We can be sure that the present Saturday is the seventh day of the week that God created and the same day that Jesus kept for the following reasons:
- Jesus Christ knew which day is the seventh day: Jesus “went into the synagogue on the sabbath day” (Luke 4:16).
- From the biblical sequence of the crucifixion weekend we can locate the Sabbath: Jesus died on a day we call “Good Friday,” which was the day before the Sabbath (Luke 23:46, 54). And when the sun went down, the woman rested on “the Sabbath day according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). Jesus rose on Sunday, “the first day of the week” (Luke 24:1, 6).
- The calendar changed once, in 1582, from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. Thursday, October 4, was followed by Friday, October 15. This change did not affect the weekly sequence of days.
- The Jewish people have been observing the seventh day from the time of Abraham, and they still keep it today. A whole nation – millions of Jews – who have been counting off time perfectly week after week for thousands of years. There has been no change or loss of the Sabbath since God made it in Genesis.
- There are over one hundred languages of the earth that use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday. For example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. This means that when those hundred languages originated long ago, Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day.
- Webster’s Dictionary states that : “Saturday- (is) the 7th day of the week.” And “Sunday: (is) the first day of the week.”
- The World Book Encyclopedia states that: “Sabbath … It comes on Saturday, the seventh day of the week.”
Would God say, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy…” (Exodus 20:8-11) if it was impossible to discover which day we should remember?
In His service,