The Seventh Day
We know from reading the Bible the seventh day mentioned in Genesis is the day of rest. As the years pass we continue to find mainstream Christianity celebrating the Sabbath on Sunday, even though the calendar states otherwise.
Constantine concluded if he should succeed in uniting paganism and Christianity into one group, he would therefore strengthen his empire.
On March 7, 321 A.D., Constantine passed his National Sunday Law, “Let all judges and townspeople and occupations of all trades rest on the venerable day of the Sun . . .” (Codex Justinianus, lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; translated by Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, 1902, p. 380)
Like other believers Sunday worship became the norm. But when the Lord gives us a revelation He expects us to run with it. Years later my life changed. God in His time opened my eyes to realize the truth regarding his rest.
So consequently I, now with others, who share the same views keep Shabbat as the day to worship Him. The first book of the Bible does not stand alone when speaking of God’s rest. There are Scriptures in the New Testament as well. Hebrews 4 also mentions the seventh day rest.
Jesus kept the day of rest along with His Father. The Gentiles and the Jews also commemorated the Sabbath in Acts. Why did Jesus rise from the dead on Sunday? Because Shabbat (Saturday) is the day of rest. It is a delight to keep God’s rest. His word clearly states the blessings we will receive.
In the book of Isaiah 56: 2, it says, “Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.”
In Isaiah 58:13–14, it states, “If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
There are Christians who say the Old Testament is written for the Jewish nation and the New Testament is for the Gentile nation.
Example, the book of Isaiah, talks about the Sabbath and it also talks about Christ’s atoning death on the cross. People are apt to say, “Well, Isaiah is written for the Jewish people.” Yet many Scriptures in Isaiah are taken to heart by Gentiles.
A very prominent preacher once said after acknowledging the truth of the Sabbath, “If I were to teach this truth, I would lose most of my listeners.”
In Mal. 3:6 it says, “For I am the Lord, I change not . . .”
People observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. But the Word of God says in Isaiah that we will still be keeping the Sabbath in the new Heaven and the new Earth.
From Genesis to Revelations, God’s word is inspired and written for all people. From the beginning this has been God’s day of rest. Why not we who have accepted his atoning sacrifice on Calvary also accept the seventh day as God’s eternal day of rest
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