Keep Sabbath Holy–Today most of the Christians keep the Sunday worship. They go to the church and study the words of God in the bible on Sunday. Actually, what they do not know is that this practice is not from the bible. And neither is it a teaching of Jesus Christ. Through this topic, let us find out when the true worship day is and why it is important to us.
Revelation 22:18 I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
In this verse God strictly warn us not to change the words of God in any way. We should not either add or subtract to the words of God in the bible. Rather we must consider the words of God to be absolute. And we must follow the words of God without adding our opinions to it.
Keep Sabbath Holy
Keep Sabbath Holy–Some might dismiss this idea thinking it to be too much legalistic. But let me give you an example through the regulations of this world. Why do we have traffic laws? It is because of our benefit. When we break them, we can be in serious trouble. Therefore, for our benefit we have to keep the laws of this world.
It is the same with the Sabbath. We keep the law of Sabbath for our benefit, not for God. Whether we keep the Sabbath or not does not make any difference to God. It is not important to God in the sense that the Sabbath keeping does not affect God in any way.
However, it is important to us to keep the Sabbath day. Sabbath means the day of rest and through this day God promised a lot of blessings to whoever keeps the Sabbath.
The Origin of Sabbath in the Old Testament
Keep Sabbath Holy–First, let us find out the origin of the Sabbath through the bible. The first chapter of the Book of Genesis describes the Six-Day Creation. God created all the things from the first day to sixth day. And on the seventh day he took a rest after the completion of the creation work.
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation.
To commemorate this creation work, God commanded the Israelites to keep the Sabbath. And he recorded this command as one of the Ten Commandments in the time of Moses.
Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Jesus’ Resurrection and Sabbath Day
Keep Sabbath Holy–God commanded to keep the Sabbath and promised so much blessing to people who keep the Sabbath day. Then let us find out when the true biblical Sabbath day is. The bible says that “the seventh day is a Sabbath”. Then when is the seventh day?
First, let us look at the calendar. In the calendar the seventh day is the Saturday, not Sunday. Sunday is the first day of the week. Also, we can confirm this through the dictionary. In a dictionary, Sunday is defined as “the first day of the week”. (Collins English Dictionary) On the other hand, the Saturday is defined as “the seventh and last day of the week”.
More importantly, we can confirm this through the bible too. Christians celebrate the Day of Resurrection to commemorate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. This Resurrection Day falls always on Sunday because Jesus resurrected on Sunday. Through this Resurrection Day we can also find out the biblical Sabbath.
Mark 16:9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week (or Sunday)…
Mark 16:1 When the Sabbath was over, …. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise…
The bible says that after the Sabbath Jesus resurrected early on the first day (Sunday) right after sunrise. Therefore, the true Sabbath Day is the day before the first day (Sunday), that is, Saturday.
Testimony of Catholic Church About the Sabbath Day
Keep Sabbath Holy–Actually, the Sunday worship started from the Catholic Church in the time of Emperor Constantine in 321 AD. At that time Constantine proclaimed Sunday as the day of rest (or Sabbath day) through the Edict of Milan. This custom became consolidated through the long period of the Dark Age when the Catholic Church changed the laws of God into the man’s custom.
Some of the books from the Catholic Church clearly testify that the Sunday worship originated from the Catholic Church, not from the bible.
Not to mention other examples, is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify. (From “The Faith of Our Fathers by James Cardinal Gibbons)
I have read the Bible from the first verse of Genesis to the last verse of Revelations, and have found no reference to the duty of sanctifying the Sunday. The day mentioned in the bible is not the Sunday, the first day of the week but the Saturday, the last day of the week. (From “The Faith of Millions by John A. O’Brien)
They even blatantly announce that their teaching does not come from the bible. It sounds like that they are even proud of changing the day of worship into Sunday. As we have already seen in the Revelation, God clearly warned people not to change the words of God by adding or subtracting.