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I Know That The Spiritually Minded Believers Will Reading This Will Ask:

‘What a foolish question?’, and rightly so because all the Ten Commandments of God are valid and must be obeyed because it is written: “ Whoever breaks one commandment is  guilty  of breaking them ALL.

For the same one who said ‘Do not commit adultery ‘ also said, ‘Do no commit murder ‘. Even if you  do not commit adultery, you have become a Law breaker if you commit murder…” James 2:10-11

BUT THEN, HOW FOOLISH IS THIS QUESTION ?

To begin with:  Do you go to church on Sunday because our God can be worshiped every day or because you are obeying the 4th commandment of God ? Or because you have nothing doing on Sunday and so should spare your useless time to God ?

The bible says: Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11-12.

Paul was one of those who performed the greatest miracles after Christ but the people did not just run after Paul applauding him as a great man of God, because they knew that even demons could make miracles, instead they scrutinized him with the Word of God.  They knew from the example of the battle between Jesus and the devil which  was based on “ It is written”(Math 4:1-5) that, it was OBEDIENCE to the word of God that matters and not miracles and wonders(Mat 7:21-23). So, we must obey Joshua 1:8 as to conform ourselves with all that is written since the word of God is our Judge.

As I decided to be like these early Christians and started studying the word of God rather than just sheepishly following a religious mass, I discovered  amongst many other things that, the  4th Commandment of God  was  surrounded   with a lot of confusion in the present day’s Church. I must be careful because the bible says: He who DISOBEY one commandment has  gone against ALL, for he who said don’t...” James 2:10-11. So how can we carefully obey Nine commandments  instead of  Ten ? This  is the crafty works of the  Devil.

Firstly, I discovered that the 4th Commandment of God concerning the weekly Sabbath day (7th day of the week), came into existence before man ever sinned in Genesis 2:1-5:

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it, he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” Gen 2:2-3

 This means that if man did not sin, he would have continued sanctifying the Sabbath day and that is why we see it in the New world(kingdom of God) that is coming: "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the Lord, "so will your name and descendants endure…. from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the Lord. Isa 66:22-24.

We will be a misfit with Sunday in Israel because Saints  there Sanctify Saturday and not  Sunday. On the 7th day of the week, all congregations of Saints rest and meet for service according to the 4th commandment, while on the 1st day(Sunday) they resume work to earn their living.

 It is from the Israelite  that the word of God originated and as the LORD Jesus Christ said: “ Salvation comes from the Jews” John 4:21. So we can’t get into the scripture and select  what we like and throw the others calling them ‘ the Jewish Law”, as if all the scriptures did not belong to them in the first place. To this the scriptures says plainly: “     

Equally we read: “ Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.   Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who KEEPS THE SABBATH without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." Isa 56:1-2. This text is pointing  to the second coming of Christ which  we are all waiting for and  we see the Sabbath  being mentioned.

THFAITHFUL SERVANT OF THE LORD : DERECK PRINCE IN THIS VIDEO IN A CHURCH SERVICE IN BRITAIN ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THa58YZgbOI&spfreload=10)  says:

 Congregations of born again  churches is Jerusalem( Israel) where He is, hold their worship services on Saturday the  7th day of the week according to the 4th Commandment, and not Sunday. That Sunday   the 1st day of the week, is the most busiest day when work begins.

Therefore that if we come to Jerusalem and probably want to go to church on Sunday, we will be very shock because it is the most busiest working day of the week. He added that Christians in Israel are more faithful to the Holy scriptures, than those  in other  parts of the world who are very pagan in especially weekly counting.

We all know that the Holy Bible is original the Jewish affair  until the coming of Christ that God permitted it to be a non-Jewish affair. That is why Christ could say “Salvation comes from the Jews” John 4: 22. Again he said: 

“ I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be JEWS  though they are not, but are liars — I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.  Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, “Rev 3:9-10. So, every non-Jew in Christ, is a spiritual Jew. 

Paul’s letters that Satan is using  today to move us to misinterpret the word of God, was preached in Israel in those days before it ever reached us. Does it mean that the born again Jewish Christian disobeyed Paul in those days and still keep doing it today by not moving the Sabbath from the  7th day(Saturday), to Sunday the 1st day of the week in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

So, they who got it first hand from Paul couldn’t understand, is us today to better understand. We are following pagan Roman Catholic tradition in the worship of the Sun god(Sun-day)., and not the scriptures. The fulfillment of Mathew 24:15-Daniel 7:25.  

As I carefully studied Genesis 1, 2:1-3, I discovered that the natural LAW that God put in place to govern nature has not change. For eg: “ God made the moon and stars to role over the day and the Sun over the day(Gen 2:16). Psalms 104:19 says “God made the moon the mark the end of the months and the sun knows when to set”. We see all these laws in force. 

If salvation by grace cannot change them, how can we then claim that it has changed that of Genesis 2:1-3 in honor of the resurrection of Christ? (By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done”. 

No!! And that is why we see it in the New world to come: “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the Lord, "so will your name and descendants endure.  From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me”.  Isa 66:22-23IS 

Secondly,  I discovered that there were 3 types of Sabbath in the bible:

I) God’s Sabbath rest of physical Creation(Genesis 2:1-3,Exodus 20:8-11). This goes for ever.

II) God’s Sabbath rest in redemption (Hebrew 4:8-11). Every true born again child of God enters into God’s spiritual rest.  Relaying on the Lord no matter the situations and circumstance that the believer may be going through. He is resting on the Lord.

III) Ceremonial Sabbaths( Leviticus 16:29:31, Numbers 29:1-2, Numbers 28:26-30). Some holy days other than the 7th Day of the week  that work was not to be done. It came to an end with the coming of Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, I discovered that there are some specific blessings that have been attached to the OBEDIENCE of the 4th Commandment in sanctifying the  7th day of the week:

-“  And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant —  these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."  Isaiah 56:6-8

-“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isa 58:13-14.

In Israel days are  counted as: Day 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 not Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Fourthly, I discovered that the 7th Day of the week was not Sunday but Saturday and that there was a difference between worshiping God every day and sanctifying the 7th day by resting from the works of our hands in earning our daily bread. All we can do this day should be only God’s work just like Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath was doing: Evangelizing, healing, Teachings, worshiping, etc. As to this day, the bible says:

-“It was Friday (the day Christ was crucified the sixth day) the day of preparation as the Sabbath was about to begin… then they went back home and prepared the spices and perfumes for the body. On the Sabbath day, they rested ….Very early on Sunday morning (the first day of the week) the women went to the tomb carrying the spices they had prepared(Luke 23:54 to Luke 24:1, Mark15:42, 16:1-2, Math 27:59-56, 28:14).

So we can worship our God everyday including Sunday, but must sanctify the 7th day which is Saturday and not Sunday. Because the question here is sanctification and not worshiping(Read Exodus 20:8).  How then did we come about Sanctifying Sunday instead of Saturday ?

Fifthly, I discovered  that Jesus Christ had warned the church far in advance  saying:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  "So when you see standing in the HOLY PLACE 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand” Matt 24:14-15. The CHURCH or SAINTS today, is the HOLY PLACE.  What was then the abomination that Daniel was speaking off ? The bible says:He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set Times and the Laws. The saints will be handed over to him” Dan 7:25.

So, it is not strange to see saints worldwide sanctifying Sunday instead of Saturday. Is just an accomplishment of what our Lord Jesus and the Prophet Daniel had long said. Yesterday God permitted this, but Today He wants us to get rid of this abomination because His priority now is complete holiness (Perfection) in ready for the rapture.

Sixthly, I discovered through research in religious and Human historical events that, these changes that Daniel talked off, started taking place under the Roman Emperor Constantine in 313AD who is the founder of Roman Catholicism. It is was with him that water sprinkling on the head as baptism started on his sick bed. World History- the Roman Catholic social Studies series on page 116 quote: “He made Sunday a day of Rest and Prayers by Law”.

 It was with him that Satan disguisedly metamorphosed the pagan Roman religion of idol worship to the Sun god (Queen of Heaven-Jeremiah 7:18) whose chief priest was called Pontifex Maximus, to a counterfeit Christianity of idol worship.  This title has not changed. The Roman Catholic Pope is called sovereign Pontif.

 The last battle  before Christ return will be centered around the 4th Commandment of God. Satan will through the Roman Papacy backed by the America(Revelation  13:11-10), obliged Christians and even unto death, to Sunday sanctification, and many believers will compromise and perish because of their lack of a good knowledge, on the 4th commandment of God. 

When I read the complete Jewish Bible (JCB) By Stern David, I discovered that most of our bibles are translated from a traditional Roman Catholic background. You won’t see things inside like Baptism which has brought the confusion of water sprinkling on the head, but IMMERSION. The seventh days Adventist got light on the 7th day but are making the mistake of hanging on it as the only means of salvation. I think this is another tricks of the devil.

IT IS WIDELY BELIEVED THAT JESUS CHRIST TRANSFERRED THE SABBATH FROM THE 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK (SATURDAY) TO THE 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK (SUNDAY), IN MEMORY OF RESURRECTION.  IS THIS TRUE?  WHERE IS IT EXPRESSLY WRITTEN?

To begin, I discovered that many were misinterpreting the letters of Paul and living a lawless life for their own very destruction as 2 Peter 3:15-17 had earlier warned:

Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.  He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some THINGS THAT ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, WHICH IGNORANT AND UNSTABLE PEOPLE DISTORT, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the ERROR OF LAWLESS MEN and fall from your secure position

1) Neither Jesus Nor The Apostles Ever Replaced The Sanctification Of The 7th Day-Saturday With Sunday The 1st Day Of The Week Because Of Christ’s Resurrection Based On This Text:

  On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and he prolonged his speech until mid-night. There were many lights …and when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while until sunrise and so departed. And they took the lad away alive.. (Acts 20: 6-12). We then ask the question:

When does a day begin before God and obeyed  by the Apostles ?

Before God, a day begins from sun set to sun set (Genesis 1:5). That is one evening and one morning as the Bible says: “The Passover, celebrated to honour the Lord, begin at sunset on the fourteenth day”(Leviticus 23:5).

Therefore in Act 20:6-12,  the 7th day, Saturday was ending at sunset and the 1st day Sunday was just beginning. When the Bible says: Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and he prolonged his speech until midnight …” (Verse 7-8), it is just confirming that they were already in the upstairs room all along the seventh day. And had just come closer to each other (gathered) at the beginning of the first day (Sunday) to break bread when the sun was already setting, and Paul talked until midnight. 

Therefore, the 7th day (Sabbath) had just ended and the first day of the week (Sunday) was just beginning: He conversed with them a long while until sunrise, and so departed.” Verse 11.

“ UNTIL SUNRISE AND SO DEPARTED ”

Therefore, these early Christians gathered on the 7th day (Sabbath) to worship God as prescribed by the Lord; while they continued until sun set meaning already on the first day Sunday, they just gathered or moved closer together to broke bread. Unfortunately as they gathered just to break bread after having spent the whole morning of the 7th day in worshiping, praising, thanking God etcetera: “Paul pro-longed his speech until midnight”. Using the word “pro-longed” here means that he was just to lead them into the breaking of the bread, but he went beyond  limit.

Will it not therefore be foolishness on our part to claim that, these Christians met just at the beginning of the first day of the week (Sunday) in the evening at the end of the 7th day just to break bread and disperse? If Apostle Paul is being blamed for having pro-longed the bread brooking session with long speeches that continued till midnight, what were they doing in the whole morning (day light) period of the 7th day? Were they not certainly sanctifying it in adoration, worshiping, praises, healing, evangelization, teaching, etcetera as the 4th commandment recommends?

The Bible says: “While until sunrise and so departed. They took the young man home alive and were not a little comforted …” Vs 12. This means that at sunrise on Sunday morning, the Apostle left, and everybody went home. Therefore, if this unfortunate meeting of the Christians this day ended on Sunday morning at rising sun, it was just an exception, giving the fact that regret or discontent is expressed as indicated by the word “prolonged.” When therefore, did they meet on Sunday to worship God as indication of a change of the Sabbath from the 7th day of the week to the 1st day of the week based on the resurrection of Christ?

The early church was meeting on Saturday the 7th day and worshiping God, praising Him, healing, evangelization, et cetera, and ending up with the breaking of bread which could be prolonged into the beginning of the first day of the week( Sunday). There is nowhere in the scripture where they met on Sunday morning (from rising sun) to sanctify God in worshiping, praises, thanksgiving, and breaking bread as a commandment of God.  They might have been doing other worshiping individually or as an assembly on any other day as they desired or esteemed. But the Sanctification of  the 7th day in obedience to the 4th Commandment was kept.

2) ‘..1st DAY OF THE WEEK, EACH OF YOU SHOULD  PUT  SOMETHING ASIDE...’

In 1st Corinthians 16:1-4, when Apostle Paul talks of offerings for the church, he makes it very clear, “ Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him..”.

There is nothing here as on the first day of the week (Sunday) when you meet to sanctify the Lord’s day (Sabbath). But He appeals to each individual Christian when he says, “every one of you”. There is also nothing as making a general collection of offerings on Sunday during worship, and giving it to the leader to keep. But he appeals to individual Christians to, “lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gathering when I come” (King James Version).

Normally, if we have to work for six days to earn our living and to rest on the 7th day(Saturday), it is but correct that before we begin working again as from the 1st day (Sunday), we must store up God’s share as He prospered us for the past week. This is exactly what Apostle Paul meant. Today, this might not really be applicable to all because many earn their pay at month end. Therefore each one may choose on whenever to lay by him in store God’s share of what God has prospered him and take to the treasurer of their house assembly for easy channeling or collection for God’s work whenever necessary.

3) “...ONE MAN ESTEEMS ONE DAY AS BETTER THAN ANOTHER DOES… ”

The Bible says: One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike. Let everyone be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day observes it in honour of the Lord (Romans 14:5- 6).

The above text cannot and will never be applicable to any issue, having legislation. It can only be applicable to general issues having no collective legislation, and therefore, allowed to individual esteem and opinion. The 4th commandment of God is not an issue of individual esteem or opinion, but God’s collective command to his people.

Unless we will want to say that apostle Paul was out of his mind. Yes, the sanctification of the 7th day (Sabbath) is God’s collective law and will never be: “one man esteems one day as better than another …” If we reason this way, then we are also saying: One man esteems stealing, fornication, adultery as bad and the other as good. The statement “one man esteems …”, clearly implies a free situation where there exists no collective legislation on an issue, and people are allowed to decide for themselves what they think is convenient: “let everyone be fully convinced in his own mind …”.

With the case of sanctification of the 7th day (Sabbath day), there was a collective legislation sanctioning it, so Paul could not have been acting as if it did not exist and calling it “ one man esteem.”  Therefore, Paul’s statement was in a different context, concerning issues without legislation (eg ceremonial Sabbaths no longer under legislation, etcetera). Paul who trembled before “It is written” and said: ‘Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: 'Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people(Acts 23:5), which is in the old Testament(Exodus 22:28), can’t come and be telling us to  go against  it. We are the once misunderstanding Him.

4) “…THEREFORE, LET NO ONE MAKE RULES ON THE MATTERS OF ..”

“ Therefore, let no one make rules on the matter of food, and drink or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are only a shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one … (Colossians 2:16-19).

With regards this text, other Bibles in the place of rules apply the word ‘judgement’; all carry the same significance. This passage enlightens us more on the human efforts and works in the Old Testaments, aimed at pleasing God instead of believing in Christ, and receiving the Holy Spirit to lead us in obedience. For instance, in the Old Testament there were ceremonial rules and regulations attached to the observation of the Sabbath day, as well as the new moon festivals, and other festivals: The offering of food and drinks, circumcision etcetera.

And there was also the ceremonial Sabbaths that ceased with the coming of Christ . When we continue reading Colossians 2: 23 that says: These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting rigour of devotion and self-abasement and severity to the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh’, we understand clearly here that Paul meant human efforts (works of the Law) as was in the past before Christ. For more clarifications on this the Bible says plainly:

It means that the offerings and animal sacrifice presented to God cannot make the worshippers heart perfect, since they have to do only with food, drink, and various purification ceremonies. These are all outward rules, which apply only until the time when God will establish the new order (Coming of Christ). But Christ has already come as high priest of the good things that are already here. “The tent….His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God (Hebrew 9: 9-14)

WHAT DOES MAKING RULES ON SOMETHING, OR TO GOVERN SOMETHING MEAN?

For instance, food, wine, meat etcetera, were binding rules attached to the celebration of the weekly Sabbath (4th commandment) as we earlier mentioned. It is written: On the Sabbath day, offer two one-year-old male lambs without any defect, two kilograms of flour mixed with olive-oil as a grain -offering, and the wine offering. This burnt-offering is to be offered every Sabbath in addition to the daily offering with its wine-offering (Numbers 28: 9-10). These were some of the rules meant by Apostle Paul to be: “shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ” (Colossians 2: 17).

If we read the content of the 4th commandment (Exodus 20: 8), we will not find these rules; so they were some of the temporary attached religious ceremonial laws (shadow), waiting for the coming of Christ. And thus when Christ did come, these rules all passed away. The scripture says: ‘they were nailed on the cross’. We must however take note that most of the civil laws reinforcing the ten commandments were not changed but greatly magnified by the Lord Jesus Christ. This is confirmed by Mathew 5: 17−18 that says: Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.


5) The  LORD'S  DAY  is mentioned in the bible in two perspective  in the bible:

    i ) Weekly Sabbath called the Lord's day  and we see in:

- Genesis 2: 1-3: ‘ By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Gen 2:2-3

- Exodus 20:8 ‘ Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 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 alien 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.

- Isaiah 58; 13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words’

ii)The lord’s coming day of Judgment-as the LORD'S DAY:

- 2nd Peter 3;10-13: “ But THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way,….”


- Isaiah 33: 6, Isa 13:6: Wail, for THE DAY OF THE LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Can we then honestly quote a single text mentioning SUNDAY the 1st DAY of the week as the LORD'S DAY?

 

 

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