HAS THE CALENDAR BEEN CHANGED?
History has exact calendar records that go back to Julius Caesar, several decades before Christ.
How can we be absolutely sure our seventh day (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday) is still God's holy Sabbath? Could the calendar have been changed?
The seventh day is still called the Sabbath, as the Lord named it at the time of Creation.
Have you ever wondered where the weekly cycle came from?
We have the yearly cycle because of the seasons, and the monthly cycle because of the moon. But nothing in nature indicates the seven-day weekly cycle. We all have the same weekly cycle because God established it during the Creation week.
Has the calendar been changed?
Yes, but not the weekly cycle. Pope Gregory initiated a change to make up for an error in the Julian calendar by moving the date ten days forward. In October, 1582, Thursday the 4th was followed by Friday the 15th in Italy and a few other countries. England changed its calendar in 1752 and Russia in 1914. Yet, the weekly cycle was never affected. During the time that England, Russia, and Italy had different calendars, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were always the same in each country.
History has exact calendar records that go back to Julius Caesar, several decades before Christ, and these records show that the weekly cycle has always remained. We have exactly the same weekly cycle today as was used in Jesus' day, and Jesus said that the day was called the Sabbath by the Jews, the seventh day of the week, was His day, the true Lord's day.
Since Jesus' day, millions of Jews have continued to keep track of the Sabbath each week. It would be impossible to change a whole nation's day of worship overnight, then have them wake up, unified and worshipping on another day, thinking it was the Sabbath. Moreover, since it is Jesus' day, and He has commanded us to worship on that day to show allegiance to Him, don't you think He would preserve its identity?
WHEN DOES THE SABBATH DAY BEGIN - AT SUNRISE OR AT SUNSET?
"23:50 And, behold, [there was] a man named Joseph, a counsellor; [and he was] a good man, and a just:
23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) [he was] of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
23:52 This [man] went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:50-56.
WHO WAS THE SHORTEST REIGNING POPE SINCE PIUS XI?
Pope John Paul I -- 33 days.
Pope Benedict XVI -- more than 5 years as at today (2010-08-10).
Question: In what sense can the reign of Pope Benedict XVI be described as "a short space"?