This day on the Jewish calendar is Iyar 26, 5777, which marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War. In 1967, this event took place on June 5th of the Gregorian calendar. Take a look at this brief video from Bill Cloud describing his perspective on the significance of this day.
That isn’t my opinion. It is the view of the current mayor of Jerusalem. He is a businessman from Israel’s high-tech sector. Read more of this interesting take on current events with the Breaking Israel News article below…
I say Christianity here with a huge grain of salt. The Catholic Church, more specifically, decreed this change and the Protestant churches which sprang from Catholicism have held tight to this belief, regardless of its complete opposition to Biblical command.
Search the Internet for Canon 29 of the Council of Laodicea and you’ll see the following declaration from the Catholic leaders and Emperor Constantine, time frame 364 AD (notice, hundreds of years after the death of Messiah’s Torah-keeping Apostles):
Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.
A Christian shall not stop work on the Sabbath, but on the Lord’s Day.
Here the Fathers order that no one of the faithful shall stop work on the Sabbath as do the Jews, but that they should honour the Lord’s Day, on account of the Lord’s resurrection, and that on that day they should abstain from manual labour and go to church. But thus abstaining from work on Sunday they do not lay down as a necessity, but they add, “if they can.” For if through need or any other necessity any one worked on the Lord’s day this was not reckoned against him.
Notice how they don’t declare there is a new “Sabbath” but continue to refer to the 7th Day as the Sabbath. They are declaring the Sabbath to be exclusively for Jews and in opposition to anyone claiming to be a Christian. They created a new day to “worship” (rather than Sabbath rest and ceasing from work) and called it “the Lord’s Day”. Conveniently this was, at that time, already a well-established worship day for the majority of pagan peoples, worshiping the Sun god on Sunday.
Remember how YHWH says the Sabbath is to be observed by His people “throughout their generations” and FOREVER? And, remember the verses about not adding to or taking away from His Words? I believe it is clear that those who made this change and those to follow it when they KNOW the Truth about it, are committing a serious sin and acting in opposition to our Creator!
Yes, Sabbath is important for all those who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob AND those who trust in Messiah Yeshua. It is a big deal to our Elohim and thus, it should be a big deal to us!
Soon Israel, and those who love her, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem. It was on June 7, 1967 on the Gregorian calendar (Iyar 28 on the Jewish calendar) that the entirety of Jerusalem (including the Old City and Temple Mount) was freed from foreign control by Israeli military forces and unified as Israeli territory for the first time in hundreds of years! This year marks 50 years, or the Jubilee, of that event. Praise YHWH, Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Father of Messiah Yeshua!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, especially this year when her enemies rage even more than normal over her.