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Is the 7th day still Saturday?
Mini Bible Study {Is the 7th Day still Saturday?}
Question: How can we be sure that Saturday, the Sabbath day, is still the biblical seventh day of the week and that the days have not been forgotten or rearranged during history?
Answer: The bible tells us,
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” (Gen 2:3)
            The original Hebrew word for sanctify is “qadash”, pronounced KAW-DASH, and its prime meaning is “to make clean” and “to make holy”. GOD established the seventh day Sabbath as a day of rest from labor so that HIS people would have time to gather with HIM each week in holy worship and peace. Satan has sought throughout history to slander the Sabbath and thereby deny GOD’s people this special time of rest and fellowship with one another and with GOD. One of the ways Satan has tried to attack GOD’s law is to try and convince mankind that the Sabbath day has changed in the past and is therefore lost in history. The reasoning Satan tries to foster on mankind is since we cannot know what the actual seventh day of the week is, why try to keep it?
            This is a complete falsehood, there are several ways we can be sure that GOD has preserved his holy day, and know for certain that the weekly cycle has never changed.
            Let’s start with the Jewish Exodus from Egypt in the Old Testament.
In the book of Exodus we read about when the Jewish nation was freed from Egypt and Moses led them out into the wilderness, starting them on their forty year journey to the land GOD had promised them. While the Jewish nation wandered in the wilderness GOD would feed them by providing bread HE would drop from the sky. Since GOD does not wish mankind to have to work on the Sabbath day, every sixth day, just before the Sabbath, GOD would drop twice as much food,
“See, for that the LORD hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” (Exo 16:29)
            Every sixth day of the week while the Jewish nation was lost in the wilderness twice as much food would drop, if the Jewish nation lost track of what day it was then every sixth day of the week it would be reestablished when the double amount of food fell. Also, we have to take into account that history estimates there were somewhere between one and four million Jewish exiles that left Egypt, and except for the World War II holocaust the worlds’ Jewish population has grown. In order to believe Satan’s deception that the Sabbath day was some how lost, we have to believe that at some time in the past millions of Jewish people one day woke up and simultaneously forgot what day it was. Also, we have to remember the Levites, which were a particular tribe of Jews solely dedicated to keeping up with the temple, the sacrifices and the day of worship. There were literally thousands of Levites who would have had as one of their main responsibilities to keep up with GOD’s holy day of worship. Therefore to think millions of Jewish people would have lost track of their most holy day of the week is so unlikely as to enter the realm of impossibility.
            Next let’s look at the bible itself. The bible contains thousands of verses, hundreds of books and dozens of chapters. It has been translated and re-translated by thousands of people over thousands of years and yet we, as Christians, pick up our bibles every day of the week and have complete confidence that GOD has been able to preserve HIS holy word for our accurate study. Yet we some how have let Satan convince us that our same GOD, the GOD who created the very days of the week, the GOD who created time itself, for some reason cannot keep the weekly cycle straight?
            If GOD can protect and preserve something as complex as HIS Holy Bible for thousands of years HE can certainly protect and preserve the weekly cycle of seven simple days.
            Another source that we can go to for confirmation of the continuity of the weekly cycle is a study by the United States Naval Observatory that reads,
“…we have had occasion to investigate the results of the works of specialists in chronology and we have never found one of them that has ever had the slightest doubt about the continuity of the weekly cycle since long before the Christian era.” – March 12, 1932. “No change in the continuity of the weekly cycle” U.S. Naval Obs., Washington DC
            If mankind somehow lost the seventh day of the week before the Jewish Exodus, then it was re-established at the Exodus when the double bread would fall. If the seventh day was lost after the Exodus then it would have been re-established at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as Jesus was crucified on Friday, rested in His tomb on Sabbath (Saturday) and finally rose on Sunday.
            As of 46 BC the Julian calendar was instituted, and the crucifixion falls WITHIN that calendar. Since Jesus kept the Sabbath it was recorded there and the crucifixion itself re-establishes it along with Jesus’ life. In 1582 we changed to the Gregorian calendar of Pope Gregory. After this change was instituted the Pope changed time from Thursday October 5th, and jumped directly to Friday October 15th. This did not disrupt the weekly cycle of days; it only brought the date that Ishtar, a pagan holiday, was celebrated in line with a Christian holiday being celebrated at that time. Since then the dates have changed but we now call Ishtar, Easter. It is a pagan fertility festival, which is where the bunny rabbits and eggs come from. The British went to war over this change as it shifted Christian holidays in line with pagan holidays. The British lost, and the change was eventually forced upon them.
            There is no reason other than the deceptions of Satan to believe mankind has lost track of the Sabbath day that GOD himself proclaimed sacred.
“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. “ (Exo 20:8)
ken elliott jr 2009