Has the Sabbath been Changed to Sunday?
What happened to the sabbath day? Was it changed by the disciples of Christ, as the majority of the professing Christian world believes? Was the sabbath changed from the seventh day to the first (Sunday)? What is the Bible truth on this? Well, recently I had a discussion with a pastor from a Sunday keeping church about the sabbath, and he admitted that they keep Sunday as the sabbath because of one verse in the Bible:
Acts 20:7 .....'And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them ready to depart on the morrow, and continued his speech until midnight.'
The first mistake this pastor and many others have made, is that they have based a doctrine on one single verse in the Bible, rather than take in the WHOLE COUNCIL of God. The second is that this verse in no way mentions the changing of the sabbath commandment, that He wrote in stone with His own finger. Do you see where it says that God's sabbath commandment has now been changed? Because I can't see it. Or does man now have power to change the commandments of God? If you were a member of the Roman Catholic Church then maybe you would believe that man has power over God's commandments, because the Catholic Church teaches that the pope has power to change the Word of God. This is grave error to believe that a mortal can change the Words and commands of our awesome Creator God! Who do you trust more, man or God?
Let's look at these verses in Acts 20 more closely and see if we can come to a clear truth on them. Notice that the disciples come together "upon the first day of the week" . Most Christians just take this as being sometime during the day on Sunday. But during Bible times, when did a day start? Well, from the creation account we can see that a day started in the EVENING, as God said, " the evening and the morning was the first day". Also, we know that the Jews in Bible times (still today) keep the sabbath from sundown to sundown. So with this evidence, if we take another look at the verse in Acts 20, we can see that the disciples actually met Saturday evening. Now this makes more sense with the fact that Paul preached until midnight, because if it was already evening, then Paul would have preached for a few hours. But if this was during the daytime on Sunday as many believe, then Paul would have preached ALL DAY Sunday, and ALL EVENING until midnight Monday morning. THEN, as verse 11 says, he preached until break of day on Monday! I don't think this would be the case do you?
The truth is, the disciples met on Saturday evening and Paul preached to them until midnight, which still would have been a long enough time for the person in the window to fall asleep. And then Paul continued preaching until break of day on Sunday, and then started his journey ON SUNDAY.
What about the fact that they came together to break bread. Does this have any significance? Well, take a look at the following verse:
Acts 2:46 .....'And they continued DAILY with one accord in the temple, breaking bread from house to house.'
So as you can see, this meeting on Saturday/Sunday in Acts 20 in no way signifies a change in the sabbath, because as it says above, they met DAILY, breaking bread. There is no clear evidence whatsoever in the New Testament that the sabbath has been changed to Sunday. In fact, if we look at what Saturday and Sunday are called throughout the New Testament, we can clearly see that there has been NO CHANGE whatsoever. Take a look through the New Testament and you will find that Sunday is called "the first day of the week", and is only mentioned about 4 times. And yet Saturday is called "THE SABBATH DAY", and is mentioned about 18 times! DO YOU SEE A CHANGE IN THE SABBATH FROM THE SATURDAY TO SUNDAY HERE? I certainly don't!
"Oh but it says in Colossians 2:16 that you shouldn't judge anyone on what sabbath day they keep, because it was a shadow until Christ came and took it away. We now rest in Christ" ..... This is one of the favorite arguments for those who don't keep the true seventh day sabbath. And yet the truth of this verse is clear to see if you take it in its context.
Colossians 2:14,16,17 .....'Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.'
What " handwriting of ordinances" did Christ take out of the way? What laws were "against us"?
Deuteronomy 31:26 .....'Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.'
The ten commandments that were written on the stone tablets by God were placed INSIDE the ark, but this "book of the law" which contained the ceremonial laws of Moses (WHICH POINTED TO CHRIST), were placed by the SIDE of the ark, AS WITNESS AGAINST US . So what ordinances (which were against us) were being spoken of in Colossians 2:14-17 that Christ took out of the way? It was the ceremonial laws that contained ceremonial sabbaths (passover, feast of tabernacles, trumpets, etc.) that pointed to Christ and He took them out of the way meaning we no longer needed to keep them. Colossians is not talking about the weekly seventh day sabbath of the 4th commandment, written on stone and placed INSIDE the ark of God's testimony. Also, why does it mention meat, drink and new moons in Colossians 2:16? Compare it with the following verse in Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 45:17 .....'And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.'
Do you see? Colossians 2:16 is talking about the ceremonial laws (sacrifice offerings) which pointed to Christ and therefore we need not keep these anymore. These ceremonial sabbaths were introduced after sin entered the world and contained sacrifice offerings for sin, which as we know pointed to Christ Jesus, but the fact that it says in Colossians 2:17 that these were a " SHADOW" of things to come proves it could not be talking about the sabbath of the 4th commandment. How? Because the sabbath was instituted by God at creation week, BEFORE SIN ENTERED THE WORLD. Therefore, the weekly sabbath CANNOT be a shadow of anything, because the shadows and types were introduced AFTER sin entered the world and pointed to Christ our Redeemer.