Sunday Worship…We have been commanded to worship on the 7th day Ex 20: 8-11…. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the YHWH thy Elohim: 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: 11 For in six days the YHWH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the YHWH blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
o There are occasions where we see the changing of the calendar written in Dan 7:25… And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
o Isa 24:5… The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
In 321 A.D. Roman Emperor Constantine decreed that Sunday would be the Day of Rest. In 364 A.D. in the Catholic church council of Laodicea decreed that “Christians should not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (Sabbath), but shall work on that day. But the Lord’s Day, they shall especially honor; and as being Christians, shall, if possible do no work on that day. If however they are Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ”. And for centuries later, Emperors and Popes promoted and enforced Sunday worship.
o YHWH established the years, months and days in Gen 1:14. During this time the lunar calendar was followed and not a solar calendar. A year was to begin in the Spring season not the dead of the winter in Jan according to Exodus 12:2. The months began with each new moon and lasted 30 days (Gen 7:11; 8:3-4; Isa 66:23). The days of the week were not named after other gods but were called upon as numbers; but the 7th day is called the Sabbath as noted in Ex 20:11.
o The 7th day of the Week is called the Sabbath in other languages: English-Sabbath, Hebrew – Sabbath, Greek- Sabbaton, Latin – Sabbatum, Arabic – Assabit, Persian – Shambun, Russian – Shambun, Russian – Subbota, Hinduism – Shamba, French – Samedi, Italian – Sabbato, Spanish – Sabado
o With the change of the calendar we went to European pagan names such as Janus, the god that looks forward and backward to represent the month of January and so forth. Pagan names were also given to the days of the week; sun god (Sunday), moon god (Monday), war god (Tew or Tiw) (Tuesday), etc. This again goes against the commandment spoken in Exodus 20:3-6, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 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; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
o The 1st day, also known as Sunday was declared the Christian Sabbath to honor Christ’s resurrection to replace their worship of the sun.