60 FACTS CONCERNING THE SABBATH Why We Should Keep the Sabbath

Reprinted from a tract published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association about the year 1885.
The following words have been changed:
God was changed to Most High, Elohim or יהוה
Jesus was changed to Yahshua
Christ was changed to Messiah
Bible was changed to Scriptures
Christian was changed to Nazarene or Believer
1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, the great יהוה rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:1-3).
2. This stamped that day as the rest day of יהוה, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day.
3. Therefore the seventh day must always be the Sabbath day of יהוה. Can you change your birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were not born. Neither       can you change the rest day of יהוה to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still  Sabbath day of יהוה.
4. The Creator blessed the seventh day. (Genesis 2:3)
           
5. He sanctified the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11)
           
6. He made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2:1-3)
7. It was made before man sinned; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced until after man sinned.
8. Yahshua says, it was made for man (Mark 2:27) that is, for mankind, hence for the Gentile as well as for the Jews.
9. It is a memorial of creation (Exodus 20:11, 31:17). Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as יהוה did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.
10. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race  (Mark 2:27, Genesis 2:1-3).
11. Hence through him, as our representative, to all nations (Acts 17:26).
12. It is not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before there was ever a Jew.
13. The Scriptures never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always “the Sabbath of the יהוה thy Elohim.” Men should be cautious how they stigmatize the holy rest day of יהוה.
14. Evident reference is made to all Sabbaths and the seven-day week all through the patriarchal age, (Genesis 2:1-3, 8:10, 12, 29:27, 28) etc.
15. It was a part of  the law of יהוה before Sinai (Exodus 16:4, 27-29).
16. Then יהוה placed it in the heart of His Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Why did He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
17. The seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living יהוה [through His Spokes-man Yahshua](Deuteronomy 4:12, 13).
                 
18. Then He wrote the commandment with His own finger (Exodus 31:18).
19. He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature
(Deuteronomy 5:22).
20. It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies (Deuteronomy 10:1-5).
21. יהוה forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times (Exodus 34:21).
22. יהוה destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath (Ezekiel 20:12, 13).
23. It is the sign of the true יהוה, by which we are to know him from false gods (Ezekiel 20:20).
              
24. יהוה promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath
(Jeremiah 17:24, 25).
25. He sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it (Nehemiah 13:18).
26. He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation (Jeremiah 17:27).
27. יהוה has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles (Isaiah 56:6, 7).
28. This is in the prophecy which refers wholly to the New Covenant period (See Isaiah 56).
29. יהוה has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:2).
30. יהוה requires us to call it “honourable” (Isaiah 58:13). Beware, ye who take delight in calling it the “old Jewish Sabbath,” or “a yoke of bondage,” etc.
31. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down “many generations,” it is to be restored in   the last days (Isaiah 58:12, 13).
32. All the prophets kept the seventh day.
33. When the Son of יהוה came, He kept the seventh day all His life on earth (Luke 4:16,  John 15:10). Thus He followed His Father’s example at creation. Shall we not be safe in 
following the example of both the Father and the Son?
34. The seventh day is the Lord’s day (See Revelation 1:10, Mark 2:28, Isaiah 58:13, 
Exodus 20:10).
35. Yahshua was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and cherish her (I Peter 3:6).
36. He vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for man’s good
(Mark 2:23-28).
37. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed (Matthew 12:1-13).
38. He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was “lawful” (Matthew 12:12).
39. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded
(Matthew 24:20).
40. The pious women who had been with Yahshua carefully kept the seventh day Sabbath when He was in the grave (Luke 23:56).
41. Thirty years after Messiah’s resurrection, the Set-Apart Spirit expressly calls it “the Sabbath day” (Acts 13:14).
42. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the “Sabbath day” about A.D. 45 (Acts 13:27). Did not Paul know? Or shall we believe modern teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the resurrection of Messiah?
43. Luke, the inspired Nazarene historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the “Sabbath day” (Acts 13:44).
44. The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath (Acts 13:42).
45. In the great Nazarene council, A.D. 49, in the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the “Sabbath day” (Acts 15:21).
46. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day (Acts 16:13).
47. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day (Acts 17:2, 3).
48. It was his custom to preach upon that day (Acts 17:2, 3).
49. The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day.
(See Acts 13:14, 44; 16:13; 17:2, 3).
50. There was never any dispute between the Nazarenes and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof that the Nazarenes still observed the same day that the Jews did.
51. In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not keep it?
52. But Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. “Neither against the law of   the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended anything at all”, (Acts 25:8). How could this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath?
53. The Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament fifty-nine or sixty times, and always with respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old Testament, “the Sabbath day.”
54. Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath’s being abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.
55. Elohim has never given permission to any man to work upon it. By what authority does anyone use the seventh day for common labour?
56. No Nazarene of the New Testament, either before or after the resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the seventh day. Why should modern Nazarenes do differently from Bible Nazarenes?
57. There is no record that יהוה has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day.
58. As the Sabbath was kept in Eden before Adam and Eve sinned, so it will be observed eternally in the new earth after the  resurrection (Isaiah 66:22, 23).
59. The seventh day Sabbath was an important part of the law of יהוה, as it came from His own   mouth, and was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai, Exodus 20. When Yahshua began His work, He expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law. “Do not think not that I came to destroy the Torah, or the Prophets” (Matthew 5:17).
60. Yahshua  severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love יהוה, while at the same time they made void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The   keeping of Sunday is only a tradition of men.
            

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