Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday? We need to look to the Bible as the authority. In the Bible, it is the Fourth Commandment of the “Ten Commandments”. Most people never ask why they believe what they believe and few try to determine the real origin of things. There is nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, which is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it was revealed to us by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Roman Catholic Church do not have the authority for changing the Sabbath from the seventh to the first, day of the week. The information that I am sharing with you concerning the Sabbath, comes from the book “Saturday or Sunday Which Is the Sabbath?”, by David C Pack. The book is a great read and is given free from “The Restored Church of God.” In the book, the following information was given; “Our Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week,” said Father Hourigan of the Jesuit Seminary. “That is why the Church changed the day of obligation from the seventh day to the first day of the week.”
Another question for you to consider is, are we to still follow the “Ten Commandments” or have they been done away with?
Who determined that a week contains seven days? Astronomy and math have nothing to do with the length of a week! So, why doesn’t the week have five days? Why doesn’t it have eight days or ten days? God divinely revealed the week to mankind! The seven-day weekly cycle is universally accepted around the world!
Did you know that the weekly cycle has never changed since creation? Many suppose that it has. If this cycle has been either broken or lost, there remains no further obligation for mankind to observe the true Sabbath of the Bible. If the weekly cycle has been broken, the Sabbath is lost to history and cannot be in effect today! I know for many of you, it is not in effect anyway.
Did you know that the church at Rome, in A.D. 363, decreed the death sentence on all who continued to observe the Sabbath? No wonder they were able to change it.
When I ask the question if we still need to follow the “Ten Commandments”, I got answers like; we are no longer under the law, or that Jesus paid the price for our sins, so I have listed them. The first four commandments—not serving false gods, not making or worshiping images (idols) of God, not taking God’s name in vain, and observing the Sabbath—reveal how to love God; the remaining six—honoring one’s father and mother, not murdering, not committing adultery, not stealing, not bearing false witness, and not coveting—reveal how to love other human beings. Now which ones are we no longer need to follow?
Many have assumed the unscriptural tradition that Christ was resurrected from the tomb on Sunday. If Sunday can be established as the day that Christ was resurrected, it can be a means of injecting the pagan Easter festival and celebration, with its Sunday sunrise services, into Christianity. Actually, Christ’s Resurrection occurred late Saturday afternoon, between 3 and 6 p.m.
Many pagan festivals, including Christmas (Saturnalia), Easter (the festival of Ishtar) and worship on the day of the Sun, were observed throughout the Roman Empire long before Christ. At the Council of Laodicea, in A.D. 363, the following decree was passed: “Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, resting rather on Sunday.
The Sabbath is giving time back to God through worship, prayer, Bible study, and meditation on Him, His creation and His purpose.
God said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” never “Remember Sunday to keep it holy—and just call it the Lord’s day!”
The seventh day is called “the Sabbath of the LORD”—not “the Sabbath of the Jews” or “the Sabbath of the Israelites.” God never requires people to discern for themselves what to obey—only whether they will obey. Take some time and give this sum thought.
Published by Willie Starks