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HOW THE SABBATH DAY CHANGED TO SUNDAY
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ORIGIN OF SABBATH
Where’s the origin of Sabbath? Who started it and when did it start? Sabbath was God’s brainchild and it is not meant to be changed in any respect, because it was a day of rest to the Lord Gen 2:1.2. God after creating the heavens and the earth within six days, he rested on the seventh day, otherwise called “The Sabbath day rest”. When you make mention of Sabbath today, our people remember no other thing or place than Israel. Even today they believe it is an Israeli affair and that it does not involve them. We shall see how it shall affect the whole world and Israel.
It may surprise you to read and understand from many of our Professing Christians, including teachers and Pastors, who do not know how the Church left the Sabbath day commandment to the Sunday worship. That God has not changed the Sabbath day up till now. You may read from many titled men i.e ‘’the Bishops, the Rev Dr, the Right Rev. and so forth about the change of the Sabbath. Many propose, suggest and support Rome in changing the Sabbath day of the Lord. They join Rome having no knowledge about Church history.
SABBATH DAY NOT CHANGED
Since everyone has the right to write about his or her opinion, it becomes imperative that people should know the true scriptural view about this article. Reading through all the scriptures, there is no Biblical command for the change of the Sabbath. Instead the prophet Daniel had prophesied that the Beast/horn would ‘’think to change times and law’’ Dan. 7:25. It is this prophecy that has taken place and we have joined the Beast in his service and change with our support.
It may interest you to know who the Beast is and how he would make the change or bring about the change. Daniel had used figures in describing the Beast/horn in Dan. 7:1-7. He used the exact figure as horn, because this change came exactly within the time of the horns in power. And the horn had actually changed the law and times but the Church refused to know that the law and times has been changed and this is annoying.
If you have read my book of Rapture, you will discover that these Beasts were in Dan. 7:1-7, which were 1. Babylon 2. Persia; 3 Greece and 4 Rome. These Beasts came together and formed the Beast with seven heads and ten horns Rev. 13:1-2. See the full details in the book of Rapture titled, “Rapture: the Past, Present and What to Expect in the Future” published by westbowpress, a Division of Thomas Nelson, USA. A great and wonderful book yet hidden from many people.
Commenting on the book of Daniel he continued, ‘’that the Beast shall think to change times and law’’. Our so called Bishops, Right Rev Drs and so forth read these passages but could not understand it properly.
Instead they agree with Rome and hold the Doctrines of the Beast so tenaciously. Others who know about it ask, ‘’what shall we do’’ and ‘’how shall we change it’’? Then these things continue indefinitely to the end of the world. It makes prophecy what it is and that what it says never fails to come to pass, wonderful!
The Sabbath commandment was given first to Adam as I wrote in the other blog where I said that ‘’Sabbath did not start with Israel’’. It was reminded to Israel in Ex.20:8-11 when they came to the Wilderness as we see in that book. But when Jesus came on board, he made an amendment to it by working on the day of the Sabbath Jon Chapters 5 and 9. Even in Mark. 2, the Pharisees confronted him about working on the day of Sabbath, he made it clear that the Son of man is also Lord of the Sabbath.
With this statement and action, an amendment had been effected to the day of Sabbath. Yes because no one usually work on the Sabbath day before. We have seen an amendment by the Lord himself. Having seen this amendment by the Lord, we could say that people should do or go about their businesses after the Sabbath worship, and it does not contradict any part of the scriptures.
But on the change from Sabbath to Sunday worship, there is no scriptural command by the Lord or from any of his Apostles, or from the Holy Spirit. The claim by some people that Apostle Paul suggested it in I Cor.16:1-2 is an indication that they lack the knowledge of scripture by the proponents. We shall read that passage to clear the air very well about what had in mind or what he wrote to the church.
Let’s read ‘’Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the Churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him that there be no gatherings when I come’’ I Cor. 16:1-2.
These are the verses which people suggest that Paul used to change the Sabbath commandment of God. May I inform you that Paul had no such thing in mind, not at all even to command it to any one or to any Church. Paul had earlier commanded the Church at Galatia to set some things aside (gifts or money) as their own contribution to the saints at Jerusalem. This was to help those in need at the headquarters. This distribution was put in place by the early Church where food items were shared.
In Acts 6 the Bible said that in those days when the number of the disciples increased, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration’’ Acts. 6:1-2. It was this daily distribution or ministration that Paul asked the Church at Galatia and Corinth to contribute. This was done on the first day of the week after the Sabbath worship.
When this problem arose in the Church, the disciples called for a general meeting to solve the problem. Therefore an election was conducted where people selected for this were 1. Philip 2. Stephen 3. Prochorus. 4 Nicanor etc Acts. 6:5.
The Apostles said it was not good for them to leave the ministration of the Word and serve tables, and this saying pleased the church at headquarters in Jerusalem. And so these men were elected to take care of this daily distribution or ministration. Paul writing to the Church at Corinth instructed that they should join their brethren at Galatia to do this contribution on the first day of the week.
The Church continued her weekly worship on the Sabbath day but used the first day for breaking of bread or Holy Communion and other businesses Acts. 20:7. In fact, I’m disturbed greatly when I discover that my brethren do not understand what they say on these things. How could we misunderstand Paul on many occasions? This is not the first place his writing was misunderstood and misinterpreted. Yet many arrogate titles and titles upon themselves.
Worship on the Sabbath day was not changed before here and Paul on his own could not change the Sabbath alone without the knowledge of the headquarters. He did not stand without the headquarters and in fact he took instructions from there. The first book of Corinthians was even written about AD 50-58 before the book of Acts of Apostles. If Paul had written to the Corinthians about the Sabbath day change earlier, and went ahead to worship on Sabbath days, it means he contradicted himself by worshipping on every Sabbath Acts.18:1-4, because the book of Acts was written about AD 63-68 before his death.
INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH:
The Church truly was inaugurated on the first day of the week according to Acts. 2. i.e exactly 50 days from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This first day rise from the dead does not suggest a change of Sabbath, no but it was in accordance with the Law of Moses, read Lev. 25:8-10. Get more knowledge from my eBook on Rapture with title ‘’Rapture: the Past, Present and What to Expect in the Future’’.
Jesus rise on the first day as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first day of the week does not suggest a change of the Sabbath day, no this is an assumption and we are not standing on assumption. There must be a scriptural command for such a change. It is highly regrettable that our brethren have joined those who changed the Sabbath to deceive the Church. If the resurrection of Christ had fallen from Monday to Friday, or even on any day, Christ would have risen on it. And if the 50 days coming of the Holy Spirit had fallen on any day also, the Holy Spirit would come, because it was in the Law of Moses.
Therefore it is very wrong to say that it was because of Jesus’ rise on the first day. From the morning of his resurrection to the day of his ascension was exactly 40 days Acts. 1:3,9-11. From this ascension day to the day of the coming of the Holy Spirit was also ten days and it made it 50 days of Lev. 25:9-10 which was Jubilee or freedom. So what the record was after was not whether it was the first day or not, but to get the number of days or years commanded in the Law book of God written by his servant.
In Lev 25:8-10 read, ‘’and thou shall number seven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven Sabbaths, and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shall thou cause the Trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the Trumpet to sound throughout your land.
And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof, it shall be a Jubilee unto you, and ye shall return every man unto his possession and ye shall return every man unto his family’’ Jkv.
Moses said to the people of Israel, you shall number or count to yourselves the number of seven Sabbaths and multiply seven with seven to give you forty nine years, i.e 7×7=49. Then in the fiftieth year, it shall be a Jubilee unto you and you shall return every man his property if it was sold and even if the person was sold due to poverty to any one, he shall go free and return to his family in the fiftieth year. This fiftieth year is Jubilee or a year of freedom to you throughout all your land.
In the New Testament, these fifty years was represented with a day for a year, read my book of Rapture. And in Acts 1:3, after the resurrection, Jesus was with his disciples on earth teaching and commanding them for forty days. These forty days represented forty years in the book of Lev. 25:8-10. Now from that time he ascended to heaven, and from the day of his ascension to the day the Holy Spirit came down was another ten (10) making it fifty years (50) Acts 2.
The day which completed it to become fifty years was the first day of the week, and the Holy Spirit descended, not to establish the Sunday worship, no, not to inaugurate it in the Temple of Jerusalem, no, but at the upper room Acts. 1:13. The Church continued with the Sabbath worship till the day he commanded to separate Paul and Barnabas for the work which he called them in Acts. 13.
And the Bible said Paul continued to worship God in every Sabbath day with Barnabas, entering the Synagogue of the Jews on every Sabbath day Acts. 13:4-5. The Jews never worship God on the first day of the week but on every Sabbath. Paul went into their synagogue to preach the Word to them. Paul and Barnabas coming from Salamis being led by the Holy Spirit came to the Isle unto Paphos and was invited by the Deputy to hear the Word, and Elymas the sorcerer tried to hinder them and was struck with blinded by Paul before the deputy.
Again from Paphos they came to Perga in Pamphylia and from there they came to Antioch. They entered the Synagogue again and ministered the Word on the Sabbath day Acts.13:14. This was on his first missionary Journey. When Paul was asked by the people to preach, he made a very long display of understanding of the word with Power which made the people to invite him and Barnabas to come again the next Sabbath.
INVITATION TO PREACH THE NEXT SABBATH:
On the next Sabbath the people invited almost the whole City to come and hear the word of God from Paul and Barnabas Acts. 13:42-44. The Church had stayed more than 40 years at this time, and it was not on the first day but on the Sabbath day. All Apostles did not even know that there is anything as the first day worship, because Sunday or first day worship started lately after the exit of the Apostles.
How could Paul change the Sabbath with I Cor. 16:1-2? We have seen that we have made so many mistakes both we and our leaders together. Apostle Paul was actually misunderstood and misinterpreted on his instructions to the Church at Corinth. He had earlier instructed the Church at Galatia to contribute to Jerusalem. He had no other thing in mind having worshipped on every Sabbath.
When they left Antioch they came to Iconium and went into the Synagogue of the Jews, and the Bible said a great number of the Jews and the Greeks believed in the Lord Acts.14:1. This was still on the Sabbath day not on the first day of the week, because the Jews for sure would not join the Sunday, and at that time the Sunday worship had not been commanded, neither the commander in place.
PAUL WAS SUBJECT TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CHURCH:
Apostle Paul was not alone in his work even as he was an apostle to the Gentiles. No one should think that Jesus gave him authority not to obey or take instructions from the headquarters of the Church at Jerusalem. This is one of the mistakes which many people make about him, he was not like that.
When some people came from James i.e from Jerusalem to Antioch, they troubled the brethren there by teaching them that except they (the Gentiles) get circumcised in accordance with the Law of Moses, that they could not be saved Acts. 15:1. Paul and Barnabas argued against this concept strongly and opposed it before the Church and before the brethren from Jerusalem. Therefore the Church at Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas with others to Jerusalem for this question.
At the headquarters the general council meeting was conveyed to discuss this issue. Among those who gathered were the Elders, the Apostles and the Pastor in-charge which was James. All the Apostles including Peter and Paul were there Acts.15:12 and after the deliberations, the Pastor of the Church at the headquarters had to rule.
Hear him, ‘’men and brethren, hearken unto me. Simon (Peter) had declared how God at first did visit the Gentiles (Acts. 10) to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets as it is written ‘’after this will I return and will build again the Tabernacles of David, which was fallen down: and I will build again the ruins thereof and I will set it up. That the residue thereof might seek after the Lord. And all Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world Acts. 15:13-18.
WHEREFORE MY SENTENCE IS:
‘’Wherefore my sentence is that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God. But we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled and from blood’’ Acts. 15:19-20.
This was the decision and ruling of the Pastor in-charge at Jerusalem, and after this ruling, all strife ceased forthwith. Paul and Barnabas went back to Antioch with this ruling and they were also happy about it. Now how could Paul on his own change the Sabbath commandment without the knowledge of the head Church? If Paul could make his own law, why did he go up to Jerusalem for this settlement? He would have settled it by himself but he went to Jerusalem to consult the headquarter Church.
Again if it was true that he commanded for the change of the Sabbath, what did the council and headquarter Church say about it? If that was true, he would have been called to question from Jerusalem because he was not standing alone.
Have you seen now that those who propose and support the Sunday worship in place of the seventh day do not really understand what the Bible is talking on this article or subject? Neither do they know the source or origin of Sunday worship.
Even in his second missionary Journey Paul continued to worship God, preaching in the Synagogues and on every Sabbath day Acts.18:1-4. Before his second missionary journey, the first book to the Corinthian Church had been written. Paul was a Barrister at Law, how could he contradict himself as sharply as people believe he did?
When people fail to have the leading and interpretation from the Spirit, they say their mind and put it to the people they are leading, and mislead them. But those who are wise enough would go out and read other people’s book and compare articles with the scriptures and balance what they take in finally. We should do what the Bible is teaching us to compare scripture with scripture, how much more people’s opinion and comments.
THE SABBATH WAS CHANGED BY EMPEROR CONSTANTINE THE GREAT:
It is very important that we as the Church should know what we do, claim, or believe. We have come of age and we should try our possible best to correct anything wrong which is still going on at this stage. The Church of Christ was inaugurated around AD 30-35 at the upper room in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost; every believer in Christ should know this, no doubt.
When the Church was established by the coming down of Holy Ghost, there was nothing in existence in the world then as the church. The people of Israel were on with their Judaism which they practiced in the Temple of Jerusalem. And the Romans being the existing king in the world (Rev. 17:10) was on with idolatry worship. It could be recalled that Jesus made mention of establishing his church which the gates of Hell could not prevail before his crucifixion and death Matt. 16:18.
This Church was on until after three hundred years before Emperor Constantine the great won his battle, and declared himself a Christian, (nominal). But before his enthronement, the church was seriously persecuted by many Roman Emperors who eliminated all the Apostles including Peter and Paul etc. Thus it was Emperor Constantine the great who stopped the killing of the saints around AD 300-312. Every Emperor of Rome from Caligula who was enthroned directly after Tiberius Caesar to Titus, a record of about ten Emperors or horns which Daniel saw as the ten horns of the Beast had ruled and killed the church by the scores. Prophet Daniel saw this terrible Beast stamping the residue with the feet of it Dan.7:7.
Thus Emperor Constantine stopped the killing of the members of the Church but did the worst by imposing on the Church the Bishop from Rome. I will talk more about the Bishops and the Pastors which is greater in the blog for it. Many people do not know anything about the Bishops and the Pastors which is greater.
Now Constantine the great after few years in office produced another decree with which he established the Sunday worship in place of the Sabbath day. Remember that Daniel said that ‘’he shall think to change times and the law’’ Dan.7:25. We now listen to motivational speakers who use secular systems in preaching to motivate us, but at the end we lack the real knowledge or the real interpretation of the Word.
These people are telling us how we can make it, that God shall position us where we ought to be, that unless we are well positioned we won’t receive what comes to our position. And we are jumping up and down without knowing the Word.
WHAT IS SUNDAY OR SUN-DAY?
Daniel said ‘’he shall think to change times and law’’. To whom was Daniel referencing in that prophecy? Rome or the terrible Beast Dan.7:7. Go to ‘’the formation of the Beast’’ in my book of Rapture to learn more about this Beast. Constantine the great fulfilled this prophecy of the prophet Daniel. Though he was not in the list among them, but he was a member from the kingdom of the beast. Of course some people sometimes voluntarily decide to fulfill the Bible whether negative or positive, and whichever side you fulfill, you belong there. But I will like to fulfill the positive side of the Bible.
THE SUN WORSHIP
The Romans used to worship the Sun on the first day of the week. In fact their god was the Sun-god. Therefore to arrogate more glory to the sun god over the God who owns the Church, a decree was established which commanded everybody in the world including the Church to worship on the first day. Whosoever does not worship on the first day was put to death. The Roman army which was known for brutality was used to hunt for rebels as they were branded as at that time.
When Constantine the great established that decree, some people objected to it and he enforced the decree of ‘’whoever refuses to worship God on the first day shall be put to death’’. Many people were killed with that decree. This was the decree that changed the Sabbath day to Sunday worship. Now why did he do so? The Romans were known then as idolatrous people, they had not known anything as Church until about 300 years after the establishment of the Church of Christ.
Therefore to gain more ground over the Church of Christ, a decree would force the saints to submission. Remember that the Roman army was known for brutality, that’s the meaning of ‘’stamping the residue with the feet of it’’ Dan.7:7. This decree produced the period known as ‘’the Dark Age’’ a period when the Church of Christ was no more in existence, having eliminated those stood for their faith. This period lasted over a thousand years, and the Church of Rome took over.
Do not forget however that Jesus having seen these things ahead of time declared ‘’I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it’’ Matt. 16:18. The killing of the Church of Christ was performed by Rome. Rome therefore went ahead till about the 15th Century when God opened the eye of one of their Rev. Fathers in the person of Dr. Martin Luther. Jesus said ‘’the gates of Hell shall not prevail’’. Therefore Rome was the gate of Hell, no doubt about it.
The testimony of Dr Luther is that ‘’the just shall live by his faith’’. This was the verse of scripture which Martin Luther read and the Spirit stopped him to meditate upon this verse. The prophet Habakkuk spoke that verse in his prophetic ministry Hab. 2:4; which was also referenced by Apostle Paul in Rom. 1:17.
When the Church of Christ was no more in place, the Romans took over and began to claim that the Roman Church was the first Church. Many of them just believe in that old lies. The Church was first mentioned by Jesus Christ. The law of first mention says, ‘’you must make mention about the one who first established or invented a thing before others could improve on it’’. Prophet Isaiah said the mouth of the Lord shall mention it first, i.e changing the Mosaic faith to a more advanced name called Church, which would include the Gentiles.
Let us now read it now ‘’for Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the Salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness and all the kings thy glory. And thou shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name’’ Isa. 62:1-2.
This was the prophecy that brought up the Church from the mouth of the Lord now in Mathew 16:18. It is good to interpret scripture in its true sense. The Gentiles by this profession have become God’s children given to Abraham Gen. 12:3. Peter said ‘’no part of the scripture is of any private interpretation’’ 2Pt. 1:20. It means you don’t have your own word to preach, but you must interpret the scriptures to where they actually belong by the inspiration of the Spirit.
It could be recalled that the Religion of the people of Israel were at first known as ‘’the Religion of the Hebrews’’ or ‘’the Hebrews Religion’’. But when Israel divided into North and South, the North continued with the name (Northern Israel) while the South changed their name to ‘’the Jews’’. But the Jews developed their own Religion as ‘’Judaism’’ after their return from exile. And this Judaism was on till the birth of Christ.
So Jesus as ‘’the first and the last’’ Rev. 1:17 was the first to mention the name Church. He saw it ahead of time that Rome would kill the Church but he prophesied that they would not succeed entirely. So at the appropriate time he raised the Church back from the Dead. But the injury they inflicted on the Church was the Sabbath change which the Church has accepted and fine tuned as God’s approved. And in fact, we have gone inside it so deeply that the real worship day which is the Sabbath day now seems to us as fake.
The Sabbath day has not been changed and in fact it was the Beast who changed it and the church has accepted it finally. Those who have the knowledge says ‘’how can we do it because we have gone so deep into it’’? Others say ‘’we will accept it that way’’. Many still say ‘’if we could work out a stable platform which will be convenient to use, we could challenge them and change it back’’. Brethren, till when?
SABBATH A MUST BEFORE THE RAPTURE?
We should be careful in teaching about what the flesh wants to hear instead of what God wants us to know. God has not changed the Sabbath and in fact, there is no indication that God would even change it. While on earth and during his teaching to his disciples about the events of the end, he admonished them saying ‘’pray ye that your flight be not in the winter or on the Sabbath day’’ Math. 24: 20. Why? Flight here is not talking about Airplane, no. He was talking about the time we shall be running away from security operatives to avoid being caught.
Winter is a weather condition which is very tough to our flesh. Cold would not allow anyone to expose his or her flesh open. And the period is a time the saints might be hiding inside the bush, the Caves and from authorities because of our refusal to comply with the directives from the world president at that time. In my book of Rapture, go to ‘’windows old and new’’ to study about this event.
Winter period will cause many saints to give up their faith to the Beast. This was the reason Jesus told us to pray so that the period of this flight be not within the time of winter, for sure the great tribulation would come first before the Rapture. If Jesus could teach us the truth like this, how would one teach us the contrary as the true message of Rapture? Who knows it better than him? Does he not love us again? Let every believer in Christ crave for this message if you see it.
Again he said ‘’pray that your flight be not on the Sabbath day’’. Why? The Sabbath day is his day of rest. This day is ‘’Hallowed or Sanctified’’ Gen, 2:1-2. If the day we run into hiding because of the Beast falls into the Sabbath day, he might be taking his rest while the Beast deals worse to his Church. He asked us to pray so that the day would change from being the day of Sabbath Matt.24:20.
I don’t to know what other people are teaching you, but if it goes away from this teaching of the Lord, it might be dangerous to whoever believes it. These are reasons of the warning to pray. Could you now see that Sabbath has not been changed? If the Lord could use the Sabbath day to warn the Church for a period which is yet future, whoever is then teaching the contrary, avoid such one or people. Another warning says ‘’whoever has ears let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches’’ Rev.3:22.
By now you have known about the true day to worship God. It is not on the first day but the on the Sabbath day. If we are waiting on the day the Church will gather everyone together and say, let us change the first day to the seventh day, it may not be possible. But if we individually begin to join the seventh day Adventists, gradually we might change over completely before the day of Rapture.
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