ISAIAH 66:22-24: “I will make NEW HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH, which will last forever,’ says the Lord …….. 23 ‘ALL PEOPLE WILL COME TO WORSHIP ME EVERY SABBATH ……” (New Century Version)
Despite relentless peer pressure from those that rest on Sundays, Christians knowledgeable about both sides of the Saturday Sunday day of rest controversy, after reading this page, should be more inclined to agree that no Biblical justification, absolutely none whatsoever, exists for resting on Sundays when they learn that Jesus Christ was, according to the Bible, actually resurrected on a Saturday during the daytime, before Saturday sunset, instead of a Sunday morning. A Saturday resurrection instantly collapses any remaining support for resting on Sundays instead of Saturdays. Read this page first, then read the SATURDAY RESURRECTION page to read about verses clearly explaining that Jesus must have been resurrected on a Saturday.
INTENSE HATRED and INTENSE DISGUST are the emotions God holds for all religious holidays AND ALL RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLIES (WHICH WOULD INCLUDE SUNDAYS) when pagan gods and pagan practices are mingled with those holidays or religious assemblies. Those people who were responsible for changing Saturday Sabbath worship to Sundays chose Sunday partly to honor certain pagan gods.
AMOS 5:21: “I hate all your …… religious festivals and solemn assemblies.” (New Living Translation) The context of this verse involves the mingling of pagan idols and practices with religious assemblies held by the ancient Israelites.
ISAIAH 66:22-24: “I will make NEW HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH, which will last forever,’ says the Lord …….. 23 ‘ALL PEOPLE WILL COME TO WORSHIP ME EVERY SABBATH and every New Moon,’ says the Lord. (This means that all people [everyone] will be forced to attend church services on Saturdays, not Sundays, whether they and their ministers agree with that or not, assuming they want to continue staying alive.) 24 ‘And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me ……. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (New Century Version) The words in parentheses are not part of the NCV Bible.
Verse 23 above reveals that some day in the future, whether mainstream Christianity likes it or not, IDOLATRY AND DECEPTION DRIPPING SUNDAY REST AND WORSHIP WILL FINALLY BE ABOLISHED BY OUR CREATOR, PERMANENTLY!!
ISAIAH 56:6,7: “…….. Everyone who keeps from defiling the SABBATH, …….. 7 …….. I will …….. make them joyful in MY HOUSE of prayer. …….. For MY HOUSE SHALL (shall is a future tense verb referring to the future) BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS.” (NKJV)
PSALMS 22:27: “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” (NKJV)
The word “Sabbath” in both the Old and New Testaments always refers to the seventh day of the week, Saturday. Sabbath is never translated as “Sunday” in the Bible. The words “My house” above refer to Christianity, which in the entire history of mankind has certainly never been universally accepted by all nations. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, and many other nations for centuries have been Islamic, not Christian. Muslims rest on part or all of Friday and can work on Saturday each week. Isaiah 56:6-7 therefore must be referring to a future time that has not yet arrived, an age in which people seeking salvation in every country around the world will regularly rest on each Saturday instead of some other day. The “new heavens and the new earth” clearly refers to an age following a future event that has not yet occurred, the reshaping of the outer surface of the entire Earth by a global firestorm so hot and massive that even the oceans will evaporate (Revelation 21:1). The worldwide Noachian Flood reshaped the Earth’s surface with water, but fire, probably of nuclear intensity mostly, will be used next time to purge the world of evil.
2 Peter 3:10,13: “…….. the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; …….. the earth …….. will be burned up. 13 …….. we, according to His promise, look for NEW HEAVENS and a NEW EARTH in which righteousness dwells.” (NKJV)
In this future new age seventh day Saturday rest and worship will be observed by people in EVERY NATION WITHOUT EXCEPTION, and it will be divinely enforced.
Matthew 24:20: “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the SABBATH” (NKJV) referring to the terrible Great Tribulation, a future event that has not yet been fulfilled. That verse strongly implies that “flight,” a type of work or stressful activity, should be avoided on Saturdays.
Jesus said in Mark 2:27: “………The SABBATH (Saturday) was made for man ………” (NKJV)
Hebrews 4:9: “There still exists, therefore, a full and complete rest (Sabbath rest) for the people of God.” — Phillips Modern English Translation
The original Greek word for “rest” in the preceding translation is sabbatismos, Strong’s number 4520, which literally means “a Sabbath rest.” For a discussion showing that the above verse provides not only additional but very strong confirmation that Saturday is still the correct day for New Testament Christians to rest on, instead of Sunday, go to gnmagazine.org/booklets/SS/sabbath-rest.
Verses often used by mainstream Christians to try to justify rest and worship on Sunday, the first day of the week, are the following, followed by more reasonable explanations which are also more in harmony with the entire Bible, as they of course should be:
1) Revelation 1:10: John said “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day ……….” (NKJV)
Some people believe that this means John was observing Sunday as a day of rest and had the vision on that day. However, the Bible NOWHERE says that the “Lord’s Day” is the first day of the week, or Sunday. This verse in Revelation is the only place in the entire Bible where this term is used. The context of John’s vision indicates that he was not referring to any particular day of the week. John said, instead, that the vision transported him into the future at a time referred to in the Bible as the “day of the Lord Jesus Christ” or “day of the Lord” or “day of Christ” (Jeremiah 46:10, 1 Corinthians 1:8, 5:5, 2 Corinthians 1:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 2 Thessalonians 2:2, Acts 2:20, and 2 Peter 3:10). These terms refer to the day when man’s rule ends and the Christian Millenium begins when Jesus returns in great power and glory to save mankind from itself in the aftermath of nuclear World War III, an event that will occur only one time. This is the central idea of the entire book of Revelation and the “Lord’s Day” that John saw in his vision.
2) Acts 20:7,9-11: “Now on the first day of the week (SATURDAY NIGHT since Biblical days began at sunset), when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day (SUNDAY AT SUNRISE), spoke to them and continued his message UNTIL MIDNIGHT. 9 …….. a certain young man …….. as Paul continued speaking, …….. fell down from the third story (after falling asleep) and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, ‘Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.’ 11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, EVEN TILL DAY-BREAK, he departed.” (NKJV)
So verses 9-11 above refer ONLY to Saturday night, NOT ANYTIME DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS OF SUNDAY!! Today’s English Version Bible, Phillips Modern English Bible, New English Bible, and several other New Testament translations record the disciples coming together to break bread on a SATURDAY NIGHT. Many people think that “breaking bread” refers to the bread and wine of the New Testament Passover service and conclude that this is a religious service on Sunday. Breaking bread, though, refers to dividing flat loaves of bread to be eaten at a regular meal. Breaking bread does not refer to a religious service. “It means to partake of food and is used of eating as in a meal …….The readers (of the original New Testament letters) could have had no other idea or meaning in their minds.” (E. W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, 1991, pages 839-840). Additional proof occurs when, after Paul finished speaking for a while, they broke bread again and ate after miraculously reviving someone who had fallen from the third floor (verse 11). Luke 24:30, 35 and Acts 27:35 also mention breaking bread for the purpose of eating a meal. The words “to break bread” or words referring to bread being “broken” or “broke” do not appear anywhere else in the entire Bible except in the five verses above. After talking most of the night, Paul departed at sunrise (Acts 20:11) to walk from Troas (Acts 20:6) to Assos (Acts 20:13), a distance of about 16 to 20 miles (look at an ancient map yourself). Getting little if any sleep all night long and walking that far beginning at daybreak can hardly be described as a day of rest and worship, especially for a strict Saturday Sabbath keeping Pharisee such as Paul!
3) 1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the FIRST day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” (New King James Version)
Ten much more literal translations of this verse are as follows, showing “one” or “some” as the more accurate translation instead of the anti-Old Testament biased “first”:
“According to ONE of the Sabbaths each of you by yourself put in! treasuring up whatever way he should be prospered in; that not whenever I come, then the collections should take place.” (Apostolic Bible Polyglot English) The words in italics are not in the Greek; they are added by the translator.
“Upon ONE of the Sabbaths let each one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no collections when I come.” (a new revision of Webster’s translation)
“Upon SOME Saboth daye let euery one of you put a syde at home, and laye vp whatsoeuer is mete, that there be no gatherynges when I come.” (Great Bible)
“On ONE of the sabbaths let each of you lay aside by himself in store that in which he should be prospered, that no collections may be occurring then, whenever I may come.” (Concordant Literal Version)
“Upon SOME Sabboth daye, let euery one of you put asyde by hym selfe, and laye vp as God hath prospered hym, that then there be no gatherynges when I come.” (Bishops Bible)
“Vpon SOME Sabbath daye let euery one of you put aside by him selfe, and laye vp what so euer he thinketh mete, that the colleccion be not to gather whan I come.” (Coverdale’s Translation)
“According to ONE day of the sabbaths let each of you put by himself, treasuring up that which he is prospered in, that when I come there be no collections.” (Julia Smith Translation)
“On ONE day of the week (or: on ONE of the sabbaths) let each one of you have the habit of putting [something] beside himself (= at home), continually storing up that in which he may be repeatedly prospered (or: has been led, along a good path; other MSS: can be well-guided along the way) so that whenever I may come, no collections may continue to happen at that time.” (Jonathan Mitchell New Testament)
“ONE day of the week. Each of you keep at himself [Each of you keep, or lay up, at himself], keeping that that pleaseth to him(self), that when I come, the gatherings be not made.” (Wycliffe Bible)
“On ONE day of the week let every one of you set something aside, as God has prospered you, that there be no contributions collected when I come.” (New Simplified Bible)
The Greek word for “first” as it appears in the New King James Version is mia, Strong’s number 3391 which is translated as “one” MOST OF THE TIME, repeat, MOST OF THE TIME. Mia is translated about 6 times more frequently as “one” when used elsewhere in the Bible, compared to “first,” which obviously significantly changes the meaning of the verse. “One” therefore does not specify or even imply any particular day of the week other than possibly a Saturday since the Greek word for “week,” sabbaton, Strong’s 4521, means PRIMARILY the Sabbath or secondarily, a 7 day period of time. Sabbaton in 1 Corinthians 16:2 is in the plural form, so 2 or more Sabbaths or weeks are indicated in the verse. Sabbath in the Bible always means Saturday, never Sunday. Some translations include the word “every” or “each,” but that word is not in the original Greek. The following 3 websites from the Google search engine explain that mia really means “one” MOST of the time, not “first.”
The Betrothed Bride of Messiah – Page 152 – Google Books Resulthttps://books.google.com/books?isbn=1602661510 Rick Deadmond – 2007 -Religion
“The Greek word ‘mia‘ [Strong’s # 3391] does not mean ‘first,’ it means ‘one’. A form of ‘mia’ is used sixty-two times in the New Testament and in all but nine cases …”
Another website below shows that mia generally means “one,” not “first.”
HEBRAIC VIEW: FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK Waytozion.org” www.waytozion.org/articles/first%20day.htm
“KJV Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the FIRST <3391> DAY OF THE WEEK … If you would look in a Strong’s Concordance for the word “WEEK” that occurs in … SIXTY-TWO times the Greek word “mia” is translated as ONE. Here are …”
A third site is as follows:
Who Changed The Sabbath? Was it “Authorized”? Teshuva Ministries teshuvaministries.net › Feast Days
“Jul 7, 2013 – Lastly, “first” is Strong’s G3391, “mia” μια; irregular feminine of G1520; one or first. This should have been translated into English as “one” …”
Most importantly, though, regardless of how mia is translated, to interpret this as an account of a collection taken up DURING A SUPPOSED OR IMAGINED WORSHIP SERVICE is unjustified and unwarranted. Concerning this verse the Bible nowhere says that a church service was involved. This collection was a SPECIAL ONE primarily for the members, called “the saints” (1 Corinthians 16:1) in Jerusalem (verse 3). No indication is given that the money was to be given to the Apostles for their living expenses. The collection was part of a more general relief effort that involved church members in Galatia (verse 1), Macedonia, and Achaia (Romans 15:25-26). This charitable collection effort could have been the one described in Acts 11:28-30 in which church members in Judea received assistance from the brethren in other areas at a time when a famine affected the whole world. In 1 Corinthians 16:2 Paul instructed the church members to “lay aside” and “store up” contributions “that there be no collections WHEN I COME,” NOT BROUGHT TO A CHURCH SERVICE for collection. To believe that the above verse 2 involves a collection taken up during an imagined religious worship service is twisting that verse out of context. Concluding, 1 Corinthians 16:2 can hardly be used to support the blasphemous attempt to switch from Saturday Sabbath rest to Sunday rest because there is far too much reasonable doubt about the Biblical validity of the change.
James Cardinal Gibbons was a Catholic educator and archbishop of Baltimore in the early 1900s. Commenting on the change from Saturday to Sunday worship, he said “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 observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” The Catholic Church correctly teaches that our Lord and his Apostles inculcated certain important duties of religion which are not recorded by the inspired writers. ….. We must, therefore, conclude that the Scriptures alone cannot be a sufficient guide and rule of faith” (The Faith of Our Fathers, 1917, page 89). This archbishop admits that Sunday observance is nowhere authorized in the Bible and that Saturday is the only day Biblically sanctified. His justification for the change to Sunday is based on the assumption that the Catholic Church, (incredibly), has the authority to make its own laws concerning salvation, even after the Bible was written hundreds of years before the Catholic Church was formed. Emperor Hadrian, who ruled from 117 to 135 A.D. harshly persecuted Jews in the Roman Empire prohibiting Saturday Sabbath observance. This oppression apparently convinced many Christians in Rome at the time to abandon resting on Saturdays and to turn to Sundays, which is the day the sun worshipping Romans rested on. Within several hundred years Saturday rest by Christians was basically eliminated in the Roman Empire and replaced by Sunday. Although the Protestant Reformation produced doctrinal changes, Sunday observance has continued to this day in most Protestant churches. Protestant leaders generally justify Sunday rest and worship in honor of Jesus Christ’s supposed resurrection on Sunday (actually on Saturday before sunset). Honoring Jesus in such a way of course seems very nice, but unfortunately, it involves entering dangerous territory, usurping divine authority to decide what is sacred and what is not, tampering with ancient, sanctified laws. In simple terms it is a very, very big no-no, potentially a capital offense. No other verses exist in the Bible mentioning anything even remotely resembling worship services on Sunday. The New Testament was written decades after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and not a single verse indicates the day of rest was changed from Saturday to Sunday. Some people who lack understanding claim that the New Testament does not directly command Saturday Sabbath observance, and that it therefore no longer needs to be observed. If that is true, why in the world did Paul, a major Apostle if there ever was one who lived an exemplary life after his conversion, himself repeatedly and faithfully keep resting on and preaching on the seventh day of the week, Saturdays, as recorded in a number of verses? For an expanded discussion of the Saturday Sabbath visit gnmagazine.org/booklets/ss/sabbath-age-to-come.
Remember that you can confidently assume that God is not deliberately lying to you in any verse because He told us that He does not lie. Hebrews 6:18: “……it is impossible for God to lie ……” 1 Corinthians 14:33: “For God is not the author of confusion.” Therefore we can confidently assume that the original Greek in the New Testament is not really self contradictory concerning law keeping. Since God will not lie or try to confuse us then we need to really believe LITERALLY the following 13 verses that plainly tell us that Christians still need to obey the law.
1) 1 John 3:4: “…… SIN IS THE VIOLATION OF THE LAW”
2) Romans 2:13: “For not the hearers of the LAW are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the LAW will be justified.”
3) Romans 6:1,2: “…… Shall we continue in SIN that grace may abound? 2 CERTAINLY NOT! How shall we …… live any longer in it?”
Romans 6:1,2: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on doing WRONG THINGS so that God will be more kind to us? 2 NO, SURELY NOT! We died to our WRONG WAYS and no longer live in them.” (Worldwide English [New Testament])
Romans 6:1,2: “So what do we do? Keep on SINNING so God can keep on forgiving? I SHOULD HOPE NOT! 2 If we’ve left the country where SIN is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? (The Message) The word “SIN” appears in this and other verses, so remember, according to 1 John 3:4 above, it means ONLY one thing, BREAKING either the food, festival, tithing, Saturday rest, or some other OT or NT law or a combination of those laws.
4) Romans 6:15: “…… Shall we SIN because we are not under LAW but under grace? CERTAINLY NOT!”
5) Romans 3:31: “Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need to OBEY God’s LAW? JUST THE OPPOSITE! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly OBEY Him.” (The Living Bible)
Romans 3:31: “Are we abolishing Moses’ Teachings by this faith? THAT’S UNTHINKABLE! Rather, we are SUPPORTING Moses’ teachings.” (God’s Word Translation)
6) Romans 6:16: “Do you not know that …… you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of SIN leading to death, or of OBEDIENCE leading to RIGHTEOUSNESS?” 7) Romans 6:18: “And having been set free from SIN, YOU BECAME SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 8) Romans 6:19: “…… For just as you presented your members as slaves of UNCLEANNESS, and of LAWLESSNESS leading to more lawlessness, SO NOW PRESENT YOUR MEMBERS AS SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HOLINESS.” The Greek definition of UNCLEANNESS includes the Levitically “unclean” or forbidden foods. The Greek definition of LAWLESSNESS refers primarily to breaking the Old Testament, Mosaic LAWS. The word “righteousness” in these Roman verses usually refers to the Jewish LAW keeping type of righteousness. So according to the green, capitalized phrase above, Paul clearly commands us to start or to continue obeying the LAW.
9) Matthew 19:17: “….. BUT IF you want to enter into life, KEEP the commandments.” 10) Revelation 22:14: “Blessed are those who DO His commandments, that they may HAVE THE RIGHT to the tree of life ……” Remember, the Ten Commandments contain the one requiring rest on Saturday, not Sunday, which was started by the Catholics.
11) JUDE 1:4: “…… (impious, PROFANE) persons …… PERVERT THE GRACE …… of our God into LAWLESSNESS ……” (The Amplified Bible)
12) Matthew 7:23: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS.” 13) Matthew 13:41,42: “…… His angels …… will gather …… those who practice LAWLESSNESS 42 and will cast them into the FURNACE OF FIRE ……”
Yes, the death of Jesus did wipe away and atone for our sins (violations of the law), BUT IT WAS GENERALLY ONLY FOR OUR PAST, REPEAT, PAST SINS, NOT SINS AFTER REPENTANCE AND BAPTISM!!
ROMANS 3:24,25: “…… GRACE, through …… Jesus: …… 25 in His pity God let the SINS OF EARLIER TIMES GO UNPUNISHED.” (Bible in Basic English) That is why we need to keep on obeying the law after our baptism. New, post baptismal sins, though, when confessed and sincerely repented of, can also be forgiven (1 John 1:9, 2:1,2). Abandoning one’s conversion and baptism, however, or deliberately and consistently sinning may ultimately be judged as unforgiveable according to Hebrews 6:4-6, and 10:26-27.
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