Is the Sabbath important?
According to scripture it is. It is the 4th Commandment.
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."
"It is a sign between Me and the Israelites forever; for in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"
"For six days work may be done, but the seventh day is to be a Sabbath of complete rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to YHWH."
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as YHWH your ELOHIM has commanded you."
"Keep My Sabbaths holy, and they will be a sign between us, so that you may know that I am YHWH your ELOHIM."
"Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people."
Since the exhortation in the verse above is so severe we need to ask the question,
Did the really Sabbath change?
Before coming to the truth of YAHUAH’s forever law, my family and I were involved in our local church and I asked this question.
I was given the standard answer that most people are given, but no one and I do mean no one was ever able to produce a single scripture that gives anyone permission to transfer Sabbath to Sunday.
One of the reasons for the transfer was explained to me like this, “Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday so we now observe Sunday.”
When I pressed for a scriptural allowance on the change I was pointed to another assumption rather than a scripture that made this transfer.
This assumption was as follows; “In Acts 20:7 Paul meets on the first day of the week to preach and break bread with the brethren.” Since the early church behaved this way, we do.
But why? This may have seemed like an answer to some, but it is not, we must read scripture in context. We must ask the question, why was Paul meeting on the first day of the week in Acts 20:7?
"And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight."
One cannot rightly assert that Paul was keeping a regular Sunday sabbath just because he was, in this case, preaching and breaking bread the day before he planned to depart. In just verses before we see Paul keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We see many examples of Paul, his companions and the disciples keeping the feast as well as Sabbath. Why then should we assume that Paul decides to break YAHUAH’s command to keep the Sabbath? In the very same Book of Acts that is being “verse plucked” to assert that Paul kept Sabbath on the first day of the week (Sunday) you can find examples of Paul and his brethren keeping the Sabbath of YAH. If you take a few minutes to read the verses below we see Paul and his companions Keeping the Sabbath as they were accustomed to keeping it, meaning they were keeping the Sabbath according to the Law of YAH.
Paul is rather consistently accused of not keeping the Law of YAH and for teaching others to do the same. I want to spend a few moments talking with you about Paul’s defense to this accusation.
Paul Answered…....“But I confess this to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I serve the ELOHIM of our fathers, believing all things throughout the Law and that have been written in the Prophets.”
It is unfortunate that Paul is used by teachers teaching “modern church theology” to teach that the Law of YAH is done away with. We are warned in Scripture that Paul’s letters would be twisted and that some men would err into lawlessness due to the twisting of Paul’s words.
Consider these verses
2 Peter 3:14-17
"Therefore, beloved, as you anticipate these things, make every effort to be found at peace—spotless and blameless in His sight. Consider also that YHWH’s patience brings salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom YAH gave him. He writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, beloved, since you already know these things, be on your guard so that you will not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure standing. "
Consider Stephen’s execution
At the arrest of Stephen in Acts 6:11-14 we will see that false witnesses were brought in to accuse Stephen of breaking the LAW of YAH.
"Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against YHWH. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: For we have heard him say, that this YAHUSHA of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us."
If Stephen was not keeping the Law of YAHUAH including all that Moses wrote concerning the law, then why would scribes and Pharisees need to produce false witnesses?
To me, this answer is simple; they needed false witnesses because Stephen was in fact keeping the Law of YAH.
Within the treasury of scripture you can also find Messiah YAHUSHA keeping the Sabbath. So why do believers in Messiah (Christians) observe Sunday as the Sabbath?
Constantine and the first Sunday Law
At the time of Roman "Empire-wide persecutions" believers in Messiah YAHUSHA were hunted down, tortured, and, for sport, often used for entertainment in the Colosseum. The most widespread “official“ persecution was carried out by Diocletian.
During the Great Persecution (A.D. 303–311), the emperor ordered Christian buildings and the homes of Christians torn down and their sacred books collected and burned. Christians were arrested, tortured, mutilated, burned, starved, and condemned to gladiatorial contests to amuse spectators. Bomgardner, D. L. The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre. New York: Routledge, 2000. p. 142.
Constantine became the Western emperor in A.D. 312 and the sole Roman emperor in A.D. 324. Constantine was a Sun Worshiper who claimed to be a Christian convert later in his life. History has attributed him with helping to end Christian persecution. However; Constantine is responsible for instituting the first Sunday Law on March 7, A.D. 321
“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, trans. Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 5th ed. (New York, 1902), 3:380, note 1.)
Although Constantine claimed to convert to “Christianity”, One may ask the question: did he really “convert” or did he simply aid in mixing pagan “sun worship” and the Truth of YAH’s Word?
Constantine’s Sunday law was officially confirmed by the Roman Papacy.
The Council of Laodicea in A.D. 364 decreed, “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, if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ” (Strand, op. cit., citing Charles J. Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, 2 [Edinburgh, 1876] 316).
Cardinal Gibbons, in Faith of Our Fathers, 92nd ed., p. 89, freely admits, “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 [the Catholic Church] never sanctify.”
Picture below clipped from https://archive.org/details/thefaithofourfat27435gut
Testing the teaching of men according to the Word of the Living Elohim is an absolute necessity.
The world blindly follows after the teaching of men, but believers should boldly stand on the Truth of YAH’s Word.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for YHWH your Elohim proveth you, to know whether ye love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after YHWH your Elohim, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Today, many believers in Messiah are running “full steam ahead” into believing and practicing the commandments and precepts of men. But we must believe YAH rather than men. We must be willing to ask the hard questions.
It is important to KNOW the reasons that we believe. Do you believe something just because it is a tradition, or just because it is something you were told. We have inherited so many lies, We must Test the things that we believe according to the Word of YAH.
“The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!” (Fr Enright, C.S.S.R. History of the Sabbath, p. 802)
YAH commands us to Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy and that we should keep it as a sign between us and YAHUAH, yet Rome said, No, The sabbath is not important, observe Sunday instead and everyone just does it?
This reminds me of the prophecy in Daniel 7 concerning the fourth beast.
"He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, and Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time."
We need to spend a little time in the book of Daniel, to learn more about this “fourth beast”?
We should start with the interpretation given to Daniel of Nebechanezzar’s dream.
"This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. "
"Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the Elohim of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold."
"And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth."
"And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
And in the days of these kings shall the Elohim of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. "
"Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great Elohim hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
To understand Daniel 2 we should also look at Daniel's dream in Daniel chapter 7:3-8
Daniel 7:3-8 "And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings:"
"I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it."
"And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh."
"After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it."
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns."
"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things."
Babylon "The 1st Beast"
History tells us that the Babylonian empire's reign ended in