Most Christians now believe that Sunday is the real day of worship as
ordained by the Creator of the universe. Is that what the BIBLE says? What do
prominent leaders of Sunday keepers define and pronounce about Sunday worship?
Most Christians now believe that Sunday is the real day of worship as ordained
by the Creator of the universe. They are ignorant of what the Holy Bible teaches
regarding the Sabbath and what the leaders who observe Sunday declare about it.
The priests and pastors have not revealed to them the difference between the
Sabbath, the seventh day, and Sunday, the first day of the week.
Consider what the Holy Scriptures say: "Her priests have violated My law, and
have profaned Mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and
profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean,
and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them,"
(Ezekiel 22:26, Holy Name Bible).
In this article I have tried to show the difference between these two days. It
is arranged to show in one column what the Holy Scriptures teach about the
Sabbath and in another column what prominent leaders of Sunday keepers define
and pronounce about Sunday so that readers can judge for themselves which day is
holy, and which is unholy, or profane; which day is the true Sabbath and day of
worship, and which is the false Sabbath and not the real day of worship. Sabbath
Sunday Sabbath is the seventh day of the Creation week.
(Genesis 2:2). Sunday is the first day of the week
(Matthew 28:1). It is the day of Sabbath rest.
(Genesis 2:2; Exodus 34:21). It is the first day of six working days.
(Exodus 20:9; 34:21).
Sunday is a man-made day of rest.
"Constantine made a law for the whole empire (A.D. 321) that Sunday should be
kept as a day of rest"
(Encyclopedia Americana, article "Sabbath
"Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it" (Genesis 2:3).
Sunday is a working day, a secular day (Exodus 20:9).
"You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a
single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the
religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify"
(Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, page 111).
YAHUVEH blessed the sabbath-day and hallowed it"
(Exodus 20:11). He called it "my holy day"
(Isaiah 58:13). Sunday is not a holy day.
"The Catholic Church of its own infallible authority created Sunday a holy day
to take the place of the Sabbath of the old law"
(Kansas City Catholic, February 9, 1893).
"The seventh day is the sabbath of YAHUVEH, thy Elohim" (Exodus 20:10).
Sunday was originally kept in honor of the sun god. "Let all judges and town
people, and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the Sun"
Sabbath was instituted by YAHUVEH in the beginning of Creation. (Genesis 2:3).
The first Sunday law was passed by Emperor Constantine on March 7, A.D. 321
Sabbath stands as a memorial of the great creation work of the first week of
time and pays homage to the Creator.
(Exodus 20:11). "The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they
pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church"
(Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, by Mgr. Segur, page 213).
"And hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye
may know that I am YAHUVEH your Elohim"
(Ezekiel 20:20; see also Exodus 31:17). Observing Sunday as the day of worship,
acknowledges papal authority instead of the authority of YAHUVEH
"The Son of Man [Messiah] is Master also of the Sabbath"
(Mark 2:28). 9. Sunday observance indicates the authority of the pope, who
thought "to change times and laws"
(Daniel 7:25, KJV)
and "who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called Elohim . . . so
that he as the Almighty sitteth in the temple of YAHUVEH showing himself that he
is the Mighty One"
(II Thessalonians 2:3-4).
YAHUVEH declared that the Sabbath is "my holy day"
and John the Revelator said the Sabbath is YAHUVEH's day.
(Revelation 1:10). Sunday is a Catholic institution and so the Roman Church and
Protestants claim it as their own day of worship.
Sunday is a Catholic institution and so the Roman Church and Protestants claim
it as their own day of worship.
The Sabbath was made for man"
and not for Jews only. It is given for heathen too
(Isaiah 56:2-8). It is the Sabbath rest for man and beast
(Exodus 20:10). Sunday observance is meant only for the Catholic Church and her
daughters, the Protestants, according to their claim
"Remember the sabbath-day to keep it holy"
(Exodus 20:8). Sunday is kept not as a holy day but as a holiday. Catholics are
restricted only to attend mass on Sunday, after which they may spend the rest of
the day as they wish.
"Constantine the Great made a law for the whole empire (A.D. 321) that Sunday
should be kept as a rest day in all cities and towns; but he allowed the country
people to follow their work"
(Encyclopedia Americana, article "Sabbath").
Sabbath was kept by Yahowah (Genesis 2:3, Hebrews 4:4);
apostles and early believers
the apostle Paul for the gentiles
(Acts 17:2, Romans 11:13).
"Is there no express commandment for observing the
first day of the week as Sabbath, instead of the seventh day? None whatever.
Neither [Messiah] nor the apostles nor the first Christians celebrated the first
day of the week"
(New York Weekly Tribune, May 24, 1900).
When Jerusalem and the temple had to be destroyed by the Romans as prophesied by
the Messiah, and the believers had to flee from there, He said, "Pray ye that
your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath"
Why? The temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by General Titus in A.D. 70, almost
40 years after Messiah's resurrection and ascension. So the disciples were
praying and keeping the Sabbath for these 40 years after the Messiah's
resurrection and ascension.
Messiah did not ask the believers to pray that their flight would not be on
Sunday, neither did the disciples pray or keep Sunday all the 40 years after His
There remaineth therefore the keeping of the Sabbath to the people of Elohim"
(Hebrews 4:9). Sunday is meant for the exclusive observance of the Roman
Catholic Church and her daughters, whereas the Sabbath remains for the keeping
of the people of Elohim only
"Two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of Elohim"
contain the Decalogue, of which the fourth commandment pertains to the keeping
of the Sabbath
(Exodus 31:18). "The observance of the first, instead of the seventh, day rests
on the testimony of the [Roman] Church and the Church alone"
(Hobart Church News [Episcopalian] July 2, 1894).
On the new earth "from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship
before Me, saith YAHUVEH"
"There remaineth therefore the keeping of the Sabbath to the people of Elohim"
(Hebrews 4:9). What will be the fate of the followers of Sunday keeping in the
new earth? What will happen to the observance of Sunday then? Let the Roman
Catholic Church and the Protestants answer for themselves
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy
day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable: and shalt
honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor
speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord: and I
will cause the to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the
heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it," Isaiah
"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,"
I. Why the Sabbath is Important
The weekly Sabbath day is a foretaste of the "rest" of the millennial kingdom.
The Bible is replete with instructions pointing out how to keep the Sabbath, the
meaning of the Sabbath, the blessings of keeping the Sabbath, and why the
seventh day of the week is important to mankind.
God Sanctified Sabbath on Seventh Day of Creation
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of
them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested
on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the
seventh day, and sanctified it [set it apart, made it holy]: because that in it
He had rested from all His work which God created and made.
The Creator placed His presence in the Sabbath by resting on that day. He
"sanctified" the Sabbath, i.e., separated it, set it apart for holy use or
purpose. He, not man, made the Sabbath Holy Time. There were not six days of
creation, but seven. On the Seventh Day, the Creator ended His work, not His
creating. He created the Sabbath by His rest. He wasn't tired, Isaiah 40:28, but
He was refreshed on the Sabbath day, Exodus 31:17, by gaining the satisfaction
of contemplating what He had created.
The Sabbath day from Creation has never been lost. Human calendar changes have
never upset the weekly cycle. Jewish historians have carefully preserved the
Calendar and the weekly cycle down through the ages. See the article, "Has Time
Been Lost?" published by the Seventh Day Church of God and the Worldwide Church
II. Patriarchs Kept the Sabbath
There is a 2,500-year gap after the Bible mentions the Sabbath in Genesis until
it is again brought up at the time Israel leaves Egypt and arrives at Sinai.
Nevertheless, it is provable scripturally that the patriarchs kept the Sabbath.
Noah Kept Sabbath and Preached it to Others
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect
in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
II Peter 2:5
And [God] spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth
person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the
My tongue shall speak of Thy word: for all Thy commandments are
Abraham Obeyed Laws and Commandments
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and
will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the
nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept
my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Isaac and Jacob Followed Abraham's Obedience
Hebrews 11:8-10, 13, 20-21, 23
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out
into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of
promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath
foundations, whose builder and maker is God . . . . These all died in faith, not
having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded
of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims
on the earth . . . . By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to
come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and
worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff . . . . By faith Moses, when he
was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper
child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
The Sabbath and the seven-day week have continuously been observed. "The Sabbath
was recognized as a weekly day of rest in Babylonia as early as 3800 B.C.," (Peloubet's
Bible Dictionary, article "Sabbath," p. 573). Epics of Creation, on clay tablets
found in the ruins of Babylon, Nineveh, Nippur and Ashur, were in circulation
before the time of Abraham. They tell of the seventh day as a "holy day" on
which we should "cease from all business," (Halley's Bible Handbook, p. 62). The
Sabbath is an ancient venerable institution.
III. God Gave the Sabbath To Israel
Exodus 16:4-5, 14-30
Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread
from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every
day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it
shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they
bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily . . . . And when
the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay
a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the
children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist
not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath
given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it
every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the
number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And
the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they
did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that
gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they
hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it
bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. And they gathered it every
morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it
melted. And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much
bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and
told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said,
Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will
bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up
for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as
Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses
said, Eat that today; for today is a Sabbath unto the Lord: today ye shall not
find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which
is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went
out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My
laws? 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. So the people rested on the seventh
God performed this special miracle of withholding manna on the Sabbath for forty
years while Israel was in the wilderness. Thus there were some 2,080 individual
miracles spaced exactly seven days apart, solely for the purpose of burning into
the minds of the people that He commanded the seventh-day Sabbath to be kept.
What a blessing! Israel could rest on the Sabbath and still be as well off as
though they had worked!
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou
labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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.
Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God
hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: 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, nor thy manservant, nor thy
maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may
rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of
Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand
and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep
the Sabbath day.
Moreover Thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and
in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they
should go. Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from
heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt
rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the
stranger, may be refreshed.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the
children of Israel, saying, Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign
between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the
Lord that doth sanctify you.
Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest:
in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be
to you an holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein
shall be put to death. Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon
the Sabbath day.
This refers to industrial fires, not fires to heat from winter's cold, warm food
previously prepared, or lighting.
Leviticus 19:3, 30
Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep
My Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God . . . . Ye shall keep My Sabbaths, and
reverence My sanctuary: I am the Lord.
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,
Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy
convocations, even these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the
seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work
therein: it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
Ye shall keep My Sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am the
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they
found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day. And they that found him
gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the
congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should
be done to him. 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. And
all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones,
and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.
The death penalty for Sabbath-breaking shows how serious Sabbath-keeping is in
the eyes of the Eternal. The Sabbath breaker had sinned presumptuously,
defiantly reproaching God. The Sabbath is preceded by a preparation day for work
such as gathering wood.
One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger
that sojourneth among you.
The Sabbath and other laws didn't apply only to Israelites, but also to
strangers. If we are YAHUSHUA'S, then we are Abraham's seed, spiritual
Israelites, Galatians 3:29.
Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My
salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. 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, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying,
The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say,
Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep My
Sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant;
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within My walls a place and a name
better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that
shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the
Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every
one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant;
Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of
prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon Mine
altar; for Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy
pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine
own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words [see Isaiah 55:8-9]: Then shalt thou
delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places
of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth
of the Lord hath spoken it.
The Sabbath, properly observed, teaches us to become more like God. We do not
naturally think spiritual thoughts. The way we begin to think Godly thoughts on
the Sabbath is to study, discuss and meditate on God's Word, as well as pray to
Him. On the Sabbath we literally saturate our minds with the principles of God's
laws which reveal His character, how He thinks and acts. In so doing, we act out
or portray our future destiny, that of being Sons of God in the Kingdom of God.
(See Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course, Lesson 28, page 12.)
IV. Israel Went Into Captivity for Sabbath-Polluting
Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing
is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and
did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring
more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.
Jeremiah 17:9, 21-25, 27
The heart is deceitful above all things, and
desperately wicked: who can know it? . . . Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to
yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates
of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath
day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath day, as I commanded your
fathers. But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck
stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction. And it shall come to
pass, if ye diligently hearken unto Me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden
through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day,
to do no work therein; Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings
and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses,
they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and
this city shall remain for ever . . . . But if ye will not hearken unto Me to
hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates
of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof,
and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
This prophecy was fulfilled, Jeremiah 52:12-13. Verse 22 in the Living Bible
says "do no unnecessary work on the Sabbath day." It is easy to deceive yourself
that you are keeping the Sabbath, when you are not.
Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt,
and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them My statutes, and shewed
them My judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also
I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know
that I am the Lord that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against
Me in the wilderness: they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My
judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they
greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the
wilderness, to consume them. But I wrought for My name's sake, that it should
not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Yet also
I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them
into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the
glory of all lands; Because they despised My judgments, and walked not in My
statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.
Nevertheless Mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an
end of them in the wilderness. But I said unto their children in the wilderness,
Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments,
nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the Lord your God; walk in My
statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them; And hallow My Sabbaths; and they
shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your
God. Notwithstanding the children rebelled against Me: they walked not in My
statutes, neither kept My judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even
live in them; they polluted My Sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury
upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I
withdrew Mine hand, and wrought for My name's sake, that it should not be
polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. I
lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them
among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; Because they had not
executed My judgments, but had despised My statutes, and had polluted My
Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols. Wherefore I gave them
also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live . .
Ezekiel 22:8, 26
Thou hast despised Mine holy things, and hast profaned My
Sabbaths . . . . Her priests have violated My law, and have profaned Mine holy
things: they have put no difference between the holy and the profane . . . and
have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths . . .