Exodus 20:8-11 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (The longest of the ten commandments.)
The fourth commandment does not contain any "legalisms". (God never used the word!)
Isaiah 58:13-14 "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
Mark 2:27 "And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. . . ."
Jesus Did Not Rise From The Dead Sunday Morning.
[He rose late saturday, between "the ninth hour" (3:00 PM) and "evening", seventy two hours after his burial:]
Matthew 27:46 "And about the ninth hour [3:00 PM] Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?"
vs. 57-58 " When the even was come . . . Joseph . . . went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus."
(Mark 15:42-43 "And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea . . . came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.")
(Leviticus 23:32 "It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest . . . from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.")
(Nehemiah 13:19 "And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath. . . ."
Matthew 27:62-63 ". . . the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying . . . that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again." (Actually, He said more than that!)
Matthew 12:38-40 ". . . as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
The Lord was not crucified on Friday, but on Wednesday afternoon: "the preparation" not of the weekly sabbath, but of the passover, a "high" sabbath.
Luke 23:50-54 "And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on."
John 19:31 "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."
vs. 1-14 "And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour [12:00 noon]. . . !"
Obedient Jews were at home preparing the symbolic passover, as they were instructed:
Exodus 12:1-6 ". . . and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening."
(Colossians 2:16-17 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.")
Exodus 12:11 " it is the Lord's passover."
(See: John 19:33 "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs. . . .")
[Why didnít they break his legs?]
Exodus 12:46-47 " In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it."
QUESTION: What are the priests of Israel doing right now, while the congregation of Israel is home preparing the passover?
ANSWER: The priests of Israel are preparing the passover exactly as instructed:
John 19:6-7 "When the chief priests . . . saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him."
John 1:29 "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God. . . ."
Jesus Christ was the Passover Lamb, that passover, the real "lamb of God".
("Good Friday" wasn't "good" OR "Friday.") (Most of the "Christian" world does not understand this.)
[Don't go running to your NEW American Standard, or your NEW International Version, to prove Mark 16:9 contradicts these verses, because you will only prove you don't know what a "bible" is (and you wouldn't believe it if you did.) In Mark 16:9 Jesus "was risen" when he appeared to Mary Magdalene on the first day of the week. He was not still dead! All of Satan's "bibles" say, Jesus "ROSE" on the first day, or "after He HAD risen on the first day," or "HAVING risen on the first day," or "when he was RAISED." These are a lie! Get the God-breathed Authorized bible, the King James.]
Anyway, the sabbath day has to do with "rest" (Hebrews 4:4) after "creation", not resurrection.
"But, it was given to the Jews."
Genesis 2:1-3 "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
[When the Lord said this Moses was not even born yet. In the beginning, the Lord established the sabbath and blessed it, and there was no such thing as an Israelite. It was not "given to the Jews" because there were not any Jews to give it to!]
(The sabbath was later made known to the Jews, but they received what already existed.)
Nehemiah 9:14 "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven . . . and madest known unto them thy holy sabbath. . . ."
Isaiah 56:6-7 "Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain . . . for all people."
v. 2 "Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man . . . that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it . . . ."
(These verses were not written to "the Jews," but to "the stranger," "everyone," and "all people.")
"But, weíll seem like a cult."
Luke 6:22 "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake."
Acts 24:5 "For we have found this man a pestilent fellow . . . and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. . . ."
"But, the sabbath was first given in the Old Testament." (So is eating, breathing, and sex! Are you quitting these things?)
If I ask any 501c3 federally exempt, seminary educated religious official about tithing heíll tell me every time, "Oh, tithing, now, that's different. The church is commanded to tithe." (Is that so?)
[Isn't life strange? Tithing was begun as a custom through Abraham, instituted TO THE JEWS through "ordinances", never given to the church, never given in the new testament, and clearly disannulled in Hebrews, and yet, according to the government church hypocrites, the Jewish ordinance of TITHING is for the CHURCH while the fourth commandment is only for the Jews!] (See: Hebrews 7:5,18)
"For Christians, ALL days are HOLY days."
This has a certain cleverness to it, but "holy days" have nothing to do with anything, and this entertaining thought is only half an answer. The commandment not only says to keep the sabbath, but on that day to DO NO WORK. The bible tells men to work.
2nd Thessalonians 3:10 "that if any would not work, neither should he eat"
(Therefore, ALL days CANNOT be kept alike.
Exodus 20:9 "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. . . ."
While satanically proclaiming that "all days are now EQUAL" (making "the commandment of none effect") these SAME people try to justify with white-hot anger the magnifying of SUNDAY above all other days, as set up by their SPIRITUAL "MOTHER." (This is a "spiritual" battle. --Ephesians 6:12)
They "religiously" observe the first day of the week as set up by the power of the Catholic "church" (cursing anybody they find keeping the seventh) while SAYING that all days are equal, to justify the change; so that you are in serious error if you keep the day the Lord gave, instead of the one THEY and Satan set up to replace it. (Under this new "equality," one day is a little LESS EQUAL than the other.)
"Well, thatís just our tradition."
Matthew 15:6 "Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
Acts 5:29 "We ought to obey God rather than men."
"So whatís the big deal if we changed the day?"
Proverbs 24:21 "My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change. . . ."
Isaiah 32:5-8 In bible doctrine (or politics) a man "given to change" is called a "liberal."
"The sabbath is done away with because Jesus HARVESTED on the sabbath." (The bible does NOT say the Lord harvested.)
Luke 6:1-11 ". . . and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands."
[The Lord only defended his disciples against the insane accusation that they did "that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days."] (Do you call it "working" when YOU go to the cupboard and make a sandwich?)
See: Matthew 5:19 "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. . . ." (Is this who you make the Lord out to be?)
"Yea, well, Jesus HEALED on the seventh day. That did away with it." (I get this all the time.)
[That is the same Satanic, false-accusing conclusion the Pharisees came to. THEY accused the Lord of violating the sabbath because they HATED him, not because there was any merit to the charge.] (What's your motive?)
See: Luke 6:7 "And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him."
The word of God never said it was unlawful to "heal" or to "do well" on the sabbath, THEY did!
See: Matthew 12:11-12 "Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days."
[The charge of "sabbath-breaking" is phoney, and the Lord is guiltless! The scribes and Pharisees hated the Lord because He healed ON ANY DAY. It was a hard act to follow. The Lord was preaching the doctrine that love and mercy are always right (even on the sabbath) which evil men then took to mean that the Lord was all wrong, and which evil men now take to mean the SABBATH is all wrong. (Either way, theyíre rejecting the Lord.)]
The Lord Kept The Sabbath.
Luke 4:16 " And [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read."
13:10 "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath."
6:6 "And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught. . . ."
Paul Kept The Sabbath.
Acts 13:42-44 "And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God."
17:2-4 "And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures . . . of the devout Greeks a great multitude. . . ."
18:4 "And [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks."
It Is The Lordís Intention That The Sabbath Would Be Kept In The Future.
Matthew 24:20 "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day. . . ."
(We never would have thought to pray for that, which is why he told us to!)
It Is Satanís Intention That The Sabbath Will Not Be Kept.
Daniel 7:15-25 "And he shall . . . think to change times and laws. . . ."
Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent . . . which deceiveth the whole world. . . ."
Psalm 19:7-11 "Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward."
The Reward Comes By Faith, Ignoring The Path The World Has Chosen.
Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah . . . condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."
The Sabbath Day Is Not "The Lordís Day", And Neither Is Sunday.
Revelation 1:10 [Not a day of the week, unless youíre Catholic?]
The "day of the Lord":
2nd Peter 3:10,12
1st Corinthians 1:8
2nd Corinthians 1:14
1st Thessalonians 5:2,4
2nd Thessalonians 2:2,3
How The Sabbath Was (And Is) To Be Kept
Exodus 16:23-29 "See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day."
20:8-11 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
31:14-16 "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."
35:2-3 "Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day."
Numbers 15:29-36 "And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. . . . And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones. . . ."
Nehemiah 10:31 "And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day. . . ."
13:15-22 "In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals."
Isaiah 56:1-12 "Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil."
58:13-14 "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord. . . ."
Jeremiah 17:21-27 "Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. . . ."
Matthew 12:1-8 "Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?"
12:10-15 "And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him."
24:20 "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day. . . ."
Mark 1:21 "And . . . straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught."
2:27 "And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. . . ."
Luke 4:16 "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read."
13:10 "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath."
vs. 14-16 "The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?"
John 5:1-11 "And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath."
7:19-24 "If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?"
(9:16 "Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.")
Acts 13:42-44 "And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God."
(Ezekiel 20:16 "Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.")
(v. 24 "Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.")
(22:26 "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. ")
(46:1 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.")
(Amos 8:4-7 "Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?")
The Symbolism [The sabbath day has to do with "rest".]
Exodus 23:10-11 "And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard."
v. 12 "Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed."
This is deadly serious:
31:15 "Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."
34:21 "Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest."
35:2 "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death."
Example of a symbolic showing:
1st Corinthians 11:26 "ye do shew"
The week: (Six thousand years of the government of man on earth (WAR), and then a thousand years of rest.)
Genesis 29:27 [The "week" represents a group of "seven of something". Seven is the number of completion.]
2nd Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
Revelation 20:1-7 "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder. . . ."
Isaiah 11:6-10 "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."