What day is the Sabbath? 


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The Sabbath is the Seventh-Day of the week. In today’s calendar that would fall on Saturday, as we known Jesus rose on the first day of the week (Easter Sunday). God kept the Sabbath when He first created the world (Genesis 2:2-3). He wrote it on stone as part of His commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). He kept it when He ministered on earth (Luke 4:16) and His disciples kept after He ascended to heaven (Revelation 1:10). And He said we’ll all keep it in Heaven (Isaiah 66:23).

Let’s dive into the Bible to read more into this:

Old Testament 

Some people state that the Sabbath was just made for the Jews, though the fact is it was made long before the Jews – at the creation for this world. 

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3).

He sanctified it before any Jew exited, to be a blessing to all people, including Gentiles, or non-Jews (Isaiah 56:6-7). 

The fourth commandment stated that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord:

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:10). 

New Testament 

Sunday is “the first day of the week,” which means it is a regular working day (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-2; etc.). 

Jesus Christ regularly kept the seventh day Sabbath (Luke 4:16), taught much about it (Matthew 12:12; 24:20), and clearly stated that He is “Lord even of the Sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8). Further, He declared that He didn’t come to abolish the law (Matthew 5:17,18). 

In the books of Mathew Mark, Luke and John, Christ never mentioned “the first day of the week” (Sunday). 

The New testament refers to Sunday only eight times (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). Yet, it is completely silent about Sunday being sanctified in honor of our Lord’s resurrection. 

The seventh day was observed by Jesus Christ’s true followers after His death. After His body was placed in the tomb, Christian women “rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). And Christ expected His people to be still keeping the Sabbath in A.D. 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed. For He said, “pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath” (Matthew 24:20). 

The Sabbath was kept in the book of Acts by both Jews and Gentiles (Acts 13:42-44; 16:3). 

There is no New Testament authorization for the change of the Bible Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. 

The sabbaths that were abolished at the Cross (Colossians 2:14-17; Ephesians 2:15; Romans 14:5) are the annual feast sabbath holidays of the Mosaic law (Leviticus 23) which were also called sabbaths. These were in addition to or “beside the (weekly) Sabbath of the Lord” (Leviticus 23:38). 

End time prophecy 

Bible prophecy (Daniel 7:25) and church history both testify that the Sabbath and God’s law will be changed (see Constantine instituted the observance of Sunday in 321 A.D

Rediscovering God’s original Sabbath is part of Bible prophecy in the end times (Revelation 14:7,12; Exodus 20:11). 

The seventh day Sabbath will be kept in the New Earth. “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, so shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord” (Isaiah 66:22, 23). 

In His service,
BibleAsk Team 

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