THE LORD’S DAY

All Bible texts are from the King James Version, unless otherwise indicated.

 

The only place in the Bible that mentions “The Lord’s Day” is Revelation 1:10.

Revelation 1:10
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,”

But this verse does not tell us anything about the Lord’s day. In order to find out more, we need to go to the Old Testament. However, many people believe that the Old Testament does not apply to us today, and that they only have to follow what the New Testament says.

The following verse makes it clear that the entire Bible applies to us today, and that we are expected to follow what it says.

2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

The next text refers to the The Lord’s Day as the Sabbath day.

Isaiah 58:13, 14
“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on MY HOLY DAY; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt 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 thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

That text plainly tells us that the Lord’s Day is God’s holy Sabbath day, but it does not tell us which day of the week is the Sabbath day.

Not only is the Lord’s Day God’s holy Sabbath day, but this day was given to mankind to be a sign of God’s people.

Ezekiel 20:12
Moreover also I gave them MY sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.”

Next we read the Fourth Commandment.

Exodus 20:8-11
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the SABBATH OF THE LORD THY God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Here we find that the Lord’s Day, God’s holy Sabbath day, is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday, not Sunday. Sunday is the first day of the week.

Those verses are the Fourth Commandment, one of the Ten Commandments that God spoke with His own voice from Mt. Sinai and wrote with His own finger on tables of stone.

This commandment corresponds to the Catholic Church’s third commandment because the Catholic Church came up with their own version of the Ten Commandments. They completely deleted God’s second commandment so they could worship their images, and they divided God’s tenth commandment into two so they would still have ten.

The following chart compares the Ten Commandments as found in the Bible in Exodus 20:3-17 with the Catholic Church’s version of the Ten Commandments as commonly found in Roman Catholic catechisms. Catholics are instructed from their catechisms and not from the Bible.

 

 

 THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS
As originally given by God

 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
As commonly found in Roman Catholic catechisms

 1st
 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

 2nd
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

3rd
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.  Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath day.

4th
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.  Honour thy father and thy mother.

5th
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill.

6th
Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

7th
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.

8th
Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

9th
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.

10th
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods.

Many people believe that the Ten Commandments were only for the Jews. The Bible indicates that God’s Ten Commandments, His covenant, is for everyone and will last forever. This means that those who are saved will be keeping the Sabbath holy throughout eternity in the New Earth, which God has not yet created.

Deuteronomy 4:12,13
“And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And he declared unto you his COVENANT, which he commanded you to perform, EVEN TEN COMMANDMENTS; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.”

Isaiah 66:22, 23
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.”

And, of course, Jesus tells us that if we are to be saved we should keep the commandments:

Matthew 19:17
“And he said unto him…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

The Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament, as the following chart indicates.

 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

1st

You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. (Matthew 4:10)

2nd

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. (1 John 5:21, Acts 17:29)

3rd

That the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. (1 Timothy 6:1)

4th

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; (Hebrews 4:9, New International Version)

5th

Honour your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2,3)

6th

You shall not kill (Romans 13:9)

7th

You shall not commit adultery. (Romans 13:9)

8th

You shall not steal. (Romans 13:9)

9th

You shall not bear false witness (Romans 13:9)

10th

You shall not covet. (Romans 7:7)

Not only did the Catholic Church attempt to change God’s ten commandments and try to force the entire world to obey their commandments instead of God’s commandments, but they attempted to change the day the Sabbath commandment refers to. They tried to change it from Saturday to Sunday, and they admit they did it.

“Question: Which 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 transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” — Peter Geiermann, The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957 ed.), p. 50.

“Sunday is our mark of authority … The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” — Catholic Record, September 1, 1923 (Ontario).”

There we have the height of arrogance. God has given no secular power the authority to change anything in the Bible, especially the Lord’s Day, His holy Sabbath day, and His Ten Commandments that He wrote with His own finger. The Catholics admit this in the following quote:

“If the Bible is the only guide for the Christian, then the Seventh-day Adventist is right in observing the Saturday with the Jew.… Is it not strange that those who make the Bible their only teacher, should inconsistently follow in this matter the tradition of the [Catholic] Church?” — Bertrand L. Conway, The Question Box Answers, The Columbus Press, 1910, pp. 254,255.

In that quote they admit that Sunday-keeping comes from their tradition, and not the Bible. Jesus talked about tradition in Mark 7:9.

Mark 7:9
“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”

Actually the Catholic church is the most arrogant organization one could imagine. Consider the following quotes from Catholic literature.

“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” — Pope Leo XIII, in an encyclical letter dated June 20, 1894, The Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII, p. 304. New York: Benziger Brothers.

“All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that he is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope.” — On the Authority of Councils, Bellarmine (R. C.), book 2, chap. 17 (Vol. II, p. 266), ed. 1619.

Let us consider some of the names applied to Christ in the Scriptures and see if they could possibly apply to the pope: Almighty God, Creator, Savior, Christ, Lord, Most Holy, King of kings, and Reverend. What could be more blasphemous than for a man to claim any of these titles? “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, . . .” (Revelation 13:6).

“The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the Vicar of God.… The Pope is of such lofty and supreme dignity that, properly speaking, he has not been established in any rank of dignity, but rather has been placed upon the very summit of all ranks of dignities.… The Pope is called most holy because he is rightfully presumed to be such.… The Pope alone is deservedly called by the name “most holy,” because he alone is the vicar of Christ, who is the fountain and source and fullness of all holiness.… He is likewise the divine monarch and supreme emperor, and king of kings.… Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions.… Moreover the superiority and the power of the Roman Pontiff by no means pertain only to heavenly things, to earthly things, and to things under the earth, but are even over angels, than whom he is greater.… So that if it were possible that the angels might err in the faith, or might think contrary to the faith, they could be judged and excommunicated by the Pope.… For he is of so great dignity and power that he forms one and the same tribunal with Christ.… The Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief king of kings.… The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws.” — Translated from Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. “Papa,” (Pope) II, Vol VI, pp. 26-29, 1763

Can you imagine anything more pompous or arrogant or blasphemous than that last quote? “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God.…” (Revelation 13:6).

Not only are they the most arrogant and pompous organization that has ever existed, but they are also the cruelest, persecuting power that has ever existed.

The following quote is from a noted historian in his history of the Catholic church.

“That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history.” — W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, (reprint: New York: Braziller, 1955), Vol. 2, pp. 40-45.

According to some estimates, during the Dark Ages the papacy slaughtered over 200 million Christians because they wanted to worship God as specified in the Bible.

Consider a few more quotations from Catholic literature:

“When she [the Catholic Church] thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it.” — The Western Watchman, December 24, 1908.

“The absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defense of liberty of conscience are a most pestilential error — a pest, of all others, most to be dreaded in a state.” — Pope Pius IX, Encyclical letter, August 15, 1854.

One of the things that makes the United States’ Constitution such a fabulous document is that it guarantees to everyone the right to liberty of conscience. Here are some more Catholic quotations.

“Heretics, schismatics, and rebels to our said lord [the Pope], or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute and oppose.” — The Oath of Allegiance to the Pope, Josiah Strong, Our Country, Ch. 5, pars. 2-4.

“We have always defended the persecution of the Huguenots, and the Spanish inquisition.” — The Western Watchman, December 24, 1908.

In order to show the horror of the Saint Bartholomew Massacre, the following is quoted from The Great Controversy, by E. G. White, pages 272, 273.

“But blackest in the black catalogue of crime, most horrible among the fiendish deeds of all the dreadful centuries, was the St. Bartholomew Massacre. The world still recalls with shuddering horror the scenes of that most cowardly and cruel onslaught. The king of France, urged on by Romish priests and prelates, lent his sanction to the dreadful work. A bell, tolling at dead of night, was a signal for the slaughter. Protestants by thousands, sleeping quietly in their homes, trusting to the plighted honor of their king, were dragged forth without a warning and murdered in cold blood.

“As Christ was the invisible leader of His people from Egyptian bondage, so was Satan the unseen leader of his subjects in this horrible work of multiplying martyrs. For seven days the massacre was continued in Paris, the first three with inconceivable fury. And it was not confined to the city itself, but by special order of the king was extended to all the provinces and towns where Protestants were found. Neither age nor sex was re[s]pected. Neither the innocent babe nor the man of gray hairs was spared. Noble and peasant, old and young, mother and child, were cut down together. Throughout France the butchery continued for two months. Seventy thousand of the very flower of the nation perished.

“ ‘When the news of the massacre reached Rome, the exultation among the clergy knew no bounds. The cardinal of Lorraine rewarded the messenger with a thousand crowns; the cannon of St. Angelo thundered forth a joyous salute; and bells rang out from every steeple; bonfires turned night into day; and Gregory XIII, attended by the cardinals and other ecclesiastical dignitaries, went in long procession to the church of St. Louis, where the cardinal of Lorraine chanted a Te Deum.… A medal was struck to commemorate the massacre, and in the Vatican may still be seen three frescoes of Vasari, describing the attack upon the admiral, the king in council plotting the massacre, and the massacre itself. Gregory sent Charles the Golden Rose; and four months after the massacre… he listened complacently to the sermon of a French priest… who spoke of that day so full of happiness and joy, when the most holy father received the news, and went in solemn state to render thanks to God and St. Louis.’ ” — Henry White, The Massacre of St. Bartholomew, Ch. 14, par. 34, quoted in The Great Controversy, pp 272, 273 — Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, Pacific Press Publishing Assn., Mountain View, CA., 1950, p. 272, 273.

We can easily see that the papacy has no hesitation in putting people to death for not obeying its dictates. Indeed, the day is coming when it will again use force over the consciences of men, and many of God’s people will again be slaughtered.

“The Church of Rome says that she has a right to punish with the confiscation of their goods, or the penalty of death, those who differ in faith from the Pope.” — Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, The Wickliffe Press, Protestant Truth Society, Wickliffe Avenue, 104 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London, N3., 1885, p. 376.

What about the number 666? There are many theories floating around about this number and what it means. But, as always, the Bible explains exactly what this number is:

Revelation 13:18
“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.”

Here we see that 666 is the number of the beast, and that it is also the number of a man.

A person’s number was obtained by adding the Roman numeral numerical values of the letters in his name. If the letter had no value, the value of zero was assigned. For example, the value of “I” is one; the value of “V” is five; and the value of “X” is ten. There was no “U” in the Latin alphabet; the letter “V” is the correct letter. (This is the reason why sometimes inscriptions on older public buildings use a “V” instead of “U” — for instance, PVBLIC LIBRARY.)

What is the pope’s title? The following text from Catholic literature tells us what his title is:

“The letters inscribed in the pope’s mitre are these: Vicarius Filii Dei, which is Latin for Vicar of the Son of God.” — Our Sunday Visitor, April 18, 1915, page 3.

Thus, the title of the pope is Vicarius Filii Dei, which is Latin for Vicar of the Son of God. A vicar is a person who substitutes in the office of a principle person when the principle is not present. A vicar has all the authority of the principal during the principal’s absence.

Let us add up the values of the Roman numeral letters in this name and see what we get:

The title “vicar” means a substitute in office. Who is Christ’s true substitute in office here on earth? It is certainly not the pope, as they claim.

John 16:7
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.”

The Comforter, therefore, is the true Vicar of the Son of God. John 14:26 tells us who the Comforter is:

John 14:26
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The Comforter is the Holy Ghost, who is often referred to as the Holy Spirit. He is the Vicar of the Son of God. He, not the pope of Rome, is Christ’s substitute in office. For a man to claim this position is blasphemy.

Don’t believe the lie that the Catholic Church was the first Christian church. Don’t believe the lie that Peter was the first pope. History shows us that the papacy did not appear on the scene until hundreds of years after Peter died.

The Catholic church is not really a church. It is a country consisting of 108 acres in the middle of the city of Rome. The Catholic religion is a strange combination of the old pagan religions with a Christian facade.

Finally, the Catholic church tells us that when we die we either go to heaven, or to pergatory or to hell if we are not saved. Here is what the Bible says will happen when a person dies:

Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

When a person dies, he is asleep in his grave, and does not know anything until his resurrection. Everyone will be resurrected from death, regardless of whether they are saved or not.

John 5:28,29
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Catholics are told that the Virgin Mary is alive, and they worship her. You can see from Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10, that we just read, that this is an extremely cruel hoax the papacy is perpetrating against its members and the world. The Virgin Mary is asleep in her grave awaiting her resurrection at the return of Jesus.

But what about the many people who have seen visions of the Virgin Mary and talked with her in the visions? We see from the following two texts that the devil and his evil angels, his demons, have the ability to appear as human beings.

Hebrews 13:2
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Angels are a higher order of life than we are, and we see from these texts that they have the ability to appear as human beings.

When people see a vision of the Virgin Mary, it is not Mary, but either Satan, himself, or one of his many evil angels, demons, appearing as Mary. Mary is asleep in her grave awaiting her resurrection.

There are a few verses in the Bible which apparently contradict Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10. But, there can be no contradictions in the Bible because Titus 1:2 tells us that God cannot lie.

Titus 1:2
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

Therefore everything in the Bible is true and there can be no contradictions anywhere in the Bible. When we interpret everything in the Bible in such a way that there are no contradictions anywhere, then we know we have it right.

The following verses describe one example of an apparent contradiction. These verses refers to what Jesus said to the thief on the cross before he died on Friday evening.

Luke 23:42, 43
“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

How could Jesus have told the thief that he would be with Him in paradise that day when Jesus, Himself, had not gone to paradise yet? Sunday morning Jesus talked with Mary and told her that He had not yet been to paradise.

John 20:16, 17
“Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”

In the original Greek, the Bible was written without punctuation. Punctuation was added by a translator. The problem with this verse, Luke 23:43, is the comma before the words “to day.” The comma belongs after the words “to day.” Then the verse would say, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee today, that thou shalt be with me in paradise.” Jesus told the thief that day, that he would be with Jesus at the resurrection. With the comma moved to after the words “to day,” the verse now agrees with the other verses in the Bible.

So Jesus was asleep in the grave after He died on Friday evening and did not go to God, to paradise, until after he spoke with Mary on Sunday morning.

This has been a very brief discussion to show that THE LORD’S DAY is not Sunday as most people claim, but is actually Saturday, the Sabbath day of the Fourth Commandment. All the details that have been left out of this discussion can be found in the books Earth’s Final Hours and The National Sunday Law. These books are available from:

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