THE WEEKLY CYCLE HAS NEVER
The writings of historians, the records of
chronographers, the languages of earth, the calendars of time, and the
existence of the Jewish race—all testify to the fact that the weekly
cycle on our calendars today is the same as in earlier centuries—going
back to the time of Christ, to Moses, and beyond.
In the beginning, God gave us the weekly seven-day
cycle, with the Sabbath as the last day. That pattern has never changed.
The seventh day of the week today is the true Bible Sabbath. Our seventh
day is the Sabbath which Jesus kept; it was the Sabbath in the time of
Moses when the Ten Commandments were written down. Historians and
scientists all agree that this is true.
If there had been any change in the weekly cycle,
between the time of Creation and the time of Moses, a correction would
have been made when the Ten Commandments were given to the Hebrews. From
that time, on down to the present, there have always been Jews to
testify as to the true Sabbath. It is the same seventh day of the week
which is on our calendars. While all the other ancient races are now
intermingled, the Jews have been kept separate so they could testify to
the fact that our seventh day is the Bible Sabbath!
The yearly cycle has been changed. In 1582, the
length of the year was changed to include the leap year. This changeover
resulted in October 1582 having only 21 days! But each week remained the
same seven days in length. Thursday, October 4, was followed by Friday,
October 15. God has divinely protected the weekly cycle down through the
ages. If He had not done this, it would be impossible to keep the
Sabbath holy, as He has commanded. But, because He has, we have no
excuse not to. The seventh day is a holy day, made holy by the command
of God. All calendars agree: The seventh day is the Sabbath. Sunday is
the first day; the day called "Saturday" in the English
langauge is the Sabbath.
However, in 108 of the 160 languages of mankind, the
seventh day is called "the Sabbath"! Did you know that? Dr.
William Mead Jones of London prepared a chart proving this. (A copy of
this chart can be obtained free of charge from the publisher of this
book: Ask for "The Chart of the Week" [BS–28-29]. English is
one of the few major languages in which the seventh day is not called
Here are ten examples: Hebrew: Shabbath / Greek:
Sabbaton / Latin: Sabbatum / Arabic: Assabit / Persian: Shambin /
Russian: Subbota / Hindustani: Shamba / French: Samedi / Italian:
Sabbato / Spanish: Sabado.
"By calculating the eclipses, it can be proven
that no time has been lost and the creation days were seven, divided
into 24 hours each."—Dr. Hinkley, The Watchman, July 1926 [Hinkley
was a well-known astronomer].
"The human race never lost the septenary [seven
day] sequence of week days and that the Sabbath of these latter times
comes down to us from Adam, though the ages, without a single
lapse."—Dr. Totten, professor of astronomy at Yale University.
"Seven has been the ancient and honored number
among the nations of the earth. They have measured their time by weeks
from the beginning. The origin of this was the Sabbath of God, as Moses
has given the reasons for it in his writings."—Dr. Lyman Coleman.
"There has been no change in our calendar in
past centuries that has affected in any way the cycle of the week."—James
Robertson, Director American Ephemeris, Navy Department, U.S. Naval
Observatory, Washington, D.C., March 12, 1932.
"It can be said with assurance that not a day
has been lost since Creation, and all the calendar changes
notwithstanding, there has been no break in the weekly cycle."—Dr.
Frank Jeffries, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Research
Director of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.
It is remarkable how complete is the Biblical and
historical evidence corroborating the fact that the Bible Sabbath was
given to us by the God of heaven. Let us keep the Sabbath that Jesus
kept! He worshiped on the Bible Sabbath, and never told us to stop
keeping it. No one else in the Bible said to either. The seventh day is
the Sabbath, for God never changed it.
How very thankful we can be that our God is so
reliable. He does not change this way or that. He has a holy law which
we must obey. But He sent His only begotten Son to die in order to
enable us to do it.
Soon we will be in heaven, and praise Him for His
For exciting proof that the weekly cycle comes down
to us from the Creation of our world, as described in Genesis 1 and 2 of
the Bible, click here on CHART OF THE WEEK.