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When Is the True Sabbath?

Updated on June 24, 2014
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The Original Sabbath

What day of the week is the seventh day? According to the Hebrew Calendar, or Jewish Calendar, Sunday is the first day of the week, and Saturday is the seventh and the Sabbath. The following Bible scriptures will help explain the traditionally recognized Sabbath day and what it means. Should Christians go to church on Saturday? Should Christians rest and relax on Saturday?

Genesis 2:1-3 (NKJV), “Thus the heavens and the earth, andall the host of them, were finished.And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then Godblessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

The fourth commandment of the Ten Commandments listed in Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV) tells us, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is theSabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made 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.”

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When and Why did it Change From Saturday to Sunday?

In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus says in Mark 2:27, “And He said to them,‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’”

The Hebrew Calendar is still used today by the Jewish faith to calculate their annual holiday celebrations. However, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. This calendar was adopted by western cultures, gradually between 1582 and 1700, and is influential in changing the Sabbath Day to Sunday.

This calendar was created because the technology of the day proved that 1 calendar year was actually 365.25 days; giving us a leap year every 4 years, and adding February 29 to the annual calendar. Wanting to calculate the celebration of Easter Sunday correctly, the Pope devised this calendar to do just that.

This coincides with the time when the English speaking Puritan Protestants began to recognize Sunday as the Sabbath in order to recognize and celebrate the Resurrection Day of Christ Jesus; also known as Easter. More recently, the Latter Day Saints (Mormon faith) also celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday, the first day of the week.

What day is the Sabbath?

As mentioned before, the Jewish faith still recognizes the Sabbath as the seventh day, Saturday. Most modern day Christian churches observe the first day, Sunday, as the Sabbath in recognition of the Resurrection Day. There are, however, some modern day Christian churches who still believe that Saturday is the intended Sabbath for all time. Some of those churches include:

  • Seventh Day Adventists
  • Seventh Day Baptists
  • Church of God (has a seventh day chapter)
  • Seventh Day Evangelists Church
  • United Church of God

So which is it, Saturday or Sunday? I’ll leave that up to you. Please participate in the poll. It will be interesting to see what the results are.

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    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 

      6 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I'm linking this article with the one I wrote recently. I'm a Saturday Adventist. I'd appreciate it if you'd like mine to yours, if you like it! Thanks. I enjoyed this and voted it up.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I totally agree, Dave. Thanks so much for your input! I appreciate your comment.

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      Dave Mathews 

      6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Mmargie: Although I am a Christian and follow Christian traditions, Christianity being Christian means to accept and follow the teachings of God and the teachings and doctorines of Jesus Christ, for whom Christianity was created and named after.

      That said, so long as we choose one day in seven to worship our creator,to rest, to be with family, I believe Jesus would say that which day doesn't really matter. Love for God, Love for self, and Love for family,friends, and neighbors is what the Sabbath is about, worshipping together.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, GSlovenec!

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you so much for your input, Rommey! I appreciate your comment.

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      Frank Slovenec 

      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Well done!

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      Rommey 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I suspect that you will find the institution of the Sunday as a the day to worship the Christian God is based on the day dedicated to Solaris, which was the God of the Romans when Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Using the same day for the same purpose was Eusebius stroke of genius. From that point Christianity didn't lose an opportunity to make major celebrations falling on the same day as venerated by pagans everywhere... they had an entire host of "saints" to chose from...

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      You are too funny, erickcb!

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      erickcb 

      6 years ago

      I takes a bath every night! Its great when you have a whirlpool with jets!

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