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1. How does God describe Satan’s plan of deception? Daniel 7:25 NKJV
“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to times and law.”
In previous lessons we learned how this prophecy especially alerts us to a plot “to change times and laws.” Of course, God’s law hasn’t changed—it is eternal (Luke 16:17). But this hasn’t stopped the master deceiver from successfully using both secularism and the church to undermine the Ten Commandments.
2. Which of God’s laws concerns “time”? Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV
“Remember the day, to keep it holy.”
Only one commandment concerns time—the fourth tells us to keep the Sabbath day holy. We are instructed to reserve secular pursuits to the other six days, but the Sabbath is time for God. Not many people really follow this today. Busy lives and the intense demands of secular society have squeezed out our time for God.
3. Why would Satan want to change the Sabbath “times”? Exodus 20:11 NKJV
“For in six days the Lord the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
There are two reasons. First, it is an effort to get us to forget our origins and neglect our responsibility to honor our Creator. The Sabbath is God’s official memorial or “sign between” Him and His people that He is our Creator (Exodus 31:17). By causing humans to think God’s law has changed, Satan has opened the door for evolutionism, humanism, and other “isms” that seek to live life without reference to the Almighty God of Creation.
The second reason is the Sabbath is a day of hope that focuses on Christ’s salvation—”a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them” (Ezekiel 20:12). Refraining once a week from our secular employment reminds us that we can’t work to earn our eternal salvation—it is a gift of God and we are wholly dependent upon Him (Hebrews 4:4-10). Every Sabbath reminds us of the hope in these two truths of Creation and Redemption. Two truths Satan hates! And there is more behind this plot to change God ‘s law.
4. How is an attack against the Sabbath day of hope really an attack against Jesus? Colossians 1:16 NKJV
“For by Him [Jesus] all things were that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
Jesus not only is our Savior; He also is our Creator. John 1:1-3) Satan’s plot to change the Sabbath is aimed at the two things this day of hope represents: Creation and Redemption. Therefore, this is a direct assault against Jesus Himself! It is part of Satan’s effort to “stand up against the Prince of princes” and “cast truth down to the ground” (Daniel 8:11, 12, 25).
5. Which day does the Bible say is the Sabbath? Exodus 20:10 NKJV
“The day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.”
God’s Word says “the” seventh day is Sabbath and not “a” seventh day. Since the Sabbath commemorates the very day of the week God rested after Creation, only the seventh day will do. (Your birthday happened on a specific date. Any other date cannot properly memorialize it.) So which day of the week is the seventh? There are six ways to find out.
1) Look at any regular calendar: Saturday is the seventh day.
2) Find “Saturday” in a dictionary: “Saturday: the seventh day of the week, following Friday” (The Random House College Dictionary, 1973).
3) In 108 languages the word used for “Saturday” is “Sabbath.” In Spanish it is Sabado; Russian is Subbota; Italian is Sabato.
4) Astronomy assures us there has been no change in the continuity of the weekly cycle (U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.).
5) The Jews have kept Sabbath on Saturday for thousands of years.
6) The Bible is clear the seventh-day Bible Sabbath is our Saturday.
6. How does the Bible confirm the Sabbath is on Saturday? Luke 23:52-24:3 NKJV
“That day was the Preparation, and the drew near… And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. Now on the day of the week, very early in the morning,… they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.”
Jesus died on the preparation day (Good Friday), rested in the tomb on Sabbath (Saturday), and was resurrected on the first day of the week (Easter Sunday). The day sandwiched between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is none other than Saturday—the Bible Sabbath!
This raises an issue we should consider. Not only have we forgotten to “remember the Sabbath to keep it holy,” but we’ve also forgotten which day it is on. Now we can begin to see how the “times and laws” have thought to have been changed. We have been led to think Jesus didn’t keep the Sabbath, or the Sabbath was changed after the Cross, or the disciples kept Sunday. But what does the Bible say about this?
7. Did Jesus keep the Sabbath holy? Luke 4:16 NKJV
“And as His was, He went into the synagogue on the day, and stood up to read.”
It was Jesus’ custom to go to the synagogue to worship God on the Sabbath. Since history and astronomy confirm no time has been lost between our day and His, we know He kept the Sabbath on Saturday.
8. Did the disciples keep the Sabbath after Jesus went to heaven? Acts 18:4, 11 NKJV
“And he reasoned in the synagogue Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and .”
The Bible evidence is overwhelming—Jesus’ followers kept the Sabbath, not Sunday, after His death (Luke 23:56). Jesus even told them they should pray to keep the Sabbath in A.D. 70, nearly forty years after Calvary, when Jerusalem was attacked (Matthew 24:20). The apostle Paul kept the Sabbath and taught Gentiles to keep it (Acts 16:13; Acts 13:42-44).
9. Will we keep the Sabbath in heaven? Isaiah 66:22, 23 NKJV
“‘For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,’ says the Lord, ‘So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that… from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to before Me,’ says the Lord.”
We will worship God every Sabbath in heaven and the new earth. If Jesus kept the Sabbath, and the disciples kept it after Jesus’ death, and we will worship God on the Sabbath throughout eternity—how did Christians begin keeping Sunday?
10. What one place in Scripture tells us of a change in God’s law? Daniel 7:25 NKJV
“He… shall intend to times and law.”
According to Daniel 7, the little horn is the medieval Roman Church. “Prophecy’s Superpowers” While the Bible never records God changed the Sabbath, the church readily admits she did. Christians began keeping Sunday after the last of the original disciples had died. So how did it happen and what was Rome’s role?
The change happened gradually and was fueled by the pagan Roman persecution of the Jews for their frequent rebellions. Because Christians and Jews worshiped on the Sabbath, the Romans mistakenly thought Christians were part of the rebellion and they persecuted them. Since Sunday was regarded as a sacred day by pagan Romans, some Christians decided that one way they could distinguish themselves from the Jews was to start keeping Sunday in honor of the resurrection. By the third and fourth centuries, history records some Christians kept Sunday in Rome and other places where the church was compromising to escape persecution. As the church headquartered in Rome grew in political power, it officially sanctioned Sunday keeping instead of the Sabbath.
11. Do the leaders of the Roman Church admit to changing the Sabbath to Sunday? (See Hint)
“Question: Which day is the Sabbath day?
“Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath.
“Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
“Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” Peter Geiermann, The
Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (Rockford, IL: Tan Books and Publishers, 1977), p. 50.
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the church ever did [was]…. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday … not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power.” Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel, May 21, 1995.
12. What does the Bible say about the four most common reasons for keeping Sunday instead of the Sabbath?
a. The Sabbath is just for Jews.
The Bible says the Sabbath was given to mankind at Creation—2,300 years before the first Jew (Genesis 2:1-3). Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for ” (Mark 2:27 NKJV).
b. Sunday is the Lord’s Day and honors the resurrection.
Jesus said the Lord’s Day is the Sabbath, “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the ” (Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5 NKJV). The Bible says baptism and an obedient life are how we memorialize the resurrection—not keeping Sunday (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:4-16).
c. We should keep every day holy and not just the seventh day.
“Six days you shall and do all your , but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” (Exodus 20:9-10 NKJV). While we should live for God every day, the Bible says that we are to work on the other six days of the week so that we can earn a living or do the non-religious things necessary to survive.
d. The Sabbath law was nailed to the cross.
Because the Bible speaks of two laws—the Ten Commandments and the ceremonial sacrificial law—some misunderstand which law was nailed to the cross according to Colossians 2:14-17.
The Bible says:
– This law was, “the of requirements that was against us” (Colossians 2:14 NKJV). This can’t be the Ten Commandments because they were written by God’s finger and not a man’s hand.
– “The handwriting of requirements that was against us” was the ceremonial laws written by Moses and put “beside the ark of the covenant… as a witness against” Israel (Deuteronomy 31:24–26). The Ten Commandments were written on stone and were in the ark. The ceremonial laws are against us because they ” make him who performed the service perfect” (Hebrews 9:9 NKJV).
– The laws that were a “shadow of things to come” and that included “food… drink… festivals… new moon or sabbaths” were the ceremonial laws written down by Moses and not the Ten Commandments. “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come . . . can never with these same sacrifices … make those who approach perfect” (Hebrews 10:1). This law was “concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed the time of reformation” when Jesus became the sacrifice (Hebrews 9:1O NKJV).
– The “sabbaths” (plural) were annual sabbaths that fell on the same date each year (similar to the way Christmas is on December 25 every year no matter which day of the week it is), and were not the weekly Sabbath of the fourth commandment (which is the seventh day, Saturday). Passover was an annual Sabbath that was a “shadow of things to come,” which was “Christ, our Passover” (I Corinthians 5:7). Jesus’ death fulfilled the Passover and we no longer observe its annual sabbath.
– Some early Jewish Christians required Gentile converts to keep the ceremonial laws and circumcision for salvation (Acts 15:5). While circumcision and the ceremonial laws are unnecessary, we do need to obey God’s law. “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the of God is what matters” (I Corinthians 7:19 NKJV).
Not only are these four reasons not supported by Scripture, but every reason for Sunday keeping evaporates under the candid admission of the Roman Church that it changed the Sabbath. No matter which way we turn it, the Bible predicted this historical power would “change times and laws.”
13. Do you want to show your love for Jesus by honoring His day of hope and what it represents—that He is our Creator and Savior?