WHAT DOES REVELATION 22:14 TRULY MEAN?


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WHAT DOES REVELATION 22:14 TRULY MEAN?



Does the word commandments in Revelation 22:14 dogmatically mean the Law of Moses? Or does it mean the commandments that Yahweh, the Father gave to Jesus to give to his disciples? In other words, must Christians keep the Law of Moses in order to have right to the tree of eternal life? Or does Revelation 22:14 mean that Christians must obey the commandment of Jesus written in the New Testament under the New Covenant? Before we read this verse in its CONTEXT to learn its true meaning I would like you to consider this question.

Will the children of Israel receive eternal life AT the coming of Jesus? What I mean by this question is will any Jew that is keeping the Law of Moses, but they reject Jesus as their Messiah, receive eternal life when Jesus returns?

I believe that almost every Christian will agree that absolutely NO person will receive eternal life at the coming of Jesus EXCEPT they believe that Jesus is their Messiah and they are obeying the commandments OF Jesus. So then, it seems that every Christian, except for the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians, believe that the word commandments in Revelation 22:14 is referring to the commandments that Almighty God the Father gave to Jesus to teach his disciples. To say this one more way, the ONLY Christians, who believe that the word commandments in Revelation 22:14 is speaking of the LAW OF MOSES, are the Sabbath-keeping Christians. For you see, according to Torah keeping Christians, all Christians must keep the Law of Moses in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.

Now, they will argue with NON-Torah keeping Christians that they are NOT keeping the Law of Moses in order to be SAVED. But yet they QUOTE Revelation 22:14 to subvert Christians to keep the Law of Moses. And here is the argument that the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians use. They argue that the Bible teaches us in Revelation 22:14 that if you do NOT keep the Law of Moses then you will NOT receive eternal life in the world to come. And their line of reasoning is this. They argue that we first believe in Jesus to be SAVED. And then, after we are saved, we must keep the Law of Moses to receive eternal life. And they quote Revelation 22:14 to BEWITCH weaker Christians with fear of losing their salvation if they do not keep that Law of Moses to have the RIGHT to eternal life. So then, according to THEM, Christians must keep BOTH the Old Covenant AND the New Covenant in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. But yet, according to them, they are NOT keeping the Law of Moses to be SAVED.

And the reason that they MUST argue that they are NOT keeping the law of Moses to be SAVED is Acts chapter 15 and Acts 21:24,25, which we will cover later. But for now, let us read Revelation 22:14,15 out of its context and then we will read it from a literal translation of the Textus Receptus manuscript from which the King James Version is also translated.


Revelation 22:14,15.


Blessed are THEY that DO his commandments, THAT (Or so that or in order that) THEY (Speaking of ONLY the THEY that DO of KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS) 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 whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.”




Now, I myself have used this verse for many years now quoting it with the same emphasis to get the once saved always saved Christians to see that if they should die while living in sin then they will NOT be given the RIGHT to eat of the tree of life. And there is a mountain of evidence in the New Testament that teaches us in simplicity that any one of us could be DECEIVED that we would return to a lifestyle of living in sin. And thus if that deceived Christian living in a lifestyle of sin was to die while living in that lifestyle of sin then they would LOSE their RIGHT to eat of the tree of eternal life when Jesus returns.

So the question is as follows:


What does the phrase “HIS COMMANDMENTS” mean in Revelation 22:14?


#1. Does it mean Yahweh’s commandments that he gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant written in the Old Testament?


#2. Does it mean Yahweh’s commandments that he gave to Jesus to teach to his disciples under the New Covenant written in the New Testament?


#3. Does it mean BOTH the commandments under the Old Covenant AND under the New Covenant?


Now for ME personally, option #3 makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for Almighty God to promise the children of Israel a New Covenant for the very reason that they kept BREAKING the Old Covenant of the Law of Moses? I mean, think this through with me for a moment. The Bible teaches us in the New Testament that God CONCLUDED ALL the children of Israel to be in UNBELIEF and UNDER SIN so that he could show his MERCY.


Please read Romans 11:32.


For God has CONCLUDED THEM ALL in UNBELIEF, THAT (Or so that or in order that) he might have MERCY upon all.”


Now please read Galatians 3:22.


But the scripture has CONCLUDED ALL UNDER SIN, THAT (Or so that or in order that) the PROMISE BY FAITH OF Jesus Christ might be GIVEN to them that BELIEVE.”


So then, HOW is it MERCY for God to give the children to Israel a New Covenant to keep in ADDITION TO still keeping the Old Covenant when they could NOT keep the Old Covenant?

Can you not see that the MERCY of Almighty God that he PROMISED the children of Israel is the NEW COVENANT which is received BY FAITH OF Jesus Christ and what Jesus commands us to believe and obey?


Now let us read Revelation 22:14 from a LITERAL translation.


“Happy the ones DOING the DIRECTIONS of him that IT shall be the LICENSE of them ON the WOOD OF THE LIFE and to the gates they may be entering into the city.”


Now when I read this particular verse from the LITERAL translation for the first time a few days ago I thought immediately of the WOODEN CROSS that Jesus died upon to give whosoever believes ON HIM the LICENSE or the RIGHT to receive eternal life in the world to come. In other words, our keeping of the COMMANDMENT or the instruction for the GOSPEL to BELIEVE in Jesus dying on the CROSS is what gives us the LICENSE or the RIGHT to ENTER INTO the kingdom of Heaven in the world to come. There is nothing in this verse about eating from the tree of life WHEN Jesus returns. Either you are already IN Jesus when he returns or you are NOT IN Jesus when he returns. And ONLY they who are keeping the commandment to believe in Jesus will be blessed with a LICENSE to enter into the city of God to rule and reign with Jesus over the children of Israel down on the surface of the earth.

Plain and simple, this verse is speaking about ONLY those of us who are DOING the commandment of Yahweh to BELIEVE and OBEY whatever HE has commanded his Son Jesus to teach us to do under the NEW COVENANT. And the New Covenant is written down in the New Testament for the whole world to read. And all we need to know and obey to be saved AND to receive eternal life in the world to come is written down for us in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. And after we are saved God writes his MORAL commandments on our hearts. And if we disobey any MORAL commandment of Yahweh the Holy Spirit convicts us of sinning and leads us to CONFESS our sin. And, according to 1 John 1:9, when we confess our sin God is always faithful to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The word translated as “TREE” of life in Revelation 22:14 is Strong’s #3586. And this Greek word “xylon” is translated as WOOD, TREE, and staves. And from the verses in which it is used we can clearly see that this Greek word “xylon” means the CROSS that Jesus was crucified upon to make it possible for whosoever believes on HIM to have the right to receive eternal life in the world to come. In other words, by simple DOING this ONE commandment to BELIEVE ON Jesus as the atonement for our sin gives us the RIGHT to receive eternal life in the world to come and enter into the city of God in the kingdom of Heaven.

And if we truly believe on Jesus then we will OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS that he has taught to his disciples which they wrote down for us in the New Testament. Let us take a look at a couple of verses with the Greek word “xylon” in them first. And then we will take a look at the NEW COMMANDMENTS that Jesus was commanded by Yahweh to give to the children of Israel FIRST And then after they REJECTED his so great a salvation at the stoning of Stephen, God gave the same PROMISE of his New Covenant to the Gentiles.


Please read Galatians 3:1-14.


O foolish Galatians, who has BEWITCHED you, that you should NOT OBEY the TRUTH, before whose EYES Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, CRUCIFIED among you? (In other words, they have been taught the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ on how to be SAVED by FAITH and receive eternal life in the world to come. BUT someone has BEWITCHED them to depart from OBEYING the TRUTH)

2. This only would I learn of you, (Or just answer me this one SIMPLE question) Received you the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Or were you SAVED by the works of the LAW OF MOSES to receive the Holy Spirit dwelling in you? Or were you SAVED by the hearing of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ which you then BELIEVED? And their obvious answer is, “BY FAITH of course. So why do you ask such a ridiculous question Paul?” Then Paul answers.)

3. Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (In other words, how could you be so foolish to receive salvation BY FAITH to be deceived to now believe that you will be made perfect by your keeping the law of Moses?)

4. Have ye suffered so many things in vain? (Or have you suffered all the persecution from the Jews for standing steadfast in the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ in VAIN) If it be yet in vain. (Meaning that if you repent and come back to obeying the TRUTH of the GOSPEL before it is too late then God will have mercy on you)

5. He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, does he it by the works of the law, (Of Moses) or by the hearing of faith? (Or by hearing and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit)

6. EVEN as Abraham BELIEVED God, and it was accounted to him FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7. KNOW you therefore that they which are of FAITH, the same ARE the children of Abraham. (BY their FAITH in Jesus Christ as their New Covenant established in his shed blood on the CROSS)

8. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen THROUGH FAITH, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

9. So then they which be OF FAITH are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10. FOR (Or for you see) as many as are of the works of the LAW (Of Moses) are under the CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues NOT in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (In other words, if a person living under the law of Moses disobeys even ONE point of the law of Moses then the CURSE written in the Law of Moses is upon them)

11. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (Or yet know that NO ONE will be justified by the LAW OF MOSES in the eyes of Almighty God himself. For it is EVIDENT through the teachings of his Son Jesus that the just shall live BY FAITH)

12. And the LAW (OF MOSES) is NOT OF FAITH: but, The man that does them shall live in them. (Or the ones that try to obey them will suffer the curse when the break-even one point of the Law of Moses)

13. Christ has REDEEMED us (That BELIEVE and obey the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ) from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a TREE (Strong’s #3586 which we know means CROSS):

14. THAT (Or so that or in order that) the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH Jesus Christ; THAT we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”


The receiving of the Holy Spirit with the EVIDENCE of speaking in other tongues was all the PROOF that the apostles of Jesus Christ needed to know and understand that Almighty God SAVED the Gentiles when they heard the gospel of Jesus Christ being preached to them.

Please read Acts 15:1-25 on your own. I will only quote a few verses so you can see the big picture that Revelation 22:14 is NOT speaking about keep the LAW OF MOSES in order to receive eternal life in the world to come.


Acts 15:1,2.


“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.

2. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.”


So then, there was MUCH CONTENTION and controversy between the apostle Paul and some of the Jewish Christians. You see, according to Galatians and Acts 15:1,5 there were some Jewish Christians that came from Jerusalem to teach the Gentile Christian brethren that they MUST be circumcised AND keep the Law of Moses in order to be SAVED.


Acts 15:5.


“But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, AND to command them to keep the law of Moses.”


And then after much more contention and controversy between Paul and the apostles at Jerusalem the apostle Peter stood up and defended what the apostle Paul was teaching.


Please read Acts 15:6-11.


“And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of THIS MATTER. (Speaking of the matter of whether or not the Gentile Christians needed to keep the LAW OF MOSES or NOT to keep the Law of Moses. So if any Christian tells you that Paul is teaching us in Colossians 2:16 to not allow other Christians to judge you for KEEPING the Law of Moses then you will know that they are MAKING a LIE. For you see, IF SO BE, that Paul teaches us that we are to keep the Law of Moses then why is there so much CONTENTION between Paul and the apostles at Jerusalem over THIS MATTER?)

7. And when there had been much disputing, PETER rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and BELIEVE.

8. And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, GIVING them the Holy Ghost, EVEN as he did unto us;

9. And put no difference between us and them, PURIFYING their hearts BY FAITH.

10. 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?

11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”


Then in Acts 15:12-24 we can clearly see beyond any shadow of a doubt that all the apostles of Jesus Christ and the WHOLE church agreed with the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul to NOT give any commandment for the Gentile Christians to keep the Law of Moses for any reason. I will just quote verse 24 and then we will read Acts 21;24,25 where the church again states that this matter is SETTLED and NO such commandment or instruction is to be given to any Gentile Christian for them to keep the Law of Moses.


Acts 15:24.


“Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, SUBVERTING your souls, saying, You must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom WE gave NO such commandment:”


Acts 21:25.


As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, (Speaking about what the whole church CONCLUDED in Acts 15 that no such teaching is to be given to any Gentile Christian for them to keep the Law of Moses)  save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.”


Therefore, Revelation 22:14 says nothing whatsoever about keeping the LAW of MOSES in order to have the right to receive eternal life in the world to come. But rather Jesus gave all those who BELIEVE in HIM as the atonement for their sin, two NEW commandments to obey. And IF we should disobey these two commandments, then we are commanded or instructed to CONFESS our sin. How much simpler could God have made it for people to be SAVED? The New Covenant is a BETTER covenant and a much easier covenant to bear. For you see, the commandments under the New Covenant are light and they are not burdensome. But according to Acts 15:10, the Old Covenant was a yoke that the children of Israel were NOT able to bear. In Galatians chapter 5 the Law of Moses was called a yoke of bondage.


Acts 15:10.


Now therefore why tempt you God, to put a YOKE upon the neck of the disciples, which NEITHER our fathers NOR WE we were ABLE to BEAR?”


So then, the commandments in Revelation 22:14 are speaking of the commandments given to us in the New Testament. The first commandment is to BELIEVE on Jesus to be saved. Then after we are saved we are to obey the teaching of Jesus which he taught to his disciples.


Please read Matthew 22:35-40.


“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, TEMPTING him, and saying,

36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37. Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38. This is the first and great commandment.

39. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

40. On these TWO COMMANDMENTS hang all the law AND the prophets.”


The apostles of Jesus taught us the SAME two commandments by summing them together saying that if we say that we love God, then we will LOVE the brethren.


Please read 1 John 4:20,21.


“If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

21. And THIS COMMANDMENT have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.”


I think that Paul summarizing the two commandments of Jesus the best in Romans 13:8-10 by saying that when we walk in love toward one another we will NOT break any of the MORAL commandments of Yahweh that he gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel for them to keep throughout their generations.


Please read Romans 13:8-10.


“Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9. For this, (Or for you see, in doing this one commandment to one another) You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet; and if there be ANY OTHER commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, You shall LOVE your neighbour as yourself.(This one commandment to walk in love is easy to remember. And if you forget, the Holy Spirit dwelling in you will REMIND you when you are NOT walking in LOVE toward others. For you see, the Holy Spirit will convict us when we break any MORAL law of God. He even warns us when we are about to sin by not doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.)

10. LOVE works NO ill to his neighbour: THEREFORE LOVE is the FULFILLING of the LAW.


But even as SIMPLE as the gospel of Jesus Christ makes it there are still some Christians that desire to be TEACHERS of the Law of Moses. Paul says that they have SWERVED and turned to the side desiring to be teachers of the law of Moses which is VAIN jangling or empty meaningless talk that brings discord among the brethren.


Please read 1 Timothy 1:5-11.


Now the END of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (In other words the END of the LAW OF MOSES is the one commandment to walk in LOVE toward one another to do unto others as we would have them do unto us and therefore FULFILLING the law of God)

6. From which SOME having SWERVED have TRUNED ASIDE unto VAIN jangling;

7. Desiring to be teachers of the law;(Of Moses) understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

8. But we know that the law is good, IF a man use it lawfully; (In other words, we should be teaching the MEANING OF why the law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES was given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR GENERATIONS. The children of Israel need to know and understand that the ceremonial laws contained in ordinances are a SCHOOLMASTER to lead them to their Messiah who we know to be Jesus)

9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, (Meaning that we, as Christians, who are made RIGHTEOUS through Jesus Christ are not under the law of Moses) but (The Law of Moses was ADDED) for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

11. ACCORDING TO the glorious GOSPEL of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”


Galatians 5:1-18.


“Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ has made us FREE, and be not entangled again with the YOKE of BONDAGE.

2. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you be CIRCUMCISED, Christ shall profit you NOTHING. (So the YOKE of BONDAGE according to this context is the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES which have been ABOLISHED according to Colossians 2:4-17 and Ephesians 2:15)

3. For I testify AGAIN to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

4. Christ is become of NO effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the LAW; you are FALLEN from grace.

5. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness BY FAITH.

6. For IN Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love. (Or but FAITH IN Jesu Christ is what avails. And the only work of faith is to walk in LOVE toward one another and thereby you fulfill the whole Law of God. For you see, LOVE works no ill toward those you love)

7. You did run well; who did HINDER you that you should NOT OBEY the TRUTH? (Speaking of the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ)

8. This persuasion comes NOT of HIM that calls you. (Or this persuading of you to keep the Law of Moses comes NOT from Almighty God Yahweh that has called you by HIS so great a salvation)

9. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (In other words, do NOT allow any Christians to SUBVERT you to start keeping the weekly Sabbath day. For you see, a little leaven or little false teaching of keeping the weekly Sabbath day will leaven or will grow to the false teaching that will subvert you to the keeping of the whole Law of Moses. So walk away from the Judaizing Christians unless you are rooted and grounded in the word of the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Christians are NOT called to obey the Law of Moses. We are called to obey the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.)

10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that TROUBLES you (To keep the Law of Moses) shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offense of the cross ceased.

12. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. (Paul is NOT saying that he desires the Judaizing Christians to be cut off from God. But rather Paul is saying that if they are TROUBLING you to the point that you are wondering if you should be keeping the Law of Moses, then YOU need to cut them off from you. This is the same Greek word that Jesus used when he said if your hand offends you then cut it off from you. Jesus and Paul are talking about the members of the body of Christ that offend us. We are to cut them off or amputate them from our life. We are NOT to ALLOW them to JUDGE us for NOT keep the Law of Moses)

13. For, (Or for you see) brethren, you have been called unto LIBERTY; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but BY LOVE serve one another.

14. For (Or BECAUSE) all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

15. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another. (In other words, if you decide to defend the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ beware lest they consume YOU by them SUBVERTING and deceiving you to keep the Law of Moses)

16. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.

18. But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the LAW.”


So then, if any Christian or Jew ever tells you that you must keep the Law of Moses in order to receive eternal life in the world to come, tell them straight to their face with boldness and authority that THEY are MAKING a LIE and then tell them to read the next verse.


Revelation 22:15.


“For WITHOUT (Speaking of being without eternal life and the right to enter into the city of God. But rather cast out into outer darkness) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.”


Give them this sound Biblical Bible study as their first rebuke. And if they still persist in making a lie compelling you to keep the Law of Moses then give them this entire list of sound Biblical studies under this heading >>>“WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?”<<< These in-depth studies in God's word will expose the many errors of interpretation of the scriptures made by those caught in the snare of the Hebrew Roots Movement. And not just the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement, but also in every other seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping group of Christians desiring to be teachers of the Law of Moses. And after the second rebuke cut them off from subverting you any further. Commit them to the mercy of God. For you see, they are twisting the hard sayings of the apostle Paul and the other scriptures to their OWN DESTRUCTION according to 2 Peter 3:16


2 Peter 3:14-18.


“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (And the only way to do this is to TRUST is God’s so great a GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS. For you see IF we sin and we CONFESS our sin them the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our unrighteousness and we are PERFECT in the eyes of God just as if we had never sinned. Please read the study “CAN CHRISTIANS BE PERFECT?”)

15. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, (Or TWIST) as they do also the other scriptures, unto THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION.

17. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, BEWARE lest you also, being led away with the ERROR of the wicked, FALL from your own stedfastness.

18. But grow in GRACE, and IN the knowledge OF our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (And NOT in the knowledge of those who SUBVERT you to keep the Law of Moses for any reason) To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”


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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