There is a history behind the fourth commandment that many Christians and followers of Jesus (Yahshuah) have no clue exists. Many believe that because they go to church on Sunday and go home and take a nap after church, they are keeping the fourth commandment. Of course their is grace for this situation when in our hearts we are wanting to please God (Yahweh) the father and keep all 10 of His commandments. However, it is when we come to an understanding of the truth that we are then given a choice of the heart whether we are going to serve Yahweh and keep his commands because we love him or continue doing what we know to be wrong in the eyes of Yahweh because we are afraid of disrupting our current level of comfort and our flow of life. Like it or not, we do this everyday when we allow the things of this world to distract us from being messengers of truth and a light in the midst of the darkness. In the same manner, we have to accknowledge when we are wrong and be willing to change even if it means our friends might think we are weird or being legalistic. Again I say, your friends will not be judging you on judgment day but Yahweh and His son Yahshuah will be the ones you have to answer to. I think that we can both agree that these are the last words we want to hear on judgement day;
Matthew 7:21-23 – 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (WITHOUT TORAH).’
With that being said, we have to examine the debate surrounding the seventh day sabbath and really take a hard look at what the scriptures say and what man says. In the end we have to choose the Father over man.
Jeremiah 16:19 says, “O LORD (YHWH), my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction (End Days), The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will man make gods for himself, which are not gods?”
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! – DO NOT READ THIS POST ANY FURTHER IF YOU WANT TO STILL BELIEVE THAT SUNDAY IS THE SABBATH AND THAT THE SEVENTH DAY (SATURDAY) IS NO LONGER HOLY AND IMPORTANT TO YAHWEH.
If you are still reading then I commend you for your bravery and courage. Yahshuah (Jesus) says in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness (keeping the torah and Yahweh’s) commandments), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. He also says in Matthew 7:14, “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” What you are about to read will actually make your stomach turn. Here we go!
In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:
Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday….
Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her! —Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.
In the Catholic Christian Instructed, we read:
Q. Has the [Catholic] church power to make any alterations in the commandments of God?
A. …Instead of the seventh day, and other festivals appointed by the old law, the church has prescribed the Sundays and holy days to be set apart for God’s worship; and these we are now obliged to keep in consequence of God’s commandment, instead of the ancient Sabbath. —Rt. Rev. Dr. Challoner, p. 211.
In the An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, we read:
Q. How prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church.
Q. How prove you that?
A. Because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin; and by not keeping the rest [of the feasts] by her commanded, they again deny, in fact, the same power. –Rev. Henry Tuberville, D.D. (R.C.), (1833), page 58.
In the A Doctrinal Catechism, we read:
Q. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her. She could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority. –Rev. Stephen Keenan, (1851), p. 174.
In the Catechism of the Council of Trent, we read:
The Church of God has thought it well to transfer the celebration and observance of the Sabbath to Sunday! –p 402, second revised edition (English), 1937. (First published in 1566)
In the Augsburg Confession, we read:
They [the Catholics] allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lord’s day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it appears; neither is there any example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day. Great, they say, is the power and authority of the church, since it dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments. —Art. 28.
God warned that a blasphemous power would “seek to change times and laws,” and the Catholic Church openly admits doing it, even boasts about it. In a sermon at the Council of Trent in 1562, the Archbishop of Reggia, Caspar del Fossa, claimed that the Catholic Church’s whole authority is based upon the fact that they changed the Sabbath to Sunday. Does this not fulfill the prophecies of Daniel and Paul?
“For centuries millions of Christians have gathered to worship God on the first day of the week. Graciously He has accepted this worship. He has poured out His blessings upon Christian people as they have sought to serve Him. However, as one searches the Scriptures, he is forced to recognize that Sunday is not a day of God’s appointment… It has no foundation in Scripture, but has arisen entirely as a result of custom,” says Frank H. Yost, Ph.D. in The Early Christian Sabbath.
Let us ask the question again: Was the Sabbath changed from the seventh day of the week to the first? The Bible is clear: “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” (Genesis 2:3). “Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11). If God intended for another day to become the Sabbath, He must have removed the blessing from the seventh day and placed it on the day, which was to replace it. But when God bestows a blessing, it is forever. “…You, O Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever” (1 Chronicles 17:27). “I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot change it” (Numbers 23:20). Your birthday, a memorial of your birth, can’t be changed, though you may celebrate it on a different day. Neither can the Sabbath, a memorial of creation (Exodus 20:11), be changed, though some may celebrate it on a different day.
God instructed Moses to construct the earthly sanctuary, all its furniture, and the ark according to “the pattern” he was shown. (Exodus 25:9, 40) The ark was called the “ark of the covenant” (Numbers 10:33, Deuteronomy 10:8, Hebrews 9:4), and the “ark of the testimony” (Exodus 25:22), because in it Moses placed the tablets of stone on which God wrote His Law. (Exodus 25:16, 31:18) John, in Revelation 11:19, describes the scene before him when “the temple of God was opened in Heaven.” John saw the Ark of the Covenant in the heavenly sanctuary. David wrote, “Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89). It is safe to assume that God’s Law remains, contained within the ark of the covenant in the heavenly sanctuary.
When God says, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:10), that ends all controversy. We cannot change God’s Word for our own convenience. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
There is a reason that in the fourth commandment Yahweh went out of his way to put the word “remember” into the phrase “remember the sabbath day and keep it holy”. In the hebrew language the word “remember” also means “to guard” or “to protect”. This insinuates that someone or something will try to take it from you. Well, do you think that someone or something has done a good job at taking the seventh day sabbath from us? The answer is emphatically YES! One thing to remember in this is that the sabbath is not what day you go to church, it is a specific day on the calendar which Yahweh made holy and commanded us to rest. We will address the issue of rest and what the benefits of honoring the sabbath can bring in today’s society in another post. Yahweh wants us to view the Sabbath with delight in the same way that we were raised to delight in Sunday. Now it is important that we do not trample on the spirit of grace that has covered us all these years regarding the Sabbath. Scripture addresses this directly in Hebrews.
It says, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God (Yahshuah) underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:26-29 NKJV)
I will leave you with this for now to chew on for a while. May Yahweh bless you and keep you in the name of Yahshuah Ha Moshiach (Jesus the Messiah).