The World Mission Society Church of God keeps the Sabbath on Saturday just as we learned from Christ Ahnsahnghong. People who have the traditional Christian beliefs might wonder why it does instead of Sunday but the Bible clearly explains that the Sabbath is the correct day of worship. In this post, let’s take some time to learn about this basic commandment of God.
Origin of the Sabbath
God created the heavens and the earth for 6 days and on the seventh day, God rested from all the work of creating. He blessed this day and made it holy. Then, why did God make this extra day and promise blessing? It is a special gift for God’s people so that they can be blessed through this day. Later, this seventh day is named the Sabbath.
Sabbath day in the Ten Commandments
A lot of Christians know the ten commandments. Also many of them say they keep the ten commandments. However, do they know that keeping the Sabbath day is a part of the ten commandments?
Exo 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
This is the fourth commandment of the ten commandments and it clearly states we should keep the Sabbath day holy. Some Christians insist that the Sabbath day is the Sunday. Hm…really? Here, we just know that the Sabbath day is the seventh day. Then, what day of the week is the seventh day according to the Bible?
Seventh day in the Bible is the Sabbath day
Mark 16:9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.
This verse describes the event of the resurrection. According to this verse, Jesus resurrected at the first day of the week. Let’s see the same verse in NLT version.
Mark 16:9 (NLT) After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.
In this version, it states that Christ resurrected on Sunday. Therefore, we can understand that the first day of the week is Sunday in the Bible. Then, what day of the week is the seventh day of the week? Of course, it is Saturday.
We can find the Saturday being seventh day in our daily lives. Let’s look at the calendar we use.
Here, we can see that the seventh day is Saturday not Sunday. This time, let’s find the definition of Saturday in a dictionary. The definition is from dictionary.com.
The dictionary also states that the Saturday is the seventh day of the week.
Origin of the Sunday worship
Then, why do people go to church on Sunday instead of Saturday?
According to the Bible and the historical records, Jesus and Apostles kept the Sabbath day not the Sunday. Actually at that time, there was no such thing as the Sunday worship in Christianity. Then when was the sunday worship introduced to the Church, it was after the death of Jesus and Apostles that some people begin to introduce this new way of worship. Due to frequent rebellions of the people of Israel, the Roman government heavily persecuted them and try to prevent them from gathering together. It soon realized that the Sabbath day was their main gathering day and outlawed any gathering on this day. This directly affected Christians because their worship day was also Saturday. In this situation, some Christians who used to practice paganism considered the Sunday as the new worship day as an effort to prove that their religion was different from Judaism. This idea appealed to a few Christians who were tired of severe persecution from Rome and they began to worship on Sunday instead of Saturday. However, still the main worship day was Saturday. In 321 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine declared the Sunday as the venerable day of the Sun and forbade the courts to be held on this day and soldiers omitted their daily military exercises. Because of this edict, Christians were forced to change their worship to Sunday from Saturday and those who refused were heavily persecuted. This change has lasted for centuries and become a Christian tradition. However, its root is never from God but from Constantine who was called Pontifex Maximus, which was a title given to the high priest of pagan gods.
We need to keep the Sabbath for our salvation
Jesus warned us that only those who do the will of God can enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Jesus told us that not everyone who calls Jesus, ‘Lord’ will go to heaven but only the ones who do the will of God. Calling Jesus Lord means having faith in Him. Therefore, we shouldn’t think we can go to heaven by faith alone. Then, what is the will of God we need to practice? Since God told us to remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy, isn’t keeping the Saturday not the will of God?
Christ Ahnsahnghong taught us the Sabbath Day Again
Eze 37:24 “ ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.
The Bible prophesies that when prophetical David who represents God our Savior becomes our king, God’s people will follow God’s laws and decrees. The reason why the Church of God follows God’s laws such as the Passover and the Sabbath is because the true prophetical David came and taught us. In actuality the one who taught us all these is Christ Ahnsahnghong. That is the reason why the Church of God members believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong as the Savior of this age. Only God who comes in the name of David can restore all the laws and commandments of God. If you have any further question, please feel free to visit the nearest church of God. Bible studies will help you understand more about this topic. If you are interested in knowing more about the Sabbath day and its blessing, check out the post from the official U.S. church of God website.