By Herbert W. Armstrong Copyright 1952, 1968, 1970, 1972
Is it possible to know? YES!--you can be sure--you can
prove--which day of the week today, is the same seventh day God
rested on, blessed, and set apart at Creation! Here is the plain
truth--seven separate proofs--each conclusive and irrefutable.
YES, you can be sure!
GRANTED, the Bible says the SEVENTH day is the SABBATH OF
THE LORD THY God. Granted, that God did, at creation, make the
seventh day HOLY TIME, and that He has commanded US to KEEP it
But how can we know, today, WHICH day is the true seventh
day God blessed and made holy AT CREATION?
Has time been lost? Has the calendar been CHANGED? Were
not ten days dropped out of it at one time?
And how about living on a round earth? Does not one either
"gain a day," or "lose a day" in traveling around the world?
And how about JOSHUA'S LONG DAY? Did that change the weekly
How can we know that the name "Saturday," which is a pagan
name, was placed on the seventh day of the week according to the
To all these questions, there is a definite answer--and many
lines Of POSITIVE PROOF! God's Word says "Prove all things." Let
us banish all prejudice. Let us throw out preconceived or past
opinions. Let us investigate and find the TRUTH.
Past Calendar Changes
The calendar now in use, a Roman calendar, has been changed,
but that change did not break the weekly cycle.
Prior to its change, it was called the Julian calendar,
because it originated at the time of Julius Caesar, 45 B.C.--
several years before the birth of Christ. The one change was
ordered by Pope Gregory, and since then it has been called the
The Julian calendar was imperfect--it inserted leap years
too frequently. Back in 45 B.C. they supposed the year was
exactly 365 1/4 days long, and to take care of the extra one
fourth day each year, added a day to the month of February every
four years. But it was found later the year was 12 minutes and
14 seconds shorter than this. Consequently, by the time of Pope
Gregory, the calendar had drifted TEN days away from the seasons.
The Spring equinox, consequently, fell on March 11th, instead of
To correct this, ten days were dropped from the calendar.
But they were dropped only from the number of days in the MONTH,
not from the number of days in the WEEK. A man named Lilius
proposed the method which was adopted in making the change. In
the Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 9, p. 251, under article
"Lilius," explaining this change, we read: "Thus, every
imaginable proposition was made, only one idea was never
mentioned, viz., the abandonment of the seven-day week."
In the Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 740, article
"Chronology," we read: "It is to be noted that in the Christian
period, the order of days in the week has never been interrupted.
Thus, when Gregory XIII reformed the calendar in 1582, Thursday,
4 October was followed by Friday, 15 October. So in England, in
1752, Wednesday, 2 September, was followed by Thursday, 14
Since the Catholics changed the calendar, the Catholic
Encyclopedia is the best historical authority there is on the
question, and is proof positive.
So that the reader may clearly understand it, and SEE how it
was worked out on the Calendar, we reproduce below the actual
calendar. The change was made in Spain, Portugal, and Italy, in
1582. Here is the calendar for October, 1582!
You will notice how ten days were dropped out. One day was
the 4th, and the very next day was the 15th of October. But the
4th was Thursday, and the next day was FRIDAY.
To make it still plainer, the 29th of September that year
was a Sabbath, or Saturday. The 30th was Sunday. The 1st of
October was Monday, the 2nd was Tuesday, the 3rd was Wednesday,
the 4th was Thursday, and the next day was Friday, but it was not
the 5th: it was the 15th. And the following day was Saturday,
the 16th. Actually Saturday, the 16th, was just one week of
seven days after the preceding Saturday, the 29th of September.
There had been exactly seven days, seven sunsets, from one
Sabbath to the next. The change in the calendar DID NOT IN ANY
WAY CHANGE THE SABBATH, or the succession of the DAYS OF THE
Now the British countries refused to change the calendar
when the pope ordered it. They continued with the old Julian
calendar until 1752. And while their days of the month were
different, yet their days of the week were JUST THE SAME AS IN
ROME. Those who kept the Sabbath in England kept the same
SATURDAY that was called Saturday in Rome. Those who observed
Sunday observed the same day, both in Rome where the calendar had
been changed, and in London where it had not.
The English countries changed the calendar in 1752. By that
time it was necessary to drop out 11 days. The change was made
in September as follows:
Now in Russia, the calendar was never changed until just
recently, IN OUR OWN LIFETIME. Consequently, in the year 1907,
the day that we called the 14th of August, the Russians called
the 1st of August. Our calendars were 13 days apart. Yet in
BOTH countries, we both called that same day SATURDAY. In BOTH
countries, SATURDAY fell on the same day of the week. The
calendar has since been changed in Russia. And still their
Sunday is our Sunday--their Saturday is our Saturday. For
reference, see above article, "Chronology," Catholic
And so we see that the calendar that has been IN EFFECT
SINCE 45 B.C.--prior to the birth of Christ, proves that there
has never been any change in the weekly cycle from the time of
Christ until now. The SATURDAY of today is the same seventh day
of the week as it was in CHRIST'S time. We can, therefore, be
sure we keep the same Sabbath day that Christ kept, setting us an
example--the same day He said He was LORD Of (Mark 2:28).
Gaining or Losing a Day Traveling Around the World
Next let us consider this argument that we "gain a day" or
"lose a day," depending on which way we are traveling, in going
around the world.
Did you ever stop to wonder how Jonah came to be out on a
wild sea, so he could be swallowed by the great fish? Jonah was
commanded of God to perform a certain task. But Jonah did not
want to obey. So he embarked on a ship, in an attempt to escape
"from the presence of the Lord." Read Jonah 1: 1-3. Now wasn't
it silly for Jonah to think that by journeying away from home on
a boat, he could escape from the command of God?
But we have many modern Jonahs. They try to tell us that a
certain command, proclaimed by God's own voice to all His
congregation, cannot really be obeyed if we embark on a boat and
travel far away from home, either east or west. It is the
command which says: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy ...
the SEVENTH DAY is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Did God so
complicate this command that it would require an astronomer to
tell us how to obey?
It might seem to some, who do not stop to think very deeply,
that you have lost a day if you travel westward around the world-
-or gained a day if you travel eastward. But this loss or gain
is apparent, NOT REAL.
Think what would happen if this were so. Imagine twin
brothers, one traveling westward around the world, the other
traveling eastward. If one has really lost a day, while the
other gained a day, then after one such journey, one becomes Two
DAYS OLDER than his twin brother. If they took enough trips, one
would in time be enough older to be the father of his own twin
brother! This is ridiculous, but it illustrates the point.
When a person travels, his days are not of even length. The
man who travels from San Francisco to New York in one day by
airplane finds that this particular day, for him, is counted as
only 21 hours, because the sun sets three hours earlier in New
York than in San Francisco, and therefore there is three hours
difference in time between these two cities. If the man returns,
also by plane, he finds his day on the return trip is computed as
If he leaves San Francisco at 5 A.M., and arrives in New
York exactly twelve hours later, his watch will register 5 P.m.,
but all watches and clocks in New York will register 8 P.m.
compute time as others do there, he will have to set his watch up
If he kept traveling around the earth, he would have to keep
changing his watch, until he had added 24 hours, to his watch, by
the time he returned to San Francisco. But did he really add A
DAY to his life? Of course not. The only change is in the way
men COUNT time. This is merely a trick argument designed to
confuse people, and justify them in disobeying the commands of
God. Sin is the transgression of the Law (I John 3:4)--and the
wages of sin is DEATH! (Rom. 6:23.)
What is a Day?
The correct Bible definition of a "DAY" is not 24 hours of a
man-made watch, but that period of time from sunset to sunset. A
day is not measured by the journey of the earth PLUS our journey
ON the earth.
The Sabbath is to be observed "from even unto even"(Lev.
23:32). A day ENDS, and another begins, when the sun sets.(see
Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40.) See any encyclopedia. History shows that
it was always custom to end and begin days at sunset until a few
hundred years after Christ.
We live on a round earth. A day is measured by the
revolution of the earth on its axis, in relation to the sun.
Since the Sabbath day begins and ends at SUNSET, We observe it
here when the sun sets HERE. But the sun sets three hours
earlier in New York than on the Pacific Coast, hence Sabbath-
keepers there begin their Sabbath three hours earlier than we on
the Coast. In London the Sabbath begins nine hours earlier than
on the Pacific Coast, if kept according to God's directions.
The answer to it all is, WE KEEP THE DAY WHEN THE DAY COMES
TO US. Jerusalem is God's headquarters for the earth. That is
where Jesus kept the Sabbath, and we know HE had it right!
Authorities believe it was by God's guidance that men were caused
to set the international "date line" (where, because of a round
earth turning on its axis a day must be dropped or added IN
COMPUTATION), in the middle of the Pacific where it affects
virtually nobody and almost exactly OPPOSITE from Jerusalem.
As time is now computed, Sabbath-keepers the world over keep
the SAME SABBATH, when it comes to them, that is and always has
been the seventh day of the week AT JERUSALEM. But, for the
simple reason that the Bible tells us to begin our Sabbath at
SUNSET, and the sun does not set at the same time in various
parts of the earth, the holy hours of the Sabbath begin, in
China, several hours earlier than in Jerusalem--and likewise, in
America several hours LATER than in Jerusalem. But, beginning in
the middle of the Pacific, halfway around the earth from
Jerusalem, ALL EVERYWHERE ON EARTH KEEP THE SAME DAY, as that day
comes to them, THAT IS KEPT AT JERUSALEM. Sunday observers have
no trouble figuring when their Sunday comes to them, anywhere on
the earth. We cannot run away from this truth on a boat.
That Long Day of Joshua's
There is still another argument. The long day of Joshua
when the sun stood still for "about a whole day" is figured
around in a manner to show that Sunday is the seventh day of the
The Bible account is found in Joshua. 10:12-14. "Then
spake Joshua to the Lord ... and he said in the sight of Israel,
Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, moon, in the valley
of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed ... and
hasted not to go down about a whole day."
Based on this is an ingenious argument, accompanied by a
diagram, which is supposed to show that today Sunday is actually
the continuation of the seventh day from creation. The gist of
the argument is this:
"Joshua showed that the sun and the moon were within a few
minutes of going into conjunction in the position he placed them
when he issued his command. Thus this week contained a twenty-
four hour period without a corresponding sunrise and sunset ...
Professor Totten has clearly demonstrated that the conjunction
was due to occur on Tuesday at 11:13 a.m. ... According to the
accompanying diagram it is apparent that this particular week,
from Sabbath day to Sabbath day, saw only six sunrises and six
sunsets, though it contained the nominal seven times twenty-four
hour periods.... Numbering according to twenty-four hour periods
it is seen that Saturday is the seventh day. If however, we
number our days according to the sunsets, then it is clear that
Sunday becomes the seventh day from creation."
Following is a reproduction of the diagram used to present
!< ------ Week of 7 X 24 Hours ------ >!
Sun Time |7th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 1st
Days of Week |Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
Division of | Joshua"s
24 hours into| Long
Night and Day| Day
Order of days|7th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 1st 2nd
Hour periods | 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Note: If Joshua's long day had been counted as two days in
actual history--"Tues." and "Wed." as labeled in this trick
diagram, and the order of days had come down to us thus, this
diagram would be correct. But it was counted ONE DAY. The day
labeled "Sun" above we call SATURDAY today, the true 7th day.
Surely the reader can see what is WRONG with this argument,
and this diagram. First, it is stated, "according to the
accompanying diagram, it is apparent that this particular week,
from Sabbath day to Sabbath day, saw only six sunrises and
sunsets." That is true, according to this diagram. But NOT
ACCORDING To GOD'S WORD! The diagram is in ERROR!
What is wrong? Simply this: God says, "from even unto even
shall ye celebrate your Sabbath." The days OF THE WEEK are
counted from SUNSET TO SUNSET, according to the measuring of time
in the first chapter of Genesis. It is stated each day that "the
evening and the morning were the first day"--"the second day,"
and so on. Nowhere does God's Word say "The first 24 hours was
the first day! and the next 24 hours was the second day," etc.
GOD DOES NOT COUNT TIME ACCORDING TO MAN-MADE WATCHES AND CLOCKS!
God counts Days according to the SETTING OF THE SUN.
Now in this man-made diagram, the MAN who designed it called
this long day of Joshua's two days--Tuesday and Wednesday. Is
this in harmony with the BIBLE? Does the BIBLE call this long
day TWO DAYS? Notice, in speaking of it, in Joshua 10:14, it
distinctly says "And there was NO DAY like it before or after
it." The Bible cause it a DAY--just ONE DAY. But in order to
twist it around to conform to the broad and popular way of
observing the pagan Sunday, this one day must be counted as TWO
DAYS. BUT THAT IS CONTRARY TO THE SCRIPTURES.
Next, this argument ingeniously confuses the reader between
numbering according to 24-hour periods, and numbering according
to sunsets. The author of this argument used 24-hour periods to
make Friday appear to be Saturday--the actual 6th day of the week
APPEAR to be Saturday the 7th day. Then he turns around and re-
numbers these same days according to sunsets to make SUNDAY come
out the 7th day.
It is clever, but it is a deception. WE CANNOT FIGURE DAYS
IN TERMS OF 24-HOUR PERIODS. God counts days from sunsets.
Joshua's long day was approximately 48 hours of a manmade
watch, but it was ONE DAY, and the Bible calls IT a DAY, and
specifically says it was DIFFERENT FROM other days--"there was no
DAY"--not "days" but "day"--"like IT before or
after IT." The
pronoun "it" is singular. JUST ONE DAY! God says so!! God's
week is not made of seven 24-hour periods, but of seven days
counting from sunsets. A diagram showing this as it actually is,
according to the Bible and God's reckoning of time follows:
<--------- Week of seven days, counting from Sunsets ---------- >
Sun Time |1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 1st 2nd
Days of Week |Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
Divisions of | 36 Hrs
Night and Day| Daylight
Periods | This Day
Order of Days|1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 1st 2nd
Hours per Day| 24 24 48 24 24 24 24 24 24
NOTE: Days were reckoned THEN, and down through history to
today, according to this diagram, not as in above diagram.
Saturday is TRUE 7th day from Creation.
A Trick Intended to Deceive
Do you notice the trick employed as a means of deception in
the first diagram? "Joshua's Long Day," as it is plainly labeled
in the diagram--a day--one single day--is marked "Tuesday" and
"Wednesday"--as if it were two days. At the bottom of the
diagram, it is numbered the 3rd and the 4th days of the week--TWO
DAYS. Then at the top of the diagram it is re-numbered a
different way--as ONE DAY, the "3rd" day of the week. The day
labeled "Saturday" is arrived at by counting Joshua's Long Day as
TWO DAYS. Figuring that way, this day is made the 7th day of the
week. Then, in the top line by re-numbering this day as, ONE
day--the 3rd day of the week--the day he has called Thursday is
the 4th day, Friday is the 5th day, and Saturday is the 6th day
of the week. This, of course, brings Sunday out the 7th day.
Now this "Joshua's Long Day" cannot be two days--the 3rd and
the 4th days of the week--as it is numbered below, and also at
the same time be just ONE DAY, the 3rd day, as figured in the top
WHICH IS IT, the 3rd day of the week--Tuesday, or the 3rd
and the 4th days--Tuesday AND Wednesday? Since the Bible calls
it "A DAY" and not two days, it is only ONE DAY, Tuesday, the 3rd
day of the week, as shown in the correct diagram.
The error in the first diagram is in calling this day one
day in one place, and two days another time. Actually it was
just ONE DAY, Tuesday the 3rd day of the week. The day he has
labeled Saturday, therefore, is NOT SATURDAY AT ALL, but actually
Friday, the 6th day of the week. And the seventh day should not
be labeled Sunday as in his diagram, but Saturday, as in the
second diagram. And that is exactly the way it actually was
counted in history! It is surely PLAIN that this first diagram
is a deception and a delusion.
But now, finally, to PROVE the whole thing, let us remember
this: To establish WHICH DAY is the true Sabbath--the true
SEVENTH DAY from creation, which God MADE HOLY TIME, we need to
go back no further than the time of Christ!
For, if this Joshua's long day argument is true, then JESUS
PROFANED THE SABBATH GOD MADE HOLY TIME, and observed the 6th,
not the true 7th day. And if we accuse Jesus of that, we accuse
Him of committing SIN, for sin is the transgression of the law,
and no one will argue that the Sabbath point of the law was
abolished during Jesus' lifetime! If he sinned, then we are
But we know Jesus knew which was the RIGHT day. He was the
Maker, and Lord of that day (Mark 2:27-28). He kept the TRUE
SABBATH, and the calendar record PROVES that the Saturday of
today is the exact SAME seventh day Jesus kept. Certainly we
should want to keep the same day Jesus kept!
Was TIME Lost from Adam to Moses?
Adam was created and living when sunset came the sixth day
of creation week--when God rested from His work. Adam knew which
was the seventh day. Jesus called Abel "righteous" (Matt.
23:35), so Abel kept the Sabbath. Enoch "walked with God," so
Enoch kept the Sabbath--and he was "translated" less than a
hundred years before Noah. They knew which day was the same
seventh day all through this time. Adam lived 243 years with
Methuselah, and until Lamech was 56 years of age. These men knew
which day was the seventh day. Methuselah lived 600 years with
Noah, and Lamech lived with Noah 595 years.
Noah certainly learned from them, and others, which was the
same seventh day. And Noah kept it, because Noah was a preacher
of RIGHTEOUSNESS (II Peter 2:5)--and "all thy commandments are
righteousness" (Psalm 119:172).
Shem was also righteous, and he lived until Abraham was 150
years old. Noah died only about two years before Abraham was
born. Abraham kept God's Sabbath (Gen. 18:19; 26:5). So also
did his son Isaac, his grandson Jacob, and his great grandson
Joseph--all of whom were righteous commandment keepers (Ps.
119:172). No, time was not lost down to the time of Joseph.
But, after the death of Joseph, the children of Israel
(Jacob) became slaves in Egypt. "Therefore," it is written,
"they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their
burdens .... And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to
serve with rigor: And they made their lives bitter with hard
bondage... " (Ex. 1:11, 13-14).
The Egyptians did not observe the Sabbath. They lashed the
Israelites in their slave-labor, on the Sabbaths the same as
other days. So these Israelites, for some 150 to 175 years--
several generations--were not permitted to keep the Sabbath.
They had no priesthood. There were no Sabbath or religious
services. Probably there was no religious teaching--certainly
none was allowed on an organized scale.
And there was no BIBLE--no written record of God's
INSTRUCTION, or of God's Law! The Bible says, "The Word of the
Eternal endureth forever." IF any inspired Word of God had been
written prior to Moses, it would be in evidence today. The first
Scriptures were written by MOSES, after the Israelites were
delivered out of Egyptian slavery.
The generation of Israelites which Moses led out of Egypt
had had no religious instruction or training. Probably they knew
little about the Sabbath.
Time could have been lost--to them.
But, if so, GOD REVEALED IT BY AMAZING MIRACLES!
God Revealed the Creation Sabbath to Israel
In the days of Moses, God revealed the true creation Sabbath
to all the Children of Israel, in the raining of manna from
At the wilderness of Sin, two weeks before arriving at
Sinai, they grumbled and complained from lack of food. The Lord
said, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you ... that I
may prove them, whether they will walk in my Law or no."
This has to do with whether we will keep God's Law. To
disobey is SIN. And Moses and Aaron said to the people, "At even
[sunset], then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out
from the land of Egypt: and in the morning, then ye shall see the
glory of the Lord."
"And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation
of the children of Israel, Come near before the Lord ... and it
came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the
children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and
behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud ... And it
came to pass, that at even [dusk], the quails came up, and
covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay round about the
host" (Ex. 16:4-13)
Notice, there was a RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLY on this day, and the
GLORY OF THE LORD appeared. The quail did not come up until the
sun set. WHY? Because this had been a Sabbath day. At sunset,
when it ended, the quails came, and the people were privileged to
go to work gathering in food to eat.
Next morning the manna fell. This was the FIRST DAY Of the
week. If they tried to keep over any manna till the following
day, it bred worms and stank (verse 20). On the sixth day (verse
22), twice as much came from heaven and all gathered twice as
much. Then, that sixth day, the Lord said, "Tomorrow is the rest
of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord" (verse 23). They kept it over,
and on this day it did not breed worms nor stink.
However, on the seventh day some of the people must have
thought TIME WAS LOST. They were like some modern people who
were not sure WHICH DAY was the Sabbath, or whether it makes any
difference. They went out to gather on the seventh day (verse
27)--AND THEY FOUND NONE! On this day God did not send any! So,
by three miracles God showed them WHICH DAY was the true Creation
Time could not have been mixed up or lost under the strict
Mosaic regime between then and the time of Christ. We "have
shown that Joshua's Long Day was just ONE DAY, and it did not
change the reckoning of time in any way. If it did, then, as
pointed out, Christ kept the wrong day! And so we come to the
time of Christ, KNOWING that time was not lost up to then.
The Proof of the Jewish People
Now if we are convinced that Jesus set us a RIGHT example,
and that He observed the RIGHT seventh day, we need have no
Notice, the day Jesus kept As His CUSTOM (Luke 4:16) was the
same day all the Jews kept, for they were holding their religious
service in the synagogue--verses 17, 20.
About 43 years after this the Jewish people were driven into
EVERY NATION ON EARTH. From that time until now, they have been
separated, scattered into all nations. Through the Middle Ages,
the Jews in China had no way of communicating with the Jews of
Africa; the Jews in Europe with those of other parts of the
world. Yet today, with communication restored over every part of
the world, we do NOT find the Jews all mixed up.
If time had been lost, the Jews of one part of the world
would be observing one day, and the Jews of other parts other
days. But everywhere--in EVERY NATION ON EARTH, we find the
Jewish people have been keeping the SAME IDENTICAL DAY--the day
we call SATURDAY--the true seventh day,
The Jewish people are the miracle of all history--and they
are another proof that we have not lost the Sabbath. Ask any
orthodox Jew today if HE has lost His Sabbath. Why, such an idea
would be nonsense to him. He is not in doubt!
The Proof of the Church
Another line of proof! We have a history of the true Church
of God through every century from Christ until now. It has
always been a SABBATH-KEEPING Church.
Through the Middle Ages, just as prophesied in Rev. 12:6,
this true Church had to FLEE to the wilderness, clear beyond the
jurisdiction of the Roman Empire, dominated by the Roman Catholic
In 363 A. D. the Roman Church passed the Decree of the
Council of Laodicea, pronouncing the DEATH SENTENCE upon any
found to be keeping the Sabbath. Many true Christians were
MARTYRED for keeping this day. When men were willing to GIVE
THEIR LIVES in order to keep God's commands, do you think they
could lose track of the right day?
And coming down to modern times, we find this Church, the
true Christian Church, keeping the day we call Saturday--the same
day the Jewish people have been keeping right down through every
year from Christ until now.
The Proof of Reason
And another line of proof. Why should time be lost? How
COULD it be lost? Stop, think! One person might, perhaps, wake
up some Saturday morning and think it was Friday, and thus wait
until Sunday to keep his Sabbath. But for time to be lost, not
only ONE MAN, but every other person in his town or city--every
person in every province, state, or county of the whole world--
every person in every nation on earth--would have to wake up the
same morning with the same hallucination! Do you think this
possible? Yet you believe this has happened if you believe that
time has been lost!
Astronomy Proves It
Finally, we have the scientific proof of astronomy. We
quote from the official government statements to the League of
Nations, as published August 17, 1926, in an official League
The government of Finland presented this observation from
one of its astronomers: "The reform [calendar reform before the
League] would break the division of the week, which has been
followed for thousands of years, and therefore has been hallowed
by immemorial use."
The government of France presented the following statements
from two of its leading astronomers: "One essential point is that
of the continuity of the week ... a continuity which has existed
for so many centuries." "The continuity of the week ... is
without doubt the most ancient scientific institution bequeathed
to us by antiquity." Stated Prof. D. Eginitis, director of the
Observatory of Athens, a member of the League Committee, "The
continuity of the week ... has crossed the centuries, and all
known calendars, still intact."
And we could go on and on. But this is enough. We have
presented the proof of history, the proof of the calendar, the
proof of the Jewish people, the proof of the martyrs of the true
Church, the proof of reason, the proof of science and astronomy.
And, we might add, as positive proof as any is that of the
Roman Catholic Church, which through the centuries has preserved
its Sunday intact, as the day FOLLOWING the seventh-day Sabbath
as kept by Jesus and the early apostles. The Catholic priest
today is no more in doubt about his SUNDAY being the true FIRST
day of the week, than the Jew is about God's Sabbath.
Would God set apart a certain day, put His blessing on it
(Gen. 2:1-3), make it HOLY TIME, command that it be KEPT HOLY
FOREVER, and then let that holy time become so lost we cannot
tell when to keep it?
TIME LOST? If so, then you and I are LOST, for it is SIN to
profane God's Sabbath! That is the 4th point of the Law.
Sin is the transgression of the Law (I John 3:4), and if we
break only ONE OF ITS POINTS--any one--we are guilty sinners
(2:8-11). The very last recorded words of Jesus say: "Blessed are
they that do His [His Father's] Commandments, that THEY may have
right to the TREE OF LIFE" (Rev. 22-14).