observed and that the Jewish community was still observing.
What Does the Bible Say About the Sabbath
Just finished listening to an excellent message from an Australian Pastor. He made a great point that most of the Christian world is following traditions of man and not what is written in the Holy Bible.
All during Jesus ministry on earth, Jesus read the scriptures in the Synagogue on the Sabbath Day that God made in Genesis 2. The seventh-day Sabbath was blessed and sanctified by God and is a weekly 24 hour holy time meant for us to be in close fellowship with our Creator. The Sabbath reminds us that God created us and also provided a path to Salvation for us as Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath day.
Whenever a person dies on this earth, a last will and testament is usually left with instructions for how the property will be divided. Once the person dies, there is NO way for that last will and testament to ever be changed.
The same principle applies to those of us who are saved Christians. Because the Sabbath was made for all man in Genesis before there ever was a nation of Israel, all man is called by God to honor the Holy Time He made for us. God doesn’t need the rest because He does not get tired. He knew then and knows now that man needs to break away from the demands of this world and have a day of rest.
When Jesus Christ instituted Holy Communion in the Last Supper meal on the night before He was killed on the Cross at Calvary, the institution of Holy Communion was established.
When Jesus gave up His spirit on the Cross, the new covenant was sealed. There is no way the new covenant can ever be changed.
Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath day and then rose on the first day of the week which is Sunday. Look in your dictionary and you will find that Saturday is the seventh-day of the week. It always has been as there has always been a seven day weekly cycle.
Over 200 languages of the world use the word ‘Sabbath’ for Saturday. In Spanish, the day is called Sabado.
So where does going to church on Sunday come from and who changed God’s Law which is unchangeable according to the word of God in the Bible?
In the first couple of centuries after Christ death at Calvary, Pagans were holding festive events on the day of the sun or Sunday. The Roman Empire was still ruling the world. Christians still met in churches on the Seventh-day Sabbath. Some believers wanted to distance themselves from the Jewish traditions and the Emperor Constantine approved Sunday as a day of rest during his years in power around 323 AD.
I have some overwhelming facts that EVERY Protestant needs to read. If the Protestant church of today knew what the Catholic church did in the past regarding the 7th Day Sabbath they would not be worshipping on Sundays today. I guarantee that if you are a TRUE child of God seeking to do exactly as the Creator would have you do, this information on this page will effect you in a major way! Prophecy states plainly that the beast will seek to change “times and laws” and on this page you will see ample evidence that the Roman Catholic church ADMITS to that very act!
The Word of God says:
Daniel 7:25, “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.”
The word of Rome says:
“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” “The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.” -Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris’ Ecclesiastical Dictionary.
Practice of the Original Apostles
Throughout the book of Acts, we find that the Apostles continued to observe the Sabbath regularly. They did this with Jews as well as with Gentiles, and-guided by the Holy Spirit-the entire early New Testament Church continued to meet on the seventh-day Sabbath for decades after Jesus’ death. Even mainline Protestant historians acknowledge this fact. In his book, The Story of the Christian Church, Jesse Lyman Hurlbut states, “As long as the church was mainly Jewish, the Hebrew Sabbath was kept; but as it became increasingly Gentile the first day gradually took the place of the seventh day” (1970, p. 36).
Notice that Hurlbut says the first day “gradually” replaced the seventh-day Sabbath. Did God gradually do away with His law? Ridiculous! As we shall see later, conniving me “gradually” DECEIVED millions of professing Christians into doing away with not only the Sabbath, but the entire concept of obedience to God’s law!
However, no such change took place during the lifetime of Christ’s original Apostles. Even the Apostle Paul-the Apostle to the Gentiles-kept the Sabbath regularly. And he wasn’t even converted to Christianity until well after Christ’s resurrection. Notice the account of Paul and Barnabas in Acts 13:14: “But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.”
“But,” some might argue, “Paul was just meeting with the Jews on Saturday since that was their Sabbath!” However, the book of Acts tells us that “when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath” (13:42). Here was Paul’s grand opportunity to inform the Gentiles that they would now meet on Sunday! But did he? On the contrary! “The next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God” (v. 44).
The truth of the matter is that neither Paul nor ANY of the Apostles uttered one single word about changing God’s holy Sabbath or any part of the Ten Commandments. Rather, as they had been taught by Christ Himself, they kept, and always assembled on, the seventh day.
What about when Paul traveled through predominately Gentile areas? God’s Word tells us, “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his CUSTOM was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures” (17:1-2).
It was clearly Paul’s “custom” to meet on the Sabbath. Acts 18:4 tells us that “he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.” In example after example in the book of Acts, when Paul or the other Apostles met to worship, there is not a single, solitary hint that they ever regularly met on any other day of the week to worship except Saturday-the seventh-day Sabbath that they had always
observed and that the Jewish community was still observing.
observed and that the Jewish community was still observing.
In fact, if they had started teaching some other weekly day of worship, it would have caused a literal RIOT among the Jewish Christians! The only major ministerial conference mentioned in the New Testament is described in Acts 15. It was occasioned by a bitter controversy over whether Gentile Christians should be compelled to be circumcised. The book of Acts notes the incident that sparked this conference: “And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the Apostles and elders, about this question” (vv. 1-2).
At the conference in Jerusalem, after there had been “much dispute,” Peter rose up and carefully explained how God had called the Gentile Christians through him apart from any command to be physically circumcised. Afterward, Paul and Barnabas described the fruits of their Work among the Gentiles, without circumcision being involved. Then James, the presiding Apostle at Jerusalem, summarized the matter and stated, “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood”(vv.19-20). Finally, a letter was drafted, outlining this landmark decision and the reasons for it (vv. 22-29). Paul took a copy of this letter with its decrees and read it to all of the Churches under his jurisdiction (16:1-5).
Some will argue that the four prohibitions mentioned here are the only laws from the Old Testament still binding on Christians. But notice that murder is not listed. Are we, then, free to commit murder? Obviously not! So why are these points specifically mentioned? Because the four things Christians are to abstain from here are practices that were common to pagan religion. In sacrificing to their idols, many pagans would strangle animals rather than slitting their throats and letting the blood drain from them. Then they would eat these offerings and commit gross sexual immorality as religious ritual. The prohibitions in Acts 15 were originally part of God’s statutory law. But they were also listed later with the ceremonies and rituals of the Levitical worship system to keep the Israelites from adopting these wrong practices (cf. Leviticus 17:7, 10; Numbers 25:1-3). The Apostles wanted it understood that, although the ceremonial and ritual parts of the Old Testament law-including physical circumcision-were no longer necessary, these four points that were given in the ceremonial section of the law were still binding. And why were they still binding? Because they were part of God’s original law-which was still in force!
Bear in mind that this great controversy and subsequent apostolic conference took place over the ordinance of physical circumcision. How much MORE of a debate would have raged if the Apostles had tried to change or do away with one of the Ten Commandments-especially the one about God’s weekly Sabbath, the very identifying “sign” of God’s people?! There would have been an absolute UPROAR. But do we find even the slightest hint of a dispute over any such change?
We do NOT!
As the expression goes,” the silence on the subject is DEAFENING.” There was no such change until scores or even hundreds of years after the death of the original Apostles! So neither Jesus nor the apostolic Church EVER attempted to change the Sabbath. They never attempted to do away with obedience to ANY of the Ten Commandments!
Most of the Protestant Christian churches have fallen to the deception that came through the Catholic church which is an apostate church. There are hundreds of millions of wonderful and devout Catholic believers. Most saved Christians will be with Jesus when he comes back. What the Bible is warning us of is that the Apostate church is the Beast Power of Revelation. God has a problem with the Papal system that deceives hundreds of millions of Christians.
Malachi 3:6 states: For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Matthew 5:17-18 states: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
You can also see some excellent videos about the faithful followers of Jesus keeping the Ten Commandments down through the centuries at the website below:
Seek out your local Seventh-day Adventist church and you will find a man or woman more than eager to share some excellent Bible study guides. The Seventh-day Adventist church began in the 1840’s when a group of young Seventh-day Baptist and Seventh-day Presbyterians studied scripture well into the night.
Ever since the Protestant reformation began on the day Martin Luther nailed his Thesis on the doors of the local Catholic church in Wittenberg, Germany, God has guided His followers to continue to restore Biblical truth.
I will write a new article to document all of the different truths that came from these followers of Christ. The Seventh-day Adventist church is a melting pot of believers from many churches including the Baptist church, the Catholic church, the Methodist church and the Presbyterian church.
Give me the Bible, Holy Message Shining !