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Which day is the Sabbath?  Are there enough evidence to support a conclusion?


by Lynford Heron
The Centurion Press - Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2002

There are many ways to find out which day of the Week is the Sabbath. Consider the following:

The Sabbath truth revealed through Astronomy
Dear Reader, let us consult the calendar to find out which day of the week is the seventh day. Notice carefully that it will say Saturday. However, some will say that because the bible speaks of the sun standing still, or that man has corrupted the calendar and lost track of time, there is no way to tell that Saturday is actually the seventy day. Well, in order to get concrete evidence on the unbroken continuity of the weekly cycle, we contacted the Astronomer Royal at the Royal Greenwich observatory, London, England. The Greenwich observatory keeps an accurate record of time for the entire world. The question was asked, “Have  our changes in the past centuries from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar affected in anyway the cycle of the week."  The response, “since the week is a civil, social and religious cycle, there is no reason why it should be disturbed by any adjustment of the calendar. We are quite certain that no such disturbance has ever been put into effect. The change from Julian to Gregorian calendar (1582-1927) has always been made so as to leave the weekly sequence undisturbed.

Biblically
Easter is a Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. The feast is observed on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or after March 21. The entire world celebrates Sunday as EasweekSunday (the resurrection day of Jesus Christ) and the Friday before as Good Friday (the crucifixion day of Jesus Christ). Now let us consult the bible to find out which day is the Sabbath.
Luke 23:52-53
52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was hewn in stone, wherein    never man before was laid.
54 And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.

Dear reader, verse 52 and 53 speaks about his burial. A man took down his body off the cross after he was crucified. The world celebrates Good Friday as the crucifixion day and the Sabbath drew on, the bible says. Therefore the day following Good Friday is the Sabbath. Let us read on before elaborating on that point.
Luke 23:55-56
55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.
Dear reader, the bible clearly states that the day following his crucifixion on Good Friday is the Sabbath. The Bible went on to say that, and the people rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. Let us read on Read on….
Luke 24:1-3
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.” Dear reader, the bible says that his resurrection day was on the first day of the week, the day the world celebrates as Easter Sunday. My question is, “which day falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday? Luke 23:54 refer to that day as the SABBATH. Yes, you are correct, Saturday is the Sabbath.

Linguistically
Consult the dictionary and look up the word Sabbath. It will tell you that Saturday is the seventh day of the week. Check any other language of the world and they will all confirm that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath.

Let us consider some historical references
This is very interesting. I beseech you dear reader to confirm the references by visiting the library.
The sun God was worshiped through ancient Babylon, Persia and Rome. In the fourth century the pagan emperor Constantine had many problems in the Roman Empire.
1. The Jews were revolting against Rome
2. The Christians and Jews worshiped on Saturday
3. Sunday was required as sacred by the pagans, many of whom were Romans.
The question Constantine asked himself was, “how can the Christians be disassociated from the Jews and unite with the pagans. He came up with a brilliant idea and decided to unite the empire over Sunday. The argument was, “if I can get Sunday acceptable to the Christians in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Sunday in honor of the sun, then I can unit my kingdom. The decree Constantine made is listed below:
The Decree of unity passed by Constantine 321 AD:
“On the venerable day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all the workshops be closed.”
Dear Reader, Church and state came together to unite the empire. In order to pacify the people, Constantine claimed to be a Christian, suggesting that he have their best interest at heart. Interesting isn’t it!!! Do we see any similar patterns in our nation? Even today laws seems to legislate morality. Somehow when an issue is legalized, after time, somehow yesterday’s heresies become today’s accepted practices.
The Catholic World p. 809 March 1994
“The sun was a foremost god with heathendom… There is, in truth, something royal, kingly about the sun, making it a fit emblem of Jesus, the sun of justice. Hence the church in these countries would seem to have said, “keep that old pagan name. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified. And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.”
The convert’s Catechism (it is structured with questions and answers – we still have an old copy)
Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day (can you believe that – word for word in the Catechism)
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Sabbath?
Answer: Because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
Dear reader, I asked my self the question, “how could I have missed the fact that Saturday is the Sabbath.” The resounding answer, ignorance. I just did not know.
The Catholic Encyclopedia vol. 4, p. 153
“The church, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath of the seventh day of the week to the first made the third commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day.” Dear reader, you must be asking yourself the question, “why is the Sabbath the third and not the fourth?” That is because the one on image worship was dropped, and the tenth was split into two on coveting.
Catholicism and fundamentalism p.38 by Karl Keating (a Catholic writer, writing to protestants)
“…fundamentalist meet for worship on Sunday, yet there is no evidence in the bible that corporate worship was to be made on Sunday. The Jew Sabbath, or say of rest, was of course, Saturday. It was the Catholic Church that decided Sunday should be the day of worship for Christians in honor of the resurrection.” Dear reader, he is arguing and saying that if protestants want to go by the bible, thy should keep the bible Sabbath, Saturday – else come back to the Catholic church because we instituted Sunday.
Faith of our father’s p. 561 by Cardinal James Gibbons (he wrote this in the 1800’s)
“You may read the bible from genesis to revelation and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The scripture enforce the religious observance of Saturday.
Dear reader, this is one of the leading Catholic scholars of his time making such a bold statement.
Toronto Daily star – October 26, 1949
"Reverend Philip Carrington, Anglican Archbishop of Quebec, sent local clergymen to a huddle today by saying out right that there was nothing to support Sunday being kept holy. Carrington definitely told a church meeting in this city of straight-laced Protestantism that tradition, not the bible, made Sunday the day of rest."
Dear reader, can you believe that…. An Anglican Archbishop!!.. that’s amazing. The issue is one of authority and worship. The question is, “how long shall you stand between two opinions, if God be God serve him, if man/tradition be God serve man/tradition.”
Canon and tradition p. 263 (published by the Catholic Church – the arch bishops argues)
“the authority of the church could therefore not be bond to the authority of the scriptures because the church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday…. Not by a command of Christ, but by it’s own authority.”
Dear reader, historical documents will tell you. The Catholic Church is not ashamed or hiding the facts. They are taking a proud stand. I can present reference after reference. The last reference is from the:
American Catholic Quarterly Review January 1883.
"Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the church, has no good reason for its Sunday theory and ought, logically, to keep Saturday with the Jews."
Dear reader, what a rebuke. Do you understand now what happened? Can you see how the change took place? Reader, Saturday is the Sabbath.

The issue is about worship and who we give our allegiance to.  Who are you going to serve,  God or man?  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  We will worship on Saturday,  the only day God blessed, hollowed and sanctified.  Amen.

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