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Why Observe The True Sabbath?
The answer to the question "Why observe the true Sabbath?" is of course because it is the true Sabbath. As Christians, we want to do what is right. We want to be faithful and obedient to God and Jesus Christ His Son. We don't want to be among those people who, despite their claim to their religion "in His Name" (i.e. "Christian"), Jesus Christ is going to one day declare, "I never knew you."
"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
As we will plainly prove in this study, the one and only Sabbath Day was created by Jesus Christ, was commanded to be observed forever by Jesus Christ, and was observed by Jesus Christ - the Seventh Day (which is not the invention or property of any humans, whether Jews or "Christian" churches that have "seventh day" in their corporate name - it is "the LORD's Sabbath") is, always has been, and always will be purely Christian. The rock-solid Biblical and historical proofs of that reality are undeniable by any honest, repentant person who has been liberated from the darkness of dead-end man-made "religions" that are based merely upon the "traditions of men." Only Satan, and those that he still has under the spell of his deception, deny and rebel against the Truth that is plainly written in the Word of God for all to see.
The Truth is here for you, point by point, fact by fact. May Almighty God bless you with the ability to see it, in your due time.
Jesus Christ Created The Seventh-Day Sabbath; It Has Always Been Christian
It was by Jesus Christ that all things were created.
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
The "all things were created by Him, and for Him" includes the Seventh-Day Sabbath that "the LORD God," Who was Christ Himself (see the next section below), Blessed and Sanctified. It has been Christian literally from Day Seven.
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Jesus Christ Commanded His People To Observe His True Sabbath
Many people saw, and even spoke with, "the LORD God." Millions of people have been misled to believe that it was The Father that those people saw, but centuries later, Jesus Christ plainly said that no man has ever seen The Father.
"1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18 KJV)
It was Jesus Christ, as "the LORD God," that all of those people saw. Jesus Christ was "the LORD God" of the entire "Old Testament." Jesus Christ led the Israelites out of Egypt - as is plainly written, "that Rock was Christ."
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
It was Jesus Christ that then delivered The Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, including the Fourth Commandment to observe His True Sabbath that He created.
"20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
When He was later born as a man, in the "New Testament," Jesus Christ repeated what He commanded at Mount Sinai, "if ye love Me, keep My Commandments."
"14:15 If ye love me, keep My Commandments." (John 14:15 KJV)
Jesus Christ plainly said that He was the "I AM" of Bible history:
"8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Jesus Christ was directly quoting Himself in the verses above, from the time of Moses:
"3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
Those Who Observe The True Sabbath Are Observing The Same Day That Jesus Christ Himself Always Observed
Jesus Christ never sinned. The Messiah obeyed The Fourth Commandment by observing the one and only true Christian Sabbath Day.
"12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath Day." (Matthew 12:8 KJV)
After His Resurrection, The True Christian Church Never Stopped Observing The True Sabbath
After Christ's resurrection, "the New Testament Church" ("Jews and gentiles" and "men and women") never stopped observing the true Christian Sabbath; they never observed the Roman pagan "sun day," nor would they ever have blasphemously called "sun day" the Sabbath.
"13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 13:44 And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44 KJV)
After Christ's Return, Everyone In The World Will Be Observing The True Sabbath
There will be no "sun day" worship in the Kingdom of God.
"66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
Pagan "Sun Worship" Existed Long Before Christ's Resurrection
Since the most ancient times, the sun has been a favorite "god" or god symbol of pagan people all around the world. The Babylonians, Persians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all had their "sun gods." The native peoples of North and South America widely practiced sun worship, as did their Asian ancestors. The Europeans too were deeply involved in sun worship, and many of their sun-god festivals were carried over when they professed conversion to Christianity i.e. they merely put a "Christian" label on their ancient pagan practices.
Sun worship was also widely practiced by the people of the Middle East, and even the Israelites were sometimes corrupted by it. The LORD called sun worship an abomination in His sight.
"8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." (Ezekiel 8:15-16 KJV)
The ancient "halo," or "nimbus," originated with the pagan Greeks and Romans to represent their sun god, "Helios." Later artists adopted it for use in "Christian images," where the halo is actually just the sun disk behind the person's head. It's easy to recognize once one realizes what it is, although it's also often stylized to make it less obvious. Originally a very devious way of mixing idolatrous sun worship with Christianity by converts who were not all that converted, the pagan halo became another deceptive and fraudulent tradition of Roman "Christianity" that caused people to worship the sun, even if and when they weren't aware of it.
Even the name of the day itself, "Sunday," is a blatant admission of its pagan origin. Throughout the Holy Bible, the days of the week were identified by number, from first to seventh. Only the seventh day was given a name, the Sabbath, while any day before a Sabbath, whether the regular weekly Sabbath, or any one of the annual Sabbaths (Passover/Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day) was designated as a "Preparation day" (very important; keep the preparation day point in mind because we will return to it shortly).
The Church Of Rome Admits That "Sun Day" Is Anti-Biblical
As we've now explained and proven from the Word of God, Christ's own words in the Fourth Commandment are to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. All of the truly righteous people of the Holy Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including Jesus Christ Himself, observed the Sabbath. No where in the Holy Bible, including after Christ's resurrection, will you find people observing the first day of the week, "Sunday," as a presumed replacement for the true Sabbath.
That reality was even admitted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Gibbon in his Faith Of Our Fathers:
"But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify."
How could he make such an arrogant admission and cling to his Holy-Bible-defying "Sunday"? Sunday worship is supposedly justified because of their assumption that Jesus Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week. Without a "Sunday" resurrection, by their own admission, there is no justification what-so-ever for observing "Sunday" as a day of Christian worship.
But was Jesus Christ really resurrected on a "Sunday"? The Bible says no.
The Holy Bible Says That Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified On A "Friday"
First, in order to know for certain when Jesus Christ was actually resurrected, we must understand when He was actually crucified.
We know that Jesus Christ was crucified on the day before a "Sabbath," the "preparation" day:
"15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus." (Mark 15:42-43 KJV)
Many have assumed that "day before the Sabbath" meant Friday, and commonly refer to it as "Good Friday." But the Holy Bible record does not say that He was crucified on the day before the regular weekly Sabbath. The Biblical record, the actual eyewitness historical account, says that He was crucified before the annual Sabbath, the Passover i.e. "it was the preparation of the Passover" and "for that Sabbath day was an High Day."
"19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!" (John 19:14 KJV)
There were two Sabbaths that week, the annual Sabbath of Passover, and then days later, the regular weekly Sabbath, with a preparation day for each of them. The preparation day described above was the one before the annual Sabbath, the Passover. That preparation day was not a Friday. "Good Friday" never happened.
Further, Jesus Christ said that the only proof that He was the Messiah was that He would be in the tomb for three days and three nights:
"12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matthew 12:39-40 KJV)
Friday afternoon to Sunday morning is not three days and three nights; it's barely only 2 nights and 1 day. Despite all of the lame excuses and rigged explanations that people have come up with to squeeze three days and three nights out of only two nights and one day, Friday afternoon to Sunday morning does not work (imagine if you paid for a "three days and three nights" vacation, but were only gone from very late Friday afternoon to sunrise Sunday morning - would you feel defrauded?). More seriously, it denies the very words of the Savior Himself.
The chart below illustrates the difference between what the Holy Bible says actually happened and the "Sunday" fantasy (Note: Biblical days begin and end at sunset).
The Holy Bible Says That Jesus Christ Was Not Resurrected On A "Sunday"
When Mary of Magdala, then the apostles Peter and John, arrived at the tomb early on the first day of the week ("Sunday"), the resurrection had already occurred. It was long before sunrise because it was still dark, but the tomb was then already empty. According to the actual eyewitnesses, Jesus Christ was already gone by "Sunday."
"20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him." (John 20:1-2 KJV)
We know that Jesus Christ was placed in the tomb in late afternoon, very near sunset, just as the annual Sabbath of Passover was about to begin.
"27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed." (Matthew 27:57-60 KJV)
The body of Jesus Christ was placed in the tomb in late afternoon, just before sunset, which would then begin the first night. The required "three days and three nights" later would make His resurrection from the dead also on a late afternoon, just before sunset. Since He was already gone by "Sunday" morning, He had to have arisen on the previous afternoon near sunset, on the seventh day, the weekly Sabbath, not the first day, "Sunday."
According to the Holy Bible, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was on a Wednesday afternoon, with the burial just before sunset, and His resurrection was on the Sabbath afternoon, just before sunset - on the seventh day, not the first. Jesus Christ was not resurrected on a "Sunday" morning, or at any time at all during a "Sunday." Worship on the first day of the week cannot be justified by the multiple eyewitness facts as recorded in the Holy Bible. The "Sunday resurrection" excuse, which proponents of "Sunday" admit is their only justification for "Sunday" worship, is easily proven false by the facts that we've read. Ironically, anyone who demands that the Christian day of worship would have to be the day of Christ's resurrection would have to worship on the Sabbath - which they should already be doing anyway, according to the Fourth Commandment.
Where Did "Sunday" Worship Come From?
As already stated, "Sunday" worship did not originate in the Holy Bible, or in the reality of the events of the crucifixion and resurrection. All of the first Christians, all of the people who wrote the Bible, and Jesus Christ Himself, were seventh-day Sabbath keepers. All of them.
So, where did "Sunday" worship come from?
Gradually, the freedom-crushing Roman Empire that persecuted Christians began to adopt Christianity, or rather, its own perverted version of Christianity, which was a blend of politics and religion, but mostly outright Roman paganism - which included worship of the old Roman "Invincible Sun" sun god. "Sunday" worship by Christian-professing people came about as a pagan corruption of God's holy seventh-day Sabbath.
By the fourth century, only Jews (by then, God's Sabbath was becoming known as the "Jewish" Sabbath, even though it was created by Jesus Christ at the time of Creation when the only humans that existed were Adam and Eve) and a relatively few true Christians continued to observe the seventh-day Sabbath as God commanded everyone. There is only one true God, and one true Sabbath.
In 321, the Roman emperor Constantine issued an edict which outlawed work on their ancient "venerable day of the sun," which they called "Sunday" for their idolatrous reason, and within 3 years the corrupted version of Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire. From that, the Roman Catholic Church, which was a creation of the Roman Empire, not of Jesus Christ, and later its many Protestant daughter churches, got the commonly-accepted "Sunday" observance of today - which is utterly pagan in origin, and completely contrary to God's command.
Paganism and fraudulent traditions of men cannot save you! Only the Truth, and genuine obedience to it, is the way to salvation. If you didn't know the truth about "Sunday" before, now you do, and God knows that you do. For the sake of your salvation, become a true Christian by observing Christ's one and only true Sabbath Day. Don't make yourself into one of the people to whom Jesus Christ is going to say, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
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