According to prophecy, the Sabbath was predicted to be changed! The first change of the holy Sabbath was made by Emperor Constantine in A.D 321.
Later on, however, the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D 363) also changed the day of rest known as the Sabbath, from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week!
But which Pope changed the Sabbath day to Sunday?
History tells us it was Pope Eusebius and Pope Sylvester, in agreement with Emperor Constantine!
Let’s explore together other details concerning the changing of the Sabbath day to Sunday by the Papacy!
Which Pope Changed the Sabbath to Sunday?
Before the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, it was first the pagan Emperor of Rome, Constantine who did it!
It was the year 321 A.D when Constantine declared that on the day of the Sun or SUNday “the magistrates and the people residing in the cities rest” and “the workshops be closed”.
Yet, not many years later, in A.D 325, we find Pope Sylvester declaring the “Lord’s Day” to be Sunday!
In the year A.D 338, Eusebius, one of the most eminent “fathers” of the Catholic Church, the contemporary and the apologist of the corrupt Constantine, declares:
“All things whatsoever that it was duty to do on the Sabbath, these we have transferred to the Lord’s Day [Sunday].” The “we” to whom he refers are Constantine, Pope Sylvester, and such bishops as himself.The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald – Who Changed the Sabbath? Extra No. 15, Vol.93
When did the Pope change the Sabbath to Sunday?
The Papacy came into full power in A.D 538, yet its influence goes way back to the times of the Roman Empire!
History and prophecy tell us that the Roman Empire fell or was divided in A.D 476. But the mingling of the Papal Power with the Roman Empire started way before its fall!
The Roman Empire never truly ended but simply was transferred to the Papacy – a Church & State entity even to this day! (See Vatican with the Pope being both the Head of the Church and the Head of the State).
In A.D 325, we have the first official declaration of Pope Sylvester for the Lord’s day to be Sunday, even though nowhere in the Bible is to be found anything of the first day of the week as being holy!
Also, in A.D 338, Eusebius, another bishop of Rome also declared officially that the things which belonged to Saturday, the Bible Sabbath were transferred to Sunday, the first day of the week!
Pope’s Confession about the Sabbath
In 1934, a gentleman going by the name of Mr. J.L heard the fact that the Sabbath was changed by the Papacy and thus sent a letter to Pope Pius XI, the bishop of that time asking about the observance of Sunday instead of the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week!
Thomaston, Georgia – May 22, 1934
Pope Pius XI – Rome, Italy
Is the accusation true, that Protestants accuse you of: They say you changed the Seventh Day Sabbath to the, so-called, Christian Sunday: identical with the First-Day of the Week. If so when did you make the change, and by what authority.
Yours very Truly,
The following is the reply he received:
Ellen White’s Visions of the Pope Changing the Sabbath to Sunday
“I saw that the Sabbath was not nailed to the cross. If it was, the other nine commandments were; and we are at liberty to go forth and break them all, as well as to break the fourth. I saw that God had not changed the Sabbath, for He never changes. [Malachi 3:6.] But the Pope had changed it from the seventh to the first day of the week; for he was to change times and laws. [Daniel 7:25.] WLF 18.3
And I saw that if God had changed the Sabbath, from the seventh to the first day, He would have changed the writing of the Sabbath commandment, written on the tables of stone, which are now in the ark, in the Most Holy Place of the Temple in heaven; [Revelation 11:19.] and it would read thus: the first day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. But I saw that it read the same as when written on the tables of stone by the finger of God, and delivered to Moses in Sinai, “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” [Exodus 20:10.]Ellen G. White – A Word to the Little Flock, “A Vision, April 7, 1847”.
In summary, we find that Popes such as Sylvester and Eusebius changed the Sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday! Yet, with what authority?
The Bible says that God does not change, Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to destroy it, and the Sabbath will be kept for eternity! (Malachi 3:6, Matthew 5:17, Isaiah 66:23).
God foresaw this event a long time before it happened! (Daniel 7:25)
The little horn or the beast power who made war with the saints of God for 1260 years, also changed the Law of God! (Daniel 7:25, Revelation 13:5-7)
Their end shall be according to their works! (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Let us always listen to the Word of God, and not man’s teachings, which always contradict themselves!
If you want to be safe in this battle of truth and error, always make sure to confirm any doctrine with the Word of God! If it’s not in the Bible, then it’s not from God!
In the end, it’s your choice! Everyone must decide who they obey – God or man?
History of the Christian Church, 1902 ed., vol. 3, p. 380
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