Before we move even further back in history to explore the names selected for the days of the week let’s first realize that time was altered in 1582 A.D. with a change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar by Pope Gregory Xlll to better align the calendar with the sun, and i suppose he did this under the authority of the Son, but that’s a story for another day, or diem.
Does scripture speak out against this practice?
“He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.”
Daniel 7:25 NLT
“In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.”
Matthew 24:22 NLT
This is something to keep in mind as we look at the days of the week. This isn’t just limited to days but months also have a very interesting history, a couple have even been added!
Sunday, Day 1
Hebrew יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן
This is probably a good place to explore a brief history of Christianity, but this story can go back to sixteen hundred years before the story of Bethlehem which was the start of modern Christianity. Ra, the sun god who ruled the heavens, is the most important god of the Ancient Egyptians, keep the title ‘Heavenly Father’ in mind. We see this depicted all the time without realizing it, we see the Ra or Ray of the sun around the head of deities, and the Ray’s of the sun emitting from behind the dove that depicts the Holy Spirit. They believed that he was swallowed every night by the sky goddess Nut and was reborn every morning. However, they also believed that he travelled through the underworld at night. Pharaohs themselves were seen as incarnations of Ra, thus giving them absolute power. Many Kings built a temple or pyramid in his honor guaranteeing a long and prosperous reign as pharaoh. Ra was the patron, or father, of the Pharaohs and things start to fall into place when we remember that Time conquered Egypt before moving on to conquer and rule Jerusalem. Rome obviously hijacked much of the Egyptian culture and we see today the Pope who claims to represent the Son of the Heavenly Father.
Moving right along, the term Christian is thought to have originated from Antioch by Bishop Ignatius in the first century A.D. as the Greek word Χριστιανός. The -ian is borrowed from Latin to denote belonging to, or ownership, as in slavery. To me this isn’t necessarily a positive title.
While the Vatican teaches that the ministry of Christ was carried on by Peter he was not the rock the Church was to built upon. In Thomas 12 the disciples asked who they should turn to after His death and He told them to go to James “for whose sake heaven and earth came into existence”. The continuing ministry of James was called The Way, but this isn’t being taught in Christianity today.
Onto the word Sunday, let’s do a countdown 3,2,1…
On 313 A.D. HRE Emperor Constantine proclaimed the Edict of Milan which provided for a “Toleration of Christianity”, this didn’t make it the State Religion, it only made Christianity no longer illegal. Later on March 7, 321 Emperor Constantine I decreed that dies Solis Invicti, ‘sun-day’ or Day of Sol Invictus Roman God of the Sun, would be the Roman day of rest throughout the Roman Empire. This obviously wasn’t a declaration a day of Christian worship, but a day of rest. Seeing that there was nothing else to do that day, and the early “Christians” worshipped on Saturday, i guess Rome (the Vatican) saw this as a perfect opportunity to roll forward with their version of “Christianity” on the day of Sol Invictus. Many may be confused when i say “Version of Christianity” but it needs to be realized that there’s over 30 thousand versions. Hopefully He isn’t confused when He returns for His Church! Of course i’m just trying to introduce some humor, but i hope this has helped see where Sunday originated. If people want to discover the True Sabbath i would look to the heavens, as we were commanded, and watch for the New Moon, and see that the Sabbath doesn’t always land on the same day every week.
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
~ Genesis 1 NLT
Monday, Day 2
Hebrew יוֹם שֵׁנִי
Middle English monday or mone(n)day.
Old English mon(an)dæg “day of the moon”. “Mōnandæg,” named after Máni, the Norse personification of the moon (and Sól’s brother).
Latin dies lunae “day of the moon”.
Ancient Greek hemera selenes “day of the moon”.
“And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”
~ Exodus 23:13
“Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
~ Genesis 1 NLT
Tuesday, Day 3
Hebrew יוֹם שְׁלִישִׁי
Tuesday is known for Mars which is aka Hermes who’s consort Persephone is at the top of the Capitol Building, do you ever wonder in which “God we Trust”? Did the Bible refer to Mercury/Hermes?
“And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. “
~ Acts 14
God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
~ Genesis 1 NLT
Wednesday, Day 4
Mercury or Mercurius in talmudic literature מֶרְקוּלִיס, Merkulis, Roman god of merchants and wayfarers, identical with the Greek god Hermes, so i guess this god has two days while the Sun god Ra only has one. The rabbis of the Talmud discussed Mercury more than any other pagan deity and apparently considered him almost synonymous with idolatry.
“God made two great lights the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
~ Genesis 1 NLT
Thursday, Day 5 Hebrew: יוֹם חֲמִישִׁי
This day can get crazy, so set any religious dogma aside. There are some striking parallels between the Norse myth of Thor at Ragnarok and the Biblical prophesies of the Messiah. Is it possible, since Christ preceded the Norse myths, that Norse myths were actually informed by the Gospel? Yahweh is also interchangeable with Lord in scripture which is also a title (not name) this title is also translated as Ba’al, see Strong’s Concordance #1167. Lord, or Ba’al, is a mountain God, didn’t Moses go up on the mountain for the Ten Commandments? The Lord of a territory has always placed his castle high on a hill also, overlooking his realm. This may be better researched on your own than to hear my thoughts. When we see names like Thurston or Thornton etc. we should remember this is derived also from the God Thor, as in Thor’s Town.
“Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
~ Genesis 1 NLT
Friday: Day 6
Hebrew יוֹם שִׁישִׁי
Yet another God. Friday, or Frigedaeg, is derived from Frigga, the wife of Woden and goddess of love and marriage. i can’t help but thinking about Lilith and a seduction of Adam. Reading ‘The Secret Book of Lilith’ is highly recommended, you’ll see where the “Apostle” Paul pulled some of his teachings from! Since this day was about love and marriage what did the Creator do to help this unity be successful? Remember, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
~ Genesis 1 NLT
Saturday, Day 7
Hebrew יום שבת
Maybe we should really say Saturnday, which is more accurate, yet again another reference to a planet. Before Pluto was demoted there were 9 planets that ruled the sky and it’s also interesting that there is 9 justice’s ruling the Supreme Court just like the 9 Divines referred to by the Elder Scrolls: Aedra: Akatosh, Arkay, Dibella, Julianos, Kynareth, Mara, Stendarr, Zenithar, and the once mortal god Talos. Do any of those names look familiar?
Saturday has seen some subtle changes through time and cultures, in the Latin it is dies Saturni – Day of Saturn, in Old English it was sæterdæg or saternesdæg – Saturn’s day,
in Ancient Greek it was hemera Khronu – Day of Cronus, yep there’s that character Cronus again!
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
~ Genesis 2 NLT
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Hopefully this has helped provide some contextual background to the days of the week and encourages further research!
Be blessed, Bryan-G Parker