The 4th Commandment
Keeping the Lord's Day Holy
Early in my Christian walk, I realized that a
lot of what was being taught by Christians, was just the latest religious
theories, the current trend, the latest fad, the latest catch phrases or
Pop-Christianity. And it was necessary to separate what was coming from man, and
what was coming from God. This was also true in biblical times, there have
always been many different religious teachings that did not come from God.
One current theory says,
"We no longer need to obey the 4th commandment anymore;
with the New Testament it has a whole new meaning than in the Old Testament!"
This religious teaching came from man,
not God. In truth, the 4th commandment is still a commandment, like the others, Don't Murder,
Don't Steal, etc.
It is true that the Lord's day does have new
meaning; it's more than just rules of what not to do.
We need to be reminded that
the 10 Commandments are NOT 10 suggestions. The commandments bring blessings to
those who obey. This doesn't mean that someone is righteous because
they obey commandments, but it does mean that there is judgment for those who
Which of the 10
commandments were abolished with the coming of Jesus Christ? NONE! We are still
to follow all of them. Just because the Pharisees, over applied the
commandment of the Sabbath, adding 100's of man made rules, doesn't justify the
fact that we now pretty much neglect the 4th commandment, seldom even mentioning
it in Sermons. Let's be reminded that the 4th commandment was not some little Levitical law, buried in
scripture, mentioned only once. No, it was written on stone, along with the other Major
commandments, and consistently held important throughout scripture; in the Law,
the Prophets, in the days of Jesus, and in the early Church.
Foolishly, I always assumed that it was no
longer required to keep the Sabbath Day Holy (or Sundays). Just go to Church and
and that’s enough. In fact, after Church, I would spend the rest of the Lord's
Day pretty much the same as any other week day.
I've heard Christians say that "Every Day
is Holy", "Jesus is the Sabbath", "We are entering a new rest",
"The Lord's day has new meaning with Jesus". And I can agree with
these, but that doesn't mean we neglect what the bible teaches us NOT to do
regarding the Sabbath. Can you image is some Christian used the same logic and
said that "Jesus is our Lord, and Paul declares that Idols are nothing,
therefore bowing down before a statue is no longer an offense to God." You
would thing they were crazy.
We know how passionate Jesus was
against those who desecrated the Lord Temple (aggressively driving them out with
but I never guessed that He would also be passionate against those who violate
the Lord's Day.
The popular Christian catch phrase, for
someone who follows the 4th Commandment regarding Sabbath, is that they are
being too “Legalistic.” But in comparison, if someone obeys
the 6th commandment, and does not kill, we never say they are being “Legalistic.”
We must remember that every blessing of God is
in jeopardy, for someone who does not fear the Lord, or obey His Word. And now,
it has been shown by revelation and scripture, that violating the 4th commandment is
very serious, and can
even bring eternal condemnation.
Remember the Sabbath day by
keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall
not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your
manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your
gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the
LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
The text of the 4th commandment, basically
- Dedicate the day to the Lord,
- Don't do your business,
- Don't have others do your business,
don't hire others to work for you.
Most Christians follow the first part of the commandment, not to work. But they
neglect the 2nd part of the commandment, not to have others work for us. (Not
Look carefully at Nehemiah 13:15-22 regarding
Working, Buying and Selling on the Sabbath, even for the non-jews.
In those days I saw
people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath and bringing in grain
and loading it on donkeys, together with wine, grapes, figs and all other
kinds of loads. And they were bringing all this into Jerusalem on the
Sabbath. Therefore I warned them against selling food on that day. People
from Tyre who lived in Jerusalem were bringing in fish and all kinds of
merchandise and selling them in Jerusalem on the Sabbath to the people of
Judah. I rebuked the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this
wicked thing you are doing—desecrating the Sabbath day? Didn’t your
ancestors do the same things, so that our God brought all this calamity on
us and on this city? Now you are stirring up more wrath against Israel by
desecrating the Sabbath.” When evening shadows fell on the gates of
Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be shut and not opened
until the Sabbath was over. I stationed some of my own men at the gates so
that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day. Once or twice the
merchants and sellers of all kinds of goods spent the night outside
Jerusalem. But I warned them and said, “Why do you spend the night by the
wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you.” From that time on they no
longer came on the Sabbath. Then I commanded the Levites to purify
themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.
When you are spending money on the Lord's Day, somebody is doing business;
someone is being hired, your are making someone to work for you.
There are some decisions every Christian needs
1) either God's day is to be kept Holy, or Not. It's
either a commandment or Not.
2) And if you believe it is a commandment, and to be kept Holy, are you
going to follow how the bible tells us to keep it Holy. Or do we get to decide
ourselves how to keep it holy.
I've come to the conclusion, just do what the bible says, regarding it,
There is another question Christians need to
answer. "Why did Jesus drive people out of temple?"
1) Was it just because their prices were TOO high? And if someone
had reasonable prices, then Jesus would have let them continue?
2) Or was it because they were doing their business, on Holy
Ground; not keeping the Temple Holy?
It's clearly answer #2, they should NOT have been doing their business in the
Temple. As Jesus said, they turned to temple into a Market.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area
and began driving out those who were
buying and selling there...
Is it unreasonable to say that the very thing that
Jesus stopped them from doing, what they should NOT have been doing in the Holy
Temple, we also should also NOT be doing on God's Holy Day. (Our business, buying &
selling) For Jews who observe the 4th commandment, this is very obvious,
but for Christians, not many understand. Remember the Jews spent 40 years
in the Wilderness learning to abide by this law. They can't imagine that it's
now a meaningless rule and that the messiah will someday come and toss it out.
I've heard Christians say, "Well if you
want to get technical about the Sabbath, then you need to do precisely in this
way, A, B, C, and at this time..." But if you read the Prophetical
Books like Nehemiah, Jeremiah, and how Jesus cleaned the temple, they did NOT
get technical, they just didn't want man's business to be done in the Temple or
on the Lord's Day.
I've heard it said that "as Christian's we
no longer need to honor Biblical days." If that is true, then this
End-Times verse from
Zechariah 14:16-19 must be false.
Then the survivors from
all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to
worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of
Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to
worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian
people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will
bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to
celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt
and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the
Festival of Tabernacles. (How could the Lord
expect nations the Honor His Festivals in the End days, if these festivals
have been abolished?)
As I studied many divine revelations from God
regarding Heaven and Hell, there was one thing that was very consistent. The
things God warned His people about, would come true, if they ignored His
warning. So it’s useless to hope that God might break His Word, just because
someone is a Christian. For example, when Jesus warned us, ‘unless
you forgive your brother when he sins against you, your Heavenly Father will NOT
forgive your sins.’ This is true, even if you’re the pastor of a
10,000 member church. So His warnings must be taken seriously, by everyone.
This is why, in several revelations of Hell,
there are many Christians that wound up in hell, because they falsely assumed
that God would NOT carry out His Word. We know that by the shed blood of Jesus we are
able to get forgiveness for our sins, but it doesn’t allow us to flippantly and
violate God’s commandments. And Christians that do continually break God’s
commandments, without repentance, their salvation IS in jeopardy. This is
consistent with scripture.
I have now seen 4 documented cases of Face to
Face Encounters with Jesus, where Jesus stresses the importance of the 4th
Commandment. Here is one...
The following excerpts were taken from the
revelation Baptize by Blazing
Fire (book #3) by Pastor Yong-Doo Kim. His congregation was given
many face to face visitations with Jesus Christ and were shown the magnitude of
how serious it is to keep the Lord's Day Holy.
(Pastor Kim Speaking)
I decided to ask the Lord about Sundays, how
we should keep them Holy. As soon as I asked Jesus, His expression changed
to anger. The Lord wanted me to reference certain scriptures…
if you do not
obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you
come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will
kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume
her fortresses.' (Jeremiah
17:27) ('Carrying any load',
refers to a load of goods to sell, a selling cart)
"If you keep your
feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy
day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day
honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing
as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the
LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to
feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD
has spoken. (Isaiah
“For the Son of Man
is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Matthew
“…Therefore it is
lawful to do good on the Sabbath."(Matthew
The Lord had commanded us to keep Sundays
Holy in every way. He rebuked watching television, dining out with family,
and other secular activities. Furthermore, the Lord did not permit
Christians to run any business of any kind for profit on Sundays. He also
did not allow Saints to do any shopping on Sundays.
Jesus showed me a group of souls in a
specific part of hell, and said, “Among these
souls are some who participated in a cult. There are some who were
alcoholics and some who treated the Sabbath or Sunday carelessly. On Sundays
they would spend money for their pleasure. Most of these people are here for
not keeping Sundays Holy. There are some who ran businesses and assumed that
the Lord would forgive them. They were deceived.” I saw
countless numbers of deacons, deaconesses, and pastors from all races.
As a matter of fact, only a few saints made
it to heaven that did not keep Sundays properly. And on the contrary, there
was an over flowing number of saints in hell for not keeping Sundays holy.
The Lord commanded, “Look at those souls! Those
souls did not consider My Day with much relevance. They made My Day unclean.
Look very closely.” We were in total shock from what we saw.
Christians were in hell, shouting in anguish and being tormented. After
witnessing this scene, I concentrated on repenting for not keeping Sundays
Holy in every way.
There are many saints who think that spending
money on Sundays is justified, IF it is for the sake of the gospel.
Jesus clarified the church’s deception, “People
obfuscate, misuse, and abuse the commandment of Sunday, 'for the sake of the
gospel'. They do it consistently. Do not spend money on Sundays! Once
men have decided to do what is in their hearts, they present their reasons
or justifications to break the commandment at any cost.” The
Lord looked very serious. His majesty was overflowing.
Currently, the churches cry out for revival,
but they must first be changed. They must fearfully repent. Churches are not
properly teaching members to keep Sunday’s Holy. In fact, they treat this
matter with negligence. The Lord was giving us a stern warning.
Any kind of events held in the house of God,
must be free of charge. Many churches sell meal tickets, since they have
numerous attendants. Purchasing meal tickets is not keeping Sundays Holy.
The Lord meticulously showed me how many Korean Churches are not approved by
God because they do not keep Sundays Holy.
The Lord also wanted the church to feed any
guest speakers at either the Pastor’s house or a saint’s house, if the
special event is held on Sundays. The Lord did not want the church to take
the guest speakers out to a restaurant on Sundays. If the church had a
kitchen, the guests could be feed there.
Jesus made it very clear, by stating that
He forbids us to spend money on Sundays.
In another revelation given to Bro.
Augusto Maquengo, Jesus said, "I will not
rapture those who buy, sell and play games on My holy day of
worship. Sunday or Saturday, whichever day your leaders have set for
you to worship Me, should be for Me alone, I AM your Lord. This day
must be sanctified to Me alone."
The Lord's wrath against those who
desecrate His Holy Day was also shown in
Revelation about Heaven and Hell.
Please take this warning
Keep the LORD's Day HOLY!
Critical Questions and Concerns:
Is this a NEW teaching, adding to God's
Word, with a bunch of new man made rules?
- NO, this is consistent with the actual text of
the 4th Commandment, 'Don't do your business on the
Lord's Day & don't have other's do their business for you.'
But, is a severe warning like this really consistent with scripture?
- This warning is almost exactly the same as the warning in
Jeremiah 17:27 where God
said, if you break My Sabbaths, I will start an unquenchable fire.
Keeping God's Sabbath Holy has nothing to do with spending money.
- Not true, read
Nehemiah 10:31, when the
Jews were recommitting themselves to God, they promised "When
the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath,
we will not buy from them on the Sabbath..."
Maybe Pastor Kim is a false prophet?
- Biblically, false prophets were NOT the ones trying to get
God's people to obey His commandments, false prophets tried to get God's
people to ignore God's commandments.
But this message is trying to get Christian's back under the Law.
- The 10
commandments, YES. If a message was trying to get us to stop stealing, we
would never say it's trying to get us back under the Law.
What if someone disagrees with this?
- The proper response is to get on your
knees, and ask God if this is true. Don't just assume we know everything,
but be ready to repent. Remembering that most warnings that God sent His
people in the Bible, were ignored.
So if my car runs out of gas on Sunday, and I buy Gas, now I'm going
to hell. This is so ridiculous.
This is NOT what this
revelation said! In this revelation, the people who were in hell were those
who 'did not consider My Day with much
relevance' or 'ran
businesses on Sunday.' So if you
do NOT take His Day with much relevance, then yes, you are in danger.
But Jesus said it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.
- This is true, and important
to do good on the Lord's day. And as you're doing good, keep the Lord's Day
Holy. Jesus and His disciples kept the Lord's Day Holy, they weren't
conducting their personal business or soliciting others, why shouldn't we
follow their example.
But Jesus said that the Sabbath was made
for man, NOT man for the Sabbath.
- This is true, and it was
true not only in Jesus' day but also in the Old Testament. Yet God
still held Israel accountable for desecrating it. So let's not desecrate it.
The 4th Commandment was NOT an important issue that was stressed in
the New Testament, so why is God trying to stress it now?
That's because the people of
the early Church already did take the Lord's Day serious, no where did they
say that they abolished it. It is now that we are neglecting it.
In all the sermons that I've heard, I can't recall one message regarding HOW
to Keep the Lord's Day Holy.
- Look at
Luke 23:56 "Then they went home and
prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to
the commandment." This verse refers to the
people that were with Jesus, and preparing spices to bring to His tomb. They
heard the very words of Jesus, and yet they took the commandment serious
enough not to break it. If these people who heard His teaching, took
the commandment serious, don't you think we should?
- We know how furious Jesus was against those who were
doing their business in the Temple area, let's not do anything that even
comes close to that. Look at
Leviticus 19:30 "'Observe
my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD."
Why would we think that Jesus would be zealous for the 2nd part of this
verse (regarding the Sanctuary), but would not the first part regarding the
But the Bible says that we should honor God all days, not just the
- That's good advice, we
should do this. Honor God on all days, but also obey the 4th Commandment.
There is no contradiction here.
Are there any exceptions?
- There may be, but
remember what Jesus warned us about, 'presenting
reasons or justifications to break the commandment at any cost.'
I may take a taxi or bus to Church.
Where is the Grace? The Jesus of this revelation is not the Jesus
of the Bible, because He does not show grace!
- Ok, let's look at
Acts 5:1-11. In the days of the
New Church, God struck dead Ananias and Sapphira, for just 1 lie. Not a
lifetime of lies, but just one. They were not scolded and told to repent,
but received instant judgment. And they were even willing to give 50% of
their money to God, few today could claim that. The reason some people don't
believe this revelation, is because they do not understand God's judgments.
And in their understanding of God, they would never consider that He would
ever strike down Ananias and Sapphira in such a way. But it did happen, as
If this is so important, then why is Pastor Kim the only one
talking about this?
-He's not, It was also
shown to Choo Thomas, and other prophets. Choo was shown that those who break this
commandment, will not be ready for the Lord's return.
Colossians 2:16-17 says "Therefore
do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a
religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day"
- Yes, let's not go around
judging people, or pointing the accusing finger, this is true. But be
careful how you interpret this, because interpreting this wrongly can result
in these conclusions.
day"------The 4th Commandment has been
warning or commandment not to get drunk, has been abolished.
warning or commandment not to drink blood, has been abolished.
commandment regarding cannibalism, communion, or foods sacrificed to idols,
has been abolished.
All these interpretation are HORRIBLE.
Remember, it's not people who warned others to keep the Lord's Day Holy,
it's God who told us to do this. He is the Judge, not us.
But in Galatians
4:10 Paul warned people about trying to observe special days, and months
and seasons and years.
- Yes, by obeying God's
commandments it does NOT make you righteous, it does NOT earn your way to
heaven, and it does NOT bring you the Holy Spirit. Those whom Paul was
warning, may have foolishly believed this things. Therefore, as you're
keeping the Lord's Day Holy, don't think that it earns you the Holy Spirit,
or earns your way into Heaven.
In Romans 14:5 Paul
said, "One man considers one day more sacred than
another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully
convinced in his own mind."
- Yes, someone may believe
their birthday is sacred, or thanksgiving is sacred, fine, I don't think it
our job to tell them otherwise. But regarding the Lord's Day, it was
NOT 'someone' who considered that day sacred, it was God who told us it was
sacred in His Word. Therefore He put in the the 10 commandments, and
throughout scripture. God held Israel responsible for defiling His
Day, it was one of the sins that led Israel into Babylonian captivity.
How can any biblical scholar think that it would NOT be important today?
Salvation is NOT based on what YOU DO, it is ONLY dependant on
the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
- There is truth in this,
but it can be grossly misapplied. The first word of the Gospel message is 'Repent'
which is a verb, something WE must do.
Here are other biblical examples...
- The 5 foolish virgins
were shut out of the banquet, because of what THEY did.
- The unmerciful servant
was not shown mercy, because of what HE did.
- The goats on the Lord's
left were cast into hell, because of what THEY did.
- The fruitless branch
was cut off, because of what IT did.
- The one who perseveres
to the end, is saved, because HE did not give up on Jesus.
- The foolish servant
with 1 talent, was cast out, because of what HE did.
- The unprepared servant
who was getting drunk, was thrown out, because of what HE did.
The correct application of this truth
is this, 'those who wisely did pass all these tests, did NOT earn their
salvation, it was still given by Grace.' thank God! :) But if you fail these
tests, as the parables show, there are harsh consequences.
Many people strictly believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, and I can
respect them. But I can find no place in scripture that the Lord said, “You
are doing the Right Thing, but on the Wrong Day.”
There is also a puzzle that I have not been able to figure out,
pay close attention to it and see if you can answer the question.
there was a community of Jews living happily in Jerusalem. But because
of God's judgments, they were scattered to different nations. Some were
scattered to the East, some to the North, and some to the West. After
many years, those who were scattered West went very far west, and those
who were scattered East, went very far east, until eventually they
reunited in a country in the other side of the world from Jerusalem.
They were so happy to see each other, that they decide to settle down,
build a synagogue and live there permanently. But a problem arose after
the Synagogue was finished. One group's Sabbath was 24 hours different
than the others group's Sabbath. And they both insisted that their
Sabbath was strictly kept, as was commanded in Scripture. (This
obviously happened because they travelled in different directions.) So
because neither group could agree on what day was the Sabbath.
And the Jews who were scattered to the North told them that way up
North, the days and nights can last for 6 months, because the sun
doesn't go down very often near the poles. So their Sabbath needed to
last for many months, not just 1 day.
Puzzle is this, which group's Sabbath was correct?
1. The group that travelled West.
2. The group that travelled East.
3. The group that remained in Jerusalem.
4. Or the group near the North Pole.
5. Is the 7th day of the week in respect to the Jewish Calendar, or to
the Calendar of the country you are in?
(i.e. China's week starts on a Monday)
The point is that Time is
relative in every way you look at it. So trying to set an exact time of
the Sabbath is impossible.