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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When Did "For Ever" Change?


"So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His." Hebrews 4:9-10

Wait a minute, why are we reading about the "Sabbath" rest in the new testament?

Why would we see the words, there remains a Sabbath rest - wasn't the 7th day Sabbath changed to 1st day Sunday as The Lord's day by Acts 20:7?


After all, many New Testament commentators point to the words from Revelation 1:10 and the upper room storyline of Acts 20:7-8, where the King James Bible and many translations of the Greek text like the English Standard Version say:
"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. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered."
It's true these English translations read: “on the first day of the week.” However, it is very important to learn to look at the original language of the Bible, whether Hebrew or Greek to rightly divide the Word. Why do we need to go to all this trouble? Because the translators were influenced by their own theology and doctrine.

So, hold on to your hats folks, the Koine Greek text of Acts 20:7 in all of the major Greek texts says this:
Ἐν δὲ τῇ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων

There are many Greek translations that compile the more than 5,300 Greek manuscripts in existence. These include the Codex Vaticanus, the 1550 Stephanus New Testament, the Minority Texts favored by the Roman Catholic Church and the the Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest surviving complete copy of the New Testament, predating other copies by 500 years.

If you don't read Greek, this will help: σαββάτων is 'sabbaton' and it is the word Sabbath, the seventh day of each week.

On the first Sabbath...

It's that simple, the Greek words of Acts 20:7 says: “...on the first Sabbath 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.”
"εν δε τη μια των σαββατων συνηγμενων των μαθητων του κλασαι αρτον ο παυλος διελεγετο αυτοις μελλων εξιεναι τη επαυριον παρετεινεν τε τον λογον μεχρι μεσονυκτιου"
As Acts describes, Paul was intending to leave Troas on Sunday for his journey to Assos. After all, the Sabbath is a day of rest, not a day for travel, especially an difficult and tiring 125 mile journey.

Hum... let's continue to keep things simple, so just ask yourself three simple questions:
1) Do you believe that the Bible is God's word and that all of it is the inspired word of our Creator?

2) Do you believe that YHVH's covenant words, the Ten Commandments applies to you, or are you somehow exempt?

3) Do you believe that God and Creator King of the universe is perfect, or do you think that as the CEO of Creation that He makes mistakes, does not mean what He says and changes His mind from time to time?
From my Scripture studies, I offer these as my thoughts:
1) The "original" Scriptures are the authoritative, inspired Word of God. They are eternal, living and always applicable to my life and yours if you seek to follow in the footsteps of Messiah. The Scriptures are Messiah's Bible.

2) The Ten Commandments establish the outline for the rest of God's instruction and teaching. They are written in stone and apply to me and you because we can't add to or take away from His word no matter hard we might try to reason for their change. There is no compromise in the word of God.

3) God is perfect, unchanging and truth eternal. When He says "for ever", He means it. Unlike man, God does not change so the concept of change is you and I to return to "the faith which was once delivered" because Truth does not change.
In fact, the Bible tells us this about change:
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change

Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Leviticus 26:2 You must keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am YHVH.
These core truths are manifest in the knowledge that we should uphold and return to God's Word - not change it with man's theology, doctrine or opinion of God's unchanging voice. But despite that, many teach that the Sabbath was mysteriously changed after the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) yet that is never found anywhere in the Bible.

So, I encourage you to do what I have done, search The Scriptures, God's unchanging word for His light of truth, not man's tradition, thesis or interpretation and always, always test everything asking God to show you how to walk in His ancient path in the footsteps of Messiah which are the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

If you ask this of God, He will show you His ways. He is the God of restoration, not change.


Look in the Bible for yourself and you will never find any evidence
that God's Sabbath was changed by God's instruction or the teaching of Jesus.


If you will just look, I know you will find this unchanging truth, but you have to open your Bible and close the door on the opinion writers, the prognosticators, because you need to look at God's word as your witness. If you know in your heart that Jesus or Yeshua in Hebrew is the anointed one, the Messiah, you must know that as "the Lord of the Sabbath" (Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28 and Luke 6:1-5) He has give you direct access to the Holy of Holies, the throne room of God and that God's Spirit, the helper and comforter will work directly with you on a one on one basis to show you His truth.

Because of that, you don't need to take my word about God's Sabbath or the word of anyone else for that matter. Find the truth for yourself. It's there, just study His Word, its your direct connection to Heaven. Dig in and you will find that the only support of a so-called 1st day or Sunday Sabbath is simply a clever deception from the prince of lies. It's just like the lie from the imposter gave in Eden. Do you remember that lie? It's all about the same thing really, that God does not mean what He says.

For me, the key to understanding the Sabbath that God made for mankind is to understand that YHVH God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and we 'get to' follow in it because we love Him. YHVH gave the Sabbath to man to show His will for us, after all even in death, Yeshua showed us the Sabbath as he rested in the grave on the Sabbath day.

And consider this - is it really so hard to rest in God's instruction?

God only named the Sabbath day שַׁבָּת because He set it apart as a holy purpose to remind people every seven days that He is our source of life, our source of love and peace and that He alone will ultimately give us rest from the curse of sin for all of eternity.

The Sabbath Day is holy, set apart (see Exodus 20:8). It is not like other days of the week that were only given a number by God, it is the only day that is named by our Creator and set apart as a sign for mankind. Just re-read Genesis 1 for yourself. There you will find the "Sun" day. Yes, it the first day. You will find Heaven's day there, its the second day, the third day is the day plant life was given for the Earth, the fourth day He divided the day from night and set them to declare His seasons (His moed), the fifth day He gave fish and birds life, the sixth is the day He gave life to animals that walk the land and it is the day our Creator formed clay into mankind and breathed life into Adam.

The weekly days still correspond to the creation account. The are known as:
1. Yom Rishon – יום ראשון meaning "first day" [corresponds to Sunday] (starting at preceding sunset of Saturday)

2. Yom Sheni – יום שני meaning "second day" [corresponds to Monday]

3. Yom Shlishi – יום שלישי meaning "third day" [corresponds to Tuesday]

4. Yom Reviʻi – יום רביעי meaning "fourth day" [corresponds to Wednesday]

5. Yom Chamishi – יום חמישי "fifth day" [corresponds to Thursday]

6. Yom Shishi – יום ששי meaning "sixth day" [corresponds to Friday]

7. Yom Shabbat – יום שבת "rest" [corresponds to Saturday]
It's the original message of the "deceiver" to fall (pun intended) for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. You don't have to listen to that message any longer. You can choose to believe God.

Why should you be concerned about falling into a deception? Jesus said:
Matthew 5:18 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.
As for me, I know that I am alive and breathing. I also know that heaven and earth are still here. How about you? If your are reading this, then you are alive and God's instruction still applies to you too because not a single letter of His word has passed on and there's much, much more to be fulfilled!

Think about those jots and tittles for a moment. They are only seen in Hebrew script and are never seen in English or Greek. It's not that translation are bad, but the Bible Yeshua, your savior read was Hebrew. Jesus is teaching us that we must not ignore the Hebrew Scriptures, instead we need to go back, return to them. Have you read the Ten Commandments recently? If not you may want to do that now. Just check out the Bible. The Sabbath appears in 137 verses in the King James Bible and 61 of them are in the so-called Old Testament, yet more, a total of 76 are found in the King James New Testament. So we must consider, does a blank page really divide the Scriptures between Old and New?

God tells us that He established the Sabbath a perpetual "sign". The sign is that you will know that God is in charge and unchanging. That sets you apart from the rest of the confusion of the world. God is so serious about this that He repeats His instruction. Look again at Exodus 20:8:
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
Holy means set apart> The Sabbath sets you apart as a beacon of light to show others you follow God and notice God says... "remember". Can you just imagine for a moment - that our Heavenly Father knew some of us would "forget" His sanctified seventh day and need to remember it once again? Now read the sign posts of Exodus, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John:
"Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: `Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it [is] a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that [you] may know that I [am] The Lord who sanctifies you."

"For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day." Matthew 12:8

"...Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days." Matthew 12:12

"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" Mark 2:27

"Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." Mark 2:28

"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

"And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes." John 9:14
Did you notice the clay? John also tells us Jesus is God. Just read John 1. He is the same that formed man from clay and He wants to open your eyes too to His Sabbath day. He made it for you as a time to rest in Him and a time to do what Jesus did, read the word of God.

It is a sign that our Savior God sanctifies YOU if you are searching to understand the Biblical background of your faith instead of man's theological tradition... Are we to follow truth or tradition? Just take a look at the Creator's definition in Exodus 31:16-18:
"Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, [for] A PERPETUAL COVENANT. It [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. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."
When Did "For Ever" Change?

With God... never. The Sabbath is a perpetual covenant sign and its the longest instruction given by God in His Ten Commandments. In fact, the first day of the week is a work day. Look at the evidence for yourself:
"Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.” Exodus 16:26

"Six days you shall labor, and do all your work" Exodus 20:9

"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." Exodus 20:11

“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed." Exodus 23:12

"Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death." Exodus 31:15

"It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'” Exodus 31:17

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest." Exodus 34:21

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places." Leviticus 23:3

"Six days you shall labor and do all your work" Deuteronomy 5:13

“Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day it shall be opened, and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened." Ezekiel 46:1
The words from Ezekiel are a prophecy of the coming of Messiah the "one lifted up" that will enter by the vestibule of the golden gate of the Temple Mount when the people of the land will bow down at the entrance of that gate before the LORD on the Sabbaths.

You see, when we 'get to' honor and keep His Sabbath as a day to stay away from our labor, we are not to just rest from our jobs and chores that serve our needs, we are to acknowledge it represents God's coming day of provision as our Savior King.

The Sabbath is eternal because YHVH declared it so. He is Lord of the Sabbath. It represents 'a day' that many know as the 1,000 days of the millennium.... "for a day is as a thousand years" (see Psalms 90:4 and 2Peter 3:8).

The seventh day is to be set apart (holy) because represents "the day" that Messiah returns as King to restore Heaven on Earth as it was in Eden. It's the very message of The Lord's Prayer (see Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:1–4).

The amazing thing about Isaiah is that The Lord God tells the prophet prayer is linked to the Sabbath:
“And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”
Isaiah 56:6-8
The House of Prayer is for everyone andeternally linked to the Sabbath.

The Sabbath and the millennium rest is all about restoration, this prophecy is described further by Isaiah:
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 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 66:22-23
But don't freak out, God knew many would "innocently" His word and forget by the inheritance of lies from the deceiver about His instruction, but now that you know the truth... it is time to correct our hearts and our calendar to align with God's. Read Jeremiah 16:19:
"O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit. Where is the evidence?"
Jeremiah asks... where is the evidence? Let's look:
"I and [my] Father are one." John 10:30
But God's word, His Torah requires two or three witnesses. What are they?
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." 1John 5:7
If, like many, you think "it is finished", that the Torah has been done away with and hung on the cross, consider this:
"But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." Matthew 18:16
It is plainly written that Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) kept the Sabbath, after all, as the Creator (John 1), He is the One that established it in the Beginning. Let's look again at these words:
Mark 1:21-22 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
Mark 2:27-28 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 6:1-2 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying, From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom [is] this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Luke 4:16-19 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. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.&
Luke 4:31-32 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. Luke 6:5-6 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. And it came to pass also on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
Luke 13:10-13 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up [herself]. And when Jesus saw her, he called [her to him], and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid [his] hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ (Yeshua The Anointed One) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Who is the One called Jesus? He is the one that shows us his deep concern for The Sabbath as He describes the events of the coming end of the age:
Matthew 24:20-22 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Many say that the Apostle Paul ignored the Sabbath but indeed as we have alreadry seen from the Greek test, Paul kept the Sabbath. Just read this from the book of Acts:
Acts 13:13-49 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and sat down. 
And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Men, brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, speak. Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with [his] hand, said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it. And about the time of forty years he suffered their manners in the wilderness.

And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land to them by lot. And after that he gave [to them] judges, about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they desired a king: and God gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up to them David to be their king: to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who shall fulfill all my will.

Of this man's offspring hath God, according to [his] promise, raised up to Israel a Savior, Jesus (Yeshua): John having first preached, before his coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not [he]. But behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of [his] feet I am not worthy to loose. 
If you want to know more about the identity of the children of God, a people Paul calls Israel, you will want to follow-up a study called: "Don't Be A Victim of Identity Theft".
Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the words of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, they have fulfilled [them] in condemning [him]. And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet they desired Pilate that he should be put to death. And when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning him, they took [him] down from the tree, and laid [him] in a sepulcher. But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days by them who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. 
And we declare to you the glad tidings, that the promise which was made to the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same to us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus (Yeshua) again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him from the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another [psalm], Thou wilt not suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption: But he whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 
Be it known to you therefore, men, brethren, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye will in no wise believe, though a man declare it to you. And when the Jews had 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 came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. Acts 17:2-4 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Messiah must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus (Yeshua), whom I preach unto you, is The Messiah. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. Acts 18:1-4 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tent makers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
How about you, are you willing to look at the truth from God's point of view?

The question now is, once you discover the truth for yourself, what will you do with the traditions of men? If we keep the Sabbath, we obey God and follow the sign of obedience and it is a reciprocal sign of love for God. If we don't keep the Sabbath, perhaps are just obeying the edicts of Constantine, the words of a man. Why do I mention Emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire? You can easily do your own research but basically here is what happened:

The following is an excerpt from The Ausburg Confession of Faith, Article 28, written by Philip Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, which was submitted to His Imperial Majesty Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg in the Year 1530:
"They refer to the Sabbath-day as having been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalog, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath-day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!"
Why should you have a problem with man's "traditions"?

Simple, they perhaps unwittingly counter God's "instruction" although the Ten Commandments are written in stone by the finger of God Himself.

Here are some words straight from The Catholic Encyclopedia:
"The Ten Commandments are precepts bearing on the fundamental obligations of morality and embodying the revealed expression of the Creator's will in relation to man's whole duty to God and to his fellow-creatures. They are found twice recorded in the Pentateuch, in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, but are given in an abridged form in the catechisms. Written by the finger of God on two tables of stone, this Divine code was received from the Almighty by Moses amid the thunders of Mount Sinai, and by him made the ground-work of the Mosaic Law. Christ resumed these Commandments in the double precept of charity--love of God and of the neighbour; He proclaimed them as binding under the New Law in Matthew 19 and in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). He also simplified or interpreted them, e.g. by declaring unnecessary oaths equally unlawful with false, by condemning hatred and calumny as well as murder, by enjoining even love of enemies, and by condemning indulgence of evil desires as fraught with the same malice as adultery (Matthew 5).

The 'church' on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord's Day. The Council of Trent (Sess. VI, can. xix) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians."

"Sunday (Day of the Sun), as the name of the first day of the week, is derived from Egyptian astrology. The visible seven planets which can be seen by the naked eye, known to us as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon, each had an hour of the day assigned to them, and the planet which was regent during the first hour of any day of the week gave its name to that day (see CALENDAR). During the first and second century the week of seven days was introduced into Rome from Egypt, and the Roman names of the planets were given to each successive day." "These and similar indications show that during the first three centuries practice and tradition had consecrated the Sunday to the public worship of God.
The Council of Elvira (300) also decreed: "If anyone in the city neglects to come to church for three Sundays, let him be excommunicated for a short time so that he may be corrected" (xxi)."

"...we find St. Caesarius of Arles in the sixth century teaching that the holy Doctors of the Church had decreed that the whole glory of the Jewish Sabbath had been transferred to the Sunday, and that Christians must keep the Sunday holy in the same way as the Jews had been commanded to keep holy the Sabbath Day. He especially insisted on the people hearing the whole of the Mass and not leaving the church after the Epistle and the Gospel had been read. He taught them that they should come to Vespers and spend the rest of the day in pious reading and prayer."


"The obligation of rest from work on Sunday remained somewhat indefinite for several centuries. A Council of Laodicea, held toward the end of the fourth century, was content to prescribe that on the Lord's Day the faithful were to abstain from work as far as possible. At the beginning of the sixth century St. Caesarius, as we have seen, and others showed an inclination to apply the law of the Jewish Sabbath to the observance of the Christian Sunday. The Council held at Orleans in 538 reprobated this tendency as Jewish and non-Christian. From the eight century the law began to be formulated as it exists at the present day, and the local councils forbade servile work, public buying and selling, pleading in the law courts, and the public and solemn taking of oaths. There is a large body of civil legislation on the Sunday rest side by side with the ecclesiastical. It begins with an Edict of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, who forbade judges to sit and townspeople to work on Sunday. He made an exception in favour of agriculture."

Now let's look at the Council of Laodicea - CANON XXIX (29) from the Council of Laodicea in the year 364: "CHRISTIANS must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ."

Other "Canons" from that Council includes these words:

"CANON XLIV. Women may not go to the altar. CANON LIX. No psalms composed by private individuals nor any uncanonical books may be read in the church, but only the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testaments. CANON LX. THESE are all the books of Old Testament appointed to be read: 1, Genesis of the world; 2, The Exodus from Egypt; 3, Leviticus; 4, Numbers; 5, Deuteronomy; 6, Joshua, the son of Nun; 7, Judges, Ruth; 8, Esther; 9, Of the Kings, First and Second; 10, Of the Kings, Third and Fourth; 11, Chronicles, First and Second; 12, Esdras, First and Second; 13, The Book of Psalms; 14, The Proverbs of Solomon; 15, Ecclesiastes; 16, The Song of Songs;17, Job; 18, The Twelve Prophets; 19, Isaiah; 20, Jeremiah, and Baruch, the Lamentations, and the Epistle; 21, Ezekiel; 22, Daniel. And these are the books of the New Testament: Four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; The Acts of the Apostles; Seven Catholic Epistles, to wit, one of James, two of Peter, three of John, one of Jude; Fourteen Epistles of Paul, one to the Romans, two to the Corinthians, one to the Galatians, one to the Ephesians, one to the Philippians, one to the Colossians, two to the Thessalonians, one to the Hebrews, two to Timothy, one to Titus, and one to Philemon."

Just think about this for a minute...

Women may NOT go to the altar? Key books of the Bible were banned by the Council of Laodicea: Source: The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden. Published by World Bible Publishers, Inc 1926.

Do you see it? The edicts, precepts and doctrines of men change. With "man" nothing is constant but change, we think change is good but that too is a deception, God and His Word DOES NOT change.

The Scriptures declare the 1st day of the week (Sunday) is NOT the Sabbath.
Matthew 28:1 “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.”
The plain and simple fact is that the Bible states the seventh day is the Sabbath Day. That is the day we now call Saturday on our weekly calendar. Again, consider carefully and closely the words and the actions of The Messiah:
Mark 1:21-22 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Luke 4:16 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 4:30-31 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. Luke 6:5-10 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. And it came to pass also on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy [it]? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
The Bible never says that after the resurrection we are to now ignore the rest of Scripture, the word of God and change the Sabbath Day to Sunday to commemorate the empty tomb of our Messiah. You will never find it. I know, you may have heard that, but you will never ever find it. Look for yourself, that is another tradition of man which makes void the eternal Word of God!

One of the key proponents of this tradition was a guy by the name of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Aquinas is held in the Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood. Think about that one for a second. If we followed that order, there would be no marriage, no children and mankind would die off in about 70 years. God's second commandment given in Genesis 2:24 would be broken.

The theological work for which Aquinas is best-known is called the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles. He is considered by most Catholics to be the "Church's" greatest theologian and philosopher.

In the Summa Theologica he states: "It would seem that blessing and sanctifying are not due to the seventh day. For it is usual to call a time blessed or holy for that some good thing has happened in it, or some evil been avoided. But whether God works or ceases from work nothing accrues to Him or is lost to Him. Therefore no special blessing or sanctifying are due to the seventh day."

From what I read, this opposes God's word, but in the end, you must judge and decide for yourself what is right.

You may have also heard that God changed His mind and did away with His Sabbath because Jesus arose from the tomb on Sunday morning. So let's look at the record. The book of Matthew is quite clear. Mary Magdalene and "the other" Mary went to the sepulcher at the end of the Sabbath day and as two witnesses saw the angel arrive with an earthquake that caused the guards to pass out, then he rolled back the stone to prove that it was already empty as it began to dawn toward Sunday. The angel even told them that he had left and gone on before them into Galilee. Now let's look at the words of Matthew:
Matthew 28:1-7 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead [men]. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
What does the Master of the Universe have to say about people that follow men like Aquinas?
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.
The writer of the book of Hebrews give us some great advice:
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Now you should do the research on your own and test what you have read here. Until you do your own study of God's unchanging word you may not be convinced.

If you have read to this point, I believe your call is to pursue the Sabbath of The Lord. It has nothing to do with Salvation but everything to do with loving obedience to the Word of your Creator because you want to serve Him. Don't walk in your own strength or rely on man's traditions but be set apart, walk in His ways, His ancient path. As you do this you will notice that the Bible not only speaks of the Sabbath as a memorial of His creation week, but it also shows us a shadow picture of the future with Him as it was in Eden.

So while you are at it, in addition to doing your homework on the ancient Roman pagan day of sun worship, the day named Sunday, you will want to research the facts. It's hard reading but you may need to study about the ancient Mithraist day of Saturnalia and the pagan fertility festival of Eostre adopted by the Romans from Babylon and later by the "church" fathers at the first Council of Nicaea in 325AD which was led by Constantine.

Shockingly, if you search, even just a little, you will find the truth with your own eyes, that all three "traditional" days, days you may have very well revered, have their origins in re-arrangements of pagan sun-worship, the traditions of men that oppose God, not Scripture and The Lord's teaching and instruction.

Believe me, I know it is shocking to discover these traditions are the traditions of man, not God but you can take heart in these words:
Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath [days]: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.
Like I used to, some Christians ask: “Didn’t He render sabbaths and holy days obsolete? Doesn’t Colossians 2:17 say that these things were 'mere' shadows?”

Well not quite. Look for yourself, the NASB does say 'mere' shadows; however, the word mere is not found in the Greek text. That is why it appears in italics in the NASB, to indicate that the word was added in by the translators.

"things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ."

Colossians 2:17 does not teach that the Sabbaths and holy Feast Days “were” a shadow. It says they “are” a shadow of what is to come. Why is this important? It is important because it shows us that Paul properly regarded the Sabbath and Feasts as an existing shadow of the Messiah, and not as a lost shadow of the past which had been made obsolete at the shadow of the cross. The shadow of the Messiah is still with us. When we honor the Sabbath and The Feasts of The Lord, we are standing in the shadow of the Messiah.

So is Sunday the Sabbath? Does it really matter?

Absolutely.

The very command we are given to follow is a 'sign' spoken from the voice of God, not man. So as I have said, listen to Him not me. Just look in Exodus 20:1 and Leviticus 23:1 to see this for yourself. And despite what you may have heard or read from others, Scripture never gives any indication of changing any of God's appointed days.

When we look at the New Testament, and see that the disciples of Christ's time observed the Sabbath, and it just so happens that Messiah Yeshua called the Sabbath is His chosen day, and praise God the Jewish people have preserved His Sabbath and understand its ultimate reality.

I recently read a short article about the celebration of the Sabbath in Jewish tradition. The author described how the day of rest often concludes in the home with:
"Tales of Elijah the Prophet and songs that revolve around Elijah, King David and the King Moshiach, our righteous redeemer yet to come. You see, Shabbat is more than a day of rest ; it is a foretaste of the messianic era. As the day departs, we hope and yearn for the real thing – Elijah’s announcement of the arrival of Moshiach, the righteous scion of the House of David."
Open your mind to the light and water of God's truth about the Sabbath and heal your heart.

It's life giving when you understand when examining the life of The Messiah - our Savior, is Lord of the Sabbath. When you do it becomes quite evident that Jesus (Yeshua) kept the seventh-day Sabbath that He established as the Creator. He is the Lord and Master, He is the supreme authority of the Sabbath day and He NEVER gives any instruction to change it. After His death and resurrection, His followers also kept it holy as a set apart day. Through His example and theirs, we know that all people that want to show the sign of His authority will keep God's ordained seventh-day Sabbath!

The Messiah Jesus, teaching as a part of His gospel message teaches us how to observe the Sabbath, He says:
"The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath" Mark 2:27-28
If this verse ever seemed confusing to you in the past, let's clear it up with a question: What does He mean when He asserts that the Sabbath was made? Answer: It was part of God's original creation. Therefore, The Sabbath had to have a Maker, a Creator.

OK... next question: Who then, made the Sabbath? Answer: The Creator. But wait a minute, Paul proclaims in Ephesians 3:9 that "God . . . created all things through Jesus Christ." What was he talking about?

Let's look at the words of the gospel writer called John that were noted earlier. He begins:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men... And "the Word" became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." See John 1:1, 3-4 & 3:14.
The "Word" is Yeshua, it means salvation. He is "Salvation" who became a human being and lived among men.
Isaiah 43:11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no savior.
He is God the Father from eternity. All things were made through Him! The Sabbath is one of those things that He made. God declared it at creation! Notice Colossians 1:16-18:
"For by Him [Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible... And He is the head of the body..."
If you have overlooked this in the past, don't feel bad, just repent and return to God because now you know the truth: Yeshua made the Sabbath! It is no wonder then when He says plainly that, as its Creator, He is The Lord and Master of His Sabbath Day!

Pay close attention to the words of Scripture:
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done."
God ended His work, the creation week was over! Creation Week was a full seven days of creation.

What did God do on the seventh day? He ended His work! So should we - - if we want to be like Him.

He established the Sabbath, not by work, but by ceasing from it. God has no need to re-order the days of His creation, nor do we. When He finished His work He then blessed and set apart the seventh day as a day of rest. It's that simple. So we must consider that Adam and Eve spent their first day "resting" in fellowship with the Creator.

God requires His children to treat the day with a respect not required of other time. Let's read what He told the prophet Isaiah:
"If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 58:13-14
We honor God by keeping holy those things that He has made as set apart, as "holy" and only God can declare and make things holy.

Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Mashiach is the same today as He was yesterday, and shall be forever (Hebrews 13:8). He has not changed in the least. He is still putting rest in His Sabbath, and we can be set apart from the crowd and blessed by Him in it as He is the Lord of the Sabbath.
"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 [nekar=alien], that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people." Isaiah 56:2-3
I know there are many excellent books if you want to insist on reading about the Sabbath outside of God's word, you might want to try this one: The Sabbath - Scriptural Truth Concerning the Sabbath and Christian Sunday Observance.

But if you'd like to learn more on the Sabbath right now and how it ties into you life you should just set apart an hour or two aside right now and open your Bible to read and pray about keeping and honoring this perpetual sign of God's people that keep His word.

In closing, as you look in the Bible, take a look at the Greek word “kai” καί which is translated as “and” in Revelation 14:2... But did they (the translators) perhaps miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...
“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, [indeed] the faith of Yeshua.”
Indeed, we are to walk like Yeshua walked, keep the commandments of God, the faith of Messiah.

So as the Bible shows us, it turns out Sunday is not the Sabbath day of The Lord. God does not change His mind.

God's teaching is simple. We are to rest from occupational vocations on the Sabbath just as Jesus (Yeshua) did. God wants us to stop "tilling the soil" and "tending to business" for just one day each week so that we can immerse ourselves in worship of the Holy One. In this way, we can spend that time studying and teaching the word of God just as Messiah did. We just need to listen to God and out the words of men and their traditions in the proper place just as Paul taught in the misunderstood admonition of Colossians 2:16-17. If you job requires Sabbath work, Messiah shows us that healing or saving others is not work but if your job is not in this area look to God and ask Him in prayer for your employer to change your schedule.

God ordained the weekly Sabbath by His own declaration just as He created the world as a gift of life to mankind, animals and the land. Yeshua says of the Sabbath, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) and He declared that He alone is the Lord of the Sabbath. We have three witnesses to that:
For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. Matthew 12:8

Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28

And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Luke 6:5
His Sabbath is one of the blessings God made for mankind to enjoy. He started on the seventh day of creation and it remains today for us to enjoy time resting with Him.

If we think about it, the Sabbath of rest is a unique instruction from our Creator and an integral part of His unchanging laws of physics from creation. After all, whether he meant to reference the 7th day or not, consider what physicist Frank J. Tipler PhD writes:

"in general relativity, time is not relative: a unique rest frame exists".

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment with God's new covenant promise written on your heart. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation though the One whose name means salvation: Yeshua. You can receive His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and pray to God and repent of any sin, pray and ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now! The Teacher is calling for you.

If Jesus called and asked you to arrange one opportunity to worship with Him, what day would He ask you to set apart for Him?

Revelation gives a big hint as it tells the last message and testimony of our Savior that includes the promise of the new Heaven and New Earth where He will teach us from His throne. Isaiah first writes to us about this and he says something important:
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all mankind shall come to worship before me, saith the LORD. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. Isaiah 66:22-23
Jesus declared His status:
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Matthew 12:8
He chose this day to teach.
And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. Mark 1:21

And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Mark 6:2

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

And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. Luke 4:31
The apostles followed His Sabbath custom that was established at creation.
And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. Acts 14:44

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Acts 18:4

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8

See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. Exodus 16:29

A Psalm for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High Psalm 92:1
May God Bless as you consider what would Yeshua ask you to do?

Update: If you are still protesting the Sabbath, you might be interested in an audio-video teaching from 119 Ministries: The Sabbath Day.


I am not sure who the presenters are, but the video is really worth at look.


Shalom.

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