Is Sabbath Day, Saturday or Sunday?

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."


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Is Sabbath Day, Saturday or Sunday?

Christians confuse the Sabbath day rest with Sunday worship. Seventh day of the week is the sabbath day. God instructed Israel to take physical rest on the sabbath day. To keep sabbath day holy is to take rest from physical activities. Sabbath day commandment has nothing to do with worship. Few Christians think that it was the Catholic idea to transfer the worship day from Saturday to Sunday. It is ignorance. Disciples of Jesus Christ assembled with the brethren on the first day of the week for worship. But, it was not a mandate. We can worship God on any day at any time. The disciples went to synagogues to preach the gospel on Saturdays, but not to worship. "Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." But, there is no commandment given for a worship day. We can worship God on any day, any time.

God told Israel to take mandatory REST on Saturdays, which is the seventh day of the week. The observance is called sabbath, and Saturday is referred as sabbath day. The Seventh-day Adventists think that sabbath is worship. It is their ignorance. The main worship day for Christians is Sundays, which is the first day of the week. However, they worship God on any day of the week. But, the Seventh- day Adventist makes an issue with Christians saying that they should worship on Saturdays, because it is the Sabbath day. Christians has nothing to do with sabbath, they are not observing sabbath, but they worship God. It is caused because the Adventists think that observing sabbath is worshipping God. No, sabbath is to take mandatory rest and the defectors are supposed to be stoned to death. Even the Seventh-day Adventists do not observe sabbath, they do not take rest, and they have no provision to stone the defectors either. They just blow hot air shouting sabbath, without even knowing what it is. How to solve it? Until they admit the truth that they worship God, but not observing Sabbath, this will be a problem.

Let me quote the fourth commandment. Please look at it, so that you may see whether it is the worship of Christians or the physical rest to the Israelites. Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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. Sabbath day is blessed and hallowed by taking complete rest on that day. The sabbath commandment was given to Israel, to take complete rest by the entire household. The command is not completed by this. Let us read another portion of scripture. "Numbers 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses." The Lord commanded Moses to put the person to death by stoning if anyone disobey the fourth commandment of the sabbath. The Seventh Day Adventists claim that they follow the fourth commandment of sabbath. No, they do not follow. They themselves do not observe the sabbath day rest, and they will not kill their people by stoning if they breach the commandment. They are just ignorant hypocrites.

Seventh Day Adventists is a denomination, which started on 1863, made a doctrine saying the sabbath day must be a worship day to Christians instead of being a rest day to Israel. They refer this as the fourth Commandment. But it is a total absolute twist of the fourth commandment. The fourth commandment is for Israel to take physical rest but not for Christians to worship. God gave no authority to anyone to alter his commandments. The Bible says in Revelations 22, "18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." So, the Seventh Day Adventists are accountable for removing the rest day, and to replace it with ceremonial worship service.

The Lord Jesus Christ repeatedly broke the sabbath day law in order to revise it. Sabbath needed to be revised, as eternal rest, for the kingdom of heaven. Please look at the Scriptures to see how Jesus Christ not only worked on Sabbath days, but also taught to do good works on sabbath days. That is, Jesus Christ has repealed the sabbath law even for the Israelites. The rest of sabbath was changed to do good works, but, it was not changed into worship.

Matthew 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Mark 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? 25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Luke 13:10 he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 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. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

Luke 14:1 it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. 2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

John 5:16 the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. 16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.

The sabbath day was just a shadow of the rest that Jesus Christ would give to his people latter. The shadow was in the flesh and it was ceremonial where as the real rest is everlasting life. The shadow was given to Israel as a mandatory commandment. The Sabbath, which was the shadow, which was the rest for the physical body, was not given to gentiles. The real Sabbath, the 'Rest', is given in Jesus Christ. The new 'Sabbath Rest' is not a certain day. It is an eternal status to believers from the Lord. Jesus Christ has repealed the sabbath day rest and replaced it by an eternal rest that is by our faith in him. So, New Testament believers have nothing to do with the Sabbath day rest, which was on Saturday. However, they have to enter the eternal rest by faith and it is spiritual. Please read the scriptures below to verify it.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The subject sabbath was dealt with the Jews in the four gospels. Jesus Christ corrected them and said that it is proper to do good works on sabbath days. Apostles went to the synagogues on sabbath days not for worship but to preach the gospel to the Jews. In the New Testament, the seventh day rest was not given to believers, but they have to enter the eternal rest, which is in Jesus Christ by the faith in him.

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