It was first mentioned the day after the first man, Adam, was created, as God set apart the seventh day of the week from the other six. And it is so important, God made it one of the famous Ten Commandments, telling us to remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy and not do any work that day.
But this day of rest that was observed for thousands of years on the seventh day of the week, Saturday, has mysteriously been transformed into a special reverence for the first day of the week, Sunday. In fact, if you ask Christians today, “Which day is the Sabbath of God?” most will undoubtedly answer “Sunday.”
Just how did this enigmatic change take place? Now, you don’t have to sift through dozens of books, online articles and encyclopedias to find the answer.
A fantastic, five-DVD television documentary called “The Seventh Day: Revelations from the Lost Pages of History” chronicles how the Sabbath day of the Bible was observed, fought for and challenged over millennia of human existence.
“Since the seventh-day Sabbath has such rich meaning, and since it is part of the Ten Commandments, why is it not more widely observed today? Good question,” said Hal Holbrook, host of the “The Seventh Day.”
In the archives and libraries of international scholarship, the documentary’s researchers have discovered the secret strategies that changed the Christian day of rest on Saturday to the primary day of worship on Sunday.
“One novel approach took the form of a letter, a letter that supposedly came directly from heaven,” noted Holbrook.
It was actually a fraudulent epistle demanding the rigorous observance of Sunday, an example of the heavy-handed attempts to manipulate the consciences of medieval Christians.
“A letter from heaven,” said Holbrook. “Think about it. Who wouldn’t want one of those to support their opinions?”
The promotion of Sunday, commonly called “the Lord’s Day,” was an integral part of the Reformation-era conflict over Church authority.
The story of the Sabbath illuminates the heroic struggle for religious liberty fought through long centuries of repression and inquisition.
Holbrook said, “The power of the Inquisition was subtle and insidious. They used threats of torture to coerce people to give evidence they needed.”
“The Seventh Day” presents a thorough exposé of the epic battle over the weekly Sabbath tracing the long-lost evidence of religious practice through thousands of years of culture and tradition, supported by the expert testimony of more than 50 historians and theologians from around the world.
The story of “The Seventh Day” spans the ages. Some of its heroes are counted among the best-known heroes on the stage of religious history. Others, equally heroic, played out their roles in mere obscurity, their lives defining the true meaning of courageous faith and passion for truth.
Finally, after more than 15 years of research, the story can be told, the story of a day enshrined in history, tradition and Scripture.
Holbrook said, “From the Earth, as it came from the Creator’s hand, to the perfectly restored New Earth, the Sabbath stands as a sanctuary in time, transcending history and projecting its promise of rest into the eternal future.”
“The Seventh Day” is a surprising look at history and its effect on the rhythm of life in the 21st century and beyond.
Reviewers on Amazon.com are raving about this DVD set:
- “This thoroughly researched series takes a candid and biblical look at the Bible Sabbath from the beginning of time to present. Full of scholarly research, excellent dramatization and powerful insights. A must see!”
- “I found this series to be incredibly enlightening. The producers obviously did extensive research to find pockets of seventh-day Sabbath-keeping throughout history. The production value is very high, and Hal Holbrook is outstanding as he narrates this religious history lesson. The breadth of scholarship that is represented by the interviews dispersed throughout is impressive.”
- “Excellent presentation of truth that revealed to me that many loyalties I had as a lifetime Christian were sadly traditions of man and not the truth of God’s will. If you are really searching for truth using history and the Bible, these DVDs are THE ones for you!”
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