Click to ViewThe Sabbath is an Old Testament shadow or anti-type of heaven and was never intended endure past the cross.

God gave the Jews many physical anti-types that were replaced with new meaning in the New Testament. Incense, priestly garments and the Sabbath, for example were abolished and replaced with prayer, (Rev 5:8) good deeds (Rev 19:8) and heaven (Hebrews 4:4-11).

Another outline to read: Hebrews 4 proves the weekly Sabbath was an anti-type of heaven

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Actual Sabbatarian argument: "The Sabbath was given before the fall of Adam and cannot be a shadow because all anti-types and shadows were given after the fall."

Sabbatarian argument refuted:

A. Sabbatarians overlook these 2 types in the garden of Eden which refute their whole line of reasoning:

  1. Adam was a type of Christ in the garden: 1 Cor 15:21-22; Rom 5:14
  2. Tree of live was a type in the garden: Rev 2:17

B. God rested on the seventh day then afterwards He blessed the Sabbath!

  1. Man sinned on the 6th day before God rested.
  2. The Sabbath was sanctified after the seventh day (specifically in Ex 16).
  3. Therefore if we apply the Sabbatarian argument to this, the Sabbath could be an anti-type!

C. The Bible calls the Sabbath a shadow and an anti-type:

  1. Colossians 2:16-17 "Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a SABBATH DAY-THINGS WHICH ARE A MERE SHADOW OF WHAT IS TO COME; but the substance belongs to Christ."
  2. The Sabbath was ceremonial because it, like most of the ceremonial laws of Moses, had New Testament anti-types.

The Sabbath is a shadow/type

Old Testament


New Testament

Physical Symbol

Col 2:16

Spiritual Meaning & Counterpart


Rev 5:8

Christian's Prayers

Animal Sacrifices

1 Cor 5:7

Christ's sacrifice

Sanctuary or Temple

1 Cor 6:19

Our physical bodies

Priestly Robes

Rev 19:8

Christian's good deeds


Eph 5:19

Christian's Heart

Sabbath Rest

Heb 4:3-11


"a Sabbath day- things which are a mere shadow of what is to come" Col 2:16-17

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