Many annual holidays observed throughout the world originate with Roman Catholicism, who borrowed the day and many of the traditions and customs from paganism—such holidays as Christmas and Easter. The Roman Catholic Church has ever argued that Sunday should be recognized as a weekly legal holiday. John Paul II in his encyclical letter, Dies Domini, issued on May 31, 1998, unambiguously called for the enforcement of Sunday as a legal holiday as Christmas, Easter and others. “When, through the centuries, she has made laws concerning Sunday rest, (109) the Church has had in mind above all the work of servants and workers, certainly not because this work was any less worthy when compared to the spiritual requirements of Sunday observance, but rather because it needed greater regulation to lighten its burden and thus enable everyone to keep the Lord's Day holy. In this matter, my predecessor Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical Rerum Novarum spoke of Sunday rest as a worker's right which the State must guarantee…Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.”1 In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the following regarding Sunday as a legal holiday was incorporated. “In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church's holy days as legal holidays.”2 It must be recalled that Pope Francis in May of 2019 boasted that the common good has become global as highlighted in this headline: “Pope Francis: 'The common good has become global.’”3
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are a perfect example of the common good going global as these islands are calling for Sunday as a legal holiday for workers' rights in the very context that the Papacy (as shown above) is calling for Sunday rest. In an article headlined, “Sunday May Become 12th Public Holiday,” the following can be read: "Sunday will become the official twelfth public holiday in Antigua and Barbuda if legislators vote in Parliament for the proposed amendment to the Public Holidays Act. After weeks of consultations, it seems that a consensus has been reached regarding how Sundays will be treated in law.”4 The article continues by mentioning other legal holidays (which, originate with Roman Catholicism), observed in Antigua and Barbuda. “In the current Public Holidays Act CAP 354, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all Sundays are observed as common-law holidays in Antigua and Barbuda…The amendment to the Public Holidays Act also introduces Christmas Day as the third official public holiday and Good Friday as the fifth.”5
Interestingly, the observance of Christmas, Good Friday and all other Roman Catholic holidays rest precisely on the same foundation as does Sunday. Therefore, since the the other Roman Catholic holidays have been enforced, why doubt that Sunday will be? Likewise, if persons keep the other Roman Catholic holidays, why not keep Sunday? However there is no scriptural justification for the honoring of any of the above. The only day the Bible admonishes us to keep is the seventh-day Sabbath.
Sunday to Become a Legal Holiday in Antigua & Barbuda. Common Good via Sunday Has Become Global. Faithful Servant Today, Evil Servant Tomorrow or Vice Versa.
“Yet the Cycamore calls Sunday ‘the Sabbath’ and ‘Lord's day,’ strangely losing sight of the fact that this festival stands upon precisely the same ground as Easter and Good Friday. The latter have just as much foundation in the Scriptures as the former, and they are vastly less potent for evil, for the reason that they do not displace a divinely ordained day, or render necessary the violation of the law of God, as does Sunday-keeping.”6
“But now the majority of professed Protestants are freeing themselves from the charge of partiality that is preferred against them by the Catholics. They do not propose to 'act by humor’ any longer, by neglecting the other festivals that stand on the same basis that Sunday does; and so Christmas, Lent, Good Friday, Easter, and ‘Holy Week’ are coming to be devoutly observed.”7
Consider that the Antigua and Barbuda calendar have Monday as the first day of the week and Sunday as the seventh. However, the Bible says that the day commonly called Sunday is the first day of the week and the day commonly called Saturday is the seventh. By adopting this calendar they are acknowledging, whether directly or indirectly, the Papacy’s assertion that she has the power to change God’s laws and they are thus manifesting the spirit of the devil and Popery by thinking to change times and laws (study Daniel 7:25).
We must here remind you of the 2017 Hurricane Irma that completely devastated the island of Barbuda and also affected Antigua. “The tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda is ‘practically uninhabitable’ after it was steamrolled by Hurricane Irma…Barbuda and Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne reported that 90 percent of the structures on Barbuda were destroyed by the ‘cane, which was packing sustained 185-mph winds when it made landfall at 1:47 a.m. ‘As it stands, Barbuda is practically uninhabitable,’ Browne told Antigua/Barbuda Broadcasting Services, adding that destruction on the island home to nearly 1,700 people was ‘heart-wrenching.’ ‘A significant number of the houses have been totally destroyed,’ said his chief of staff, Lionel Hurst.”8
Two years after the Hurricane, Antigua and Barbuda are proposing the recognition of Sunday as a legal holiday. Prophecy foretells that men will advocate the enforcement of Sunday to combat catastrophes that are becoming more frequent and intense. “While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous...It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced.”9
Pope Francis in his environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ is proposing Sunday legislation for the environment, and the world is listening and acting. “Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world…It [Sunday] protects human action from becoming empty activism; it [Sunday] also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which make us seek personal gain to the detriment of all else. The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day…
[See Ex 23:12]. Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”10
It is clear from the legalizing of Sunday as a public holiday and the agitation for Sunday rest by law to address the many societal ills that the Mark of the Beast crisis foretold in Revelation 13:11-17 is imminent. This will be the final test for earth’s inhabitants. Let us be found at all times watchful, prayerful and faithful. Maranatha!
Waggoner, Ellet James, Signs of the Times Articles, May 19, 1887, page 304
Waggoner, Ellet James, Signs of the Times Articles, May 4, 1887, page 202
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), pages 589 and 590