbath Day. And again, the Roman Catholics call the first day of the week on which Jesus was resurrected from the dead as Easter!
As I have mentioned earlier, there are languages that have preserved the name of the Sabbath. One example, the Spanish language use of the word “Sabado” which is the seventh day of the week. And as I have presented, it is not just found only in the Spanish language but in many other languages as well!
Therefore, the knowledge about the Sabbath being the seventh day of the week has never been lost. It is fascinating to note that God has preserved groups of people that kept tract of the weekly day cycle. And with this weekly cycle, the name Sabbath has been preserved in many other languages. The seventh day Sabbath has also been rediscovered and recognized by other religious organizations to this day!
Other Than Not Doing Secular Work On The Sabbath, and Not Doing Our Own Ways On the Sabbath, Not Doing Any Business, what are God’s people expected to do On the Sabbath?
*Leviticus 23:3 – “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings."
We have studied now that the seventh day is a Sabbath, and we are not to do any work on it. This is because it is a holy day. We also know that work must be done on the first to the sixth day of the week. Read carefully this text in Leviticus 23:3, there is another set of words added called “a holy convocation.”
Try to Google it yourselves what convocation means. If you have already found it, I’m sure you would agree that convocation means a gathering of people for a formal assembly! As Leviticus 23:3 says, there has to be a holy convocation which means a holy gathering! Where do we go for a holy gathering? Isn’t it in church? And what do we do in church for this holy gathering? Are we not worshipping God when we have a holy gathering in church? Certainly!
Thus we can say that we go to church on the seventh day of the week for a holy convocation to worship God! It is not wrong to pray to God everyday of the week. But here is a specific prescription whereby we worship God in church during the seventh day of the week. That's God’s Sabbath – a holy day of rest! And this prescription has never been given to us to be done on the first day of the week!
Now let’s try to review who goes to worship on the seventh day Sabbath.
*Luke 4:16 – “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue to the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.” – In Luke 4:14, this informs us that Luke 4:16 is referring to Jesus. Jesus goes to the synagogue/church on the Sabbath as He was accustomed to.
*Acts 18:4 – “And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.” Acts 18:1 tells us that this person being described in Acts 18:4 is Paul who goes to the synagogue every Sabbath!
Now, if Jesus goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath, and Paul and other early Christians observe the Sabbath, why do majority of Christians now go to church on the first day of the week instead?
In Making The Sabbath Holy, When Does the Sabbath Day Begin and When Does it End?
*Leviticus 23:32 – “It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath.”
Celebrating the Sabbath from evening of Friday till evening of Saturday is practiced by the Jewish people. Today, those who observe the Sabbath celebrate it from sunset of Friday (which is evening) until sunset of Saturday (which is also evening). That's the same then as the Jewish practice. The Sabbath begins and ends this way every week.
Celebrating the Sabbath from midnight to midnight is not mentioned in the Bible. We usually consider a day to start at midnight and ends the following day at midnight, don’t we? Well, it is not the same as how the Sabbath Day is observed.
Will the Sabbath Day be Observed in the Future In the New Heaven and the New Earth?
*Isaiah 66:22-23 – “’For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,’” says the Lord, “’So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,’” says the Lord.”
There are people who believe that this world we live in will come to an end. And Jesus did tell His people about the end of the world when He comes again. Here in Isaiah 66:22, it is explicit there will be new heavens and a new earth!
In that new heavens and the new earth, “from one Sabbath to another,” everyone will worship God as He had said. Again, it is not from the first day of the week to another first day of the week that people will worship God. Take note how it is predicted in italics in the verse above, “from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me.”
So Why Do We Keep The Sabbath and Obey the Ten Commandments?
*John 14:15 – “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
Jesus Christ challenges everyone of us, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” We therefore keep the commandments including the Sabbath commandment, to show to Jesus that we love Him! We do not keep the commandments to be saved, but to show that we love Jesus!
*Exodus 20:8, 11 – “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it”
Out of the ten commandments, it is only the fourth commandment that has the word "remember." It is unfortunate many of us tend to forget the Sabbath. This happens when we are too engrossed with many things including our business. But the Lord reminds us to remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.
We keep the Sabbath day holy to honor God being our creator, and being the creator of the heavens and the earth! Every Sabbath that comes reminds us how God has wonderfully created everything.
You Are Not Alone Serving God on His Holy Sabbath Day
In 1 King chapters 18 & 19, you will read how the prophet Elijah was in a challenge with the priests of the heathen god Baal. The offerings of more than 400 priests of Baal was never received by their god. On the other hand, Elijah even challenged the priests to pour water on his offering to God three times. Fire came down from heaven that consumed Elijah’s offering signifying it was received by God. Even the firewood and rocks on which his offering was laid were consumed.
When the evil queen Jezebel had heard of what happened, she threatened to take Elijah’s life. Elijah ran away as far as Mount Horeb and there he hid in a cave. When asked by God what he was doing there. Elijah said, “I alone am left; and they seek to take my life. (1 Kings 19:14 - NKJV).
Here is how God replied to the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19:18: “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
My friend, if you wish to serve God by honoring Him on His seventh day Sabbath, you are not alone. Today, there are more than one religious organization that worship God on the Sabbath. Aside from the Jewish nation, who unfortunately rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah, other Christian groups exist. These groups of people do worship God during Saturday Sabbath.
There is a list of more than 500 Sabbath observing churches from different religions that are listed in http://www.the-ten-commandments.org/sabbathkeepingchurches.html. And the largest group so far is the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Other Sabbath keeping churches include Seventh day Baptists, Church of God, and many others.
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Let’s continue to shine on till Jesus comes! And let’s keep on sharing to everyone the blessings of the Sabbath!
God bless you all.
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