Sixty facts on the truth of the Fourth Commandment
Below are 100 hundred facts in total that help cast light on the real truth of the fourth Commandment of the Ten Commandments. Sadly, there are just as many excuses as there are questions below that are constantly being perpetuated about this one Commandment. Satan successfully changed the Sabbath to Sunday through the Papal Church many centuries ago and as we drawer ever nearer to the second coming of Christ, the enemy is now working just as hard to convince Christians that all Ten Commandments are gone. These are lies from the enemy just as he lied to Adam and Eve and deceived them into disobeying God. The enemy has not stopped his campaign against the truth of the Ten Commandment law of God and it is very disappointing that the Sabbath was the easiest one for Him to attack as many do not want to know the truth about this lost Commandment that God is restoring.
Just prior to adding this page, I received an email from someone who wanted to help in answering emails from this website and was very enthusiastic about the Ten Commandments and their importance. At least he was until the subject of the fourth Commandment came up. This was then followed by about another 50 emails over a period of days with one excuse after another. As I continued to demonstrate from the Word of God that his excuse was not valid, he moved onto a new excuse. These many hours of emailing from this one person almost resulted in enough excuses to write a small book. In an attempt to avoid the fourth Commandment, in the end he turned on all Ten Commandments and totally contradicted what he first said about the Ten Commandments. This is a very sad but classic example of how it is with many Christians today. There is no shortage of excuses but they are either genuine misunderstandings, excuses or perpetuated lies from the enemy. Many times I have seen Christians discover the Sabbath truth and then Satan sends someone along and tells them they have it all wrong and gives them one or more invalid reasons as to why it is only nine Commandments and one suggestion. I pray that you will not allow the enemy to have victory over the truth and endeavour to love God with all your heart, soul and might and investigate the truth about this special Commandment that defines that it is God we love and worship and give our allegiance to. See also the Sabbath in Bible Prophecy which will shed light on why Satan had the day changed to Sunday.
1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, our great Creator God rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:1-3)
2. This stamped that day as God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day. To illustrate: When a person is born on a certain day, that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God rested upon the seventh day, that day became His rest or Sabbath day.
3. Therefore the seventh day must always be God's Sabbath day. Can you change your birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were not born? No. Neither can you change God's rest day to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still God's Sabbath day.
4. God made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2:1-3)
5. The word translated “rested” in our English Bibles in Genesis 2:3 is actually “shabath” in the Hebrew and means Sabbath.
6. Saturday is called the Sabbath in more than 105 languages just as it was named at creation. This dates back to Babel in Genesis 11 where Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day. In English we have the Pagan name Saturday.
7. God the Creator blessed the seventh day. (Genesis 2:3)
8. He sanctified the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11)
9. The only reason we have the seventh day of the week is because God added it at creation for this one and only purpose.
10. It was made before the fall, hence it is not a type for types were not introduced till after the fall.
11. It is a memorial of creation. (Exodus 20:11; 31:17) Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.
12. God warns us that a persecuting power would change His law and this happened by a Church changing the Sabbath to Sunday and by the blood of millions of saints. (Daniel 7:25) See Adam Clarke's Commentary.
13. The day was not changed by any direction from God but the final change began with Constantine and in honour of Sun worship, hence the pagan name Sunday. See also did Constantine change the Sabbath to Sunday and the origin of Sun worship and Babylon.
14. Jesus says it was made for man (Mark 2:27), that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited; hence for the Gentile as well as for the Jew.
15. It also cannot be a Jewish institution as it was made 2,300 years before there ever was a Jew.
16. The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always “the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Men should be cautious how they stigmatize God's Holy rest day.
17. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. (Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3)
18. It was a part of God's Ten Commandment Law before Sinai. God tested His children to see if they would keep His Commandments. How did God test them? By seeing if they would keep THE seventh day. (Exodus 16:4-30)
19. Then God placed it in the heart of His moral law. (Exodus 20:1-17) Why did He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
20. The seventh day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living God. (Deuteronomy 4:12-13)
21. Then God wrote the Commandment with His own finger. (Exodus 31:18)
22. He engraved it in the enduring stone indicating its imperishable nature. (Deuteronomy 5:22)
23. It was sacredly preserved in the Ark in the Holy of Holies. (Deuteronomy 10:5)
24. God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. (Ezekiel 20:12-13)
25. It is the sign of the true God by which we are to know Him from false gods. (Ezekiel 20:20)
26. He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. (Jeremiah 17:27)
27. He sent the Israelites into Babylonish captivity for breaking it. (Nehemiah 13:18)
28. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. (Isaiah 56:2, 6)
29. The Lord desires for us to call his Sabbath day a “delight.” (Isaiah 58:13)
30. God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. (Isaiah 56:2, 6)
31. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down “many generations,” it is to be restored in the last days. (Isaiah 58:12-13)
32. When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. (Luke 4:16; John 15:10) Thus He followed His Father's example at creation. Should we not also follow the example of both the Father and the Son?
33. The seventh day is the Lord's Day. (See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10)
34. Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and cherish her.
35. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, Jesus taught how it should be observed.
36. He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was “lawful” (Matthew 12:12)
37. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath would still be kept forty years after His resurrection. (Matthew 24:20) See also New Testament Sabbath.
38. The pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. (Luke 23:56)
39. Thirty years after Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit' expressly calls it “the Sabbath day.” (Acts 13:14)
40. Luke, the inspired Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the “Sabbath day.” (Acts 13:44)
41. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the “Sabbath day” in A.D. 45. (Acts 13:27) Did not Paul know? Or shall we believe modern teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the resurrection of Christ?
42. The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. (Acts 13:44)
43. In the great Christian council, A.D. 49. In the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the “Sabbath day.” (Acts 15:21)
44. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. (Acts 17:1-2)
45. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. (Acts 16:13)
46. It was Paul's custom to preach upon that day. (Acts 17:1-2)
47. The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty four meetings upon that day. (See Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13; 17:1-2; 18:4)
48. There was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof that the Christians still observed the same day that the Jews did.
49. In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not keep it?
50. Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. “Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all … to the Jews have I done no wrong” Acts 25:8, 10. How could this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath? The Jews would have definitely accused Paul of breaking the Sabbath if he had.
51. Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath being abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.
52. The Sabbath of the Lord is not to be confused with the temporary Jewish ceremonial sabbaths that pointed forward to the work of Jesus on the cross as these had feast days, monthly new moons and yearly ceremonial sabbaths that did end at the cross. Eg; Passover sabbath. Passages typically misunderstood are Romans 14:5, Galatians 4:9-10 and Colossians 2:14-16. See misunderstandings on laws and Romans 14:5 Commentary.
53. God calls His Sabbath “My Sabbath” (Exodus 31:13, Ezekiel 20:20) where the ceremonial sabbaths which were for Israel only, God calls them “HER sabbaths.” (Hosea 2:11, Lamentations 1:7)
54. The Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament more than sixty times and always with respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old Testament, “the Sabbath day.”
55. No Christian of the New Testament, either before or after the resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the seventh day. Why should modern Christians do any different from Bible Christians?
56. There is no record that God has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day.
57. As the Sabbath was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally in the new Heaven and Earth after the restitution. (Isaiah 66:22-23)
58. The seventh day Sabbath was an important part of the law of God, as it came from His own mouth, and was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai. (See Exodus 20)
59. When Jesus began His work, He expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets.” (Matthew 5:17-19) See misunderstandings on fulfilling the law.
60. Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love God, while at the same tune they made void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a tradition of men. (Mark 7:6-9)
Forty Bible Facts Concerning the First Day of the Week
1. The very first thing recorded In the Bible is work done on Sunday, the first day of the week. (Genesis 1:1-5) The Creator Himself did this. If God made the earth on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on Sunday?
2. God commands men to work upon the first day of the week. (Exodus 20:8-11) Is it wrong to obey God?
3. None of the holy prophets ever kept it.
4. None of the patriarchs ever kept it.
5. By the express command of-God, His holy people used the first day of the week as a common working day for 4,000 years, at least.
6. God did not rest upon it.
7. God Himself calls it a “working” day. (Ezekiel 46:1)
8. God never blessed it.
9. Christ did not rest upon it.
10. Jesus was a carpenter and worked at His trade until He was thirty years old. He kept the Sabbath and worked six days in the week as all admit. Hence He did many a hard day's work on Sunday.
11. The apostles never rested upon it.
12. The apostles worked upon it during the same time.
13. Christ never blessed it.
14. It has never been sanctified.
15. It has never been blessed by any divine authority.
16. No law was ever given to enforce the keeping of it, hence it is no transgression to work upon it. “Where no law is, there is no transgression.” Romans 4:15 (See also 1 John 3:4)
17. The New Testament nowhere forbids work to be done on it.
18. No blessing is promised for its observance.
19. No penalty is provided for its violation.
20. No regulation is given as to how it ought to be observed. Would this be so if the Lord wished us to keep it?
21. It is never called the Christian Sabbath.
22. It is never called the Sabbath day at all.
23. It is never called even a rest day.
24. It is never called the Lord's day.
25. No sacred title whatever is applied to it. Then why should we call it holy?
26. It is simply called “first day of the week.”
27. Jesus never-mentioned it in any way, never took its name upon His lips, so far as the record shows.
28. The word Sunday never occurs in the Bible at all.
29. Neither God, Christ, nor inspired men ever said one word in favour of Sunday as a holy day.
30. The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in all the New Testament. (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2)
31. Six of these texts refer to the same first day of the week.
32. In all the New Testament we have a record of only one religious meeting held upon that day, and even this was a night meeting. (Acts 20:7)
33. There is not intimation that they ever held a meeting upon it before or after that.
34. Paul directed the saints to look over their secular affairs on that day. (1 Corinthians 16:2)
35. It was not their custom to meet on that day.
36. There was no requirement to break bread on that day and many assume this was communion but in fact was a term the Jews used for a fellowship meal. (Acts 2:46)
37. We have an account of only one instance in which it was done. (Acts 20:7)
38. That was done in the night after midnight on a Saturday meeting that went past sunset and so became the first day of the week. (Acts 20:7) This was just an extended Sabbath meeting that went very late as Paul was departing the following day. Jesus broke bread (fellowship meal) on Thursday evening (Luke 22), and the disciples sometimes did it every day. (Acts 2:46)
39. The Bible nowhere says that the first day of the week commemorates the resurrection of Christ. This is a tradition of men, which contradicts the law of God. (Mark 7:6-9) Baptism commemorates the burial and resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:3-5)
40. Finally, the New Testament is totally silent with regard to any change of the Sabbath day or any sacredness for the first day.
The challenge… Can You Find One Scripture that says
o That says the Sabbath (seventh day) was ever changed from the seventh to the first day of the week?
o Where we are told to keep the first day of the week holy?
o Where the first day of the week (Sunday) is ever called a holy day?
o That says that Jesus ever kept the first day (Sunday)?
o That tells us to keep the first day in honour of the resurrection of Christ?
o Where the first day is ever given any sacred name?
o That affirms that any of the apostles ever kept the first day as the Sabbath?
o From any apostolic writings that authorizes Sunday observance as the Sabbath of God?
o Where we are told not to work on the first day of the week?
o Where it says it was for the Church to observe, or to meet on, the first day of the week?
o Where any blessings are promised for observing Sunday?
o That says the seventh day is no longer God's Sabbath day?
o That says the seventh day Sabbath is ABOLISHED?
o Where any punishment is threatened for working on Sunday?
o Where the apostles ever taught any convert to keep the first day of the week as a Sabbath?
o Where the first day was ever appointed to be kept as the Lord's Day?
o Where the first day is ever called the Lord's Day?
o That says that the first day of the week was ever sanctified and hallowed as a day of rest?
o That says that the Father or the Son (Jesus) rested on the first day of the week?
o That says that Jesus, Paul or any other of the apostles taught anyone to observe the first day of the week as the Sabbath?
o That calls the seventh day the “Jewish Sabbath” or one text that calls Sunday the “Christian Sabbath”?
o Telling man to keep the first day of the week holy or to worship or rest on the first day of the week?
o Authorizing anyone to set aside God's Sabbath and observe any other day?
o Showing any of the apostles keeping the first day of the week as the Sabbath?
o Authorizing someone to set aside the fourth Commandment and observe any other day of the week?
o Where any apostle taught us to keep the first day of the week as the Sabbath?
o Promising blessings for observing Sunday as the Sabbath?
o Declaring that the seventh day is no longer the Eternal Sabbath day?
o Where Sunday is now appointed to be kept as the New Testament Sabbath or holy day?
The above challenges cannot be met and God's law does not change on assumptions. The Sabbath was changed to Sunday in honour Sun worship that God detested.