What day is the true seventh day?
When God created the 7 days of the week , He called them the 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, etc. The Bible refers to the 7th day as the Sabbath in Exodus 20:10, “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God”. Genesis 2:3 also tells us that God blessed and sanctified the 7th day. Even in the World Book Encyclopedia it says, “A week is a division of time which includes 7 days. . .the ancient Hebrews were among the first to use it. The book of Genesis in the Bible says that the world was created in 6 days and the 7th day, or Sabbath, was a day of worship.” So it is very clear from the Bible that the 7th day is the Sabbath day. So what day is the true seventh day, or Sabbath day?
The Webster’s Dictionary defines Saturday as “the seventh day of the week.”
But it is not only the dictionary that teaches that Saturday is the seventh day. The Bible teaches us the same:
In Luke 23:54-24:1, we read of 3 consecutive days in order. This was written about 30 years after Christ’s resurrection, so it shows that time had not been lost. Most Christians know that “Good Friday” was the day that Jesus was crucified and put in the grave. Verse 54 says: “And this day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.” In verse 56 it tells us that Jesus “rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” The next verse (Luke 24:1) mentions the 1st day of the week, the day He came out of the tomb. So Friday would be the preparation, or sixth day, Saturday would be the seventh day, and Sunday would be the first day on which Christ was resurrected.
The Jewish people have been observing the seventh day as Saturday from at least the time of Abraham, and they still keep it today as Saturday. Here is a whole nation – millions of individuals – who have been counting off time meticulously, week after week, calendar or no calendar, for thousands of years. Could they have lost track? Impossible. The only way they could have lost a day would have been for the entire nation to have slept over an extra 24 hours and for no one ever to tell them about it afterwards.
It wasn’t until around the 6th century B.C. that pagans, in an effort not to pay homage to Sabbath, made changes to what the days were called, preferring to call them names of their planetary gods. We have Sunday for the sun, which is the first day of the week, Monday for the moon, and Saturday is for Saturn. The other days were changed again to reflect the Norse gods much later.
Also, over one hundred languages of the earth use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday. For example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. What does this prove? It proves that when those hundred languages originated long, long ago, Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day, or seventh day, and was incorporated into the very name of the day.
There has been no change or loss of the seventh day Sabbath since God made it in Genesis. The origin of the week is found in the creation story. There is no scientific or astronomical reason for measuring time in cycles of seven days. It is an arbitrary arrangement of God and has been miraculously preserved for one reason – because the holy seventh-day Sabbath day points to the creative power of the only true God. It is a sign of His sovereignty over the world and over human life; a sign of creation and redemption.
So what day is the true seventh day? Saturday is the true seventh day.