IS THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT ETERNAL?


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IS THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT IS ETERNAL?


This study is actually part four of the study IS PAUL A TRUE APOSTLE OF JESUS? Part 1, Part 2, and part 3, which is called IS JESUS THE TWELFTH APOSTLE? This section four of that study will focus on whether or not Christians must keep the weekly Sabbath day by observing a DAY of the WEEK. Some Christians believe that we must keep SATURDAY, the SEVENTH day of the week holy as commanded by the fourth commanding under the Old Covenant. Other Christians believe that we should REST on Sunday, the first day of the week. Other Christians believe that we should REST at least one day of the week but it does not matter which day of the week. And yet other Christians believe that we are NOT commanded to REST or to observe and keep ANY day of the week.

Now the REASON that there is division in the body of Christ is that some Christians wrongly believe that the keeping of the SEVENTH DAY was instituted by Almighty God Yahweh in the creation week and that the SEVENTH DAY of the week was commanded by God to be kept from Adam to ETERNITY.

To say this another way, some Christians, who I will call Sabbath keeping Christians, believe that Christians must keep the SEVENTH DAY of the WEEK like the Jews under the OLD covenant, while other Christians believe that God gave the keeping of the seventh day of the week to CEASE from their OWN works was given by God to the children of Israel as the SIGN of the OLD covenant between them and Yahweh to point to Jesus as the SIGN of the NEW covenant where Jesus becomes our TRUE SABBATH to CEASE from our OWN works of righteousness.

But because Sabbath-keeping Christians sincerely believe with all their hearts, that God instituted the keeping of the SEVENTH DAY of the WEEK as a day of REST, based on God himself “RESTED” on the SEVENTH day of the creation week. Thus, based on their INTERPRETATION that since God rested on the seventh day then, according to them, that means God commanded Adam to rest on the seventh day. In other words, the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians believe that the keeping of SEVENTH DAY of the WEEK as an ETERNAL commandment of Almighty God. Therefore to THEM, other Christians are SINNING by NOT keeping the SEVENTH DAY of the WEEK by resting from all work on the SEVENTH DAY of the week. Eternal to them means form ADAM to eternity future.

The Bible does indeed say that God gave the weekly Sabbath to the children of ISRAEL for THEM to keep throughout THIER generation as a PERPETUAL covenant FOREVER. Please read Exodus 31:15-17.


Exodus 31:14-17


YOU shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defiles it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 

15.  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever does any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 

16.  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 

17.  It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. 


Both the word perpetual and forever are translated for the Hebrew word OLAM. And in some Bible translations, this Hebrew word OLAM is translated as ETERNAL. This Hebrew word OLAM has many meanings, so it does NOT ALWAYS mean eternal. But rather. the Hebrew word OLAM means an AGE or AGES. And in some verses, it is translated as a long time. Here is how the concordance defines this Hebrew word OLAM.


‛ôlâm    ‛ôlâm

o-lawm', o-lawm'


From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always: - always (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end). Compare H5331, H5703.


I already cover the verses where this Hebrew word OLAM does not always mean for eternity in the studies called THE SABBATH IS A SIGN and IS JESUS OUR SABBATH REST?, so you can read those studies if you are not convinced that the weekly Sabbath was NOT given to be kept for all eternity. But for now, let me take a moment here and explain the CORRECT meaning of the Hebrew word “OLAM”, which is translated as “perpetual” here in the King James Version, and as “eternal” is some other modern translations of the Bible. According to the CONTEXT where we see the word “GENERATIONS” the Hebrew word “OLAM” does NOT mean eternal, because the generations of Israel will come to and end. Human flesh is NOT eternal. This Hebrew word “Olam” also means for a LONG TIME and it is translated as a LONG TIME in Isaiah 42:14.


Here is Isaiah 42:14.


I have LONG TIME (OLAM) held my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.”


This is speaking of the wrath of God, which shall be poured out upon the GENERATION of the CHILDREN of ISRAEL, who did NOT perceive that the SIGN of the Sabbath REST was pointing to their DELIVERER, their MESSIAH, the CHRIST. And thus, only a REMNANT of the children of Israel will be sealed and kept alive in their mortal bodies to go into the 1000 year long day of REST to be taught of the Lord. ONLY the children of Israel and those left alive of the nations after the wrath of God will have MORTAL bodies and live form GENERATION to GENERATION during the Millennium. We, as faithful Christians, will already have ETERNAL BODIES and we will NOT be given in marriage to produce mo9re GENERATIONS.

You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, it is ONLY those of us who are RESTING in the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH that Jesus, the Christ, the anointed of Yahweh, as our DELIVERER from the BONDAGE or SLAVERY to SIN who will be given eternal life AT the coming of Jesus. This is WHY we, as Christians, do not keep the physical day of REST because we know and understand why this SIGN of the Sabbath REST was given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generations for a LONG TIME.

If you compare H5331 you will see that it means a GOAL. The weekly Sabbath was given to ONLY the children of Israel for them to keep where God has a GOAL in his mind for them to SEE. And that GOAL is for them to see that Yahweh is their DELIVER and that he has sent them a Savior to save them from their sins. The Sabbath was given as a SIGN pointing to Jesus as our TRUE sabbath REST. That is why the Bible calls the Law of Moses a SCHOOLMASTER. The law contained in ordinances was given ONLY to the children of Israel UNTIL Christ came.

So then, the question in this study becomes, did Almighty God institute the Sabbath REST in Genesis 2:1-3 for all his creation to keep the SEVENTH DAY of the WEEK as a day of REST from Adam to all eternity?

Let us see what the Bible ITSELF teaches us when we interpret the scriptures in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God.


Genesis 2:1-3.


“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 

2. 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. 

3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”


Now most translations of Genesis 2:1-3 have the same translation as the King James Bible. But there are a few translations that come really close to the LITERAL word for word translation, which we will cover in a moment. 

But first I would like you to read Genesis 2:2 from God's Word Translation.


Genesis 2:2 from God’s Word Translation.


“BY the seventh day God had finished the work he HAD been doing. On the seventh day, he STOPPED the work he HAD been doing.”


Now when we read this translation we can see that God is NOT YET FINISHED will ALL of his creation. We KNOW this to be TRUE because of what the Bible teaches us in the Book of Revelation chapter 21 Almighty God Yahweh himself creates a NEW heaven and a NEW earth for his NEW creation to dwell in for all eternity.


Revelation 21:1-5.


“And I saw a NEW heaven and a NEW earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 

2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (Now Jesus will dwell with us on the OLD earth during the DAY of the Lord when Jesus will rule and reign FOR Yahweh for a 1000 years. But after that 1000 year long DAY of the Lord has ended, this OLD earth and heaven or solar system will pass away and melt with fervent heat as prophesied. And then Yahweh, after finishing his SEVENTH DAY of rest during that 1000 year reign of Jesus in the world yet to come, Yahweh will continue his work of CREATION and CREATE a NEW heaven and a NEW earth for his NEW creation to dwell in WITH him and his Son Jesus for all eternity in the ages yet to come AFTER the next age to come, which is the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord in which Jesus will rule FOR Yahweh while Yahweh RESTS IN that SEVENTH day.)

4. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 

5. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things NEW. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are TRUE and faithful.


The TRUTH of the matter is that Yahweh is NOT finished WORKING on YOU yet. Yahweh has NEVER taken a day off and he will NOT REST UNTIL HIS SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of rest while his Son Jesus rules and reigns FOR him.

So then, some Christians have been misled to wrongly believe that God has ALREADY rested ON the seventh day of a LITERAL creation WEEK having seven 24 hour days.

Let us now read a LITERAL word for word translation of Genesis 2:1-3 where we can clearly see that God's creation IS BEING FINISHED and that God IS CEASING from his work IN the SEVENTH day, and NOT that God has ALREADY RESTED ON the seventh day of creation. Think this through for yourself. What kind of an example for us would it be for God to just rest ONE day and then command us to rest EVERY Saturday for all eternity? The TRUTH of the matter is that HIS seventh day of rest is YET in the FUTURE and God has NOT YET RESTED on any day.


Genesis 2:1-3 from a LITERAL translation.


“And they ARE BEING finished the heaven and the earth and all the host of them.

2. And Elohim he IS FINISHING IN the day the SEVENTH the work of him which he did and he IS CEASING IN day the SEVENTH from all the work of him which he did.

3. And he is blessing Elohim day of SEVENTH and he IS MAKING holy HIM that IN HIM (This IN HIM is a PROPHECY speaking of his SON Jesus) has CEASED from all work of HIM which HE (Yahweh) created (HIM his SON Jesus) to do of (Or for work that Yahweh gave his Son to accomplish on the cross).”


Genesis 2:1-3 is actually a PROPHECY of Jesus accomplishing the task of OBEYING all the WILL of his God and Father even to suffer and die on the cross for our sins. The Sabbath was given to the children of Israel to keep throughout THEIR generations as a SIGN pointing to the TRUE Sabbath which is Jesus the Messiah.

WE are Yahweh's WORK of his NEW CREATION that his Son Jesus WILL be FINISHING IN the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord while Yahweh RESTS IN HIS SEVENTH day.

God is NOT finished with us YET. We have NOT actually received our NEW immortal glorified bodies of flesh and bone like Jesus has now. God is STILL YET MAKING us HOLY who are IN HIM, his SON Jesus the Christ, whom Yahweh CREATED to accomplish the task of redeeming mankind. We are yet still being conformed into the image of God's Son Jesus. Yahweh the Father is STILL YET working.

So then, God has NOT YET RESTED IN or during his SEVENTH day. If you read Genesis chapter 1 verses 1-31 you will see that the first SIX days of creation are DESCRIBED as a literal 24 hour day by God saying, And the evening and the morning were the FIRST day, the second day, the third day, the fourth day, the fifth day and the sixth day, but in describing the SEVENTH day, God does NOT say and in the even and the morning of the seventh day.

That is because the SEVENTH DAY is NOT a LITERAL 24 hour day. God inspired the men of old to write it this way so that we would see that Genesis 2:1-3 is a PROPHECY of his SON Jesus. Genesis 2:1-3 PROPHESIES how God will sanctify HIM, speaking of his creation of mankind, IN or DURING the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord who are IN HIM, speaking of his SON Jesus.

You see dear children of God, IN the seventh day of the Lord, WE who are already IN Jesus Christ NOW, during this present world or age, will be COMPLETED IN the world to come, which IS the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of Yahweh. But there will ALSO be the remnant of Israel and those left alive of the nations, who will be, being sanctified or made holy IN or DURING the SEVENTH 1000 year long day, LEARNING about Jesus and the Father. 

ONLY those who are RESTING IN Jesus NOW, in this present world, will be given eternal life in the world to come. The remnant of Jews and those who are left of the nations will go into the SEVENTH day in their MORTAL bodies to be TAUGHT of the Lord. In other words, they will learn what WE have already learned that the SCRIPTURES spoke of Jesus and the weekly Sabbath was a SIGN, pointing to Jesus the TRUE Sabbath, to CEASE from their OWN WORKS of self-righteousness done in our own strength.

So the SEVENTH day prophesied in Genesis has NOT YET come. God CEASED from the work he DID during the first six days of creation, but in truth, we are still IN the SIXTH day, speaking of the 1000 year long sixth day.

A day with the Lord is as 1000 years and 1000 years is as a day. So the six DAYS of creation is also a PROPHECY of the days of mankind and we are IN the SIXTH day where the SEVENTH 1000 year long day is quickly approaching.

The very days of creation themselves are TYPES, SHADOWS, and FIGURES of the true yet to come.

For example, God DIVIDED the LIGHT from the DARKNESS on the FIRST day of the week or the FIRST 1000 years.

 And during that FIRST 1000 year day, Adam ate from the tree of knowledge, his eyes were open to DISCERN between GOOD and EVIL or LIGHT from DARKNESS. All through the Bible LIGHT is a figure of GOOD and DARKNESS is the shadow of EVIL.

God divided the waters with a firmament on the SECOND day. It did not rain during the first 1000 year day. God changed the way that the ground was watered when he made it rain for forty days and forty nights at the flood of Noah during the SECOND 1000 year day.

God divided the waters and made the dry ground appear on the THIRD day. During the THIRD 1000 year day God divided the Red Sea and made the DRY ground appear.

 God made two great lights on the FOURTH day, a greater light by day and a lesser light by night. During the FOURTH 1000 year day God sent two great lights out into the world. The greater light was Jesus and the lesser light was John the Baptist.

God created life in the waters on the FIFTH day. During the FIFTH 1000 year day the Holy Spirit represented by LIVING water was given to all who believe in Jesus.

God created man on the SIXTH day. At the end of the SIXTH 1000 year day, God's NEW creation of IMMORTAL RIGHTEOUS men and women will occur. We are IN the SIXTH day of creation presently.

God RESTED from all his works IN the SEVENTH day. 

During the SEVENTH 1000 year day WE, who believe on Jesus NOW, in this present world BEFORE the second coming of Jesus, will REST with Almighty God the Father from all our labors. The second death will have NO power over US, who are RESTING in Jesus now in this present world CEASING from our OWN WORKS of righteousness to become God's WORKMANSHIP.

 Adam himself was used to make a comparison between the NATURAL and the SPIRITUAL showing us that one day, yet in the future, that the natural will take upon that divine spiritual nature of immortality.

So do NOT let any weekly Sabbath keeping Church denomination DECEIVE you dear child of God by saying that the Sabbath day is NOT a type or shadow of our future 1000 year day of REST and the REST we NOW have in Jesus CEASING from our OWN WORKS of righteousness.

Now those of you who are hardcore Saturday Sabbath-keeping Christians may not accept this truth right away that God has NOT YET rested, because the SEVENTH DAY is yet in the FUTURE, but I believe some of you are indeed seeing this truth.

But again, some may still yet argue that God commanded Adam to KEEP the seventh day of each and every week as a day of REST and thus dogmatically demand that all Christians must keep the seventh day of the week by resting because God himself RESTED on the SEVENTH DAY of the creation week.

So then, my question to YOU is WHERE are the scriptures to PROVE your THEORY?

I have shown to you the literal meaning of Genesis 2:1-3 of the original text. I have given you scriptures that prove that God is still yet NOT finished with his NEW creation that he is PRESENTLY STILL yet working on right now during HIS sixth 1000 year long day. So now you show me the scriptures where God SPECIFICALLY commanded Adam to REST on the seventh day of the week as God SPECIFICALLY commanded the children of Israel to keep the Sabbath throughout THEIR generations? 

Now if so be that there is such a scripture, then ALL Saturday Sabbath-keeping Christians would be showing it to ALL other Christians as 100 % proof that ALL of God's people RESTED on the seventh day of the week, each and every week, beginning with Adam.

But since there is NO such scripture, then your teaching that Christians must observe the SEVENTH day of the week is nothing but a THEORY that is NOT proven by SOUND Biblical teaching. 

And this I WILL prove to all, who are truly seeking the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God and not just man's OPINION based ONLY on verses taken OUT of CONTEXT to TRY and prove that God instituted the Sabbath day in Genesis 2:1-3.

But as you have already seen dear children of God, that NOWHERE in Genesis 2:1-3 or anywhere else in the book of Genesis does Almighty God give Adam or anyone else a commandment to REST on the SEVENTH DAY of the week. And we see NO examples of anyone RESTING on the seventh day of the week UNTIL the children of Israel are TAUGHT HOW to rest on the seventh day in Exodus 16:4-33 and Deuteronomy 5:1-3.

There were only four things or four requirements that were given to Adam and Eve by God. And keeping the seventh day of the week was NOT one of those four things.


#1. --- Genesis 1:28.


“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”


#2. --- Genesis 2:15.


“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”


#3. --- Genesis 2:16,17.


“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: 

17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.”


#4. --- Genesis 2:19,20.


“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 

20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam, there was not found a help meet for him.”


There is NO Biblical evidence of anyone keeping the seventh day of the week in all of Genesis and Exodus UNTIL Exodus chapter 16 where the children of Israel are TAUGHT for the very first time on HOW to REST on the seventh day of the week. We will cover this passage of scripture in a moment.

Then in Nehemiah 9:13-15 we see further sound Biblical evidence that the commandment of keeping the Sabbath day was NOT given to anyone except the ONE nation of Israel AT Mount Sinai.


 Nehemiah 9:13-15.


“You came down also upon mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes, and commandments: 

14. And made KNOWN unto them YOUR holy Sabbath, and commanded them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses your servant: 

15. And gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, and brought forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promised THEM that THEY should go in to possess the land which you had sworn to give THEM.”


And again, we see even more sound Biblical evidence that the weekly Sabbath was NOT given until AFTER God brought his people out of bondage in the land of Egypt.


Please read Ezekiel 20:9-12.


“But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.

10. Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. 

11. And I gave them my statutes and showed them my judgments, which if a man does, he shall even live in them. 

12. Moreover, ALSO I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a SIGN between me and THEM, that (Or SO THAT or IN ORDER THAT) they might KNOW that I am the LORD that SANCTIFY THEM.”


This agrees with Genesis 2:1-3 being a PROPHECY of Jesus where God is prophesying that he is sanctifying or making holy HIM that IN HIM. The first HIM are those who are IN HIM, Jesus Christ, who are being sanctified. Jesus is the SIGN of the NEW covenant and the words of the NEW covenant are written in the NEW Testament that WE may KNOW that it is Yahweh the Father who is sanctifying us IN HIM, IN his Son Jesus. 

But Jesus had not yet come to the children of Israel. God made the Old Covenant with the children of Israel for them to keep UNTIL their Messiah CAME. The Scriptures PROPHESIED of Jesus being the Messiah. Jesus said to the Jews, you seek eternal life and the SCRIPTURES speak of ME. But the Jews did not BELIEVE the words of their Messiah and were compelling the Gentile Christians that they MUST be circumcised and keep ALL the Law of Moses to be saved.


Genesis 2:1-3 from a LITERAL translation.


“And they ARE BEING finished the heaven and the earth and all the host of them.

2. And Elohim he IS FINISHING IN the day the SEVENTH the work of him which he did and he IS CEASING IN day the SEVENTH from all the work of him which he did.

3. And he is blessing Elohim day of SEVENTH and he IS MAKING holy HIM that IN HIM (The IN HIM is a PROPHECY speaking of his SON Jesus) has CEASED from all work of HIM which HE (Yahweh) created (HIM his SON Jesus) to do of (Or for work that Yahweh gave his Son to accomplish on the cross).”


Yahweh is longer working on HIM, speaking of his Son Jesus. For you see, the Son of man, Jesus, has already been made the FIRSTFRUITS of God. Jesus has already been made PERFECT. Jesus has already been GIVEN eternal life. But God is still working on US conforming us into the image of his Son Jesus. And IN the seventh day Yahweh WILL rest while Jesus rules and reigns FOR Yahweh to finish his NEW creation. Jesus is the VISIBLE IMAGE of the invisible one true God. And Jesus will show Israel and those left alive of the nations that the invisible AlmightyGod, the Father, is the one TRUE God by his executing the WRATH of Almighty God upon them.

One of the best scriptural evidence found in the Old Testament is Yahweh's PROPHECY of his promise of making his NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, which is found in Jeremiah 31:31-33.


Judah 31:31-33.


Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah

32. NOT ACCORDING TO the covenant that I made with their fathers IN the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, says the LORD: 

33. But this SHALL BE the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

It does not get any clearer than that. How can you not see that the New Covenant is NOT the same as the Old Covenant? The Scripture palinly says, “NOT ACCORDING TO the covenant that I made with their fathers IN the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake”


But yet Sabbath keeper claim that the New Covenant IS according to the Old Covenant because they teach their followers to KEEP the Old Covenant. 

Sabbath keeping Christians also use Genesis 26:5 to try and prove that since Abraham kept the COMMANDMENTS of God, then this proves that the Ten Commandments, INCLUDING the seventh day Sabbath, was given BEFORE Mount Sinai because Abraham was BEFORE the law and Abraham kept the COMMANDMENTS of God.

Let us read Genesis 26:5 ALONE and OUT of CONTEXT firs.t And then we will read it being LEFT IN its CONTEXT.


Genesis 26:5.


“Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”


Now on the surface, this one lone verse appears to be saying that Abraham himself kept God's charge, God's commandments, God's statues, and God's laws.

But when we keep this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is found we can see that it was the SEED of Abraham, who KEPT God's charge, God's commandments, God's statutes, and God's law.


Genesis 26:1-5.


“And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. 

2. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of: 

3. Sojourn in this land and I will be with you, and will bless you; for unto you, and unto your seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham your father; (And in verse 4, we see the oath that God promised to Abraham to perform)

4. And I will make your SEED to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your SEED all these countries, and in your SEED shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;(WHY? Why will God perform his oath to Abraham's SEED?)

5. BECAUSE that Abraham obeyed MY VOICE, (to offer up HIS only begotten son to ME) and (his SEED speaking of Jesus) kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”


Now let us read Genesis 26:5 from a LITERAL translation.


“In as much as Abraham he listened to voice of me, AND he (Abraham's SEED speaking of Jesus) IS KEEPING charge of me, (IS KEEPING) instructions of me (Also translated as commandments of me in other Bibles. The word commandments does NOT ALLOWS mean the TEN commandments), (IS KEEPING) statutes of me, and (IS KEEPING) laws of me.”


All nations shall be blessed NOT because Abraham or Isaac kept the commandments of God, but rather BECAUSE the SEED of Abraham, speaking of Jesus, kept ALL that Yahweh instructed him to do. Jesus obeyed ALL the will of God even to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of the world. The scriptures speak of Jesus.

But the best of the best sound scriptural evidence found in the Old Testament is Deuteronomy.


Deuteronomy 5:1-22.


“And Moses called all ISRAEL, (WHO did Moses CALL? Just read the word written. Moses called all of ISRAEL and NOT that Moses called ALL of MANKIND, but rather the word of TRUTH plainly states that Moses called all of ISRAEL) and said unto THEM, Hear, O ISRAEL, the statutes and judgments which I speak in YOUR ears THIS day, that you may LEARN them, and keep, and do them. (Here we clearly see that there was a time when NONE of Israel were ever commanded, instructed, taught or even suggested to keep the Sabbath day, the seventh day of the week. This is the very FIRST time that the TEN commandments were given to anyone. The children of Israel had to LEARN them. We see from this passage of scripture that the keeping of the Sabbath day was given only to the children of ISRAEL upon a certain day in time, at a certain place called mount Horeb or mount Sinai.

Also, we know and understand from the New Testament that the law of God was ADDED, because of transgression. And that the law was ADDED only for a TIME until the PROMISE of the SEED came. We will go deeper into God's word further on in this study showing you those scriptures. But for now, I just want to point out some very basic FACTS plainly stated in God's word of TRUTH in the OLD Testament that does NOT need to be INTERPRETED to know and understand what they mean.

In other words, the word of TRUTH states as FACT with NO interpretation needed that God gave the Sabbath day to the CHILDREN of ISRAEL for THEM   to keep throughout THEIR generations as a SIGN that THEY were in COVENANT relationship which God made with THEM   for the very FIRST time, which God had NOT made with ANY of their FATHER'S of the children of Israel before this time on mount Horeb. To say this another way, I want you to see for yourself directly from God's word of TRUTH that God made NOT THIS covenant with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or ANY of mankind BEFORE this time, when God made THIS covenant with the children of ISRAEL for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generations.)

2. The LORD our God made a covenant with US in Horeb.

3. The LORD made NOT THIS COVENANT with our fathers, BUT with US, even US, who are all of US here ALIVE THIS day. (How can it get any clearer than this, dear children of God? God is specifically stating as fact with absolutely NO interpretation needed for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear that THIS COVENANT, of observing the Sabbath as a SIGN of keeping THIS COVENANT, was made between God and the children of ISRAEL? The Scripture says that they were ALIVE THIS DAY and HEARD the voice of God in mount Sinai or mount Horeb from out of the midst of the fire. And the Scripture says that the Sabbath of resting on the SEVENTH day of the WEEK was NOT made with ANY of the FATHERS of Israel, whom we know to be Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

So this one verse alone should prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that God did NOT command, instruct, teach, or even suggest to Adam or any other human being to REST on the SEVENTH day of the week BEFORE this TIME,when God made this COVENANT with the children of ISRAEL ALONE in the TIME of MOSES.)

4. The LORD talked with YOU face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire.

5. (I stood between the LORD and you at that TIME, to show you the word of the LORD: for you were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,

6. I am the LORD your God, which brought you OUT of the land of Egypt, from the house of BONDAGE. (The very reason of WHY God gave the children of ISRAEL the Sabbath day was for them to REST or CEASE from their OWN WORKS, AND for them to know WHY they were GIVEN this REST of CEASING from their OWN WORKS from God. Yahweh wanted them to KNOW that the Sabbath was a SIGN of the COVENANT, between the children of Israel and God and for them to REMEMBER that it was HE who gave them REST. Yahweh wanted them to KNOW that he ALONE is the ONE TRUE God, who DELIVERED them from the BONDAGE of SLAVERY in the land of Egypt. God says REMEMBER the Sabbath or REMEMBER the REST that I GIVE to you. Remember that it was I the Lord your God, who delivered you out of the bondage of slavery and gave you REST.

Yes, the SEVENTH day has SIGNIFICANCE, but the main purpose of the Sabbath REST was for a SIGN to ISRAEL for them to REMEMBER back when they were once in BONDAGE of SLAVERY to WORK and how God SET them FREE and gave them REST.

This FREEDOM from BONDAGE of slavery to REST was a SIGN or a SHADOW pointing to Jesus their TRUE REST, who would deliver them and set them free from the BONDAGE of SIN. THEY had the physical SIGN of RESTING in or under the OLD COVENANT pointing to the TRUE spiritual SIGN of RESTING IN Jesus under the NEW COVENANT making it possible to be in a covenant relationship with God. Under the OLD covenant Israel was given physical REST pointing to the TRUE SPIRITUAL REST we have in Jesus.)

7. You shall have none other gods before me.

8. You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

9. You shall not bow down yourself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

10. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. (Now verse 10 here in the LITERAL translation is one of the KEYS to understanding that the OBSERVING of Sabbath was a SHADOW pointing to Jesus, the SON OF the living God, Yahweh. Here is the LITERAL translation of verse 10. “and doing kindness to THOUSANDS to ones LOVING me and ones observing INSTRUCTIONS of HIM instructions of ME. Here we see TWO persons or TWO beings where the one is obeying the instructions, teachings or commandments of HIM, who is obeying the instructions, the teachings or the commandment of the WILL of ME, speaking of Yahweh, the one true God. The HIM is a hidden prophecy of the first coming of JESUS, the bread of heaven, or the TEACHINGS of God come down from heaven.

 The teachings, the doctrine, the instructions, the commandments, the words of HIM, speaking of God's SON, Jesus, are the very self-same INSTRUCTIONS of Yahweh, the God, and the Father OF Jesus. So when God's chosen people ISRAEL took the Lord's NAME in VAIN by REJECTING the teachings of HIM, speaking of the teachings of Jesus, they were in fact rejecting the teachings and the WILL of Yahweh himself, who APPOINTED or COMMISSIONED his SON Jesus to become the salvation OF Yahweh to save the people from their BONDAGE of this world's system of SIN.

Thus, Yahweh did not CHANGE anything but merely DID what he said he would do. Yahweh PERFORMED what he prophesied in his word that he would do. So then, when Israel rejected Yahweh's so great a salvation, God then turned to THOUSANDS of Gentiles, who would NOT take his NAME in VAIN by NOT rejecting the instructions of HIM, which he gave to his SON Jesus to give to his disciple, who gave these same words of Jesus to US. Some Jews and many Gentiles heard God's word being mixed with FAITH to BELIEVE that Jesus was a CLEAN sinless man. They believed that Jesus was a man APPOINTED by God to DELIVER all who believe and obey the INSTRUCTIONS or the teachings of HIM. The believed that Jesus was the Messiah. They believed that the Scriptures spoke of Jesus as being the one PROPHESIED to come.

And that is why that we, as Christians, believe that Jesus IS our SIGN of KEEPING the NEW COVENANT. Not a sign pointing to the future. But rather, our FAITH in Jesus is the MARK showing God that we believe and TRUST in his New Covenant. The weekly Sabbath was given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generations as a SIGN. Not as a MARK that they were keeping the Old Covenant. But rather a SIGN that was pointing to something in the future that God wants the children of Israel to SEE. God gave the weekly Sabbath REST as a SIGN pointing to Jesus for them to rest from all their OWN works of righteousness done in their OWN strength.

So then, for Christians, Jesus has become our Sabbath REST where we REST in Jesus as our Savior, whom God commissioned to do all his will even to die on the cross for the sins of the world, by CEASING from our OWN WORKS of righteousness to become Yahweh's WORKMANSHIP to conform us to the IMAGE of his Son Jesus.)

11. You shall not take the NAME of the LORD your God in VAIN (Or take the NAME of the Lord in futility having no effectiveness, or not producing what the NAME of Yahweh was intended to bring about. ONLY those of us, who BELIEVE on the NAME of the Lord, the ONLY NAME given among men whereby we MUST be saved, shall be saved and NOT perish): for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his NAME in VAIN(Taking God's NAME in VAIN means NOT BELIEVING on the NAME of the Lord. WHO is it that was GIVEN the NAME of the Lord? The NAME Jesus means Yahweh saves or the salvation OF Yahweh. Blessed is HE who comes in the NAME OF Yahweh. And many of Israel took the ONLY NAME given among men whereby we MUST be saved in VAIN by NOT BELIEVING on the NAME of Yahweh, which was GIVEN to his SON Jesus. The Sabbath was a SIGN pointing to the MESSIAH and most of the Jews took his NAME in VAIN by NOT believing the Jesus was their Messiah and CONTINUED in their OWN WORKS to try and establish their OWN righteousness. Either we do things Yahweh's way or we take his NAME in VAIN. Trying to keep BOTH the Old covenant and the New covenant at the same time is taking the Lord's NAME in VAIN!)

12. Keep (or OBSERVE) the Sabbath day to sanctify it (or sanctify HIM), as the LORD your God has commanded (or has instructed) YOU. (God is speaking to the CHILDREN of ISRAEL. The LITERAL translation reads to OBSERVE the Sabbath day to HALLOW HIM as Yahweh your Elohim has INSTRUCTED you.” Again the HIM here in the literal translation is a hidden prophecy of Jesus whom Israel was being shown to HALLOW or see as God's HOLY ONE when he came, and to HEAR the words of HIM, the teachings of God's SON Jesus under the NEW covenant. The Sabbath was a SIGN pointing to Jesus, God's Holy One. See Psalm 89:19.  “Then you (Yahweh) speak in vision to your holy one, and say, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.”  Now please keep in mind that this one passage of Scripture is not ALL the teachings or the instructions that Yahweh is giving to his people Israel. So we only see part of the hidden prophecy here in these verses PROPHESYING of HIM, referring to Jesus, being the TRUE REST, which is being foretold here to come, who Israel was to be WATCHING for or OBSERVING for to come by observing the Sabbath REST so that they would remember their DELIVERER who delivered them from bondage.

The word, keep or observe means to watch closely, to guard, to protect, to watch circumspectly. God hides things in his word for us to OBSERVE or to WATCH for in order to understand their PROPHESIED meaning of the TRUE which was to come.

 In verse 15 God restates this instruction of observing the Sabbath REST as to REMEMBER the Sabbath REST and to REMEMBER WHY God instructed them to REST and CEASE from their OWN WORKS on the seventh day. So then, the thing that God wants the children of Israel to OBSERVE is that HE gave them REST from the BONDAGE they were under in the land of Egypt to give them REST, which was a SIGN pointing to their TRUE REST, their MESSIAH.

 Now, this does not mean that the seventh day is not significant. This PATTERN of SIX, then comes the SEVENTH is repeated in the book of Revelation points to the DAY of the Lord, which is the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord, in which the ARM of Yahweh will rule and reign FOR Yahweh for 1000 years or during the SEVENTH day, WHILE Yahweh RESTS IN the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord, HIS Sabbath.

 But the main point is that God wanted ISRAEL to REMEMBER their BONDAGE in Egypt and how HE ALONE SET them FREE from the BONDAGE of WORK for them to REST physically.  God gave the weekly Sabbath REST as a SIGN so that they would be perceiving or OBSERVING their true spiritual REST in HIM who was prophesied to come as their DELIVERER or Messiah to given them SPIRITUAL REST to their SOULS.

The very word Sabbath means REST. Jesus is our DELIVERER from the BONDAGE of SIN and we REST in Jesus as our DELIVERER. Can you not see these parallels between WHY the Sabbath was given to ISRAEL to REMEMBER their DELIVERANCE pointing to Jesus being our DELIVERER in whom we REST IN as our SAVIOR?

Now if so be that God himself intended for man to place all the focus of the Sabbath, which means REST, to be placed on the SEVENTH day as opposed to RESTING and having their eyes on Yahweh as their DELIVERER from BONDAGE, then God would have named this day of the week accordingly by calling it the “shebiyi” day, which means the SEVENTH day. This Hebrew word for seventh comes from the root word “shebit”, which means CAPTIVITY, so I agree that there is significance with the seventh day, but the significance of the Sabbath of WHY God gave the children of Israel the Sabbath was a SIGN to CEASE from their OWN WORKS to point to the NEW covenant of CEASING from their OWN WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that were FILTHY RAGS in the eyes of God.

But once the Jews, who received Jesus as their Lord and Savior came to UNDERSTAND that Jesus was their Passover LAMB, then they CEASED to keep the Passover feast, because they now understood that it was a SHADOW pointing to the TRUE Passover LAMB being FULFILLED in Jesus. 

And when the Jews, who received Jesus, UNDERSTOOD that the physical circumcision in the flesh was a SHADOW pointing to Jesus being our TRUE SPIRITUAL circumcision, then they no longer COMPELLED the Gentile Christians to be circumcised in the flesh. 

And in the same way, when the Jews, who became Christians, UNDERSTOOD that the PHYSICAL keeping of a WEEKLY day of REST was a SHADOW pointing to their TRUE REST, then they no longer kept the SEVENTH DAY of the WEEKLY Sabbath day of REST. They understood that it was a SIGN point Jesus being the NEW SIGN of the NEW covenant IN whom they were to REST.

The word “Sabbath” means REST. And the physical rest on a DAY of the week was a SIGN, or the SHADOW pointing to our TRUE SPIRITUAL REST which we have in Jesus where we are RESTING in the TRUTH that Jesus has DELIVERED us from the BONDAGE of SIN.

Under the LAW of the OLD Covenant, no one can ever KNOW and have PEACE and TRUE REST that they ARE SAVED. 

 But under the law of FAITH and the law of GRACE we can REST ASSURED that we ARE SAVED and that God is yet working in us where we are HIS workmanship and NOT our OWN workmanship where we have NO TRUE REST and NO assurance of peace that we are being good ENOUGH to please God to be saved. Let us continue with Deuteronomy 5:1-22)

13. Six days YOU shall labor (Or SERVE. The Hebrew word here literally means to be kept in bondage for six days. God is telling us how many days MANKIND will be in bondage to WORK. When Adam sinned he was cast out of the garden of God to WORK by the sweat of his brow. AFTER six days or 6000 years of work, then ONLY those OF mankind, who are RESTING IN Jesus, will be given REST IN the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord. But those NOT IN Jesus Christ will NOT receive eternal life to rest. The second death has no power on ONLY those who are IN Jesus in the SIX days. So the six days are also a figure or a type), and do all your work: (Now keep in mind that these verses are prophecies referring to the children of ISRAEL and all, who do NOT accept and KEEP the SIGN of God's SPIRITUAL TRUE REST under God's NEW COVENANT, which can ONLY be received or ENTERED INTO by FAITH in his SON Jesus.

UNBELIEVING ISRAEL will NOT enter into their rest AFTER the SIXTH day has been completed, but will enter into the SEVENTH 1000 year long day of the Lord to WORK and the only feast day that will be kept from year to year during the millennium is the feast of tabernacles. And the feast of Tabernacles will ONLY be kept BY the children of Israel and those that will be left alive of the nations after the wrath of God.

 But WE, as Christians, who ENTER through the DOOR of our REST the moment we BELIEVE on God's SON Jesus will be granted to eat of the tree of eternal life at the very moment Jesus returns to execute the wrath of God. So we will be ruling WITH Jesus during the Millennium. Jesus will rule and reign as the ARM of the Lord FOR Yahweh during the SEVENTH 1000 year day of the Lord. And ONLY we Christians who are RESTING in Jesus now in this present world as our Lord and Savior shall rule and reign WITH Jesus over the remnant of Israel and those who will be left alive of the nations after the wrath of God. For you see, those who call upon the NAME of the Lord to be saved AT the coming of Jesus will be saved alive in their MORTAL bodies. In other words, those who will be saved AT the coming of Jesus will be FATER the rapture of the church. And that is why they will NOT receive ETERNAL LIFE to rule and reign with Jesus. They will miss the boat so to speak. And thus, they will receive eternal life at the END of the Millennium if they endure unto the end to be saved.

 A REMNANT of Israel will be saved alive in their mortal that will be bodies to WORK during the seventh day of Yahweh's rest and time of refreshing. We will work also, but we ONLY or we alone shall be given our COMPLETED spiritual rest of ETERNAL LIFE resting assured that the second death will have NO power over US who REMAIN resting in Jesus unto death or unto that great and notable day of our Lord come. We still have REST now in this present world, but we still bear a LIGHT burden. The REST in Jesus is EASY, but it is also called a LIGHT burden, which means we are free from all the ceremonial laws, but we must still yet obey all the MORAL laws of God. And ALL the MORAL laws are written in the NEW Testament under the NEW covenant. 

Do you think even for a minute that God LEFT OUT something as vital as receiving eternal life from his NEW covenant? The WORDS of the NEW covenant are the words written in the NEW Testament of the Bible. So if you follow the teachings of the NEW Testament to obey THEM, then you have Yahweh's PROMISE that you will receive eternal life in the world to come. You do not have to FEAR that the Holy Spirit may have MISSED something forgetting to have the apostles and disciples of Jesus to write down a record of what Jesus taught them to teach to us.)

14. But the SEVENTH day is the Sabbath OF the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your manservant and your maidservant may REST as well as you.

15. And REMEMBER that you WERE a servant in the land of Egypt (Or REMEMBER that you were ONCE a bond SLAVE in the land of Egypt)AND (REMEMBER ALSO) that the LORD your God brought you OUT thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out ARM: THEREFORE (Or for this very reason is WHY) the LORD your God commanded you to KEEP the Sabbath day. (If you do not understand the REASON of WHY God commanded the children of ISRAEL to KEEP the Sabbath day as a day of REST throughout THEIR generations, then you will not understand that the Sabbath day was a SHADOW pointing TO the ARM of the Lord, who was PROPHESIED to come to DELIVER God's people ISRAEL from the BONDAGE and slavery of SIN.

Again, we will expound on this deeper further on in this study of God's word, but for now please know and understand that PROPHECY of Jesus is hidden in this verse and many other verses throughout the Old Testament. In Isaiah 40:10 we learn that the ARM of Yahweh is a prophecy of Jesus DELIVERING mankind from their sin and the LITERAL meaning of “brought out” of the bondage of Egypt is in the PRESENT tense reading that God IS BRINGING his people ISRAEL out of bondage.


Isaiah 40:10.


“Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”


When Jesus comes again his REWARD will be with him to give to every man ACCORDING to his of her WORKS.


 Please read Revelation 22:1-13.


“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
        12.  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his WORK shall be.
        13.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
        14.  Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS that they may have RIGHT to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
        15.  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.”


Do you think for one minute that Almighty God Yahweh would have given his Son Jesus something to teach his apostles and disciples that was of Satan the Devil?

 Absolutely not! Jesus ONLY taught what he was told or shown by Yahweh himself to teach us, his CHURCH. Jesus said that his doctrine or teaching was NOT his OWN doctrine. Yahweh prophesied that he would raise up a prophet among the people of Israel, which we KNOW is Jesus. And Yahweh commanded in those prophecies for the Children of Israel to hear HIS WORDS, the words of Jesus. Why would God make a NEW covenant if he intended us to keep the OLD covenant?

Now if so be that the early church kept the OLD covenant as the Jew, then why did the Jews persecute Christians? God DELIVERED his people Israel out of bondage in the land of Egypt. 

Many Bible scholars agree that “EGYPT” is a type or figure for the world and more precisely speaking of Satan, the god of this present world system. God is NOT FINISHED WORKING with his people ISRAEL. God is NOT   RESTING for it is NOT the SEVENTH day of the Lord, which is yet to come.

Below are the six MORAL laws of God, which are ALL being kept in the NEW Covenant by our OBEDIENCE to walk in LOVE toward one another as God's SON Jesus had COMMANDED us to do.

So by RESTING in the words of Jesus, his teachings, INSTRUCTIONS or COMMANDMENTS of Jesus to OBEY HIS commandments under the NEW covenant, then we ARE indeed keeping ALL the law of God. Jesus is the SIGN of the NEW covenant. Jesus did NOT abolish any of the six following MORAL laws of God.)

16. Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you, in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

17. You shall not kill.

18. Neither shall you commit adultery.

19. Neither shall you steal.

20. Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.

21. Neither shall you desire your neighbor's wife, neither shall you covet your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is your neighbors.

22. These words the LORD spoke unto all YOUR assembly IN the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.”


So again, WHO does the Bible ITSELF clearly state that God gave THIS COVENANT, the FIRST covenant or the OLD covenant to, which was given for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generation, and which was NOT given to their FATHERS Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob before them?


If your answer is the children of ISRAEL, then you are reading the Scriptures with your spiritual eyes OPEN.


But if your answer is ALL of mankind, then you are reading the Scriptures with the eyes of your church DENOMINATION, and you are NOT trusting in the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all TRUTH.

 Let us continue. Also as you may have noticed I emphasized the word COVENANT in the verses I quoted above. I did this so that you will see from God's word for yourself that the observing of the Sabbath was a SIGN that the children of ISRAEL were keeping. Or more precisely IN or UNDER the COVENANT that God gave to them to keep throughout their generations was a SIGN to THEM to be looking for their Messiah.

 In other words, the ONE instruction to REST on the SEVENTH day was a SIGN, which God wanted the children of Israel to SEE that this REST was given to them to REMEMBER that is was Yahweh himself, who brought them OUT of the BONDAGE of slavery and that it was HE who gave them REST.

To say this another way the REASON of WHY this OLD COVENANT was given to the children of Israel was for the children of ISRAEL to see and understand its TRUE meaning, which was to POINT Israel TO the NEW COVENANT made or established by the shed blood of God's SON Jesus, the MESSIAH. The scriptures spoke of JESUS for all who want to receive eternal life in the world to come.

In the Words of Jesus ONLY, Jesus himself said to the JEWS that they searched the scriptures, the TORAH, the entire OLD Testament for ETERNAL LIFE and Jesus said that the scriptures spoke of HIM. ALL of the OLD Testament points to the NEW COVENANT established in the shed blood of Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 5:39.


Search the scriptures; for in them you THINK you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of ME.


So then, you can see dear child of God that the TRUTH will stand with or without the teachings of Paul. In other words, using only the OLD Testament it is clearly seen by anyone with eyes to see that the keeping of the seventh day of the week was a SIGN of the OLD covenant Yahweh made with the Children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR generations for THEM to see, know and understand that the Sabbath was a SHADOW pointing to Jesus as their TRUE rest and SIGN of the NEW COVENANT between them and God as well as OUR sign referring to Gentile Christians between US and God.

 Now I had intended to include another section in this study cover all the arguments used by some seventh day of the week Saturday Sabbath keeping Christians to try and support their teaching that Paul is a false TEACHER because Paul's teachings supposedly CONTRADICT the teachings of Jesus. But due to the length of this study already and to the length of all the arguments and the Biblical evidence that refutes those arguments, I decided to make it a separate study called  “DO THE TEACHINGS OF PAUL CONTRADICT JESUS?” 

Mostly, it is only those seventh day Sabbath keeping Christians, who teach that all Christians should keep all the Law of Moses, who are the ones that are teaching that Paul's teachings contradict Jesus, and some of them, but not all of them, hate Paul with a passion even calling Paul, Satan, or that it was Satan, who appeared to Paul and not Jesus, who appeared to Paul. And they say that Paul was the one BLASPHEMING God? Sounds to me like THEY are the ones speaking blasphemy by saying that it was NOT Jesus, who appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus and that it was Satan himself, who appeared to Paul.

Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to read ALL the studies that I gave links to throughout this study concerning this subject on Sabbath TRUTH. I will post them again below along with all the studies that I have on this subject. Also, below are some quotes from early church writers that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that the early church did not keep the seventh day of the week as the Jews.


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Some Christians CLAIM that the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first-century church was accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of daybreak on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's day.

Please read all the studies linked within this study and all the studies linked below. This study was just the TIP of the iceberg of exposing the ERRORS of interpretation made by the Saturday seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping churches, and the Sunday first day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians. All of the studies listed below can be sent to a brother or sister caught up in the Hebrew Roots Movement or a Sabbath-keeping church by sending them this one link “>>>WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?<<<”

Or you can pick and choose any of the links below to send to them or read for yourself. Be sure to read the HISTORICAL evidence if you have not already done so. I post the SAME historical evidence at the end of almost every study on this subject of the Sabbath day. But if you want to read it again you may see something that did not stand out before.

 

“YES CHRISTIANS MUST KEEP THE SABBATH!”

“JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH!”

“MATTHEW 5:17-19 SABBATH TRUTH!”

“MATTHEW 24:20 FUTURE SABBATH KEEPING!”

“SABBATH TRUTH REMEMBER THE SABBATH!”

“REALLY ONLY NINE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?”

“MUST CHRISTIANS KEEP THE 4th COMMANDMENT?”

“SABBATH KEEPING VERSUS SUNDAY WORSHIP?”

“60 ARGUMENTS FOR THE SABBATH!”

“IS JESUS OUR SABBATH REST?”

“THE SABBATH REST IS A SIGN!”

“THE SABBATH, SUNDAY, OR NEITHER DAY?”

“WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?”

“HAS GOD'S LAW BEEN ABOLISHED? (Matthew 5:17-19)”

“IS SATURDAY THE LORD'S DAY?”

“WAS JESUS RESURRECTED ON SUNDAY?”

“JESUS WORDS ONLY! SABBATH TRUTH!”

“IS PAUL A TRUE APOSTLE OF JESUS?”

“IS THE APOSTLE PAUL A FALSE TEACHER?”

“DO PAUL'S TEACHINGS CONTRADICT JESUS?”

“MUST CHRISTIANS KEEP THE DIETARY LAWS?”

“ACTS 10 PETER'S VISION OF CLEANSED MEATS?”

“IS THE HEBREWS ROOT MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?”

“119 MINISTRIES ERRORS PART 1”

“119 MINISTRIES ERRORS PART 2”

“WHO ARE THE TRUE JEWS?”

“ARE BLACK AFRICANS THE TRUE HEBREWS?”

“WHAT IS THE ONE TRUE CHURCH?”

 

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Again, some Christians make the CLAIM that the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first-century church was accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of daybreak on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's Day.

Here is a NON BIAS historical account found in a letter from Pliny the Younger to Trojan concerning the Christians.

Pliny was a Roman who persecuted and killed Christians, so again this is a historical NON BIAS account of WHEN Christians gathered together.

Here is what Pliny says in his letter to Trojan. The EMPHASIS and comments in parenthesis are my own:

 

“That they were WONT (Or as they were ACCUSTOMED and USED to do, or in the HABIT of doing), on a STATED day (Or on a CERTAIN preset day), to meet together BEFORE IT WAS LIGHT, and to sing a hymn to Christ, as to a god, alternately; and to oblige themselves by a sacrament [or oath], not to do anything that was ill: but that they would commit no theft, or pilfering, or adultery; that they would not break their promises, or deny what was deposited with them, when it was required back again; after which it was their CUSTOM to depart, AND to meet AGAIN at a common but innocent meal,(So after they had worship service early morning beginning before day light, they would depart and they come back together later that same day to share a common simple meal together and most likely break bread together as other early church writers give more detail) which they had left off upon that edict which I published at your command, and wherein I had forbidden any such conventicles (Or religious meetings).”

 

Below are some quotes of early church writers that clearly teach us that the early church did NOT keep the Sabbath day, as in, on SATURDAY, the 7th day of the week, but rather the early church throughout history from it's beginning worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, which is sometimes referred to as the EIGHTH day of the week or the day AFTER the Sabbath day, or the LORD'S DAY. (The emphasis is mine in these quotes given below):

The year AD or date is given first and then the source is given at the end followed by the quote from that historical source. The Apostle John was still alive until 100 AD.

 

#1. 90 AD DIDACHE:

"Christian Assembly on the Lord's Day:

 

1. But every Lord's day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure.

2. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned.

3. For this is that which was spoken by the Lord: In every place and time offer to me a pure sacrifice; for I am a great King, saith the Lord, and my name is wonderful among the nations." (Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, Chapter XIV)

 

#2. 100 AD BARNABAS:

 

"We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead" (The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD 15:6-8).

 

#3. 100 AD BARNABAS:

 

Moreover, God says to the Jews, 'Your new moons and Sabbaths I cannot endure.' You see how he says, 'The present Sabbaths are not acceptable to me, but the Sabbath which I have made in which, when I have rested [heaven: Heb 4] from all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day which is the beginning of another world.' Wherefore we Christians keep the eighth day for joy, on which also Jesus arose from the dead and when he appeared ascended into heaven. (15:8f, The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 1, pg. 147)

 

#4. 110 AD Pliny:

 

They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath not to (do) any wicked deeds, never to commit any fraud, theft, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of good food—but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. (About three years after the death of Ignatius in 250, an important official communication was sent from one Pliny to Trojan the Roman emperor. Pliny, the Roman governor of Bithynia, wrote of the Christians who had been congregating there probably from at least A.D. 62 onwards. In this remark, it is explicitly stated that these early Christians observed the substance of most of the Ten Commandments, and it is implied that they observed all ten as far as they were able to do so. As far as they were able, for as most of the early Christians were of slave stock or from other lower classes'-, and those who had heathen masters or employers—the vast majority—would be forced to work on THEIR day of rest, which was unfortunately an official working day throughout the empires' until Constantine's "Sabbath" Edict in 321 A.D. gave them some measure of public protection. Hence one reads that after meeting "on a certain FIXED day before it was light", the first century Bithynian Christians had "to separate"—many of them having to labor for their masters and/or employers from dawn to dusk—"and then reassemble to partake of . . . food". The "certain fixed day" [stato die"'] on which the Christians met, is regarded by Seventh-day Adventists as Saturday'-. Certainly, the expression would seem to indicate a regular day of meeting, probably each week. But Sunday is FAR more likely to have been the "certain fixed day" than Saturday. For if Pliny had been referring to the old Saturday Sabbath, as a Roman he would doubtless have referred to the "later" meeting first and only then to the morning meeting on the day after the "certain fixed day", seeing that the old Saturday Sabbath was demarcated from the evening of one day to the evening of the following day. But Pliny makes no such reference. Instead, he mentions that the pre-dawn meeting took place first—and only afterward, the later meeting; and that both meetings took place on the SAME "certain fixed day". This rather points to the Roman (and—more importantly!—New Testament) midnight to midnight demarcation of modern Sunday-keepers than to the evening to evening demarcation of the Jews and the Seventh-day Adventists.) (The Covenantal Sabbath, Francis Nigel Lee, Pg 242)

 

Also, I myself will further add to the comment of the writer above that mere common sense plainly teaches us that Pliny was clearly speaking of SUNDAY because the LAW that Constantine passed was not to mandate work on SUNDAY, so that these Christians could worship God on SUNDAY. So the CLAIM by the Seventh Day Advent church that the fixed day of worship for Christians was a Saturday is FALSE. Otherwise, Constantine would have made it a law that employers allow Christians off for work on a Saturday rather than on a Sunday. 

This PROVES beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Christians were ALREADY worshiping God on SUNDAY, the FIRST DAY of the week from the very beginning of the church on the day of Pentecost. The truth of the matter is that Constantine only made it easier for Christians to worship God on Sunday without being persecuted by their employers or owners by passing the EDICT making it a LAW to force heathen employers to let their employees have at least some time off from work so that they could worship God on SUNDAY. 

Every Sabbath keeper will AGREE that Constantine's “SABBATH” is referring to SUNDAY as the day of the week and NOT as Saturday being the REST for Christians. Again, all that Constantine did was to pass a law making it EASIER for Christians to worship on the DAY that they had ALREADY been worshiping on since the very beginning, at the DAY of PENTECOST, which is on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week that Christian called the LORD'S day, the day our Lord rose from the grave. 

Open your EYES dear child of God and read what these early church writings are teaching us about the EARLIEST believers as to which day the early church worshiped God. SUNDAY has ALWAYS been the Sabbath or the day of REST of the early church and the church throughout its entire history.

 

#5. 150 AD EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLES:

 

-I [Christ] have come into being on the eighth day which is the day of the Lord. (18)

 

#6. 150 AD JUSTIN.

 

"He then speaks of those Gentiles, namely us, who in every place offer sacrifices to Him, i.e., the bread of the Eucharist, and also the cup of the Eucharist, affirming both that we glorify His name, and that you profane [it]. The command of circumcision, again, bidding [them] always circumcise the children on the eighth day, was a type of the true circumcision, by which we are circumcised from deceit and iniquity through Him who rose from the dead on the first day AFTER the Sabbath, [namely through] our Lord Jesus Christ. For the first day after the Sabbath, remaining the first of all the days, is called, however, the eighth, according to the number of all the days of the cycle, and [yet] remains the first." (Justin, Dialogue 41:4)

 

#7. 150 AD JUSTIN:

 

...those who have persecuted and do persecute Christ, if they do not repent, shall not inherit anything on the holy mountain. But the Gentiles, who have believed on Him, and have repented of the sins which they have committed, they shall receive the inheritance along with the patriarchs and the prophets, and the just men who are descended from Jacob, even although they neither keep the Sabbath, nor are circumcised, nor observe the feasts. Assuredly they shall receive the holy inheritance of God. (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 1, page 207)

 

#8. 150 AD JUSTIN:

 

But if we do not admit this, we shall be liable to fall into foolish opinion, as if it were not the same God who existed in the times of Enoch and all the rest, who neither were circumcised after the flesh, nor observed Sabbaths, nor any other rites, seeing that Moses enjoined such observances... For if there was no need of circumcision before Abraham, or of the observance of Sabbaths, of feasts and sacrifices, before Moses; no more need is there of them now, after that, according to the will of God, Jesus Christ the Son of God has been born without sin, of a virgin sprung from the stock of Abraham. (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 1, page 206)

 

#9. 150 AD JUSTIN:

 

Moreover, all those righteous men already mentioned [after mentioning Adam. Abel, Enoch, Lot, Noah, Melchizedek, and Abraham], though they kept no Sabbaths, were pleasing to God; and after them Abraham with all his descendants until Moses... And you [fleshly Jews] were commanded to keep Sabbaths, that you might retain the memorial of God. For His word makes this announcement, saying, "That you may know that I am God who redeemed you." (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 1, page 204)

 

#10. 150 AD JUSTIN.

 

There is no other thing for which you blame us, my friends, is there than this? That we do not live according to the Law, nor, are we circumcised in the flesh as your forefathers, nor do we observe the Sabbath as you do. (Dialogue with Trypho 10:1. In verse 3 the Jew Trypho acknowledges that Christians 'do not keep the Sabbath.')

 

#11. 155 AD Justin Martyr:

 

"[W]e too would observe the fleshly circumcision, and the Sabbaths, and in short all the feasts, if we did not know for what REASON they were enjoined [on] you--namely, on account of your transgressions and the hardness of your heart. . . . [H]ow is it, Trypho, that we would not observe those rites which do not harm us--I speak of fleshly circumcision AND Sabbaths AND feasts? . . . God enjoined you [Jews] to keep the Sabbath and impose on you other precepts for a sign, as I have already said, on account of your unrighteousness and that of your fathers" (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 18, 21).

 

#12. 180 AD ACTS OF PETER:

 

Paul had often contended with the Jewish teachers and had confuted them (Or refuted them completely), saying 'it is Christ on whom your fathers laid hands. He abolished their Sabbath and fasts and festivals and circumcision.' (1: I)-2

 

 

#13. 180 AD GOSPEL OF PETER:

 

Early in the morning when (the Sabbath dawned, a multitude from Jerusalem and the surrounding country came to see the scaled sepulcher. In the night in which the Lord's day dawned, while the soldiers in pairs for each watch were keeping guard, a great voice came from heaven. [There follows an account of the resurrection. Early in the morning of the Lord's day Mary Magdalene, a disciple of the Lord .... came to the sepulcher. (9:34f.; 12:50f.)

 

 

#14. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:

 

(in commenting on each of the Ten Commandments and their Christian meaning:) The seventh day is proclaimed a day of rest, PREPARING by abstention from evil FOR the Primal day, our TRUE rest. (Ibid. VII. xvi. 138.1)

 

I will add that the meaning of the word “Primal” means an “ARCHETYPAL” which means an original TYPE pointing to the TRUE. So this early church writer is saying what Paul teaches us in scripture that the things in the OLD Testament are TYPES and SHADOWS or the TRUE which was to come. Jesus became our SABBATH, and we have entered into our REST being in Jesus Christ. The SABBATH was an ARCHETYPAL pointing toward our TRUE REST which was to come being FULFILLED in the ATONEMENT of Jesus.

 

 

#15. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:

 

He does the commandment according to the Gospel and keeps the Lord's day, whenever he puts away an evil mind . . . glorifying the Lord's resurrection in himself. (Ibid. Vii.xii.76.4)

 

 

#16. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:

 

Plato prophetically speaks of the Lord's day in the tenth book of the Republic, in these words: 'And when seven days have passed to each of them in the meadow, on the eighth they must go on." (Miscellanies V.xiv.106.2)

 

 

#17. 200 AD BARDESANES:

 

Wherever we are, we are all called after the one name of Christ Christians. On one day, the first of the week, we assemble ourselves together (On Fate)

 

 

#18. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:

"We solemnize the day AFTER Saturday in contradistinction to those who call this day their Sabbath" (Tertullian's Apology, Ch 16)

 

In other words, Tertullian is saying that we Christians DISTINGUISH us from the JEWS who hold Saturday as THEIR Sabbath by solemnizing or referencing the day AFTER Saturday as our day of worship and rest.

 

 

#19. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:

 

It follows, accordingly, that, in so far as the abolition of carnal circumcision and of the old law is demonstrated as having been consummated at its specific times, so also the observance of the Sabbath is demonstrated to have been temporary. (An Answer to the Jews 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 155)

 

 

#20. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:

 

Let him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day because of the threat of death, teach us that in earliest times righteous men kept Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and so were made friends of God. .. ...Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised, and inobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring also, Abel, offering Him sacrifices, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was by Him commended... Noah also, uncircumcised - yes, and inobservant of the Sabbath - God freed from the deluge. For Enoch, too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, He translated from this world... Melchizedek also, "the priest of most high God," uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was chosen to the priesthood of God. (An Answer to the Jews 2:10; 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 153)

 

 

#21. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:

 

Others . . . suppose that the sun is the god of the Christians because it is well-known that we regard Sunday as a day of joy. (To the Nations 1: 133)

 

Keep in mind that this was well BEFORE Constantine SUPPOSEDLY CHANGED the day of rest and worship to Sunday as the Seventh Day Adventist church CLAIMS. But in TRUTH, Christians had ALREADY been worshiping God on Sunday, the FIRST day of the week that they also called the Lord’s Day, the day that our Lord and Savior Jesus rose from the dead. 

So, as early as Tertullian in 200 AD there were groups of JEWS and Christian JEWS who ASSUMED or who SUPPOSED, or who FALSELY ACCUSED Christians of worshiping God on SUNDAY that they were worshiping a sun god and not the true God.

 

 

#22. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:

 

To us Sabbaths are foreign. (On Idolatry, 14:6)4

 

 

#23. 220 AD ORIGEN:

 

"On Sunday none of the actions of the world should be done. If then, you abstain from all the works of this world and keep yourselves free for spiritual things, go to church, listen to the readings and divine homilies, meditate on heavenly things. (Homil. 23 in Numeros 4, PG 12:749)

 

 

#24. 220 AD Origen:

 

"Hence it is not possible that the [day of] rest after the Sabbath should have come into existence from the seventh [day] of our God. On the contrary, it is our Savior who, after the pattern of his own rest, caused us to be made in the likeness of his death, and hence also of his resurrection" (Commentary on John 2:28).

 

 

#25. 225 AD The Didascalia:

 

"The apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and the oblation, because on the first day of the week our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven" (Didascalia 2).

 

And I add further that the church BEGAN on the day of Pentecost, on a SUNDAY, the FIRST day of the week. The early church evidence and the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, make it quite clear that the early church worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, called the LORD'S day and that they did NOT KEEP the Sabbath day as the JEWS.

 

 

#26. 250 AD CYPRIAN:

 

The eight day, that is, the first day after the Sabbath, and the Lord's Day." (Epistle 58, Sec 4)

 

 

#27. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

"If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death-whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master-how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher? And therefore He whom they rightly waited for, being come, raised them from the dead. If, then, those who were conversant with the ancient Scriptures came to newness of hope, expecting the coming of Christ, as the Lord teaches us when He says, "If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me; " and again, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad; for before Abraham was, I am; " how shall we be able to live without Him? The prophets were His servants, and foresaw Him by the Spirit, and waited for Him as their Teacher, and expected Him as their Lord and Saviour, saying, "He will come and save us." Let us therefore NO longer keep the Sabbath after the Jewish manner, and rejoice in days of idleness; for "he that does not work, let him not eat." For say the [holy] oracles, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread." But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner, rejoicing in meditation on the law, NOT in relaxation of the body, admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before, nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space, nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them. And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord's Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days [of the week]. Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, "To the end, for the eighth day," on which our life both sprang up again, and the victory over death was obtained in Christ, whom the children of perdition, the enemies of the Saviour, deny, "whose god is their belly, who mind earthly things," who are "lovers of pleasure, and not lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." These make merchandise of Christ, corrupting His word, and giving up Jesus to sale: they are corrupters of women, and covetous of other men's possessions, swallowing up wealth insatiably; from whom may ye be delivered by the mercy of God through our Lord Jesus Christ! (Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, Chapter IX)

 

 

#28. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

"On the day of the preparation, then, at the third hour, He received the sentence from Pilate, the Father permitting that to happen; at the sixth hour He was crucified; at the ninth hour He gave up the ghost; and before sunset He was buried. During the Sabbath He continued under the earth in the tomb in which Joseph of Arimathaea had laid Him. At the dawning of the Lord's day He arose from the dead, according to what was spoken by Himself, "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man also be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. "The day of the preparation, then, comprises the passion; the Sabbath embraces the burial; the Lord's Day contains the resurrection." (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians, chapter 9)

 

 

#29. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

If anyone fasts on the Lord's Day or on the Sabbath, except on the paschal Sabbath only, he is a murderer of Christ. (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians, chapter 8)

 

 

#30. 250 AD IGNATIUS:

 

"This [custom], of not bending the knee upon Sunday, is a symbol of the resurrection, through which we have been set free, by the grace of Christ, from sins, and from death, which has been put to death under Him. Now this custom took its rise from apostolic times, as the blessed Irenaeus, the martyr and bishop of Lyons, declares in his treatise On Easter, in which he makes mention of Pentecost also; upon which [feast] we do not bend the knee, because it is of equal significance with the Lord's day, for the reason already alleged concerning it." (Ignatius, Fragments)

 

 

#31. 300 AD Victorinus:

 

"The sixth day [Friday] is called parasceve, that is to say, the preparation of the kingdom. . . . On this day also, on account of the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, we make either a station to God or a fast. On the seventh day, he rested from all his works, and blessed it, and sanctified it. On the former day, we are accustomed to fast rigorously, that on the Lord's day we may go forth to our bread with giving of thanks. And let the parasceve become a rigorous fast, lest we should APPEAR to observe ANY Sabbath with the Jews . . . which Sabbath he [Christ] in his body ABOLISHED" (The Creation of the World).

 

 

#32. 300 AD EUSEBIUS:

 

"They did not, therefore, regard circumcision, NOR observe the Sabbath NEITHER do we; ... because such things as these do NOT belong to Christians" (Ecc. Hist., Book 1, Ch. 4)

 

 

#33. 300 AD EUSEBIUS:

 

[The Ebionites] were accustomed to observe the Sabbath and other Jewish customs but on the Lord's days to celebrate the same practices as we in remembrance of the resurrection of the Savior. (Church History Ill.xxvii.5)

 

 

I will also add that the Ebionites were Christians who were seduced by the Jews to keep the Jewish customs. In other words, the Ebionites were Judaized Christians. The Ebionites also taught the need to be circumcised in the flesh in order to be saved. Some today would not even consider Ebionites as being true Christians since they went back to trusting the Law of Moses to be saved.

 

 

#34. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:

 

"They [the pre- Mosaic saints of the Old Testament] did not care about circumcision of the body, neither do we [Christians]. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions which Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things" (Church History 1:4:8).

 

#35. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:

 

"The day of his [Christ's] light . . . was the day of his resurrection from the dead, which they say, as being the one and only truly holy day and the Lord's day, is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, and better than the days set apart by the Mosaic Law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the Apostle [Paul] teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality" (Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186).

 

 

#36. 345 AD Athanasius:

 

"The Sabbath was the end of the first creation, the Lord's day was the beginning of the second, in which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he prescribed that they should formerly observe the Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the first things, so we honor the Lord's day as being the memorial of the new creation" (On Sabbath and Circumcision 3).

 

 

#37. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:

 

Be not careless of yourselves, neither deprive your Saviour of His own members, neither divide His body nor disperse His members, neither prefer the occasions of this life to the word of God; but assemble yourselves together every day, morning and evening, singing psalms and praying in the Lord's house: in the morning saying the sixty-second Psalm, and in the evening the hundred and fortieth, but principally on the Sabbath-day. And on the day of our Lord's resurrection, which is the Lord's day, meet more diligently, sending praise to God that made the universe by Jesus, and sent Him to us, and condescended to let Him suffer, and raised Him from the dead. Otherwise what apology will he make to God who does not assemble on that day to hear the saving word concerning the resurrection, on which we pray thrice standing in memory of Him who arose in three days, in which is performed the reading of the prophets, the preaching of the Gospel, the oblation of the sacrifice, the gift of the holy food? (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 2)

 

 

#38. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:

 

"How We Ought to Assemble Together and to Celebrate the Festival Day of Our Saviour's Resurrection. On the day of the resurrection of the Lord, that is, the Lord's day, assemble yourselves together, without fail, giving thanks to God, and praising Him for those mercies God has bestowed upon you through Christ and has delivered you from ignorance, error, and bondage, that your sacrifice may be unspotted, and acceptable to God,..." (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 7)

 

 

#39. 350 AD Cyril of Jerusalem:

 

"Fall NOT AWAY either into the sect of the Samaritans or into Judaism, for Jesus Christ has henceforth ransomed you. Stand aloof from ALL observance of Sabbaths and from calling any indifferent meats common or unclean" (Catechetical Lectures 4:37).

 

 

#40. 360 AD Council of Laodicea:

 

"Christians should NOT Judaize and should NOT be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord's day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians" (canon 29).

 

 

#41. 387 AD John Chrysostom:

 

"You have put on Christ, you have become a member of the Lord and been enrolled in the heavenly city, and you still grovel in the Law [of Moses]? How is it possible for you to obtain the kingdom? Listen to Paul's words, that the observance of the Law overthrows the gospel, and learn, if you will, how this comes to pass, and tremble, and shun this pitfall. Why do you keep the Sabbath and fast with the Jews?" (Homilies on Galatians 2:17).

 

#42. 412 AD Augustine:

 

"Well, now, I should like to be told what there is in these Ten Commandments, except the observance of the Sabbath, which ought NOT to be kept by a Christian . . . Which of these commandments would anyone say that the Christian ought not to keep? It is possible to contend that it is not the Law which was written on those two tables that the apostle [Paul] describes as 'the letter that kills' [2 Cor. 3:6], but the law of circumcision and the other sacred rites which are now abolished" (The Spirit and the Letter 24).

 

#43. 597 AD Gregory I:

 

"But after that, the grace of Almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has appeared, the commandments of the Law which were spoken figuratively cannot be kept according to the letter. For if anyone says that this about the Sabbath is to be kept, he must need to say that carnal sacrifices are to be offered. He must say too that the commandment about the circumcision of the body is still to be retained. But let him hear the apostle Paul saying in opposition to him: 'If you be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing' (Gal. 5:2)" (Letters 13:1).

 

 

Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to read ALL the studies I gave links to at the beginning of this study concerning this subject on Sabbath TRUTH. I will post them again below. Also below are some quotes from early church writers that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that the early church did not keep the seventh day of the week as the Jews.

 

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

        

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