Did the Church move the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday?

By October 17, 2014 46 Comments

Catholics do not worship on the Sabbath which is the last day of the week according to Jewish teaching, when God rested from work after creation (Gen. 2:2-3). We worship on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the eight day (or first day of the week) when God created Light (Gen 1:3); the day of the Lord’s resurrection; the day the Holy Spirit came on the Apostles.

"The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s Resurrection on the ‘eighth day,’ Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord’s Day" (CCC 2191).
"The Sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday, which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ" (CCC 2190).

From the NT Sunday not Saturday was kept as the Day to be observed:

  • On the first day of the week when we gathered to break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight (Acts 20:7).
  • On the first day of the week each of you should set aside and save whatever one can afford, so that collections will not be going on when I come (1 Cor. 16:2).
  • Let no one, then, pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink or with regard to a festival or new moon or Sabbath (Col. 2:16).
By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday. The day of Christ’s Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the memorial of the first day of creation, and the "eighth day," on which Christ after his "rest" on the great Sabbath inaugurates the "day that the Lord has made," the "day that knows no evening." (CCC 1166)


  • Acts 20:7 They were worshiping on the Sabbath, but the meeting ran long (after Sundown, as it said “until midnight”) which then made it the 1st day. Paul, Christ, and all the Apostles kept the Sabbath)
    I Co 16:2 Paul is telling them to set aside their offerings on the first day so they’re not spent, unavailable, or lost when he came to worship (on the Sabbath) . He’s saying to be deliberate and not give God just your “leftovers” on the rightful day of worship.
    Col 2:16 is talking about sabbaths, or Jewish holidays to celebrate events like Passover in Egypt, Moses receiving the law, year of fallow, harvest moon, etc.. NOT THE Sabbath (capital S). Also it doesn’t discourage celebrating/keeping them, but rather being judgemental.
    Lastly, who invented an “eighth day”? There were clearly only seven days of creation- thus the calendar.
    God created the Sabbath, man invented Sunday some 327 years after Christ. It is NOT Biblical as this suggests.
    Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandments” The Sabbath is the 4th commandment and the only one that begins with “remember”. Perhaps Good knew it would be forgotten? ?
    God bless 🙂

    • Mike Schiphorst says:

      For me to try and keep the old Jewish Sabbath as a new covenant Christian would be wrong. St Paul says to reject the Mt Sinai law (‘get rid of the slave and her son…’ Gal 4:30)
      ‘Don’t get tied up again in slavery to the Law…’ Gal 5:1)

      • Keith Woods says:

        May God’s Holy Spirit interpret and empower the light that I, a wretched sinner, am trying to shed on this important topic in these last days. Mike: I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your response but while I agree that Adam, Cain, Enoch, Noah etc. were indeed born uncircumcised. Because they were not “Jews”. The Sabbath was instituted before there was any differentiation between Jew or Gentile. Did Jesus say “the Sabbath was made for the Jew, and not the Jew for the Sabbath”?? (Mark 2:27) Nay! “Man” indicates all of mankind if you ask me.
        Secondly the Sabbath was instituted on the very first week. It’s the whole reason we have a 7 day week vs 10 or 5 or 12. Consider that days, months, years; all are measured by rotation of earth and moon around the sun. The 7 days are from God. Adam was created on day 6 and spent quality time with his Creator on day 7 (Gen 2:1-3). Far before the covenant with Abraham and the symbol of circumcision. You just don’t hear of the Sabbath after creation (being “a given”) until Exodus when God redefined himself for the fleeing Israelites. After hundreds of years they were more Egyptian than Jewish in their worship (see “the golden calf”)
        The Levitical or sacrificial laws were symbolic of the prophesied sacrifice of Christ for humanity. Those were fulfilled. Now obsolete because Jesus is the greater sacrifice. Praise the Lord! But the Sabbath is a memorial of creation. The authority of God is that He created us and can redeem/ re-create us. The Sabbaths and festivals that were to be irrelevant to Christians were the ones only relevant to Jews. They commemorated Moses receiving the commandments, the Tabernacle, the Passover, etc. But there are sabbaths and there is the Sabbath; blessed and hallowed at creation, written in “stone” (symbolism there btw) by God’s own hand, and honored by Christ in life AND in his death.
        I’m not saying we’re saved by the law. God doesn’t love me because I observe the Sabbath. I observe the Sabbath because I love and trust Him. Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commandments(John 14:15). When the rich young ruler asked “what must I do to be saved” Jesus replied: “obey the commandments”. But Jesus made it about the heart of the law. The sermon on the mount wasn’t about refuting the law, but elaborating on it. Nowadays we say “What would Jesus do?”. Well they didn’t have Christ’s example in the OT. They understood what God would have them do by the laws. We have them and MORE. A living example of compliance, from the author Himself! Amen
        Should we not follow the example of Christ?
        My question is “on who’s authority was the Sabbath changed”?
        A: “Had she (Roman Catholic Church) not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” — A Doctrinal Catechism by The Rev. Stephen Keenan, p 174
        “of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act,…. and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” (a quotation from a letter written in Nov 1895 by Mr H. F. Thomas, Chancellor to Cardinal Gibbons,
        So the “proof” of authority is the fact that nobody is challenging “her” authority. Well I’m not a religionist, a pastor, nor elder, but I feel the Bible is the authority. Not the church, nor head thereof. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
        Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion on this site. My religious ancestors would have been burnt at the stake by your religious ancestors for challenging doctrine like this : /
        But I believe this topic is relevant and critical until the 2nd coming. see Matt 5:17-19
        God bless!

    • Joshua says:

      Sorry Keith but your date of 327 is completely off. The earliest Christian records indicate that they would set time aside both on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday that would worship in the traditional form that the Jewish community did (because they still considered themselves to be Jewish) but would also celebrate the Agape Meal or Eucharist on Sunday as indicated by scripture and early writings. When the Jewish community decided that the followers of Jesus are (for lack of a better phrase) going awol, they actually forbade them from worshiping at the Temple. This event would have occurred while St. Paul was still writing his Epistles and thus the Christians continued to celebrate the Agape Meal on Sundays alone. Further more, in Justin’s Apology, dated latest 150, his community of Christians have already setup a liturgical cycle which occurs only on Sunday based entirely upon scriptural reasoning. So even if there was no earlier evidence, which there is and I have already provided it, then at least Justin in 150 has disproven your 327 claim.
      God Bless and hope this helps 🙂
      Source: UNCG Religious Studies Course 210: Christianity to Reformation

    • Mastermind says:

      Do we follow the commandments of Moses or Jesus Christ? The ten commandments belongs to Moses, and the two greatest commandments that belongs to Jesus can be found in Matthew 22:37-39. The commandments that I follow is the one from Jesus, for Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father but through me (scripture reading).

      • Keith Woods says:

        Genesis 2 far preceded the Jews, or the 10 commandments. It was a memorial of creation for all humanity.
        Jesus lived out the law. That’s how He was the perfect sacrifice.
        Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
        Matthew 5:17‭-‬19 KJV
        Jesus kept honored the Sabbath. I will follow his laws AND His example. Because I love Him. Not out of fear/ legalism/ obligation. Don’t obey to be saved. Obey BECAUSE we are saved! Amen.
        And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
        Luke 4:16 KJV

    • Willy Paypon says:

      Keith Woods if you can read and show to us from the bible that worshiping God every day is a sin then I believed that your logical statement for Saturday is correct and not every day.

      • Keith Woods says:

        Sorry Wily. I have not visited this page in a long while.
        The Lord is worthy of worship and praise everyday! Amen brother. 🙂
        But one day he made special. No doubt.
        And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
        Genesis 2:2‭-‬3 KJV
        And he commanded it’s observance:
        Writing it in stone with His own hand.
        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.
        Exodus 20:8‭-‬11 KJV
        God says “in it thou shall not do any work. ” if you are you suggesting EVERY day is the Sabbath, then we would not work ANY day.
        God set aside time especially for us to fellowship with Him. Like a couple sets a date night. It’s an act of love. He didn’t /doesn’t need to rest! Lol. I love that God desires “quality time” with us, that’s more special than the rest of the week.
        It’s a blessing. Not a burden

  • alex furse says:

    Actually Acts says that he broke bread on the first day and preaches into the night or didn’t say he preached into the night and the first day. What you’re trying to argue wound be like me saying I hung out with a friend Thursday and spent the night so I must have spent the night wedensday into Thursday. See that wouldn’t make any sense to someone with good grammar. Second if you read 1 Corinthians why would anyone save what they can afford after the Sabbath if it was being taken on the Sabbath the fact that he said to set aside what you can afford is saying what you have eztra. Lastly col 2 does on fact mention the Sabbath and if you read. On he says these are shadows of things to come. Sunday was never added or else there would be eight days not seven. Sunday wasn’t invented it was the first day as stated in genesis. The Sabbath is for the Jews the gentiles aren’t under Jewish law therefore Jesus gave us the lords day.

    • SY Smith says:

      Alex, Jewish time begins at sundown the day before, so the Sabbath begins Friday at sundown. 2 candles are lit about 20 minutes before and a blessing is said over the candles, and over the wine and bread, thanking G-d for these along with the Sabbath. About an hour after sundown on Saturday evening a corresponding observance involving wine, a multi-wicked candle (2 candles with their wicks touching may be used), spices, and certain blessings for the coming week are said. It is after this that lights may be lit at any time, so the description of that meeting in Acts being at night and with many lamps (oil lamps) lit, Paul preaching late into the night because he was leaving on the “first day” of the week—clearly this is what we Jews call Motzei Shabbat, departing Sabbath, and it is not uncommon among the Orthodox and even some Conservatives to prolong the peacefulness and learning of Shabbat by having a time of Torah study or singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs after the meal. Also, observant Jews don’t carry money or start on a journey on the Sabbath. By the way, I recommend Dennis Prager’s 5 minute explanation of the benefits for everyone of the 4th commandment. https://www.prageruniversity.com/Ten-Commandments/Remember-the-Sabbath.html#.VIJ6hDHF-NZ

    • Where did Jesus say to worship on Sunay instead of Saturday? He rose on Sunday, yes, and RESTED (in the grave) all Sabbath and a portion of Fri/ Sun. Jesus said in response the rich young ruler’s question “what must I do to be saved?” Keep the commandments. He said “If you love me, keep my commandments”. And “I did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it”. Also “the Sabbath was made for man…”. The other 9 commandments are all considered legit. Why change the 4th? It is a blessing!
      If God wrote it with his own finger IN STONE, and that being the only one starting with the word “remember”. I think there would be more pomp/ ceremony/ attention drawn to it.
      finally , if Jesus changed it why was it not declared for some 300 years later by Emperor Constantine (anti-semitic) under the authority of the Pope?
      the SACRIFICIAL laws were abolished as the curtain in the temple was torn super naturally top-to-bottom.

    • Karla says:

      I don’t believe that the statement “The Sabbath is for the Jews” is entirely factual. The Sabbath was created during the first week of creation, and there was no Jew or Gentile then. There was Adam and Eve. The Sabbath was made for them and all mankind thereafter. I have no doubt that as God walked with Adam and Eve that He spoke many things to them, and He surely imparted all they needed to know. I’m confident that since He rested on the 7th day, that He was the example for them, and they followed Him in that example. And Jesus kept the Sabbath, even in death, according to the NT. Being who He was, He could have risen on the Sabbath instead of Resurrection Sunday. I think He was being an example to men once again, Jew and Gentile, keeping the commandment of Sabbath rest He had given to Adam and Eve at the beginning of creation.

  • […] Catholics do not worship on the Sabbath which is the last day of the week according to Jewish teaching, when God rested from work after creation (Gen. 2:2-3).  […]

  • George says:

    Right on Keith. Someone shared this with me and had no idea what she was talking about. I guess she didn’t to bother to read the whole thing. I think we should worship everyday of the week and it really doesn’t matter what day it is, in my opinion. At the end of the day sometimes we lose focus on what’s I’m important and that is salvation threw our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. With out salvation, it doesn’t matter what day you go to church.

  • MrMartinez says:

    What ever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Only the real Church can do this. According to the bible the resurrection occured on the the first day of the week, which to the Jews is Sunday.

    • Jason S. Beltran says:

      Thats true, Jesus gave authority to St. Peter and i believed in that.

      • Keith Woods says:

        Are you referring to the “your are called Peter (little rock) and upon this rock (big rock) will I build my church”
        Check the Greek origin of the “rocks” he was talking about 2 different rocks where Jesus himself is the cornerstone. The stone that was rejected.
        But let’s say he did yield his own authority of His church to Peter… Did St Peter ever rewrite the law and Gods blessing at creation?
        We should indeed worship God every day. But the Seventh was blessed, sanctified, and hallowed.
        Sunday is not the day God appointed. Does the church have authority over God? Does Peter?

  • I believe Sat.Sabbath still holds a blessing…and Sunday as taught in the bible was a day also for celebration… EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY TO WORSHIP THE LORD…Sat. Sabbath has a special resting blessing as Jesus Taught…Sabbath for Man NOT man for Sabbath… But…Is one of the Big Ten….Of course as with any of Almighty GOD ‘S COMMANDMENTS It has to be lived out in love and gratitude To the ALMIGHTY….Sunday notice they gathered stuff etc…We are in Grace …so Rest on The Holy Sabbath… And On Sunday begin a Very Fruitful Work of love in the Resurrected Christ JESUS.
    . Our Lord and Savior…If we love Him we will keep His Commandments… With LOVE and GRATITUDE….THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOW..

    • Purgatory is mercy and love?
      I see 2 deadly & deceiving issues with that.
      1 it’s not Biblical. Heb 9:27 We die and face the judgement. Satan is to be destroyed along with all sin and suffering “for the former things are passed away. There shall be no more death..sorrow..crying..pain” . Why is it dangerous? Satan would like you to think you’ll have another chance that’s not there to rob Christ of his children..
      2. It’s anti-Christ. IF we could pay the price for our own sins Christ would not have had to shed His blood on our behalf. It diminishes THE greatest gift ONLY means by which we may be saved as only a plan A.
      Purgatory is an imaginary back-up plan that lulls Christians into a false sense of SELF security rather than trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus. The saints will join the angels in singing “Worthy is the lamb that was slain”- (and me for doing my time in purgatory).
      Be warned. Jesus said “no one may know the Father but by me”.
      Mercy and love was ultimately and sufficiently expressed on Calvary right?. Do not try to save yourselves.
      thank you

  • Sabbath is a gift, a sanctuary in time, given by the Creator to those who are loyal to Him. We can always find excuses to avoid the Sabbath, but it is the only commandment than says “Remember.” I will not attempt to circumvent it, but rather enjoy it.

    • Well said. Thank you. He gives EVERYTHING and asks only for trust and obedience. : )
      but I think there are people loyal to God but unaware of the Sabbath. (Or more specifically how it was changed by man, not God) I don’t condemn anyone. But hope to enlighten/ enrich their walk with our Savior.

    • Karla says:

      oceallaigh4515, you said it so succinctly. It is a gift. It is a sanctuary in time. And it is the ONLY commandment that begins “Remember”. A single word can say so much. People studying the Word should ask themselves “Why?” It is because some people will have forgotten, and some will try to place the Sabbath’s holiness onto another day, and for some people there will be much confusion. Like there is today. It’s really simple, though. 🙂 Only one certain day did the Lord tell us to observe as a day of rest. Every day should be a day of worship. But worshiping on Sunday or Wednesday or Thursday does not make those days holy. And they don’t replace the sabbath day just because the Lord is worshiped on those days. We all should strive to not circumvent what God has plainly told us. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy…wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8, 11b.

      • angelpowerup says:

        Karla, doesn’t the Bible also say that if you break one of these commandments, you break them all? Who can say they keep all 10 commandments at all times ? Who can Judge? Who can condemn?

        • Keith Woods says:

          Only Christ can judge, condemn, and forgive (not a Priest). But what is sin? Is there no such thing anymore? The law defines sin, the cross is the victory, the authority to refute Satan’s charges. We’re free from condemnation (via repentance and faith) but NOT from obedience. Again, Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments.
          Like a parent setting guidelines to keep their kids healthy, happy, out of trouble- how much more loving are Gods rules?

  • Willy N Paypon says:

    Woods don’t disturbed much your mind regarding Sabbath day. We can worship’s God daily and make everyday as an holy day for God. If you can kept the Sabbath there’s no reasons that you cannot kept other days aside from Sabbath. Do it daily not to confuse yourself, you are only creating to divide the people in the body of Christ.

    • There are lierally hundreds of Christian denominations. Through which enough light can be found to love and accept Christ I’m sure! But the divisions are already there. We are of many interpretations within 1 faith. Should we stop studying and searching for truth? Jesus told us to “search the Scriptures…” and “study to shew thyself approved”. And He said “If you love me, keep my commandments”. The other 9 are not questioned and the 4th is because “it’s not the way we were raised”. I keep checking in to see if someone can tell me where the Bible changed the Sabbath.. I could even offer a reward, because it wasn’t changed until the 4th century.
      To me, it’s clear we’re in the last days and I will sound the alarm.

      • Garfield Myles says:

        We can’t make a day holy. The Sabbath was blessed, sanctified and hallowed by God so He alone can make a day holy.

  • Errol says:

    The Church has never changed the day to Sunday. As this article above states with scritptures 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Acts 20:7, and Colossians 2:16. In Colossian 2:16 St Paul states that the Sabbath, festivals and full moon are a shadow of things to come. This would mean that Christ has fulfilled it. This would mean there is also a change, as the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10) fulfills the Sabbath. Look here in Hebrews chapter 7. Hebrews 7:11-12- Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levit′ical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchiz′edek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. If there is a change in the priesthood, then there is a change in the law. The Sabbath is included in the law and this points out that Christians are not binding on the law, to keep the Jewish Sabbath, but the Sabbath is kept but on another day. Keep in mind, that those who keeps the law, also observe the rite of circumcision: Galatians 5:2-6- Now I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is bound to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love. Baptism is the new circumcision. Now the Catholic Church has always worship on Sunday’s before the time of Constantine.
    [T]herefore, those who were brought up in ancient order of things have come to a possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in observance of the Lord’s Day, on which our life have sprung up again by him and by his death [Letters to the Magnesians 9 (c. A.D. 107)
    But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead [First Apology 67 (c. A.D. 151)].

    • Willy N Paypon says:

      Errol I said Catholic worship GOD everyday not only Sabbath as you believed because all days were created by GOD. Your logical comments is heading to mislead the readers. I understand your part even Jesus during His time He was also tempted and mislead by the devil . The devil is trying now to divide us from the body of Christ. Remember, that the creation of Christendom always mentioned was the priest before the time of Jesus Christ the priest was already existing the first priest was apostle Zacarias try to read the verse of your bible.. Never mentioned your pastor or creator of your sect.

  • Errol says:

    TERTULLIAN OF CARTHAGE [L]et him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed as a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day . . . teach us that, for the time past, righteous men kept the Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and were thus rendered “friends of God.” For if circumcision purges a man, since God made Adam uncircumcised, why did he not circumcise him, even after his sinning, if circumcision purges? . . . Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring, Abel, offering him sacrifices, uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, was by him [God] commended [Gn 4:1–7; Heb 11:4]. . . . Noah also, uncircumcised—yes, and unobservant of the Sabbath—God freed from the deluge. For Enoch too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, he translated from this world, who did not first taste death in order that, being a candidate for eternal life, he might show us that we also may, without the burden of the Law of Moses, please God [Answer to the Jews 2 (c. A.D. 203)].
    EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA [The early saints of the Old Testament] did not care about circumcision of the body; neither do we [Christians]. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions that Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things [Church History 1:4:8 (c. A.D. 312)].

  • We should worship every day. But the Lord rested on the seventh, blessed and hallowed it. This pre-dated the Levites.it pre-dated Eve! It is a tribute to the creative power (and authority) of God above all other Gods. (Ironically we are know debating creation having ignored the Sabbath for millenia).
    It was also a time set aside for Creator and creation to fellowship. To have a personal relationship. Just as God is entitled to ALL of our money, but asks for 1/10th. We are too worship Him ALL the time but set aside 1/7. Per creation account, per 10 commandments, and pet Christ’s example.
    re: the law. The laws regarding sacrifices and the temple economy, and 1st covenant with Abraham/jews were not necessary after the greater sacrifice/ new covenant with all the world.
    so can we now murder? Commit adultery? Steal? Make/worship graven images and false gods? These laws were written in stone with Gods own hand. Unchanging. The one we forget is the only one that begins with “remember” :/
    The reference to festivals and sabbaths. That was because the early Christians were debating non-salvation issues like the symbolism of circumcision, the sabbaths like Passover, Yom Kippur, feast of the tabernacle, day of atonement. These honored the 1st covenant and events in Jewish history. But Sabbath preceded the first covenant. It was created for man (not man for the Sabbath). Those who have the Seal of God in the last days (vs the mark of the beast) will have two things: those who keep the law of God, and have the testimony of Christ.
    I’m not trying to divide. Untruth has spread out like spokes of a wheel. As we focus on Christ and His example as the center-hub we will draw closer to one another as well. Even the elect will be deceived in the last days. Search for yourselves. Don’t take my word nor anybody else’s. Thanks

    • angelpowerup says:

      Keith, lest we forget that Christ Himself made exceptions for the Sabbath. Indeed this is the reason He himself was found guilty and crucified. His love for each of us was more than even His love for Himself and even over Sabbath. He proved to us that people and love for each other are more important than laws and condemning each other. The Creator chose love over law.
      One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:28-31).

      • Keith Woods says:

        I agree. Love is the character of God as much as the law is. Jesus was a fulfillment ,or living out of the law. The law IS about love. The 1st for commandments are how to live God, the last six are how to love “our neighbor as ourself”.
        I would suggest that Jesus- the author of the Sabbath, wasn’t making exceptions to the Sabbath. He was correcting His wayward children of their misinterpretation of it. They had made the Holy Sabbath a burden, and the Holy Temple a den of thieves.
        Jesus did not bend or break any laws! He reprimanded them for corrupting it.
        Jesus said:
        If ye love me, keep my commandments. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
        John 14:15‭, ‬21 KJV
        I’m just speaking Biblically. This is not my “opinion”. GOD established the Sabbath so we would remember His authority as our Creator. Many Christians now don’t even believe in creation! ? He set time aside for us, and we are ignoring it…. that would be like canceling “date night” with your spouse after you get married because it’s no big deal anymore. The Sabbath was about RELATIONSHIP & love. Satan doesn’t want us to dedicate one whole day to God in prayer and worship and fellowship. So he invented a counterfeit.
        The other relational standard established in the garden of Eden is under heavy attack now too. Marriage 🙁

  • gabrielj53 says:

    Why is it no longer acceptable to live as Yeshua lived? Why must our faith be based on Pauline theology?
    If Yeshua kept the Sabbath, celebrated the Feasts, kept Kosher eating, kept Torah, then why cant we without this severe opposition of the church?
    Why is the church so desperate to make sure that Pauline theology trumps the other eighty percent of scripture which constantly reaffirms Torah and living by the commandments. Yeshua especially says in Matthew 5:17-20 that if you teach people not to do the commandments you will be called least in the kingdom and if you teach others to do them than you will be called great. At his ascension he told the disciples to go forth and make disciples teaching them all I have commanded you; he didnt say forget how I have lived and what I have shown you through my lifestyle and my words and my commandments go live under grace and eat bacon.
    What is so sad is the pedestal that Paul has been placed upon. Peter himself said that Paul was difficult to understand and he lived in the same era as Paul, knew Paul and understood his background and language and it was still difficult. So 2000 years later we are debating Pauline theology which can be argued in multiple ways. Paul will say in one verse “should we nullify the law, God forbid, we establish the law” in another instance he will say the “law is abolished, dont worry about circumcision and sabbath and so on.” The inconsistencies within Paul at the very least should throw up red flags that we should very carefully consider the teachings of Paul and in no way shape or form should they trump the teachings of Yeshua throughout the Gospels (not to mention the entire Tanak(OT).
    Can you imagine standing before YHVH and hear him say “Why did you mirror your life after my Son you should have been more like Paul!”
    Ludicrous right?

  • I love this discussion about the sabbath..but I have a question ..keith wood …how do you get 3days and 3night from friday to sunday?..start counting from the ninth hour which will be 3..(friday) to sunday..imposssable

    • gabrielj53 says:

      Yea, he died on Wednesday, but you know people dont like to be all accurate about stuff!

      • Keith Woods says:

        Gabrielj53. I appreciate your insight/thoughts on this thread. But please consider my scriptural reply to Catherine Johnson just above this (March 14)? Regarding accuracy. Thank you. God bless

    • Keith Woods says:

      Why did they take the three off their crosses and break the legs of the other two? (John 19: 31-42) it was the preparation (for the Sabbath- Fri). Also Mark 15:42, Luke 23: 54, 56
      They had to hurry and place Christ in the sepulcher before the Sabbath. Why were the women returning to the tomb? To finish the anointing that they didn’t have time to do before the Sabbath. Mark 16:1, Luke 24:1
      Did Jesus say 3 days and nights? Or 72 hours? I believe He said on the 3rd day. He died on the preparation day/ Friday evening, rested all Sabbath, and Matt 28:1 says it was Sunday toward dawn.. So Christ was dead in 3 of the calendar days, but only 2 nights; from Fri evening to Sunday dawn. Per scripture. The only truth that matters.
      Brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m not trying to cause strife. But these truths are not encrypted! They’re in all 4 gospels. Hidden in plain sight because we tend to see what we are looking for.
      I am not presenting any non-biblical arguments. “Sola Scriptura” as Martin Luther would say.

      • gabrielj53 says:

        Lets take a look at what Matthew 28 actually says since you want to stay “Sola Scriptura”.
        1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.
        I am not disagreeing that Mary went on Sunday to visit the tomb the fact is that when she got there he had already been raised. He doesnt need the stone to be rolled away, that was for Mary and the others to see that he had been raised and that no one had stolen his body because they were there witnessing the stone being moved and when it was opened he was gone.
        Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
        Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
        Here are the two instances where Jesus walks through the walls/doors so obviously the stone was no problem either.
        Here is the Issue:
        Matthew 12:38-40 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
        Jesus himself says as plain as day that he himself will be in the ground three days and three nights. He did not say three days and two nights. So either way you want to look at it he did not die on a Friday and raise on Sunday because that contradicts his own prophecy. Now if you do not understand the fact that the first day of Unleavened Bread, the day after Passover, is considered a Sabbath you cant grasp any of this.
        Exodus 12:16 On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you.
        Leviticus 23:7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.
        Numbers 28:16-18 “On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Lord’s Passover, 17and on the fifteenth day of this month is a feast. Seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 18On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work,
        These Sabbaths could occur any day during the week, whichever day the fifteenth fell on for that particular year. We know for a fact that Jesus died around 3 pm which is the ninth hour.
        Mark 15:33-39 And when the sixth hourf had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way heh breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Soni of God!”
        So we know that Jesus did not raise from the dead around 3 on Sunday because the gospels all say the women were there Sunday morning and he was already alive and gone. We know that Joseph of Aramathea was trying to get him in the ground before the Sabbath started, which begins at evening Jewish days are evening to evening. So Jesus was buried sometime between 3 and 6, the typical time that the sun sets this time of year in Israel. Therefore, in order to fulfill Jesus’ own prophecy we need to count backwards from around 3 to 6 on Saturday so Saturday 6 to Friday 6 is one day, Friday 6 to Thursday 6 is two days, Thursday 6 to Wednesday 6 is three days. Therefore Jesus died on Passover at 3 on Wednesday and was buried by 6 that evening before the Passover Meal began and the Sabbath of the First Day of Unleavened Bread began.
        One more clue if you are not convinced:
        John 18:28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters.f It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover.
        The Temple soldiers did not enter because that morning was the morning of the day of preparation in which the lambs would be slaughtered that afternoon, around 3 the same time Jesus died, and the Passover would be eaten that night which continues to verify that the next day after Jesus’ death was indeed one of the “High Sabbaths” or “Holy Convocations”.

  • Migs says:

    Please read http://www.catholic.com/tracts/sabbath-or-sunday
    Some religious organizations (Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-Day Baptists, and certain others) claim that Christians must not worship on Sunday but on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. They claim that, at some unnamed time after the apostolic age, the Church “changed” the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.
    However, passages of Scripture such as Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Colossians 2:16-17, and Revelation 1:10 indicate that, even during New Testament times, the Sabbath is no longer binding and that Christians are to worship on the Lord’s day, Sunday, instead.
    The early Church Fathers compared the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of the rite of circumcision, and from that they demonstrated that if the apostles abolished circumcision (Gal. 5:1-6), so also the observance of the Sabbath must have been abolished. The following quotations show that the first Christians understood this principle and gathered for worship on Sunday.
    The Didache
    “But every Lord’s day . . . gather yourselves together and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned” (Didache 14 [A.D. 70]).
    The Letter of Barnabas
    “We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead” (Letter of Barnabas 15:6–8 [A.D. 74]).
    Ignatius of Antioch
    “[T]hose who were brought up in the ancient order of things [i.e. Jews] have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s day, on which also our life has sprung up again by him and by his death” (Letter to the Magnesians 8 [A.D. 110]).
    Justin Martyr
    “[W]e too would observe the fleshly circumcision, and the Sabbaths, and in short all the feasts, if we did not know for what reason they were enjoined [on] you—namely, on account of your transgressions and the hardness of your heart. . . . [H]ow is it, Trypho, that we would not observe those rites which do not harm us—I speak of fleshly circumcision and Sabbaths and feasts? . . . God enjoined you to keep the Sabbath, and imposed on you other precepts for a sign, as I have already said, on account of your unrighteousness and that of your fathers . . .” (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 18, 21 [A.D. 155]).
    “But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead” (First Apology 67 [A.D. 155]).
    “[L]et him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed as a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day . . . teach us that, for the time past, righteous men kept the Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and were thus rendered ‘friends of God.’ For if circumcision purges a man, since God made Adam uncircumcised, why did he not circumcise him, even after his sinning, if circumcision purges? . . . Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring also, Abel, offering him sacrifices, uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, was by him [God] commended [Gen. 4:1–7, Heb. 11:4]. . . . Noah also, uncircumcised—yes, and unobservant of the Sabbath—God freed from the deluge. For Enoch too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, he translated from this world, who did not first taste death in order that, being a candidate for eternal life, he might show us that we also may, without the burden of the law of Moses, please God” (An Answer to the Jews 2 [A.D. 203]).
    The Didascalia
    “The apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the holy scriptures, and the oblation [sacrifice of the Mass], because on the first day of the week [i.e., Sunday] our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven” (Didascalia 2 [A.D. 225]).
    “Hence it is not possible that the [day of] rest after the Sabbath should have come into existence from the seventh [day] of our God. On the contrary, it is our Savior who, after the pattern of his own rest, caused us to be made in the likeness of his death, and hence also of his resurrection” (Commentary on John 2:28 [A.D. 229]).
    “The sixth day [Friday] is called parasceve, that is to say, the preparation of the kingdom. . . . On this day also, on account of the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, we make either a station to God or a fast. On the seventh day he rested from all his works, and blessed it, and sanctified it. On the former day we are accustomed to fast rigorously, that on the Lord’s day we may go forth to our bread with giving of thanks. And let the parasceve become a rigorous fast, lest we should appear to observe any Sabbath with the Jews . . . which Sabbath he [Christ] in his body abolished” (The Creation of the World [A.D. 300]).
    Eusebius of Caesarea
    “They [the early saints of the Old Testament] did not care about circumcision of the body, neither do we [Christians]. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions which Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things” (Church History 1:4:8 [A.D. 312]).
    “[T]he day of his [Christ’s] light . . . was the day of his resurrection from the dead, which they say, as being the one and only truly holy day and the Lord’s day, is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, and better than the days set apart by the Mosaic law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the apostle [Paul] teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality” (Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186 [A.D. 319]).
    “The Sabbath was the end of the first creation, the Lord’s day was the beginning of the second, in which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he prescribed that they should formerly observe the Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the first things, so we honor the Lord’s day as being the memorial of the new creation” (On Sabbath and Circumcision 3 [A.D. 345]).
    Cyril of Jerusalem
    “Fall not away either into the sect of the Samaritans or into Judaism, for Jesus Christ has henceforth ransomed you. Stand aloof from all observance of Sabbaths and from calling any indifferent meats common or unclean” (Catechetical Lectures 4:37 [A.D. 350]).
    Council of Laodicea
    “Christians should not Judaize and should not be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord’s day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians” (Canon 29 [A.D. 360]).
    John Chrysostom
    “[W]hen he [God] said, ‘You shall not kill’ . . . he did not add, ‘because murder is a wicked thing.’ The reason was that conscience had taught this beforehand, and he speaks thus, as to those who know and understand the point. Wherefore when he speaks to us of another commandment, not known to us by the dictate of conscience, he not only prohibits, but adds the reason. When, for instance, he gave commandment concerning the Sabbath— ‘On the seventh day you shall do no work’—he subjoined also the reason for this cessation. What was this? ‘Because on the seventh day God rested from all his works which he had begun to make’ [Ex. 20:10-11]. . . . For what purpose then, I ask, did he add a reason respecting the Sabbath, but did no such thing in regard to murder? Because this commandment was not one of the leading ones. It was not one of those which were accurately defined of our conscience, but a kind of partial and temporary one, and for this reason it was abolished afterward. But those which are necessary and uphold our life are the following: ‘You shall not kill. . . . You shall not commit adultery. . . . You shall not steal.’ On this account he adds no reason in this case, nor enters into any instruction on the matter, but is content with the bare prohibition” (Homilies on the Statutes 12:9 [A.D. 387]).
    “You have put on Christ, you have become a member of the Lord and been enrolled in the heavenly city, and you still grovel in the law [of Moses]? How is it possible for you to obtain the kingdom? Listen to Paul’s words, that the observance of the law overthrows the gospel, and learn, if you will, how this comes to pass, and tremble, and shun this pitfall. Why do you keep the Sabbath and fast with the Jews?” (Homilies on Galatians 2:17 [A.D. 395]).
    “The rite of circumcision was venerable in the Jews’ account, forasmuch as the law itself gave way thereto, and the Sabbath was less esteemed than circumcision. For that circumcision might be performed, the Sabbath was broken; but that the Sabbath might be kept, circumcision was never broken; and mark, I pray, the dispensation of God. This is found to be even more solemn than the Sabbath, as not being omitted at certain times. When then it is done away, much more is the Sabbath” (Homilies on Philippians 10 [A.D. 402]).
    The Apostolic Constitutions
    “And on the day of our Lord’s resurrection, which is the Lord’s day, meet more diligently, sending praise to God that made the universe by Jesus, and sent him to us, and condescended to let him suffer, and raised him from the dead. Otherwise what apology will he make to God who does not assemble on that day . . . in which is performed the reading of the prophets, the preaching of the gospel, the oblation of the sacrifice, the gift of the holy food” (Apostolic Constitutions 2:7:60 [A.D. 400]).
    “Well, now, I should like to be told what there is in these ten commandments, except the observance of the Sabbath, which ought not to be kept by a Christian. . . . Which of these commandments would anyone say that the Christian ought not to keep? It is possible to contend that it is not the law which was written on those two tables that the apostle [Paul] describes as ‘the letter that kills’ [2 Cor. 3:6], but the law of circumcision and the other sacred rites which are now abolished” (The Spirit and the Letter 24 [A.D. 412]).
    Pope Gregory I
    “It has come to my ears that certain men of perverse spirit have sown among you some things that are wrong and opposed to the holy faith, so as to forbid any work being done on the Sabbath day. What else can I call these [men] but preachers of Antichrist, who when he comes will cause the Sabbath day as well as the Lord’s day to be kept free from all work. For because he [the Antichrist] pretends to die and rise again, he wishes the Lord’s day to be held in reverence; and because he compels the people to Judaize that he may bring back the outward rite of the law, and subject the perfidy of the Jews to himself, he wishes the Sabbath to be observed. For this which is said by the prophet, ‘You shall bring in no burden through your gates on the Sabbath day’ [Jer. 17:24] could be held to as long as it was lawful for the law to be observed according to the letter. But after that the grace of almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has appeared, the commandments of the law which were spoken figuratively cannot be kept according to the letter. For if anyone says that this about the Sabbath is to be kept, he must needs say that carnal sacrifices are to be offered. He must say too that the commandment about the circumcision of the body is still to be retained. But let him hear the apostle Paul saying in opposition to him: ‘If you be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing’ [Gal. 5:2]” (Letters 13:1 [A.D. 597]).

    • gabrielj53 says:

      Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
      1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.
      Colossians 2:16- 17 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
      Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
      Above are the scriptures you mentioned, but without any context. Instead you would rather discuss the years afterward and what the church was forming into there tradition without mentioning the intent to separate from Judaism, antisemitism that was plaguing the church and roman persecution which assisted in the reasoning to worship on Sunday instead of Saturday, not based on scripture.
      So I like staying in scripture where the authority is. I am not concerned with mans traditions, excuses or explanations on why they changed scripture. Acts 20:7 is very easily explained. They were not as you suppose meeting on Sunday, at least not Sunday as you and I know it. In Jewish culture the beginning of the day starts at sundown, therefore the first day of the week begins sundown on Saturday, it was common in Jewish culture to gather together at the end of the Sabbath to close out the Sabbath together a tradition called Havdalah. This makes much more sense in the context of Paul prolonging his speech until midnight because he probably didn’t start until six or eight that Saturday night. If you are suggesting they met on Sunday and he taught all day long up until midnight that is much less likely given what we know of Jewish culture, not to mention most of them would have been servants, slaves, workers and had to work on Sunday since it was the first day of the week.
      1 Corinthians, again if you would only read the scripture and gain some understanding of 1st century Jewish culture you could have a better understanding of what is actually going on instead of continuing the thread of misinterpreted dogma built by men. Paul is saying put money aside on the first day of the week because you are not to be exchanging money on the Sabbath therefore if they collect the monies prior to him coming on the Sabbath then on the Sabbath it will be gathered to be given without the need of money changers. No where here does he say they are gathering together for a service because there not.
      Colossians, here is one of the major texts that are used to defend the utter collapse of the Jewish Roots of our faith. Paul here is believed to be saying that you can eat whatever you want, and dont let people judge you if you dont keep the festivals, new moons or Sabbath. Mind you when he is speaking about the Sabbath here he still has the normal Sabbath in mind on Saturday because it hadnt been changed. So here is the not so popular response to this argument; what if it was the other way around and we are reading our own greek minded, catholic culture hermeneutic into this. What if Paul, who is speaking to a bunch of gentiles at Colossae, is saying dont let your friends, families, neighbors, fellow workers judge you because you are now keeping to eating certain foods and not others, you are beginning to keep the festivals and the Sabbaths. Do not let them judge you about this, but rather respond to them in love as he goes on to say. Why would he be saying this because it is no different than todays times when someone desires to start keeping the Sabbath on the day when our Lord and Savior did and the “church” starts ridiculing them saying your not Jewish, Jesus changed that, Paul changed that, the forefathers changed that, we dont have to eat Kosher, we dont have to keep the festivals we are freed from all of that and you respond, but I want to do these things because I am a disciple of Christ and he practiced the feasts, he ate Kosher, he kept the Sabbath why cant I. I have never witnessed such hate as when you address these issues with fellow believers about conforming your life closer to Christ and they want to persecute you for it. I imagine the Colossians were going through the same thing and Paul is saying its okay they dont understand, but love them and they may come to know Christ.
      Finally Revelation, again you are under the assumption that Sunday is the Lord’s day, why is that? Do you have somewhere in your Bible where it says that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week? Or does it say that Mary came early to the Tomb when it was still dark and found that he had already been raised. Curious huh! What do we have the Lord himself saying in scripture:
      Matthew 12:8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
      Mark 2:27-28 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
      Luke 6:5 And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
      John 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
      So is the Lord’s Day the proper Sabbath as he kept it on Saturday not Sunday?
      Secondly, and this is another very good explanation for the passage in Revelation. John could have been saying that he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day meaning the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, the Day of Wrath and Judgment since traditionally, historically and scripturally the “Lord’s Day” or the “Day of the Lord” often refers to the great day of Judgment.
      I have only taken this time to address these issues because I believe they should be taken seriously. We call ourselves “Christians” we say that we are disciples of Christ and yet our lifestyles are very different than his. As it says in John 1:3 that I posted above, “through Christ was everything made”, who gave Moses the Torah, who told Israel how he wanted them to live, it was Jesus, he said before Abraham was “I Am”. That means that Jesus desired for the people of Israel to look and act a certain way, that he wanted them to have feasts and celebrations that he created that call into remembrance the things that he had accomplished for them as well as the things he would accomplish in the future. He wanted them to eat differently than their surrounding cultures as a representation to the other nations that there is a God and he expects there to be a difference between his people and the world. I do not believe he ever desired the church to assimilate into the world taking on their festivals and forgetting his, eating the same way they do or changing the Sabbath to a day that has its roots in paganism and not in the Old Testament which is the foundation of our Faith. I believe he is calling his people back to the roots of our faith and back to a lifestyle patterned after out Messiah and that is why the conversation of the Sabbath is so important because its one step back in the right direction.

      • Aaron Allanigue says:

        I think we can all agree that St. Paul celebrated the “breaking of the bread” on the first day of the week. Since Jewish days are from evening to evening, the 7th day probably started at about 6 pm Saturday which for the Jews was already considered Sunday. Please note that for the Jews, Saturday evening was already Sunday. For the present time, 6 pm Saturday is still a Saturday and Sunday starts at 12 midnight. I think if the Jews followed our day starting from 12 midnight to 11:59 pm of the following day, St. Paul would probably have celebrated the “breaking of the bread” Sunday morning. I don’t think that many of the Jews would be eager to worship God at 12 midnight when they are all surely accustomed to sleeping at that time since they had no electricity. Why not worship God then during the day after a goodnight’s sleep?

  • Anthony Jade says:

    In The Second Book of Maccabees chapter 12 verses 39 -46 we learn that the deceased soldiers were wearing superstitious amulets of pagan gods. This practice is prohibited in Deuteronomy 6:14 You shall not go after the strange gods of all the Gentiles, who are around you. We also learn that it was clear to those who found the bodies that their death was a judgment rendered by God due to their violation of God’s Law. Deuteronomy 6:15 states For the Lord your God is a jealous God in your midst. Otherwise, at some time, the fury of the Lord your God may be enraged against you, and he may take you away from the face of the earth. Also, we see in verse 44 that Judas believed that the deceased had to make atonement, which means reparation for an offense or injury, for their sins otherwise they would not be resurrected. This passage is firm foundation for a belief in purgatory. There has to be a place where we go after death to make atonement for sins not atoned for. Furthermore, we see in verse 43 & 46 that Judas clearly thought that by sending money to Jerusalem for sacrifice that he and the assembly could help the soldiers be released form their sins. If Judas did not think that sending money to Jerusalem to have sacrifice offered for the sins of the soldiers was beneficial, he would not have done so. Judas not only prayed for the dead, but he provided for them the old testament ecclesial action for lessening temporal penalties: a sin offering.

  • Liz says:

    Thank God for creation and a day of rest.

    • Willy Paypon says:

      I’m a catholic but I worship God everyday not only Sabbath day. The seventh day adventist is the most luckiest religion because they only worship during Sabbath day…

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