The Greatest Abomination

The prophet Ezekiel was among those Jews held captive in Babylon. Like the other prophets, he repeatedly warned about the results of neglecting the Sabbath. “Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths,” he wrote in Ezekiel 22:8. In another place, he connected the defiling of the sanctuary with profanation of the Sabbath: “Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths” (Ezekiel 23:38). As part of the Ten Commandment law of God, the Sabbath command was enshrined in the heart of the sanctuary on the stone tablets hidden in the Ark of the Covenant. His point was clear—to disregard the sanctuary was to also disregard the law of God and the Sabbath.

One of Ezekiels most vivid visions focused on the issue of worship within the sanctuary. When God told Ezekiel that He would show the prophet “greater abominations” than what he had just seen, “he brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house, and behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces towards the east; and they worshipped the sun towards the east” (Ezekiel 8:15-16).

 

A Call to Worship the Creator

In Revelation 14, three angels fly over the earth with messages from heaven. The first angel calls all people to worship God as Creator: “And I saw...

A Day for All

Jesus made it clear that the Sabbath blessing was intended for all people, not just the Jews, when He said, “The sabbath was made for man” (Mark...

A Sabbath Coup

During the time of Israel’s divided kingdom, Athaliah, the daughter of Israel’s King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, seized power in Judah after the death...

A Sabbath Work Law in Ancient Egypt

As slaves in Egypt, the Israelites were not able to serve or worship God, and this was one reason that He delivered them from slavery. Psalm...

Anti-Sabbath Rhetoric Increases

Around the year 600 AD, Pope Gregory I denounced as preachers of Antichrist those who were teaching in Rome that work should not be done on the...

Babylon Attacks on the Sabbath

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, attacked Jerusalem several times before its final destruction. Nebuchadnezzar’s second attack came on March 16, 597...

Blessings of Sabbath Observance

Some of the Bible's richest blessings are promised for those that honor and reverence God’s holy Sabbath. In Isaiah 58 the prophet writes, “If thou...

Christ’s Death and the Sabbath

The Bible records that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon “at the ninth hour” (Mark 15:34), or 3:00 PM. His death came only six hours after being...

Christianity Begins Distancing Itself From the Sabbath

The anti-Jewish sentiments found in the writings of some early church fathers was simultaneously demonstrated in a gradual distancing of...

Church Fathers Write Against the Sabbath

In the early centuries of Christianity, some church fathers wrote against the Sabbath as part of their anti-Jewish rhetoric. For example, Justin...

Understand the Issues