Constantine and the Week
The Witty Invention that Changed Times and Laws
Caesar Augustus, more commonly referred to as Constantine the Great, in A.D. 321-325 established a new and uniquely stylized solar planetary calendar. This was the first step necessary for the development of His new religion (Christianity) and worship rhythm crafted outside the boundaries of Scriptural constraints. Congruently, he caused it to appear he was honoring the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Messiah. From the black and white marble halls of Rome, it was fashioned and realized at the five year summit meeting of the notorious Council of Nicaea. Upon this premise, the Scripture’s astro-luni-solar calendar of the Jews was taken captive and replaced with the pagan solar calendar as a tribute to Constantine’s newly created god, “JESUS CHRIST.” Together, the solar planetary calendar and the introduction of His new god, became Rome’s ready replacements, of Yahusha the true Messiah, along with His pre-ordained worship rhythm throughout Scripture.
A myriad of other doctrines were spawned at that council, including the Trinitarian doctrine and Easter. Each were replacement theologies of the Roman pagan kind. All that was left to do, was to sell it to the world. And for those who weren’t buying, he utilized force under penalty of death. Thus it was, that the planetary week with its unending cycle replaced the Scriptural week, set forth at creation, which had previously been proclaimed from one New Moon to another.
In 321 A.D., Constantine, emperor of Rome . . . by civil enactments made “the venerable day of the Sun,” which day was then “notable for its veneration,” the weekly rest day of the empire . . . The enforcement of the weekly observance of Sunday gave official recognition to the week of seven days and resulted in the introduction of it into the official civil calendar of Rome. The Romans passed that calendar down to us, and in it we have still the ancient planetary titles of the days of the week. Odom, op. cit., p. 243-244, emphasis supplied.
Forty years later, in A.D. 363-364, under the rulership of Julian, the last Constantinian Emperor, the Council of Laodicea convened. Central to Sabbatarian doctrine is the record of Canon 29 from that Council, which is falsely taught as stating the following:
Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, 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 found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ. Council of Laodicea, Canon 29
According to Karl J. von Hefele, a Catholic bishop, in his book, History of the Councils of the Church from the Original Documents, states that the word “Saturday” (dies Saturni) does not exist either in the Greek or Latin text. Rather, the word “Saturday” was supplied in the English translation in place of the word Sabbato, meaning Sabbath. Here is the original Latin text:
Quod non oportet Christianos Judaizere et otiare in Sabbato, sed operari in eodem die. Preferentes autem in veneratione Dominicum Diem si vacre voluerint, ut Christiani hoc faciat; quod si reperti fuerint Judaizere Anathema sint a Christo. Council of Laodicea, Canon 29
At the time the Julian calendar was being enforced upon the early believers for religious purposes, absolutely no one confused the word Sabbato with dies Saturni. Simply everyone at that time recognized these to be unique names for two separate days, as found on two distinctly different calendar models. It is only as this fact of history has been forgotten and overwritten during translation of the text, that Saturday has been assumed to be the seventh-day Sabbath of Scripture. This is due in part because the planetary week was adopted by the Jews in conformity to Constantinian demands. Couple with this the promotion of the entire Roman calendar model throughout the land, and we can see why all the world has now followed the Beast into a fraudulent pagan worship system. How crafty was this?
These . . . eventually led Jewish rabbis to call Saturn “Shabbti,” “the star of the Sabbath.” It was not until the first century of our era, when the planetary week had become an established institution, that the Jewish Sabbath seems always to have corresponded to Saturn’s Day [Saturday]. Rest Days, p.244 by Hutton Webster
This planetary week was paganism’s counterfeit of the true, Biblical week instituted by the Creator in the beginning of earth’s history. In the counterfeit week employed in ancient paganism “the venerable day of the Sun” was esteemed by the heathen above the other six days because it was regarded as sacred to the Sun, the chief of the planetary deities . . . Just as the true Sabbath is inseparably linked with the Biblical week, so the false Sabbath of pagan origin needed a weekly cycle. Thus we have found that the planetary week of paganism is Sunday’s twin sister, and that the two counterfeit institutions were linked together … Odom, op. cit., p. 243-244, emphasis supplied.
When the historical and time-centric facts of the Julian (and later Gregorian) calendar are comprehended, it becomes apparent that Sunday is not the only spurious worship day established upon paganism. For Saturday, dies Saturni, as the Sabbath of Scripture, is also a lie. The mere fact it is the seventh-day of the man-made Roman week, sets it in opposition to the true seventh-day lunar Sabbath of Scripture. So by extension, both Saturday and Sunday are fruit of a fraudulent calendar system that is built upon the premise of only two kinds of days instead of three. The mere fact that the New Moon day exists, breaks the cycle of weeks every 29-30 days. As a result, neither Saturday nor Sunday were implemented by our Creator in the beginning, nor can they ever be ambassadors for the first week of Creation. Because the fact remains this unbroken cycle of weeks was entirely divorced from the divine creation of the sun, moon, and stars. Read more on Three Kinds of Days. Click image to enlarge.
We have all been naïve victims of Roman propaganda and an altogether familiar echo from the prophetic WORD identifies that “ALL the world would follow after the Beast” (Revelation 13:3). This in no way alludes to some of the world, but ALL. We can now see how this does not exclude Seventh-day Adventists, Jews, or any other Sabbatarian group, as Saturday CANNOT be the antidote to receiving the MARK OF THE BEAST, but in contrast may be along with Sunday and entire Roman calendar, the very MARK itself.
Once presented with the other half of the story, we are able to see the full picture and make an informed decision. We either remain captives of the Beast Power mother Roman Catholic Church, via this witty calendar invention, or use the keys of the Creator’s astro-luni-solar calendar, to unlock the bars to our freedom and enter through the East Gate (Ezekiel 46:1-3) into His Eternal Kingdom, before it’s too late.
We have the choice to continue to cling to a pagan “Saturday” Sabbath theory that highlights a purported week that cycles without end since creation. But this cannot be supported from Scripture either by name or by its rhythm. We have the option to remain content with the tradition of “Saturday or Sunday sacredness.” Yet, according to the facts of Scripture, history and astronomy, they are both fraudulent worship days on a falsified week cycle. Might this be a sure fire ticket to receive the Mark of the Beast, the very object to avoid? For Scripture is the revealer of the lunar Sabbath truth; astronomy, and history validate it.
It may be that the calendar you choose will determine your destiny, and is worthy of prayerful consideration. For we honor our Creator and Savior by aligning our lives with His principles of truth.