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05Feb

Does the sabbath really matter?

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Whats the big deal anyways? God doesn’t care which day I keep as long as I keep it to Him, does He?
I submit to you that it does matter, it matters a great deal and the Bible says so. I also submit to you that the test at the end of time will be this very issue, who will keep the sabbath and have the seal of God or who will keep Sunday. This is a very important issue, if you want to know what the bible says then keep reading. I don’t know about you but I want to know the truth, it doesn’t matter what I believe if it contradicts what the Bible says.

I am going to, after I finish this article begin a series on Revelation, the mark of the beast, the seal of God, the three angels messages and how they all fit together and what they all mean. This isn’t popular stuff but it is the truth and if you allow me the opportunity I would like to show you this from the Bible. If you don’t understand something feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. So with that lets begin.

First of all if you have not already I recommend you read my previous two articles on the Sabbath, they lay the ground work and prove from the Bible that the sabbath was not abolished at the cross and identifies what exactly was abolished. You don’t want to miss these two articles:

The Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday? – Part #1
Let no man therefore judge you in your sabbath day – Part #2
Does the Sabbath really matter? – Part #3

I welcome your comments on these articles, please study them out and as Paul says “prove them” according to the Bible whether they be true or not. If Paul’s congregation was told to do it then we really should be doing so with any preacher/teacher or missionary of Christ.

I also ask that you bear with me in this article, I am not babbling on about my believes, I am showing you what the bible says. “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” I am telling you this truth not because I want to convert you but because from my study of the Bible I can come to no other conclusion than that the sabbath will be the deciding issue in the end times. And I feel very strongly that if we do not understand this we will not be ready for the great crisis and end time events. Let me prove this to you…

It really intrigues me how sunday-keepers will make claims to the nullification of the sabbath using verses such as 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 – and while I don’t condemn them for it I must show you why it is not logical nor biblical…

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious

Sunday-keepers who quote these verse rightly assume that it is speaking of the ten commandment law. Note the verses say “engraven in stones”, the ten commandment was written by the finger of God on tables of stone. The mosaic law however was written by Moses in a book. So there is no way to make any other insinuations, this is indeed speaking of the ten commandment law.
The question is however, do Christians really believe the law has been done away with? Most don’t, most only use these verses to say that the sabbath was abolished yet the above verses do not specify that it was the sabbath ONLY… it is speaking of the whole law. So in reality if this verse is really saying that the law has been done away with then okay the whole law is now abolished, it is okay to lie, steal, kill, commit adultery etc etc for these like the sabbath are part of the ten commandment law and if one must go all go

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
James 2:10

Paul in Romans 3:31 is speaking of this very issue of the law being against us, and this condemnation being taken away in Christ. But interestingly he is very clear that the law must STILL be obeyed…

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

The new covenant is not a new law, it is the law written in our hearts. Instead of continually sacrificing lambs for our sins, a sacrifice which could never make us whole or righteous in God’s eyes, we, now after the cross are no longer under the condemnation of a law which commands our death… Christ took that condemnation but we must STILL keep the law and we must ACCEPT His sacrifice. When we disobey the law we take that condemnation back upon ourselves.

Is the sabbath part of the law? YES indeed, contrary to popular belief the sabbath is not an institution for the Israelites only, as we have learned in our previous article. The sabbath was “created for man”, for our enjoyment, for our rest and for communion with God almighty. Last time I checked the Jewish nation was not the only people called “man”, in fact this was spoken by God thousands of years before a Jew existed.

Lets go back to the original question though… was the law done away with at the cross? No! And again most Christians now days believe the law is still valid, 90% of it that is. Lets prove it from the bible though…

Matthew 5:17-19 says:

DO NOT THINK THAT I CAME TO DESTROY THE LAW or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 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. Whoever therefore BREAKS ONE OF the least of THESE commandments, and teaches men so, shall be CALLED LEAST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Question! If the law was to be abolished in Christ would this be a valid statement? If the law after Christ’s death was to be abolished then Christ would have destroyed the law. Think about it, Christ came for what purpose? To ultimately die for our sins and transgressions, that was His purpose in coming to earth. If in this sacrifice Christ had obliterated the ten commandment law then why does Matthew make it so plain, “Do NOT think that I came to destroy the law”

Christ did not come to undo or destroy the ten commandment law or stand against the prophets who had for so long preached its observance… Christ had come to fulfill the law. What does this mean?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

The law says “sin is the transgression of the law” and somebody must pay for that debt…

Lets say you get stopped by a policeman for speeding, despite pleading for forgiveness the officer says “I must uphold the law, you broke the law, somebody has to pay” – So he writes you out a ticket but instead of giving it to you he takes it and tells you are free to go. The policeman did not obliterate the law, he fulfilled the judgment that the law pronounced, the law says if you speed somebody has to pay for it. The law said somebody had to pay for it, the policeman took your punishment that you might not be condemned.

QUESTION! If this policeman has paid the price for your ticket, he has taken your punishment upon himself, does this give you a license to speed? In the words of Paul, “God forbid”.

I understand the above illustration is a bit flawed in comparison to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice but it gives you some insight into what the initial verse is saying. Before the cross the ten commandment law was a condemnation unto us for they pointed out our guilt, the mirror showed us our sin but provided no means of escape. It said “your a sinner” but it didn’t provide a means of cleansing. Hence it was referred to as the “ministration of condemnation” - until Christ came we bore our sins ourselves, our sins condemned us to death. But when Christ came he took that “ministration of condemnation” on himself and took our death for himself. This does not mean that we can continue in breaking God’s law…

Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

The Bible is clear, there is no mistaking this. We are saved by grace through faith, that not of ourselves BUT if we do not the will of God and keep not his commandments as the Bible says we are liars and the truth is not in us.

Many well-meaning Christians use this verse to say the law is abolished… but we clearly saw above that Christ did not come to destroy the law and that we that are saved through grace should not continue in sin. Why am I stressing this point when this discussion was supposed to be about the importance of the sabbath? Because if the law was abolished at the cross then we do not need to keep the sabbath any longer and hence it has no importance to our generation. However if the law was not abolished at the cross but only fulfilled in Christ’s death than the law is still binding… for Paul says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

So what was done away in Christ’s death? This verse is clear that something was fulfilled in the Cross and hence abolished… what is it?
Verse 7 says:

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

Note the the “ministration of death” was “glorious”. Now we move down to verse 11:

For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious

The ten commandment law wasn’t done away with, the “ministration of death” was… no more lambs needed slaying for the transgression of the law for Christ was THE Lamb who was sacrificed for our transgressions and by whose stripes we are healed. The condemnation has been taken away and abolished in our faith and acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice and death. This verse is saying that if we abide in Christ that our condemnation has been taken away…

Is that clear? The verse does not say “But if the law, written and engraven in stones…” for this verse is not speaking of the law, hence Paul says “But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones…”
There is a big difference here, the former announces the disintegration of the law while the latter is an announcement of our guilt in transgression of the law is taken away in Christ… but again we hear Paul echo “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” – The apostles and writers after Christ’s death are clear that the law is still binding.

Peter in 2 Peter 3:15,16 gives us a warning about this very issue, that some should twist Paul’s words to their own destruction:

And account that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Note Peter is clear the problem is not in Paul, Paul did not write ignorantly for Peter says “the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you” but even at these stages in the early Christian church there were those who were twisting Paul’s writings to “their own destruction”

If Paul’s writings are so hard to understand maybe we should just skip that book in our Bible reading, wouldn’t that solve the problem? No, the bible says:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We are to study it out, if one part of the Bible is clear such as Paul’s answer to his own question of “shall we continue to break the law”, and his answer “God forbid” than to interpret other parts as contradictory is twisting Paul’s words “to our own destruction”

Lastly before going on into our actual discussion of the importance of the sabbath… if the Sabbath only has been fulfilled in the cross, please show me how. There is no verse in the Bible which supports this idea. But lets look at the logic of this thought for a moment… did people before the cross need rest? Do we still need rest? Countless studies have been done and it is a proven fact(God said it first) that we need rest, one day a week. A study was done in France were employees were worked 7 days a week without proper rest and they found that they were much less productive than those who got rest.

So if we still need our rest today why would God have done away with the Sabbath? It is illogical… God would disband His HOLY Sabbath day which He created for us in the place of a man-made day converted from pagan worship of the sun. This doesn’t make sense, if we don’t need to keep the Sabbath than we certainly don’t need to keep a pagan day as the Sabbath.

The fact is God never disbanded His holy sabbath, He never changed the solemnity to sunday and He never withdrew His command to “remember the sabbath day to keep it holy” – man did, as we discovered in our earlier study the Roman Catholic church changed the day to Sunday NOT God.

But does the Sabbath really matter? I mean, hey I got to support my family and if I don’t work on the Sabbath I may lose my job. Is that a good enough excuse? Doesn’t God understand in a situation such as this?
Or maybe I love my current church, they are wonderful Christian people. God will understand won’t He?

Did He understand when Eve partook of a fruit she was strictly commanded against? The Lord said

Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

BUT of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

QUESTION! Who picked the test? Did God say, “Adam I want you to taste of each of these fruits, then I want you to decide which one you are going to consecrate to me and of that fruit you may not eat”
Is that what God said? No, God said “of every tree you may freely eat… but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, though shalt NOT eat”

Was the command clear? Did they know what tree God was talking about? They most certainly did. God was testing them, He said you may eat and partake of everything BUT this one tree. Could Adam say “well you know God, I really would love to give you that tree but this one over here looks better, see this is the one that you stood under the other day and I wish to give it to you” – Could Adam make that change? NO, God made the test and it was not to be changed. Adam had no part in it, he was only to obey. How can we as mortal, sinful beings dare, even dare to consecrate and keep a day that was not commanded by God. How can we dare to say “God will understand” when He has so clearly said “remember the sabbath day”

You see in the end times there will be a test similiar to that of Eden. But will we heed or like Eve will we decide to partake of the forbidden and trodden on the word of God?

Another verse which proves that God intends for us to keep the Sabbath today is Matthew 24:20

Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath day

Now if God doesn’t care what day we keep why would He say that? This verse is actually really ridiculous if it doesn’t matter what day we keep… this verse is clear that the Sabbath is so important we should pray we don’t even have to flee on it. Some will say that this is speaking of Jerusalem and hence only for the Jews and not intended to be interpreted as speaking of the end times… we have proven in our previous article that this is not true, that the Sabbath was made for man not Jews. It is true that this verse is speaking of Jerusalem however if you read Matthew 24 you see that the disciples are asking Christ about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end times… they group these events together because the disciples at this time believed that the end of Jerusalem WOULD BE the end of the world… they thought the two would be the same event. So you see Christ is answering both questions in one, we find that the destruction of Jerusalem will parallel that of end times events.
You see Christ is answering both questions here and they apply to both Jerusalem and the end times. But lets assume for a moment that this verse is speaking only of Jerusalem’s fall. Okay, remember this is 40 years after Christ’s death… so if the Sabbath was abolished at the cross then why is Christ giving a warning that God’s remnant in Jerusalem should pray that they need not flee on the Sabbath? Obviously it wouldn’t be that important at this point… or was it?

1 John 2:3,4 says that we do not know Christ if we do not keep His commandments:

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

This is a remarkable statement to me… what did Christ do in His example, in His life on earth? He ALWAYS kept the Sabbath… He never even gave a hint that it was abolished or changed. Yes the pharisees accused Him of breaking it, they also accused Him of blasphemy. Yet Christ did neither, He always kept the law.

So basically John is saying if you know Christ you will keep the commandments, you will know that is what Christ wants us to do. But if you don’t know Christ you will not keep His commandments… this verse gives us so much to glean from and is so clear. However I do want you to keep in mind that I am not condemning those who ignorantly break the Sabbath… the bible says:

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

But should we allow others to stay in ignorance? Paul says no.

Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren Romans 1:13

Paul says, “I would not have you ignorant” or in other words “I want you to know the truth”

The Bible says God’s remnant or true church, those who will be saved in the latter days will keep his commandments:

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12:

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Another interpretation of this verse is, “here are the saints who have endured” – Those who continually read and study their bibles and are so close to Christ that they are not fooled by Satan’s counterfeit day of worship. The bible says in the end days that His people will keep His commandments… it sounds to me as though keeping God’s commandments is still very important.

An obvious question would be, if this is so. If God’s law was never abolished, if the Sabbath is still very important and will be the test in the end, if all this is so then why are the majority of Christians keeping Sunday? Again you need to go back and read my previous article which gives a little detail into the changing of the Sabbath to Sunday by the Roman Catholic church… the devil didn’t see to it that a law was passed condemning the worship on the Sabbath…(not right away) had he done so the true Christians would have stood and rather died than disobey God… Satan knew this so he had to beguile them like he did Eve… instead he made a counterfeit. He allowed Christians to observe the Sabbath(for a time) with Sunday so it seemed okay… but soon they began to forget about the TRUE Sabbath and they began observing Sunday only, for Sunday had become a day of fun. Over the years Christians began to keep Sundays solely till our current day when most Christians do not even know this history.

When God brought a flood upon the earth only eight persons entered the ark… why? Because the rest did not believe, they did not think it mattered. It was inconvenient, who wants to be inconvenienced? Are these not the same arguments used against keeping the Sabbath? The test in the end times will be trust, believe in God and His word. Are we going to trust what God said in His word or are we going to follow tradition and convenience?

Don’t be fooled, in the end the papacy will unite with America to cause a national Sunday law to be passed. Keeping the Sabbath will NOT be convenient. I don’t have time to go through a full Revelation seminar here but let me provide you with some texts. Lets turn to Daniel 7 – yes I said Revelation, the fact is Daniel and Revelation parallel and give the same prophecy.

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Now lets turn to Daniel 2. We will notice the same prophecy portrayed as a metal image.

31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Okay now lets look at some patterns here… in Daniel 2:40 we have a kingdom which is strong as iron and which “breaketh in pieces and subdueth all” – In Daniel 7:7 we have a “dreadful and terrible” beast which has iron teeth and “devoured and brake in pieces” all those kingdoms before it. Do you see a pattern here? If we cross-reference both these chapters we find each beast is parallel to each metal on the image.

This is pretty much undisputed as the great Roman empire, interestingly denoted as the Iron nation, Rome was known for their Iron swords. An iron sword could cut in half a bronze sword.

After this iron kingdom arises one partly of iron and partly of clay. Any of you who were awake in history class know that the great Roman empire was divided into ten parts. It is pretty much a universal agreement that through the dividing of Rome ten separate kingdoms arose. In no particular order here they are: Huns, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Franks, Vandals, Suevi, Burgundians, Heruli, Anglo-saxons, and Lombards.

After the division of Rome these kingdoms would be ‘partly broken’ and ‘partly strong’ – i.e., it retains, even in its broken state, enough of its iron strength to resist all attempts to mold its parts together. The bible says ‘this shall not be,’. History replies, ‘This has not been’ – Napoleon tried it, Charles the V, Louis XIV and even Hitler tried but none have succeeded in conquering the world again because the word of God said it would not happen. And when God says something nothing will change His word.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Okay a little horn or another power arises at first little but afterwards plucks out three other powers by the roots which means they were destroyed. This little horn as we shall soon notice is the Papacy or Roman Catholic church. The three horns plucked up by the roots are the Heruli, the Ostrogoths and the Vandals. The reason for their plucking was their opposition to the teachings and claims of the papacy. Sometimes referred to as the Arians. History documents the fact that the papal church uprooted these three powers because they did not follow the teachings of the Catholic church. While the Arians did hold to beliefs that we do not find biblical we do belief that all men should belief as they are inclined and should not be persecuted for their beliefs. I bring this up only to prove that the papal church is the little horn.

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

This same little horn power that we have discovered is the papal church which shall speak great words against the most High or blaspheme God. The papal church like no other church has taken on names and positions that belong only to God. The Pope has denoted himself as God on earth which is blasphemy. The Catholic priests claim the ability to forgive sins, something that belongs only to God. When Christ on earth forgave sins he was accused of blasphemy by the religious rulers of his day. Sinners cannot forgive sins, the only one who can forgive sins is Christ who was perfect.

The papal church has and will again persecute God’s saints and whats more, will think to change times and laws. Notice the bible says “think” and also note “times and laws”. There is only one law in the ten commandments which is both a time and a law and it is one of the laws which the Papal church has declared they have changed, it is the Sabbath. The Papal church freely admits this and claims the power to do it.

The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, 3rd ed., p. 50:

“Question: Which is the Sabbath day?

“Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.

“Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?

“Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea [c. 363] transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”

So we have established that the bible prophesied that the papal church would arise, that it would pluck up three powers, it would think to change times and laws and would take the position that belongs only to Christ(would blaspheme the most high)… all of which has been fulfilled.

In part 2 we will be discussing how Daniel and Revelation parallel, how that this little horn power which is the Papal church will enforce a Sunday law and cause all to worship on Sunday.

In the end days as disasters increase and our planet is hurled into cosmic confusion the world will turn on those who keep God’s law and will blame them for the disasters. Before this happens the papal church will use the power of the United States to pass a law which will command all to worship on Sunday, failure to do so will result in imprisonment and even death. But through this time God will protect His people who follow Him without flinching.

I want you to think about something…. in the beginning, God sanctified two institutions, that of marriage between a man and a woman and the Sabbath. Both of these HOLY institutions are being disregarded and torn apart today… it is now acceptable for a man and woman to live together before marriage, it is also becoming a “norm” for same-sex marriage. These are the sins that God destroyed Sodom for… nearly all Christians now days keep Sunday instead of the Sabbath. Could it be that Satan has so ingeniously attacked these two sacred institutions that he has been able to beguile the world into disregarding them? The Bible says “if it were possible the very elect would be deceived” – we are not to follow the popular route “for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat”

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Unfortunately few keep God’s Sabbath, God never changed it and even though it is part of God’s eternal law so few Christians feel they need to observe it. Could it be that in the end it will not be the majority who make it into the kingdom? That is a solemn thought but the Bible says it… “few there be that find it” – we need to be studying like never before and we need to accept the truth as we find it. For many of us this it is not easy, however I don’t recall Christ’s life being easy either…

  • If the Sabbath is not an issue and God does not care whether you keep the Sabbath or Sunday, He has alot of apologizing to do. Adam and Eve were banished from the garden over a matter of worship, God said this tree is mine, it is set apart, do not defile it by partaking of it.
  • When Cain killed Abel, it was over a matter of worship, and that because God only accepted the sacrifice of Abel who performed it the way God had commanded.
  • Nadab and Abihu were killed because they were not worshiping God according to his commandments. They were disregarding that which was holy… how is this any different from disregarding the holy day of the Lord?

And then there is the farce that in dieing Christ abolished the Sabbath, but because we have already addressed this in a previous article we will not go into that again. But lets look at some REAL facts about Christ, His disciples and the Sabbath.
Sixty Bible Facts Concerning the Seventh Day
1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, the great God rested on the seventh
day. Genesis 2:1-3.
2. This stamped that day as God’s rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day. To illustrate:
When a person is born on a certain day, that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God rested upon the
seventh day, that day became His rest, or Sabbath day.
3. Therefore the seventh day must always be God’s Sabbath day. Can you change your birthday from the
day on which you were born, to one on which you were not born? No. Neither can you change God’s rest
day to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still God’s Sabbath day.
4. The Creator blessed the seventh day. Genesis 2:3.
5. He sanctified the seventh day. Exodus 20:11.
6. He made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:1-3.
7. It was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.
8. Jesus says it was made for man (Mark 2:27); that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited;
hence, for the Gentile as well as for the Jews.
9. It is a memorial of creation. Exodus 20:11; 31:17. Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did
at creation, we commemorate that grand event.
10. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3.
11. Hence through him, as our representative, to all nations. Acts 17:26.
12. It is not a Jewish institution; for it was made 2,300 years before ever there ‘ was a Jew.
13. The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath; but always, ‘the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.’ Men should
be cautious how they stigmatize God’s holy rest day.
14. Evident reference is made to the Sabbath all through the patriarchal age. Genesis 2:1-3; 8:10,12; 29:27,
28, etc.
15. It was a part of God’s law before Sinai. Exodus 16:4, 27-29.
16. Then God placed it in the heart of His moral law. Exodus 20:117. Why did He place it there if it was
not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
17. The seventh day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living God. Deuteronomy 4:12, 13.
18. Then He wrote the commandment with His own finger. Exodus 31:18.
19. He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. Deuteronomy 5:22.
20. It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies. Deuteronomy 10:1-5.
21. God forbade work upon the, Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times. Exodus 34:21.
22. God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. Ezekiel 20:12, 13.
23. It is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from false gods. Ezekiel 20:20.
24. God promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath.
Jeremiah 17:24,25.
25. He sent them into Babylonian captivity for breaking it. Nehemiah 13:18.
26. He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. Jeremiah 17:27.
27. God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. Isaiah 56:6, 7.
28. This is in the prophecy which refers wholly to the Christian dispensation. See Isaiah 56.
29. God has promised to bless any man who will keep the Sabbath. Isaiah 56:2.
30. The Lord requires us to call it ‘honorable.’ Isaiah 58:13. Beware, you who take delight in calling it the ‘old Jewish Sabbath,’ ‘a yoke of bondage,’ etc.
31. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down ‘many generations,’ it is to be restored in the last days.
Isaiah 58:12, 13.
32. All the holy prophets kept the seventh day.
33. When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. Luke 4:16; John 15:10. Thus He
followed His Father’s example at creation. Shall we not be safe in following the example of both the Father
and the Son?
34. The seventh day is the Lord’s day. See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10. [NOTE: This verse in Revelation 1:10 is likely not speaking of the Sabbath for the coming of the Lord is also called "the day of the Lord" so it is very likely John was in the spirit at the coming of the Lord. or in other words he was in vision at the coming of the Lord. This is my personal belief
BTW no where in the bible is Sunday referred to as the "Lord's day" or anything close]

35. Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28) ; that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of
the Wife, to love and cherish her. 1 Peter 3:6.
36. He vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for man’s good. Mark 2:23-28.
37. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed. Matthew 12:1-13.
38. He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was ‘lawful.’
Matthew 12:12.
39. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded 40 years after His
resurrection. Matthew 24:20.
40. The pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. Luke 23:56.
41. Thirty years after Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit expressly calls it ‘the Sabbath day.’ Acts 13:14.
42. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it ‘the Sabbath day’ in A. D. 45. Acts 13:27. Did not Paul
know? Or shall we believe modern teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the resurrection
of Christ?
43.
Luke, the inspired Christian historian, writing as ate as A. D. 62, calls it ‘the Sabbath day.’ Acts 13:44.
44. The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. Acts 13:42.
45. In the great Christian council, A. D. 52, in the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples,
James calls it the “Sabbath day.” Acts 15:21.
46. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. Acts 16:13.
47. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on the Sabbath. Acts 17:2, 3.
48. It was his custom to preach upon the Sabbath. Acts 17:2.
49. The book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day.
See Acts 13:14, 44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:1, 11.
50. There was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof
Why I Love And Keep God’s Holy Day that the Christians still observed the same day that the Jews did.
51. In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why
did they not, if he did not keep it?
52. But Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. ‘Neither against the law of the Jews,
neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.’ Acts 25:8. How could
this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath?
53. The Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament 59 times, and always with respect, bearing the same
title it had in the Old Testament, ‘the Sabbath day.’
54. Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath’s being abolished, done way,
changed, or anything of the kind.
55. God has never given permission to any man to work upon it. Reader, by what authority do you use the
seventh day for common labor?
56. No Christian of the New Testament, either before or after the resurrection ever did ordinary work upon
the seventh day. Find one case of that kind, and we will yield the question. Why should modern Christians
do differently from Bible Christians?
57. There is no record that God has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day.
58. As the Sabbath was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally in the new earth after
the restitution. Isaiah 66:22, 23.
59. The seventh day Sabbath was an important part of the law of God, as it came from His own mouth, and
was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai. See Exodus 20. When Jesus began His work, He
expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,’
or the prophets.” Matthew 5:17.
60. Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love God, while at the same
time they made void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a
tradition of men.

Based on all the biblical evidence that the Sabbath is important how can we keep any other day? How can I claim to be Christ’s if I disregard the day he hallowed?

If you would like to discuss this or any other Biblical issue I am more than happy to study it out with you. We want to find the Bible truth, whatever it is. Feel free to email me at randy[at]ebibleanswers[dot]com

Again we will be discussing in our next article how the Sabbath IS the end time test, what the mark of the beast is and how we can be sure not to have it. This is one article you don’t want to miss!

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4 Responses to “Does the sabbath really matter?”

  1. Posted by R 6th January, 2009 at 12:28 am

    these blogs are on the Sabbath are great! i can’t wait to read your next one about the Sabbath being the end time test. I heard vaguely about that. God bless, Randy.

  2. Posted by Randy 6th January, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Ron, I really appreciate your comments. Its nice to hear your thoughts. Please let me know what you think when you read the next article… I am hoping to publish it in the next few days. I do apologize for not getting it out speedily…

    Have any questions email me at randy[at]ebibleanswers[dot]com

    God bless, Randy

  3. Posted by Bible Study 18th September, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    WE must keep the Sabbath spiritually through faith. I am sure that salvation comes through faith alone in Jesus Christ, not by our own works of righteousness in the flesh. I just wish everyone else could see this truth. I think they get hung up on the commandments of God and seek to keep them by their own works, and not by faith alone in Jesus. For those who do so, please consider this, consider your ways. The bible,for example, commands us not to lie. 1 John 2:22 tells us a liar is one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Therefore, when we believe he is the Christ, we are no longer liars according to the biblical definition of a liar in 1 John. All the commandments are kept like this one through faith in Jesus. When we believe in him, we fulfill the commandments of God which are telling us to believe Jesus is the Christ, for example we are not to lie, or deny that JEsus is the Christ in unbelief. In other words, the commandment not to lie is a commandment not to deny JEsus is the Christ, but a commandment to believe he indeed is. For it is through faith we are saved. This is God’s commandment, to believe on JEsus and abide in the faith. To see other commandments according to the biblical interpretation by rightly dividing the word of truth, please visit this bible study website. Another example, we are commanded not to steal. If we steal, we are thieves, but if not we are not thieves. In John chapter 10, Jesus told us to seek salvation any other way than through him makes us thieves. THerefore, when we climb up through faith in Jesus alone, we are not theives who steal, spiritually speaking of course, for the law of God is spiritual according to Romans 7:14. The entire bible is spiritual and is not given for private intepretation based on our own natural wisdom and understanding. We are to let God define the words of the bible. Jude speaks of those who are carnally, or naturally minded.

  4. Posted by Randy 18th September, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    To be honest I am a bit confused by your response. Because I am not sure what your point is…

    If your point is to say that we “spiritually” enter a rest “in” Christ meaning that we don’t need to keep the Sabbath you need to read the articles I wrote for you could not have read them through and come to that conclusion.

    While the Bible is clear that works do not save you it is equally clear that disobeying the law will bring ultimate destruction.

    The Bible is to be taken literally unless it gives reason to do otherwise… for instance prophecies are not always literal and use symbolism.

    And as far as the commandments being spiritual and belief in Jesus being the only thing that matters that is not true. James 2:19 says that the devils believe AND tremble… so they should be saved right? No belief in Jesus is not enough… there must be more… and Jesus said “by their fruits” we would know them so a true relationship with God is not determined by whether we believe in Christ or not but whether He is Lord of our life. It may seem like the same thing but it is not… many thousands will perish eternally who believed in God… but they did not accept Him as Lord of their life…

    And lastly as far as the ten commandments being spiritual Jesus explained that clearly in MAtthew 5…

    “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

    But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

    The literal law reads “thou shall not commit adultery” and that is the letter of the law… the spiritual law says if you look at a woman to lust after her IN your heart you have broken it.

    So again I am a bit confused as to what your point was and I apologize if I misunderstood but I do want to make it clear that the ten commandments are still binding and must be kept or we will be lost. Keeping them will not save us but breaking them will condemn us… many will be lost who kept the ten commandments… nobody will be saved who KNOWINGLY broke them (and did not repent).

    I know this is hard and may seem harsh but I must speak the truth… I am not here to make money or make friends… this website is here to preach the truth of the Bible… I hope that is what is important to my readers!

    God Bless, Randy

    Ps. If something I said did not make sense or you have other questions please write to randy[@]ebibleanswers{dot}com

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