What Day Is The Sabbath

  What day is the Sabbath? The seventh day is the Sabbath; the Sabbath is the seventh day. God made the Sabbath for all time. It was not designed to be of temporary duration, but of eternal. The time will never come when the seventh day is not the blessed, holy rest day of God. “All His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever.” (Psalm 111:7, 8)

            Even in the new earth the blessed seventh-day Sabbath will be observed by the nations of the saved. “It shall come to past, that…for one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:23)

            The reason why God commanded men to observe the Sabbath day is “For 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.” (Exodus 20:11)

            The Sabbath, therefore, is a memorial of the creation of the earth in six literal days, and God has established it as a sign of His creative power. Through the observance of it God purposed that man should always keep Him in remembrance as the true and only God, the Creator of all things.

            The material out of which He made the Sabbath was the seventh day. He took the day, and out of it made the Sabbath. The Sabbath is not something He placed on the day. It is the day itself. “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.”

            We are not commanded to “remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.” The command is, “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it (the day) holy.” The Sabbath is not something apart from the day, which can be shifted about and perhaps placed on another day. It is the day itself, the seventh day.

            It was the day that was blessed and made holy; and it is the day that thus becomes the Sabbath. The day that God blessed can never be taken from the Sabbath. The Sabbath can never be taken from the day that God blessed. These cannot be separated. They are inseparable because they are one. The seventh day is the Sabbath; the Sabbath is the seventh day.

            The Sabbath begins at sunset and ends at sunset. The biblical method of reckoning days is not from midnight to midnight, but from sunset to sunset. When the sun goes down, the day is ended and a new day begins. The evening is the beginning of the day. “The evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:5) That is, the evening, or dark part of the day, comes first, and is followed by the morning, or light part.

            The instruction of God is, “From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:32) The “even” begins at sunset. “At even, at the going down of the sun.” (Deuteronomy 16:6) It is this sacred time that we are commanded to “remember” in order “to keep it holy.” God made it holy; He commands man to keep it holy. What day is the Sabbath – the seventh day of the week.