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    Why SUNDAY instead of SATURDAY?

    Why Sunday Instead of Saturday?

    Who changed our observance of the day of rest from the 7th day as God established in Genesis and Jesus confirmed in the gospels and why? For centuries, the Protestant churches observe Sunday as our day of rest and our day of worship, yet the bible makes no mention of this change at all. There was an obscure verse of scripture that indicated that a collection was to be made on the 1st day of the week but this made no mention of any proposed change of the Sabbath Day as ordained of God.
    Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV)
    “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.


    ten-commandments1Matthew 5:18-20 (NKJV)
    For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
    God established the Sabbath in the law of Moses in the 10 commandments but even before the law was given to Israel, God had established the 7th day as the day of rest in Genesis chapter 1. Jesus later said that not one jot or tittle will be no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. He said that this will not change till heaven and earth pass away. Has the heaven and earth passed away? Then how is it the day of rest established by God Himself and confirmed by Jesus, has changed from Saturday, the 7th day, to Sunday, the 1st day?
    Vatican claims power to change God's Law
    "Not the Creator of Universe, in Genesis 2:1-3,-but the Catholic Church can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days."-S. C. Mosna, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pp. 366-367.
    "The Pope is of great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws... The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth." -Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Ribliotheca, "Papa," art. 2, translated.
    "The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ." Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary.
    They "dispense with the command of Christ???" When the Catholic church is asked..."Why do you feel you have the power, authority and ability to change Scripture to match your traditions?" They answer...
    "Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; --she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority." -Rev. Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, "On the Obedience Due to the Church," chap. 2, p. 174. (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York.)
    "The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed...the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority." Canon and Tradition, p. 263
    "Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify." -James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72, 73. "The Catholic church," declared Cardinal Gibbons, "by virtue of her divine mission changed the day from Saturday to Sunday." Catholic Mirror Sept. 23 1983. (Official organ of Cardinal Gibbons)

    When did this incredible event take place and by what authority was it changed?

    Ten Commandments - Roman Catholic - 1
    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. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd ed.
    "The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., History of the Sabbath, p. 802
    For 1,649 years, since that fateful day in A.D. 364, the Roman church usurped God's authority and sought to change that which God established. From the Protestant Reformation till now, the Christian churches CONTINUE to observe Sunday as their day of worship WITHOUT consideration that God did not establish this change.

    Many today will cite the following verses in order to prove the first day of the week was established by the apostles. Let us look at these to see what is being said in each:
    Acts 20:7 (NKJV)
    7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.


    1 Corinthians 16:1-3 (NKJV)
    Collection for the Saints
    1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
    In Acts 20:7, the disciples came together to break bread. This is one of the first references used to indicate that Sunday or the 1st day of the week would be the NEW sabbath. But there is no mention here at all that an ordinance established by God and confirmed by Jesus was being changed.
    In 1 Corinthians 16:1-3, we also see that on the 1st day of the week, collections for the poor of Jerusalem was to be collected. But no mention was made as this becoming the new day of rest. In fact, since the Sabbath was to be a day of rest with no extensive traveling permitted, the following day was the most logical day to accomplish this transport into one place the collection for the poor.
    No consider the following verses:
    Acts 2:46-47 (NKJV)
    So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
    In this verse, this new church, this new Body of Christ, met on a DAILY basis and did not focus on a single day of the week in which to meet. So when we say in Acts 20:7 that the disciples came together to break bread, this had become an everyday occurrence but not an establishment of a new ordinance, again, no mention was made of this day REPLACING the Sabbath, that 7th day established by God and confirmed by Jesus.

    All through the first 3 centuries of this new church, there was no mention in any record of the Sabbath being set aside and replaced by Sunday, the 1st day of the week. This change did not occur until that Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364) of the Roman Church. This change they made was to assert its power and authority, even above that of God, whom they claimed to represent.

    Brethren, this claim to have the authority to change even God's laws was never given by God to any man or organization. This was in direct rebellion to God as this apostate church, which during its rule and reign over the kingdoms of the earth, had put to death more than 100 million people. It was this BEAST that made war on the true church for 1,260 years as prophesied in the book of Revelation. Their reign and power came to an abrupt end in 1798 when, under Napoleon's direction, the vatican was taken and ceased to rule over the world it had in its iron grip for 1,260 years.

    The protestant reformation came and many began to withdraw from this beast but kept Sunday as its day of worship, a day which they also observed as a day in which no servile labor was to be performed. They kept Sunday as the new day of rest instead of that which God had ordained. So in this way, this apostate church, Roman Catholic Church, continues to rule and influence the minds and hearts of the people. According to their writings, this was their MARK upon the world, which continues to this day.
    ..."Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things." -H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons. Nov. 11, 1895
    ..."Sunday is our MARK of authority. . .the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" -Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923.
    ...“The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!” -Fr Enright, C.S.S.R. History of the Sabbath, p. 802
    ...."Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; --she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority." -Rev. Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, "On the Obedience Due to the Church," chap. 2, p. 174. (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York.)
    ..."Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify." -James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72, 73.
    ..."Is not yet too late for Protestants to redeem themselves. Will they do it?... will they indeed take the written word only, the Scripture alone, as their sole authority and their sole standard? Or will they still hold the indefensible, self contradictory, and suicidal doctrine and practice of following the authority of the Catholic church and wear the SIGN of her authority? Will they keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day, according to Scripture? Or will they keep the Sunday according to the tradition of the Catholic church, - Rome's Challenge, (Why do Protestants keep Sunday?) page 31"...
    Additional reading on this can be found here:
    Rome's Challenge

    If God did not change the Sabbath to Sunday and it was done by the Apostles in the first century, shouldn't we have a record of this change? Shouldn't Paul or some of the other writers of the New Testament made some kind of mention of this fact? If the bible is silent on this issue of a change, shouldn't we obey what God established?

    How much more of the bible teachings are we not observing today that was observed in the first century church? Are we still conducting church services based on that apostate church? Are we truly following the biblical examples shown to us in 1 Corinthians 14:26-33? Paul even mentions this about this example he provided for us in these verses...
    1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
    For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
    Paul established an order in which these gatherings of believers was to follow so that confusion no longer reigned. This is why he spoke to them. He set forth for them that order and peace that ruled in all the churches of the saints. In setting forth this order, he also outlined for them what they all should be doing when they come together.

    Brethren, look at these verses! Are we doing this today? Is this our focus? Does each member of the church come together as they gather and bring that which the Holy Spirit has given them? Do each have tongues and an interpreter? Are prophecies allowed in such a way that if one hears a revelation while the first speaks, is allowed to share to all what they have heard and after them, another and another? Earlier in 1 Corinthians 14, starting in verse 22, it states:
    1 Corinthians 14:23-25 (NKJV)
    Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
    Do we see this occurring in today's church? He says, "IF ALL PROPHESY, this unbeliever who comes in to the church is CONVICTED by all." We know that conviction of the Holy Spirit is conviction of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
    John 16:8-11 (NKJV)
    And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
    This is what he was speaking of when he spoke of all prophesying. We know that no prophesy comes by the will of man but by the will of God. So, when we prophesy, the Holy Spirit is speaking and the secrets of the unbeliever's hearts are shown and he straightway falls to the ground in repentance and because he repents, he then worships the Lord who has shown to that man His great mercy.

    Is this what we see happening in our churches today? Could it be that we do not see these things occurring is because we are still operating in the shadow of that apostate church? We worship on Sunday and treat that day as God's appointed day of rest when God never said so. We follow a pattern of worship which was established long ago by that apostate church and have never followed that pattern established as we can clearly see in Paul the Apostle's writings in 1 Corinthians 14. Yet, we expect the blessings and the power of God to fall upon us when we still, to this day, walk in rebellion to His word!

    Who among you would bless and empower your own children who refuse to obey you in all things? You, being evil, require complete obedience before you bless your own children and yet, God, being much more holy than you, will not care if you disobey His law? Yet, some of you may say, we are not under the law but under grace! Well said but did you not know that God never nullified His law. Do you not still fear if you were to speak in vain the name of the Lord? Do you not still fear if you were to make and worship any graven image? Has it become okay now to dishonor your parents? Because you are no longer under the law, has become okay for you to steal from your neighbor, to murder your neighbor, to lust for your neighbor's goods, or his wife?

    Can you see that the grace of God enables us to obey by our own choice that which God set as the law of love? The entire law and the prophets are fulfilled in that very law of love. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God above all else and the second is similar in that we are to love one another as ourselves. Jesus even gave those who would follow Him another, newer commandment, that we love one another just as He loved us!

    When you know to good but do not do it, is this not sin to you because it violates that new law of love? Brethren, Grace did not do away with the law but celebrates that law in that it is holy. Eternal life came by God's grace while the law was able only to condemn. This does not mean that the law is of no more value, for if we sin, which is to break the law of God, are we not encouraged to seek forgiveness of that sin and are we not promised that Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us that sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness? This can only mean that the law is still active, otherwise, there could be no sin, no breaking of a law that no longer has power. You can see how absurd this line of thinking is. Without the law, there is no knowledge of sin and yet it is sin that brought death but grace and peace by Jesus Christ.

    Brethren, we MUST obey God in ALL things He has given to us and revealed to us in His Word. To fail to do this, even in one part, is to sin in the whole part. Let us look closely today at what we practice as believers and see whether what we do, truly brings honor to God and glory to His name! The only thing that truly brings honor and glory to God is when we walk in obedience in all things He has commanded of us. Jesus even says this:
    John 14:21 (NKJV)
    He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
    There remains one even greater truth that we must all understand and walk in. Jesus said it to that Samaritan woman at the well, "A day is coming when we will not worship in Jerusalem or on this mountain, but all who worship God will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth."

    Yes brethren, although this apostate church sought to change God's law by usurping God as the final authority, the worship of God in Spirit and in Truth cannot be usurped by any change established by any church, even those that have become apostate. Does this change whether we are to set aside as our day of rest from Saturday to Sunday? Absolutely not! God never changes and His laws are immutable. Only that beast spoken of in Revelations sought to do this by thinking itself above God and His law! Saturday, remains the only day of rest God has established.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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