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"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"
Revelation 12:9

Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie

2Thessalonians 2:10-11

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Romans 11:32







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And the 2300 evenings and mornings of Daniel




Just as the days of Noah...


But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:37-39


Are Homosexuals born that way? ....... Interracial Marriage




America Israel, And Great Britain In Prophecy


The Mark Of The Beast


The True Church


The Secret Rapture


The Dreadful Day Of The Lord



Answer To An Atheist


For The Evolutionist


Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


Does God Exist?


7 Proofs God Exists


The Bible Superstition Or Authority


Seven Keys To Understanding The Bible


How To Study The Bible


How To Understand The Bible


How Do We Know We Have The Complete Bible


Answers To Questions About Genesis


Why There Seems To Be A Gap In The Bible


How The Bible Counts A Generation


The Bible Verses The Dead Sea Scrolls


Should We Use The Old Testament


The Hidden Knowledge


How Religion Deceives You


A World Held Captive


The Ark And Noah


Weeks Of Daniel


The Exile In Stone





The Bible Story For Children


Volume I


Volume II


Volume III


Volume IV


Volume V


Volume VI



Genealogy And The Bible Family Tree


God As King


Who Really Discovered America


Oldest Known 10 Commandments Were Found In America


USA And Britain's Common Wealth In Prophecy


Tea Tephi


Britain's Coronation Chair And Jacob's Pillow Stone


Jacob's Pillar Stone


The Two Witnesses


Russia In Prophecy


The Middle East In Prophecy


Who Are The Arabs


Seeing The world Throgh Islamic Eyes


The Race Question


The Origin Of The Races


Military Service And War


Why Does God Allow Wars


The Sure Way To End The Fear Of Nuclear War


What Is Armageddon?


There Is A Way To Escape


Understanding The Way To Peace


World Peace How It Will Come


The key To Human Survival


Petra The Safe Place


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



The Mark Of The Beast


Mark Of God's People


The Key to Revelations


The Book Of Revelations Unveiled At Last


Christian Symbols, The Fish, Cross, And Crucifix


The Pagan Cross


The Cross


The Council Of Laodicea



Why The Church


Fundamental Doctrines


How And Why We Know We Have The Truth


The Abomination That Maketh Desolate


God's Temple Excepts The Mark Of The Beast


Joseph Tkach Sales God's Church


WCOG Changes Name


WCOG vs. Philadelphia COG Court Records


God's Church Is The Temple


The True Church


The History Of The Church


Where Is The Original True Church


Beginning History Of The Worldwide Church Of God


The Real History Of The True Church


Foundation, History, Authority, And Doctrine Of The Worldwide Church Of God


Philadelphia Era Of The Church


Just What Is The Church


God's Church Does Not Compromise


Worldly Churches Are Social Clubs


The Tongues Question


Tongues- Is The Pentecost Experience Being Repeated Today



Does God Exist


7 Proofs God Exist


What About God Revealed Knowledge


Why God Is Not Real To Most People


Is God Fair


How To Put God First


God Was King


God's Divorce


Is Jesus God


Should We Pray To God Or Only To Christ


70 Weeks Of Daniel


Was Jesus Really Dead


Why Christ Died


If You Lived At Time Of Christ Would You Have Believed Him


The Mystery Of MELCHIZEDEK Solved


What Is Man


How God Planned To Reproduce Himself


What Led To The Creation Of Man


What Is The Soul


Why You Are Alive


The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Why Humans Were Put On Earth


The only real value of a human life


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


What Science Can't Discover About The Human Mind


Human nature - Did God create it?


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Why Were You Born


You Were Born To Be King


The Great Purpose Of Your Life


Man To Rule The Universe


Your Children - FUTURE GODS


If You Were God How Would You Look At The World Today


God's Invisible Agents


Where Is Enoch And Elijah


Lazarus And The Rich Man


Can Men Actually Communicate With Departed Spirits?


Life After Death


Is There life After Death


Did God Create A Devil


Is There A Hell



God's Holy Days Or Pagan Holy Days


List Of Holy Days


How Often Should You Partake Of The Lord's Supper


Should The Lord's Supper Be On The 14th Or 15th


How To Observe The Passover In Your Own Home


The Resurrection Was Not On Sunday


Does Easter Really Commemorate The Resurrection


Easter


What Is The Purpose Of The Resurrection?


The Plain Truth About Easter


The Pentecost


How To Figure The Pentecost


The Sabbath A Perpetual Covenant


Which Day Is The Sabbath Of The New Testament?


Why Do You Observe Sunday


Neglecting The Sabbath


Christmas


Should You Celebrate Birthdays


Halloween


New Years Eve


Valentines Day



Is Tithing In Force Under The New Testament


Should Christians Tithe


Should You Pay Tithes


The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Tithe


Did You Ever Know Why Money Is The Root Of All Evil


Does God Hate The Rich



Has Time Been Lost


God's 19 Year Cycle


Calendar With Holy Days


God's Calendar


What is a Prophetic Year



The World's Oldest Surviving Inscription Of The Ten Commandments Found In America



Job, Joseph And His Brothers (Israel's Sons) Built The Great Pyramid



The Truth About The Free Masons



There Is Nothing New Under The Sun


The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11



Sex


God's Great Sex Law


Abortion


Makeup


Are Homosexuals Born That Way


Interracial Marriages


Why Marriage


Polygamy


Divorce And Remarriage


The Family Breakdown


Child Rearing


The family - God's Plan For Mankind


Conspiracy Against The Family


The Surprising Origin Of Modern Education



Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


Does God Heal


The Plain Truth About Healing


What is Faith


What kind Of Faith Is Required Of Salvation


Are We Back On Track When We Lost Faith


How To Receive Answers To Your Prayers


Have Christians Lost Their Power?


The Plain Truth About Fasting


The Importance Of Fasting


Is all Animal Flesh Good Food


What Fish And Fowl Are Good For Food


The Key To Radiant Health


10 Simple Rules That Lead To Health


Why Man Must Suffer



Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


What Is The True Gospel?


The Gospel Jesus Taught


The Gospel Is Education


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All About Baptism


Baptism By Fire


What Do You Mean Born Again


Are The Ten Commandments Necessary


Were The Ten Commandments Nailed To The Cross


Were The Ten Commandments In Force Before Moses


The Ten Commandments


What Is Salvation


What Is The Reward Of The Saved


What Do You Mean Reward For Your Works


Just What Do You Mean Conversion


What Is True Spirituality


Conversion Sudden Experience Or Life Long Process


False Conversion


A Letter From Armstrong To The Newly Converted


What Is A Liberal


Is It Wrong To Be A Cultured Individual


The Old And New Covenant


Let God Fight Your Battles


The Law, The Catholics, And You


Do Christians Sin


Education For Life


Keep Your Eyes On The Goal


How FAR May I Safely Go, In Doing What I Want But Know I Ought NOT?


Christianity Is A Growth Process


Are You Being Tested


How You Can Overcome


How To Prevent Sin


What Is The Worst Sin


How You Could Commit The Unpardonable Sin


What Do You Mean The Unpardonable Sin


Ending Your Financial Worries


The Blessings Of Abundant Living


How To Live Life Abundantly


The Way Of Life That Causes Success


The Seven Laws Of Success


Should You Try To Change Others


Should You Listen To Others


We Must All Speak The Same


The True Meaning Of Predestination


Is Your Ultimate Fate Decided For You In Advance


What Is Friendship


What Is Emotional Maturity



The Incredible Human Potential


Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


What Led To The Creation Of Man


How God Planned To Reproduce Himself


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


Why Today's World Evils


Why The Church


Just What Do You Mean Conversion


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



Jesus Is Coming Soon...Too Good To Be True


What Is The Kingdom Of God


What Will You Be Doing In The Next Life


Looking Into The World Tomorrow


Where Will The Millennium Be Spent


TheWonderful World Of Tomorrow



Mystery Of The Ages


The Seven Mysteries


How The 7 Mysteries Were Revealed


Who And What Is God


Mystery Of Angels And Evil Spirits


The Mystery Of Man


Mystery Of Civilization


Mystery Of Israel


The Church


The Kingdom Of God



Software


Theophilos


ESword



Herbert W. Armstrong


Armstrong's Calling


Armstrong's Conversion


How Christ Educated His Apostle


This Is The Life


How I've Been Providentially Protected From Harm And Death


No! I Was Never A Jehovah's Witness Or Seventh Day Adventist


The Little Book


The 19 Year Time Cycle


The Need To Make The Truth Plain


Must God's Ministers Be Ordained By The Hands Of Man?


You Won't Believe It Armstrong's Final Sermon


End Time Elijah


Armstrong's Autobiography



Josephus Antiquities Of The Jews


Josephus War Of The Jews


Josephus Against Apion


Josephus Hades


Josephus Autobiography








We have been reared in a Sunday-observing world. Naturally, we have taken Sunday-observances for granted. Naturally, the idea of a different day as the true Sabbath-day strikes us as fanatical and absurd.

Yet today some are telling us SATURDAY is the right day. They insist the SEVENTH day is the only day the Bible anywhere commands us to keep.

They even claim we are sinning;that we have the Mark of the Beast and shall suffer the seven last plagues;if we observe Sunday instead of keeping the seventh day.



Many False Prophets



Jesus warned that many false prophets would appear, deceiving many. So what is the TRUTH? How can we know?

Let all remember each of us shall stand before the judgment-seat of Christ! We shall be JUDGED, not by our sincerity in what we have always believed thru careless assumption, nor by our sincerity in following some NEW teaching without proof!

We shall be judged by the BIBLE, God's Word! How to PROVE the Truth All Scripture we read in II Tim. 3: 16, is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction.

Again, the command to us is, PROVE ALL THINGS. We must be willing to be corrected, if wrong. We must be careful not to be blown about with every wind of doctrine.

We must free our minds of all prejudice. We must be able and willing to study BOTH sides honestly, laying our ideas and desires on the shelf, prayerfully asking God for guidance.

If we already are right, honest investigation will but confirm it. If we are WRONG, we should want to know it. And we shall quickly, willingly, as a little child accept the TRUTH as God reveals it, whatever that truth may be, if our hearts are right With Him!

Perhaps this very study may be the TEST! On the following pages is a brief, verse, outline of ONE PHASE of this many-sided question.

Explanation of other phases, answering other questions that may come up, will be supplied on request. These three facts are self-evident. Sunday is the first day of the week. See any calendar, dictionary, or encyclopedia.

Is it, then, by BIBLE authority, the Christian Sabbath, or truly the Lord's Day, as it is popularly called today?

Jesus kept the SABBATH (Luke 4-16). It was His custom. The Sabbath He kept was the same day of the week the Jews observed, for the minister and congregation were all in the synagogue (verse 20), and the Pharisees continually rebuked Jesus for healing on the Sabbath day.

The Sabbath Jesus kept was the seventh day of the week.

Three days after His crucifixion, this Sabbath still was the day before the first day of the week (Mat. 28:1). Therefore it was not just any day in seven, it was the seventh day of the week.

See also Luke 23:56 and 24:1. . . . BUT, . . . was the day CHANGED by Christ or the apostles, after this, to the first day of the week so that Sunday is now the New Testament Christian Sabbath? . . . does the NEW TESTAMENT someplace show us that SUNDAY is the true Lord's Day and command Christians to observe it?

LET us SEE!



Is Sunday Mentioned in the New Testament?



This change could not be made -a different day, the FIRST day of the week, could not be established by New Testament BIBLE authority, except in some text or texts employing the phrase first day of the week, or the word Sunday. The word Sunday does not appear any place in the Bible. But the phrase first day of the week is found in the New Testament. It occurs in exactly EIGHT places. So it will not take long to examine these eight texts employing this phrase.

IF the day was changed by BIBLE authority, if Christians are to find any BIBLE AUTHORITY whatsoever for observing Sunday as the Lord's Day today, then we must find that authority in one of these eight texts!

Let us acknowledge at the outset, since the seventh day of the week is clearly established as the Bible Sabbath up until the time of the Cross, that there can be no BIBLE AUTHORITY for Sunday observance unless we find it clearly and plainly stated in one of these eight New Testament passages. So let us examine them carefully, honestly, prayerfully.

The Day AFTER Sabbath (1) Matthew 28:1: In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.

This is the first place in the Bible where the first day of the week is mentioned. Matthew wrote these words, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, many years after the New Testament Church came into being.

The text says that late on the Sabbath day it was drawing TOWARD the first day of the week.

So this Scripture, we must admit, tells us plainly that three days and three nights after all that was done away had been securely nailed to the Cross, the Sabbath was still the day BEFORE the first day of the week;still the seventh day of the week.

One point is here plainly proved. Many tell us that the Sabbath command was merely for one day in seven;that it did not have to be THE seventh day of the week, but merely the seventh part of time.

They argue that Sunday, being one day out of seven, fulfills the command. But here is a passage in the NEW Testament, inspired by the Holy Spirit many years after the beginning of the NEW Testament Church, stating in plain language that, three days after all abolished things had been done away, the Sabbath still existed and that it was the seventh day of THE WEEK;the day before the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK.

That much is proved, and must remain settled for all who honestly seek and accept BIBLE authority.



But, was the day changed later?



(2) Mark 16:2: And very early in the morning THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.

This is merely Mark's version of the sunrise visit to the tomb. It was written several years after the crucifixion. The first day of the week, also, was AFTER the Sabbath was PAST, according to verse 1.

So this text proves the same thing as the one above;that the first day of the week was not at that time (three days after the crucifixion) the Sabbath, but the day AFTER the Sabbath. The Sabbath, then, still was the SEVENTH day of the week.



A Common Work Day



(3) Mark 16:9: Now when Jesus was risen, early the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils.

This text speaks of Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene later the same day, -the day AFTER the Sabbath. Nothing here calls the first day of the week the Christian Sabbath, we must admit. Nothing here calls it The Lord's Day. Nothing here hallows Sunday or says God made it holy. Nothing here commands us to observe it. Nothing here sets it apart as a memorial of the Resurrection, or for any purpose. No command or example of REST on this day no authority for observing Sunday here.

(4) Luke 24:1: Now UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing their spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

This text tells again the same event recorded by Matthew and Mark, and it shows that on THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK these women came to do the work of a common week-day, AFTER having rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.

For we read, in the verse just before this, And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.

Shall we say these women did not yet know the commandment was abolished? No, we cannot, for this statement was not made by the women, but inspired by the HOLY GHOST, who did know it was not abolished. And it was written, at least twenty five years after the establishing of the New Testament Church!

The Holy Ghost THEN inspired the direct statement that the rest of these women on the Sabbath day was according to the commandment, which statement would not be possible had the commandment been abolished.

This text, then, establishes Sunday as a common work day, three days after the crucifixion, and it further established that at that time the command to rest on the Sabbath had not been abolished.

(5) John 20:1. THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher. This, written many, many years after the crucifixion, is John's version, describing the same visit to the tomb. It confirms the facts above.



Was This a Religious Meeting, to Celebrate the Resurrection?



(6) John 20:19: Then the same day at evening, being THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Let us examine this carefully, for some claim this was a religious service called for the purpose of celebrating the Resurrection. But notice this is the same first day of the week that FOLLOWED the Sabbath.

It was Jesus' first opportunity to appear to His disciples. For three and a half years He had been constantly with them, on ALL days of the week. His meeting with them, of itself, could not establish any day as a Sabbath.

Were they assembled to celebrate the Resurrection, thus establishing Sunday as the Christian Sabbath in honor of the Resurrection? The text says they were assembled for fear of the Jews.

The Jews had just taken and crucified their Master. They were afraid. The doors were shut because of their fear; probably bolted.

Why were they assembled? FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS according to this text, and also because they all lived together in this upper room (Acts 1:13).

They could not have assembled to celebrate the Resurrection for THEY DID NOT BELIEVE JESUS WAS RISEN (Mark 16:11; Luke 24-37, 39, 41). Nothing in this text calls this day Sabbath, or Lord's Day, or any sacred title. Nothing here sets it apart, makes it holy. No authority here for changing a command of God!



Lord's Supper Day -- or Work Day;WHICH?



(7) 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. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

Here, at last we find a religious meeting on the first day of the week. But it was not a SUNDAY meeting! Notice, Paul continued his speech until midnight! And there were many LIGHTS in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

It was AFTER SUNSET, prior to midnight, the first day of the week. Now at that time the first day of the week did not begin at midnight, as men begin it today. It began, and the Seventh day ended, AT SUNSET!

All Bible days begin and end at SUNSET. Throughout the Roman world at that time, and for a few hundred years afterwards, days began and ended at sunset. The practice of beginning the new day at midnight was started much later. Therefore this meeting, and Paul's preaching, took place during the hours we now call SATURDAY NIGHT;it was not a Sunday meeting at all!



WHY Paul Remained Behind



Let us, now, pick up the thread of the narrative related in this passage. Begin verse 6: We sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them at Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. 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.

Paul and his companions had been in this town of Troas seven days. His companions had left by ship after sunset. Paul remained behind for a farewell meeting. He preached until midnight, ready to depart on the morrow.

At break of day; sunrise Sunday morning;Paul departed (verse 11).

Now notice what his companions had done. And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in. (Verses 13-14).

Look at this on the map. Paul's companions had to sail around a peninsula;a distance of fifty or sixty miles, while Paul, afoot, walked across, a distance of 19 1/2 miles. He was able to walk this distance in shorter time than they could sail the much longer distance, which gave Paul the opportunity to remain behind after they left, for this last farewell sermon and visit.

Now do you see what actually happened? Paul's companions were engaged in the LABOR of rowing and sailing a boat while Paul was preaching that Saturday night and early Sunday morning;on the first day of the week. They had set sail Saturday night, AFTER THE SABBATH HAD ENDED. Paul remained behind for one more last farewell sermon. Then, at break of day Sunday morning, Paul set out afoot, indulging in the labor of a 19 1/2 mile walk from Troas to Assos!

He waited till the Sabbath was past for this long walk;a good hard day's work, if you ever tried it! He did it on the first day of the week! Again, a common work day!



What Break Bread Means



But does this text not say, as many claim today, that the disciples always held communion every first day of the week! NOT AT ALL! In the first place, it says nothing about anything being done EVERY first day of the week. It relates the events of this one particular first day of the week, ONLY.

It is not speaking of any CUSTOMS, but of the events occurring as Paul and his companions concluded their seven-day visit in passing by this town.

Jesus had introduced the Lord's Supper as part of the Passover, at the beginning of the annual days of unleavened bread.

No longer could they kill lambs or eat the roasted body of Passover Lambs, after Christ, OUR Passover, had been once slain for us. yet the Passover was ordained FOREVER (Ex. 12:24).

At His last Passover supper Jesus substituted the wine as the emblem of His blood, instead of the blood of the slain lamb. He substituted the unleavened bread for the roast body of the lamb as the symbol of His body, broken for us.

The disciples continued to observe Passover annually, now in the form of the Lord's Supper using only the bread and wine, as a MEMORIAL (I Cor. 11:24) of Christ's DEATH, (I Cor. 11:26), showing His death till He come again.

They continued to observe the days of unleavened bread (Acts 20:6). This year they had observed the days of unleavened bread and the Communion service at Philippi, after which they came to Troas in five days where they remained seven days.

After the Sabbath day had ended, at sunset, upon the first day of the week, . . . the disciples came together to BREAK BREAD. People have ASSUMED this expression means the taking of Communion. But notice! Paul preached, and continued preaching until midnight. They had no opportunity to stop and break bread until then.

When Paul therefore was come up again;after restoring the one who had fallen down from the third balcony; and had broken bread, AND EATEN.



Note it!



Broken bread AND EATEN. This breaking bread was not Communion;simply eating a meal. This expression was commonly used of old to designate a meal. It still is used in that sense in parts of even the United States.

Notice Luke 22:16, where Jesus was introducing the Lord's Supper, taking it with His disciples. He said, I will not any more eat thereof until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.

Yet, the day alter His resurrection, after walking with the two disciples to Emmaus, as HE sat at MEAT with them He took bread. and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. (Luke 24:30).

Here Jesus brake bread but it was not the Lord's Supper, which He said He would NOT take again. It was a meal--He sat AT MEAT.

Notice Acts 2:46. The disciples, continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness.

Here again breaking bread means EATING MEAT. Not on the first day of the week, but DAILY.

Again, when Paul was shipwrecked on the voyage to Rome, the sailors had been fasting out of fright. But Paul besought them all to take MEAT, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some MEAT: for this is for your health; And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. (Acts 27:33-35).

Here Paul broke bread to give to unconverted sailors who were hungry. The truth is, NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE is the expression breaking of bread, or to break bread, used to signify observance of the Lord's Supper. In all these texts it means, simply, eating a meal.

So, when we read in Acts 20:7, 11, the disciples came together to break, and how Paul had broken bread and EATEN, we know by Scripture interpretation it referred only to eating food as a meal, not to a Communion service.



What Was This COLLECTION?



We come now to the 8th and last place where the term ''first day of the week occurs in the Bible.

(8) I Corinthians 16:2: Upon the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.

Often we see this text printed on the little offering envelopes in the pews of popular churches, and we have been told that this text sets THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK as the time for taking up the church collection for the carrying on of God's work, paying the minister, etc.

Let us begin with the first verse and really catch the true intended meaning of this verse.

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.



This speaks of a collection;but for WHOM; for WHAT?



Note it!

Not for the preacher;not for evangelism;but the collection FOR THE SAINTS.

The poor saints at Jerusalem were suffering from drought and famine. They needed, not money, but FOOD.

Notice Paul had given similar instruction to other churches. Now observe his instruction to the Romans: But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia (where the Corinthian Church was located) to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem . . . When, therefore, I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. (Rom. 15:25-28).



Ah! Did you catch it?



It was not money, but FRUIT that was being sealed for shipment to the poor saints at Jerusalem!

Now turn back to I Corinthians 16. Paul is speaking concerning a collection FOR THE SAINTS. Upon the first day of the week each of them is instructed to do what?



Look at it!



Does it say drop a coin in the collection plate at a church service? Not at all! It says let everyone of you lay by him in STORE.

Note it! LAY BY! STORE UP! Store up BY HIMSELF;at home! Not lay by at the church house;lay by HIM---at home.



Now WHY?



That there be no GATHERINGS when I come.

Men GATHER fruit out of the orchard;they GATHER vegetables out of the ground, to be STORED UP. But putting coins in a collection plate at church, or handing in your tithe- envelope could not be called a GATHERING, but an offering or collection.

Notice further: And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they (more than one) shall go with me. (verses 3-4).

Apparently it was going to require several men to carry this collection, gathered and stored up, to Jerusalem. If it were tithe or offering for the minister or the spread of the Gospel, Paul could have carried the money alone. So, once again, the last and final text in the Bible where we find THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK mentioned, it is a WORK DAY;a day for gathering fruit and food out of the orchards and the fields and gardens, and storing it up. It was to be the FIRST labor of the week, hence the first day of the week, as soon as the Sabbath was past!



No Bible Authority



So, finally, we find upon honest examination that NOT ONE of the texts speaking about THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK sets it apart as a rest day. Not one makes it holy, calls it the Sabbath or by any other sacred title.

In EVERY case, the first day of the week was a common work day.

In NONE of them was there a religious meeting and preaching service being held on the hours we now call SUNDAY.

In NONE of them can we find a single shred of BIBLE AUTHORITY for Sunday observance!

There is no record in the Bible of celebrating the Resurrection on Sunday.

Sometimes Revelation 1:10 is used as Bible authority for calling Sunday The LORD'S DAY. It says: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice. But this does not say the first day of the week, or Sunday is the day here called the Lord's day.

As a matter of fact, it is not speaking of ANY day of the week at all, but of the Day of the Lord,;the time of the coming PLAGUES, climaxing in the coming of Christ, and the millennium.

This is the THEME of the Revelation. But, if one wants to argue, and insist upon this text applying to some definite day of the week, he shall have to look elsewhere to see WHICH day THE BIBLE calls The LORD'S DAY.

For this text does not designate ANY day of the week. But Jesus said He was Lord of the SABBATH, and if He is LORD of that day, then it belongs to Him, and is His day, and therefore the Sabbath is the Lord's Day (Mark 2;28).

Isaiah 58:13 calls the Sabbath (the seventh day of the week) MY HOLY DAY. God is speaking.

So the Sabbath is THE LORD'S DAY.

In the original commandment, in Exodus 20:10, we read: The seventh day is the Sabbath OF THE LORD THY GOD.

No MY day, or your day. Sunday is MY day. So is Tuesday, and every other weekday, for my labor and my own needs. But the seventh day is NOT mine;it is THE LORD'S! It belongs to HIM, and He made it HOLY, and commanded us to KEEP it that way. We have no right to use it for ourselves. It is HIS DAY !



The TRUE SABBATH of the NEW Testament



Now briefly let us look thru the New Testament to find WHICH DAY Paul kept, and taught Gentile converts to keep. Notice which day Paul and Barnabus used for preaching to Gentiles:

(1) Acts 13: 14-15, 42-44: But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, ye men and brethren, if ye have any work of exhortation for the people, say on. Then Paul stood up, and spoke, preaching Christ to them. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the GENTILES besought that these words might be preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH.

Now since Paul was preaching the grace of God, (verse 43), here was his opportunity to straighten out these Gentiles, and explain that the Sabbath was done away. Why should he wait a whole week, in order to preach to THE GENTILES on THE NEXT SABBATH?

If the day had now been changed to Sunday, why did not Paul tell them they would not have to wait a week, but the very next day, Sunday, was the proper day for this service?

But notice what Paul did. And the NEXT SABBATH DAY came almost the whole city together to hear the Word of God. Here Paul waited a whole week, passing up a Sunday, in order to preach to the GENTILES upon the Sabbath day. Gentiles Met on SABBATH

(2) Acts 15:1-2, 5, 14-21: Study this whole passage carefully. Certain men had come down from Judea to Antioch, teaching that the Gentile converts there must be circumcised and keep the law of Moses to be saved.

Quite a dissension arose between them and Paul and Barnabus. So it was decided Paul and Barnabus should go to Jerusalem to the apostles and Elders about the question. At the conference at Jerusalem, James gave the decision. Wherefore my sentence is, he pronounced, (verses 19-21) .... that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication. and from things strangled, and from blood.

He did not say they should not keep the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were not in question;but it was circumcision in question, (Acts 15:1), which was an altogether DIFFERENT law than the Ten Commandments.

But why WRITE this sentence to them?

Note it! .... For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues EVERY SABBATH DAY. (Verse 21).



Do you see it?



Judaizing teachers were reading the Law of Moses and teaching people in the synagogues EVERY SABBATH DAY. The apostles were WRITING this decision concerning the Law of Moses, BECAUSE GENTILE CONVERTS WERE GOING TO CHURCH ON THE SABBATH DAY, and would hear this false teaching.

In order to counteract it, and protect the Gentiles from it. the written message was sent. It shows that the GENTILE CONVERTS HAD STARTED KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY, AND WENT TO CHURCH ON THAT DAY! And the Apostles' letter did not reprove them for this Sabbath-keeping, or even mention it.

This is very significant, since GENTILES HAD NEVER KEPT THE SABBATH. Therefore it is something these Gentiles had STARTED doing after they were converted under the teaching of Paul and Barnabus!



A Sabbath in Philippi



(3) Acts 16:12-15: Here we find Paul and Silas at Philippi. And we were in that city abiding certain days. And ON THE SABBATH we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, . . . and when she was baptized . . .

Here again Paul and his companions waited until the Sabbath, and then went to a place of worship, and preached, and this woman, probably a Gentile, was converted. The passage indicates it was the CUSTOM to meet there on the Sabbath, and that it was CUSTOM for Paul and his companions to go to a place of prayer and worship when the Sabbath day came.



Paul Worked Week-days, and Kept the SABBATH



(4) Acts 18:1-11 : After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; and found a certain Jew named Aquila . . . with his wife Priscilla . . . and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought; for by their occupation they were tentmakers, and he reasoned in the synagogue EVERY SABBATH, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

If we could find one text in the New Testament giving as strong authority for Sunday observance as this one does for Sabbath-keeping, we should certainly have Bible AUTHORITY for it!

Here Paul WORKED weekdays, but went to church and taught GENTILES as well as Jews every SABBATH.

Now the Commandment says: Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work, just as much as it says Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. There is just as much command to work six days as there is to rest the seventh. And so if the day had been changed, Paul would have had to work Sabbaths, in order to go to church and preach every Sunday. But here he WORKED week days and went to church and preached EVERY SABBATH;not just on one particular occasion;it says EVERY SABBATH.

He preached Christ, and the Gospel of the Kingdom. And when the Jews became offended and blasphemed, he turned away from the Jews altogether, and from then on preached TO GENTILES ONLY, (verse 6), and he continued there a year and six months (verse 11),; working week days;preaching to Gentiles ONLY; EVERY SABBATH!

What MORE conclusive proof could we desire? What STRONGER Bible evidence than this, as to the true Sabbath of the NEW Testament?

For a year and a half Paul continued working week-days;six days; including Sundays;and preaching to GENTILES exclusively EVERY SABBATH!

Certainly it was his custom and manner! Certainly he could not have done this had the Sabbath been done away, or changed. Paul COMMANDS Gentiles to Keep the Sabbath To these Gentile-born at Corinth, Paul COMMANDED: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.(I Cor. 11:1). And Paul as his manner was, went in unto them, and three SABBATH DAYS reasoned with them out of the Scriptures. (Acts 17:2)

It was his MANNER--his CUSTOM, as we have seen by ample evidence showing a total of eighty-four different Sabbaths Paul is shown specifically to have kept. Did he follow Jesus in this? Why, CERTAINLY! Jesus, as His Custom was . . . went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY. (Luke 4:16). It was Jesus' custom. Paul followed Him, and COMMANDED the Gentile converts to follow Him, even as he followed Christ.

The question for us, today, is, Are WE willing to follow in His steps? Jesus came to set us an example, that we should FOLLOW HIS STEPS. If we, like Paul, are CRUCIFIED with Christ, and HE lives HIS Life IN us, Christ IN us will still keep the Sabbath, for He is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever! This article originally entitled Which Day is The Sabbath of the New Testament?




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