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Sunday is NOT the Sabbath! (Author unknown)

This article is intended for those who may think that Sunday is the seventh day, or Sabbath day, that the Bible designates to be set aside for the worship of God. It is quite surprising how many people actually think this. They generally assume that since Saturday and Sunday are the "weekend", that Monday must be the first day of the week because it is their first work day of the week. This would then lead you to believe that Sunday is indeed the seventh day.

Some Catholic Catechisms will even give one the impression that Sunday is the Sabbath. Note the following from the "Penny Catechism" of England and Wales:


192. What is the third Commandment?
The third Commandment is "Remember that you keep holy the Sabbath day."

193. What are we commanded by the third Commandment?
By the third Commandment we are commanded to keep the Sunday holy.

But this ISN'T what it says, is it folks?  First of all, note that in the giving of the law on Sinai, the third commandment refers to making of images (icons such as the Catholic Church is full of) and it is the fourth that refers to the Sabbath

Exodus 20  KJV
1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the Lord your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 you shalt have no other gods before me. 4 you shalt not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:5 you shalt not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 you shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain. 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt you labour, and do all your work: 10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shalt not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

The following quotation is from the Catholic Baltimore Catechism #1, popular in the United States for the last century or so, intended for the instruction of children. It also blurs the distinction between the Sabbath and Sunday:

Q. What is the third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment is: Remember you keep holy the Sabbath day.

Q. How are we to worship God on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation?
A. We are to worship God on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation by hearing Mass, by prayer, and by other good works.

Source: A Catechism of Christian Doctrine (No. 1), prepared and enjoined by order of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, bearing the Imprimatur of the Catholic Church, Copyright 1885, by J. L. Spalding, published by P. J. Kenedy & Sons, printers to the Holy Apostolic See, 44 Barclay St., New York, page 36.

Other people will suggest that somehow we have lost track of the days of the week and no one can be sure just what day is the seventh day of the week. Those who wish to cling to this notion have never actually researched the issue to discover the facts.

The First Sabbath Keepers

But then, when was the Sabbath begun? When was the first one observed and by whom?

Gen 2:2 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.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested.

The very first Sabbath was the seventh day of creation. Look up Saturday in most any dictionary and it will tell you that it is the seventh day of the week. So who observed the first Sabbath day?

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Both Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day, before the Sabbath day, and so were present to observe the day of rest God created for them. Some will try to claim that the Sabbath was a Jewish festival, part of the Mosaic law that was done away with at the cross. Since Sabbath was established at creation as a memorial of that event, would that notion then make Adam and Eve Jews? Actually not a single Jew existed until the covenant made with Abraham, thousands of years later. 

Mark 2:27 And he [Yeshua] said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:
Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.

We think you'll have to agree that it seems pretty obvious here with this plain "Thus sayeth the L_rd..." that the seventh-day Sabbath was created for Adam and Eve, and all of humanity, not just for the Jews.

 Adam lived for 930 years (Gen 5:5), and undoubtedly was a Sabbath keeper his entire life. Adam was not the only one of the first millennium to keep the Sabbath. The same can be said for Enoch, who was born within the lifetime of Adam. Enoch was so in harmony with God that he was taken up to heaven and never died (Gen 5:24).

Sabbath Keeping After the Flood.

The Patriarch Abraham, who was born some 1000 years after the death of Adam, and 300 years after the flood, can also be shown to have kept the seventh-day Sabbath:

Gen 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Clearly since Abraham kept God's laws he must also have faithfully kept the Sabbath of the Lord.

Moses and the Jews Before Mount Sinai.

Before the commandments of God were given on stone tablets atop mount Sinai, God had already shown Israel precisely which day was His Sabbath:

Exo 16:23 And he [Moses] said to them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath to the LORD:

Some may think that any old day will satisfy God, but the Lord left no doubt about the day he wanted observed, he told Moses and the Israelites exactly which day was the Sabbath. For 40 years a double portion of manna fell on Friday, and no manna fell on Sabbath. Note that this began BEFORE the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Sinai. The manna continued until the Israelites entered the promised land (Exodus 16:35, Joshua 5:12). With 52 weeks a year, that means God made the seventh day Sabbath plain to them for over 2000 weeks.

It is a day that apparently does matter to G_d

Mount Sinai.

Note that at Sinai the following was said with regard to the Sabbath-

Ex 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt you labour, and do all your work:10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shalt not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

When Moses went up on Sinai, God commanded that the Jews were to REMEMBER the Sabbath day.

The Sabbath was not first revealed to Israel on Sinai. On Sinai, they were told in no uncertain terms, to remember what they already knew.

Will Just Any Seven Day Cycle of Rest Satisfy God?

Some may ask, why can't I pick my seventh day? Sunday is more convenient for me, or perhaps Monday, etc., so that will be my day of Sabbath rest to the Lord. I will keep every seventh day holy, but that day will be a day of my choosing.

The problem with the above attitude is that it has no foundation in scripture. As we noted above, God designated a specific day as His Sabbath. Israel was never given a choice in what days they wanted to keep holy as a day of rest. The entire community was to keep God's designated day in unison. No one had the prerogative or authority to decide to start keeping some other day as their Sabbath. Note the reaction when some of Israel decided to look for manna on the seventh day Sabbath:

Ex 16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. 28 And the LORD said to Moses, How long refuse you to keep my commandments and my laws?

By not resting on God's designated Sabbath day, the law and commandments of God had been broken!

Exo 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he gives you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide you every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

Note that it is emphasized that G_d had given the Sabbath. Neither Moses or Israel had picked the day they wanted to observe...   they were told specifically which day of the week to keep holy.

Keeping the Sabbath on the day HE has said is the Sabbath is a sign of obedience and love for our Creator. Breaking it is the sin of rebellion, because it is breaking the law of God.

 No one has the authority to choose the day they will observe as the seventh day. God did not just institute a seven day cycle, He blessed and sanctified a specific day as holy.

But there IS a choice involved. Either you choose to keep God's seventh day Sabbath, or you choose to break His commandment by not keeping it

(although prior to this study today, the choice may indeed have been made by many in ignorance.)

Webmaster's NOTE: Remember that God blessed the Sabbath day and made it Holy time. The 7th DAY is Holy time to God, and to try to keep another day as the "Sabbath" does NOT make that time "Holy." "Keeping" the Sabbath Holy is partly in what we "DO" on the true Holy Sabbath day, and how we embrace, and spiritually benefit from, that Holiness through commanded convocation (assembling together), and study, worship, singing, messages, fellowship, etc. So, in ignoring the true Sabbath DAY, the 7th Day (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown), we violate the Sabbath through work or other ways in which we fail to keep the day "Holy," but we also support a false day of worship, and shame God's name and His Sabbath in our example of His creation. Also remember that God established the 7th day Sabbath as a "sign" between He and His people, His family...

Gen 1:1 - Ex 31:12 "And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'" NKJV

Ezek 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. 13 Yet the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not walk in My statutes; they despised My judgments,'which, if a man does, he shall live by them'; and they greatly defiled My Sabbaths." NKJV

Ezek 20:19 "I am the LORD your God: Walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them; 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." NKJV

The word "Sign" in the above scriptures is translated from the word OT:226 'owth (oth); probably from OT:225 (consent-in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc. KJV - mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token. Not only was this a clear designation of who God's people were back then, but it is, and will be, a clear sign in our time and the time of the end of who God's true people are.

Does the above sound like God was serious about His Sabbath, or was this just a casual "suggestion" to Israel? Today is no different, and the Sabbath will yet be a sign that will set His people apart from the rest of the world, and from false Christianity.

So, just how do we know which day is the Sabbath of the Lord?  Continue

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