Is it possible to countermand Yahweh, the Eternal God? Does man, or the church have the authority to reverse His decrees?
Myriad verses would shout, ‘NO!!! It cannot be done.’ And, that would be correct with one simple caveat. IF/when Yahweh makes a change, He always tells the prophets first.
Let’s support these two assertions before proceeding.
Malachi 3:6 says, :”For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
Over and over in Scripture we see that Yahweh does nothing capriciously and always is very specific in what He commands.
Bearing this foundation in mind, let’s take a look at a change that supposedly happened at the resurrection of Messiah.
Six times, just in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, Yahweh explicitly commands the seventh day as a day of rest:
By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Gen. 2:2-3)
22 Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. … Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be none.”
27 It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions? 29 See, the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. (Ex. 16:22-30)
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Ex. 20:8-11)
Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.” (Ex. 31:14-17)
The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:
3 ‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.
4 ‘These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. (Lev. 23:1-4)
(Note, too, in this chapter, the ‘appointed times of Yahweh’ are listed as ‘perpetual throughout your generations’….)
12 ‘Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day. (Deut. 5:12-15)
There are more references to the sanctity of the seventh day throughout the entire Tanakh.
I went to the trouble of pasting these in because a list of references would not suffice. Understand, Yahweh speaks NO superfluous words. We are to be fed by every word from the mouth of God.
We MUST understand how monumentally important this day is to HIM. He is very precise in reiterating this command on multiple occasions…
Now, Yahweh does not change and He does NOTHING without first revealing it to the prophets… Where is it prophesied that the eternally ordained day of rest would change? Where?
Truth? There is NO prophecy telling it would change. In fact, exactly the opposite is true! It is prophesied that we will celebrate the Sabbath in the New Heaven and New Earth! Speaking of the Eternal Kingdom He says,
“For just as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord,
“So your offspring and your name will endure.
23 “And it shall be from new moon to new moon
And from sabbath to sabbath,
All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 66:22-23)
Further, and I just noticed this, He calls the Two Witnesses. The same Two Witnesses used in multiple places to evidence that His Commandments are still in place!
Yeshua, testifying of the same Two Witnesses says,
17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)
I ask again, ‘Where is it prophesied that the day of rest would change?’ Yeshua says the Law remains the same until heaven and earth pass away!
Or, another way, with the command being so clearly stated on no less than six occasions in the Torah, where is even one equally clear retraction or stated change of the commandment?
All of the apostles taught on the Sabbath. Even when teaching Gentiles. Acts 13:42-44 is a great example. Even given the opportunity to preach at other times, Paul and Barnabas choose the next….. Sabbath.
Nowhere, ever in Scripture is another day taught or exampled. Period. (Someone will bring up the Acts 20:7 phrase ‘first day of the week,’ but before you get ambushed, I’d advise looking up the verse in Greek… It says (transliterated) ‘mia ton sabbaton’. If you believe that means ‘first day of the week,’ I have a bridge for sale in San Fran…)
Bottom line: The Word NEVER teaches anything but Sabbath keeping. It was Constantine and the Bishop of Rome that countermanded Yahweh’s Word and led all of christendom, at the end of a sword, into sunday-keeping.
The Roman Catholic Church, on Sunday worship, in their own words:
“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason…The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance…The author of the Sunday law…is the Catholic Church.” Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.
“The Sunday…is purely a creation of the Catholic Church.”American Catholic Quarterly Review, January1883.
“Sunday…is the law of the Catholic Church alone…” American Sentinel (Catholic), June 1893.
“Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August1900.
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists,Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.”Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.
“From this we may understand how great is the authority of the church in interpreting or explaining to us the commandments of God – an authority which is acknowledged by the universal practice of the whole Christian world, even of those sects which profess to take the holy Scriptures as their sole rule of faith,since they observe as the day of rest not the seventh day of the week demanded by the Bible, but the first day. Which we know is to be kept holy, only from the tradition and teaching of the Catholic church.” Henry Gibson, Catechism Made Easy, #2, 9th edition, vol.1, p. 341)342.
“It was the Catholic church which…has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) church.” Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, p. 213.
“Sunday is our mark or authority…the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” Catholic Record of London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act…And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.
“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802.
“Protestants…accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change…But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that…In observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.” Our Sunday Visitor, February 15, 1950.
Again, I ask, ‘where is the Day of Rest, ordained from the week of creation, changed from the seventh day?
If there is NO change in Scripture of the Day, then who countermanded the Almighty? Are you following the commandment or a tradition?