TRUE OR FALSE
(THE LORD’S DAY)
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). This great truth and solemn warning that it is unsafe to follow the multitude is found in the very heart of the gospel as taught by Christ and His apostles. Yahshua warned that “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24;11). As a result of the many false teachers and doctrines, many professed Christians will hear the awful words, “Depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:21-23).
In contrast, Yahshua spoke of the Straight gate” and the narrow way that leads to life eternal. “And few there be that find it” (Verses 12-15). Peter warned that false teachers would arise in the church and that many would follow their ways, and as a result, the “Way of truth” would be evil spoken of(2 Peter 2:1, 2), Many other texts of Holy Scripture could be given, but space will not permit.
In Paul’s day some had already begun to pervert, or change, the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:5-8), and since that time more changes have been made in the Law and the Gospel. Some heathen customs were adopted and handed down to us white-washed as Christian customs. One of the changes that took place after the death of the apostles was in God’s holy day of rest and worship. Most professed Christians have been taught that the first day of the week is the divinely authorized day for Christian worship. Many call Sunday the Lord’s Day and we often hear the statement, “Christians are to keep the Lord’s Day and not the Seventh day Sabbath.” Honest people believe that Christ did make a change in the day of worship. Does the Bible teach that such a change was made? Are you willing to investigate, without prejudice?
What is “The Lord’s
Day” according to the Bible?
The one text that uses the term Lord’s Day” is found in Revelation 1:10. John says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.” This statement was made in A.D. 96—over 60 years after Yahshua had ascended to heaven. John did not say which day of the week was the Lord’s day! but one thing is certain, and that is that he recognized a certain day as the Lord’s day—a holy day. He recorded it as the day on which he was in the Spirit and began to receive the revelation of Yahshua Christ.
This day in order to be “the Lord’s day” must needs be set apart, or sanctified, by the Word of God, or of the Lord Yahshua. Man has no such authority. According to the Gospel of the Lord Yahshua, what day is the
Lord’s day? Let Yahshua answer in His own words as recorded by three gospel writers.
“For the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5; Mark 2:28; Matthew 12:8).
In the absence of one text of scripture where Yahshua ever authorized the observance of any other day of the week, we must conclude from the above texts that since Yahshua is Lord of the Sabbath day, then the Sabbath is the Lord’s Day of Revelation
According to the Lord Yahshua, for whom was the Sabbath, or Lord’s Day, made? Answer: “The Sabbath was made for man
.“(Mark 2:27). According to these plain words of Yahshua Himself, the Sabbath WAS made for all mankind and not just for Israel.
When was the seventh day made the Sabbath for man? Answer: At the time of creation. ‘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
(Genesis 2:2, 3). Note that “The Seventh Day” was blessed and sanctified (made holy) in the very beginning “for man.”
Ten Commandments command us to “Keep it holy” (Exodus 20~8-1I). It
is called “The Sabbath of the Lord thy God” (Isaiah 56:13). Gentiles,
or strangers, that serve God must keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:2, 6).
KEPT THE SABBATH
Are we to follow Yahshua’ examples in obeying God’s holy law? Answer: “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness”
(John 8:12). “... Leaving us an example. that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:21, 22, 23). “. . . Ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked” (1 John 2:6).
Did Yahshua keep the Sabbath day? Answer:
It was His ‘custom” to attend worship on the Sabbath day (Luke 4:16). He also taught the people how to keep the Sabbath day, setting aside Jewish tradition on the matter (Matthew 12:1-12). His followers kept the Sabbath ‘according to the Commandment” (Luke 23:56). It was to be kept at the fall of Jerusalem in AD. 70 (Matthew 24:15-20).
PAUL Kept the SABBATH
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). What was his manner concerning the Sabbath day? And Paul as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures” (Acts 17:1, 2). At Corinth, ‘He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath . .“ (Acts 18:1-4, 11). This custom gives us 78 Sabbaths (18 months) at Corinth, three at Thessalonica, at Antioch two Sabbaths (Acts 13:42-44), and one at Philippi.These 84 Sabbaths, along with the positive statement that it was Paul’s ‘manner”, establishes the fact that he did observe the Sabbath, following the example of the Lord Yahshua.
Thus we see that the Sabbath was a holy day of rest for both Christ and the Apostle Paul. It was The Lord’s Day” in New Testament times according to the inspired record and was so observed by John in AD. 96.
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