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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,

Paul

References:
*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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Thank you for this information Brother

Kelvin,

Considering I have only recently posted this information on this forum; I doubt very much you have carefully reviewed, fact checked, prayed and reviewed all the material before responding and somehow concluded I don't have a valid argument.

This is nothing to do with ego. People are leaving the church every day over the division and confusion caused by the Lunar Sabbath doctrine. The leadership of local churches are failing the congregation because they are not doing their own biblical research and instead have rely and parroted counter-points from this Biblical Research Institute document without even fact checking and understanding it themselves.

The Biblical Research Institute has had ample time to respond. Just like computer-bugs which are reported to companies; and they fail to fix them within a reasonable time. The Biblical Research Institute has failed in its mission for a commitment to the truths of scripture; and just like a zero-day computer exploit… they have run out of time; and must be publically pressured into making the correction and greater awareness of the issue be known.

It's a biblical-classic to attack the messenger instead of the actual message. Jesus would never have responded to somebody like that; and aren't we all as fellow Christians all aspiring to be just like him? I did not choose this task but I will surely pursue it to its conclusion; so get behind me Satan and go write your thesis.

Please start with how 3 days and 3 nights was fulfilled in Matthew 12:40 with a Friday crucifixion and how could the Sunday have been the third day since the crucifixion according to Luke 24:20-21. Once you have done that; explain to me how the 15th day in Exodus 16:1 wasn't the weekly Sabbath which the Biblical Research Institute claimed in the response to Claim #1 c. on page 3.

It's easy to sit on the side-lines and criticise; so I strongly urge you to put aside any preconceptions to long held church traditions and carefully consider and proof all the points raised in the research. If you feel that this will consume too much of your time; then leave the discussion.

So Kelvin The account in Luke is wrong then is it? 

Luk 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
Luk 23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
Luk 23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
Luk 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
Luk 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. Luk 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Luk 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
Luk 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
Luk 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

You newer have said if this account is wrong have you? My advice to you give up this foolish luni sabbath!!!

Kelvin,

I was not aware you were an advocate of Lunar Sabbath. I was not expecting to meet one on an SDA forum intended for connecting with fellow SDA believers. If you don't believe in one of the churches seven pillars of faith; are you really a Seventh-Day Adventist? And why are you here?

This discussion was not targeted at Lunar Sabbath believers; but rather an internal matter to be discussed with Seventh-Day Adventists on a high level of theological understanding who already believe in a Saturday Sabbath.

You already started to shoot down my research before I invited you to write the thesis which you offered. I accepted your invitation with the hope you would take more time to proof the research and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into truth.

I have been where you are; led there by the Holy Spirit... and then pulled back. I have been studying the Lunar Sabbath doctrine since late 2012 and in the process put together a 26 page thesis in support of the Lunar Sabbath which I have since retracted.

I have kept the document available as a testimony to the journey. The whole time I was only seeking the truth. You judge and imply I am doing this work for egotistical reasons; well I have news for you… I rather be doing something else but I can no longer sit by any longer and allow the Biblical Research Institute to lead anymore people astray with its garbage research.

The Lunar Sabbath doctrine is not supported by scripture; it was difficult to see that at first because traditional church teachings provided an erroneous foundation to build upon. The scriptures never said that the day of Firstfruits was on the 16th day of the first month; neither does it say that Jesus was crucified on Friday… it only said it was the Preparation day of the Passover which means the 14th day.

I pray brother that you will one day see this truth; but this discussion was not for the purpose of convincing a Lunar Sabbath supporter of their error; but rather to petition the church to stop defending its Sabbath doctrine from a flawed position.

The reason why there are so many denominations is because each church has different beliefs. When one is baptised into this church; they accept the fundamental beliefs of the church.

Overtime you may have questions and need to discuss the scriptural legitimacy of those fundamental beliefs. It is the churches responsibility to be proactive and openly engage in theological research to answer these questions. Provided you are not steadfast in your position I see no reason why you are not allowed to air your views and remain in the church.

Concerning the Lunar Sabbath doctrine and your expectations of me having more to present; quite frankly I just cut to the chase because I already know though my own research that the vast majority of scripture doesn't provide anything either way. The scripture I have presented in my thesis is the only scripture I have found to date that does provide scriptural proof.

Understanding bible truth is more than an intellectual knowledge. You cannot bring someone to Christ just because you know the truth. You must have Christ in your heart. It says in scripture that the wicked will not understand (Daniel 12:10); in other words you can be looking straight at all the proof required but the enemy will prevent you from comprehending it. If you are persistent if your relationship with Christ and the truth you will have a eureka moment and finally get it.

You have written a great deal; made many points… some are misunderstands of what I have said; that's fine. I haven't seen anything I haven't already said, seen or considered before. I don't want to get into the weeds in a forum discussion; because each response becomes a response on multiple points and then becomes difficult to debate due to jumping between subjects. However; I'm quite happy to do that in real-time over Skype via IM or Voice.

When I refer to Lunar Sabbath; I am referring to a weekly Sabbath which has had its week cycle interrupted by a new lunar cycle. However; I do consider the Lunar Calendar legitimate.

Speaking rhetorical; as I only want to encourage thought...
You say you are here to witness. What church are you witnessing on behalf of?
If you are not part of a church; that makes no sense because God said he will always have a church; if you say the Seventh-Day Adventist Church… why would you attack one of its fundamental beliefs unless you have a testimony? Has the Holy Spirit given you "new light" either in the form of dreams, visions or voices? If not; how can you be sure it's correct? God has always worked through its prophets and people lead by the Holy Spirit to introduce new light. The sprits must be tested against the word of scriptures; new light will never contradict existing light or the word of God. If it is new light the church will either accept it or reject it. If the church rejects this new light it will fall into apostasy and a new church will be built-up in its place. Therefore if you say you are witnessing; and are a Seventh-Day Adventist; have no testimony (or one shared) and attack one of the churches pillars of faith... you have been deceived. God has never worked like this.

In the end; I asked you to respond with two simple questions which you failed to answer.
1. How 3 days and 3 nights was fulfilled in Matthew 12:40 with a 6th day of the week crucifixion.
2. How could the 1st day of the week have been the third day since the crucifixion according to Luke 24:20-21 if it occurred on the 6th day of the week.

Peace

 Paul: "In the end; I asked you to respond with two simple questions which you failed to answer. 1. How 3 days and 3 nights was fulfilled in Matthew 12:40 with a 6th day of the week crucifixion. 2. How could the 1st day of the week have been the third day since the crucifixion according to Luke 24:20-21 if it occurred on the 6th day of the week."

 When the Bible says Jesus will be in the heart of the earth, we shouldn't assume that means the tomb totally. Here are some Bible verses that may prove that it started with the betrayal first, killing Him, and His resurrection. Check it out..


"Jesus said unto them, the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of man; and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again." (Matthew 17:22)

"Saying, the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day." (Luke 9:22)


"and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again." (Mark 10:34)


 Thank you Jesus!!!

 You'll notice it says He shall be killed and He shall raise, but before that in each verse it talks about what happened to Jesus before He was put to death... and each verse has different things that happened before they killed Him, He was betrayed, He suffered many things, He was rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, they mock Him, scourge Him, and spit upon Him..

All those things happen on the 1st and 2nd days when they killed Jesus, then He was resurrected on the 3rd day. It shows in the heart of the earth means in the hands of man or Satan.

 Blessings!

Every step that He now took was with labored effort. He groaned aloud, as if suffering under the pressure of a terrible burden. Twice His companions supported Him, or He would have fallen to the earth.

He went a little distance from them--not so far but that they could both see and hear Him--and fell prostrate upon the ground. He felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it. This agony He must not exert His divine power to escape. As man He must suffer the consequences of man's sin. As man He must endure the wrath of God against transgression.

As the substitute and surety for sinful man, Christ was suffering under divine justice. He saw what justice meant. Hitherto He had been as an intercessor for others; now He longed to have an intercessor for Himself.

The sins of men weighed heavily upon Christ, and the sense of God's wrath against sin was crushing out His life.

Again the Son of God was seized with superhuman agony, and fainting and exhausted, He staggered back to the place of His former struggle. His suffering was even greater than before. As the agony of soul came upon Him, "His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." The cypress and palm trees were the silent witnesses of His anguish. From their leafy branches dropped heavy dew upon His stricken form, as if nature wept over its Author wrestling alone with the powers of darkness.

But God suffered with His Son. Angels beheld the Saviour's agony. They saw their Lord enclosed by legions of satanic forces, His nature weighed down with a shuddering, mysterious dread. There was silence in heaven. No harp was touched. Could mortals have viewed the amazement of the angelic host as in silent grief they watched the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from His beloved Son, they would better understand how offensive in His sight is sin.

Christ's agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man.

Three days and nights under the power of darkness. God did not save Him this time.. .

Good explanation from you both.

Do you have an answer to the second question which was:
How could the 1st day of the week have been the third day since the crucifixion according to Luke 24:20-21 if it occurred on the 6th day of the week.

The day of his crucifixion (Preparation day of the Passover) would have included the last supper, his capture, trial and beatings.

Peace

 Paul: "I was not aware you were an advocate of Lunar Sabbath. I was not expecting to meet one on an SDA forum intended for connecting with fellow SDA believers. If you don't believe in one of the churches seven pillars of faith; are you really a Seventh-Day Adventist? And why are you here?"

  Hi brother Paul, yes we do have people with different views here, AO allows this freedom so to speak, I think it's a good thing.. if there is something that someone disagrees with, come in a Christian manner and lets reason together. If someone has a problem with the SDA pillars, 1844 and IJ, NSL, ok, lets be nice and talk about it. Nothing is lost by investigating, but much is lost when we reason in a un-Christ like way, and that goes for both sides.. because your defending Truth doesn't give a person a right to be un-Christ like. But anyway, lol.. enough of me ranting..

 In regards to your studies, I read them and I agree the theory of resetting the 7 day weekly cycle every new month holds no weight... I'm glad you came out of that false understanding. I also agree the first fruits was offered to GOD on the day after the 7th day Sabbath, which is the 1st day of the week(aka Sunday), and fifty days after that is always the 1st day of the week(aka Sunday).

 But I wouldn't say the BRI study is garage because it says the wave sheaf offering was two days after the 14th day of the month, which is the 16th day of the month. Many people make  this mistake, they confuse presenting the first fruits to the priest on the 16th day of the month with the priest offering it to GOD on the day after the 7th day Sabbath.

  I agree with the BRI when it says in regards to resetting the 7 day weekly cycle every new month,  "Our investigation has shown that these claims cannot be substantiated from Scripture or history"... and that's the point in a nutshell, it's what I've been telling brother Kelvin. The translation day theory within the lunar Sabbath theory is not even in the Bible, brother Kelvin agrees, not in word or in practice.

  Something brother Kelvin did post was the calendar from 31AD from the Millerites, and I agree with that...  and it says the 14th day of the month during the crucifixion and resurrection week was on Wednesday, you say it was on Thursday.. I know the WCG believe the 14th day of the month was a Wednesday as well.

Paul, you said, "Church tradition has incorrectly taught that the 14th day of the first month; the day which Jesus was crucified on was a Friday; when in actual fact it was Thursday...."

  SOP says, 

 EGW: "In the spring of A. D. 31, Christ the true sacrifice was offered on Calvary.  (The Desire of Ages, p. 233)

 

 EGW: "Trouble seemed crowding upon trouble. On the sixth day of the week they had seen their Master die. (The Desire of Ages, p. 794)

 EGW: "From eyewitnesses some of the disciples had obtained quite a full account of the events of Friday. Others beheld the scenes of the crucifixion with their own eyes. (Christ Triumphant, p. 295)

 

 SOP says In 31AD, on the sixth day (Friday) is when Jesus died... why do you disagree?

  Again, from what most agree on, is that the 14th day was a Wednesday, you say the Church tradition is that Jesus died on the 14th day of the month, but from what SOP says, it shows it was on the 16th day of the month Jesus died.

 The best way to find out is check to see when the 1st day of GOD'S month was in 31AD... count 14 days and see where you come to.. From my understanding the 1st day of the month was April 12th(Thursday), and 14 days from there is April 25th(Wednesday).

    Thank you my brother :)

 Blessings! 

My issue with the Biblical Research Institute document is that it doesn't scripturally prove anything; it misleads, blatantly wrong in many cases and insights discord. The part you said you agree with still doesn't prove anything at the end of the day. It is not garbage because it's wrong on one point; it's wrong on ALL points.

That document was piece together from a Google internet search that took counterpoint argument against Lunar Sabbath from everywhere it could find them; and I mean literally everywhere including non-Seventh Day Adventist resources. I know that for a fact because I was already familiar with most of their original sources and counterpoint arguments as I had already debunked them before I had even seen their document. It was evident that no real theological study was undertaken; no internal collaboration; just a totally biased hit-piece and gives the impression the Biblical Research Institute doesn't take its responsibility seriously. That is why I call their document a piece of garbage.

It is my understanding the Gregorian calendar does not start with the year of Christ's birth because it could be proven by counting the weeks back to the year of his crucifixion that Good Friday was not on Friday.

When it comes to man's version of history verses history in scripture; I will always take the latter.

If scripture says that Sunday is the third day since Jesus Christ was crucified and the Son of God said that he would be in the grave for 3 nights; I will believe that is exactly what happened.

With a Wednesday crucifixion that would be 4 nights and the two Mary's could have returned to the tomb on Friday; instead of the Sunday.

Leviticus 23:5 says the Passover begins on the 14th day of the month between afternoon and evening. John 19:14 says the day Jesus was crucified on was the preparation of the Passover. So therefore he died on the 14th day of the month.

In regards to Ellen White and her commentary; she never claimed to be infallible; she said only God was infallible and pointed to the bible; and the bible alone.

It would not be the first time I have encounter a contradiction between Ellen White and the bible. She said to trust in the bible over her own works; and that is what I shall do.

Remember the contradiction is in your own head. Those who have once accepted false theories are open to more false theorie... .

Peace

 Paul: " In regards to Ellen White and her commentary; she never claimed to be infallible; she said only God was infallible and pointed to the bible; and the bible alone.
It would not be the first time I have encounter a contradiction between Ellen White and the bible. She said to trust in the bible over her own works; and that is what I shall do."

 

 Oh ok.... I'm sorry, that's your right, but this is an SDA teaching,  we believe as an SDA Church that Jesus died on the 6th day of the week(aka Friday)...  I guess I was confused when you said,

 Paul: " I was not expecting to meet one on an SDA forum intended for connecting with fellow SDA believers. If you don't believe in one of the churches seven pillars of faith; are you really a Seventh-Day Adventist? And why are you here?""

 I believe Jesus' death is the pillar of our faith, and having proper understanding of that is important, especially in fitting and understanding the 3 days and 3 nights...  again this is a pillar of the SDA Church teaching, Jesus died on the cross on the 6th day of the week(Friday).

 When the 14th day of the first month should be the focus, I mentioned the WCG just to show they agree along with the Millerites and the SDA Church that the 14th day of the month was on Wednesday. Those pioneers of the Millerites and the SDA Church are far more knowledgeable than I am and I'm sure they put a great deal of study into coming to that conclusion. I take what they say for now, unless you can prove otherwise. Can you?

 What year do you believe Jesus died and rose? 30,31,32,33AD?  

   

Paul: " If scripture says that Sunday is the third day since Jesus Christ was crucified and the Son of God said that he would be in the grave for 3 nights; I will believe that is exactly what happened."

 The Bible says more than just being in the grave as part of the 3 days and 3 nights..

 "Jesus said unto them, the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of man; and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again." (Matthew 17:22)

"Saying, the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day." (Luke 9:22)


"and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again." (Mark 10:34)

  These verses mentions the 3rd day He will rise, but He was betrayed, He suffered many things, He was rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, they mock Him, scourge Him, and spit upon Him the 2 previous days.

  From the time they captured Jesus to the time of His resurrection was 3 days and 3 nights. Your right, you can't get 3 days and 3 nights if it meant Jesus just being in the tomb.

 So SDA teaching has to be from the time Jesus was captured to start the 3 day and 3 night count.

 Blessings!

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