Who changed the Sabbath to Sunday?
For historical information on who changed the Sabbath to Sunday, read the Sabbath to Sunday change or who changed the Sabbath for extreme detail. Bible prophecy plays an enormous part in how the change came about, so to comprehend the following material in regards to the time periods involved, you need to be aware that when Bible prophecy is symbolic in nature, the well known and proven day for a year principle is applied as demonstrated by Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34. The following material and this rule is covered in more detail later on the page titled Prophecy tables and time charts.
Starting in Daniel 7:3, we find him in vision and he sees “four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” These four beasts were like a lion (Babylon), a bear (Medo-Persia), a leopard (Greece) with four heads (Alexander’s four generals that took over when he died suddenly) and some dreadful, terrible beast (Rome) that had ten horns. Verse 23 says, “The fourth beast (Rome) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.” Verse 24 tells us that “the ten horns out of this kingdom (Rome) are ten kings (divided Europe) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” The king that subdued three kingdoms is called the little horn in verse 8 and it destroyed the Vandals, the Heruli and the Ostrogoths. A history check already reveals that this diverse kingdom was a religious political power that was responsible for their demise. Verse 25 says this little horn power would “speak great words against the most High” (God) and oppress God’s people and very importantly it states that he will “think to change times and laws.”
Moving on to the book of Revelation and chapter 13, John in his vision sees the same thing that Daniel saw as a composite beast. Note how it matches Daniel seven. It says that a beast (kingdom government or political power) with seven heads and ten horns rises out of the sea with a crown upon each horn (ten kings) and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Verse 2 goes on to say the beast was like unto a leopard and feet of a bear and mouth of a lion (same four beasts) and that the dragon (Satan) gave this beast his power, his throne, and his vast authority. The meaning of these beasts coming out of the sea is found in Revelation 17:15 which reads, “And he saith unto me, The waters which you sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”
Next verses 3 through 6 state that one of the seven heads had received a fatal wound (causing death) but his deadly wound was healed and all the world would wonder after the beast and they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast and they worshipped the beast also. The beast was allowed to make proud claims which were insulting to God, and it was permitted to have authority for 42 months. Daniel 7:25 says, “a time (1 year) and times (2 years) and the dividing of time (half a year = total 3.5 years * 12 Months = 42 months)” which of course is the same period of time. (Bible time works in lunar months which = 30 days * 42 months = 1260 days and using the day for a year rule = 1260 years). It opened its mouth and uttered blasphemies against God and blasphemed his name and his residence, that is, those who are living in heaven. Verse 7 states that it was also allowed to fight against God’s people and defeat them, and it was given authority over every tribe, nation, language, and race.
In order for this to make more sense, note that Revelation 12:17 says, “the dragon was wroth with the woman (The Church), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP the Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Satan hates those who keep the Commandments of God, especially the Sabbath and desires to make war with these remnant people. Those who receive the mark of the beast will be those who chose to follow the commandments and traditions of man above the Commandments of God. In effect a line will be drawn between those that follow the Commandments of God and those that follow the traditions of man. Sadly, the majority are proving to be traditionalists. Read what Mark 7:6-9 says about keeping human traditions, which is exactly what we are doing by keeping the Sabbath on Sunday. “Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are hypocrites, just as he wrote: ‘These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!’ “You put aside God’s command and obey human teachings.” And Jesus continued, “You have a clever way of rejecting God’s law in order to uphold your own teaching.” Watch a short video on Authority and Tradition.
Now back to Daniel 7:25 where Bible prophecy shows a power would arise and think to change times and laws. There is a Commandment which is both a time and law, which is the fourth Commandment. “Remember to keep The Sabbath.” The Bible says that keeping the Sabbath is a sign between God and those who love and worship Him and keep His Commandments, and that it is God that sanctifies us. With this being the case what would Satan desire to do? Because keeping the Sabbath on God’s Holy day is a sign that it is God who we worship and belong to, then it becomes obvious that Satan would endeavour to change the day so that we are no longer keeping the fourth Commandment. So who is this Beast power?
As already stated, a beast is a kingdom or government or a political power. In 321 A.D. after the severest persecution, Constantine who was a pagan became Caesar in Rome and he began to see the balance of power shift from paganism to the Church. So in 321 A.D. he passed the first Sunday law, which eventually resulted in the Catholic Church enforcing Sunday worship in the council of Laodicea (364 A.D.) Two years later Emperor Constantine joined the Roman Church and so now we had a mingling of paganism and the Church. See also did Constantine change the Sabbath to Sunday. In order to control the eastern and western halves of his empire, he built a new city in Byzantium which he named Constantinople after himself and transferred his headquarters there, leaving Rome vacant. As a result the Papacy moved in and sat on the throne of Caesar and so the Church took over Rome. This explains what the Bible said, “and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” The dragon as previously stated is the devil. In the Vatican there’s a tapestry on the wall about 75 feet long, and underneath the tapestry it says “The donation of Constantine to the Pope” What did he donate? He donated the city of Rome and the Church became a kingdom.
This is the first beast. Revelation 13 states that he would blaspheme God. Luke 5:21 reads, “And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” Today in the Roman Church they allege that every Priest can forgive sins. No man on Earth can forgive sins. As for power, Elizabeth I defied the Pope and he sent word to all Catholics in England not to obey the Queen. Henry of Germany offended the Pope and he had to stand barefoot in the snow for three days to pay penance to the Pope before he would forgive him. Verse 7 says the beast would fight against God’s people and defeat them.
The coming statement is not intended to foster ill towards another as this would be contrary to Christian teaching, plus over the centuries this Church has done many great things by many wonderful people. But the truth is the Roman Church murdered and tortured an estimated 70 million people as heretics and many for keeping God’s Sabbath rather than Satan’s counterfeit day made law by the Papacy. All this is a matter of history and can be read in your local library. Start with “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon. Watch a short video of a true story of a Death in Red Square for Sabbath keeping.
Every criterion mentioned in the Bible is met by this first beast power. Now the Bible says that this beast would receive a deadly wound to its head. The Pope took over Rome and rose to power in 538 A.D. The Bible says he would have power for 1260 years which takes us to 1798. What happened in 1798? Precisely on time as prophesied in the Bible, in 1798 Napoleon’s General Berthier was sent down to Rome to kidnap the Pope and exiled and imprisoned him in France. Hover here for an article excerpt from page 3 of the London Times dated 12-3-1798. In 1799 the Pope got sick and died. The head of the Catholic Church was dead! This is the deadly wound to the head. For a while there was no head of the Roman Church. But the Bible says the deadly wound would be healed, and in 1800 they elected a new Pope and the healing of the deadly wound began.
However, this new Pope had no real power until 1929. At that time a man in Italy called Benito Mussolini signed a concordat in Rome giving back to the Pope, not the whole city but about 108 acres called the Vatican and so the deadly wound was healed. As a result, the Bible says, “the whole world wondered after the beast.” American Presidents have bowed before the Pope but they have never bowed before the head of any other Church.
In 1562 the Archbishop of Reggio openly declared that tradition now stood above scripture. This is what he wrote. “The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of Christ’s teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.” Gaspare de Posso, Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent.
Sadly, Bible truth has been weighed against tradition, and men by the millions voted for tradition and still are today regardless of what God’s Word says. In the Catholic catechism you will find the following questions and answers.
Question: Which day is the Sabbath day? Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
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. Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957. These councils sometimes sat for up to 18 years or more.
Revelation 13:16-18 below says that 666 is the number of a man. Since the beast power is the Papacy, it is not hard to work out who the most prominent man of this Papal Church is. The Pope wears a triple tiered crown which means he is the king of Heaven and Earth and Purgatory. This of course is obviously wrong. There is a King of Kings and His name is Jesus Christ our Lord. He is King of Heaven and King of Earth and since there is no purgatory, that one can go to the Bishop of Rome. On the original crown are inscribed the words in Latin “VICARIUS FILII DEI” which means Vicar of the Son of God. Hover here for an article excerpt called “The number of a man” on the known titles of the Pope or select for the full original image. See also Page 17 continued. What really becomes interesting here is the result of adding up the corresponding numbers of the letters of this title in Roman, Latin or Greek Numerals. We will use Roman numerals for this example. See 666 and the number of the beast for the true origins of that mysterious number 666.
Revelation 13:16-18 reads, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” If you have not already noticed, almost all things in the book of Revelation are symbolic and so is the “mark of the beast” as is the “mark or seal of God” that goes on the forehead of Christians who love God and keep His Commandments. For example, see Deuteronomy 6:1-8. Note verse 8 which says, “…bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes [forehead].” Does anyone really think in the end times that everyone is going to walk around with a mark on their forehead? We know that the “mark or seal of God” is obviously not going to be some barcode or computer chip. Therefore it stands to reason that the “mark of the beast” will also be a symbolic mark. The Devil is extremely deceptive and counterfeits many things of God. Most people in the world have heard of the mark of the beast, so who in their right mind would take such a mark? Here is another statement from the Papacy: “Of course the Catholic church claims that the change was her act, and the act as a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor to Cardinal Gibbons. Watch a short video of a true story on Sunday Law Debate.
In Mark 7:6-9, Jesus said, “…This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the Commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men…Full well you reject the Commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.” Jesus does not want us following the traditions of man and even more so something changed by the “Beast” or more specifically the one behind the beast, which is the dragon and this as already mentioned is Satan himself. I don’t know about you but our family is not going to keep the Sabbath on Sunday just because the Catholic Church chose to change it on their own human authority and tradition and even more so because Satan himself was directly behind it. Joshua 24:15 says, “…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” I and my house choose to serve the Lord and not man or the beast. Choose Christ, He chose us!
Remember that keeping the Sabbath is a Sign between God and us that it is Him we Love and Worship and Satan hates the Sabbath for this reason. This is why Satan set out to change the day to Sunday, which throughout the Old Testament is about Baal worship (Sun worship, Sun-day) and God makes it quite clear that this was detestable to Him. If we don’t keep the Sabbath on Saturday we are following the traditions of man or more specifically the day Satan changed it to as prophesied in Daniel 7:25, “And he shall…think to change times and laws.” God said to love and follow Him is to keep the Sabbath on His Holy day. The mere fact that Satan changed the Sabbath should tell us that keeping the exact day is important to God or Satan through the “Beast” would not have changed it to Sunday.
Satan knows the consequences for NOT keeping God’s Commandments and James 2:10-12 says if we break one Commandment we’ve broken them all. So Satan has attacked the one Commandment that is most important to God and because it was the easiest one to attack as he knew how most people would make every excuse to not give this time to God. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.” Do you truly love Jesus? If you do truly love Jesus, you will desire to keep all God’s Commandments without excuses and devote His Holy day to Him. See “Bible prophecy tables and Antichrist time charts” or what is the mark of the beast for further information and the origins of that mysterious number 666.