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Have Calendar Changes Disturbed The Sabbath?

Have calendar changes disturbed the Sabbath? The answer is No. Here is the true account, the facts of which can be verified in any authoritative encyclopedia.

The Julian Calendar was in use when Jesus was upon the earth. Its originator, Julius Caesar, died forty-four years before the Christian era.  The week  in use in the East at that time is precisely the same as the week of our calendar today, which is the Gregorian. The days of the month are different, but the days of the week were never changed. On the following page is a calendar illustrating how the change was effected.

Julian to Gregorian Calendar Changes

Julian to Gregorian Calendar Changes

The change from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar was on this wise. The Julian Calendar used for sixteen centuries was not accurate in the length of its year, being nearly one quarter of an hour too long. By 1582 the vernal equinox had receded, and fell on March 11, ten days earlier than the March 21 date to which the Catholic Church had, in AD 321 anchored the computation of Easter.

Pope Gregory XIII lead out in a change, and the Gregorian Calendar began to function at Rome on Friday, the fifth of October, 1582. Friday the fifth was changed to Friday the fifteenth. The week remained untouched, and the days of the week were undisturbed.

Some nations began the uses of the new calendar at once. Others began later – England waited 170 years, until 1752. Yet these different states and nations with different calendars had the same week. Just remember that the seventh day of the week today is the  same as when Jesus Christ was here, and calendar changes have not affected it.

It is true that in connection with the French Revolution the French tried a ten-day week, but it did not endure.

It is well known also that Soviet Russia introduced a five-day week, then a six-day week, and forbade the printing of a seven-day-week calendar. All this is a modern attempt to banish the weekly rest day. But Russia failed.

The world blank-day calendar idea , of which we hear much today, would, if accepted, cause the true Sabbath to occur on a different day of the calendar week each year. The same would be so of the true first day, for that matter. All persons who believe in honoring any regular weekly day should oppose the adoption of such a calendar under whatever name it may appear. Meantime, our regular Gregorian Calendar has the true weekly cycle. Sunday is the first day of the week and Saturday is the seventh day.

-From God Speaks To Modern Man, by Arthur E Lickey 1952

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