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-Please Read this FIRST- On this site we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter “Memorial Name” of - YHVH, which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which is - Yahushua for this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas - Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today! However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new “pagan church of Rome.” Occasionally, we may also use other Hebrew or Greek names as well as different words in our studies for certain common words used are from pagan backgrounds and thus are not suitable. All names will be translated when they are FIRST used in a study or at various times as needed for clarity. There is a full explanation of YHVH’s blessed “Memorial Name” as well as the wonderful blessed Name of our Messiah and Saviour, thus please read … “The Memorial Name.”

The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):

When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.

1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?

2. When was it said?

3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?

I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!

 

The Seventh Day Sabbath Vs SUNday!

There can be no doubt that Yahushua (Yeshua), His disciples, and all early believers kept the Saturday, being the Scriptural seventh-day Sabbath. Yet, today, the vast majority of the greater church christian professing world upholds the Sunday, which is the first day of the week, and many even call it “a Sabbath day.” The question we should ask ourselves who actually made the change to this day originally and how did it occur?

No serious believer in YHVH Elohim (the LORD God), blessed be His Holy Name can deny that it was He who instituted the Seventh day Sabbath at Creation and designated this very day to be kept holy first at creation and confirmed it again and again throughout the all of the Scriptures.

“And on the seventh day Elohim finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.” Gen 2:2-3.

The Sabbath was upheld from this day onwards by all generations as were many their laws that were codified at Mount Sinai. I have been asked, but how can you justify that statement. It is quite simple really. Just think of the laws of the clean and unclean foods that Elohim told Moses to include in the Law. The question you may ask yourself is, “Was this a new law at that time?” Certainly not, for we need to remember that long before it was Noah who already knew the difference between the animals, for some were considered to be clean and unclean as the Scriptures so clearly state …

“Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate.” Bereshis (Gen) 7:2.

Thus it is obvious that the laws of Kosher (Clean foods) was already known at the time, as was the law of upholding the Seventh day Sabbath, which was later also codified as the fourth commandment in Shemos (Exodus) 20:8-11.

Now we know that the Sabbath and even many of the other commandments precede the days of the House of Jacob, we can come to the understanding that they have relevance to all the inhabitants of the earth who are in faith of the one true Elohim of Creation and for the past 2000 years, those in faith of His only begotten Son! We know from the Brit Chadashah, Hebrew for the New Testament, that the Sabbath was continuously upheld, for Paul as the Word states went to the synagogue on the Sabbath as was “his custom.” … (Acts 17:2).

The Word of Elohim makes it expressly clear that Sabbath observance is a special sign or “mark” between YHVH Elohim and His people. There is also no uncertainty that our Lord and Saviour, His disciples and all the first-century Faithful kept the seventh-day Sabbath as commanded on the day we now call “Saturday” (Mark 2:28; Luke 4:16).

Is There Any Biblical Support for Sunday Observance?

There no Brit Chadashah (Hebrew for New Testament) text whatsoever that states that Elohim, Yahushua, or any of the apostles changed the seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week. For indeed there is not a text, not a word, not even a hint or suggestion. If there were, those chapters and verses would be loudly heralded by all those that opposse the Sabbath day, but there is not one single verse that they can use, thus they have to make up various ideologies to make it fit. Had Shaul (Paul) or any other apostle taught a change from the Sabbath to SUNday, the first day of the week, an absolute storm of protest would have arisen from all the Hebrew followers in Messiah as well as all the apostles. The Pharisees and Scribes would have insisted that Shaul or any other person even suggesting such a thing be stoned to death for the sin of Sabbath breaking, as was commanded by YHVH’s old Law.

The self-righteous Pharisees had already falsely accused our Lord and Saviour of breaking the Sabbath, and please note, He only violated what were the added manmade laws, rules and traditions that the rabbis had placed upon the Sabbath laws (Mark 2:24). The total absence of any such controversy over a change in the day of worship is one of the best evidences showing the apostles and other Brit Chadashah (NT) believers did not change the day. On the contrary, we have a record of many Sabbaths that Paul and his travelling companions kept long after the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour. Read of them in your own Bible in Acts 13:14, 27, 42-44; 15:21; 16:13; 17:2; and 18:4. Acts 13:42- 44 are especially significant in that Paul and Barnabas. Having spoken at a Synagogue they were invited to speak again on the next Sabbath. Now this would have been Paul’s golden opportunity to tell the people to meet with him the next day rather than waiting a whole week for the Sabbath. But, “on the next Sabbath (modern Saturday) almost the whole City (believers and others) gathered to hear the word of the Lord” (Acts 13:44).

“As his custom was, Shaul (Paul) went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead.” Acts 17:2-3.

Yet today, most of the christian professing world keeps SUNday, the first day of the week, and many even calling it the Sabbath. The question arises then, who changed the Sabbath to SUNday, and how did it occur? The answer may amaze, but more so shock you!

Quotes from Roman Catholic and other sources.

“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observation can be defended ONLY on Roman Catholic principles … From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of week public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, Aug. 25, 1900).

“The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when Elohim wrote the Law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?” (Dwight L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting).

Now, here is an item that will really shock and horrify you, well it should!

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he (the Pope) is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under a veil of flesh” (The Catholic National, July 1895).

“About 590, Pope Gregory, in a letter to the Roman people denounced as the prophets of Antichrist those who maintained that work ought not to be done on the seventh day” (James T. Ringgold, The Law of Sunday, p. 267).

“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church” (T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18, 1884).

“1) Question: Which is the Sabbath day? Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. 2). Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday” (Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine Third Edition).

Biblical Testimony.

The New Testament plainly shows we are to continue keeping the Commandments, that is the Sabbath and YHVH’s Feasts; (Matt. 5:17-18; 19:17; 28:20), yes that is all Ten Commandments, including the FOURTH commandment! Where, then, does one single pagan man get the ‘authority’ to change the fourth commandment by substituting Sunday for the original Sabbath Yahushua our Lord, and the apostles kept?

The Bible prophesied many centuries earlier that the time would come when men would think to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25). Many Scripture prophecies are “dual” in nature that is, they have a type and antitype, an earlier and a later fulfilment. Though speaking specifically regarding that antichrist that will come in the near future, and we can see types and forerunner’s documented throughout history.

The Watering Down of the Sabbath in the First 300 Years.

We know from history that the Faithful during the apostolic era, from about 35 to 100 A.D., faithfully upheld the Sabbath, that commenced on what we now know as Friday evening around 5 to 6 PM to a similar time on Saturday evening, being the original Scriptural day and the designated seventh day of the week … “And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day.” (Bereshis - Genesis 1:5).

For the first 300 years of Messianic history, during a time when the Roman Emperors regarded themselves as gods, the Messianic (“today’s form of christianity was totally unknown for it was founded and sort of created by Constantine and his supporters) followers who believed in Yahushua suddenly were legislated to be an “illegal religion,” and the Lord’s people were scattered abroad (Acts 8:1). Judaism, however, was regarded at that time still as being “legal,” as long as they obeyed the Roman laws. Thus, during the apostolic era, followers of Yahushua found it convenient to let the Roman authorities think of them as Hebrews, which gained them legitimacy with the Roman government.

However, when the Hebrews rebelled against Rome, the Romans put down their rebellion by destroying Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and again in 135 A.D. Obviously the Roman government’s suppression of the Hebrews made it increasingly uncomfortable for the faithful believers in Messiah Yahushua to be thought of as Jewish. At that time, SUNday was the rest day only for the people of the Roman Empire, whose religion was Mithraism, being a form of worship of the sun god Mithra. Since Sabbath observance is visible to others, some of the believers in due course sought to distance themselves from their past ways and sadly they began to water down Sabbath keeping. However, these were mostly those who lived in the cities and larger towns, whereas those who lived in the country side remained strong and faithful and always upheld the sacred Sabbath on the seventh day!

During the Empire-wide persecutions believers under Nero, Maximin, Diocletian, and Galerius, many true believers today do not realise, but it was the Seventh day Sabbath-keeping believers that were hunted down, tortured, and used for sport, often used for entertainment in the Coliseum, with far too many experiencing a horrible and hideous deaths! These were not the modern christians, but seventh day Sabbath keepers, and those who upheld the Feasts of YHVH as per Vayikra (Leviticus) chapter 23!

Emperor Constantine made SUNday the new Day of Rest LAW.

When Emperor Constantine I, who was a pagan sun-worshipper came to power in 313 A.D., he formally legalized a new sect of “christianity,” which was a mix of paganism, that combined images and statues together with the worship of Isous, and he officially legally enforced the first SUNday-keeping law. His infamous Sunday enforcement Blue Law came on March 7, 321 A.D., and it reads as follows:

“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3).

The Roman Papacy officially confirmed the Sunday law as The Council of Laodicea, which was ruled over by Constantine in 364 A.D., and it decreed,

“Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall especially honour, and, as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing (meaning to keeping the Sabbath), they shall be shut out from Christ.” (Strand, op. cit., citing Charles J. Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, 2 (Edinburgh, 1876) 316)

Roman Catholic Cardinal Gibbons freely admits, “You may 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 [the Catholic Church] never sanctify.” (Faith of Our Fathers, 92nd ed., p. 89).

Again …

“The Catholic Church … by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.” (The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893)

“Protestants do not realize that by observing Sunday, they accept the authority of the spokesperson of the Church, the Pope.” (Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950)

“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [Saturday Sabbath to Sunday] was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” (H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons)

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

Now that is a truly shocking admission!

A Prophecy Come to Pass!

At this point we need to note an amazing prophecy. Daniel 7:25 foretold …

“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.” (The Emphasis is mine).

Quoting Daniel 7:25, Adam Clarke’s Commentary says: “He shall speak great words against the Most High.” Literally, Sermones quasi Deus loquetur; ‘He shall speak as if he were Elohim.’ So Jerome quotes from Symmachus. To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome. They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to Elohim. They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to Elohim. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to Elohim. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to Elohim. And they go beyond Elohim in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them! And they go against Elohim when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies! And shall wear out the saints’ By wars, crusades, massacres, inquisitions, and persecutions of all kinds. What in this way have they not done against all those who have protested against their innovations, and refused to submit to their idolatrous worship? Witness the exterminating crusades published against the Waldenses and Albigenses. Witness John Huss, and Jerome of Prague. Witness the Smithfield fires in England! Witness Elohim and man against this bloody, persecuting, ruthless, and an impure church!

“‘And think to change times and laws.’ ‘Appointing fasts and feasts; canonizing persons whom he chooses to call saints; granting pardons and indulgences for sins; instituting new modes of worship utterly unknown to the Christian Church; new articles of faith; new rules of practice; and reversing, with pleasure, the laws both of Elohim and man. Dodd’” (Clarke’s Commentary, Volume IV, p. 594).

Who Changed the Sabbath to Sunday?

The Scripture says,

“But in vain (uselessness) they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mattityahu - Matt. 15:9; Mark 7:7)

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word (the Scriptures), it is because there is no light in them.” (Isa. 8:20)

“Prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the Catholic Church alone. The Catholic Church says, by my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week. And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the Holy Catholic Church.” (Thomas Enright, CSSR, President, Redemptorist College [Roman Catholic], Kansas City, MO, Feb. 18, 1884)

“The Pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. The Pope has authority and has often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.” (Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop)

It is a matter of Scriptural and secular history that Elohim never changed His Holy Sabbath or transferred its solemnity to SUNday (the day to worship the sun god, and the reason it is called SUN day!). Who did? That pagan Roman Constantine, who never converted (and then to a cult faith) until the day of his death, in concert with the Roman Catholic Church, who changed YHVH’s Sabbath to a pagan god’s day of worship, well done christian’s!

What will you believe? Whom will you follow: the Elohim of the Holy Scriptures or the traditions of mere mortals and evil men?

The choice, dear reader, is yours for sadly, your church has chosen to follow Rome and much of its ways, even though they may have discarded some of its teachings, but it has held on to so much of its origins.

Are you ready to get back with the Word Beloved, we are certainly no cult, just a Word based teaching group, we do not want you money, just want to see you Return again unto YHVH Elohim and Messiah Yahushua, the Saviour who gave His life freely, that we may have life!

It is so tragic and it saddens me greatly, there are evil liars about, for just recently a young man and woman have proclaimed here in Queensland Australia that he is “Jesus Christ,” and she is “Mary Magdalene.” Well that is very strange, for there never was a man on the earth by that name, for the name “Jesus was a man made invention and it is based, I am sorry to say, with the aid of satan, by the pagan Roman cult church and it in reality means “hail Zeus.” Our Saviour’s Name was, is and always will be Yahushua, the very same name as Joshua who led the Children of Israel into the Land and encircled Jericho, etc. In Hebrew his name is also Yahushua. Now both names in the NT are written in the Greek as Iesous, Yet Joshua at least sounds very much like the original Hebrew, although written a little differently. But the question begs, why did they so completely change the Name of He who is The King of kings, Lords of lords, and the Name above every name! But the sad fact is that individuals, such as these get a large following, and these seem to be people with intellect and money. These people are buying large tracts of land and are building community buildings and houses for their new centre. Their ministry is called divine truth, what a joke. But my point is this, share the Word of truth, and so few want to hear it, for the Word of truth requires commitment, and yes even effort, for it will need the admittance of being wrong, but that humbling only has to be between you and our Lord, but there will be great rejoicing in heaven! HalleluYAH.

Yahushua said “Ask it in My Name and it shall be done.” Well, if we ask it in a strangers name, why should Messiah be doing anything, and remember satan is the great counterfeiter! There is only one Messiah and if you do not know Him than pray and seek Him, for He YAHuShua THE Messiah!

A Special Note by the Author:

I need to add a note here. I thank YHVH Elohim that I am not the judge, and that our Lord is an Elohim of great love and goodness, for millions of faithful christians have followed and believed Jesus Christ in faith and not having ever been taught the beautiful truth of His and His Father blessed Names. Thus, I pray and feel that our Heavenly Father is loving and understanding of these matters, but now we have learned the truth, it will be another matter and we should do as our Lord has asked of us, “Ask it in MY NAME.” And remember His blessed Name is Yahushua!

It is time in history that we beloved; “RETURN AGAIN unto YaHVaH Elohim” and IF we do,

“YaHVaH Elohim will RETURN AGAIN unto us!”

 

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Please Read this study Emperor Constantine for it will provide far more detail that what is said on this page!

This is a study that will cover the very early days of the Messianic age and the wind of change that arose amongst some of those who were part of the faithful. Many were swayed by the new doctrines and ways by new leadership and laws that were made at the time, especially massive changes that took place in the 300’ds under Constantine who was a worshipper of Mithra the sun god. This is a must read item, for there will be many things that will shock you, but, we need to know the truth, for only the “Truth will set you free!” This is a study that will cover the very early days of the Messianic age and the wind of change that arose amongst some of those who were part of the faithful. Many were swayed by the new doctrines and ways by new leadership and laws that were made at the time, especially massive changes that took place in the 300’ds under Constantine who was a worshipper of Mithra the sun god. This is a must read item, for there will be many things that will shock you, but, we need to know the truth, for only the “Truth will set you free!”

“Teach me Your way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”

Tehillim – Psalms 86:11

 

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Ministry founder, elder & teacher: Reuben ben Gershom.

Personal assistant & teacher: Kosta Chazantonakis.

(Brother Kosta joined the ministry in 1984).

The RETURN Movement name was founded in 1978.

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