The answer is simple, because the Bible says so.
This was an easy answer, yet hard to accept. The Sabbath question opens a big can of worms, but nevertheless it must be dealt with.
Which day is the Sabbath? This was an easy answer to the people in Biblical times; the Sabbath was the seventh day of the week. A look at the calendar will quickly tell us that the seventh day is Saturday. Yes Saturday is the seventh day. Wow what a revelation that is, to some religious people.
The obvious place to start is at the beginning. In the beginning God created everything in six days, and on the seventh he rested and sanctified it. So obviously the first one to be a Sabbath keeper was God himself.
The patriarchs had knowledge of a seventh day week; nobody has ever disputed the fact that the week should be made of seventh days. No one has ever come out with a week of 9 days or any other amount of days, the week has always been seventh days. The week was established centuries before the Law of Moses was given. So it was not an invention of the Law.
The original week was established by God, the week composed of seven days was known in the times of Noah. Obviously the concept of the week was gotten from the creation account and was known till the time of the Babel tower.
The name Sabbath for the seventh day of the week is remarkable similar in writing and pronunciation in different languages of the world. In Hebrew it is Shab-bath, in Spanish, it is Sabado, in Arabic it is as-sabt, in Russian it is Sobota. The amazing similarity of Sabbath in all the majority of the languages of the world clearly denotes a common ancestry. No other day of the week shows such similarity.
There are some ignorant people who teach that Sunday is the Sabbath, their ignorance is laughable except for the fact that some people actually believe them. Sunday has never qualified as being the Sabbath; Sunday is the first day of the week, it has never been considered as the seventh day.
The Sabbath was kept by the Israelites before the Law in Sinai was given, so obviously the Sabbath preceded the Law. Once we establish that the Sabbath was kept before the Law, then we have to stop thinking of it as an exclusive requirement of the Law.
The Sabbath was then included in the Law and even expanded. There were details given regarding its observance, and even penalties imposed for those who broke the Sabbath. The Sabbath observance became more formalized and rigorous.
Obviously the Jews held the Sabbath in high regard, because by the time when Jesus came the Pharisees had added over sixty extra commandments to the Sabbath. Each of these extra rules was designed to prevent the desecration of the Sabbath, yet it seems that the Pharisees went too far in their zeal to protect the Sabbath.
Jesus was a Sabbath keeper; no one can deny this. The scriptures are clear that Jesus kept the Sabbath, what Jesus did not keep was the extra rules that the Pharisees had added to the Sabbath. Jesus never spoke against the Sabbath nor ever predicted its demise.
Jesus stressed that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a time primarily for rest, it is a time to be refreshed and a time to commune with God. The Pharisees converted what should have a joyous day into what basically amounted to a day of penance. They weighted down the people with all kinds of rules on the Sabbath and then said, go now and serve the Lord.
Then Paul the Apostle came into the Church, he abandoned the law and embraced Christ, yet his rejection of the Law never included the Sabbath, for he kept on preaching on the Sabbaths. Paul was a preacher that spoke of the Christians as being free from the Law yet he never once preached or spoke of abolishing the Sabbath.
The Biblical Church never spoke or preached against the Sabbath; on the contrary they kept it. A quick reading of the scriptures will reveal that keeping the Sabbath was a normal part of the Church members.
Listen to Paul "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle". (2 Thes. 2:15). What was the Sabbath practice and tradition of the apostles at the time of writing the entire New Testament? It was keeping God's Sabbath.
So biblically speaking from Genesis all the way to revelation the church always kept the Sabbath. Where does the switch to Sunday begun? For that answer we have to go outside the Bible and early Christianity.
Early Christianity does not give us an answer for it is well known that all the early Christians worshipped on the Sabbath. The tide began to turn when Constantine declared Christianity the official religion of the empire in the year 325. The Christian Church at Rome had already been infiltrated and corrupted by pagan teachers. These pagan teachers wanted the Church to break away and dissociate the church from the Jews. They had the idea that Christianity needed to be made more acceptable to the Roman pagans. Constantine gave an order prohibiting the keeping of the Sabbath.
Yet despite prohibitions, arguments and debates many Christians still kept the Sabbath. Even up to the year 425 the majority of Christians still worshiped on the Sabbath. It was only in Rome and Alexandria that The Sabbath was mostly abandoned. Augustine, the bishop of the church of Hippo in North Africa, who died in the year 430, acknowledged the widespread keeping of the Sabbath in his day.
Pagan ideas had begun to infiltrate the Christian Church, and these pagans worshiped on the day of the Sun, ‘Sun-day’. The Sabbath was slowly but surely pushed aside in favor of Sunday. In Rome the change was not a hard move to make because the pagans were already used to having religious worship on Sunday, for it was the day of observance to the Sun God.
Yet it took hundredths of years before the majority of the Christians changed from being Sabbath keepers to worship on Sunday. In order to make the change official edicts were made and the Church of Rome sent emissaries to enforce the change. Despite that some Christians stubbornly kept on observing the Sabbath down the centuries.
It was the pagan Roman Catholic Church that instigated these changes. Many denominations have accepted that there is no basis for observing the Sunday as the Sabbath and they have pointed to the Catholic Church as the guilty party. The following paragraphs come from a variety of Protestant denominations which worship on Sunday.
Protestant Confessions Protestant theologians and preachers from a wide spectrum of denominations have been quite candid in admitting that there is no Biblical authority for observing Sunday as a Sabbath. Anglican/Episcopal Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, vol. 1, pp.334, 336.
We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church. Baptist Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers' conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner, Nov.16, 1893.
There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week.... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not. To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years' intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism! William Owen Carver, The Lord's Day in Our Day, p. 49.
There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance. Congregationalist Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.
It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath - . . 'Me Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday.... There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday. Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.
The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath. Disciples of Christ Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824, vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.
The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change. Lutheran The Sunday Problem, a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.
We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish Sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both. Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.
They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, as having been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments! Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.
The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday. John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp. 15, 16.
But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel.... These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect. Methodist Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.
Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day. John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25, vol. 1, p. 221.
But, the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never can be broken.... Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other. Dwight L. Moody D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.
Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days. Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), p.67.
Once the idea took a hold it was just a matter of finding some feeble support in the scriptures to make the switch valid. The early attempts to justify the change to Sunday observance was made by using logical reasoning, when that failed, the next step was to twist the scriptures to teach such a doctrine.
Isn't it strange that for centuries no one had interpreted the writings of Paul as teaching against the Sabbath, yet that is precisely what happened. Jesus and Paul who had always been Sabbath keepers were cleverly transformed as enemies of the Sabbath.
Jesus kept all of his father's commandments, he never broke the Sabbath, and he healed on the Sabbath because it was right to do such thing on the Sabbath. Doing good on the Sabbath was never against God's commandment.
Paul writings suddenly took on an anti-Sabbath bent. He himself never broke the Sabbath nor did he ever advocate others to do so. His enemies never brought the accusation that he was a Sabbath breaker. Yet his epistles are now read as if he despised and hated the Sabbath. How devilish such twisting is.
Those who attempt to use the writings of Paul to refute the Sabbath, do not seem to realize, that if Paul really thought they way they misinterpret his scriptures, he would not have continued to keep the Sabbath, and he would definitely teach others not to keep it.
Twisting of Paul's scriptures is not acceptable, if you are going to use the writings of a man, then you have to look at how the man behaved and acted. Look at what he did and then you will realize that he obviously was not anti-Sabbath believer.
But did not Paul say that we are free from the Law? The answer is yes and no. We are indeed free from the ceremonial Law, The Law that taught us what animals we could not eat, what ceremonies and feasts we had to keep, and many other ordinances. From all that we are free, but we are never free from God's moral law.
The ceremonial law is not longer binding upon the Christian. We do not have to go around finding kosher foods; neither do we have to dress without mixing different kinds of material. We do not have to keep the feast of Passover or the feast of Pentecost. All those rules and regulations have been abolished.
The moral law of God is and will forever be binding upon the Christians. The moral Law is encompassed in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were a separate set of the Law, the Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God upon two tables of stone. The Ten Commandments were inside the ark of God, therefore symbolizing that they were inside the very essence of God. The Ten Commandments were listed separately from all the other commandments.
To those who say that Sabbath is Law, and the Law no longer applies, let me ask a few questions. Is it ok to kill? Is it ok to steal? Is it ok to commit adultery? Is it good to covet your neighbor's goods? Is it ok to blaspheme the name of God?
The Sabbath is the fourth commandment in the Ten Commandments; it has a much higher position than even "thou shall not kill". Yet how many preachers are quick to say “You shall not kill’ or preach one of the lesser commandments, but they find it impossible to say “Keep the Sabbath”. This commandment was part of the worship of the Lord. In order to abolish the Sabbath then we would have to abolish all the Ten Commandments.
Isn't it ironic that the majority of the Christians will rush to defend the Ten Commandments, yet at the same time fail to keep one of them? It isn't that they don't believe in the fourth commandment, the problem is that tradition has blinded them to the truth of it. They see and read the fourth commandment, but reinterpret it as something else, instead of taking it at face value.
John said in [1 John 2:3-5] "And hereby we do KNOW that we KNOW him, IF we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." Obviously if you are not keeping His commandments you are a liar, and the truth is not in you, The Sabbath is part of his commandments.
Since the Sabbath opponents have no leg to stand on this issue it is puzzling as to why people do not open their eyes and see the truth of the matter. OK I shall take a few stabs at disposing of the unbiblical doctrine that Sunday is now the Sabbath and it is Sunday that must be kept and not the Sabbath.
The first objection is that everyone worships on Sunday. Well not really there are Christians who do worship on the Sabbath, they might not be the majority, but it is better to do what is right and be on the side of God than be a majority and be against God. The people of Noah’s time found out the hard way that the minority was right.
There is not a single scripture saying that Sunday is a special day, sanctified by God. There are zero scriptures saying that the Sabbath is not longer valid. There is not a single verse saying that the Sabbath has been transferred to Sunday.
Some feel that the Sabbath is not an important issue or that it is a minor point. Well if it is in the Bible then it is important, and God hardly thinks it is a minor point. Christians died as martyrs rather than give up the Sabbath, so obviously to them it was not a minor point.
The Fourth commandment says "Thou shall keep the Sabbath Holy" Where are the champions of literal interpretation? Why take a simple commandment and say that it doesn't say what it says. It doesn't say anything about keeping Sunday holy. It is clear, short and to the point. Anyone who reads it and then disobeys it is really without excuse.
Some "Christians" do not believe in keeping the Sabbath because simply they do not believe the word of God. They read the fourth commandment, but do not believe it. Yet their sin of unbelief does not change the word of God, it still remains upon the stone tables.
Other Christians read the fourth commandment and yet think that they are keeping it, the lie that Sunday is the new Sabbath has been pounded into their head for so long, that they can not understand what they read.
What about the "Day of the Lord" isn't it Sunday? Does not John in Revelation speak of it? Not true. The "Day of the Lord" has always been the Sabbath. The Bible clearly teaches that the "Day of the Lord" has always designated the Sabbath. Isaiah 58:13 clearly shows that the "Day of the Lord" was the Sabbath. When John wrote it initially it meant the Sabbath.
The destruction of Jerusalem occurred on the "Day of the Lord." Josephus gives the account that the Romans chose and used the Sabbath to reinforce their positions because the Jews would defend themselves but not attack on the Sabbath. So it is clear from early writers that the Sabbath was recognized as the "Day of the Lord'. It took over three hundredth years to change the "Day of the Lord" to mean Sunday.
Why are Christians so afraid to keep the Sabbath? Because they fear men and not God. They fear what others will think or say about them, they fear mocking and ridicule from others. They fear standing out from among them. They fear being called judaizers when they are actually keepers of God’s commandments.
When Jesus spoke of the future destruction that would come upon Jerusalem, he told his faithful disciples to pray that your flight be not in the winter, "neither on the Sabbath day"? (Mt. 24:20). So it is obvious that sometime in the future his disciples would still be keeping the Sabbath. It was actually on a Sabbath day that the Christians fled from Jerusalem before it was destroyed.
In these last days there has been a call from heaven inviting believers to return to the beliefs of the early church. Many hearts have been turned back to the roots of the Christian faith and they have started not only to learn Hebrew, but they have sought to learn what the original faith of the early Christians was.
The original apostolic faith was much different than what we have today. It was a faith free from paganistic influences. They had largely abandoned the ceremonial Law, yet they still kept the Ten Commandments of God. For they were written in their hearts.
Many have studied the early church and have found that for the last 1700 years the church has been lied to and told that since we are not under the Law, we are free from all of God's laws. Yet the Catholic Church which says such things has substituted the simple Ten Commandments of God for myriad of its own laws. How hypocritical.
The Catholic Church has deceived the whole world, even the Christian world into abandoning the Sabbath. It is by her decrees that Sunday has been established and the Sabbath is profaned. The harlot of Babylon has deceived the vast majority with her false teachings.
All Rome's pagan sun-god rituals must continue keeping the sun-god day, as the "Lord's Day." We see the pope, asserting the authority of the apostate Roman church, over the Word of God in place of keeping holy the Sabbath as commanded by God. The deception is now clearly revealed by the Word of God. Will anyone care? Will this rebellious generation continue to reject the scripture and instead accept Rome's dictates?
God is God. He has the sovereign right to make his commandments, regardless if we like them or whether we think they are important or not. When God commands, those who know, love and fear Him, simply OBEY. God made the 4th commandment and God did not change it. God does not change. God is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever. God sanctified the Sabbath day and God made it holy.
God sanctified the Sabbath day and God made it holy. If someone opposes something made holy by God, that person is opposing God. If the pope, or an apostate church, or Lucifer, or any man, replaces God's holy Sabbath with a sun-god "Lord's Day", and then calls the "Lord's Day" holy, and teaches people to follow the substitution, that person exalts themselves above God. They may honor Lucifer, the sun-god, the pope, or their own rationalizations and bogus theology but they are not honoring God. The truth is that calling the sun-god's day the "Lord's Day" does NOT honor God
Whether people believe or not believe it is the duty of enlighten Christians to keep on telling the truth about God's 4th COMMANDMENT, Remember to keep holy THE Sabbath day.
The Ten Commandments define what sin is. Thus, the great moral law is binding upon all men, and all men shall be judged by it. [Romans 2:13-16 and James 2:8-12]
Jesus often offended those also with religious spirits by saying things like "He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God". [John. 8:47].
The sun-god "Lord's Day" is indeed a "strong delusion". There will be many who will not accept the Sabbath even after reading all these arguments. There may even be those who intellectually accept the Sabbath as the correct day, yet will not keep it. They will make an excuse for not obeying, but the reality is that they are without excuse.
Can you see that the Word of God clearly (137 times in 116 verses, Genesis through Revelation) requires our keeping of God's Sabbath? If you cannot, it is due to a religious spirit, deception, pride, ignorance, or willing ignorance, that you are blinded to such truth. Whether or not you think that the Sabbath day is important does not matter. God's Sabbath day is important to God.
Now you can not plead ignorance, for one day you will stand before God and you will remember this message. You can continue to ignore God's commandment, and break the Sabbath or you can obey it and keep it, the choice is now up to you, but now you are without excuse for not keeping it.
WHY KEEP THE SABBATH?
The answer is simple, because the Bible says so.