Should Christians Observe the Sabbath / Lord's Day?

Updated: Mar 31

This article is written for those who want to learn and walk in God’s way – it is not intended for arguments. It is written to share with you what the Lord Jesus through the Bible and many face to face encounters has taught the Holy Fire ministry and many of His servants in regard to the Sabbath, the Lord’s Day.

The Lord’s Day

The term the Lord’s Day will be interchangeably used with the term Sabbath. Hebrews 7:12 “For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.” The change in the Levitical priesthood took place when Jesus from the tribe of Judah became our High Priest – before then, priests could only come through the tribe of Levi. “For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.” Hebrews 7:14. The Lord resurrected on the day following the Sabbath, also known as the first day of the week which in our modern language is Sunday. On the first day of the week, the firstborn from the dead was resurrected! This day came to be known as the Lord’s Day because on it the Lord was resurrected.

Matthew 28:1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. Luke 24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

Choo Thomas and many other saints who have had true face to face encounters with Jesus in our midst were told strictly to observe the Lord’s day and on Sunday. There are times in our gathering when the presence of the Lord comes, over and over again, the Lord emphasizes that we must observe His laws and command if we want to enter life. The Lord did not say anything about Jews who observe the Sabbath on Saturday, therefore we will not touch that subject. The punishment of those who do not observe God’s laws and commands after the knowledge of truth is hell. Here is an excerpt from a Fire book series. 

[“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”.]

Why Services on Sunday?

A. To celebrate the Lord’s resurrection day After Jesus’ resurrection, Christians (Jesus Christ’s followers) began to congregate to celebrate the Lord’s Day.  In 1 Corinthians 16:2 Paul instructs believers to bring in their tithes and offering on the first day of the week. This is one of the proofs that show believers met on the Lord’s Day (Sunday). These believers did not meet on that day because it was instituted by the Romans.

Acts 20:7 And on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

            1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

First century believers called it the Lord’s Day. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet.” Revelation 1:10

B. It is the birthday of the Spirit filled church

Pentecost in Acts 2:1 was the first day of the Week (Sunday). Pentecost always fell on the first day of the week (see Leviticus 23:15-16). So "When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place." (Acts 2:1). The first spirit church to ever meet congregated on the Lord’s Day, on the Day of Pentecost, they were all together in one place and in one accord and they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire and started speaking in tongues.

If You Want to Enter Life, Keep the Commandments (Matthew 19:17)

Jesus said that if you want to enter life, keep the commandments. Exodus 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. Observing the Lord’s Day is not a new commandment but it is the 4th of the 10 commandments, which God wrote with His own finger on the tablet and gave it to Moses for the children of Israel to observe. Keeping the Sabbath day holy carries the same weight as other commandments such as “you shall not murder”, “You shall have no other gods before me.” At the same time, the punishment of breaking the 4th commandment is the same as breaking other God’s commandments.

Keeping the Sabbath day Holy is not something new. The Bible tells us that by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:2, 3). We were created in God’s image, if God the Father observed the Sabbath, how much more for us who are mortals?

10 Commandments, but Which Ones were abolished by Jesus?

Matthew 5: 17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.