Who kept the Sabbath?
After HaMashiach died there were people still doing the laws. Such as Mary and Mary Magdalene. They waited until the end of the Sabbath, as it begins to dawn toward the first day of the week to go out and check the sepulcher that HaMashiach was in. Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHWH thy ALHYM: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days YHWH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
So therefore they waited until the first day of the week (which is Sunday) because they were keeping the law
HaMashiach and the disciples taught on the Sabbath:
Mark 2:27, Luke 13:10, Mark 6:1-2, Acts 17:1-4, Luke 4:16, Acts 13:13-15, Acts 13:42-44, Acts 16:11-13
Acts 18:1-11 Paul keeps the Sabbath one year and 6 months.
In Acts 20:6-7 some teach that meeting on the first day of the week ( Sunday) and coming together to break bread, is keeping service, but this is NOT TRUE due to Acts 2:44. Breaking bread was not uncommon, it was a custom to eat bread on a daily basis.
Why Did A Disciple Beg For HaMashiach Body?
One of the disciples named Joseph, went at evening to Pilate and begged that the body of HaMashiach be giving to him Matthew 27:57-58. Why would this disciple do such an act by begging for HaMashiach body, if the law is done away with? Because in the law YHWH says:
“And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shall in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accused of ALHYM;) that thy land be not defiled, which YHWH thy ALHYM giveth thee for an inheritance.” Deut. 21:22-23
So we see here his reason for begging for HaMashiach body was because the body that hang on a tree cannot remain all night it must be taken down that same day and buried. If we keep reading it goes on to say how HaMashiach was buried the same day also.
Who Kept The Feast of Unleavened Bread? (Holy Day)
Shaul (Paul) does not tell us to keep Easter, but rather to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread (which is a continuations of Passover)
“Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8
Acts 20:6 shows that the disciples (Nazarenes) were still keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread (not Easter) many years after HaMashiach resurrection.
“And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.” Acts 20:6
Who Kept the Day of Atonement? (Holy Day)
In Acts 27:9 the disciples (Nazarenes) kept the Day of Atonement, here called ‘the Fast’ because it is observed by fasting. Also, when read in the Greek translation, the original word that is in Acts 27:9 is ‘νηστεία.’ The strong’s Greek number for this word is #3521 and the word means ‘nésteia’ which means ‘fasting, the Day of Atonement.’
"Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives." Acts 27:9-10
HaMashiach Sends His Disciple a Devout Man of The Law
"And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said HaMashiach in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, HaMashiach. And HaMashiach said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight." Acts 9:10-12
According to Acts 22:10-12 when Paul was speaking before the Jews and telling them what happened to him. He told them that HaMashiach came to him and told him to go to Damascus; and there it shall be told to him of all things which are appointed for him to do. Paul then explains that a man name Ananias, a devout man according to THE LAW, came to him and healed him. Then after additional instructions from Ananias, Paul was baptized.
If the Law was done away with, why would HaMashiach send a devout man of the LAW to heal Paul and give Paul instructions on what to do?
The Inquisition was a powerful office set up within the Catholic Church to root out and punish heresy throughout Europe and the New World (Americas).
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” Matthew 10:16-22
This warning that he gave did come to pass in so many ways. One great crisis, recorded by the historian Eusebius called ‘Quartodeciman Controversy,’ erupted when Bishop Victor of Rome began to demand to change a custom. The bishops of Asia insisted on keeping the custom as the Nazarenes (Apostles) Philip and John had taught them. Eusebius wrote:
A question of no small importance arose at that time. For the parishes of all Asia, as from an older tradition, held that the fourteenth day of the moon, on which day the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, should be observed as the feast of the Saviour’s Passover…BUT IT WAS NOT THE CUSTOM OF THE CHURCHES IN THE REST OF THE WORLD…But the bishops of Asia, led by Polycrates, decided to hold to the old custom HANDED DOWN TO THEM. He himself, in a letter which he addressed to Victor and the church of Rome, set forth in the following words the tradition which had come down to him.” (Eusebius. Church History. Book V, Chapters 23,25).
Notice that Eusebius said, ‘The bishops of Asia, led by Polycrates, decided to HOLD ON TO THE OLD CUSTOM HANDED DOWN TO THEM,’ I wonder what custom was handed down to them AFTER HaMASHIACH RESURRECTION...HMMM. Eusebius did record the letter that Polycrates, whom was a major figure and bishop in Asia, personally wrote to Bishop Victor of Rome. Let’s see what Polycrates said in his letter and let’s find out what this custom was that was taught after HaMashiach resurrection:
“We observe the exact day; neither adding, nor taking away. For in Asia also great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again on the day of the Lord's coming, when he shall come with glory from heaven, and shall seek out all the saints. Among these are Philip, one of the twelve apostles, who fell asleep in Hierapolis; and his two aged virgin daughters, and another daughter, who lived in the Holy Spirit and now rests at Ephesus; and, moreover, John, who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord, and, being a priest, wore the sacerdotal plate (Priestly Breast plate). He fell asleep at Ephesus. And Polycarp in Smyrna, who was a bishop and martyr; and Thraseas, bishop and martyr from Eumenia, who fell asleep in Smyrna. Why need I mention the bishop and martyr Sagaris who fell asleep in Laodicea, or the blessed Papirius, or Melito, the Eunuch who lived altogether in the Holy Spirit, and who lies in Sardis, awaiting the episcopate from heaven, when he shall rise from the dead ? ALL OF THESE OBSERVED THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF PASSOVER ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL, deviating in no respect, but FOLLOWING THE RULE OF FAITH. And I also, Polycrates, the least of you all, do according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have closely followed. For seven of my relatives were bishops; and I am the eighth. And my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven. I, therefore, brethren, who have lived sixty-five years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every Holy Scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ' We ought to obey God rather than man’ [Eusebius, Church History, Book V, Chapter 24.]
I hope you paid attention to what he just said in this letter to the Bishop of Rome, because he is admitting that the custom was Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread and that they were keeping it ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL by FOLLOWING THE RULE OF FAITH. Hmmm….so, they were keeping the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL??? Wait! He said, ‘ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL.’ That’s interesting, if you are keeping something according to something, then what does that say to you??? Polycrates admitted, that the Nazarenes (Apostles) John and Philip, taught his relatives and that his relatives ALWAYS OBSERVED THE DAY WHEN THE PEOPLE PUT THE LEAVEN AWAY. So, that means that when John and Philip taught Polycrates relatives the GOSPEL, they taught his relatives THE LAW/TORAH. According to Leviticus 23, Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread are commanded to be kept. Think about this, here are two Apostles after the resurrection of HaMashiach teaching the Gospel (Torah) in Asia? Wait! I thought the Laws was done away with???
Note what Polycrates did:
1) Claimed to be a follower of the teachings passed on from the Apostle John
2) Claimed that he was being faithful to the teachings of the Gospel
3) Relied on the position that teachings from the Bible were above those of Roman-accepted tradition
4) Claimed that he was being faithful to the teachings passed down to him
5) Was then the spokesperson for many in Asia Minor
6) Claimed he and his predecessors observed the time of unleavened bread
7) Refused to accept the authority of Roman tradition over the Bible
8) Refused to accept the authority of the Bishop of Rome--he preferred to be separate
(cf. Revelation 18:4)
9) Claimed that his life was to be governed by HaMashiach and not opinions of men
Although the apostles Philip and John had personally taught those in Asia to keep Passover on the fourteenth of Abib, the Roman Bishop Victor EXCOMMUNICATED ANY ASSEMBLY which did not keep Passover on a Sunday. While this greatly displeased many of the other bishops (who knew what Polycrates had said to be true), the Roman bishopric won the argument. Although unity was kept in the church, it was not kept on LOYALTY TO SCRIPTURE, but to the Roman bishopric. Those who kept Passover on the 14th of Abib were ultimately driven underground.
Therefore, let’s not forget that the ‘Quartodeciman Controversy,’ shows us how the Roman Church changed the appointed Holy Day and the LAW of Torah (just as prophesied in Daniel 7:25)