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Biblical Research Institute - Major errors in their Lunar Sabbath study!

The Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has published a document called "Weekly Sabbath or Lunar Sabbath: Are Adventists Keeping the Wrong Sabbath?" *1.

This document has been used in local churches including my own by Pastors, Elders, Deacons, etc. to answer questions relating to Lunar Sabbath. However; this document is laden with issues and contains 3 major mistakes where they are just outright wrong in its statements. The document is basically a hit-piece with no attempt at seeking the truth.

All this document does is cause division within the church. Members of the church with questions on Lunar Sabbath would either believe the churches position on the Sabbath based on erroneous information; therefore being unable to properly reproof other members with the truth or they will go around in circles arguing (as the document doesn't prove anything); and therefore likely causing the member to leave the church.

I published my own thesis a year ago (recently updated) on the Lunar Sabbath called "Lunar Sabbath Exposed" *2 which definitely disproves twice; the Lunar Sabbath false teaching based on solid harmonized easy-to-follow scripture.

I also published a document back in August last year which outlines the 11 issues in their publication called "Major faults with Biblical Research Institute study on Lunar Sabbath" *3.  I have also tried to contact the Biblical Research Institute by email, phone and contacted the author direct on Facebook to no avail.

It is a discredit to the church to defend its position on the Sabbath using this document and I want to petition for its removal in favor of real research. If you can help with this task please do so.

Thank you,


*1 Weekly Sabbath or Lunar Sabbath: Are Adventists Keeping the Wrong S...

*2 The Lunar Sabbath Exposed

*3 Major faults with Biblical Research Institute study on Lunar Sabbath


On August 9, 2015 I retract "The Lunar Sabbath Exposed" publication because upon the discovery of a mountain of new evidence; it concludes the seventh-day Sabbath is (a lunar Sabbath) on the seventh-day of the lunar week.

All my latest research has been condensed into this pamphlet:
Pamphlet – The Lunar Sabbath

Here is an illustration of some of the evidence found:

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Yes, we agree a sabbath which is the not the 7th day Sabbath does point to our Creator! Yea!!! 

 But you haven't proved your lunar sabbath theory one bit... Nothing...  Your interpretations of Deut.16:8, false!

 I'm not talking to this Paul, I'm talking to the old Paul.

 Paul..... Can you hear me... me... me... Come back bro.... This new Paul is trying to make the Bible say something it's not and teaching the false doctrine of the lunar sabbath theory on it... We need you back. Come back and teach the truth that it's a false doctrine. Peeeaaaccceee!


You are putting words in my mouth, I only agree to the part which you said "that it does point to creation".

I agree to this part because they are the seventh-day Sabbaths which are a memorial to creation. God is not going to overlap two different week cycles over each other. You are a fool for not recognizing these two festivals (Unleavened Bread & Tabernacle) are observed on the lunar week cycle.


 Paul wrote: "I agree to this part because they are the seventh-day Sabbaths which are a memorial to creation. God is not going to overlap two different week cycles over each other. You are a fool for not recognizing these two festivals (Unleavened Bread & Tabernacle) are observed on the lunar week cycle."

 No, there is only one of those sabbaths that comes on the seventh day, and that's the seventh day of the seven days of unleavened bread. The others fall on the first day (unleavened bread & Feast of Tabernacles) and on the eight day (Feast of Tabernacles) . They all point to the Creator.

 There's no such thing as a lunar week cycle... Totally made up.. The days and weeks are determined by solar. The beginning of each month (New moon) is the only thing that is determined by lunar.

 Lunar sabbath, lunar week cycle are phases made up by you and other lunar sabbathist. 

 As it stands, you have nothing proving this lunar sabbath theory your teaching. Just misinterpretations (Deut.16:8) of scripture, which in turn brings misunderstanding. 



That is your opinion, and yet again not backed by a shred of evidence.

I think it is time to close down this discussion.

looks like you are getting mixed up with the lunar month and the weekly sabbath which is not affected by whatever month is used whether lunar or the perpetual calendar or the roman calendar, non of which affected the weekly cycle. 

here is a short  excerpt on the Jewish sabbath and the two Jewish months used in the past 

What Is Shabbat?

Shabbat (also known as "Shabbos" or the "Sabbath") is the centerpiece of Jewish life, and has been so since the infancy of our nation. According to the Talmud, Shabbat is equal to all the other commandments. Shabbat is so central to Jewish lifeShabbat is the centerpiece of Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with “religious Jew” in common parlance.

Shabbat is a day of rest and celebration that begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening after nightfall. Let’s have a look at the history, importance and observances of this day.

In the Beginning There Was Shabbat

We read in the Book of Genesis that G‑d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The sages say that on that day, G‑d created menuchah, rest, without which sustained creativity would be impossible.

After G‑d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt in the year 2448, He taught them about the Shabbat: working for six days and resting on the seventh. Shabbat is also one of the 10 Commandments that G‑d transmitted at Sinai several weeks after the exodus. Thus, Shabbat commemorates both the creation of the world and G‑d’s intervention in world affairs when he took His nation out of slavery.

Throughout the 40 years that our ancestors wandered in the desert, nourishing mannawould rain down from heaven, except on Shabbat. But no one went hungry—extra rations would fall on Friday, so that everyone would have more than enough for the holy day.

The Lunar Cycle

The Jewish calendar is based on lunar cycles.1Towards the beginning of the moon’s cycle, it appears as a thin crescent. That is the signal for a new Jewish month. The moon grows until it is full, the middle of the month, and then it begins to wane until it cannot be seen. It remains invisible for approximately two days2—and then the thin crescent reappears, and the cycle begins again.

The entire cycle takes approximately 29½ days.3Since a month needs to consist of complete days, a month is sometimes twenty-nine days long (such a month is known as chaser, “missing”), and sometimes thirty (malei, “full”).

Knowing exactly when the month begins has always been important in Jewish practice, because the Torah schedules the Jewish festivals according to the days of the month.

The first day of the month, as well as the thirtieth day of a malei month, is called Rosh Chodesh, the “Head of the Month,” and has semi-festive status. See Why is Rosh Chodesh sometimes one day and sometimes two?

The Jewish Months

Nissan is the first month on the Jewish calendar. Before the Jews left Egypt, on the first day of the month of Nissan, G‑d told Moses and Aaron: “This chodesh (new moon, or month) shall be to you the head of months.”4 Thus the peculiarity of the Jewish calendar: the year begins on Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishrei (the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve), but Tishrei is not the first month. Rosh Hashanah is actually referred to in the Torah as “the first day of the seventh month.”5


In the 4th century CE, the sage Hillel II foresaw the disbandment of the Sanhedrin, and understood that we would no longer be able to follow a Sanhedrin-based calendar. So Hillel and his rabbinical court established the perpetual calendar which is followed today.

According to this calendar, every month of the year, except for three, has a set number of days:

  • Nissan—30
  • Iyar—29
  • Sivan—30
  • Tamuz—29
  • Menachem Av—30
  • Elul—29
  • Tishrei—30
  • Mar Cheshvan—29 or 30
  • Kislev—29 or 30
  • Tevet—29
  • Shevat—30
  • Adar—29 (in leap years, Adar I has 30 days)

Regarding the variable months of Kislev and Cheshvan, there are three options: 1) Both can be 29 days (the year is chaser), 2) both are 30 (the year is malei), or 3) Cheshvan is 29 and Kislev is 30 (the year is k’sidran, meaning these two months follow the alternating pattern of the rest of the months). Hillel also established the rules that are used to determine whether a year is chaser, malei, or k’sidran.

The rules of the perpetual calendar also ensure that the first day of Rosh Hashanah will never take place on Sunday, Wednesday or Friday.6

When Hillel established the perpetual calendar, he sanctified every Rosh Chodesh until Moshiach will come and reestablish the Sanhedrin.

The Sanhedrin Sanctification

The following is a brief description of the procedure the Sanhedrin followed in days of yore to determine the date of the onset of a new month.

On the 30th day of every month,7 the Sanhedrin would “open for business” in a large courtyard in Jerusalem called Beit Ya’azek. Witnesses who claimed to have seen the new moon on the previous night would come to give their testimony and be cross-examined.8

The members of the Sanhedrin were well schooled in astronomy. They knew exactly when the new moon would have appeared, and where it would have been visible. Nevertheless, the sanctification of the moon depends on the crescent new moon actually being seen by two witnesses. The word “this” (in the above-quoted verse, “This month shall be to you . . .”) implies something that is actually seen.

The rabbis of the Sanhedrin would question the witnesses in the order of their arrival. They knew what the proper responses to their questions ought to be, and were thus quickly able to identify fraudulent claims. Starting with the elder of each pair, they would ask:9 “Tell us how you saw the moon:

  • In which direction was it in relation to the sun?10
  • Was it to the north or south?
  • How high in the sky did the moon appear to be?
  • In which direction were the crescent’s tips facing?
  • How wide was it?”

After they had finished questioning the first witness, they would bring in his partner and question him in similar fashion. If the two accounts corroborated, the evidence was accepted.11

That day, the thirtieth day, was now declared Rosh Chodesh of the new month. The head of the Sanhedrin would proclaim: “Mekudash!” (“Sanctified!”) and everyone would respond, “Mekudash! Mekudash!” The previous month was now retroactively determined to have had only twenty-nine days.

The 30-Day Month

If no witnesses came on the thirtieth day—either because the moon had not been “reborn” yet, or because it was not visible—then the next day, the thirty-first day, was automatically declared Rosh Chodesh, retroactively rendering the previous month a malei month.13

Members of the Sanhedrin would go to a highly visible location, where they would partake in a celebratory meal to signify the new month. No fires were lit that night. The new month is always either on the 30th or 31st day; if they hadn’t lit fires the night before, it was understood that the new month started on the 31st day.

Jason M said:

looks like you are getting mixed up with the lunar month and the weekly sabbath which is not affected by whatever month is used whether lunar or the perpetual calendar or the roman calendar, non of which affected the weekly cycle.

here is a short excerpt on the Jewish sabbath and the two Jewish months used in the past

I am not getting mixed up. The weeks are lunar based too. This fact was lost to history, but the bible evidence proves that is the case.

And to clarify what that evidence is, the day of Pentecost is fixed to the middle of the third month, and that was observed by the Hebrews which left Egypt at Mount Sinai. Because Pentecost is the one day in the year for entering into or renewing an existing Covenant with God, and it could happen no earlier than the middle of the third month because the Hebrews did not arrive at Mount Sinai any earlier according to Exodus 19:1-5. The twelve apostles had to wait for the day of Pentecost too. Noah and King Asa entered/renewed a covenant with God in the third month, and that is when Pentecost occurs.

Following the Leviticus 23 instructions for Pentecost, you do not arrive at the day of Pentecost in the middle of the third-month by using an uninterrupted week cycle. It frankly does not compute, but harmonizes perfectly with lunar weeks, thus proving the Hebrews were observing lunar weeks which are quarter lunar cycles, and therefore means they were also observing lunar Sabbaths. This is based on the evidence, not a theory or an opinion.

If you want to defend your Saturday Sabbath, I suggest you start to back it up with actual bible evidence that proves an uninterrupted week cycle, because all you have right now to support it is a tradition.

i won't waste my time on this so i will refer you here, indulge

  read here 

Not interested. Do your own research, find your own evidence and share that. Anyone fool can find bias articles on a subject. This is a lazy tactic, which is like throwing mud in the hope something will stick.

If you are too lazy to do your own research, etc. why should I waste my time explaining and pointing out the errors in the article(s). It is not like you care, understand it, or are the author.

I am just trying to help you. 

Remember, this discussion was about a similar article from Biblical Research Institute. Nobody seems to care about correcting the obvious errors contained within it, so why would I waste my time moving onto another article / publication.


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