Did YAHUAH Give The Fourth Commandment Only To The Jews And The Other Nine To Everyone?
Someone always raises the stale argument that the Sabbath is only a sign of holiness for the Jews, but let me remind them of this inspired text: “if ye be Messiah’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29. All born again Followers of YAHUSHA are the true Yisra’el today and have been sanctified unto YAHUAH. Therefore, the Sabbath is for anyone who is Messiah’s regardless of these fourth coming facts.
The fourth Commandment is constantly being called the Jewish Sabbath yet this phrase does not occur once in the entire Scriptures. This is because the Sabbath was created in the first week of this planet’s existence long before Jews ever existed.
Most do not realize the Hebrew word for rest in Genesis 2:3 is “shabbath” and means Sabbath and if not for this Commandment we would only have a six day week. It was YAHUSHA who made the Sabbath at creation and is the reason for His claim to be Master of the Sabbath day. (Mark 2:28) If YAHUSHA is the Master of the Sabbath day, then the Sabbath is the Masters’s Day. John had a vision on “the Masters’s day” according to Revelation 1:10. That day had to be the Sabbath. It is the only day so designated and claimed by YAHUAH in the Scriptures. In writing the Ten Commandments, YAHUAH called it “the Sabbath of YAHUAH your ELOHIYM.” (Exodus 20:10) It is impossible for the Sabbath to be Jewish.
Adam and Eve were not Jewish “YAHUAH blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.” (Genesis 2:3) Sanctified means “to be QODESH (Set-Apart) for holy use.” This was pre-sin and the only ones in Eden to “Set-Apart” the Sabbath were Adam and Eve. Were the other Nine “Just for the Jews?” The Sabbath is also for the “stranger” who are Gentiles (Ephraim Yisra’el). (Exodus 20:10) In “the new earth … from one Sabbath to another, shall ALL FLESH come to worship before me, saith YAHUAH.” (Isaiah 66:22-23) Grace saved Gentiles kept the Sabbath. “The Gentiles besought that these words be preached to them the next Sabbath … Paul and Barnabas … persuaded them to continue in the grace of YAHUAH.” (Acts 13:42-43) Luke was also a Gentile (Ephraim Yisraelites) who kept the Sabbath.
The Babylonian language was in use hundreds of years before the Hebrew race was founded by Abraham. That language designated the seventh day of the week as “sa-ba-tu”, meaning rest day and is another indisputable proof that the Scriptural Sabbath was not and is not exclusively Jewish. Very few realize that the word Sabbath and the concept of resting from work on the seventh day of the week (Saturday) is common to most of the ancient and modern languages of the world, which dates back to Babel in Genesis chapter 11.
This is evidence totally independent of the Scriptures that confirms the Scriptural teaching that YAHUAH’s seventh day Sabbath predates Judaism. The concept of a Saturday QODESH (Set-Apart) day of rest was understood, accepted and practiced by virtually every culture from Babylon through modern times. In the study of the many languages of mankind you will find two important facts:
1. The seventh day of the week is called the “Sabbath” in the majority of principal languages in the world. (English names are of pagan origin)
2. There is not even one language which designates another day as the “day of rest.”
Many fifth century Christians kept the Saturday Sabbath and Sunday
In spite of the rising popularity of Sunday sacredness, Church historian Socrates Scholasticus (5th century) wrote: “For although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries [of the Lord’s Supper] on the Sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this.” Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History, Book 5, ch. 22. Another historian confirmed this, stating, “The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath, as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria.” Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History, Book 7, ch. 19. Thus even in the 5th century, Sabbath keeping was universally prevalent (except in Rome and Alexandria), along with Sunday keeping.
Many Christians kept both days. But as the centuries wore on, Sunday-keeping grew in prominence, especially within Roman Catholic territories. So as a result, all but just over 550 different denominations now observe Sunday, but the question remains, What does the Scripture say?
Quotes from the Catholic Church on the Sabbath to Sunday change
Below are quotes from the Roman Catholic Church which further reveal why most Churches now keep Sunday as the Sabbath. The Catholic Church may be wrong on many things, but everything about these quotes below is true. When they say they are responsible for the final change of the Sabbath to Sunday, they are not delusional and they speak truth. Revelation 13 tells us that Satan gave his power and authority to the Roman Catholic Church. Why? It was Satan’s plan to have this Church change the Sabbath to Sunday.
Why did Satan do this? The fourth Commandment is a SIGN as to who we worship and give our allegiance to. If we obey YAHUAH and keep His Sabbath day QODESH (Set-Apart), we give our allegiance to YAHUAH. If we obey the Commandment of the Catholic Church and keep their day Holy, who do we give our allegiance to then?
The Catholic Church answers this question below with two of their quotes. But looking even deeper, who gave this Church power so YAHUAH’s true day of worship could be changed and why? The picture left is just one of many that reveal the extent of Sun worship in the Catholic Church. Those who did not obey the commandment of the Roman Catholic Church during the dark ages suffered dire consequences. The Scriptutre says they will be doing it again.
Does the Scriptures support the change to Sunday?
“For example, nowhere in the Scriptures do we find that Messiah or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of YAHUAH given to Moses to keep QODESH (Set-apart) 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 Scriptures.” — 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 Scripture 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).
Who Made Sunday Holy?
“Question – Which is the Sabbath day? “Answer – Saturday is the Sabbath day. “Question – Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? “Answer – We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” — Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Master’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the (Catholic) Church’s sense of its own power…People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Keepers, and keep Saturday QODESH (Set-Apart).” — St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.