The Lord's Day
By Edison Swartz
About 6000 to 7000 years ago, God made this world in 6 days. “On the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” (Genesis 2:2-3). In this verse, straight from the Bible, note that God instituted the seventh day Sabbath.
In Exodus, God gives Moses the renowned “Ten Commandments”. The fourth commandment is probably the most famous yet misinterpreted commandment out of the ten. Here’s what it says:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11
Notice it says “seventh day”. For centuries, our calendar week has always started with Sunday (the first day of the week) and ended with Saturday (the seventh day). Recently however, many calendars can be found with Monday being the first day, and Sunday being the seventh day! Remember this is a recent change. Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” From this verse we can see that Jesus never changes. If Jesus never changes, then the 4th commandment wouldn’t change. Also, Jesus wouldn’t change just because someone changed the calendar to start with Monday!
Rules, Rules, and More Rules
This section is a little unrelated to the Saturday versus Sunday theme. Many people don’t go to church at all because they think that the Sabbath is just a bunch of rules. The following is just two or three paragraphs dedicated to the explanation of what a person can do on the Sabbath.
As said earlier, most people find Sabbath boring. Some don’t see it as that. Most think of it as a time to spend with their Creator. There is usually the house rule not to work or play sports, or take part in non “religious” things. Nobody’s perfect. Most people (mostly children, teen’s, and youth) usually ask “Well, what can I do on Sabbath?” although usually it comes out as “I’m bored”. There are many things a person can do on Sabbath. You can go for a hike or walk, or a family bike ride down a country road. There are many Bible-based games that strengthen memorization of texts, stories, and people in the Bible. Sabbath is a good time to hang out with friends and family. Another good activity to do on Sabbath is telling others about Jesus. One way of doing that is going door to door and passing out literature. The one problem with that is it is a little intrusive on people’s homes and lives.
My dad, a very busy man, goes to the park almost every Sabbath in Summer. He just stands in the middle of the park, painting pictures on neckties. When people come up to him, he tells the stories that he is painting on the tie. For example, one tie might be the story of Daniel 2 and the great image that Nebuchadnezzar built. He’ll tell the story to the person and get into a conversation with them, and maybe pray! This is something he enjoys and doesn’t have time to do during the week. At the same time, he is telling those around him about Jesus.
The reason all this has been said is because the less a person cares about keeping the Sabbath as it should be kept, the less strong that person will be in the end when it is really hard to keep it. This isn’t that hard compared to what’s next. Keep reading to find out why.
History and “The Sudden Change”
The purpose of this section, is to explain the history of the Sunday Sabbath. First of all, there was no “sudden change”. The transition between the Saturday and Sunday Sabbath happened over a long period of time. It seems like the Council of Laodicea made the major change in 336 A.D. There are dozens of quotes from the Catholic Church’s Popes that state that Sunday should be kept holy as Sabbath. There are many more quotes but there isn’t enough time to copy them all down, and there definitely isn’t enough time to read them all. Here are just a couple interesting ones. Possibly one of the most famous quotes from Constantine regarding the Sunday Sabbath was said on March 7, 321 AD. Here’s what it says: "On Sunday [the venerable Day of the Sun] let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost."
Notice it says that people engaged in agriculture may still work on the “Sabbath” (in this case Sunday). In Exodus 34:21 it says “Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.”
That’s a pretty big difference! Both the quote from Constantine and the quote from the Bible completely go against each other! Check out this statement from the Lutheran Church: “The observance of the Lord’s day [Sunday] is founded not only on any command of God. But on the authority of the church.” Augsburg Confession of Faith, quoted in Catholic Sabbath Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 10.
So from this quote, it is made clear that the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday isn’t based on the Bible at all! Here’s what Daniel 7:25a has to say: “And [the Catholic Church] shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws.”
This text originally refers to the Mark of the Beast instead of [The Catholic Church]. See the next section, “The Mark of the Beast and 666” to learn more about that. Notice that the last part of the verse says “…and think to change times and laws.” What has the Catholic Church changed?
The times of the Sabbath and the laws! The Catholic Church’s version of the Ten Commandments, usually omits the words “seventh day” in the fourth commandment. Also it will be missing one of the other commandments, and the last commandment will be broken up to make sure it is still the “ten” commandments. Interesting? Keep reading!
The Mark of the Beast and 666
In Daniel 7:25a, “the Catholic Church” was placed instead of the word “he” in the last section. Here is why that was done:
The original text is referring to the Mark of the Beast. So how would someone know that the Mark of the Beast is the Catholic Church and the pope? Well, here’s the evidence:
On the Pope’s mitre, it says “Vicarius Filii Dei” which means “in place of the Son of God” in Latin. Using the Gematria of the Rabbins method, the numerical value of each of the letters in that phrase equals an unusual number…
That’s a familiar number, isn’t it? This number, 666, is the number mentioned in Revelation 13:18. Here’s what this verse says: “This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.” Revelation 13:18
This verse, phrase, and number prove that the Pope is the mark of the beast.
The National Sunday LawThe beast’s mark, is Sunday observance. But, who will get the mark? To find out, The National Sunday law will have to be discussed. The National Sunday Law is a law that will be passed (Nationally) that will make the observance of any other day besides Sunday (Saturday, for example) illegal.
The word Catholic, means “Universal”. If the Catholic Church is universal, how could the Catholic Church exist with uncooperative members? It can’t, so death is the only answer. The Catholic Church will have to kill the people who refuse to do what the Papacy wants in order to stay universal. This is what scares most people. People will be scared enough to change their beliefs to fit the Papacy’s plan in order to not be killed. “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
The people who know the Sabbath truth, and continue to follow the beast, will receive his mark and will be eternally lost. Those who know the truth, and follow God and His laws, will receive the seal of God and go to Heaven when Jesus comes again. Once the National Sunday Law has been passed, everyone’s choice will have been made final. The fate of the world’s citizens decided by the choices that everyone makes up until the Sunday Law.
In conclusion, take a look at this quote from “The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine”. It is in question and answer format.
“Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
- The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, page 50, 1934
This is a pretty clear statement. The Catholic Church knows it has power because all the “protestant” churches go to church on Sunday! It is all a big trick!
The only commandment that says remember, has been forgotten. The day that God sanctified, has been abolished in the eyes of many. However, here it stands. Saturday is still the Sabbath. No Pope or Church or council will ever change God’s law.
The National Sunday law is coming soon and when it comes all of the decisions made will be final. There won’t be any turning back. The doors will be closed.
A Note from the Writer
I just want to let you know that I do believe that there will be people from many different religions in heaven. There are very kind and loving people from every religious background. I hope that through the information given in this essay, you will understand my beliefs and know what the truth is. It is up to you to decide. I have made my choice… What’s yours?
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