The Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C.
A part of the British Israel groups.
FROM THE TRUE SABBATH
BY CHARLES WESLEY EWING
Editor's Comments: I suppose if there is on controversy that
comes up the most in correspondence from readers it is a comment
on the Sabbath. While this organization embraces the Sunday
Sabbath, we are just happy that readers respect a Sabbath. I have
always liked the book "Israel's Calendar and the True Sabbath" by
Curtis Clair Ewing and Charles Wesley Ewing. Readers might enjoy
this small excerpt from the booklet. Outside of our Bookstore, I
don't know where you might obtain a copy, as 1 believe it is out
of print. A copy is available for $10.00 postpaid but you should
act soon as we will very likely discontinue our book business
this fall. Anyway, Matthew 28.1 begins, "In the end of the
Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week,
came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher."
Here are Charles Wesley Ewing's comments and I am sure I will
hear from many Saturday Sabbath keepers.
(You betcha - you will indeed hear from me - a 7th day Sabbath
keeper, or in other words a sunset Friday to sunset Saturday
Sabbath observer. But first we'll hear from the Ewing brothers -
In Matt. 28:1, the King James Version reads: "In the end of the
sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week,
came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre."
However, these are not the exact words used by Matthew. Matthew's
statement in the Greek reads: "Opse de sabbaton ote epiphoskouse
eis mian sabbaton." One does not need to be a Greek scholar to
see that the word "sabbaton" appears twice in this verse.
Now any Greek scholar knows that the word "sabbaton", used twice
in this verse, in both instances, is in the genitive plural, not
"at the end of the sabbath" but "at the end of sabbaths;" and not
"the first day of the week" but "toward the first of sabbaths."
This is the exact rendering. Both times the word is plural and in
the genitive case. "The first day of the week" is a wrong
rendering here. "Eis mian sabbaton" literally means "toward the
first of sabbaths." An attempt has been made to deny this literal
rendering of these words on the grounds that the word "Sabbaton"
in the plural has two meanings - Sabbath and week. But T. J.
McCrossan, in his book "The True Sabbath Saturday or Sunday -
Which?" and Samuel Walter Gamble, in his book "Sunday the True
Sabbath of God" have both shown that there is no foundation for
such a position either in the Greek New Testament or in the
Septuagint Greek Old Testament.
Robert Young, author of Young's Analytical Concordance, and one
of the finest of Hebrew and Greek scholars, is the author of a
Literal Translation of the Bible. He renders this verse: "And on
the eve of sabbaths, at the dawn, toward the first of sabbaths."
Both Gamble and McCrossan show that this is the proper rendering
of Matt. 28:1. Mr. McCrossan was former instructor in Greek in
Manitoba University and an authority in the Greek language.
Even the King James puts the word "day" in the verse in Italics
indicating that it is not in the Greek text.
Why did Matthew say: "In the end of sabbaths, as it began to dawn
toward the first of sabbaths?" Simply because the Lord told him
to write it that way, and the Lord is letting us know that right
then and there the old order of Sabbaths had ended and a new
order of Sabbaths had begun.
God told Israel that He would cause her Sabbaths to cease. But
Heb. 4:9 says: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of
God." The word "rest" here is "sabbatismos" in the
Greek, and the marginal reading of the King James Version says
"keeping of a sabbath." I have looked this verse up in 28
different translations and 25 of them use the words "keeping of a
sabbath, sabbath rest, or sabbatism."
The Bible makes it clear that the Sabbaths of the Old Testament
were to end. And Matthew tells us the very day when they came to
an end. Heb. 4:9 tells us that there still is "a keeping of a
Sabbath to the people of God." Now if Israel's Sabbaths were to
end, and the people of God were still to have a "keeping of a
sabbath," when did that new Sabbath begin? Matthew 28:1 tells us.
It began on the Day of the Resurrection. "In the end of Sabbaths,
as it began to dawn toward the first of Sabbaths."
Gamble shows that the Greek word "mian" meaning "first" literally
signifies "first in point of time, foremost, chiefest, most
important." That is why Ignatius called the Lord's Day "the queen
and chief of all the days." The Christian Sabbath, the First of
Sabbaths, the Sabbath that remains to the people of God, the
Lord's Day, Sunday, the First Day of the Week, the Day of the
Resurrection, is "the foremost, chiefest, most important" of all
Sabbaths. The creation Sabbath which was kept from Adam until
Moses, and the fixed days of the month Sabbaths which were kept
from Moses until the Resurrection (For Israel's Sabbaths did not
come on fixed days of the week, but on fixed days of the months
regardless of the day of the week), were all to give way to this
chiefest of Sabbaths, and this Sabbath which began on the Day of
the Resurrection is the only one that "remains to the people of
To put it BLUNTLY the theology just read is MAINLY (except for
Heb 4 "there remains a Sabbath to the people of God" in TOTAL
Now probably if any group of people are still shouting loud and
clear that Sunday is the "Christian" Sabbath, it is the groups of
the British Israel associations. In their error they believe
Britain was once practicing the light (3,4,5 hundred years ago)
of true Christianity. This is also total error. After the coming
of the Roman Catholic church to Britain and the Anglo/Saxon
tribes, Britain was slowly brought into the Roman Catholic
theology. When the representative of Rome came to Britain he
wrote back to the Pope that British Christianity was a "heresy"
and "Jewish." Two main factors given were that the British
observed Easter like the Jews and they observed the 7th day of
the week. Now if British Israel groups were honest with history
(and they like to write about history proving most of the Western
nations are from the House of Israel [which is correct]) they
would see ALL that is written in history about Britain and the
Roman church. Much of that history is on this website.
Concerning the Greek word "sabbaton" as given above it can and
often does in the New Testament, mean "week" or "weeks." The
honest Greek translators of the KJV Bible rendered Matthew 28:1
CORRECTLY. I challenge the British Israel people to look up
Matthew 28:1 in dozens of translations, and the modern new
translations included. See the NKJV; the KJV of 1611; the
Amplified Bible; the Dake Annotated Reference Bible and his
comment; the Complete Jewish Bible by Stern; the Good New Bible;
the NIV; the Everyday Bible; the Companion Bible and notes; then
the Greek scholar Jay P. Green Sr. translates "late in, but the
week, at the dawning into the first of (the) week....."
THEN the translation that the British Israel people like to
endorse - Farrar Fenton - you and they need to mark how he gave
the Greek of Matthew 28:1 "After the Sabbaths (his note of the
plural is correct and incorrect - there were two Sabbaths that
week of the Passover; the first day of the feast of Unleavened
Bread, on a Wednesday, and the weekly 7th day Sabbath - Keith
Hunt), towards the dawn of the day following the Sabbaths...."
Today modern scholarship would laugh at the ideas on this verse
given in the above article, concerning Matthew 28:1.
I have found in the last 40 years that many "British Israel"
groups have little or no knowledge of the Roman Catholic church
in Bible prophecy. The "old" Protestant Bible Commentaries had
no trouble identifying the Roman church with the Babylon Whore
of the book of Revelation. There she is said to have made the
nations of the world drunk on the wine of her fornication -
spiritual immorality. Then with not too much historical study
you can find who brought Sunday worship, Easter worship,
Christmass worship, Halloween (All Souls/Saints day), January
1st and the Roman calendar, into Christianity, together with
many other false teachings such as Purgatory, the Immortal Soul
teaching, burning in Hell-fire for all eternity to lost souls,
and etc. The British Israel groups dote on English Christianity
of the Church of England, as if it is some pure uncorruptable
Christian faith, that has held the true doctrines of the Lord
pure for centuries. The plain truth is the Church of England
is an off-shoot of the Roman church, just about the same, but
does not look to the Pope as head church leader. The British
Israel groups need to have some serious inward looking theology
research to do, in order to move into the true light of the ways
and mind of God.
The British Israel groups are great at studying their own guys
and gals and their books, BUT WILL THEY BE WILLING TO STUDY
THE FOUR BOOKS WRITTEN BY THE LATE DR. SAMUELE
BACCHIOCCHI ON THE SABBATH - I DOUBT THEY WILL BE SO
EAGER, AS HE ANSWERS AND BLOWS AWAY ALL THE ARGUMENTS
ABOUT SUNDAY BEING THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH. SO I CHALLENGE
THE BRITISH ISRAEL PEOPLE - READ THE BOOKS ON THE
SABBATH BY DR. BACCHIOCCHI !!!
The Sabbath Problem !
In the last 100 years the Sabbath question has been dropped by
most church denominations, because of the contradictory writings
of so-called scholars. Some have used Col. 2:16 to DO AWAY WITH A
SABBATH ALTOGETHER! Then some have written that Paul taught in
Romans 14 we can all PICK which day we like to observe the
Sabbath. Then you have the article above and its strange
interpretation of Matthew 28:1. And then also we have Hebrews 4:9
and a Sabbath remaining to the people of God.
Hence over time it was obvious to "do away Sabbath" teachers and
"pick whatever day you like" teachers, and the Sunday dogmatic
teachers using a perverted Mat.28:1 theology and etc. that there
was either a contradiction with Paul or even the New Testament
itself. So most church denominations have dropped the Sabbath
question completely, they do not talk about it any more, and so
indeed most "church goers" do their own thing, work their own
work, seek their own pleasure, after they have attended a church
The Sabbath teaching has but all disappeared from the theology of
most churches; they do not desire to get into the seeming
contradictions of Paul and the New Testament on the subject. So
turn a blind eye to the FOURTH commandment of the Ten is the easy
Do you now begin to see why many want nothing to do with the
Bible, as they say the Bible contradicts itself; the Sabbath
question being one of those seeming contradictions in the New
Well NO! THERE ARE NO CONTRADICTIONS IN THE BIBLE!!
ON THIS WEBSITE ARE STUDIES CONCERNING THE WEEKLY
SABBATH, BOTH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW
TESTAMENT. THERE IS A PROPHECY IN THE PROPHETIC BOOKS
THAT TALK ABOUT THE SABBATH AT THE TIME OF THE END AND
THE COMING OF GOD'S KINGDOM TO EARTH. IN THE OLD
TESTAMENT THE ONLY SABBATH KNOWN WAS THE 7TH DAY
SABBATH. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER CAN BE FOUND, IF YOU
ARE WANTING TO FIND IT. SADLY MOST DO NOT WANT THE
TRUTH FOR IT MAY MEAN THEY HAVE TO STAND OUT BEING
DIFFERENT THAN MOST CHRISTIANS AROUND THEM. OTHERS DO NOT
WANT THE TRUTH BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LIVE THE CHRISTIANITY
THEY GREW UP IN - DON'T ROCK THE BOAT SYNDROME.
THE REAL TRUTH OF THE SABBATH QUESTION IS ON THIS
WEBSITE AND IN THE BOOKS BY DR. SAMUELE BACCHIOCCHI.
WILL ***YOU*** HAVE THE COURAGE TO SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH
OF THE MATTER?