What Day is the Sabbath?
this FIRST: On this site we prefer to use the actual
Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter
“Memorial Name” of - YHVH,
which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also
use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather
than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we
also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which is - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for
this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in
What Day Is Our Blessed Sabbath?
The best way to answer this is let the Word of YaHVaH Elohim, and the Words
of our beloved Messiah and His faithful Apostles be clearly revealed in this study!
Beloved reader, you have obviously come to this page because you are interested in this subject for one reason or another. I do pray in the blessed Name of Messiah Yahushua’s wonderful and saving Name that you will be richly blessed reading this study, and that you will find just what you are seeking and that it will make you stronger in faith! I am well aware that it is quite a lengthy study but be assured, it will be worth it! Why not print it out and read it at your leisure and do so prayerfully and ask our Heavenly Father in Messiah’s Name to give you understanding, but above all discernment for that is so important whenever reading anything, as it will allow you to sort out that which is right and wrong!
Although I may have another study online
regarding this same subject, but I was led to place before you one of the most
comprehensive studies on one of the most blessed days that
I do wish to ensure all readers that we are
not related in any shape or form to any particular well known christian church
organisation, such as the Seventh Day Adventist’s etc, or any other
church body, for we are part of the original Apostolic Ekklesia and its
teachings and we are known as “The “Little Flock” of
the faithful in Messiah Yahushua.” (
Friends, really knowing Him will directly affect you inheriting an everlasting life in His coming Kingdom. Remember what our blessed Messiah and Saviour warned us about;
“If those days had not been cut short,
no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect (the faithful) those days
will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the
messiah or, ‘There he is! do not believe it. For false messiah’s
and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to
deceive even the elect, if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead
of time.” Mattityahu -
As we have seen prophecy fulfilled in these days and since World War I and II we know that we are very much heading towards, or even are in the “The Latter Days.” This present age of man’s rule is under the influence of Ha Satan, the adversary. It is vitally important that we must consider whether if we are really obeying YaHVaH our blessed Elohim who has given us life and breath. For those who have accepted Yahushua The Messiah as taught in the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant will know that an “empty faith” is just NOT enough!
In Yahushua’s concluding remarks during His message on the Mount, He stated;
“Not everyone who says to me,
‘Master, Master’ will enter the
Remember in the Word when He asked, “But
why do you call Me ‘‘Master, Master’ and do not do the things
which I say?” (
“He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honour Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’” Markus - Mark 7:6-7.
Think about that! Yahushua clearly stated that it is possible to worship Elohim, yet worship Him IN VAIN by following the teachings of men! Then Yahushua replied to these hypocrites;
“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of Elohim in order to observe your own traditions!” Markus - Mark 7:9.
Obviously, when the traditions of men conflict with the commandments of Elohim, we will face massive consequences according to our Saviour Yahushua The Messiah!
Beloved, the biggest problem of those who are
part of the greater church, and I mean generally most churches, be they
protestant, or Roman catholic, the vast majority worship on “the day
of the venerable SUN” (Constantine’s “Blue Law” 321
AD) and they all stand condemned by the Almighty, and sadly you are not even
aware of this.
The truth is that most seem to be quite happy
to keep their Sunday, but thankfully and praise be to Elohim, there are some
faithful ones who do uphold the Sanctified and the true Sabbath day that Scripturally commences
on the Friday evening and it continues through all day Saturday, being the
Seventh day, until around 6PM, and this is the Sabbath that Elohim made
Sanctified! By keeping it, or not will directly affect whether or not you will be granted eternal life in the
Yahushua our beloved Messiah taught us the following;
“Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word of Elohim.”
Yahushua also made it clear that the Word of
Elohim does NOT contradict itself and please remember at that time there was NO
New Covenant, only the Tanach, the Old Covenant. He showed that the teaching of
Scripture is consistent. For Yahushua said, "the Scripture
CANNOT be broken" (Yochanan -
Shaul - Paul of Tarsus expanded on this theme, saying;
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timotheos - 2
If you are willing to BELIEVE these inspired
statements, then you will have no problem
understanding this vital subject. For the Scriptures teaches us about
Elohim’s true and only Sabbath day from Genesis to Revelation. In fact,
it is one of the clearest and most easily understood subjects in the entire
Word of Elohim; that is if you just prayerfully and honestly look at the facts
and are not fearful about “what other people think.” Remember that
in Yahushua’s day many of the religious leaders knew that He was the
Messiah, but they would not confess Him for this reason: “For they loved the praise of men more than
the praise of Elohim” (Yochanan -
Thus what have we really learned from all this is; It is vital to place ALL OUR FAITH IN THE WORD OF THE ALMIGHTY, and NOT in the words and the traditions of men!
Do you have the faith and courage to do what
NOW, let's get down to some very clear and absolute PROOF regarding the true Sabbath of our beloved Elohim.
For a start, let us assume that you were beginning your search for the true Sabbath stranded on a desert island and that the only written material that you managed to save from a shipwreck was a copy of the Scriptures, as well as a calendar, which was handy, for you could keep count of the days you were there!
As you were reading the Word, one day you came across the subject of the Sabbath being on the Seventh Day, and you thought, well let me look into this, and you began your search with a completely open and an objective mind. As you commenced reading the Word you would have read the word Sabbath over and over again, first in Genesis chapter 2, however, you may have read it there, it did not use the word Sabbath but rather the words “rest” or “rested.” I will cover this word a little later, not just at this moment!
“And on the Seventh Day Elohim ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the Seventh Day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the Seventh Day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which Elohim created and made.” Bereshis – Genesis 2:2-3.
YHVH said to Moshe, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are My appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of YHVH, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. There are six days when you may work, but the Seventh Day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to YHVH.” Vayikra - Leviticus 23:1-3.
Having read these verses and there are many to confirm these in the New Covenant, we should ask - which day do we HAVE to keep after such an objective study?
If we carefully read the blessed
Word of our Heavenly Father we will discover that it never commands anyone to observe Sunday as a weekly day of
worship or as a Sabbath, a day of rest as many christian denominations do!
Believe it or not we are actually instructed to work
on what is now called by a pagan name “SUNday day. We need to
understand that it was the
Emperor Constantine I, a pagan sun-worshipper came to power in 313 A.D., he
formally legalized a new sect of “christianity,” which was a mix of
paganism, that combined images and statues together with the worship of Iesous,
and not the Messiah of the Word whose Name is Yahushua, which all the faithful
up to then where worshipping! The Iesous sect of “christianity” was
originally founded in
“On the venerable Day of the SUN let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3).
“Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall especially honour, and as being Christians, shall do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing (meaning to keeping the Sabbath as many true believe still continued to do), they shall be shut out (put to death) from Christ.” (Strand, op. cit., citing Charles J. Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, 2 (Edinburgh, 1876) 316).
As I have already stated earlier the Sabbath, as do the “Feasts of YHVH” Leviticus chapter 23, commence on a Friday at *sunset to Saturday sunset, and this was observed by all of Elohim's and Messiah’s faithful servants in both Old and New Covenant times. And this same seventh-day Sabbath will continue to be observed by the faithful in Messiah Yahushua on this earth after His second coming and during the Millennium reign of Messiah! See the Scripture from Revelations below!
*A Note: “Sunset to Sunset” is based on the Scriptural calendar day. For Elohim said: “And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day.” Bereshis - Genesis 1:5.
“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Yahushua and because of the word of Elohim. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Messiah a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and Sanctified are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of Elohim and of Messiah and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Revelations 20:4-6.
Notice the wonderful
teaching our beloved Yahushua gave us in Markus - Mark 2:23-28, where he
allowed His Apostles to pluck heads of grain to eat as they walked through
grain fields on the Sabbath day. He was challenged on this point by the
Pharisees, who by the way had added hundreds of
additional laws to just “Three Laws” that YHVH
Elohim had given
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Master even of the Sabbath.” Markus - Mark 2:27-28.
Our blessed Messiah did not say that the Sabbath was made just for the people of
Yahushua did not give the slightest hint about doing away with the Sabbath commandment. Rather, He clearly
showed both here and in the verses that follow, how to continue and keep the Sabbath in a more meaningful way. Again, Yahushua said that the
Sabbath was “made for man” and we now know that it was
kept LONG BEFORE
Many have said to me, “But this law was
“*All moving thing that lives shall be food (meat) for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its lifeblood (meaning - still alive).” Bereshis - Genesis 9:3-4.
*All in Hebrew = “Kol” would mean “the whole.” Although many Scriptures use the word “every” which is not the correct word in its context!
Thus, after the flood we have learned that man could now eat meat, however, even before this they already knew what was “clean and unclean,” for Elohim had already taught man long before the time of Noach for he would have received this as it would have been handed down!
Therefore we might say; well all that is only
for the Israelites, for it commenced at Sinai! But, what if this was something
that was well known long before Avraham, Yitzchak and
“You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female … So Noach, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noach, male and female, as Elohim had commanded Noach.”
The question is simply this, how did Noach
know about the clean and unclean animals, unless the Almighty had not
already told men about these things earlier and prepared them before they even
commenced the eating of meat! It was just the same with the Sabbath, for back
in Noach’s day and long before, right back to the days of
At this point, let us look at the inspired account of when Elohim made mankind and subsequently gave man the Sabbath. In Bereshis - Genesis 1:1 we read, “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.” This original commencement of the creation may have been a very long time ago. The next verse shows that the earth came to a state of chaos and waste. And the succeeding verses describe how Elohim reformed our planet about 6,000 years ago and created the origins of the plant and animal life forms that presently inhabit it. Now notice that verse 26 states:
“Then Elohim said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” Bereshis – Genesis 1:26.
Thus as we have read mankind was created in Elohim’s “image,” meaning that we were given “DOMINION” or RULE over all the rest of His creation. But the question arises, how was man to keep in contact with his Creator?
Bereshis - Genesis chapter 2 provides us with the answer;
“And on the Seventh Day Elohim ended His work which He had made; and He rested (Hebrew = Shabbat) on the Seventh Day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the Seventh Day, and sanctified it: because in it He had rested (Shabbat) from all His work which Elohim created and made.” Bereshis – Genesis 2:2-3.
Did you notice that the Word said;
“Elohim ended (or completed) His
work,” having created the heavens and the earth and all that is therein,
“and He rested on the Seventh
Day.” The word “Sabbath” is derived from the
Hebrew word “Shabbat,” which literally means “rest” or “cessation.”
By blessing and sanctifying the Seventh Day Sabbath, Elohim showed that His presence is only ON this day in a very special way. For out of all the days of the week, this one the only day that points to Him in a unique way as being the One and true Elohim, the One who created and now Governs the entire universe!
The truth is beloved, that the word “Sunday” does not even appear in any of the literal Bible translations. We do find the phrase “first day of the week” in the New Covenant, but this occurs just eight times. Five of those references (Mattityahu- Matthew 28:1; Markus - Mark 16:1-2; Markus - Mark 16:9; Lukas - Luke 24:1; Yochanan - John 20:1) and they describe Mary Magdalene and others coming to the tomb well AFTER our blessed Messiah's resurrection. As we prove in another study, Yahushua was not resurrected on a Sunday morning (see the link at the bottom of the page). Therefore, those five references in regard to the first day have absolutely nothing to do with observing the Sabbath, or the day of Yahushua’s resurrection!
Let us turn to Yochanan -
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Judeans, Yahushua came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’”
We need to understand that this was not a
worship meeting celebrating the resurrection; for the Scriptures clearly tells
us that until they saw Him, they did NOT believe that Messiah had risen!
(Markus - Mark 16:14;
The book of Acts recounts the development of doctrine and practice in the early faithful, which was called in the Greek “Ekklesia.” Yet the first day of the week is mentioned only once, in Acts 20:7-12.
“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Shaul - Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” Verse 7.
Obviously Shaul -
Now, once we fully understand that they were
living in Scriptural days and that the day commenced and concluded - sunset to
sunset, we can see that from around 6PM to what we call midnight is just the
first part of “the first day” or what we call a
“Saturday” a day that is really named after the god of
“Saturn.” This “first day” gathering was thus a
Saturday evening event! And then at sunrise on SUNday morning, Shaul -
In 1 Corinthians chapter 16, the
“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.” 1 Corinthians 16:2.
Be assured that this is no endorsement of
Sunday worship. Notice that this practice was meant to stop when Shaul arrived in
There is one other verse that is used to
justify calling Sunday the “Lord's Day” and that is found in
Revelation chapter One the apostle Yochanan -
“On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” Revelation 1:10.
However, it in no way states that he was
observing the Sabbath, and it does not in any way refer to worshiping on the
first day of the week, or on any day of the week for that matter. Revelation is a
“prophecy” (1:3) regarding end-time events. Clearly, then, the
“Lord's Day” may also be synonymous with the “Day of the
Lord” in a future time, mentioned more than 30 times in prophecy, when
Elohim will supernaturally intervene in human affairs, executing punishment on
all the nations and finally Yahushua our blessed Messiah will return to this
earth to bring world peace at last. Yochanan -
But even if Yochanan -
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it Sanctified. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHVH your Elohim. 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 YHVH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and made it Sanctified.” Shemos - Exodus 20: 8-11.
Obviously, the seventh-day Sabbath is not our day. For without question IT IS YaHVaH’s Sanctified DAY! The weekly pagan SUNday observance, therefore, has absolutely no Scriptural foundation!
I believe that the Seventh Day Sabbath is of great importance to the continual peaceful existence of all man and the entire created universe. Yet, many people and the churches simply cannot see the great importance and benefit of the weekly Seventh Day Sabbath to the peaceful existence and stability of Man and the whole Universe. They insist their man-made reasoning to argue that the Sabbath is already “done away” with, or that the Sabbath can be observed on any day of the week.
“On the Seventh Day Elohim ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made.” Bereshis - Genesis 2:2.
“And ELOHIM BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, and SANCTIFIED IT: because in it He had rested (Hebrew for “rested” is “Shabbat”) from all His work which Elohim created and made.” Bereshis - Genesis 2:3.
If the faithful following the above Scriptures
will always keep the Sabbath Sanctified and that cannot be done on any other
day than on the Seventh Day as given to man by the Almighty and we need to
remember that this was confirmed by our Redeemer Yahushua, who very clearly
said, “… the Sabbath was made for Man.” (Markus
– Mark 2:27). You will note that He did NOT say, “The Sabbath was
made for the Judeans (the Jews)” or “for
I am sure, having read the Word that you will
have noticed that
Having Sanctified only the Seventh Day Sabbath and not the other six days, means that if you observe the Sabbath on any of the other six days, you will miss out on the rich blessings, but more so on Elohim and Yahushua’s holiness and presence on the Sabbath Day and that will be to your own disadvantage, as well as being an act of sheer disobedience!
Of course we can and will pray and praise our Heavenly Father on the other six days, for we must do so daily, and we do this in the Name of Yahushua! But, none of these days are the Sabbath, that day alone is different and very special!
Most students of the Scriptures should know that the patriarch Avraham was the great-grandfather of Judah, being the name out of which the christian church originally penned the term “the Jews” in the Greek translation of the Gospels, although the original Gospel’s were written first in Hebrew and there is now absolute proof that this is the case!
Later the word “Jews” and
“Judaism” was generally adopted by the Hebrews as being both the
Judeans and Israelites (read my study Who
“I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Avraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Avraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” Bereshis - Genesis 26:3-5.
1 – We
have read that Noach already knew about the clean and unclean animals, even before
the flood commenced, thus there must have been many laws already given! 2
- Having read these two verses it must have become quite obvious that Avraham
was a faithful servant and he kept YaHVaH’s commandments, statues
and His laws! 3 - Thus beloved, indeed the Sabbath was being
kept, long before
Knowing that both Noach and Avraham upheld the Sabbath, succeeding generations of Hebrews clearly understood from these verses that Avraham kept the Seventh Day Sabbath that Elohim had “sanctified” at the conclusion of the creation. And in the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant, the apostle Shaul - Paul tells us that Avraham is the “father” of the faithful (Romans 4:11, 16).
Amazingly there are many theologians that
continue to teach … that … “The fourth commandment about
keeping the Sabbath Sanctified was just part of that “Old Covenant that God
made with the Jews at
I remember one particular minister telling me; “Brother, it would cost me my job if I told the congregation truth.” What is so sad, that this is the case with so many pastors who know the truth about the pagan background of both Christmas and Easter and they actually hate those pagan feasts, but they have to uphold them, for if they tell you the truth, they are out of a job. They have told me, “I have a family and due to my ministry life and the love of doing this, I have no other talents, thus I would not know what to do.” I keep on telling them “Trust Yahushua The Messiah for He will never forsake a faithful servant! If the fellowship forsakes you, it will be to their detriment, not yours!”
Thus as we know from the Word at the beginning of human
history that Elohim commanded to keep the Seventh
Day Sabbath a “Sanctified time.” And some 2,000 years later,
Avraham, who is stylised as the father of the faithful, set for us an EXAMPLE
of faithfulness by keeping Elohim's “commandments
and statutes” that obviously included the observance of the Sabbath
day. And I wish to restate this once again; this was still LONG BEFORE there
was an Old Covenant made with the Children of
We are now going to examine an account found in Shemos - Exodus 16:1-30:
With Israel having seen YaHVaH Elohim’s great power and might, the Ten Plagues, their miraculous escape from Egypt, the next miracle at the Red Sea as the waters parted, yet here they were on the other side of the Red Sea having sung their words of praise, full of joy and before you knew it the Israelites “grumbled” against Moshe and Aaron due to the lack of tasty and spicy food;
“… on the fifteenth day of the
second month after they had come out of
Elohim having heard this - said, “I will ... TEST
them, whether they will walk in My LAW or
not” (verse 4). Now this verse is very
interesting, because it provides the best proof that His law was obviously
already in full effect long
BEFORE the giving of the Old Covenant Law at
In His everlasting love, Elohim explained that He would perform the following miracle and that on every day of the week, except on the Seventh Day - Yes friends on the Sabbath. He would provide special food from heaven called “manna” - or better translated - ‘what is it’ and it would fall to the ground in the morning like dew. The people were to gather it up each morning and they were to eat it on that very same day. They were clearly told not to keep any of it overnight, because it would breed worms and stink.
We should remember by Elohim providing nourishment to Israel was a great blessing, but with it came with a test for Israel and it was a “TEST” to see whether they would follow YaHVaH Elohim’s law or not. Thus, let us see what did the people do? Let us go back to the Scriptures;
“Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much two omers for each person and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moshe. He said to them, ‘This is what YHVH commanded (past tense): ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a Sanctified Sabbath to YHVH. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’” Verses 21-23.
Sadly as human beings often do, some sadly did not take the Almighty seriously and they went out on the Sabbath and tried to find manna.
“And YHVH said to Moshe, ‘How long do you (people) refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For YHVH has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the Seventh Day.' So the people rested on the Seventh Day.” Verses 28-30.
Beloved, I wish to remind you
once again, all this occurred before
The Ten Commandments, including the law
regarding the Sanctified Sabbath day has been in existence from the very beginning
of time. Therefore Elohim was simply reminding His people of
we come to
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was with
Elohim in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without
Him nothing was made that has been made.” Yochanan -
Now, we also need to remember that Yahushua
Himself told the Hebrews the following very clearly; “You have never
heard His (YHVH’s) voice nor seen His form.” Yochanan -
Thus the question we could ask, just who was it Moshe
was speaking with, or hearing at Sinai and in the wilderness? We also know that He was often called the “Rock” of
In the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant, the
“They all (
The Word makes it abundantly clear that the
Elohim who spoke to ancient
During His human lifetime, Yahushua told the
arguing Pharisees, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before
Regarding this phrase, “I AM,” the “Expositor’s Bible Commentary” states:
“I AM” implies continuous
existence, including existence when
Yes, Yahushua The Messiah was certainly the
Elohim of the Tanach, the Old Covenant, who was “the Word,” who
spoke on His Father’s behalf. Thus, this means that He who became the man - Yahushua our beloved Messiah is the One
who originally created the Sabbath by resting on the Seventh Day! No wonder He “is Master” of that day, as we have seen
from (Markus -
Later, Elohim again made a special covenant
“Speak also to the children of
The emphasis here is that we “know” the true Elohim who sets us apart if we keep the “sign” of His Sabbath, which points to Him as the CREATOR.
He Who is the Word from the beginning, continued;
“The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a perpetual covenant. It will be a sign between Me and the Israelites forever, for in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He abstained from work and rested.” Shemos - Exodus 31:16-17.
Notice especially that the Sabbath was to be kept by the Israelites as a “perpetual (eternal) covenant” between them and Elohim “forever”! Do we find ANY evidence whatever that the Israelites who became believers in Messiah Yahushua were to forsake that sacred covenant and start keeping some other day of the week? Is it at all possible that Elohim could have a double standard when it comes to which day to keep as the Sabbath?
according to Shaul -
“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root … After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!” Romans 11:17 & 24.
“There is neither Judean nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Messiah Yahushua. If you belong to Messiah, then you are Avraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:28-29.
Please Note: “Avraham’s seed” in reality means that those of the Gentiles who have come into the faith of the One true YaHVaH Elohim and Messiah Yahushua who came in the flesh, being the Elohim in the flesh, etc, are part of the seeds sown by the faithful and thus are the harvest in Messiah and ONE in the Body!
In Yeshayahu - Isaiah 56, we find a remarkable
prophecy set right in the midst of END-TIME prophecies and many of which refer
to the years that are just ahead of us. In
“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.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 56:1-2.
It is also very important to note that just a few verses later that Elohim instructs the Gentiles or foreigners to keep His Sabbath and describes the BLESSINGS that would come from doing so:
“And foreigners who bind themselves to YHVH to serve Him, to love the Name of YHVH, 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 Sanctified 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.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 56:6-7. NIV.
As Yahushua said, the Sabbath was made for “man” and having read the above, we now know this obviously means for ALL mankind, especially the faithful in Messiah Yahushua! We need to remember that our beloved Yahushua and all the Apostles continually faithfully upheld the Seventh Day Sabbath on the same day that all the Hebrews (Jews) around them were keeping, for let’s face it ALL of them were Jews!
Elohim tells us time and again that Messiah was the “LIGHT” and an “EXAMPLE” of how we ought to live. It is amazing how many professing christian ministers will give lip service to this statement, yet “reason” and argue and ARGUE against following Messiah’s perfect example in relation to keeping the blessed Sabbath and other acts of obedience to Elohim’s law, such as the Ten Commandments as well as YHVH’s seven Feasts as found in Vayikra – Leviticus 23. All these feasts are directly related to our blessed Messiah, but they are ignored and two pagan feasts are celebrated instead, which are to do directly with pagan god’s and have their origins over a thousand years before our Saviour came to earth!
Speaking of Yahushua, the Gospel of Yochanan -
Later, Messiah said, “I am the light of
the world. He who follows Me shall not
walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (Yochanan -
“For to this you were called, because
Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an EXAMPLE, that you should follow His
steps: who committed no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth.” 1
Yes, in all things Messiah set us an example!
We may ask, “How did Yahushua our Messiah live”? The Sermon on the Mount is usually regarded as the very ESSENCE of His teachings. It was there where Yahushua said;
“Do not think that I have come to
abolish the Law (Torah) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to
fulfil them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not
the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear
from the Law until
everything is accomplished (The arrival of the
“New Heaven and New Earth”). Anyone who breaks one of the least
of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in
the Kingdom of *Heaven (*residence of Elohim), but whoever practices and
teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
He who IS THE Word certainly did not come to
do away with the Ten Commandments that He had previously delivered from the
Father in the Tanach - Old Covenant. Rather, He came to give full expression to them and to show their real spiritual intent. In fact, Yahushua
made them even more binding. For
example, Yahushua explained that the seventh commandment against adultery and
you will note that He prohibited even more than just having sexual relations
with someone other than your spouse. He even forbade lusting after others in
your mind (Mattityahu -
I do get very tired of that old argument that so many pastors, priests and so-called, all who are in reality are rather uneducated Scriptural scholars, for all they know is what their denomination’s feed them, and they just spew out their doctrines, which has so many holes in it that often becomes much of a joke. But, it is really rather tragic! They continue to say that the Messiah Himself broke the Sabbath and beloved, that is blasphemy! Why is that so? How can He who gave the Law as an eternal Law, break it?
Thus what your ministers have been saying
for so long is completely false! The Word says that
He was “without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). And “sin IS the
transgression of the “Law” (1 Yochanan – 1
“I have KEPT My Father’s
commandments.” Yochanan -
Furthermore, at the very beginning of Yahushua’s ministry, He set the standard for what would be His lifelong example;
“He went to
“Now He (Yahushua) was teaching in one
of the synagogues on the Sabbath."
Thus we have very clearly read that our Saviour went “to the synagogue as was His custom” all of His life and He was circumcised, and he had His Bar Mitzvah (became a Man at the age of thirteen, etc), thus all the Laws had been kept by His family as He had done all of His life! Then, who is the church to say, no the Sabbath and the Ten Commandments have been done away with, “once saved, always saved, etc, what utter rubbish! That is NOT what the blessed Word states! Beloved, we should follow Messiah's example in keeping the same Sabbath day that He kept! And which day was this Sabbath? Why, the very same day that the Israelites, the Jews around Him were keeping and that of course is from twilight Friday to twilight Saturday. “It was evening and it was morning day One.”
That is the calendar that
Then there is Christmas, which has nothing to
do with our Saviour whatsoever, for obviously, He could not have been born mid
winter, as it is freezing, and often the fields are covered with snow. Thus the
shepherds are certainly not sleeping in the fields! But, the Romans created
that feast as it was first officially celebrated on December 25th.in 336 AD, after
Now does that make it OK? NO IT IS NOT! For salvation is YOUR responsibility and not your leaders. If you have the Scriptures it is your responsibility to check the Word, and if what they say is not right, then oppose it. But, the problem is, most people just fall in line and it is OK and we will be sheep. I am sorry, sheep can be led anywhere, and you could be led on a big ship to a Muslim land and into the slaughterhouse. OK, that is an analogy, but, if you are following error, then you are still responsible for the sin, and the wages of sin is death!
We have seen above that Messiah Yahushua
obviously upheld Elohim’s Sanctified Sabbath day. The Pharisees did
accuse Him of breaking it, as we can see in Markus - Mark 2 where
Yahushua’s Apostles picked heads of grain to eat when they were hungry on
the Sabbath. Most Jewish folk today, and myself included prior to my coming to
Yahushua in 1977 would have said that He indeed was breaking the Sabbath Law!
However, now I know very much better for the Apostles and Yahushua did NOT
transgress a single Sabbath Law! The only violation was a man-made law, which
was added by the scribes and Pharisees to the original three, and yes I do mean
that there are ONLY THREE ACTUAL SABBATH LAWS! But, these typical
self-righteous men full of the self and traditions had other ideas to place a
yoke and a burden on the people of
Of course, it was the responsibility of each individual to make sure that he was not overexerting himself on the Sabbath to the point that his actions would have qualified as work. If Yahushua had not been present with His disciples, it would simply have been a personal judgment call for them. But Messiah was there as a perfect Judge and Master of the Sabbath. And He made it very clear that the scribes and Pharisees were wrong! Picking a few heads of grain and eating them simply does not violate the Sabbath command, for it was NOT – “servile work.” On the other hand, if the disciples had been harvesting to take a load home that would have been a very different matter for that would have been “servile work”! But, of course, they were not. They were just taking the odd head here and there for a bite to eat!
However, some will persist that surely the Sabbath was done away when Yahushua died. We know that they desired to place Yahushua’s body in the tomb before the Sabbath commenced; this was the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread! Then notice that after His burial, His most dedicated followers decided they would better prepare His body when the Sabbath was over in order that it wouldn't decay so quickly in the tomb.
“Then they returned (home) and prepared
spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the
Thus there are no signs whatsoever that the disciples were substituting the Sabbath and now worshipping on a Sunday. We have just read that they refrained from doing work on the Sabbath. But notice the very next verses;
“Now on the first day of the week,
very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the
tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone
rolled away from the tomb.”
Here we see that on the “first day of the week,” remember that the pagan “Sunday” did not officially exist until the fourth century; they had come to do work. Obviously, the Sabbath had been kept Sanctified and that was the previous – the Seventh Day.
After His resurrection, did Yahushua in some
way indicate that His former teaching on the Sabbath as being
“Olam” - “Eternal” – “forever” had
suddenly been “done away” or “nailed to the
Instead, our beloved Redeemer had instructed His disciples to go out over the whole earth and teach these same things, even to the END of this age.
“All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Sanctified
Spirit, teaching them to observe ALL THINGS that I have commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Mattityahu -
Go to Part Two
There are a number of studies referred to in this study Part One & Two, and these are …
1 - Aramaic or Hebrew? / 2 - YHVH – the Divine Name in the Gospels / 3 - Yahushua or Jesus
4 - Who is Israel? / 5 When was Messiah Resurrected?
1 - Were the Gospels written in Greek/Aramaic or in Hebrew? / 2 – Proof that YHVH’s Name was written in the Gospels!
3 – Regarding our Messiah’s real Name / 4 – All 12 Tribes of Israel survive today – proof from the Old & New Covenant!
5 – Scriptural proof regarding the actual time of Yahushua’s resurrection!
“Teach me Your way, O
YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”
Tehillim – Psalms 86:11
May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!
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