God's Sabbath - Q & A



Is the breaking of God's Sabbath commandment a broken law that constitutes sin, a sin that  Jesus Christ came to give His life in death to cover its sin penalty, but only for those who will repent of transgressing and profaning this holy time period?  
   
    "Thus says the Lord, Keep you judgment (make just decisions), and do justice (do what God commands): for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that does this, and the son of man that lays hold on it; that keeps the Sabbath from polluting it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil, (any evil and Sabbath breaking are all transgressions of God's law) Isaiah 56:1-2

    The Lord God goes on to say to the single person or to any person (gentile or Jew) that joins himself to the Lord by seeking God's Kingdom, as becoming a eunuch for the kingdom's sake by saying in Isaiah 56:3-5   "Neither let the son of the stranger (gentile), that has joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord has utterly separated me  from His people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry (unfruitful) tree. For thus says 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."

    The Lord continues to say in verses 6-7 "Also the sons of the stranger (gentiles) that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, every one that keeps the Sabbath from polluting it , and takes hold of my covenant: Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, (to be accepted in God's Kingdom)
  
   Why will man in all of his life
recognize and schedule all of his work and activities by God's created 7 day week, but will not recognize the Creator's special, purposeful, sacred 7th day Sabbath of His created week? Recognizing the 7th day of God's created week can give man great purpose to his life and good understanding about his Creator that the Lord desires for every person to come to see.  Man lives his life as if the 7 day week just evolved and that God had nothing to do with creating it, but nonetheless, man still recognizes and lives his life each week within its time limits. In the beginning, God, along with his created 6 work days, also created and commanded the 7th day to be sacred and holy time of His created week. But man neglects this created, special day and refuses to keep holy this commanded special time of each week that could help give him purpose to his life and provide the opportunity to receive eternal life. 
  God's law that was given to man as God's 4th commandment says, "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy." The Lord God says it is a sin to transgress His law. When a person does not remember God's holy Sabbath by working on that day, such as in conducting one's business, by selling or buying on that day, or by doing  one's own pleasures during that holy time and day, he transgresses and profanes the Lord's Seventh Day Sabbath. This is a sin of every Sabbath transgressor that must be repented of in order to be accepted by Jesus Christ for His Grace and Salvation if a person truly desires eternal life in God's Kingdom. This is a sin that Jesus Christ also died for to pay its death penalty punishment, but can be forgiven upon repentance, obedience, and faith in Jesus Christ.

     God's 7th day Sabbath  is the 24 hour period of time of each week that the Lord God created as holy time and commands man to stop working and rest from his physical work to be refreshed. That is a blessing to man, but looked upon by him as burden and a curse. This created, 7th day gives man free time from his physical toil, and gives to man a valuable day with free time to think about his life and do the spiritual work that God desires greatly to be done in man's life. This is the day that God established to be Holy at the very beginning of all of God's Creation, for all men, and is a sin when this holy time, and  its opportunity to accomplish something everlasting in one's life, is wasted away and neglected and forgotten, and used for man's own personal vain use.

    God in His love, created the 7th day work week, with the 7th day of every week to be His Sabbath. The created Sabbath is a special  gift to man, that provides a great opportunity for him to learn why he was created, what is his purpose for life, and how he can become an eternal, living son of His Creator God, to reside in His Kingdom forever. So any of the evil works that men do on this Holy Sabbath, 7th day  of each week by working, buying, selling, or using this holy time for man's personal and vain use, is neglecting and wasting away another opportunity each week to understand about how one receives eternal life. This profaning of God's, holy time is transgressing God's law, which the Lord says is sin and demands His judgment. I John 3:4 says,
"Sin is the transgression of the law." and  Rom. 6:23 says, "The payment for sin is death---."  

     Will God have to repent to people of the past in the judgment, because they broke His Sabbath and suffered the punishment of death? Today nearly all church people believe that God has changed and that He no longer holds people responsible for the sin of profaning His 7th day Sabbath, as well as sins of the other commandments by their transgressions. Church people of today's Christianity have made God over in their own image, creating a false god, a false Christ that permits sin, yet the Scripture says He changes not! Is God a respector of persons with His judgment against sin? If Jesus Christ does not acknowledge the transgression of His 7th day Sabbath today as a sin deserving His judgment, then Christ would be making void His own Sacrifice of suffering, shed blood, and death for man's sins and would be perverting His own Gospel.

    The majority of people live their lives as if God does not exist, and that His Word has no power and authority over them, but His Word says only a fool would believe and think and live this way. Does the death of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the New Testament do away with the Sabbath commandment and its transgression penalty? No, absolutely not!   Instead, Christ made a way whereas a Sabbath sinner and a profaner and waster of that holy time can be forgiven, and that is through repentance, followed with obedience of keeping His Sabbath, and accepting Christ's atoning sacrifice and death to cover and justify this sin in order to receive His Grace and eternal life.

    This 4th commandment pertaining to God's Sabbath, still stands in its full authority and  in its entirety, as was given by the Lord God in the beginning to all men, Gen. 2:1-3, and to Moses and the nation of Israel  in greater detail, Ex. 20:8-11.
  
   All of the nation of Israel were appointed to be priests, Ex. 19:5-6, as examples to the all the world. Priests were to teach the law to all people, " For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts," Mal. 2:7. Jesus Christ is everyone's high Priest and Apostle, (Heb. 3:1), that all other servants and priests must submit   to in their obedience and doing the work of God. Christ our high priest tells us in Mat. 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law---," but today's professed Christians believe He did, especially the 4th commandment.

    The 4th commandment is a witness against all of its transgressors who desire eternal life, but will not receive it unless they repent of transgressing this 4th commandment. When Jesus Christ came in the flesh, He did not minimize, or compromise, or in any way do away with His law pertaining to the Sabbath that He created in very beginning for all men, John 1:1-14. Jesus Christ kept to the fullest intent and purpose His created Holy Sabbath day, and commands His disciples to do the same today. Christ said in Mark 2:27-28 -
"The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath,
 and  that Jesus Christ is also Lord of the Sabbath,"
not the 1st day, a work day, today called Sunday.

Is Jesus Christ pleased with today's professed Christianity keeping Sunday as being God's sabbath? Here are Questions and Answers pertaining to God's 7th Day Sabbath.

Question:  Is it important today to obey and keep holy God's commanded 7th day Sabbath, in order to be accepted for God's grace and to receive salvation?
   
    Answer: Salvation means being saved from one's sins, by being redeemed from the power and penalty of sin. Breaking God's law is sin (I John 3:4). The 4th commandment is part of the law of God and when anyone, Jew or gentile, breaks God's 4th commandment, he is committing sin against God that will reap his death. This sin is committed by not remembering to keep God's 7th day Sabbath, by profaning that holy time, by working on that day, doing one's business of buying or selling on that day, or using that holy time for sporting events, hobbies, and other personal pleasures and by participating in such Sabbath profaning events. Unless a sinner repents of breaking God's Sabbath day, listed on the Roman calendar as Saturday, and  sets his heart to keep that day holy, Jesus Christ will not accept one's repentance to be forgiven, and thereby one cannot receive personal salvation from Him. This understanding and warning of judgment applies to all of God's Ten Commandments when they are broken and in hostility against the Lord are disobeyed.
 
QUESTION: Did Jesus Christ create the 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath for the Jews and a 1st day (Sunday) Sabbath for the gentiles? Did Christ create 2 different Sabbath days for rest and to remember to keep holy?

    ANSWER: In the very beginning of man, Genesis chapter 1 & 2, God created the beginning of all families and nations of man. The Lord God created man and all things including the sun, moon and all the stars and  planets. The Lord God also at this beginning of   life of all mankind, created the 7th day week, with the first 6 days being created for man's work and personal pleasure. The 7th day was created for man's rest and for spiritual rejuvenation, providing for man every week a set aside time for study and to gain an understanding about one's purpose for life, and how one can grow in becoming spiritually converted to God's way of life, the way of righteousness. This comes about by remembering to keep that 7th day holy, set aside for worship, honor, and using it to thank God for one's life and the purpose for his life. The 7th day Sabbath was created as holy time for man to reflect, meditate, and to study on the purpose of his life and how the purpose  of his life can be achieved and fulfilled in being given eternal life.
     God, also in the beginning, created two ways for man to live his life, represented by two trees, put in the garden. One tree, the tree of life, represented the way of eternal life with God by living one's life by God's standards, His laws, His Ten Commandments, and by this way of life, develops the love of God in one's life through the power of God's Holy Spirit. The second tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, is the way of life that brings death for man, living by his acquired human nature, which he has chosen as his guide and conscience for his life, and by this, man becomes as a god in his mind and heart, where he makes up his own rules, standards, commandments, of  how he should live his life.

     Through this human nature gained by accepting this second tree, he has chosen the first work day of the week to be his Sabbath in rebellion against God and His commanded 7th day Sabbath. Establishing the 1st day of the week as the Sabbath is rejecting God as his Creator and is sin, and will bring death to all of its followers. So with this truth and understanding, one must come to understand that God did not create 2 different Sabbaths for mankind, only one, the 7th day Sabbath. Two Sabbaths would violate God's own law and commandment and create confusion. God is not the author of confusion, but Satan and all of false ministers are in all of man's ways


Question:  Is Sunday, the first work day of the created week, called anywhere in the New Testament  the Lord's Day or Christ's New Testament Sabbath?

   Answer: God created the 1st day of the week to be a work day and to be man's day for all of his work and personal activity. Today's professed Christians will not look in the New Testament and teachings of Jesus Christ for understanding about this first day and see if it is called the Day of the Lord as in referring to the Sabbath. Everyone's Bible says in Revelation 12:9, "The great dragon called the devil and Satan, has deceived the whole world." However, people do not and will not believe this deception that Satan and his ministers have created concerning the first day of the week that they have accepted as being the Sabbath.

    Jesus Christ says in three of the Gospels given by Matthew 12:8 and Mark 2:28, and Luke 6:5 "That the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is Lord also of the Sabbath (the 7th day)." So all three of these gospel writers  together report using Jesus Christ's own Words that He, Christ, is the Lord of the 7th day Sabbath and not the 1st day Sunday . Lord means supreme in authority, having all authority over the 7th day Sabbath, because Jesus Christ created the 7th day Sabbath in the beginning for a holy purpose (John 1:1-3) not the 1st day, a work day, to be the Sabbath. Nowhere in Scripture can anyone find  one verse where Christ commands the change of the Sabbath from the 7th day to the 1st day of the week, or where the 7th Day Sabbath commandment has been done away and is no longer binding on people to obey.

     However, the whole world of Christianity generally accepts  Satan's deception through his ministers, that the 1st day of the week, Sunday, is now the Sabbath. And by this sin of deception, all professed Christians are without being accepted by Jesus Christ for salvation because of their accepting this deception of sin, because this is a sin that they have not repented of in their life, so Christ does not know them and has not accepted them for His grace as one of His chosen saints. They all stand in violation of God's supreme law, His 4th commandment, and will reap the penalty of death.


First Day Misunderstood Scriptures

Question:  Does the often quoted verse in Revelation 1:10 give authority to  the 1st work day of the week, Sunday, as being  the Sabbath?

   Answer: John says , "I was in the spirit (in prophetic vision) on the Lord's day, ----" If a  believer is honest with himself and God's Word, he will notice this  Scripture verse does not in any way say what day of the week this verse is referring to. In truth, if one truly understands what the Book of Revelation is all about, then he will  come to understand that John is revealing what he saw in his vision during the 3 1/2 year period of time called in many other places of God's Word, the Day of the Lord, or the Lord's Day, and it was not any particular day of the week. The Lord's Day, God's coming judgment over the earth, is what Revelation is all about, and not   a vision on a Sunday morning. This is the time that many of the prophets and apostles of Scripture write about regarding Christ's judgment coming upon the earth as the book of Revelation describes in much detail throughout its message. John is saying he was in the spirit or vision, to write down all that Jesus Christ revealed to him about the Lord's day, or the day of the Lord, which is the coming trial of God's judgment upon the earth! There is nothing in this Scripture that changes the 7th day Sabbath to a 1st day Sabbath.

Question: What about all the Scriptures dealing with  the words, "the 1st day of the week?" Did this mean that the first day of the week is to be the New Testament, commanded Sabbath?

    Answer:
The accepted first day of the week Sabbath, got its beginning in the third century based on false teachers of the past accepting a false teaching that Jesus Christ was resurrected on Sunday morning, which He was not. Three days and 3 nights after Christ was put in the grave, which was late on a Wednesday afternoon, will not come to a time of an early Sunday morning resurrection, but a Saturday afternoon. But even if He was resurrected on Sunday morning, this does not change the law regarding the 7th day Sabbath, nor does it  do away with Christ's 4th commandment, regarding the keeping of the 7th Day Sabbath. Jesus Christ says  He is Lord of the 7th day Sabbath, and not  man's and Satan's created 1st day Sunday, Sabbath, Mark 2:27-28.


Question: Does the Scripture in Acts 20:7 change the 7th day Sabbath 4th commandment to now remember the first day of the week as Christ's commandment for rest and to have Sabbath services?

    Answer: This verse 7 does not in any way change the Sabbath commandment from  the 7th day, Saturday Sabbath, to a 1st day, Sunday Sabbath. The verse reads - "And upon the first 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." This breaking of bread in Scripture is generally referred to, as in eating  a  meal, not partaking of the Passover communion symbols. The context of this verse is about the disciples coming together to eat a meal on a Saturday night after sunset, after the Sabbath, which was the beginning of the first of the week, (day is italicized and was added by the translators),  and Paul preached and continued to preach until midnight of that evening, which was the beginning of the first day, which was late on a Saturday night, and then he  continued  speaking until the break of day, verse 11. There is nothing in this verse changing God's commandment from the 7th day Sabbath to a 1st day, Sunday, Sabbath.

Question: Does I Corinthians 16:1-2 change God's 7th Day Sabbath to a 1st day Sabbath?

    Answer: If one will notice in these verses, Paul is suggesting to the church, beginning with the first   of the week, (day is again italicized and so was added by the translators), they were to go and work at gathering their food items, which takes much time and work to get that job done and work that should not be done on the Sabbath. They were to do this gathering in the first of the week so they would not have to do all that work when Paul came by to take it to Jerusalem. This was not talking about collecting of  money and taking up money during a Sunday morning church service. Paul would not have commanded work to be done on the Sabbath  because this first of the week  was not  a Sabbath, but talking about any day of the first of the week.  This is just another case of today's Christianity  adding to, and taking away from God's law concerning God's commanded, 7th day Sabbath when they try to teach that this Scripture teaches the first day of the week is now the Sabbath to be observed. There is nothing in this Scripture that changes the 7th day Sabbath to a 1st day Sabbath.


Is Jesus Christ our Sabbath rest as some teach eliminating the need of keeping the 7th Day Sabbath commandment?

Question:  Does Hebrews 4:1-11 teach that Jesus is our Sabbath rest as some teach it does  in today's Christianity, and that true Christians are not required to keep the 4th commandment, " To remember to keep the Sabbath Day Holy?"   And so, as false teachers teach, today's Christians are not required today to keep God's 4th commandment to rest on the 7th day from their labor of the other six days.

   Answer: How ridiculous and twisted is the false teaching that professed Christians  come up with and use to justify their ongoing sin of not obeying God's 4th commandment! God says in His Word that the natural, human, fleshly mind is hostile (hatefully rebellious)  against God and His law, and will not subject itself to it, Rom. 8:7.
    
      In Hebrews 4:1, which says, "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."   This rest here is talking about the eternal rest from physical life and work in the flesh, to a spiritual rest whereas the saint's bodies are changed to bodies of Spirit, which takes place at the beginning of the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ. This takes place for God's saints  after six thousand years of man's rule and his rebellion against God, against His commandments, and against His Sabbath commandment.  

    Today's society and government hates God's 10 commandments so badly and wickedly that they are ripping them down from all government and public buildings and schools, where they have been posted, to satisfy  man's created laws and constitution against God's laws. One can only imagine the wrath this is creating with the Creator, Lord God, who has created all life, with His laws to govern the lives of a nation's citizens.


     However, the ones that are the most responsible for this open rebellion against Gods' law are Christian professing ministers who have for many, many years been rejecting God's 10 commandments as requirements to obey in order to receive His  Grace and Salvation. These false preachers and pastors have been teaching for years and years that God's 10 commandments, which includes the 4th commandment, are not important and valuable in society in developing love to God and for one another, and are not life and death important teachings, and so they teach that they are not required to be obeyed, in order to be accepted for receiving salvation and for becoming a true Christian.
   
    The message of the Lord in Hebrews 4 is about today's believers , that they should fear unless they come up short of receiving eternal rest because of their rebellion (against God and His Law) as instructed in verses 2-11. Verse 2 speaks of faith that must be mixed with the Word of God in order to enter the rest of God. Verses 3-5 speaks of God resting on the 7th day Sabbath, and how believers today shall not enter God's rest if they are unfaithful like the chosen people of God of the past, verse 6, who did not enter God's rest (eternal life) because of unbelief, which is rebellion. The Greek word for unbelief in this verse 6 means rebellion (Strong's.545) against the Creator Lord God, and is disobedience, which is hostility against and disobeying God's law, given to us in His ten commandments.

     Verses 7-9 warns today's believers, "Today if you hear His (God's) voice and harden not your hearts,  (Jews and Gentiles alike), Verse 9,  there remains a rest (a weekly 7th day rest to remind God's chosen sons of the 7ooo year rest of eternal life)  to the people of God ." Verse 10 says, "For he  (a true Christian who is keeping God's  weekly Sabbath Day for rest He created for each week),  also has ceased from his own physical works (of six days of labor) as God did from His (six days of creation work)" (verse 4).

    Here it is plain  that God is commanding  the 7th Day Sabbath  to be kept and obeyed, or one will come up short of the eternal rest with Jesus Christ. Verse 11 then encourages today's believers, "Let us labor therefore (obey God's instructions of the 4th commandment to work six days and rest the 7th day to work out your salvation ) to enter into that rest, (rest of eternal life), unless any man fall after the same example of unbelief, ( rebellion against God)." If a believer in Jesus Christ does not obey this instruction and admonition then, he will lose out on eternal life of God's promised rest for his people, because of the same example of unbelief (unfaithfulness, disobedience) not obeying the ten commandments of God, as it was with the people of God in the past.
 
 The 4th commandment  commands not only to rest the 7th day, but also to work the other six days of the week to take care of your needs and to do one's other personal activity.

    Nowhere in these verses does Jesus Christ tell His people of today that they are not commanded to keep the 4th commandment, "to remember the Sabbath to keep it holy,"   because they have accepted Him as their Savior, because He is now their rest and they don't need to rest from their labors each week. This false teaching in today's Christianity that Jesus Christ is our rest and that Christians now don't need a 7th day rest from their labor, that they don't need this highly important and valuable time to draw closer to Christ, and so they don't need to have to be obedient to Christ's 4th commandment, is just another example of the confusion in today's Christianity and their adding to and taking away from God's Word and law. Each and all  commandment transgressions by today's professed Christians will have to reap the judgment for their prevailing sins that is accepted in today's Christianity and its false grace.

    People of the past were punished with death for breaking God's 4th commandment, as it was with His other commandments, and the Lord God has not changed in His judgment for this sin regarding the keeping of His 7th Day Sabbath!   Christ's end time Judgment is coming to this earth very soon, as everyone should be able to see  by the latest government's ruling against even the posting of  God's 10 commandments, the openly accepting all of the sex perversion, pornography, dropping the laws against unlawful and perverted sex, and giving permission to murder the young in the womb. This is all grievous sin coming before God, and this evil, along with all of the other evil going on in all the churches  will cause His wrath to be unleased upon the earth soon. All people and all professed Christians breaking God's Sabbath will also be judged for this sin along with all of these other sins at that time. The Lord Jesus Christ is not a respector of persons or a respector of sins, as many believe, when it comes to His Judgment against people and their sins. God's law  and its penalty stands firm, unless their is repentance and acceptance of Christ for the remission of those sins.

    People in today's Christianity are so deceived and will not study the Lord's Word to see that they surely have fallen into the trap of many false teachers,  who teach that keeping the Sabbath is a burden and grievous, and even some false teachers go so far as to teach that anyone keeping the Lord's 4th commandment is committing sin, and that this sin is disobedience against God and His commandments. This deception is Unbelievable! This is an example how far down the road to judgment churches and it teachers have come, but nevertheless this  is taught, and it is the height and depth of today's Christian deception and hostility against God, Jesus Christ and Their Law, Rom. 8:7! They have made Jesus Christ a minister of sin, Eph. 2:17, by their preaching of iniquity.

Question:   Does   Romans 14  teach against the  keeping God's 7th Day Sabbath as a requirement of the Lord in being accepted for His grace of forgiveness and salvation? Is there  any reference in Romans 14:1-23 that speaks about the commandments and law of God, and especially about the 7th  day Sabbath commandment as not being important and thereby is not required to be kept? Does Romans 14:5-6 teach that believers can honor, respect and keep holy any day of the week, and that this  replaces the keeping of God's 7th day Sabbath in their life? Do these verses in any way do away with God's 4th commandment, to remember God's 7th Day Sabbath, and introduces a new commandment that permits you to remember and keep holy any day that you so choose as a rest day and by this, makes obsolete the keeping of God's commanded 7th day Sabbath as many false teachers of today's Christianity teach?

      Answer:   The answer to all of these questions is an astounding NO!
  The context and understanding of Romans 14, beginning with verse 1, is about one saint or brother judging a weak brother in the faith. Weak in the faith means, weak in understanding God's Word and laws,  and what are  personal choices and freedoms regarding our faith, and what is not the law. This chapter speaks about brethren judging brethren in their no law commanding choices and was not judging pertaining to God's law. It is not  the law of God that you must eat only meat or only vegetables or both. It is not   God's law that says  a brethren cannot choose a day or days of the week to give himself to fasting or the study of God's Word. These verses in no way discuss the Sabbath of God as to its requirement to keep.

    This is the situation in verses 1-7 of Romans 14, with one brother who is weak and eats only vegetables and will not eat meats because of believing they may have been used in idol worship of the false churches, so he doesn't buy and eat any meat of any kind thinking those meats may have been used in idol worship. Another brother understands what Paul taught in understanding in I Corinthians 8:4-13, that a person is not being defiled when eating meat sold at a meat market that has been sacrificed to an idol god, which is really no god. This  worship of a false God being used with animal meat in sacrifice to an idol did not defile the meat, but the weak brethren did not understand this. So, a brother having this knowledge and understanding about the meat sold to the public that it was not defiled and it  was not a sin to eat such meat.

 
    However, this brother was to be extremely careful about eating this meat in the presence of a weak brother, who had not  been convinced of this understanding about meat and might cause him to defile his weak conscience, the guardian of his mind, because what is not of faith is sin. However, faith must be built on the Word and law of God. God's law given in His commandments must be written in one's heart and mind to build a strong faith, not a weak faith, that will direct a person's steps and behavior in a sound and godly manner.
     
      Verses 5 and 6 of Romans 14 is again about personal choices of what a brother does in his life as far as esteeming a certain day of the week above others as valuable to him in serving God as in fasting and prayer for a day for additional study of God's Word. These verses do not in any way do away with God's 4th commandment, "to always remember His 7th Day Sabbath to keep it holy." Church brothers that regard or esteem additional time, or another day of the week for giving additional time in his life, in addition to the commanded Sabbath to give God thanks and honor is not to be judged by a brother. Verse 13 says, "Let us not therefore judge one another anymore (about optional areas of one's life to draw closer to God): but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way."
   
    God and Jesus Christ do not want any brother to take these verses and teach that they mean a brother in the faith has no obligation and command   to keep God's ten commandments, but can decide in his life how he is to live his life in regard to personal choices and what is the law of God. If a brother does not teach this, then this would be putting a stumbling block  in the path of a brother and would cause him to fall. Many church leaders seem to greatly desire to rule over people in their personal choices and freedoms that they have in their life, rather than teach them what is the law of God that God commands  to be kept and is  a sin when it is transgressed.

Question: Does Acts 15:20 do away with God's commandments and especially the 7th day, Sabbath commandment? Some try to use this Scripture to say that this verse gives only the laws of God that gentiles are to keep! Is this true?

     Answer: In Acts 15:19-21 James got up and gave his conclusion of the matter dealing with the gentiles and the law as far as being saved. James said in verses 19-21, "Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: v.20 But that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. V.21 For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him (Moses representing God's  law), being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day."

      Was James telling the disciples of the gentiles that they now were not required to keep any law of the 10 commandments except the four mentioned above,  and that they  now could  murder, bear false witness, steal, covet, dishonor parents, take God's name in vain , make a graven image of God, and not   have to remember the 7th day Sabbath to keep it Holy? No, absolutely not! James was telling the new gentile Christians that they were to be especially aware,  not to engage in the accepted gentile customs associated with their past temple idol worship. This was about them accepting unclean things dealing with the gentile idols, such as fornication, and eating animal meat that had been strangled, and the drinking of blood. These were particular sins associated with the gentiles and their idol worship, sins that were accepted as part of their religious exercise of worship. Then James says  for the other commandments and laws that they were able to hear and learn about them from Scripture as it was read in the synagogues  from the books of Moses every Sabbath Day. Why meet and listen to law being read on the Sabbath day if the Sabbath and the other 9 commandments has been done away and they were laws that they were not to keep?

     In verse 10 the Scripture says "Now therefore why tempt you God to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" What does this verse mean? It means that the fathers and the apostles were not able to bear, live up to the law given in commandments in order to be saved by the law, because the law can not save, even the animal sacrifices could not save or forgive one's sins. It takes faith in Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice to cover and forgive one's sins. The law cannot forgive a person's sins, only Christ can, but Jesus Christ demands and commands obedience to His 10 commandments which includes the Sabbath commandment, in order to be accepted by Him for forgiveness and salvation.


Question:  Does Colossians 2:16-17 teach that the keeping of the Sabbath and the Holy Days and the new moon are not required of today's Christians?

    Answer: First, these verses tell all Christians in verses 16-17 "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: Which are a shadow of things to come: but the body of Christ." These verses are about the importance of God's Holy day plan, picturing the salvation steps to conversion and eternal life. They are a shadow of important events to take place, now  and later. The meat and drink symbolizing Christ's death and Passover, was used by Christ  as a shadow, looking to the future when Jesus Christ will come back and drink the fruit of the vine, (wine), anew with His true disciples in God's Kingdom, Mat. 22:29. The spring feast holy days pictured conversion for His disciples to become Christ's first fruits at the coming resurrection when Christ returns to this earth.  

   All of society or  any religion   were not to judge any true Christian believer in meat and drink, which pertained to the partaking of the flesh-meat and blood of Christ, represented by the symbols of bread and wine, all representing Christ's suffering and His death;   or to judge them in respect of an holyday, which were God's Holy days in the spring that followed Christ's Passover; or judge them of the new moon, this new moon began God's fall Holy Day season containing 4 Holy days; or to judge them in respect of the Sabbath, which was God's commanded weekly Holy day and Sabbath. No person should judge a true believer in Jesus Christ who has respect (high regard for or esteem), putting eternal value on observing  God's commanded spring holydays, or keeping His commanded 7th day Sabbath, or  keeping the new moon, which begins the fall, holyday season.  

    These verses teach  "that no man was to judge the gentiles or any of the true saints in their keeping of these events and days, but, v.17, the body of Christ " . Only the body of Christ was to judge and teach them about these events of when and how these special days were to be kept. The word (is) is italicized in this verse 17 meaning, it was added by uninspired translators and so because of their lack of true understanding of these verses  tried to make these verses clear, they instead  perverted the understanding of these verses by adding the word is. Today many teachers likewise uninspired, do not understand these  verses either, and so go about teaching much error about God's Sabbath and Holy days, which will be to their own judgment.

Question: Where in the New Testament does Jesus Christ or His Apostles teach that the 7th day Sabbath is the day to be honored and remembered to be kept Holy?  
   
       This is the question that is presented by many in today's false Christianity, who try and want to feel justified in their keeping of the 1st day, Sunday, as the Sabbath, and so they will not feel  guilty of sin, by not keeping God's commanded, 7th Day Sabbath.

 Answer:  The answer to this question has already been answered with the above questions and answers. There are a number of Scriptures proving that the 7th day Sabbath is the day that Christians  are to honor and to observe and  is the day of the week that Jesus Christ and the apostles both remembered to keep holy. One such Scripture is found in  Col. 2:16 -17. This is a Scripture that many use to try to teach against the 7th day Sabbath, but the truth of the matter is, this Scripture teaches the 7th day Sabbath should be remembered, observed, and honored.

    Notice what Col. 2:16-17 says: "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." The word days at the end of this verse, as it is in the King James translation,  has been italicized, showing it has been added by the translators and should be left out of the verse, as it was not in the original Scripture. Notice that no man or church was to judge a true Christian in his keeping of the Sabbath which is God's Sabbath. Scripture is clear what  day was created holy to be man's Sabbath and the only day that Christians are to keep, that being the 7th day of the week.

 
   Then in verse 17 which is a continuation of the sentence of verse 16   continues with - "which are a shadow of things to come but the body of Christ" The italicized word (is) has been added by the translators and was not part of the original writing of Paul and corrupts the true meaning so the verse should be read without it, because it takes away from the meaning of the verse, as it was meant to be understood.
   
      First, these verses say and teach plainly  to not  let any man of society, or of any religion judge you (a true Christian believer) in meat and drink (the partaking of the commanded Passover) pertaining to the eating of meat, the flesh of Christ's body and drink, the drinking of the blood of Christ, the symbols of His suffering and death. Many of his disciples got offended over this command of Christ, John 6:55-57, 66,69, because of their lack of understanding. This was a command that many of His early disciples would not accept and left Christ and His ministry.

     Eating of Christ's body and drinking His blood, symbolized by wine and unleavened  bread, were meant to be symbolic of Christ's suffering for man's sins, and His death through His shed blood as the substitutionary punishment and death for man. This verse continues with, "nor let anybody  judge them in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath." In plain words, No person should judge a true believer in Jesus Christ who has respect (high regard for or esteem ), in keeping and putting value upon  God's commandment to keep His commanded holy days, or His commanded 7th day Sabbath, or the new moon - God's time and season for the fall Holy days, that identifies when those fall Holy days are to begin, to be kept and observed.

    These verses teach that no man was to judge the true saints in their keeping of these days, but the body of Christ. Only the true church, the true body of Jesus Christ were to judge if they were keeping and remembering these days in a proper manner and proper season to keep them Holy. Paul is here speaking to believers or church members in the gentile church at Colosse. These gentile church members understood they were commanded to keep God's law given to Moses, and this included the weekly Sabbath and the annual Holy Days.

      Paul was telling this church of Colosse to pay no attention to their judging neighbors who were also gentiles, or any religious people who were judging them by criticizing them for keeping God's Sabbath and Holy Days   and the taking of the Passover symbols of wine and the bread. So when one reads this verse in its context and what it is actually saying, it is saying to all Christians then and today, to not let any man judge you in regard to keeping God's commanded 7th Day Sabbath, His Holy days , and the Passover. Only the true Church of God, the true body of Jesus Christ was to judge them in instructing them how and when they should be keeping theses days as they should be kept and as God has commanded. So, the truth is: this is a clear Scripture about the keeping of God's 7th day Sabbath. No preacher or pastor of today's accepted Christianity teaches it this way, because they do not have God's Holy Spirit to help them understand this Scripture's true meaning.
 
     Also, understand another place in the New Testament Scriptures commanding the keeping of the 7th day rest which is God's Sabbath, is in Hebrews 4:1, which says, "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."  This rest here is talking about the eternal  rest from physical life in the flesh, which rest takes place during the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ. After six thousand years of man's rule and his rebellion against God, and with all of his sins, through man's following his own commandments and standards and with all of its hardships, trials and curses, and which are the results from man breaking God's ten commandments, comes a 1000 years of rest for God's saints.
   
    The message of the Lord in Hebrews 4 continues and warns today's believers, that they should fear unless they come up short of receiving that eternal rest of living forever  as is explained in verses 2-11. Verse 2 speaks of faith that must be mixed with the Word of God in order to enter the rest of God. Here in Verses 3-5 the Scripture warns all that God rested on the 7th day Sabbath and how believers today shall not enter God's rest if they are unfaithful like the chosen people of God of the past, verse 6, who did not enter God's rest (eternal life) because of unbelief, which means  rebellion to God's commandments, all of them. Part of their rebellion was not keeping God's 7th Day Sabbath.

     The Greek word for unbelief in this verse 7 means rebellion (5.545) or disobedience, which is disobeying God's law, given to us in His ten commandments. Verses 7-9 warns today's believers, that if they hear His (God's) voice (be obedient) and harden not your hearts, then there remains a rest (a weekly 7th day for rest to remind them of God's 7000 year rest of eternal life) provided for the people of God.

    Verse 10 says, "As a believer enters into His rest (keeping God's Sabbath Day for rest of each week), ceased from his own (physical) works as God did from His work " and compare this with verse 4. Verse 11 then encourages today's believers to labor (work at becoming obedient at working out your salvation) unless any believer will fall, lose out on eternal life, which is God's promised rest for his people, because of the same example of unbelief (unfaithfulness, disobedience) not obeying the ten commandments of God as it was of the people in the past. Many today are willingly ignorant of what the Bible actually says to what God commands, but they will nevertheless have to pay for it with their life.

    Other Scriptures in the New Testament giving us proof and facts about the Sabbath, is found in the Gospel messages, where Jesus Christ is referring to himself as being the Lord of the Sabbath. He is and has supreme authority over this day as the Lord of that day. Mat. 12:8, Mark 2:27-28, and Luke 6:5, "- the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath"

  Paul says in 13:42 "And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath."
Why the 7th day Sabbath if the 1st day was the new rest day? No mention of a 1st day here.
 
    Jesus Christ giving a prophecy for the last days just before the great tribulation begins says in Mat. 24:20 "but pray you that your flight be not in the winter neither on the Sabbath day." Notice Christ did not say the 1st day of the week, but the Sabbath day, which is  the 7th day of the week. This is a prophecy for the last days of man, so why would Christ warn about fleeing on the Sabbath instead of the 1st day of the week, if the Sabbath 7th day was to be changed to a 1st day rest day after His death?

     These are questions about the Sabbath with Scriptural answers from the New Testament showing that the 7th Day Sabbath is the Sabbath rest that every true Christian should be keeping if they expect to enter into the eternal 1000 year rest with God, the Father, and to be accepted for Christ's Grace and salvation.  

      Breaking, and  profaning, and   forgetting   God's 7th day Sabbath first began after Christ's death in the 3rd century about  1700 years ago, and has continued to this day, with worldwide transgression and acceptance, and as all being of  grace, a perverted grace  that gives church people license to sin. This is all a part of the incremental doing away with all of God's 10 commandments that began many years  ago. It is all part of Satan's deceiving the whole world, Rev. 12:9, that has produced a "faith only salvation" which is a false salvation, and has perverted the true gospel that is all based on a perverted grace. All of this great deception has continued to this day, and began with  substituting and accepting the first day of the week, Sunday, as man's new Christian Sabbath to replace God's commanded 7th day Sabbath, which causes people to begin to compromise God's 10 commandments. This began to let a little bit of leaven to enter into the church, and today sin has completely leavened all of the churches.

   Don't waste and neglect all the opportunities you have each week by trampling all over God's loving gift that He created and has given to man and that is his 7th Day Holy Sabbath! Why recognize God's created 6 work days of His created week, and neglect to recognize and not remember to keep holy  His sacred 7th day of rest, He calls the Sabbath?
   
    "If you will turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding you own pleasure, nor speaking you own words; Then shall you delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it," - Isa. 58:13-14.

For more articles and our e-mail address go to our main web site at http://www.donimon.org/light.index.html