August 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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IS The Sabbath On Sunday?

The religions of this world teach many, many different things. One of those different things is that the Sabbath day is on Sunday.

IS IT? What does GOD say about the Sabbath Day?

"Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it Holy". (Ex. 20:8)

If God commands us to "remember" the Sabbath day, then it must have been created earlier than the events recorded here in Exodus...right?

So when WAS the Sabbath created?

"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." (Gen. 2:2-3)

Why did God create and make the Sabbath?

"And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." (Mark 2:27)

How was the Sabbath made Holy?

See the word "sanctified" in verse 3. The Hebrew word "qadash" rendered here as "sanctified" is defined as, "to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate, to be set apart, be consecrated."

So God stopped working on the physical creation He had made, rested during that day (as an example to mankind) and set it apart for Holy, consecrated use.

Yes, but ...wasn't the Sabbath done away with when the Ten Commandments were finished, or done away with?

"For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Mat. 5:18)

Then am I saying the ten commandments are still in effect?

"Speak unto the children of Israel (Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel), and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be HOLY CONVOCATIONS (commanded assemblies), even these are MY feasts."
"Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an Holy Convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the SABBATH OF THE LORD in all your dwellings." (Lev. 23:2-3)

Included in these commanded Feasts are also the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day.

How long, then, were these Feasts to be kept?

"And you shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations." (verse 41).

Forever is a long time, eh?

If one cares to read this whole chapter, one will find numerous verses proclaiming the Feast of God to be Observed Forever! The word rendered "forever" in this and other passages is the Hebrew word "owlam" which means: Long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, ever-more, perpetual, old, ancient, world.

God commanded all these feasts to be kept forever more. Read Zechariah 14 to see where all the world will be made to keep the feasts after Jesus' return!

The WEEKLY SABBATH is one of these feasts!

The WEEKLY SABBATH is also one of the ten commandments!

If this is so, how do we keep the Sabbath Holy?

ISA. 58:13-14
"If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, (comment: don't keep stepping all over it) 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...."

The SABBATH DAY, the SEVENTH DAY of the week, the day that every one calls Saturday, is Holy Time where man-kind MUST rest from the work and labors of the other six days, honoring and looking to God as Creator and Maker of everything. 

It is a day of worship toward God, Bible study and reading, as well as fellowshipping with those of like-mind.

It is a SIGN between Him and His people.....forever.

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