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SUNDAY SABBATH, REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY, FALSE TEACHING!

By Alan Yusko

There are those who are convinced that Sunday has been transformed into the Sabbath. These people attend a Bible a believing church on Sundays as should all Christians. They just add a little requirement to Sunday worship. Since they claim that Sunday is the "Christian" Sabbath there are certain rules that apply. Sadly, these rules turn out to be man-made rather than Biblical.

In this article we will look at this belief that some follow about the false teaching of the Sunday Sabbath and make some comments. In reality, there is no such thing as a Sunday Sabbath. There are no requirements given by God for Sunday and nowhere in the Bible does the Sabbath get transformed into Sunday after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

FOUNDATION FOR A SUNDAY SABBATH: REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY

People who believe the Sunday Sabbath do so on a bad foundation which is not based on the Bible. This false foundation is called "replacement theology". In this false belief, people believe that Israel lost the promises of God due to their rejection of the Lord Jesus. Before the Lord Jesus came Israel was blessed of God. However, 2000 years ago Israel rejected their Messiah and had Him killed. As a result, replacement theology teaches that Israel no longer belongs to God and they have been completely rejected. All the promises given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have been forfeited according to the false teaching of replacement theology.

It is on the bad foundation of replacement theology that the false teaching of a Sunday Sabbath comes forth.

Replacement theology denies the eternal promises given to Abraham. Read the below and notice verse 7 and the word: Everlasting covenant.

Genesis 17
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
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Genesis 17
21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

Above it can be seen that God made an eternal covenant with Abraham. This covenant was not conditional on Abraham or his descendants. Instead the covenant was eternal (unbreakable) and it involved land. This covenant was re-affirmed by God to both Issac and Jacob. They were given the land as an everlasting possession. Be sure to read the verses slowly and see that this covenant was an everlasting covenant which cannot be broken. Later in Scripture we learn that Israel was temporarily cast out of their land due to sin and unbelief. Yet, they have never ceased to be a unique people and nation. In our days, as of 1948, God has again restored them to the land of Israel given in this covenant. The covenant that God made to Abraham is still being honored by God! The existence of the nation of Israel is proof of that fact for all to see.

Here is the problem with replacement theology. It teaches that God has broken His promise and that this covenant no longer applies to Israel. This is why those given to the false teaching of replacement theology can create foolish things like a Sunday Sabbath. They reason that since the promises of God no longer apply to Israel, then those promises must now apply to the Church. As a result they make Sunday the Sabbath day while rejecting and ignoring the eternal covenant made to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. This is how the Scripture is twisted in order to come up with the false teaching of a "Sunday" Sabbath.

GOD HAS NOT FORSAKEN ISRAEL!

Those who believe in the false teaching of replacement theology try to argue that the Jews are forsaken by God. This claim comes from those who just do not understand what is going on in prophecy. Yes the Jewish nation has sinned and they are currently living in unbelief. However, God is moving and there is still lots of prophecy to be fulfilled by the nation of Israel. The day is coming when the children of Israel will turn to their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Below are several verses from Romans that discuss the fact that Israel has not been forsaken as a people or a nation.

Romans 11
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

The question of Israel being forsaken by God is answered in this first verse. Above the question is: 'Hath God cast away his people?' and the answer is: 'God forbid'. In simple terms, the answer is NO, God has not forsaken or cast away the people of Israel! How much more clear can it be? Israel has not been forsaken so therefore the eternal promises and covenant between God and Israel is still in place!

2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,

Again God has not cast away his people Israel. Above the verse also mentions that God foreknew them. This means that right from the beginning God knew the times when they would be faithful to Him and when they would sin and fall away from Him. God was not caught by surprise when Israel sinned! God still has many plans for the physical seed of Abraham and the nation of Israel.

3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

Above is the question asked by Elijah when he was upset and depressed at the rejection of God by the people of his day. Elijah was concerned that all of the seed of Israel had fallen away and gone after idols and Baal. The answer given from God was that God still had a remnant of those who stayed faithful to Him.

5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Since it was true back then in Elijah's day, it is true today. God still has a remnant of the people of Israel that belong to Him.

6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise w ork is no more work.

Again God foreknew all these things. The works or actions of the Jews both bad and good have nothing to do with God's plan. God knows the end from the beginning and He chose the nation of Israel anyway! God has not been surprised by anything that has happened!

7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Today the nation of Israel lives in unbelief. They do not believe in their God and their Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. However, this is only a temporary event and one day they will turn to the Lord Jesus. Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37 are about the restoration of Israel. That restoration will first be on a physical level in a state of unbelief. Secondly, there will be a spiritual rebirth of Israel where they will accept their Messaiah. Today we are living in the days of the physical rebirth of Israel in their homeland! They have not been forsaken by God!

9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

Again blindness has come upon the people of Israel and today they are living in unbelief to their God.

11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Right now Israel is living through the results of their sin and falling away from God. The Church is a called out people that is composed of saved Jews and saved Gentiles. We are now living in the prophetic days of Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks of years. After 69 weeks the Messiah would be cut-off. This occurred with the death of the Lord Jesus. We are still waiting for the 70th week to begin. So far it has been almost 2000 years! During this time period between the 69th and 70th week, God is calling out His Church. Verse 11 above also indicates that this will provoke Israel to jealousy. One day the people of Israel will realize the fact that God has been with the saved Gentiles in Christ and this will cause jealousy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Above is a very interesting thought. If the fall of Israel into sin and unbelief caused great blessing and riches to come to the Gentiles (salvation), how much more will be the fullness of Israel. One day Israel will repent and accept their Messiah (Jesus) and their fullness will occur! Just because Israel has fallen does not mean they are forsaken like the false teaching of replacement theology states.

13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

This is another indication that the Jewish person will get jealous by saved Gentiles who are walking with God. In the history of Israel they had great pride in the belief that they were God's people. Paul realized this and he had hopes of Jewish people being provoked to jealousy by seeing saved Gentiles who knew God.

15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Again we have a reference to the falling away of the nation of Israel. Notice that because of their falling away, God, through the Lord Jesus, provided salvation to the whole world. Next, Paul says if Israel's falling away was a great blessing, then how much more of a blessing will it be when they turn back to God. It will be nothing short than life from the dead! Does that sound like Israel is forsaken by God?

Paul continues on but in verse 25, he makes the following claim?

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

God has already foreseen and foreknown all these things. Blindness has happened to the nation of Israel. Is it a permanent blindness? No, it is temporary. When will this blindness end? Above it is very clear that this blindness will end when the fullness of the gentiles be come in. This means God is busy saving lost Gentiles. When the Gentile fullness comes in, the blindness will be removed from Israel. In fact during the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy, Israel will turn back to their God near the end of that 7 year time of trouble.

Lets conclude by simply stating that God has not forsaken Israel. He still has plans for the nation of Israel. It is no fluke that the tiny nation of Israel became a nation again in 1948 after being scattered in all nations for 1900 years. God made an eternal and unbreakable covenant with Israel and we are seeing the results of that today. Israel is back in their land by Divine decree from God. Replacement theology is an attack on the Word of God. It seeks to nullify the eternal promises of God!

Right now we see Israel as a nation and they are preserved against the hundreds of millions of rabid Arabs who seek their destruction. Guess what? Israel will not be destroyed! In fact all the enemies against Israel will eventually fall and be destroyed. God will see to that in His time! I would not want to be in the shoes of the hateful, lying, and murderous Arabs who today seek the complete destruction of Israel. These lost men are literally fighting against God!

Zech 12
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Isn't this amazing! Right now Israel is in the center of attention of the world. If anything major happens in that little nation, it is broadcast to the world! Is that true of any other nation in the world? Of course not. In all the other nations of the world we really do not know what is going on. However, the slightest trouble in Israel is flashed in the prime time news on a worldwide scale. This by itself is a miracle that such a tiny nation would have the attention of the entire world.

Why is this happening? The reason can be seen above in Zechariah chapter 12 above. God says that He will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people. This is happening. All the nations are concerned about Israel. Right now there are daily commotions with the rabid Arabs as they terrorize and kill innocent people. After the rapture the anti-Christ will allow Israel to rebuild their temple and resume animal sacrifice. Later, after 3 1/2 years the devil will enter that rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and there proclaim himself God.

All this is happening in the tiny nation of Israel. This is a miracle that all can see but few have the discernment to understand. God is fulfilling Bible prophecy right in front of our eyes!

Are your eyes open enough to see it?

Now that we have established that replacement theology is false teaching, lets continue looking at the Sabbath.

THE SABBATH

The Sabbath is Friday sundown through Saturday sundown. It is not on Sunday and it never was! Just look at Israel. They are the ones who were given the Sabbath. Even today many Jews keep their Sabbath and guess what? The Sabbath is still not on Sunday.

Lets look at a few verses related to the Sabbath

Exodus 31
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

The verses above show that the Sabbath was given to the nation of Israel as part of a perpetual covenant. The Sabbath is a sign between God and the children of Israel. The Sabbath is on the seventh day (Friday sundown through Saturday sundown) and not on the first day of the week (Sunday). The people who create a Sunday Sabbath must twist and pervert Scripture in order to transfer the Sabbath from the 7th day of the week to the 1st! Also remember the word 'perpetual'? This means Israel will not ever be forsaken since God has given them the Sabbath as part of a perpetual covenant!

Here is another verse concerning the Sabbath:

Deut 5
13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

Again we are told in the Bible that the Sabbath is on the seventh day and not on Sunday! Again these verses are God talking to the children of Israel.

I think we have clearly made the point that the Sabbath was given directly to the children of Israel. It is a perpetual sign between Israel and God. We also showed that the actual day of the Sabbath is not on Sunday, the first day of the week! Instead the Sabbath is on Saturday the seventh day of the week.

Next lets look at the freedom of the Christian in Christ according to Romans chapter 14.

Rom 14
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Notice verses 5 and 6 above. Here God tells His the church that they may or may not make one day special above another day.

Therefore, if a Christian wants to make Sunday a special day they have the freedom to do that if they wish. However, here is that problem. Those who make Sunday a special day condemn those who do not. That is a sin according to the above verses. We have already shown that it is impossible to make Sunday the Sabbath. Sunday is not the Sabbath yesterday, today, or forever. Sunday will continue to be the first day of the week and the seventh day is the Sabbath. But if a Christian wants to keep Sunday as a special day then they do have the freedom to do so according to Romans 14 above. However, as I have mentioned, they do not have the freedom to condemn others who choose not to do the same thing!

So if you are reading this and wish to make Sunday a special day then you have that right. However, you do not have the right to condemn anyone who chooses not to do the same.

Don't misunderstand this point. Christians from the time of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus met on Sunday, the first day of the week. I believe that it is important to attend a good Bible believing church. Sadly, in these last days of apostasy a good Bible believing church is getting very hard to find. But if you do find a church with a pastor who loves the Lord then I believe you are to gather together in worship and Bible study on Sunday. However, this does not make Sunday the Sabbath with Sabbath day rules and regulations. It does make Sunday the day when Christians meet and that fact should not be ignored or rejected.

Let me quickly summarize the important points we have just covered:

- Sunday is not the Sabbath and never was!
- A Christian has the right to make Sunday a special day - Such a person cannot condemn another who does not consider Sunday a special day
- Christians traditionally have met on Sunday
- If you can find a good Bible believing church, then you should attend regularly on Sunday. This does not make Sunday the Sabbath, but it is the day Christians get together to worship and study the Bible.

To confirm what I just said about condemning others, here are some interesting verses:

Col 2
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Christians are not in bondage. No one has the right to define a certain day as "holy" then go around condemning others who do not believe the same way. I say this because I have seen people who hold Sunday as special and condemn others who do not. This is wrong and it is a sin before the Lord.

RESTRICTIONS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH

In the New Testament the early church ran into a situation where Jewish believers tried to put rules and regulations on Gentile believers. This caused enough problems so that a statement of regulations were given to the Church. Read them below:

Acts 15
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

- notice that the Sabbath is not mentioned. If there was a rule and regulation about Sabbath worship or even Sunday being the being the Sabbath, it would have been mentioned.
- Christians are told to stay away from idols
- Christians are told to stay away from fornication and sexual sin
- Christians are told to stay away from eating strangled animals. This also indicates that it is acceptable to eat meat. A little something for the vegetarians to think about!
- Christians are told to stay away from eating blood.

Other than the above there are no rules and regulations given to the church. There are no Sabbath rules as the church is not expected or commanded to worship on the Sabbath (Saturday - 7th day of the week). Christians naturally get together to worship but there are no commands anywhere in Scripture about a day or a time. Traditionally, however Christians have met on the first day of the week, Sunday.

DEATH TO THOSE WHO DO NOT KEEP THE SABBATH

Those who try to make Sunday the Sabbath and enforce Sabbath rules tend to pick and choose what rules they like to follow. Their rules and limits are really man-made as they ignore the ones they do not like from the Bible. The major "Sunday" Sabbath rule is that a person is not allowed to work on the "Sunday" Sabbath.

In the Old Testament God ruled Israel. The Sabbath had many rules and violation of the Sabbath resulted in the death penalty! Look at the below verses:

Exo 31
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Notice verse 15 as it was a death penalty for a person to do any work on the Sabbath day. However, I have noticed that Sunday Sabbath keepers work all the time. They go home and cook up big lunches. Some churches have bookstores that are open on Sunday with workers who perform money transactions in the bookstore. Pastors work on Sunday as they are paid to prepare sermons and preach. People who claim that Sunday is their Sabbath really do not keep all the Sabbath rules. Instead they define a subset of the Sabbath regulations and work at keeping those. Of course they condemn others who do not keep their "Sunday" Sabbath the same way as they do!

Here is a example of a man who violated the Sabbath in the Old Testament. This man did the simple task of gathering sticks on the Sabbath. Look what happened to this man:

Num 15
32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.

For violating the Sabbath but doing work to 'gather sticks' this man was stoned to death. Today the modern "Sunday" Sabbath keepers violate these rules in such a way that if they lived in Old Testament days, they too would be stoned to death!

CONCLUSION

Several points have been made in this article. The first is that Israel has not been forsaken by the Lord! The below verses state clearly that God will not forsake the people of Israel.

Deut 4
31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Jeremiah 31
35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

We have also shown that replacement theology is false teaching that denies the eternal promises of God given to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. Today Israel is back in their homeland as a direct result of the promises of God.

Those who believe the false teaching of replacement theology have created the false teaching of a Sunday Sabbath. This false teaching nullifies the promises of God in relation to Israel.

Along with the Sunday Sabbath false teaching, all sorts of rules have been created in order to properly "keep" the Sunday Sabbath. One of the main rules would be that a person may not do any work on Sunday. However, according to the Bible everyone who believes in the Sunday Sabbath has violated the Sabbath. Just by preparing and cooking a meal, the Sabbath has been violated! In Old Testament days, that would have resulted in the death penalty.

Those who believe the false teaching of the Sunday Sabbath tend to condemn others who do not follow their man-made Sabbath rules. This is a sin before the Lord. We showed that a Christian has the right to make any day a special day in Romans 14. However, a person does not have the right to condemn another who does not believe the same.

Finally, the point was made that Christians have traditionally met on the first day of the week (Sunday) for worship, fellowship, and Bible study. We are also living in very apostate days before the return of the Lord Jesus. If possible, find a good Bible believing church and attend regularly. Sunday is not the Sabbath, but it is the day Christians traditionally met. This is a good thing and Christians are commanded to gather together in a Church assembly (if possible). See the following:

Heb 10
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Christians need to be a blessing to each other in these last days. Soon we will be standing before the Lord and what a day of blessing that will be!




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