The Biblical truth on the true Sabbath day revealed from the Bible and history. Where in the Bible do we find one single legitimate scripture stating the Sabbath is changed to Sunday?
So what day is the Sabbath? Considering Saturday is still called the Sabbath in so many languages around the world the answer should be obvious but was the Sabbath changed to Sunday in the Bible? First we need to be very clear that God’s Ten Commandment law that defines sin does not change based upon assumptions. If I told you the seventh Commandment, “thou shalt not commit adultery” was changed because a woman in the New Testament committed adultery, would you believe me? Obviously not! And why not? Because this would be flawed reasoning and a ridiculous assumption! If we see what might be a Sunday meeting in the Bible and say the Sabbath has changed to Sunday, what do we call that? The very same thing! Besides the names of the days, the witness of history and the fact that Jesus declared that not even a jot or a tittle was going to pass from the law, do we have to decide if one of the Ten Commandments of God has changed by making assumptions? We would not be serving a just God if we did! If the Ten Commandments that define what sin is were to change by a jot or a tittle that Jesus said would not happen, the Bible would literally be SCREAMING the change at us so deafeningly the Earth would move! See fulfilling the law does not end the law.
The proponents that dispute what day is the Sabbath and say the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in the Bible are looking for something that does not exist and would contradict the words of Jesus if it did. Seeing as history is so clear on how the day was changed then these Christians can only be doing one thing. If they admit the Sabbath was changed by persecution and force then they have to acknowledge that they are worshipping on the wrong day. This group however does not want to do that so they search the scriptures for some way of trying to prove the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in the Bible. But most commonly you have the group that will tell you the fourth Commandment was abolished using an absolutely ridiculous number of different reasons. Then there is a third group that found that they could not prove from the Bible that the fourth Commandment had ended and so they attempt to prove that ALL Ten Commandments have ended. When you find the inconsistency of Christians teaching that it is either Ten, Nine or Zero Commandments or the day was changed, we should know something is very wrong and God’s law is definitely under attack. The history of Sunday worship is very clear and Daniel 7:25 also tells us that God’s law would be changed and the Christian saints persecuted but this seems to be conveniently overlooked, justified away or not understood.
Since the language table reveals what day the Sabbath is, we can continue with the misunderstandings from the proponents who apparently do not understand Acts 20:7. The days of the week in Biblical times were basically named first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth or Preparation and Sabbath. As revealed in the language table, the numbering of the week days revolves around the Sabbath. The scriptures translated “first day of the week” actually say first day after the Sabbath. This in itself says that the first day of the week is not the Seventh-day Sabbath! The phrase “first day of the week” in the King James Bible comes from the Greek words “mia” (first) “ho he to” (of the) “sabbaton” (Sabbath). The word day is added and not present in the original Greek text. So the phrase more correctly reads “first of the sabbath” which for clarity could be translated to first day after the Sabbath or first day of the week. John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible (1690-1771) commenting on Matthew 28:1 on the phrase first day of the week says: “towards the first day of the week, or “sabbaths”; so the Jews used to call the days of the week, the first day of the sabbath, the second day of the sabbath, &c. take an instance or two (z).” How many people today who would understand the meaning of the phrase first of the Sabbath, second of the Sabbath or third of the Sabbath etc, and thus it is typically translated as first day of the week. So Luke is actually saying that this day is the first day after the Sabbath and hence is also saying that this day is not the Sabbath. It is absolutely impossible to say that the Sabbath is Sunday because of the very names of the days of the week since they were actually named around the Sabbath day and thus the first day of the week can never be the Sabbath. This blows the “first day of the week” arguments out of the water already but we will continue anyway and further prove how wrong these arguments are numerous times. Note that some come against these facts with ridiculous statements like the Sabbath is still Saturday but the early Church now keep Sunday as the Sabbath. This fallacy is typically justified by saying the Sabbath is Jewish, which as we have seen is impossible. How far will people go to avoid this one Commandment?
Apart from Acts 20:7, there is also another verse that says “first day of the week” that is less commonly used as supposed proof of a Sabbath to Sunday change in the Bible. This is the worst assumption of the two that one can only describe as an absolute abuse of scripture. The expression “lay by him in store” in 1 Corinthians 16:2 means putting aside at home or to store goods away. It certainly would be a rather strange expression for passing around an offering plate don’t you think? The needs at the time were food and clothing etc, which would come from the field or storage. Luke reminds us in Acts 11:28-30 that famine conditions and the need for clothing was not unusual in areas of the Middle East. Hence the reason for Paul’s counsel to the Corinthians to do their work on the first day of the week, “so that there be no gatherings when I come.” Gathering and storing up produce from the field would certainly not be appropriate on the Sabbath. The appeal would have been made the previous Sabbath meeting and the first opportunity would be the first day of the week or should we say the first day after the Sabbath.
You will find that Acts 20:7 is the most commonly quoted scripture as the supposed and conclusive evidence that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in the Bible. You frequently hear statements like, “It is well documented that the early church adopted Sunday as their day of worship based on Acts 20:7.” It is claimed that the Sabbath had to have been changed to Sunday because the verse says they broke bread on the first day if the week. But how often do you hear the proponents quote Acts 2:46 at the same time they quote Acts 20:7 that says they broke bread every day of the week? Have they not read the entire book of Acts? How many are aware of large Churches holding worship services on Sabbath and Sunday that include communion on both days? Can we partake of communion everyday of the week? Can we hold Bible study services on any day? The answer of course is yes to both. So on that premise alone, how can we say this proves the Sabbath was changed to Sunday? We cannot. But not only that, you are about to discover that breaking bread is not necessarily communion and that this supposed Sunday meeting was in fact a Saturday night meeting that ran very late because Paul was parting the next day.
We are warned in James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely.” Yet I have shown many teaching this fallacy that they were in error here but they still continued to teach this anyway. We should not be surprised as 2 Timothy 4:3 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” So why is it that the proponents regularly quote Acts 20:7 but ignore Acts 2:46 and the real truth on this passage? The answer is simple. Most people hate change and especially major changes to their lifestyle and so our adversary finds it all too easy to deceive on this one Commandment and push the majority away from the truth. So is the Seventh day Sabbath Saturday or every day of the week? We certainly worship God everyday but if we kept the Sabbath everyday, we would be Lazy, not Holy. God specifically said the Seventh day and He has never told us to the contrary and until such time that He does so in unmistakable words, that is what we should be doing. It is sin not to do so and wilful, unrepented sin cannot be forgiven. See Hebrews 10:26-29.
In Bible times, the days did not start at midnight but began and ended at sunset. This first day of the week meeting was in fact after sunset and before midnight. So this meeting was in fact on what we would call Saturday evening or Saturday night. So much for a supposed Sunday meeting! Paul was about to depart the next day and so this was a Sabbath meeting that had been extended very late into the night. So much so that Eutychus fell asleep while listening to Paul’s long hours of preaching, and fell out the window. (Acts 20:9) The Greek word parateino translated continued in Acts 20:7 means to (to stretch); to extend along, that is, prolong (in point of time).
Because the majority of Christians are familiar with the term “breaking bread” being associated with communion, it has become a mind set to automatically associate this phrase with communion. But this is yet another wrong assumption. Breaking of bread was something done at every meal. When those seated at the meal table wanted some bread, they would take the bread from the table and break of a piece. The last supper with Jesus and His disciples was also a meal and the bread was broken just as it would have at any other meal. The only difference was that Jesus was also using the bread and the wine as an analogy. The following two scriptures demonstrate this well. The first is the Lord’s Supper and the second Jesus breaks bread and feeds the multitudes. Both circumstances involved giving thanks and breaking bread. One was communion and one was not. There is a lot of confusion over this issue with many Christians and even some theologians. In any case, this took place on Saturday night and this is something that many have apparently failed to notice. The Greek word used in both cases is also the same.
1 Corinthians 11:24 “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
Matthew 15:36 “And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”
Observe how the Good News Bible translates the breaking of bread to the “fellowship meal” and note also how this Bible and the New English Bible translates “first day of the week” to “Saturday evening” and “Saturday night” to avoid confusion for the reader. At least some translators were observant and translated it accordingly.
Acts 20:7 King James Version “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”
Acts 20:7 Good News Bible “On Saturday evening we gathered together for the fellowship meal. Paul spoke to the people and kept on speaking until midnight, since he was going to leave the next day.”
Acts 20:7 New English Bible “On the Saturday night, in our assembly for the breaking of bread, Paul, who was to leave next day, addressed them, and went on speaking until midnight.”
Acts 2:46 King James Version “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,”
Acts 2:46 Good News Bible “Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts,”
When Eutychus fell asleep and fell out the window, Paul went downstairs, prayed over him and the Lord restored him to life. Paul then went back up stairs and preached ALL night as he was leaving them first thing in the morning. Would Paul and those listening have been hungry? Would they have had refreshments such as bread and other food to get them through the night? Of course. Paul says that if we take of the Lord’s Supper to satisfy our hunger we take it to our condemnation (1 Corinthians 11:34). The context of the verse is that this was done for sustenance to get through a long night of preaching and was not done in reverence. In any case, this was a Saturday meeting that extended right through the night to Sunday morning and so it is not really relevant if this were communion or not but it seems more than likely that it was just a meal.
Acts 20:11 “Now when Paul had gone back upstairs, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.”
Here is one more situation where food was required for sustenance and is clearly not communion but yet again we find Paul giving thanks and breaking bread. This was a meal for strength and survival as verse 34 states.
Acts 27:34-36 “Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you. 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat. 36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.”
Here is a quote from those responsible for the final change of the Sabbath to Sunday and even they know that these two first day of the week scriptures are not a new day of worship. Note also that they know that 1 Corinthians 16:2 was laying aside goods for charity that would not be done on Sabbath but the first day after. Catholic Church quote.
The proponents are so desperate to justify why they can keep Sunday as the Sabbath, that many are now looking for ANY event that they think may have occurred on a Sunday and saying this is their so called proof. It grieves me how Satan always manages to find someone he can use to do his dirty work in attacking God’s Commandments. The latest supposed proof that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in the Bible is based on Pentecost being a Sunday, and so they now quote a variety of verses from Acts chapter 2. This chapter in fact does not mention the first day of the week at all. Pentecost falls on the 50th day after Passover each year, but the fact is that Passover falls on a different day every year and hence so does Pentecost. Just because it or any other event happens to fall on a Sunday sometimes does not make it a new day of worship. Pentecost fell on different days every year prior to that in both the Old and New Testament, but the Sabbath still remained on the Seventh Day!
These Christians are so deceived and in so much denial of truth that they have gone as far as to say that the early Church met habitually on the first day of the week based on scriptures such as Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2 and Acts chapter 2, and as we have seen so far, every argument has been a desperate attempt at proving a lie. Believe it or not, the argument of some is that if the early Church did meet habitually on the first day of the week as they claim then the real truth on how the day was changed must be wrong despite the abundance of solid evidence. It grieves me to have to answer one more fallacy but the truth must win out and Satan’s lies exposed. Those who believe that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in honour of the resurrection sometimes even cite John 20:19, which is the upper room meeting of the disciples on the same day Jesus arose from the grave. They say this gathering on the first day of the week was to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. But when we read the Bible record of the event, we discover that the circumstances were quite different. Luke tells us that, even though the disciples were confronted with the eyewitness story of Mary Magdalene, they “believed not.” Mark 16:12-14 states, “After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. 14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” None of these disciples believed Jesus had risen so they could not have been joyously celebrating His resurrection. This is just another desperate attempt at proving the Sabbath was changed to Sunday. God’s law does not change on assumptions! John explains their reason for being together, “…the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews…” John 20:19.
So did Paul and the early Church keep the Sabbath? Note that we are going to use real Sabbath meeting scriptures and none will be assumptions! Acts 13:42 says “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.” Paul had just finished preaching on the Sabbath and the Gentiles (NOT the Jews) asked him to preach to them again the next Sabbath. If the Sabbath was abolished or changed to Sunday, then why didn’t they ask Paul to preach to them another day? The very next day was Sunday, the first day of the week. Why didn’t they ask Paul to preach then if Sunday was supposed to be the new Sabbath? But not so, they asked him to come to them the next Sabbath where we see that nearly the whole city came, both Jews and Gentiles. This also shows that the Sabbath was a day of worship and that this Sabbath worship was only done on this one special day. Acts 13:44 “And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.”
What day was the Sabbath that Paul and the early Church were keeping? The names of the days of the week give the answer but let’s look at this anyway. Paul was a Pharisee and hence a Jew and followed the Jewish ways to the strictest letter. Acts 26:4-5 “The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee.” Now notice in the following verse that this is a Jewish synagogue and Jews have all through history, without change, worshipped on Saturday as they still do today. Note that Paul is only seen preaching in the synagogue on Sabbath days and not on any other day. Three consecutive ones here for an example. Acts 17:2 “…they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As his CUSTOM was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” It was not only Paul’s custom and example to keep the Seventh-day Sabbath in establishing the early Church but that of Jesus also and He is our perfect example. Luke 4:16. There are many such scriptures of Jesus and Paul preaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath but not one single verse exists where anyone preached in the synagogue on the first day of the week.
Some who find it a burden to devote an entire day of worship to God deny the Sabbath is a day of worship but scripture proves otherwise. What day was the custom of Jesus and Paul to preach and worship on? Many Churches today hold worship services on any day of the week but in the beginning we can see they only did this on the Sabbath. Please understand that I am not saying that we cannot do this but just want you to note that in the days of the early Church they only worshipped in the synagogue on the Seventh day Sabbath. Are any of the scriptures we are quoting assumptions? What about Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, John 20:19 and Acts chapter 2? Do any of these scriptures say, “Paul was preaching in the synagogue on the first day of the week which is the NEW Sabbath.” or “Jesus changed His mind and now He is going to change His law by more than a jot or a tittle and has changed the Sabbath to Sunday?” If the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in the Bible there would certainly be no shortage of scriptures showing someone worshipping on the first day of the week in the Synagogue (Church). However, there is not one single scripture showing one single person doing this. Instead we only have a multitude of scriptures that show it was only the Sabbath the early Church habitually worshipped on. Unlike those trying to prove a fallacy, these scriptures are not assumptions: Acts 13:14, Acts 13:27, Acts 13:42, 44, Acts 15:21, Acts 17:1-2, Acts 18:4, Luke 4:16, Luke 6:6, Luke 13:10, Mark 1:21 and Mark 6:2.
Jesus confirmed that there would be no change to His Ten Commandment law and we can trust what He tells us to be true. The following story also reveals what many do not understand in that a Sabbath to Sunday change in the Bible is absolutely impossible.
I had just stepped off the platform after finishing preaching about the Sabbath on an evangelistic crusade, when three young men blocked my way in the aisle. One addressed me in such a loud voice that about fifty people near the front of the auditorium stopped to listen. “Dear brother” he said, “We are disappointed with the way you are trying to put us back under the Old Covenant. Don’t you realize that we are living under the New Covenant and should be keeping Sunday instead of the Sabbath?” Most of the congregation had left the Church but the group near the front gathered round to hear all that these young men were saying. I knew that I would have to take the time to answer there challenging question as they had my path completely blocked and the circle of listeners looked at me expectantly for some explanation. “It appears you have studied the subject of the Covenants quite deeply,” I remarked. “Very much so,” they declared, “We know all about the Covenants.” “Very good,” I replied. “So you obviously know when the Old Covenant was instituted.” One of them replied quickly, “It was instituted at Mt. Sinai.” “And how was it ratified?” I asked. “By the sprinkling of the blood of an ox” one answered. “Very good,” I replied, “and how was the New Covenant ratified?” Simultaneously they all chorused the answer, “By the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.” I commended them for their knowledge of the Scriptures and asked if they would read Galatians 3:15 and Hebrews 9:16-17 for me. Eagerly they responded and commented on each verse as they read. “We agree that the New Covenant did not go into effect until after Jesus Christ died, and nothing can be added or taken away after He ratified it on he cross,” they asserted as all three nodded their heads emphatically over this point. “Now you must answer two more questions for me I said. Here is the first question and please think very carefully to give the correct answer: When did Sunday keeping begin?” There was a moment of shocked silence, and then another. They looked at each other and then down at their feet and then back at me. I prodded them gently for the answer, “Surely you can answer this question. You have known all the others, and answered correctly. When and why do you think Christians began keeping Sunday?” One finally said, “We keep Sunday in honour of the resurrection of Jesus.” I responded, “Then I must ask you my last question. How could Sunday keeping be a part of the New Covenant? You declared that nothing could be added after the death of our Saviour. He died on Friday and was resurrected on Sunday. If Sunday was added after Christ died, it could never be a part of the New Covenant could it?” The three looked helplessly around shuffling their feet, and then one of them said, “We will study more on this and get back to you later.” They then fled from that auditorium as fast as they could go but they never returned to talk further about the covenants.
Besides the witness of history on the day change and the millions that died for keeping the Seventh day Sabbath, one can see those claiming the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday based on Acts 20:7 are deceived. See a re-enactment video of a true story on the death of a Sabbath keeper. It is very sad when Christians who claim to love God with all their heart, might and soul, fight with all their heart, might and soul to bury one of the Ten Commandments of God that is a SIGN that He is our God that we love and worship and God that sanctifies us making us Holy when we keep His Sabbath Holy. Do we really have to establish if one of the Ten Commandments changed by going, “That looks like a first day of the week meeting! God must have changed the day,” and how could this be possible when Jesus said that not one jot or tittle of the law is changing? The Sabbath is the biggest of the Ten Commandment and a jot or tittle is equivalent to dotting your “I’s.” and crossing your “T’s”.
How would you respond if God said, “I added a seventh day to the week at creation just so you can rest and spend one on one quality time with me, so please put all secular activities to one side on this day and devote it entirely to me?” Would you reply, “Forget it God, No way! I have more important things to do. I don’t have to do that, it’s legalism. That day does not fit into my schedule but I will spend some time with you on Sunday if you like.” Do you think this is how most would really respond to God? Apparently so, because this is what many Christians are doing when they try to make God’s Ten Commandments into nine or even none. The majority do this, however, there are many doing this in ignorance because others have deceived them with wrong information that are also deceived or would like others to join them in their act of disobedience so they feel more comfortable. These people spend their time putting up web sites condemning and attacking those who love God and find this day a delight. There can be no doubt what spirit is behind this. Acts 20:7 is just one of many examples and you can see how horribly wrong they are. Here are a few of the other common excuses in brief detail that Christians come up with to try and avoid the Sabbath Commandment.
Loving God with all your heart and your neighbour as yourself does not change Ten Commandments into nine or none. (Matthew 22:35) Jesus said all the law hang on these two Commandments while He quoted Deuteronomy 6:5, which is 17 verses after the second reading of the Ten Commandments when no one can argue the Sabbath Commandment was being kept. The Sabbath has existed since creation (only reason we have a seven day week) before sin and Jews and God asked us to “remember” the day when He personally gave His law and all flesh keep the Sabbath forever in the new Heaven and Earth. (Isaiah 66:22-23) Luke 23:56 says they “rested the Sabbath day according to the Commandment.” and the book of Luke was written 30 to 50 years after the cross. Jesus confirmed the Sabbath was not abolished while referring to the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. (Matthew 24:20) and yet more evidence the Sabbath was not changed in honour of the resurrection. See also Sabbath in the New Testament. Leading historians say the Sabbath was kept by everyone until at least 90-120 A.D. where persecution for Judaism became so intense that some began keeping Sunday saying it was in honour of the resurrection to avoid persecution and death. Baptism is the memorial of the resurrection commanded in the Bible. God attested the correct day matters when he tested His children to see if they would keep His Commandments by testing if they would keep the Seventh day. (Exodus 16:4-30) We worship God everyday but if we kept the Sabbath everyday, we would be lazy, not Holy. We should not mock God when He says the Seventh-Day by telling Him He is wrong saying the day does not matter or we can keep any day. It is not the Sabbath of the Jews. There were no Jews when the Sabbath was created or when the Ten Commandments were given, and God is not a God of confusion or some fool that mixes temporary laws with eternal laws. The Ten Commandments are love and for everyone. This should be obvious if we stop and think about it for a moment. The Sabbath of the Lord is not a ceremonial sabbath that was practised because of sin. Breaking it or any of the Ten Commandments is sin. Israel’s temporary ceremonial law was written in a book and why it was also called the “Book of the Covenant.” This is where God would have written it if it was for Israel only but God wrote it in stone with the other nine Commandments. Have you ever heard the expression it is not written in stone? Written in stone means forever. On paper and in a book is temporary. So put very simply, God had two specific laws. One which was temporary and only for the Jews and was nailed to the cross. And the other which was written in stone and was eternal and for everyone. If the Sabbath of the Lord was temporary and only for the Jews, would you place it in the temporary law that was only for the Jews or in the eternal law that was for everyone? An obvious question with one very obvious answer! But is that where God placed it? No! He placed His Sabbath exactly where it belonged; in the law that was eternal and for everyone! God is not a fool or the author of confusion and so this alone reveals the truth. God makes a distinction between His Sabbath and the ceremonial sabbaths in the Ten Commandments exhorting, “the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God:” (Exodus 20:10, Deuteronomy 5:14). It is the Lord’s Sabbath! It did not belong to Israel. God further demonstrates this by calling His Sabbath, “My Sabbaths,” as in His weekly Sabbaths, (Exodus 31:13, Ezekiel 20:20) while calling the ceremonial sabbaths that were only for Israel, “Her Sabbaths.” (Hosea 2:11, Lamentations 1:7) The Sabbath Commandment was not and is not a shadow of anything. The shadows people get confused with are so called because they were a shadow of some future event. Example: The yearly Passover was a shadow of the crucifixion of Christ. When Jesus became our Passover Lamb, the shadow of Passover disappeared, hence it was nailed to the cross along with all the other yearly ceremonial sabbaths and why they were temporary and for Israel only. The things that were nailed to the cross were what was practised because of sin (breaking of the Ten Commandments) before the cross and why they ended at the cross. All the yearly sabbaths of the ceremonial law were written on paper and stored on the outside of the Ark and were instituted and practised because of sin and so came into existence after sin and finished when Christ ended the sacrificial system by becoming our final perfect sacrifice. The Sabbath of the Lord thy God was made in the creation week before sin and why it cannot be a shadow. Thus it was not practised because of sin and why it was written in stone with the other eternal laws and stored inside the Ark. The Ten Commandments or Sabbath were not nailed to the cross according to Colossians 2:16. Paul speaks of the ordinances (ceremonial law) which had yearly ceremonial sabbaths that were nailed to the cross. Galatians 4:10 does not say that we can observe any day or that the Sabbath was bondage. Paul refers to the ceremonial law here also that he called bondage, which it was, and this law did include Days, Times, Months and Years. We cannot decide to keep or not keep the Sabbath based on Romans 14:5, which is about Jews and Gentiles judging one another and was over the yearly feast days of the ceremonial law. Note the following Commentary on Romans 14:5 and how it associates all three of these passages and with the ceremonial law. See also confusion between the ceremonial law and the Ten Commandments.
People’s New Testament by B. W. Johnson. One man esteemeth one day above another. A second difference of opinion is now cited. Some, Jewish converts or Gentiles who did not understand that the old covenant was ended, believed that the Jewish [ceremonial] Sabbaths and new moons should be kept sacred. Compare Col 2:16, and Gal 4:10.
As you compare these passages, note that the ceremonial law (Ordinances, Mosaic Law, Law of Moses etc) had meat and drink offerings, Holy feast (days), new moons (months) and sabbaths (yearly) that were only for the Jews and did end at the cross. See also Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes Commentaries on Colossians 2:14-16, Albert Barnes and People’s New Testament Commentaries on Galatians 4:10 and Adam Clarke on Romans 14:5.
Please Note: Our adversary has always had a long term plan in attacking the Ten Commandment law of God, which one should realize, and will stop at nothing to keep Christians from discovering the real truth on the Sabbath Commandment. As a result you will find that Satan has had no trouble in finding those that he can bring against the truth. They are however fairly easy to spot as they claim the early Church habitually worshipped on the first day of the week based on the scriptures we just covered that were shown to be nothing but deliberate attempts at proving a lie. The passages Colossians 2:16, Galatians 4:10 and Romans 14:5 are typically quoted also. These scriptures as you have seen are quoted in ignorance and if you understand these passages well, you will be able to easily identify those who are deceived when they do quote these passages and demonstrate they have no idea what the truth is. See Colossians 2:16 for a detailed exegesis on this passage which also covers Galatians 4:10 and Romans 14:5. See the Galatians and the law for the truth on a very abused and misunderstood book.
There are three basic groups of people when it comes to the fourth Commandment. Group one know the Sabbath truth and keep all Ten Commandments and state that the Sabbath Commandment is a blessing and their favourite day of the week. (Isaiah 58:13-14) Group two, which is comprised of most Churches have one of a 101 different excuses. Group three is the Catholic Church and they know what day is the Sabbath and have only one excuse: “We can change the law of God.” The crazy thing is that group two with all their different excuses very rarely know that group three changed the Sabbath and is why they worship on Sunday. Satan really has this one all wrapped up and claps his hands with glee with the victory he has achieved over this one very special Commandment that is not just about resting but defines who we worship.
James 2:10–12 states, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law.”
Every person that has ever lived will be judged by the grand moral code of the Ten Commandments. To break even one is to be guilty of sin. Scripture demonstrates how the Ten Commandments are like a chain of ten links and how when one link is broken, the whole chain is broken. Everyone standing in the judgment will have to meet the acid test of the Ten Commandments. If a practicing thief sought entrance into the kingdom, he would be rejected and why Paul says thieves will not inherit the heavenly city. The Bible also specifically declares that liars, adulterers, idolaters and covetous men will not be in the kingdom. Why? Because these are forbidden by the Ten Commandments that everyone will be finally judged by. Not one single person will be admitted into heaven who is wilfully (Hebrews 10:26-29) disobeying any one of the Ten Commandments because breaking anyone of the Ten Commandments is to break them all. We find a good example of this in Exodus 16:4-30 where we also see that the Sabbath existed before the giving of the law. Just like today, these non-Jews thought that God did not mean what He said when He said the Seventh day. So what was God’s response? He accused them of breaking everyone of His Commandments and laws.
There will always be those who will object that this is making works the basis of entering the kingdom. But that is not so. This makes love the qualifying factor. Jesus said that the greatest Commandment of all is to love God supremely. Quoting from the second of the Ten Commandments, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” John 14:15. If we practice any known sin, then we are really confessing that we do not love God with all their heart, might and soul. And so it is the lack of love that shuts us out and not the act of disobedience that exposes that lack. It is only when love motivates the obedience that it becomes acceptable to God. Anything other than love is a vain attempt to earn salvation and to deny the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
If something as crucial as the Ten Commandments that define love and sin were to change, then God would have unmistakable scriptures saying so and we should also now realize that the Ten Commandments do not change based on assumptions. History reveals how the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday and we now know that the Sabbath was not changed to Sunday in the Bible, but is there any scriptures (there certainly would be several) that unmistakably state the Sabbath Commandment was abolished? If the answer is no, then it is just as much sin to not keep the Sabbath of the Lord thy God Holy as it is to worship idols or break any of the Commandments. The wise among us will also realize that Satan is responsible for both this change and those attacking this truth and with very good reason. So what should one do now?
Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
See also who changed the Sabbath to Sunday that covers the beginnings of sun worship and the origins of that mysterious number 666. Are you wondering how this number is involved? It is all part of a spiritual battle between God and Satan and the attack on God and what really matters to Him, which is His law that defines what sin is. The information helps see the bigger picture and how it has always been Satan’s plan to attack God’s law and especially the Sabbath Commandment. See Sabbath and antichrist truth for all the typical excuses given to avoid the Sabbath truth.
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the stranger within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. ”