Which Day Shall We Worship?
By Lt. Col. Jack Mohr
"Remember the Sabbath day and keep it Holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, But the seventh day is the Sabbath day of the Lord thy God . . ." (Exodus 20:8 - 10)
In recent months a great deal of "heat with very little light" has been generated by two issues which are splitting Christian Identity.
At one time the major controversy seemed to be over the TWO SEED DOCTRINE. But today, the major dissension is being spread by those who debate two issues:
(1) What are the proper names to use when discussing GOD and JESUS CHRIST. Some insist we MUST use the old Hebrew names of YAHWEH and YASHUAH, with their many different spellings. My contention has been that since we speak and write in English, and Israel was to have a new language in the closing out days of this age, therefore we should use terms that the majority of our White Israelite people understand. Little is accomplished when we speak to people about YAHWEH and YASHUAH, if they do not know who we are speaking about.
I have noticed that all of Israel's great spiritual revivals, at least in modern times, have come under the teaching that uses the Angelcized names of God and Jesus. It does not seem logical to me, that the Almighty Creator of the universe, whatever term you want to use when addressing Him, would bless the use of names which were abhorrent (according to the Holy Name folks) to Him.
I will not make further comments on these names in this pamphlet, as my purpose is not to discuss God's names, but rather the recent pressure placed on Christian Identity people, to worship on the Jewish Sabbath, rather than the Christian Sunday. My personal opinion is that we are seeing another attempt to Judaize the Christian faith, much as was attempted by the Judaizers in the First Century AD. They have already gone far in this direction in the Judeo-Christian churches of the land.
Much of what I am about to use in this article, comes from my Israel mentor, Dr. Howard Rand, of Destiny Publishers (now deceased) who as far as I am concerned was without peer as an Israel Identity scholar and teacher. If you are honest in your evaluation of the scriptural arguments given by Dr. Rand, I believe you will see the "bankruptcy of the Sabbatarian" contention that observance of the Sunday Sabbath violates the 4th Commandant (Exodus 20:8-11). "Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; But the seventh day is the sabbath (Hebrew word meaning: "intermission") of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thiy daughter, thy man-servant, or thy maidservant, nor thy stranger (Hebrew ''sojourner'') that is in thy gates: For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that is them in, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it',. (Heb. "quaddash" meaning: "to consecrate; dedicate sanctify").
In the introduction to his pamphlet THE LORD'S DAY - THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH, Dr. Rand says: "It is confirmed that the week of Joshua's long day was a period of 168 hours, that is seven days x 24 hours, therefore completing a week according to hourly reckonings. The first day of the week following would therefore become the seventh computed by sunsets in an even order of weeks unbroken from Eden.
"It is also evident that if Eden's geographical site could be located, with the succeeding days of the week unbroken, moving east or west from that site would place the traveler out of step with the order of days at the point of departure.
"The entire concept of the Sabbatarians collapses when the Fourth Commandment is correctly analyzed and its meaning and required observance fully recognized. They either imply, or actually add three words to this verse to sustain their position, words which would abrogate correctly the observing requirements of the Fourth Commandment. The words were "OF THE WEEK", which are not found in any translation of the Bible, and were never given as instructions for complying with the terms of this Commandment.
"This mutilation of the Law of the Lord, is a serious offense, as well as a contributing factor in today's increasing Sabbath desecration. It would be well for these folks to heed Solomon's advice in Proverbs 30:6 - "Add thou not unto His (God's) words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (UNQ.)
It will be my purpose, with Dr. Rand's help, to substantiate evidence that Sunday, now known as the Lord's Day, should be nationally designated and kept as the Israelite Sabbath and be so observed. It will only be by obedience to this commandment that our true Israel people, who are not Jews, will receive God's promised blessings.
There is every reason for us to believe that from the very beginning of time, before the worlds were formed, our God in His omniscience, knew what would happen throughout all ages. (This is the meaning of the word "omniscience: which comes from a Latin word meaning: "having infinite (all) knowledge; knowing all things").
Before the worlds were formed, God had sent the times and seasons in which ordained events in history would take place. He numbered the souls of all mankind born since Adam and until that number is fulfilled, fire dead will not live again. God timed His historical clock, so that the universe would be in synchronization with important historical events. This is something our finite minds cannot comprehend.
The very idea is so vast and complicated that we turn away from the thought that before Jesus rose from the garden tomb of Joseph of Airmathea, God had moved to memorialize that day in what the Christian world now calls Easter.
But because it coincides with a pagan holiday, and the anti-Christ's of Judaism have turned it into a commercial rather than a Christian day, it does not change the fact that the resurrection of our King was the most important day in all history. For without the resurrection, Christ's death on the cross would be meaningless and as the Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:19-20 - "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now (thank God!) is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that sleep". (Vs. 22) "For as in Adam (the fleshly man) all die, even so in Christ (the spiritual man) shall all be made alive".
God brought that resurrection day into harmony and synchronization with the sabbatical count and the order of sevens, and by His Holy Spirit, sanctified this day as the Sabbath of the Christian world.
Let me give you a few examples taken from Dr. Rand's pamphlet to demonstrate the perfectness of God's foreknowledge.
(Isa. 40:12) - "Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted (measured) out the heaven with the span (spread of his fingers), and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in balances". In other words, everything God did in creation according to the scientific laws of nature, what we often refer to as "natural law".
The Psalmist David, as he marveled at the glories of God's creation was moved to pen the words: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech; and night unto night sheweth knowledge". (Psalm 19:1-2)
There is no excuse for a man or woman to be an "atheist". The Apostle Paul in Romans 1:21, 22 says that the reason they do is ". . when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools".
It is difficult for the most brilliant mind to comprehend that all the heavenly bodies move according to fire Divine plan and purpose of God and that there is a definite life span which has been set up by the Creator for both the heavens and the earth.
Isaiah tells us that the hosts of the heavens (the heavenly bodies) shall be dissolved, and the heavens be rolled back as a scroll (Isa. 34:4). This will occur when God vents His wrath upon the armies of the anti-Christ and it will result in a great slaughter, (Isa. 34:2-3). The Apostle Peter speaks about this in 2 Peter 3:10, and the Apostle John confirms it in Rev. 6:14.
The schedule for these events were set in motion before the world was created or Adam was formed, and are known only to God.
God's wrath, according to His prophets was reserved against the wicked and designated as the "day of the Lord". We have now reached the "times and seasons" in which this will shortly come to pass.
Let us look in detail into the recorded event in Israel's history in which events occurred that were set in motion thousands of years before they happened. I am referring to the incident recorded in Joshua 10:11 which has become known in the Christian world as "Joshua's long day". This was the day when God cast great stones down from heaven on Israel's enemies, so that more of them died from the hailstones, than from the swords of Israel's armies.
You may say: "What has this to do with Sabbath worship?" Wait and see! This incident took place when a mighty confederation of the Ammorites came against Israel at Gibeon, and Joshua called on God's help to defeat them.
God's answer was to send a mighty astronomical storm against the enemy. Think about this. Think about the exact timing that was necessary, in connection with the movement of the planets, thousands of years before the event took place. When we look at the exactitude of God's plans, it dwarfs anything the human mind has ever conceived. The movement of the stars and planets which allowed this astronomical shower, were planned ages before the event.
This was no ordinary hail, but a shower of meteorite matter, which indicated that the earth's path had been crossed by a celestial visitor, from whom these stories came.
It is even more phenomenal, when we realize that this shower of meteorites fell only on the Ammorites, while the armies of Israel, on the same field, were untouched. It not only killed the enemy, it left Israel untouched.
It also exerted such a tremendous influence on the earth, that this planet "turned over" and produced an unnaturally long day. The Bible records this in Joshua 10:14 - "And there was not a day like that before it or after it".
It is interesting to note that our "space program'' is proving that what has been called "myth" in the Bible by many skeptics is true. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and a consultant in the space program relates the following development:
"I think one of the most interesting things God has for us today happened to our astronauts and space scientists at Greenbelt, Maryland. They were checking the position of the sun, moon, and planets in outer space, where they would be 100 years or a thousand years from now. We must know this so we don't send a satellite up and in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing does not bog down.
''They ran the computer measurements back and forth over the centuries and it came to a halt, The computer stopped and picked up a red signal which meant there was something wrong, either with the information fed into it, or with the results as compared to the standards. They called in the service department to check it out and they said: ''Everything's perfect!" The IBM head of operations said: 'What's wrong?'' ''Well,'' they said, ''we found a whole day missing in space in elapsed time.'' They scratched their heads and could not come up with an answer.
One Christian on the team said: ''You know, I remember one time in Sunday School, when the teacher talked about a day when the sun stood still".
They didn't believe him and said: "Show us!" So he got his Bible and went back into the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for anyone who had 'common sense' There they found God saying to Joshua 'Fear them not, I have delivered them into your hand; there shall not a man of them stand against thee". (Joshua was concerned at this point for fear that the enemy he had surrounded would be saved if darkness fell.)
"So Joshua asked God to make the sun stand still! That's right! 'The sun stood still and the moon stayed . . . and hasted not to go down about a whole day'. The technicians said: There's our missing day,' and when they checked it out in the computers they found they were close, but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing in Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20niinutes . . . not a whole day. They read the Bible account again and it said 'about (approximately) a day'. (Joshua 10:12, 13).
"These little words were important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for forty minutes you will be in trouble a thousand years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbit.
"Well this Christian fellow remembered another place in the Bible where the sun was said to have moved backwards. The space men told him he was out of his mind, but he turned to 2 Kings 20 and read where King Hezekiah on his death bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him lie was not going to die. Hezekiah didn't believe him and asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said: "Do you want the sun to go ahead ten degrees on your sun dial? and Hezekiah said: "It's nothing for the sun to go ahead ten degrees, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees", Isaiah spoke to the Lord about it, and God brought the shadow tell degrees backwards. Read about it in 2 Kings 20:10-15.
"Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes! Twenty-three hours and twenty minutes in Joshua, plus the forty minutes in 2 Kings make the missing twenty-four hours the space travelers had to log in the log book as the missing day in the universe! Isn't it amazing? Our Lord rubbed their nose in the truth!
Another mighty historical event which began before the earth was formed, was God's redemptive plan for mankind. Do you really believe that God, at the beginning of time, neglected to provide the physical details necessary for this mighty event to take place on the specific day it did? I think not! Did God fail in His plans to have His Son's day of resurrection fall on a certain day of the week, and then make sure that His Son's followers, known as Christians, would worship on the day which would violate the Sabbatical timing? Of course not! We know this could not be true and I will prove it in this message.
Before we proceed farther, let me state that I believe the 4th Commandment MUST be observed and kept, but so MUST all the laws of God contained in the Commandments, Statutes and Judgments. But not as some in Identity and the Sabbatical Movement teach. As I am writing, I have before me a pamphlet put out by a well known figure in Identity circles, who boastingly says: "We (his special group) observe all the 759 Biblical Common Laws as our way of life. If the priests and ministers were practicing the Law themselves, they would be teaching the Law and its penalties and benefits. Instead they teach grace, religious philosophy and crime, all in the name of Jesus, as He foretold in Matt. 24:4, 5.
But this is not what Jesus was teaching in Matthew 24:4, 5. This passage has to do with Christians being deceived by those who claim to be Christ. It has absolutely nothing to do with keeping the Law. If I was a betting man, I'd wager a large sum, that this man and his followers cannot possibly keep the 759 Biblical Common Laws. They were an albatross around the necks of our forefathers in Israel. The Apostle Peter knew this, when he declared to the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15:10 - "Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke (Gk "zugos" meaning: "servitude; a law or obligation") upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" Peter was rebuffing the Judaizers in the early church because they said a man had to be converted to Judaism and he physically circumcised before he could be saved. Jesus had referred to this same thing when He criticized the Pharisees in Matt. 23:4, saying: "For they bind heavy burdens and grievances to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders: but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers".
The Apostle James, who evidently was the Presiding Officer at this Conference went on to state that they were not to trouble the Gentiles (the thistilized Israel tribes who had lost their identity and resided in this area") which had been called out of the nations and been called to God.
He sent a delegation made up of Judas (not Iscariot) and Silas, men who had put their life on the line for Jesus, with a message to the Gentilized Israelite Christians, in which he said: ''For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things", and he went on to enumerate them. They certainly were not 759 Laws.
I believe that Christians have been relieved of many of these 759 "nit-picking" laws, which had been used by the Pharisees to control our forefathers. (Remember, that the Pharisees at this time were mostly Edomites. John 8:33).
These were the ceremonial laws on how pots and pans must be washed, or how far a man could walk on the Sabbath If we followed these laws today, very few of us could travel far enough to get to church, and I'm sure no one today carries a shovel around with them, to cover their body waste. (This was one of the Israelite requirements).
Jesus showed His disregard for these ''man-made'' laws when He ate food without first ceremoniously washing his hands, (Matt. 15:2, 3, 8, 9), or when he allowed His disciples to shell grain with their hands and eat it on the Sabbath Day. The Pharisees looked on this as a sin. But as Jesus told them regarding tithing, in Matt. 23:23 ''. , . for ye pay tithes . . . and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, faith: these ought ye to have done, and not leave the other undone'' . In Mark 2:27, he reminded the Pharisees that the ''Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath'. (Unfortunately this verse is much misused.)
Dr. Rand maintained, and I agree, that contrary to the Sabbatarian opposition, Christian worship on Sunday, has been programmed by God, from the very beginning, as the ''Lord's special day''. Worshiping on that day is NOT a violation of the 4th commandment no matter what men say to the contrary.
The following historical facts destroy the basis for the Sabbatarian argument that it was the Catholic church who turned Sunday into the Christian sabbath. They tell us that prior to the time of Constantine, (306-377 AD.) the first day of the week was not kept as a day of worship by the Christian ''ecelesia''.
Justin, surnamed the Martyr, was born at Flavius Neapolis in Sarnaria. His father was a heathen. Justine's martyrdom is supposed to have taken place between 145 and 165 AD.,which was at least a 150 years prior to the time of Constantine. He was the first known Christian Apologist which according to Webster's Dictionary is "a person who writes and speaks in defense or justification of a doctrine, faith, action, etc.''
Justin wrote his famous APOLOGY FOR THE CHRISTIANS in AD. 140. This was 164 years prior to the rule of Constantine. In this work, the learned Christian leader plainly sets forth the fact that Sunday was the Christian Sabbath. He wrote: "On Sunday we held our joint meeting, for the first day is that on which having removed darkness and made the world, Jesus Christ rose from the dead". (This statement can be found on p.98, of Justin's second volume of APOLOGY).
This testimony proves that the early Christian church held their Sabbath observance on Sunday, in remembrance of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is therefore false to say that Constantine instituted it.
The Apostle John, died in AD. 100, so it was within forty years of his death, that Christians worshiped on Sunday, for Justin speaks of Sunday worship as being an established custom at that time. If this were true, then Sunday worship could very possibly have been held while John was still alive, and may account for his reference in Rev. 1:10, when he says: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day (Sunday).
Did Jesus Himself institute Sunday as the Christian day of worship'? The Sabbatarians say that Sunday was the day when the heathen worshiped the sun. But as a matter of fact, Saturday was the day the heathen worshiped SATUR; Hebrew STUR, Babylonian Satur, Roman Saturn and Saxon Swithin, all these were local variations of the name SATAN.
Why should Christians relinquish the Christian Sabbath on Sunday, the "Lord's Day", the day on which our Savior rose from the grave, in favor of the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday, which is the "day of Satan".
When Jesus stated that the Jewish leaders were "of their father the devil'', (John 8:44), their refusal to change their day of worship to conform to the day of His resurrection makes them worship on Satan's day. (Using their own argument against them).
It is true, flint much later, the Roman-Catholic church confirmed the Christian sabbath as being on Sunday, but they were merely sanctioning an already firmly established day.
Of course, the Adversary has cleverly used the endorsement of Sunday by the Catholic church, to generate confusion and dissension among Christian people, who are constantly under bombardment from Jewish myths. This is why Paul warned Titus against". . . giving heed to Jewish fables. (Gk - "fiction; myths") and commandments of men, which turn from the truth". In verse 10, the Apostle says that there are many unruly and vain talkers, and SEDUCERS, SPECIALLY THEY OF THE CIRCUMCISION (Jews) . . . teaching things they ought not, for filthy lucre's (moneys) sake". Yet in spite of repeated warnings against these Jewish seducers, our Israelite people allow them to "subvert whole houses" (vs. 11) and "love to have it so". Or as Jeremiah 5:30-31 says: "A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land. The prophets (preachers) prophesy (preach) falsely, and the priests (political leaders) bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" How can you warn people who want to be fooled by false preaching? It's impossible!
But strange events took place, unknown to Sunday worshipers and Sabbatarians alike, over 1900 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, God caused an astronomical event to occur, so as to remember the days of the week, so that our Saturday actually became the first day, according to a 24 hour day, while Sunday would then become the seventh day according to sunrises and sunsets.
When Jesus fulfilled His earthly mission and was crucified and rose from the dead, the old order, with it's animal sacrifices came to an end. God had provided that when the day of resurrection dawned, it would become the sabbath of His Chosen People, "true Israel" (not the people we now know as Jews).
Sunday was to become the sabbath to all those whose sins came under Christ's blood, through the "new birth" of Jolla 3:3. This in no way violated the 4th Commandment.
Throughout all the world's history there has been no day like the resurrection day. When the angel of God rolled away the stone from the sepulchre of Joseph of Armiathea, and Christ rose triumphal over death, and the Adversary, he became the ''first fruit" of all who died in Christ, both before His coming, and after His return to the Father. (One day, those who have "died in Christ," shall hear His voice again, and rise to live with Him".
Do we really need to wonder why God would be moved, thousands of years prior to this glorious event, and so change the order of sunsets and sunrises, that the Day of Resurrection would become seventh day sabbath.
Read again Joshua 10:13, "The sun stood still (remained in place) in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down ABOUT A WHOLE DAY". Then 800 years later, God added the extra 40 minutes when he caused the sun to turn back tell degrees on Hezekiah's sun dial (Isaiah 38:8). This added a complete 24-hour day to the existing calendar.
That week became a very special week, for it had only six sunrises and six sunsets, and the "long day" was recognized in the Hebrew calendar as two days. That week therefore had seven 24 hour periods, with only six sunrises and Schsets.
As a result, the first day of the following week would be the seventh day, when reckoned by sunsets which was the scriptural method, as the new day always began at sunset.
On the day of the crucifixion, according to Jewish law (John 19:31) the bodies had to be removed from their crosses before sunset, for the setting sun marked the beginning of the Pascal week and was a sabbath. It was on Friday, not Saturday and it was after the sabbaths (plural in the Greek), that Mary came to the empty tomb (see Matt. 28:1; Mark 15:42; 16:1; John 19:31; 20:1).
God in His wisdom so restricted the circumference of this earth, that it is impossible to divide it into seven weekday periods. Thus if two men from any given point on earth, began to circle it in opposite directions, both worshiping on Saturday, they would discover on meeting that their sabbaths no longer synchronized. Which one of them would be worshiping on the correct day? But our God, being a God of order, not confusion, took the guesswork out of the process.
Did God so program the size of this earth (and we know He planned it) to make it difficult for people like the Sabbatarians to criticize Christians from worshiping on Sunday?
Two Sabbatarians, standing on opposite sides of the International Date Line, would be observing different days. One to his horror, would be worshiping on the Christian Sunday. This emphasizes the absurdity of those Saturday worshipers who charge Christian Sunday worshipers with violation of.htm's Law.
There is little doubt in my mind that many of the problems we now have in Christendom, and in America and Canada in particular, are caused because we have failed to keep God's sabbath. Many who claim Christ as Savior, use this day (whether it is Saturday or Sunday) to pleasure themselves, or do chores around the house such as washing the car, or mowing the lawn. This is breaking the 4th Commandment. Others go to a ball game rather than church, while others go to the beach or fishing. It reminds me of a story my grandfather used to tell, about these two Sunday worshipers who went fishing on Sunday morning They were out on the lake when a bad storm came up, forcing them to row to land. As they moved through the rain and mounting waves, they heard a church bell in the distance and one of them said: ''I might as well have gone to church with my wife''. To which the other self-righteously replied: ''Well, I couldn't have gone anyway, because my wife is sick!'' That's the kind of stupid excuses men use!
God gave Christians a guide to follow in Isaiah 58:13-14. (Now I realize that many so-called Christians boast about being New Testament Christians, who don't have to obey the old laws), but these words from Isaiah were written for both Old and New Covenant believers: ''If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing they pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable: and shall honor Him, not doing thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shall thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob (Israel) thy fat her: for the mouth of the Lord bath spoken it''.
I remember as a boy on the farm in Central Michigan, how mother would not bake on Sunday. She always made preparation for Sunday diner ahead of time, so there would be the minimum of work on the Lord's Day. While other so-called Christian farmers in the neighborhood would often harvest their hay on Sunday to keep it from getting rained on, dad never would, and he rotated his crops in accordance with scriptural laws. Sunday in our home was a day dedicated to the Lord. We went to Sunday school and church traveling 4 miles in the worst of weather, even when it took a team and a sleigh to make it through the hip deep snowdrifts. Then it was back again at night for church, and Wednesday for Prayer Meeting. It took some startling event, such as a death in the immediate family, before this routine was broken. We children were not allowed to play ball, go hunting, fishing or swimming on Sunday. It was a day dedicated to God. It was a day of meditation and rest.
Today, few Christians, Sunday worshipers or Sabbatarians, keep the sabbath holy. Instead of it being a day dedicated to God, it has become a day to pleasure one's self. This, believe, is where the sin conies in. Anytime we place anything before God, that thing becomes an idol to us and we have broken the First Commandment. I don't believe for a moment that God expects Christians to adhere to the old Levitical ordinances which restricted a man from traveling more than 5/8th of a mile on the sabbath. (If this were true, few of us would ever make it to church). But God does expect us to put Hun first in our lives, and the "rest part" is an absolute necessity in the hurry and pressure of modern living.
The Christian sabbath is a weekly reminder of what our Savior did for us, and that all who put their trust in Him, will one day live again. This should be a sustaining element in our lives during these days of increasing tribulation against Christian Patriots.
It might be well to caution those who belittle the observance of the Christian sabbath, to take heed lest they come under condemnation for opposing that which the Father programmed thousands of years ago. You will have to make the decision on which day to worship, I can't do it for you.
It appears to me as though this move to "downgrade" Sunday worship is an attempt to Judaize the Christian church, by the same people who attempted to do this to the First Century church and force the early Christians into following Jewish practices. It is interesting to the to note that within Israel Identity circles, much of this Sabbatarian teaching comes from such groups as the ASSEMBLY OF YAHWEH, in Pennsylvania, whose leader, Jacob Meyer, is a Jew. They have even promoted a translation of the Bible, to serve their own purposes.
As Christendom entered the Eighteenth Century, the seeds of this "great apostasy'' began to sprout, as Higher Criticism took root, coining for the most part from German-Jewish infiltration of German seminaries, which overflowed into Canada and the United States.
So-called Bible scholars began to question die historical accuracy of the Bible, and this increased over the years, until today, iii 1993, there is a group of eminent scholars (?) who agree that the words of Jesus, as written in the Gospels never occurred, but are the figment of the writers imagination. Thus in many modern Bible translations, the Virgin Mary, spoken of in Isaiah 7:14, has become merely a "young woman" effectively discrediting Christ's miraculous birth. Thus the "Virgin shall conceive" of the King James Version has been changed in the ABPS (American Baptist Publication Society) to read; "behold a young woman shall conceive and bear a son . . ." What's so miraculous about that, it's an every day occurrence? Or the NEW (New English Bible) which says: "A young woman is with child . . ." or the J. B. Phillips translation which says: "See, a maiden shall conceive . . . :" or the Jerusalem Bible which says: "It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth . . ." All of these can easily be seen as methods to downgrade Christ's miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit.
The Adversary is not satisfied with bringing into question the correctness of the scriptures, he also wants to cause dissension in the church. This unfortunately has been allowed in Identity circles and is one of the reasons this tract is being written.
It is evident from Christ's own words, that he did not accept the religion of Judaism as His own. In John 5:16, when the Pharisees bragged to Him about how they followed the teachings of Moses, Christ refuted them by saying: "If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me; for he wrote of Me". Again, plain and to the point!
The Ebionites, whom Paul denounced, taught that Gentiles, (the word is never found in the singular; and here they were referring to the Gentilized Israelites who had lost their identity in captivity, see Hosea 1:10 - ". . . and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it is said unto them [true Israel] ye are not my people [they were called Gentiles], there it shall be said unto them, ye are the sons of the living God". [Christians], in order to become Christians, had to first convert to Judaism and be circumcised. We have already discussed the early church's reaction to this.
The present trend towards Jewish assertiveness can be seen in the Judeo-Christian church, and even among some in Christian Identity and is aggravated by the timidity of the Christian pulpit to speak the whole counsel of God, and to the Jewish boast that Christianity came from Jewish sources. (For a complete scriptural refutation of this argument, read my new book THANK GOD MY SAVIOR WAS NOT A JEW!)
With the exception of the Greek Christians, who were mostly Israelites to begin with, the early church was hindered by it's Judaistic background. Not that it was Jewish by religion, but because people taught them, as now that Jesus was a Jew. They often failed to detach Christ completely from the Cabalist religion of Judaism. The early church, like that of today, was in very real danger of being smothered or absorbed by the Judaizers who had very cleverly infiltrated the church. The Apostle Paul was very well aware of this when he warned Titus in (1:10) about the "many unruly and vain talkers, especially among those of the CIRCUMCISION (Jews) whose mouths had to be stopped, because they were subverting whole families for the money they could make out of it." Little has changed in the Judeo-Christian churches of today. Look at your TV evangelists like Jinirny Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falell, Billy Graham, Jack Van Impe, etc., all of whom are Christian Zionists (if there can be such a creature) who subvert the truth "for filthy lucre's (money's) sake". They back the anti-Christ's, because it keeps them on the airwaves.
When the Pilgrim Fathers landed in America, Sunday, as the "Lord's Day" was strictly observed and throughout our American history, until the middle of the Nineteenth Century, by consent of legislative enactment, Sunday was universally acknowledged as the Christian sabbath. Business transactions were not valid on that day, and secular work, was not allowed by both Christians and non-Christians.
But when the Second Coming of Christ failed to materialize in 1844, as had been prophesied by Ella G. White, a new organization called the SEVENTH DAY ADVENT was formed. It began in 1855, and became an official church in 1860, with Mrs. White as the head. (This in itself was against scriptural law).
Ella White was considered to be a prophet and special messenger from God by her group, and her writings became their textbook, often superceding the Bible, as is the case with Mormonism.
In June 1894, C. A. L. Totten, a well known Christian scholar stated: "Saturday, not Sunday, must be observed as the sabbath. This is the present phase of an old piece of Pharisaism".
Mrs. White added her official voice in the destruction of Sunday as the Christian day of worship and her denomination has carried on iii her footsteps ever since, adding immeasurably to the dissension that Satan has caused in Christian ranks, and causing friction which is no doubt greatly pleasing to the Adversary.
We must remember that Satan, the Adversary, will often use good Christians, who fail to be strictly on their guard to further his nefarious programs.
Dr. Rand says: "In order to be correctly in step with the sabbatical order of the days of the week with that of Eden, it would be necessary for us to pinpoint the longitude where Eden was located". Of course, no one has ever come up with this precise information, although many have guessed at it.
We know that the topography of the antediluvian world was drastically changed by the Deluge of Noah's day, and that the site of Eden is still unknown. When one moves towards the east or west from any point on the globe, each step puts the traveler out of step with the order of days at the point of his departure.
Early travelers and explorers did not have these Time Zones and were unaware of them as they spread over the face of the earth. These were often God fearing men and women who confined their labor to six days, resting on the seventh. They did this regardless of whether it tallied with any special order of days at their point of departure. Nevertheless, they were keeping the 4th Commandment in accordance with God's Word.
Satan, by beguiling the Sabbatarians into trying to reconcile the irreconcilable, are causing "true Israel'', the Anglo-Saxon and related peoples, to violate the 4th Commandment, as they depart from observance of the Christian sabbath.
An interesting problem confronts the Sabbatarian who asserts that day begins and ends with sunset. What about the Antarctic regions of this earth? From sunset to sunset at certain times of the year is much more, or much less than 24 hours. But by no means are these days much more or less than 24 hours long.
By no means can days in this region be synchronized with any date from Old Testament history.
The spirit of the law can be kept in these areas by devoting 144 hours, six - 24 hour days to labor, and the following 24 hour period to rest as the sabbath, for this would complete a 168 hour week.
The Anglo-Saxon and kindred people are the House of Israel in the world today and their keeping of the sabbath is a sign between God and His people, (who are not the Jews) through all generations (Ex. 31:13). God's blessings will return to America when we once again elect to enforce the Lord's Day as our Christian sabbath, and obey His commandments.
Before Israel left captivity in Egypt, God instructed Moses and Aaron that the spring month of Nissan should be the first month of their New Year. By doing this, He made provision that the Lamb of God, His Son, would 2,000 years later, die as the sacrificial lamb for the sins of His people Israel. The lamb in the old Hebrew sacrifice (there were no people known as Jews at this time), was to be a male animal without spot or blemish, which was chosen out of the flock on the 10th day of the month and held until the 14th day, when it was sacrificed between the two evenings, between 3 pm. and 6 pm.
Jesus was thirty years old and when He began His earthly ministry. When He reached His 31st year, He became the Lamb of the first year. '[ne all gel Gabriel had informed the prophet Daniel regarding this hundreds of years previously when he stated in Dan. 9:26 - "After three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself".
From the day Jesus was baptized to His crucifixion was 62 weeks or 434 days. ne was 31 years old when He was crucified, not 33 as most of us have been taught.
When He began His ministry and went into the synagogue oil the sabbath, as noted in Luke 4:17-19, Ne quoted from Isa. 61:1 - which ends with: "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord". This "acceptable year" would be the year devoted to His earthly ministry. Almost without exception, the early church fathers recognized our Lord's ministry as confined to a period of a little over a year.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, it was on the 10th day of the month of Nissan, 011 a Sunday. It was on tills day, that the Jewish high Priest selected Him to be put to death. While the High Priest may not have been all Israelite he was all Edomite), he knew prophesy and in John 18:14 it says: ''Now Caiphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient for one man to die for the people".
Four days later Jesus was crucified on Thursday, the 14th day of the month. His body had to be off the cross before sunset, for Friday was a High Holy Day of the Jews. He came forth from the tomb, early on Sunday morning, the first day of the week (Mark 16:9).
It was not until after his resurrection that we herd the term "Lord's Day" used among His followers. Always before that, during His ministry, both Jesus and His followers referred to the sabbath.
Adam Clark, recognized as a great Bible scholar, in his commentary states that the Apostle John received his prophesy in Revelation on the "Lord's Day" (Sunday). He said: "The first day of the week, is observed as the Christian sabbath, because on it Jesus Christ rose from the dead: therefore it was called the Lord's Day, and has taken the place of the Jewish sabbath throughout the Christian world". Christian worship on this day has nothing to do with either Constantine or the Roman church.
But in an endeavor to discredit John's designation of Sunday as the Lord's Day, when Jesus rose from the dead, a Sabbatarian wrote: "The expression 'The Lord's Day', in Rev. 1:10 means the same as the 'Day of the Lord' found in many other passages of scripture".
But the falsity of this teaching can be seen in that the context in which this phrase is used is much different. The phrase "Day of the Lord" in most cases in the Bible means the "day of vengeance, of wrath, a time of afflication and war", while the Lord's Day as expressed by John, is the day of Christ's resurrection.
Read carefully Exodus 20:8-11. Notice that the seventh day is not tied to any day of the week, even Saturday, as the Sabbatarians try and make it appear. As worded in this Commandment, it is a 24-hour period, following six days of labor. The words OF THE WEEK, have been added by the Sabbatarians to promote their own belief. As a result, the Christian Sunday sabbath is as much in conformity with the 4th Commandment, as the Jewish sabbath on Saturday.
It is unfortunate indeed, that people who go by the name of Christian, will deliberately twist scripture out of context and out of concurrence with historical facts, in order to make them conform to what they teach.
An example of this can be seen in the book NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW, written in 1983 by Sabbatarian author A. Jan Narcussen and published by AMAZING TRUTH PUBLICATIONS, Homossasa Springs, Florida. On page 35 of this book Marsussen quotes from Catholic Cardinal Gibbons, from a book titled FAITH OF THE FATHERS page 111, he is supposed to have written: "You 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 (Catholics) never sanctify". This seems like a very strange statement for a Catholic Cardinal to make, in that it discredits his own church.
Then in the following paragraph, Marcussen uses a common argument with the Sabbatarians, that it was the Council of Trent (Roman Catholic) in 1545 AD. which ruled that "tradition is of greater authority than the Bible". This is probably true, but Marcussen makes it appear that this Council and the Roman church set up Sunday as the "day of worship," when in reality the Lord's Day Sunday had been kept for nearly 1500 years at this point, going back to the very earnest Christian ecclesia.
As you read more, you can readily see that this author, as most Sabbatarians, is a Judeo-Christian (a misnomer if there ever was one), and maybe even worse, a Christian Zionist, for on page 36 ne states that the Jews who were hated by the Romans, had worshiped on Saturday from the beginning. This is pure, unadulterated falsehood.
He indicates that because Jesus taught in the Jewish synagogue (Luke 4:16), He also worshiped the god of Judaism. Marcussen was very careful not to mention the fact that the synagogues were not only places of Jewish worship, but were community "town halls" where all sorts of subjects, religious and non-religious were discussed. It was the logical place for an itinerant preacher to promote his beliefs.
But anyone who has made a careful study of Jesus and compared His teachings with the filth of Talmudic Judaism, knows that they are "light years" apart. Christianity could not possibly have come from the same roots as anti-Christ Judaism, because they worshiped a different god. (See my new book THANK GOD MY SAVIOR WAS NOT A JEW)
Marcussen claims, without any scriptural or historical proof, that when dedicated Christians in Rome protested the change from Saturday worship to the Lord's Day, the church (Roman Catholic) leaders sold them the lie that the Emperor Constantine wanted them to worship on Sunday, because it was the day in which Christ had risen from the dead.
In 321 AD. Constantine had passed a law, stating that all work should cease on Sunday, and that it should be a day of worship. This was so the pagan ''sun worshipers'' and Christians could worship on the same day. But our Sabbatarian apologist did not bother to state that Saturday was also a day of heathen worship, which had been going on for centuries, when men worshiped Satan under different names
On page 37 this author states that Satan pulled off the ''hoax of the ages'' and fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel concerning the "man of sin'' who would "think to change times and laws.'' The problem is, this "man of sin'' commonly called the anti-Christ, has not yet appeared on the historical scene. But Marcussen, in his all knowing wisdom says it must be the Roman Pope.
Marcussen states: 'Satan hates the 4th Commandment which is obviously true!, for it is possible to worship false gods and keep most of the commandments. Many so called Christians are doing that today . They accept Christ as a sort of Fire Insurance Policy to keep them out of hell, and worship Him, not so much because they love Him, as for what they can get from Him. Few of these want to accept Him as Lord and King, for when they do, they must conform to His will and obey Him, yet they refuse to stop ''doing their own thing''. This accounts for the major weakness in the modern church
Marcussen on page 25 states that the Roman Catholic church was officially established in 538 AD, this was approximately 500 years after the first church was begun on the Day of Pentecost. He says: "After Jesus went back to heaven, the early church grew rapidly under the blessing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus predicted the treatment His people were to receive''. Then he quoted from Matt.. 24:9, where Jesus told his disciples: They shall deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake'', This was literally fulfilled! But the author is careful not to tell us who the THEY of Matthew 24:9 really were. If you study this in its context, you will find it is the same one's Jesus accused of being guilty of' "all the righteous blood which had been shed from time of time of Abel'', (Luke 11:51). It was the Jews who were behind most of the vicious persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries AD, probably some of the worst was under Nero, who was directed in viciousness against Christians by his Jewish wife. When Rome was set on fire by Jewish radicals during the reign of Nero, it was Christians who were blamed at the urging of this Jewess. He then seals his argument by stating that the early church began to compromise for the sake of popularity and gain, and that one of Satan's devices was to go to Sunday worship. (Which, as I have pointed out, had been going on for many years). It is true, that the Roman church carried on a popularity contest to get the heathen and their wealth into the church, but Sunday worship was not part of it. On page 37 he states: "From time to time great church councils were held and in nearly every one the Sabbath which God had given as a memorial of creation of the world was pressed down while Sunday was exalted. The pagan festival (remember Saturday was also a pagan holiday) finally came to be regarded as the Lord's Day (by Pope Sylvester 31-337 AD.) and the church leaders pronounced the Bible Sabbath a relic of the Jews, and those who honored it, in obedience to the 4th Commandment of God were pronounced "accursed." To rip this commandment right in the center, put in a counterfeit, take away the Bibles, and command the world to accept it this was the king of swindles." Nothing is said about his people who add to God's word by inserting FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK in this verse, to strengthen their false teaching.
I have found over the years, that if a man or woman will "lie by omitting essential facts", they will deliberately lie to strengthen their own position.
He then makes a typical Judeo-Christian statement on page 39: "Keep in mind that our God is kind and fair. Those who are keeping Sunday and breaking God's 4th Commandment ignorantly are not under condemnation. It's those who know what God commands and wilfully disobey who are committing sin. Satan laid his plot so deep that even some ministers are not aware of this great hoax and Satan and many religious leaders of today are putting forth desperate efforts to keep the facts of this subject hidden".
In all my studies of the Bible, I have never come across a verse which states that "ignorance of the facts, makes a man free from sin".
In his appendix on page 94, under the title: TIME NOT LOST, Marcussen states that the days of the week were named after heathen gods. True! Sunday for the sun god, Saturday for Saturn (Satan). Which has exactly nothing to do with Sunday or Saturday worship.
He then makes a statement which is either through ignorance, or deliberate deception: "Though the calendar is constantly being updated to compensate for the 365 days, 5 hours, 48 min..
Then to crown his argument, he quotes from Dr. J. B. Dimbleby, premier chronologist to the British Chronological and Astronomical Association who says: "If men refuse to observe weeks, and the line of time was forgotten the day of the week could be recovered by observing when the transits of the planets, or eclipses of the sun and moon occurred. These great sentinels of the sky keep the seven days inscribed on the inspired page". Well and good! But it seems to me that the good doctor and others like Marcussen, have completely forgotten Joshua's "long day", and Hezekiah's miracle of the "sun dial" which took place centuries before the time of Christ. Is this through ignorance? I sincerely doubt it! If it is deliberate, this makes their sin greater!
When God gave us the illustration of His six days of labor and resting on the seventh day, ne gave no information relative to the weekly order of those days. Were they 24 hour days, or were they in accord with what the Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:8 - "Be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day (presumably a 24 hour one) is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day".
If this is true and we know it is, God established a principle to be served, not a pattern to be performed. This principle was for man to labor for six days, and rest on the seventh, keeping it holy unto the Lord.
If we as a nation are to escape the evil which is engulfing us, we MUST return once again to Sunday Sabbath worship, along with OBEDIENCE to God's other Laws. FOR OBEDIENCE TO GOD MUST COME BEFORE VICTORY! Marcussen is against the establishment of a National Sunday Law, but I state unequivocally, that in a Christian nation we MUST have a uniform day of worship. It is the responsibility of a Christian government to so establish such a day by law. Until the birth of the present day Sabbatarian apostasy, the Christian nations of this world handled the issue of Sabbath violation quite adequately.
In Jeremiah 17:27, we read where he told the inhabitants of Jerusalem that unless they listened to God and hallowed His sabbath, he would: "kindle a fire in the gates of the cities, and it would devour their palaces" (government buildings), and will not be quenched".
Had God intended His sabbath to be synchronized with the days of the week, He would have written the 4th Commandment to read something like this: "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; But the seventh DAY OF THE WEEK is the sabbath of the Lord thy God". These words, DAY OF THE WEEK have been deliberately placed in this verse to change it's meaning, and let those who change God's Word beware!
God has blessed the observance of the Sunday Lord's Day worship in His Israelite nations of Christendom for hundreds of years. I do not believe this would have been so, if the Christian church had been breaking the 4th Commandment. Why should we go back to the "weak and beggardly elements" of anti-Christ Judaism, and be led in our observation of the day of worship by the anti-Christ's?
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