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Change, prophecy, resurrection, Sabbath, sacred law, and Sunday are topics, today.  After some hours of careful work, I was able to present a portion of a response to the six classic arguments (errors) regarding the Sabbath being changed by the Resurrection of Jesus.  This clear, well-reasoned teaching appeared (without a byline naming the author) within a newspaper article written in 1850.  The various arguments compared to the word of GOD were shown as follows: “1. That the Jewish prophets predicted, such a change; 2. That there was a necessity for the change in order to commemorate the completion of the work of redemption, which was finished by the resurrection of Christ; * * * 4. That on this day of the week Christ frequently met with his disciples after the resurrection; 5. That from that time the Apostles and primitive Christians religiously observed the first day in memory of this event, and as a substitute for the Sabbath ; 6. That the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended, was the first day of the week ; 7. That by “Lord’s day,” (Rev. i, 10,) the first day of the week was intended.”  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “truth” (Level 3 with 1,367 points, a member since July 20, 2009) posted the following:


Jesus is risen! That is why Sunday became a holiday -the Lord’s Day – in the world. This is the foundation of Christianity. OK?

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:  and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.  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:  and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.  But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.  And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.  (Daniel 7:  23-27, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); To Keep It Holy (02/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); We Shall Behold Him (10/17/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013)


“truth”, here is one of many unpopular, sacred teachings derived by examination of the Bible that was published in Paris, ME, November 1850 in volume one, number one of a newspaper, SECOND ADVENT REVIEW, AND SABBATH HERALD.  Six of seven arguments were detailed in the article (without byline naming the author), Has the Sabbath been changed from the Seventh to the First day of the Week? (p. 1-4).  Such things are only shared and taken seriously among believers having the meekness of Jesus:

7. “Lord’s Day.”—An argument for the change of the Sabbath is founded on the supposed application of the title “Lord’s day,” to the first day of the week.  The only passage referred to for the purpose of sustaining it, is Rev, i, 10. “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day.”  But that the day here called the Lord’s day, is the first day of the week, is merely assumed, and hence is not to be considered as proved.  It is not in fact probable that this is the day referred to.  * * * If these words be understood to refer to a natural day, it is more likely to be the seventh day, which God had blessed and sanctified for his special service, than the first day.  The seventh day is called by Him “my holy day,” and “the holy of the Lord”—phrases similar to the one in this passage.  This was also the Sabbath which was made for man, and of which Christ says he is Lord.  And since it was observed up to the close of the New Testament history, it would be perfectly natural for John to speak of it as ” the Lord’s day.”  Further, there is no evidence that the first day of the week was denominated the Lord’s day, at so early a period.  Only one writer mentions the expression till towards the close of the second century ; and the reputed author of this passage, when speaking, in his Gospel, (which was written some years later than the Apocalypse,) of the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week, never intimates that the day should be called by any other name.  The learned Morer, though an advocate for the first day, in mentioning the different days to which this phrase may be applied, acknowledges the entire uncertainty as to what day is intended, and says, “It is very likely that the more solemn and public use of the words was not observed until about the time of Sylvester II., when, by Constantine’s command, it became an injunction.”  It is evident, therefore, that this passage cannot justly be used as proof that the Sabbath was transferred to the first day of the week.

We have now examined the texts commonly adduced to prove a change of the original Sabbath, and have them utterly insufficient and deceptive. Hence the claims of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, without alteration, are fully sustained.  The advocates for the first clay arc aware that if an abrogation or change of the original Sabbath law cannot be made out, the seventh clay is still the true Sabbath.  Dr. Dwight, for instance, makes the following admission:  “If we cannot find in the Scriptures plain and simple proof of the abrogation of the original day, or the substitution of a new one, the seventh day undoubtedly remains in full force and obligation, and is now to be celebrated by all the race of Adam.”  [From Sab. Vindicator]

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, the Lord’s resurrection was not intended to change divine law, or the timing for scheduled sacred events previously announced through prophecy.  Jesus came to fulfill, not to annul, countermand, or erase.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, I share a poem specially written as a gift to our young, and those who will follow until the time of Advent.  As part of its renewed emphasis upon evangelism, the Pope and a recent synod of Catholic bishops have proposed that the work of the church is to establish the Gospel of Jesus as an aspect of living cultures, and not only in the life of individual believers.  Therefore, the process of sharing the Gospel must be continued with a special awareness and sensitivity to the diverse patterns of expression that are now vital as the frameworks for human survival and understanding.  With this in view, I realized again, for many Christian believers African American history speaks to them of home, of love, and of their earliest experiences as they were coming to Christ.

As I was looking back to think about a topic for my annual Black History Month poem, I became excited at the thought of acknowledging the contributions from the many independent magazines and newspapers that had served our communities across the country.  When I first entered college, important literary and political publications still were available that included “The Crisis” (an organ of the NAACP), and “The Negro Digest” (Chicago, IL).  Monthly publications focused on business, current events, entertainment, and public issues included “Ebony”, “Jet”, and “Sepia”.  (Later, once I had begun graduate school, the novelist, John Oliver Killens, would recommend that I share my poetry through “Essence”, a new publication that would have special appeal for African American women.)  As I continued my reflections, I began to consider:  There once were many daily and monthly newspapers, such as the New York Amsterdam News, the Chicago Defender, The Los Angeles Sentinel, The Michigan Chronicle (Detroit, MI), and Muhammad Speaks (now Muslim Journal, Chicago, IL).  Whenever I think of the Baltimore Afro-American (known as The Afro), I still laugh recalling the sometimes comical social commentary provided in a curious column (that ran for some 20 years), written by the poet, Langston Hughes.  Simple had been called the voice of our culture (but not by me), and I was determined to discover why before my next year in high school.  The author’s character, “Jesse B. Semple,” and his prose seemed a little too “Br’er Rabbit” (some would say, folksy) for my taste (and I still have issues with some of Hughes’ poems). 

That being said, I recalled a special piece sometimes mistakenly attributed to Hughes, “The Creation;” and I began to recite the lines that I had learned while a student in middle school:  And GOD stepped out on space, and looked around, and said….Since then I have been convinced that such a treasure is never to be forgotten or ignored.  The warning from GOD has been:  What you take for granted, gets taken away; just like what you take for granted, gets to take advantage of you.

[Remembering James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), Black History Month, 2014]

Surely, we have heard the soundings
The brass of seven sermon thunder
The pulpit rocking us all
In the bosom of Abraham

What is to make us ready
For the heavens split by fire
The lightning cowed, the clouds in awe
The sun trembling in humility

A far distant speck will appear
That none will recognize to be an host
Until they are upon us
No further away than a hand breath

The shout of the archangel
The merest whisper of the shofars
The minds and hearts of the righteous
Leaping in innocence and joy

False prophets and shamans
Have come to us, yet, nothing like our own
Real poets, axe-wielders
Like Coltrane, Rollins, Sanders, Lloyd, Bird, Prez, and Shepp

Who all stepped out in space
And looked around and said
I’ll make me a world
I’ll offer up a praise

The instrument possessing
Above all others the breadth
And depth of a mammy on her knees
The conqueror upon his charger

Within the prayer wheel turning
The spirit given by GOD
Proclaims and commands
Lift every voice and sing

For now is his appearing
And who will fly to meet them
In the air, none but the righteous
No, not one

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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2014.  All rights reserved worldwide.

There is far more to be said in love and with respect, more to be correctly applied, and more that can only be spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  (1st Corinthians 13:  5-8, New International Version, NIV)

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