(From Signs of the Times, Warburton, Victoria, Nov 26, 1906. High-lighting added by editor.) IN the year 1844 a movement denominated the “third angel’s message,” took its rise. Commencing in a small way, it has at the present time assumed world-wide dimensions. It has for its object the proclamation of solemn and important truths to the last generation of mankind. It foretells the speedy advent … [Click to read more …]
(Source The Bible Echo, January 28, 1901. High-lighting added by Sabbath Issues editor.) WE are living in times when not only many old errors are being revived and strenuously advocated, but when many new and strange theories are being advanced and seeking recognition. One of the latter is that Eden, or the place where Eden is supposed to have been located, marks the place at … [Click to read more …]
Apologists for the South Pacific Division have suggested that the 180th Meridian, as we know it, was God-ordained to be the one place on earth where each day begins, regardless of any local reckoning. (See Samoa and the International Date Line III.) The present SPD argument for Sunday observance on South Pacific islands east of the 180th Meridian are solidly based on this concept. It … [Click to read more …]
In discussing the Sabbath, especially in the South Pacific, folks frequently question how it can be God’s holy 7th day on one island, while the first day of the week, for instance, is taking place on a nearby island at the same time. Most of us probably understand that, when we cross the International Date Line, we are considered to be moving from the day … [Click to read more …]
Last month leaders of the SDA church in the South Pacific Division (SPD) met again in Australia with pastors from Samoa and Samoan pastors representing Samoan churches in New Zealand and Australia. The bible conference discussed the impasse in Samoa which is detrimental to a fundamental doctrine of the SDA church where there are now two seventh-day Sabbaths, some worshipping on Saturday and the majority … [Click to read more …]
In an article regarding casinos in Samoa in the Samoa Observer Online, March 12, 2013, Father Ioane Ono, Chancellor of the Catholic Church in Samoa, confirmed that in Samoa Sunday is currently recognized as the day of the resurrection, that is the first day of the week. This is contrary to claims by representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who have said that Sunday is … [Click to read more …]
While most people seem to believe that the International Date Line was created by the 1884 Meridian Conference, and that it has something to do with the 180-degree meridian, history seems to indicate that there is no truth in either of these assumptions. Rather, it appears that our IDL is merely the latest development of an ancient day line. What is the nature of this day … [Click to read more …]
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Since December 29th 2011, Samoa’s change from American to Asian Time has created confusion for Samoan Seventh-day Adventists (SDA’s) because they were told by the Seventh-day Adventist South Pacific Division (SPD) that after December 29, 2011, the 7th-day Sabbath is Sunday, the 1st day of the week. I believe that is not correct and that the 7th-Day Sabbath is still Saturday. Nowhere in God’s Word … [Click to read more …]