Christian Sabbath

 

            If the Sabbath-keepers were the “dominant element” of Christianity for some 40 years after the death of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t that tell us something? Isn’t it obvious that if Jesus Himself, Peter, James, Paul and most of the Christian Church of that time observed the seventh-day Sabbath—then that is the day we all ought to be keeping? That is the day the original apostles of Jesus Christ kept until they died. This is the true early Christian Sabbath. How dare these later theologians of the Dark Ages place the name of Christ on a day He never kept? How dare they replace God’s holy Sabbath with the pagan “day of the sun”-Sunday! How dare they pervert the very “sign” that identifies the Creator and those who worship Him!

            But, under the powerful influence of Satan the Devil, “who deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:9), they have done it!

            Obviously, then, to really follow what the Bible teaches, you must observe the seventh-day Sabbath—from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. But if you are willing to compromise on the very commandment that points out the true God, then you might very well end up observing the “day of the sun” right along with the vaunted majority—the countless millions that prophecy shows will soon be subjected to the greatest tribulation in human history because of their rebellion against the true God! (Matt. 24:21-22)

            Of the Ten Commandments, the fourth one—concerning the Sabbath day—is and always has been the real “test” commandment. (Ex. 16:4) Many can accept the other nine—don’t worship other gods, honor your parents, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, etc. To keep the Sabbath means visibly living quite differently from the society around you—perhaps even being looked upon as odd or weird. Yet Jesus said, “whoever comes to me cannot be my disciple unless he loves me more than he loves his father and his mother, his wife and his children, his brothers and his sisters, and himself as well. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)

            Do you love the “praise of men” more than the praise of God? Or, do you have the faith and the courage to obey God’s commandments—even if you were to lose your job, your friends and perhaps some of your relatives?

            Throughout the Bible, God shows that His true followers keep His commandments. In Revelation 12, God describes the true church—the little flock—that had to escape the bonds of the Roman Empire during the Dark Ages. (Rev. 12:6) Finally, God describes Satan’s rage against the church: “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17)