Shabbos Or Sunday? ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of the Holy Days is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Ethel Sakash Belk, may she rest in peace.

As Jews we approach Pesach, the Festival of Freedom; Christians approach Easter, their belief in Jesus' death and resurrection; and Messianics approach some mixture of the two.

What is difficult to fathom about the Messianics is their claim that Jesus is the Moshiach, their claim that the New Testament is the inspired word of
G-d and their denial of Sunday as the day of rest. So between Christians and Messianics there is this schism.

What is arduous about Christians is their claim that a few {uneducated} followers of Jesus changed what G-d, the Creator, ordained from the beginning of Creation as the day of rest, Shabbos, the Seventh Day.

They base their claim on the fact that the followers of Jesus were gathered together on the morning of the first day of the week. They also base it on their mistaken belief that Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday.

First, Jesus did not raise from the dead. Second, their timetable of Jesus' last supper, trial, and death do not agree with the period of Friday night through Sunday morning. Please see our article entitled  Chronology Of Events: 1 Nisan through 16 Nisan Proofs Why The New Testament is Unreliable.(LINK) Third, the four Gospels do not agree on the time or day of Jesus' last supper, death and alleged resurrection.

Now what many non Jews do not know is that within Judaism it is customary for Jewish men to meet every morning for Shacharis, morning prayers, and after Shacharis to study. Any room where ten men are present will work. So to jump to conclusions that Jesus' followers were establishing a new standard or doing something different than Jewish men normally did is a MISTAKE! There was nothing unusual about ten Jewish men meeting in an upper room or in a barn or in an office on a Sunday. We meet everyday of the week. There is nothing abnormal about this. What, however, is abnormal is to build a cult out of this. The fact is Christians / Messianics continued to observe Shabbos as the day of rest for over three hundred years until the council of Nessia changed that in 357 C.E.

The first day of Pesach this year happens to fall on a Sunday. Jews worldwide will, G-d willing, be observing Pesach. Yet that has nothing to do with us worshiping on Sunday or changing our belief system...


One must consider that G-d blessed the Seventh Day. G-d did not at any time bless Sunday or any other day of the week as He blessed the Seventh Day, Shabbos!!

One must consider that G-d rested from all His creating on the Seventh Day. Sunday was just the opposite. G-d began His creating on Sunday. G-d set the example. He labored for six days, Sunday through Friday, then He concluded his labor and rested on the Sabbath!
One must consider that G-d sanctified the Seventh Day. G-d separated the Seventh Day from the other six days of the week. Nowhere in the Torah, the Writings, the Prophets or even in the New Testament is it stated that G-d sanctified Sunday. When the Torah states that G-d sanctified the Seventh Day it means G-d set the Seventh Day apart from the other six days. That has not changed in over 5760 years!

One must consider that G-d commanded Al Yisroel "TO REMEMBER" the Shabbos day to keep it holy! Never did G-d say "Remember Sunday!" Never did G-d say "Keep Sunday Holy."

One must consider that G-d commanded Al Yisroel "Six days you shall labor and do all your work but the Seventh Day is the Shabbos of Hashed your G-d: in it you shall not do any work, neither your son, nor your daughter, nor servant nor cattle nor any stranger within your gates. For in six days Hashed made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on the Seventh Day: wherefore Hashed blessed the Shabbos day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20: 9-11

The fact remains, that has NOT changed!

Now, dear reader, we Jews are celebrating Pesach. Christians / Messianics are celebrating Palm Sunday, Good Friday and the pagan holiday Easter and who knows what else. Today is the second day of Pesach. Last night we began counting the Omen. In forty-nine days it will be Shaves. We have written another article entitled Jewish Analysis Of Pentecost / Shaves. (LINK) Time and time again we explain why Jews do NOT and SHOULD NOT believe in any other religion than their own Judaism.

We are presently celebrating Pesach, the Festival of Freedom! If you are entangled in some form of Christian Messianic beliefs, it would do you well to visit our "SIGHT" entitled Messianics /  Response To Messianics. (LINK) We have offered dozens of proofs with facts and references. It is time NOW to FREE YOURSELF from these non Jewish encumbrances, do Shiva {repentance} and return to Judaism.

May Hashed bless each of us with a clear mind, truthful understanding and an open heart!

Good Yom Tov!

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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