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- Is The Sabbath Day Still Holy?

The topic of the Sabbath is a hotly debated topic. But don't feel that you can't know the truth just because there isn't a consensus among the so called experts. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, not man. We must prayerfully consider the scriptures ourselves and not blindly follow others by their traditions. This topic is closely related to my previous page Was God's Law Done Away With?. But the topic of the Sabbath goes even deeper and is a huge stumbling block for many Christians today. The bottom line is that no where in scripture does it say that the Sabbath was done away with. This page is not meant to cover what day the Sabbath is, but whether it is still holy and binding on God's people. The next page Lunar Sabbath Truth, will cover the topic of what day is the true Sabbath. There are not many topics that can rival the passion and division that this topic brings. There is undoubtedly spiritual blindness and deception involved with this topic. I think that these things only speaks to its importance and significance. We should not then shy away from it, but instead engage in the study and find out what God's word truly teaches apart from our preconceived beliefs.

The Sabbath Is For ALL Of God's People

God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Gen. 2:3
(God blessed and sanctified the 7th day at the creation, well before Mt. Sinai. This is well before there were ever Israelites, Jews, or Gentiles. The Sabbath day of rest was established in the creation week. No, it wasn't specifically called a Sabbath, but the 7th day was set apart and sanctified as a day of rest. Let's not be ridiculous, it doesn't have to be specifically called a Sabbath to draw the clear connection.)

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 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. Ex. 20: 8-11 (The 4th commandment is directly linked to the creation when God rested on the 7th day. God wants us to “remember” who is the creator of all things. The direct connecting of the Sabbath day with creation is further confirmation, as if any was needed, that the Sabbath was established at creation, not at Mount Sinai for just the Israelites.)

And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Mark 2:27-28 (The Sabbath was not just for Jews or for Israel, but for man. And Jesus is not Lord of Sunday, but Lord of the Sabbath. People try to say that because he is Lord of the Sabbath, that that means he is over it in the sense that he can do away with it. That's a huge stretch considering all the other verses that must be harmonized with that interpretation.)

Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:1-7 (The Sabbath is commanded to the eunuchs and the sons of the stranger, not just the Israelites or the Jews.)

If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 58:13-14 (God describes the Sabbath as HIS holy day, a delight, holy, and honourable. And then gives blessings for those who keep it. The Jews do not own the Sabbath, God does for all his people.)

A Perpetual Covenant

Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenantIt is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Ex. 31:16-17 (A “perpetual covenant” doesn’t sound like something that would be done away with. It is a sign for God's people forever. The Sabbath is again connected to the creation week.)

Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Ex. 31:13

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 66:23 (So the Sabbath was observed in the Bible days and the Sabbath will be observed in the future at His return. So why would it be done away with in our day? That would be hard to make sense of.)

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Heb. 4:9 (Almost all translations clarify this as a Sabbath-rest. This is the new testament verse that people say doesn’t exist. Or they will spiritualize away the verse making it still mean the Sabbath rest doesn’t remain for the people of God even though the verse clearly says otherwise. This further confirms the perpetual and eternal nature of the Sabbath.)

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Matt. 24:20 (Jesus is talking about a future time when the Sabbath day is still in effect. It doesn’t matter if you interpret this verse to be referring to the destruction of the temple in 70ad or for the end times, either way Jesus is referring to a future time after his death when the Sabbath is still to be obeyed.)

Jesus, Paul, And Gentiles All Kept The Sabbath

He(Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom washe went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16 (It was Christ’s custom to observe the Sabbath.)

And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. Mark 1:21 
(Christ and his disciples taught in the synagogues on the 7th day Sabbath, not Sunday.)

And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:56 (Mary and Mary Magdalene both observed the Sabbath after Christ's death.)

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Acts 17:2 (It was Paul’s custom to observe the Sabbath.)

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. I Cor. 11:1 (Following Paul would include observing the Sabbath as he did.)

But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. Acts 13:14-15 (Paul and Barnabus teach on the Sabbath to the Jews.)

And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. Acts 13:42-44 (Paul and Barnabus teach on the Sabbath to the Gentiles.)

And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Acts 18:4 (Paul attended “Church” on the 7th day of the week. And taught not just Jews, but Greeks also.)

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. Acts 15:21 (Moses kept the Sabbath.)

And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. Acts 16:13 (Paul and his group observe Sabbath.)

God Is Serious About His Sabbath

In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath. Nehemiah 13:15-18 (God’s wrath came upon Israel for not observing the Sabbath command.)

But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched. Jeremiah 17:27 (God’s wrath would come if the Sabbath command was not obeyed.)

Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.  Ezek. 20:12-13 

(God’s Sabbaths is the sign that sets apart his people from everyone else. God’s people keep God’s Sabbaths. But God is not pleased when we disobey this commandment. As we have seen in the past, God pours out his wrath when his Sabbath is polluted.)

The Sabbath Prophesied To Be Changed And Lost

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: Dan. 7:25 (The Catholic Church changed the time of God’s Sabbath to Sunday, thus also changing God’s law. And “times” were also changed in that the calendar was changed and caused God’s people to lose knowledge of the time of his Sabbaths and Holy Days.)


And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. Lam. 2:6 (Out of discipline and anger, He caused His people to forget His solemn feasts and Sabbaths.) 

I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. Hosea 2:11 (In the Lord’s anger and discipline, He caused His people to lose knowledge of these things.)

Context, Context, Context

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Rom. 14:5 (To apply this verse to the Sabbath is to strip it from its context. Nowhere in the entire chapter is the Sabbath mentioned. This verse has nothing to do with the Sabbath day. This verse is talking about fasting. Some people considered one day over another to fast. The very next verse, vs6, is talking about eating or not eating for the Lord. Not eating is called fasting. Verse 3 also tells us the context of what verse 5 is talking about.
 "Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him." Paul is telling them not to judge and look down on those not fasting and vise versa.)

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Col. 2:16-17 (The million dollar question here is: Were the Colossian people judging these new converts FOR NOT observing these things or FOR observing these things? Generally people judge others and look down on them because they are different. If the new converts were observing the same things that the Colossian people were observing, then the Colossian people wouldn't be judging them. So the answer comes when we know who the Colossian people were and what they observed. The Colossian people were pagans. They would have no reason to judge these new converts FOR NOT observing these things, because they didn't observe them either. Therefore, Paul was teaching the 1st century church to observe God's holy feast days, the new moons, and sabbath days. It says that these days are a shadow of things to come, that means the future. So these observances do have relevance after the cross because their fulfillments are still in the future. Also notice that the word "is" in verse 17 is in italics. That means that the translators added the word for clarification purposes. But the verse is actually only clear and true without the added word. It should read "but the body of Christ." So let know man judge you for observing these new things, except for the body of Christ. It's amazing how this verse gets turned on its head by the vast majority of Christians and is used to teach the exact opposite of what it actually says when viewed in context.)

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Gal. 4:8-11 (This verse is also used to teach the very opposite of what it says. People use this verse to teach against the observance of God's holy feast days. But the Galatian people were pagans. Paul is warning them to not return to their pagan practices. Paul would not call God holy days "weak" and "beggarly" because Paul himself observed these days. If anything, these "days, months, times, and years" would much more appropriately be applied to christianized pagan holidays such as Christmas, Easter, New Year, Halloween, etc.)

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. Acts 20:7 (This is a horrible translation. First of all, the word "day" is in italics and should not be there because the translators added the word. The word "week" is "sabbaton." And in case you need a translation of that word, it means the Sabbath. So on the first of the Sabbath Paul preached. Yet so many people mistakenly use this verse to justify Sunday assemblies.)
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