Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended 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.” Notice that God created the Sabbath by resting, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day, before there was ever a Jew or sin had entered in and mankind had fallen.
God sanctified or hallowed the seventh day, the Sabbath. It takes a holy God to make holy time, and He made no time holy other than His Sabbath. Though people can be made holy by God, they cannot make something holy because they do not possess a holiness that can be transferred to anything else. Since only a holy God can hallow something, any day other than what God has made holy—even though billions of people may proclaim it to be holy—cannot be holy time. It is utterly impossible.
No day can be holy except the one God made holy, and it is holy not merely because God assigned it as such, but because His presence is in the weekly Sabbath. This means that the Sabbath is worthy of respect, deference, and even devotion that cannot be given to other periods of time. It is set apart for sacred use because it is derived directly from Him and made holy at creation. Because of God’s assignment of the word “holy” to the Sabbath, this day is changed into something special.
Even though it is a part of the cycle of the week, the Sabbath is separate from the other six days. It is different from the common or ordinary. The other six days are common, given for the pursuit of the ordinary things of life. The Sabbath is a day God has reserved for man’s benefit for special things, different things—spiritual things. Luke writes, “So [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16). The book of Acts reports the apostle Paul and the New Testament church keeping the Sabbath, including Gentiles.
Nothing in the Bible changes the day God set aside and made holy at creation. The Catholic Church publicly lays claim to changing the day of worship to Sunday and charges the Protestant churches with following their lead. Can the Catholic Church make anything holy? Nothing holy has been created to replace the Sabbath God created in the first week.
To further reinforce what He created in the beginning, God would speak it and write it with His own finger in stone, twice. In Exodus 20:1,8-11: “God spoke all these words, saying: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day [what we call Saturday] is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the foreigners that live in your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it [made it holy].”
In Exodus 31:18 “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Then again in Deuteronomy 9:4 after Moses threw down and broke the first set: “And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.”
In Number 23:19, He says: “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good.” In Psalm 89:34, He clearly proclaims: “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”
No matter what man says, they cannot alter what God has proclaimed and commanded. There is no changing a “thus sayeth the LORD”. God told us about the papacy in Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws…” but all he can do is “speak great words” and “think to change” God’s times and laws, he cannot actually change them. Just because a system tells you over and over again that a lie is truth, it does not make it so. God’s Word is truth. John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.” We cannot be sanctified through a lie.