Sabbath, The Day Of Rest

Cano, Alonso; The First Labours of Adam and Eve; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-first-labours-of-adam-and-eve-83489

Adam was cursed by God because of his disobedience to the words of God and he was destined to eat out of the cursed ground which produces thorns and thistles through painful toil all the days of his life. The story of Adam was given to us to teach us our life on this earth. Just as King Solomon said in the book of Ecclesiastes our life is spent chasing after the wind to try to gain meaningless things. About the life of man on this earth, a writer of Psalms said:

Psalms 90:3  You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Just as he said, our life is consumed in the anger of God and fly away among troubles and pains because of the sins we committed. In this restless life, God gave us the Sabbath, the day of rest so that we can be comforted for the hope of rest we will receive in heaven. After this short life of pain and sorrow is over, God has prepared eternal rest in heaven and Paul said that we must “make every effort to enter the rest” that remains for God’s people. Only those who obey the commands of God can enter the rest. Therefore, the 4th Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy,” is one of the most important commandments. God gave us the Sabbath as sign between God and us so that we can be recognized as God’s people who will enter the rest.

Then what day is the Sabbath? God commanded us to keep the Sabbath day holy. Therefore, without knowing the Sabbath day, how can we keep it holy? Today, most Christians take rest on Sunday. It was a custom originated from the Catholic Church, but even the Catholic admit that the Sunday worship was not originated from the bible, the true commands of God.

“But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”
James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. 89.

The true Sabbath day in the bible is not Sunday the first day of the week, but the Saturday the seventh day of the week because God created everything from the first day to the sixth day and took a rest on the seventh day. The same priest of the Roman Catholic confirms the legitimacy of Saturday as the day of rest in his letter.

“Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day -Saturday – for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes . Did Christ change the day’? I answer no!
“Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons”

He says that the Church that is Catholic Church changed the day of rest. Then does the Catholic Church have authority to change the command of God? He admits that this regulation was not instituted by Christ, but by the Church. But the bible does not allow anyone or any church to change the words of God in the bible.

Revelation 22:18   I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

God clearly commanded to everyone who reads the bible not to add or subtract anything to or from the words of God. But when Catholic changed the worship day from Saturday to Sunday, they were adding and subtracting, disobeying the words of God. They added Sunday and they took away the Saturday. The bible says those who changed the words of God will be cursed forever.

Gal 1:6   6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

A part of the true gospel preached by the Christ and Paul was the Sabbath and he clearly says those who change (pervert) the gospel of Christ will be condemned forever. To those who obey the Sabbath day is the day of rest which was given to them for the sign of eternal rest in heaven, but to those who do not obey the Sabbath day was given as curse to judge them of their disobedience and destruction.

When nobody is doing the will of God, God came down again in the name of Christ Ahnsahnghong and he restored all the truth of the new covenant including the Sabbath. In this life of pain and sorrow which swiftly passes away, God restored the Sabbath Day to give us rest and hope for salvation. According to the commands of God the members of World Mission Society the Church of God keeps the Sabbath day holy on Saturday. And we are inviting all the peoples of the world to receive the gospel of the new covenant of the Passover as the sign of salvation. Give glory to God the Father and Mother!

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