There were seven ceremonial Sabbaths
that were associated with the feasts.
These would fall at different times
of the week. The feasts and sacrifices
that pointed to Christ were done away
with when Christ died on the cross. The associated
feast sabbaths also ceased to exist
at that same time. However, the weekly
Sabbath is not a feast sabbath, but
a part of the 10 commandments, which
did not cease.
First Day Follows the Sabbath
When the Lord explained the feasts
in Leviticus 23:3, he started by saying
"Six days shall work be done: but
the seventh day is the sabbath of rest,
an holy convocation; ye shall do no
work therein: it is the sabbath of the
Lord in all your dwellings." This
text refers to the Sabbath of the 10
The Lord then added special sabbaths
to be celebrated during the feasts.
Leviticus 23:24 "Speak unto the
children of Israel, saying, In the seventh
month, in the first day of the month,
shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial
of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Leviticus 23:39 "Also in the fifteenth
day of the seventh month, when ye have
gathered in the fruit of the land, ye
shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven
days: on the first day shall be a sabbath,
and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath."
For example, the following calendar
shows the two sabbaths of the Feast of Tabernacles
when the 1st and 8th days were on a Monday:These are examples of Sabbaths connected
with the feasts. There were seven sabbaths
connected with the feasts. These sabbaths
occurred on any day of the year just
like Christmas is not always on Tuesday.
The Seventh Day Sabbath to be Separate
Leviticus 23:37-38 "These are
the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall
proclaim to be holy convocations, to
offer an offering made by fire unto
the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat
offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings,
every thing upon his day: Beside the
sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your
gifts, and beside all your vows, and
beside all your freewill offerings,
which ye give unto the Lord."
The last verse describes things that
are done even if there were no feasts.
The word translated to "Beside"
used in the text above means "separation"
or "apart" in Hebrew. The
sabbaths of the Lord were to be kept
separated from the feast sabbaths.
The Feast Sabbaths Done Away With
The following text describes how the
feast Sabbaths were done away with when
Christ died on the cross.
Col. 2:14-17 "Blotting out the
handwriting of ordinances that was against
us, which was contrary to us, and took
it out of the way, nailing it to his
cross; And having spoiled principalities
and powers, he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it. Let no man
therefore judge you in meat, or in drink,
or in respect of an holyday, or of the
new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which
are a shadow of things to come; but
the body is of Christ."
No where in the 10 commandments does
it talk about meat, drink, holyday,
new moon. So, we can see that what was
nailed to the cross were the ordinances
contained in the ceremonial law (sacrifices,
cleansings, feasts, etc. that were shadows
pointing towards Christ). The very things
mentioned in Col. 2:14-17 are also mentioned
in Leviticus 23. The latter points out
that these were besides the Sabbath,
gifts, vows, and freewill offerings.
The weekly Sabbath is separate and unaltered.