“Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand.” — Rev 1:3
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” — Rev 14:12
The 4th Commandment
Keep the Sabbath day holy is the 4th commandment of the 10 commandments spoken first, then written (Deut 9:10) by the finger of God himself:
“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.” — 4th Commandment; Exodus 20:8-11
Our Creator kept the very first Sabbath on the 7th day, after His six days of creation were completed.
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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.”
— Genesis 2:1-3
The Sabbath day is on the 7th day of the week. After Genesis, it is again explicitly mentioned in Exodus 16:25-30, preceding the verses (Exodus 20: 2-17) where God declares the 10 commandments:
“Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none. On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? See! The Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.” — Exodus 16:25-30
This lets us know that not only was God serious about the Sabbath, but that the holy day of rest was known and observed by the Israelites before the 10 commandments were even written in stone by God’s finger. Not only did the Israelites keep the Sabbath, so did their great grandfather, Abraham.
According to Bible Gateway, “the original name of the youngest son of Terah was Abram, meaning “father of height.” The name Abraham was given to him when the promise of a numerous progeny was renewed to him by God in Genesis 11:26, 17:5, 17:9.”Bible Gateway continues, “Abraham’s life is given us in detail, and we know him as we know few men of the Bible. He was from the great and populous city of Ur, and therefore he was a Gentile, although he became the first Hebrew.”
But Abraham was not the first Jew. The first Jews arose from one of the 12 sons of Jacob, which was a grandson of Abraham. Jacob’s name was changed by God to the name Israel, and of his 12 sons, were formed the 12 tribes of Israel. The sons of the tribe (son) of Judah were the first Jews.
It is important to keep clear that not all Hebrews are Jews and not all Jews are Hebrews. For example, Ashkenazi Jews, which represent a large majority of Jews worldwide descend from the line of Japeth and not Shem. Japeth and Shem are two of the three sons of Noah (Ham is the third.) Abraham descends from the line of Shem .
In summary, Bible Gateway writes, “Abraham was a rough, simple, venerable Bedouin-like sheep master. He uttered no prophecy, wrote no book, sang no song, gave no laws. Yet in the long list of Bible saints, he alone is spoken of as “the father of the faithful” and as “the friend of God” as described in Romans 4:11 and James 2:23.”
Abraham is the father of the faithful and the friend of God. This description is very telling, while Galatians 3:29 is even more direct:
“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” — Galatians 3:29
So how do we know that Abraham too, a Gentile, a Hebrew, and a non-Jew, who was the father of the faithful (Body of Christ) and the friend of God (obedient to God) kept the Sabbath? Genesis 26:4-5 tells us:
“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” — Genesis 26:4-5
The above three verses (including Galatians 3:29) are key for several reasons. First it makes clear that the seed of Abraham includes the Body of Christ and will multiply like the stars in heaven. Second, our God will give to the seed of Abraham, all these countries and third, in the seed of Abraham all the nations of the earth be blessed, meaning those nations that are populated by the seed of Abraham will be blessed. Clearly, these descendants and the blessings bestowed upon them are not just for the tribe of Judah (Jews) and not just for the special land (the nation of Israel) that God gives to the 12 tribes of Israel (Jews and non-Jews.)
The second part of the verse describes why Abraham is special: because he obeyed God’s voice, kept His charge, His commandments, His statutes, and His laws. Thus, there are several questions we must ask ourselves in good conscience:
1. Do we believe that God decided that his commandments, laws, and statutes no longer matter?
2. Since the seed of Abraham includes the Body of Christ, how do we reconcile that we are not part of his line?
3. As Christians, we are grafted into the olive tree and we are viewed by God as the seed of Abraham, of one vine or body of Christ, described in Galatians 3:29: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Why would God treat this branch of the olive tree any differently?
The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) changed the day of “worship” from Saturday to Sunday, not God
“We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (364 AD) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” — Peter Geiermann, CSSR, The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, 1957, 3rd ed., p. 50.
The problem dear brethren, isn’t that Sunday is a day of worship, but that the Roman Catholic Church no longer allowed Christians to keep the holy, blessed, sanctified Sabbath day of rest, and instead, The Roman Catholic Church commanded that Christians work on that day. It was common in the 1st and 2nd centuries for Christians to follow the Sabbath on Saturday, as commanded by God, and to fellowship with other Christians on Sunday.
The Council of Laodicea and the 29th Canon
The 29th canon directly and explicitly went against God’s commandment, which had been faithfully followed by the Israelites (Jews and non-Jews) throughout the old and new testament. To be clear, the 10 commandments were not just for the tribe of Judah, but for all 12 tribes of Israel – Jews and non-Jews alike, as well as for the Seed of Abraham, which included the Body of Christ. The 4th commandment was also followed by Jesus Christ during His mortal life on earth – and after. Jesus reminded us to keep God’s commandments – as written in Revelation 14:12, which is presented in the beginning of this article.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ – revealed by Jesus Christ – is the final book of the Holy bible. Clearly, our Saviour wanted us all to get it right. And to make doubly sure, He blesses those who read and hear the book of Revelation, as written in Revelation 1:3:
“Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand.” — Revelation 1:3
The 10 commandments, including the Sabbath will also be upheld during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ on earth, after the tribulation. As the Body of Christ, how can we credibly rule and reign with Christ on Earth, if we have never followed God’s commandments or have only followed those that we want to follow?
Here is the text of the 29th Canon of the Canons of the Synod held in the City of Laodicea,
in Phrygia Pacatiana:
“Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if
any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.”
The 29th canon goes directly against God’s 4th commandment. Indeed, the Roman Catholic Church has been exceedingly transparent and clear, at changing biblical times and laws, as we reveal just a tiny illustration of what has been publicized:
“Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath
(Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” — Rome’s Challenge immaculateheart.com/maryonline, Dec 2003.
“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.” — Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.”
“Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent
of our sacred duties? But 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 never sanctify.” — James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, (1917 edition, p. 72-73) (16th Edition, p. 111; 88th Edition, p. 89.)
“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason…The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance…The author of the Sunday law…is the Catholic Church.” —Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.
“Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” — Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August 1900.
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is
an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” — Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.
“From this we may understand how great is the authority of the church in interpreting or explaining to us the commandments of God – an authority which is acknowledged by the universal practice of the whole Christian world, even of those sects which profess to take the holy Scriptures as their sole rule of faith, since they observe as the day of rest not the seventh day of the week demanded by the Bible, but the first day. Which we know is to be kept holy, only from the tradition and teaching of the Catholic
church.” — Henry Gibson, Catechism Made Easy, 2, 9th edition, vol. 1, p. 341-342.
“It was the Catholic church which…has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) church.”
— Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, p. 213.
“Sunday is our mark or authority…the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” — Catholic Record of London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act…And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” — H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.
“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” —Father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802.
“Protestants…accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change…But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that…In observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.” — Our Sunday Visitor, February 15, 1950.
“Sunday is founded, not of scripture, but on tradition, and is distinctly a Catholic institution. As there is no scripture for the transfer of the day of rest from the last to the first day of the week, Protestants ought to keep their Sabbath on Saturday and thus leave Catholics in full possession of Sunday.” — Catholic Record, September 17, 1893.
“You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet, in so important a manner as the observance of one day in seven as the holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the Ten Commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding. Who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if
you really follow the Bible, and the Bible only you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.”
— Excerpts from “Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day?”, pages 3-15 in The Clifton Tract, vol. 4, published by the Roman Catholic Church 1869.
“The Church made a sacred day of Sunday…largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance.” —Arthur Weigall, The Paganism in Our Christianity (New York: Putnam’s Sons, 1928.)
The Catholic Church is above the Bible, and this transference of the Sabbath observance is proof of that fact. —The Catholic Record, 1923.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a Seventh Day Adventist, nor do I follow the Jewish roots movement. I am a bible believing non-denominational Christian who has come to the understanding of following 10 not just 9 commandments, based on the common reading of the bible, in totality. I am following the command to fulfill the great commission of sharing the Gospel and giving testimony. All in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Pray to our Father in the name of Jesus, for discernment in the season of these last days.