The Seventh Day Sabbath

All over the globe, there is a major move among Christian believers back to the seventh day Sabbath.  People are realizing that God made the seventh day holy from the very creation of the world, that the Ten Commandments instruct us to keep the seventh day Sabbath, that Jesus taught his followers to keep the Ten Commandments (Matthew 5:17-19), that we will be keeping the seventh day Sabbath after Jesus returns (Ezekiel 45 and 46) and that we will keep the seventh day Sabbath for all eternity (Isaiah 66).  Despite intense persecution, there have been groups of believers that have kept the seventh day Sabbath throughout church history, and there will always be groups of believers that keep the seventh day Sabbath until Jesus returns.  If you are not certain about what you believe regarding the Sabbath, hopefully this article will be very helpful for you.

In Genesis 2, God created the seventh day Sabbath and declared it to be holy….

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

So when did it cease to be holy?

In Exodus 20, God made the seventh day Sabbath part of the Ten Commandments….

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

But didn’t Jesus do away with that?

Not at all.

Jesus kept the Sabbath perfectly.  In fact, He kept the entire Law perfectly.

Not only that, He also taught that His followers were to fully obey all of the commandments of the Torah.  The following comes from Matthew 5:17-19….

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.

Does that not seem clear?

Those that keep the commandments and teach others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Later, in Matthew 24, Jesus is speaking of the Tribulation period and he makes it clear that the Sabbath will still be significant during that time….

Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

So why would Jesus mention the Sabbath there if it no longer mattered?

In addition, if you read through Ezekiel chapters 45 and 46, you will see that the Sabbath will be kept during the 1000 year reign of Christ following the Tribulation period.

Finally, in Isaiah 66:22-23 we read the following….

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the LORD, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the LORD.

So has God made a new heavens and a new earth yet?

Of course not.

This passage is speaking of the future.

And in the future, we see that the Sabbath and the New Moon will be kept.

So are you keeping them now?

If not, why not?

For much more on the history of the seventh day Sabbath, please watch the video series posted below.

It is narrated by world famous actor Hal Holbrook.  After watching this series of videos, it will be difficult for anyone to continue to argue that the seventh day Sabbath has been done away with.

 

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  • Jeff

    HI Michael, the videos have been removed…

  • Jesse Roberge

    Most churches teach that Jesus fulfilled the law so you don’t have to obey the ritual/ceremonial part of the law to get/stay saved. I’m guess the sabbath is considered ritual/ceremonial law.

  • Michael

    Keeping the Commandments has nothing to do with salvation. We are saved through Y’shua (Jesus) alone.

    Michael

  • Jimmie Parr

    “Scholars” would like to put the Sabbath as part of the ceremonial law. Hmm…why are the other commandments surrounding the Sabbath commandment part of what James called the “Royal Law?”