Sunday, July 30, 2017
Sabbath Day vs The Lord's Day
Almost from the beginning of Christianity, the question of which day of the week is the Sabbath Day has been a controversy, and continues to this day.
Every Christian knows that "remember the Sabbath Day" is a commandment from Almighty God. And sincere Christians want to observe the correct day.
Which brings us to the another question... when do "days" begin and end? Most people assume (never a good thing) that the Jewish observance of sunset to sunset is correct. Or is it?
What say the Scriptures? In the first chapter of the book of Genesis, God said. "Let there be light"... not sunset and darkness. The writer of Genesis goes on to say that the evening and the (next) morning constituted a "day." But were those "days" 24 hour periods of time as we know them today? I think not. I have come to believe that the word "day" refers to epochs of time... an indeterminable period of time.
In the Spirit realm time is irreverent, therefore, the story of creation was written from God's point of view. Later, when God wrote the Ten Commandments, HE specified a special day called Holy (set apart) to be remembered as a Day of Rest, or in Hebrew, Sabbath.
The word Sabbath simply means rest, not a day of the week. OK, then when do "days" begin? I say at Noon. Why noon? Because it concurs with Scripture. Noon has always been the correct dividing point for a 24 day. We call it AM and PM today.
Mankind has always ignored the plain instructions of the Creator which has caused much confusion and misinformation. Sunset to sunset and midnight to midnight are both traditions of men... and are to be avoided.
According to Strong's Concordance of the Bible, the word noon in both the Hebrew #6672 and the Greek #3314 means mid-day. It also means the ninth hour which has come to be called 3PM. I have no problem with the "3PM". God allows for a time of preparation for the Sabbath. After much prayer and research, I am convinced that Biblical days are from noon to noon. The weekly Sabbath is noon Saturday to noon Sunday. So, if you observe the Sabbath Saturday afternoon, or Sunday morning, you are "remembering the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy".
Noon to noon is also confirmed by the Passover. God commanded the lamb to be slain on the 14th day of the month of Abib and consumed that self-same evening. A sunset to sunset day causes the lamb to be slain on the 14th and consumed on the 15th which is totally contrary to Scripture. Leviticus 23:4-8
I urge you search the Scriptures daily to see if these things are true.