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***  Note from Adventist Online:  The following post contains falsehoods that cannot be proven from scripture.  It contradicts the truth about the Seventh-day Sabbath established at creation, affirmed in the Ten Commandments, and that Christ, all the prophets, and you and I keep Holy.  We have left this discussion intact so you can learn more about the basis of your faith.  Your study will show the following lunar calendar theory to be false and not Biblical as this post claims.  ***

THE LUNI-SOLAR CALENDAR IS BIBLICAL

The subject of the sanctuary was the key which unlocked the mystery of the disappointment of 1844. It opened to view a complete system of truth, connected and harmonious, showing that God's hand had directed the great advent movement and revealing present duty as it brought to light the position and work of His people. The Great Controversy, p.423.

If the subject of the sanctuary was the key which unlocked the mystery of 1844, would it not be wise to refer constantly to this wonderful, complete, connected and harmonious system of truth to reveal more truth to us in this last period of Earth‟s history? Besides the discovery of the work of our Great High Priest in the Most Holy Place and the commencement of the hour of judgment on October 22, 1844, the Millerites were also given a most important revelation regarding the sanctuary that almost came back to life in 1939.

Following the request of Pastor Wierts in the 1920 era, the General Conference of the SDA Church set up a Committee to re-visit the date of October 22, 1844. At that time, the Rabbinical Jews were questioning our stand on the Great Day of Atonement date in 1844, because according to the Jews it was celebrated on September 23 in 1844. The full collection of the research and data‟s of this Committee is available at Andrews University in Michigan.

It is called: the Grace Amadon Collection. The research is composed of 3000 pages and more on the subject of astronomy and the calculations of the Millerites to arrive at the true date of October 22, 1844. More specifically, the luni-solar calendar and the beginning of the year according to the Barley Harvest Mosaic law were re-discovered by William Miller and his associates. That in-depth study of the luni-solar calendar led them to the Karaites whom in the 8th century AD stood against the Rabbinical Jews who had long compromised the calculation of the calendar of the festivals of the Lord as they do to this day, by using the new moon after the vernal equinox instead of the new moon corresponding to the barley harvest.

Moses commanded that they should not even reap their barley until the first fruits of it had been offered to the Lord at the time of the Passover. Sidersky adds, "The aim of the Mosaic command was to regulate the months according to the course of the moon, and the whole year in accordance with the course of the sun -- by assigning as a starting point the lunar month coinciding with the beginning of a determined solar season." That determined solar season was still the barley harvest in the time of Christ. Later on, as after the dispersion of the Jews, the Sanhedrin did not content itself to observe the maturity of the barley, but added to it the observation and the calculation of the equinox.

The ceremony of the barley was the divine rule by which the position of the month Nisan (or first month Abib) was located... Such a provision as the barley-harvest control of the year thrusts definite certainty into Jewish reckoning in the time of Christ--- which held on until the Jews were scattered after the destruction of Jerusalem (AD 70). By this rule, we know that the Nisan paschal moon could not come until the rains were over and the barley ripe. On those two counts, a Passover in Dystrius, the ancient name for March, is out -- for all the reports on agriculture and meteorology in Palestine, ancient and modern, show that March is the month for the latter rain, and that the barley ripens in April.
Grace Amadon Collection Part V Crucifixion Date, page 8.

1844 PROBLEM AND SOLUTION: THE LUNI-SOLAR CALENDAR
In 1844, for the first time since the end of the 70 weeks, a problem in luni-solar reckoning directly related to the ministry of Christ, came up for solution. This problem reverted to the original Mosaic types, and therefore the calendar measure had to be a replica of the primitive Mosaic year. The following astronomical details were a necessary foundation for laying out this luni-solar calendar:
1) The appointed Jewish feasts dates;
2) New moon and full moon dates, as found in standard tables;
3) Form and lengths of the Jewish year -- common and embolismic;
4) Position of the moon in the heavens, and her times of setting; and
5) Difference in time between meridians.

The dates of the Jewish festivals, in Jewish time, are found in the Bible. They were given to Moses when he was in the mount with God. The book of Exodus, II Chronicles, II Kings, and the prophecy of Jeremiah contain definite dates for important events. Many such are found also in the prophecies of Ezekiel, Haggai, and Zechariah. They are all lunar time. These chronological references all go to show that the Jewish people, throughout the centuries, had a dependable calendar system, with its related festivals according to which events were reliably recorded. The feasts themselves occupied a period of more than half the Hebrew year, concerning which Moses had received instructions direct from God.

For nearly forty years Moses remained with Israel (and this was before they entered the Promised Land), and was thus responsible for the operation of these institutions which became an integral part of the Jewish polity. These were far-reaching in purpose, for God's original plan provides that all the families of the earth should come up to Jerusalem to keep the feast of Tabernacles. But a common center of worship in the earth, when, from one new moon to another, by lunar reckoning, and from one Sabbath to another, by solar reckoning, all flesh would come to worship before God, shows that a luni-solar time system can be world-embracing in performance. Two millenniums after the world was created, Moses wrote that both great lights -- the moon as well as the sun -- were for days and years. The lunar year therefore had a part in the great plan of creation and is taken note of in the pages of Holy Writ.
Grace Amadon Collection - Solar Time, page 6.

THE LUNI-SOLAR BARLEY HARVEST MOSAIC CALENDAR RESTORED IN 1844
Following the Biblically and astronomically sound original Karaites reckoning for the true Jewish sacred year, the Adventist leaders fix upon October 22 as the true 10th day of the true 7th month by applying this direct and simple formula: As the true "first month" began with the appearance of the new moon in April 1844, so the true "seventh month" in that year must begin with the appearance of the corresponding new moon after its change on the evening of October 11, the new moon becoming visible on the 13th, as every current calendar informed them. Therefore, they declared, the 10th day of the 7th month would fall upon October 22, New England-time reckoning. The time calculations for the specific day were complicated by the fact that not only does the Jewish sacred year differ from our Gregorian --- running from April to April, instead of from January to January -- but the Jewish or Biblical day is from sunset to sunset, instead of our arbitrary civil reckoning from midnight to midnight. All calculations must therefore accord with Biblical reckoning, and then be translated into our present Gregorian calendar, civil-time reckoning. All becomes clear when the inevitable relationship between Jewish and civil time is grasped... No intricate mathematical or astronomical calculation was necessary, so the Adventist position was easily understood by the common people.

Nevertheless, a scholarly mastery of the astronomical and chronological aspects of the question was a conspicuous characteristic of Millerites leadership and literature. It was because of this that their argument could not be gainsaid by the scholars of the time.

Definite note is taken, in the Midnight Cry of October 3, of the fact that the Rabbinate Jews had already observed September 23 as the 10th day of the 7th month, and that this was doubtless a month too early. In the same journal on October 11, we read; "The day (of Atonement) is observed by the Jews more than any other in the year, though they observe it one month earlier than the true time, as we think it is evident from the fact that barley is not ripe in Judea on the 16th day of the first month, as they reckon time; but the law of Moses required a sheaf to be waved before the Lord on that day." No Adventists looked for the Second Advent on September 23, the Rabbinate date, because for a year and a half they had all been following the Karaites reckoning for the sacred year -- both for the Jewish year 1843, and for 1844 -- which reckoning placed the first Jewish month in April, and in consequence the seventh month in October --- and therefore not in September.

Grace Amadon Collection, Report of Committee on historical basis, involvements and validity of the October 22, 1844 position. Part II. Chronological Development page 24-26 (excerpts).

THE CALENDAR IS IN THE SANCTUARY
The sanctuary was not given to Moses after sin as an after-thought in the mind of the Creator. The Bible is clear that the plan of salvation, as so wonderfully pictured in the sanctuary, was before the foundation of the world. The calendar Moses gave to the Israelites can be easily found throughout the sanctuary as it forms the very physiology or functioning of the Jewish economy. All of their festivals including the 7th day Sabbath were represented in the sanctuary through the pieces of furniture, sacrifices and ceremonies. (Numbers 28, Leviticus 23).

This calendar, based on the luni-solar Barley Harvest Mosaic law, was revealed to the Millerites to be restored for the last generation. This is indeed the fulfillment of Daniel 7:25, "He shall think to change times and laws".  

Christ not only kept the Sabbath as it was his custom, but also the Feasts that He himself instituted in order to teach the full and complete plan of salvation. We can follow Him in the sanctuary as the Passover Lamb offered on the cross in the Court, to His ascension and High Priesthood coronation in the Holy Place in heaven, with the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to confirm it, and the Great Day of Atonement in the Most Holy Place entry on October 22, 1844. We only need for Him to stand up and come out of the Most Holy Place after the judgment of the living saints is done, probation to close. And He returns in the cloud of glory to take us Home.

Christ not only kept the festivals but He is the fulfillment of the Feasts as He:
  • Died on Passover AD 31 Abib 14. As established by the Millerites through the prophecy of Daniel 8:14 and 9:24-27.
  • Rested on Unleavened Bread Abib 15, which is also a 7th day Sabbath by luni-solar calendar reckoning.
  • Resurrected on Firstfruits Abib 16
  • Sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost fifty days after Firstfruits Abib 16
  • Inspired the Millerites from 1834-1844 to give the Trumpets sound, which will be repeated through the Loud Cry under the Sunday Law still to come.
  • Entered the Most Holy Place on the Great Day of Atonement on October 22, 1844, to begin the judgment of the dead, while soon, no one knows how soon, the judgment of the living will start.
  • And is coming again to take us Home at the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Heavenly Father wants to sanctify us on His Sabbaths. (Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12). These are His Sabbaths including the 7th day Sabbath. Numbers chapter 28 indicates clearly the calendar of the sanctuary along with Leviticus 23. The calendar of the Creator can be found:
  • Daily Genesis 1 and 2
  • Weekly Genesis 1 and 2
  • Monthly Genesis 7 and 8; Exodus 9, 12
  • Yearly Exodus 9: 31, 32; Leviticus 23; Numbers 28 Sabbatical Year Leviticus 25
  • Jubilee year Leviticus 25
  • Millennium Revelation 20
The luni-solar week is as such:
New Moon 1st of the month
7th Day Sabbath The 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th respectively

All of the Feasts are to be fulfilled in the believers who follow the Lamb wheresoever He goes. It is false to declare that these Feasts were finished at the cross, since the Great Day of Atonement has been proclaimed by the Adventists only since 1844. Except for Passover, Christ still fulfilled them after His death in resting on Abib 15 (first day of Unleavened Bread) and resurrecting on Abib 16 (Firstfruits). The type of the Passover Lamb met the antitype at the cross. Passover was fulfilled and replaced by the Lord`s Supper. No longer is there a need for a lamb to be sacrificed. Christ is the Lamb of God. However, the other feasts types met their antitype after the cross and were not nailed to the cross.

RESPONSE TO ELDER ANGEL RODRIGUEZ: WHAT ABOUT A LUNAR SABBATH? PREPARED BY: Odette Boily August 2008 (excerpts)

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1sr Question: 1847 vision - Please read 1T page 76 and 116. Page 76 relates to 1847 and page 116 ten years later, At that time, the brethrens were still eating pork including Mrs, White. Only in 1869 did the Lord revealed to her the health message and the Statute of Lev. 11 on clean and unclean animals. To this day, many SDA eat clean meat with blood and fat. Truth is definitely progressive, As the angel said: study and you will know.

No I do not apply 7 day to Tuesday because it is the Gregorian system we are dealing with when we call it Tuesday. I am Canadian. In Canada we use the metric system like in Europe. I do not know if you are American, which I love America by the way, been there many times. So in Canada we drive 100 km per hour which correspond to 60 miles an hour. If you came to Canada and started to drive 100 miles per hour because our road show 100, I can guarantee you our road patrole would not appreciate your excuse if they cut you at that speed. You would need to adapt to the metric system in order to obey the law of our Canadian road.
Do you see my point. The Creation calendar is luni-solar based. The Gregorian Calendar is solar only.

When you want to talk calendar language, the best is to learn the different systems so there will not be confusion. It is the science of astronomy we are dealing with here. So let`s talk the same language and we will understand. Like chemistry, physic or anatomy, physiology, time, calendar is a science. If it sounds confusing, it is because we are not speaking the same language. French is a beautiful language but if noone understand, I rather like to speak English. Calendar language is not a doctrine it is a science. It is technical, mathematical, astronomical, concrete. It is the language of the spheres. God`s calendar is just above our heads. We just have to look up and start studying it. All you need is paper, pen, binocular, a bit of instruction at a science center that offers astronomy, or get on the Internet and check USNO. It is a science. So lets us study.

Mrs. White was a prophet as Daniel was a prophet. Daniel was never told that the 2300 days corresponded to October 22 1844. Why not? Because it was not necessary for his time to know. I believe also the prophets were dealing with the people of their time, at their level and need. They had just come out of the Dark Ages in 1844. 1798 was only 46 years behind, Talk about unlearning and learning fast,

But because of the disapointment, they did get a set back. I have no problem with a 7 day Saturday according to the traditional Gregorian calendar. But if the Heavenly Father is willing to show us more of His time table according to the sanctuary, the other worlds and the calendar they all keep up there, I am willing to look into it and not panic about because Sis. White was not shown like Daniel, the complete picture. Hey, I was a Catholic for 30 years, thinking it was the most beautiful Church in the world. Then I became a Protestant new born Pentecost member in 1980. I was sure that was it. I had it made to heaven. FIrst time I own a real Bible.

Then I found an old Great Controversy and studied it at the Library in Brampton Ontario for 6 month to prove the author wrong. Could not find nothing wrong with it. I could not believe Sunday was the wrong day. Then met a Colporteur Adventist who told me he was a SDA, I was amazed of God leading. Became SDA in 1984. Love this teaching. But cannot stop there, must go on studying. I do not like arguing over the Word. Rather like checking every thing out and study, pray, fast, research, then write. My background is chemistry, biochemistry, interior design and other things.

Truth never loose anything by being investigated. What if this was false? What if it was true? What if the Lord wants us to re-open the archives. I am one of the 4 ladies who ordered the Grace Amadon Collection in 2007 from Andrews. What an amazing Collection. Over 3000 pages all about the luni-solar calendar. I am persuaded after reading and studying this collection for close to 3 years now that this is the second part of William Miller`s dream page 81 of Early Writing. The second chest bigger, brighter.

Calling people heretic or from the devil does not impress me. Remember I come from such a Church. I love proof: biblical, astronomical, chronological, historical.

This is a real forum - pure, peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and of good fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy. James 3:17.

Please read the file I wrote to Elder Rodriguez on the Lunar Sabbath called Lunar, which I attached to this discussion. If you cannot read it on Adventist Online, please check on my website.

The answer to your Sunday Law question is simple:

If the World Calendar Association have their way and give us a new calendar by 2012, and if the Heavenly Father allowes it, Sunday will still be the day of worship for the majority of Christians, But if you understand their plan, Saturday will not longer be the Saturday people have kept for centuries. Could it be as I explained to Dr. Rodriguez in 2008, when I visited him in Washington, D.C. that by then, SDA will be faced with a dilemma to decide which calendar they will them have to keep. You see, right now, all is well. The calendar we keep the 7th day on has been in existence since 1582, but when everything get shifted with a new calendar, what will 7th day keeper do? Construct their own Gregorian Calendar? Or better still, maybe ask the Vatican to keep the old one going for our sake. I am not trying to be rude but, as I suggested to Elder Rodriguez, such event will allow us to re-analyse the Millerites reckoning and mode of calendation for the 22 of October 1844 which is the sanctuary calendar and Creation calendar in verity?

My basic study as you can see on my other Website. All the answers are in the sanctuary. In it, we find biblical, astronomical, chronological and historical guidance which will unite God` s people. The reasons I did not participate in the discussion presented by L. Jones is because I believe all answers come from the sanctuary and we need to search in that direction, hence the reason for opening a discussion on the sanctuary which is such a wonderful field of study in more than one subject as you can see in my research.

I believe God`s Church will make it to the end. She may go through rough waters in the near future but she will survive. I am talking about God`s people and His teachings, which is His Church. I am talking His leaders and members united in Him and His Character: His beautiful law.
Blessings, odette
The lunar calendar is not a Biblical way to calculate the Seventh-day Sabbath.  There is NO scriptural basis for this conclusion.  Scripture quite clearly explains the simple seven day cycle established at creation.  No other theology is supported by scripture.

Psalm 104:19

 

''The moon was appointed for seasons''

 

Where do you read that the sun rules the seasons? Are you not contradicting the Word itself?

Dear Rob,

 

It sounds like a lot of speculations! Have you not read Patriarchs and Prophets chapter 52. Also, research the Millerites and the way they came up with October 22, 1844. Unless like many, you do not agree with that important date. The only way October 22 can be the 10th of the 7th month, is by using the Luni-Solar Barley Harvest Calendation. There is no other way: Gregorian calendation reckoning will not do because October 22 is the 10th month on the 22, not the 7th month on the 10th.

 

October 22, 1844   = 10th of the 7th month only by using Luni-Solar calendation reckoning.

10/22/1844            not 7/10

 

Odette,

If there is speculation involved, it is only by you and other proponents of the lunar sabbath.  You speculate that just because the lunar calendar is used in the Bible to calculate feast days, that it is also used to calculate the Seventh-day Sabbath.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This has been demonstrated time and time again.

 

You quote Ellen G. White, I suppose to gain some level of legitimacy among Adventists, but you do not believe her.  She clearly refutes your position yet you ignore that:

"We are now keeping the seventh day,--the very day God has told us to keep,--and are here assembled on it for religious worship. The papacy has brought in another day, a common working day, and established it in opposition to the Sabbath of the Lord. This he has done so that men shall not see or understand what are the sacred claims of God resting upon them. Well, what are we to do about it? Are we going to let the enemy make us captives, so that we shall not pay respect and reverence to God's holy day? Notwithstanding the fact that nearly the whole Protestant world have taken this child of the papacy, and cradled and nursed it, and given it prominence, it is our privilege and duty to keep holy the Sabbath of Jehovah." -Ellen G. White - Review & Herald, December 18, 1888

 

Blessings and prayers,

Clark

I am so sorry Brother in Yehushua but there is a calendar and you need to worship on the correct Sabbath no the day that is made to worship the God of Saturn Saturday! Here is the evidence in the Bible:

Scriptures pointing specifically to the 8th day of the month in the biblical calendar (When referring to the days in the month, the 8th day is the first 7th day Sabbath of each month in the biblical calendar)

 

(Exo 22:30) Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me.

 

(Lev 9:1) And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;

 

(Lev 14:10) "On the eighth day they must bring two male lambs and one ewe lamb a year old, each without defect, along with three-tenths of an ephaht of the finest flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, and one logt of oil.

 

(Lev 14:23) And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD.

 

(Lev 15:14) And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest:

 

(Lev 15:29) And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

 

(Lev 22:27) When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 

(Lev 23:36) Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORDon the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

(Lev 23:39) Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

 

(Num 6:10) And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

 

(Num 29:35) On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:

 

(1Ki 8:66) On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

 

(2Ch 7:9)  On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more.

 

(2Ch 29:17) Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

 

(Neh 8:18) Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

 

(Eze 43:27) And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.

 

Scriptures that point specifically to the 15th day of the month in the biblical calendar. (When referring to days of the month, the 15th day is the second 7th day Sabbath of each month in the biblical calendar)

 

(Exo 16:1) And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

 

(Lev 23:6) And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

 

(Lev 23:34) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

 

(Lev 23:39) Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

 

(Num 28:17) And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.

 

(Num 29:12) And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:

 

(Num 33:3) And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. (Passover is the 14th)

 

(Est 9:18) But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

 

(Est 9:21) To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,( as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.)

 

(Eze 32:17) It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying…

 

(Eze 45:25) In the seventh month, in the fifteenth day of the month, shall he do the like in the feast of the seven days, according to the sin offering, according to the burnt offering, and according to the meat offering, and according to the oil.

 

 

 

God, through the Holy Spirit, is preparing to restore His church to the biblical principles found

in the Judaic contours of its formative years. The way it will happen is not by an "outpouring"

of the Holy Spirit alone but through a Word of God revival.

 

Here is the promise of God:

"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon

the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: (Deut 32:2).

 

The latter rain will be a rain of truth. If the Church needs anything today, it needs the

following: ". . . the washing of water by the word." (Eph 5:25-26)

 

Feast of the New Moon (First day of each biblical month)

 

Psa 81:3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast

day.

 

Psa 81:4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

 

Lev 23:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 

Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the

LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

 

Appointed Time of the 7th Day Sabbath

 

Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on

the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

 

Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested

from all his work which God created and made.

 

Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy

convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

 

Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in

their seasons.

 

NOTE: The word "rested" in Gen 2:2 and the word "celebrate" in Lev 23:32 are the same word,

H7673, "shabath" (This seems to infer a special relationship or connection between the 7th day

Sabbath and the Day of Atonement Sabbath)

 

Memorial of Passover (1st Month)

 

Lev 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S Passover.

Feast of Unleavened Bread (1st Month)

 

Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the

LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Lev 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

Lev 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh

day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

Lev 23:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 

Feast of First Fruits

Wave Sheaf (16th day 1st Month)

 

Lev 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the

land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

Lev 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 

Lev 23:12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

 

Lev 23:13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil,

an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall

be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.

 

Lev 23:14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame

day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout

your generations in all your dwellings.

 

Also in history you will see that the calendar we use today is not valid because it was made by man not ordained by our creator! 

The Gregorian calendar, also known as the Western calendar or Christian calendar, is the internationally accepted civil calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by a decree signed on 24 February 1582, a papal bull known by its opening words Inter gravissimas.[4] The reformed calendar was adopted later that year by a handful of countries, with other countries adopting it over the following centuries. The motivation for the Gregorian reform was that the Julian calendar assumes that the time between vernal equinoxes is 365.25 days, when in fact it is presently almost exactly 11 minutes shorter. The error between these values accumulated at the rate of about three days every four centuries, resulting in the equinox occurring on March 11 (an accumulated error of about 10 days) and moving steadily earlier in the Julian calendar at the time of the Gregorian reform. Since the spring equinox was tied to the celebration of Easter, the Roman Catholic Church considered that this steady movement in the date of the equinox was undesirable.
 

You can see that we got the calender from a Roman Pope and he got it from Julias Caesar, a man who considered himself a God! We were warned that a change would happen like this in Daniel 7:25:“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” So with that said, look at scripture and think about the words “change time and law”. Well, they accomplished it because “time” means days and “law” means the commandments. They broke the Law and Time by changing the order of the calendar from its original format given at creation and to Moses on Mount Sinai!

 

Now that we know how we got the calendar, let’s see why we believe in our Seventh-day Sabbath to be “Saturday” and what do the days of the week mean…

 

The names of the days of the week from the Roman period have been both named after the seven planets of classical astronomy and numbered, beginning with Sunday. In Slavic languages, a numbering system was adopted, but beginning with Monday. There was an even older tradition of names in Ancient Indian Astrology which could arguably be the origin of all these naming systems. All of these systems have been adopted in many languages, with some exceptions resulting from a number of religious and secular considerations.

 
Weekdays named after planets

History

Further information: Seven-day week and Planetary hours

Weekday heptagram

The order of the week days can be derived "geometrically" from an acute heptagram, the {7/3} star polygon (as 24 mod 7 = 3). The luminaries are arranged in the same Ptolemaic/Stoic order around the points of the heptagram. Tracing the unicursal line from one planet to the next gives the order of the weekdays. This weekday heptagram is a development of Hellenistic astrology, and probably dates to the Roman era.[1]Between the 1st and 3rd centuries the Roman Empire gradually replaced the eight day Roman nundinal cycle with the seven-day week. The astrological order of the days was explained by Vettius Valens and Dio Cassius (and Chaucer gave the same explanation in his Treatise on the Astrolabe). According to these authors, it was a principle of astrology that the heavenly bodies presided, in succession, over the hours of the day. The Ptolemaic system asserts that the order of the heavenly bodies, from the farthest to the closest to the Earth, is: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus,Mercury, Moon. (This order was first established by the Greek Stoics.) In astrological theory, not only the days of the week, but the hours of the day are dominated by the seven luminaries. If the first hour of a day is dominated by Saturn (), then the second hour is dominated by Jupiter (), the third by Mars (), and so on with the Sun (), Venus (), Mercury (), and the moon (), so that the sequence of planets repeats every seven hours. Therefore, the twenty-fifth hour, which is the first hour of the following day, is dominated by the Sun; the forty-ninth hour, which is the first hour of the next day, by the Moon. Thus, if a day is labeled by the planet which dominates its first hour, then Saturn's day is followed by the Sun's day, which is followed by the Moon's day, and so forth..

The Bible says in Exodus 20:3-5 “You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.”

 

Aren’t we worshiping on a day that was based on something that came from the Heavens? Yes! We are to use only what the Lord instructed us to use as a sign for us to know days, seasons and years. Genesis 1:14            “Then God said, "Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.”  Then Psalms 104:19 says: “He created the moon for moadim: the sun knows it’s going down.” 

The Hebrew word "moade or moadim", it means "an appointed time, a festival."

Therefore, we can say God appointed the moon to determine the appointed times and festivals. In the ancient times the prophets and the apostles looked to the moon to determine the time of the month. They understood that the new moon marks the beginning of a month, and a full moon the middle of a month. This was the ancient and God inspired method of counting months. And what do we use? What Rome has given us: A calender that makes us worship Saturn on Saturday! Saturn is also the 6th planet from the Sun. There is much more I would like to show you, but we need to realize that these "moadim-appointed times" were set in the earth prior to the creation of any living being. God had already created a timetable for His children to meet with Him. God does not make mistakes, nor does He change His mind. It says in Hosea 4: 6 “My people perish from a lack of knowledge.”  

Now, I hope you understand that we are not worshiping Yeshua or his Father on his day because the calender was man-made that we have today. God gave us a calender so, and let’s learn how to use his calender and find proof in scripture that there was such a calender.

I will show you proof according to Exodus and with our Savior Yeshua that they days that were worshiped were the same and since Yeshua himself said that two testimonies’ made a statement valid, then that will be your proof to see if this light is true.

 

God provided at Creation a built-in, ever present, always accurate clock/calendar to measure time and clearly designate the work days from the worship days. In order to worship God on the day He appointed, people must be able to understand how God’s clock/calendar works to know which day is number one, the starting point for counting the six days to work, with worship on the seventh. The calendar God established at Creation was kept by the Jews until well into the 4th century A.D. Many say that the Jews have never lost track of the true Sabbath.  That is false! The Jews themselves did away with their God-ordained calendar. After the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jewish people from their homeland, it became increasingly difficult, with the addition of their rabbinical regulations, to calculate a calendar tied to the barley harvest.  Under intense persecution in the fourth century, the Jews themselves abandoned their barley-harvest regulation at which time a fixed, counterfeit 19-year cycle tied to the vernal equinox was established. The calendar they used before the counterfeit one was a luni-solar calendar with months lasting either 29 or 30 days.  Each new month started with the first appearance of the crescent moon.  The years did not have a continuous cycle of weeks but instead the weekly cycle started over with each new moon.  New Moon day was a worship day followed by six working days, with the seventh-day Sabbath on the eighth of the month.  And then three more weeks completed the month. Most people find this concept so different. At the very least, it is tempting to denounce it as wrong simply because it is so foreign to everything that as Seventh-day Adventists have ever heard, believed, or preached.  We have come out of the church, so we know that there are many things that we didn’t learn from our once faithful church. However, there is scriptural, historical, astronomical and prophetic proof that this description of the original calendar is true.  

 

Let me just begin with a quote from our prophet Ellen. White:

Different periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the development of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of God’s people at that time . . . The Lord gives a special truth for the people in an emergency.  Who dare refuse to publish it? He commands His servants to

present the last invitation of mercy to the world. They cannot remain silent,

except at the peril of their souls. Christ’s ambassadors have nothing to do

with the consequences. They must perform their duty and leave the results

with God. Great Controversy, p. 609.

 

 

I will pray for you brother in Yehushua! You clearly need to study more in the Bible and prophecy...you can not rely on man to guide you to believe that the Saturday is the Sabbath. Is Saturday ever mentioned in the Bible as the Sabbath? No! You need to look into this topic and I recommend that you see these videos to see the precious truth in the Bible of our original calendar from creation.

Cynthia,

 

Perhaps you need to look at the original names of the days and not focus on the English names. The Bible is very clear which day is the Sabbath. In English we call it Saturday - in Hebrew and Arabic (and many other languages) you will find that the name of the seventh day contains the number seven in the name.

 

Creation took six days and the seventh was the Sabbath. In Arabic, a language that I am familiar with, the first day of the week is called Day One and the seventh day is called Day Seven. Very simple.

 

A calendar does not define the week or the progression of the days. Rather, a calendar "numbers" the days of the month. The calendar, any calendar has no effect whatsoever on the progression of the days. That is not the purpose of a calendar. The day that we call Saturday was created by God at creation and was set aside by Him as a day to withdraw from the world and worship.

 

Think very carefully before you teach others to break one of God's Commandments, there is a very serious warning as to the fate of people who do that.

I did prove that the Sabbath can be shown in scripture and the Lord himself kept the same sabbaths that they kept in the old testament. You should go through your Bible and see that the template is in there for us to learn from it! Again: 

Scriptures pointing specifically to the 8th day of the month in the biblical calendar (When referring to the days in the month, the 8th day is the first 7th day Sabbath of each month in the biblical calendar)

 

(Exo 22:30) Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me.

 

(Lev 9:1) And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;

 

(Lev 14:10) "On the eighth day they must bring two male lambs and one ewe lamb a year old, each without defect, along with three-tenths of an ephaht of the finest flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, and one logt of oil.

 

(Lev 14:23) And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD.

 

(Lev 15:14) And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest:

 

(Lev 15:29) And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

 

(Lev 22:27) When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 

(Lev 23:36) Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORDon the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

(Lev 23:39) Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

 

(Num 6:10) And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

 

(Num 29:35) On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:

 

(1Ki 8:66) On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

 

(2Ch 7:9)  On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more.

 

(2Ch 29:17) Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

 

(Neh 8:18) Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

 

(Eze 43:27) And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.

 

Scriptures that point specifically to the 15th day of the month in the biblical calendar. (When referring to days of the month, the 15th day is the second 7th day Sabbath of each month in the biblical calendar)

 

(Exo 16:1) And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

 

(Lev 23:6) And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

 

(Lev 23:34) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

 

(Lev 23:39) Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

 

(Num 28:17) And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.

 

(Num 29:12) And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:

 

(Num 33:3) And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. (Passover is the 14th)

 

(Est 9:18) But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

 

(Est 9:21) To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,( as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.)

 

(Eze 32:17) It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying…

 

(Eze 45:25) In the seventh month, in the fifteenth day of the month, shall he do the like in the feast of the seven days, according to the sin offering, according to the burnt offering, and according to the meat offering, and according to the oil.

 

 

 

God, through the Holy Spirit, is preparing to restore His church to the biblical principles found

in the Judaic contours of its formative years. The way it will happen is not by an "outpouring"

of the Holy Spirit alone but through a Word of God revival.

 

Here is the promise of God:

"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon

the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: (Deut 32:2).

 

The latter rain will be a rain of truth. If the Church needs anything today, it needs the

following: ". . . the washing of water by the word." (Eph 5:25-26)

 

Feast of the New Moon (First day of each biblical month)

 

Psa 81:3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast

day.

 

Psa 81:4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

 

Lev 23:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 

Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the

LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

 

Appointed Time of the 7th Day Sabbath

 

Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on

the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

 

Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested

from all his work which God created and made.

 

Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy

convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

 

Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in

their seasons.

 

NOTE: The word "rested" in Gen 2:2 and the word "celebrate" in Lev 23:32 are the same word,

H7673, "shabath" (This seems to infer a special relationship or connection between the 7th day

Sabbath and the Day of Atonement Sabbath)

 

Memorial of Passover (1st Month)

 

Lev 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S Passover.

Feast of Unleavened Bread (1st Month)

 

Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the

LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Lev 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

Lev 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh

day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

Lev 23:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 

Feast of First Fruits

Wave Sheaf (16th day 1st Month)

 

Lev 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the

land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

Lev 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 

Lev 23:12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

 

Lev 23:13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil,

an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall

be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.

 

Lev 23:14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame

day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout

your generations in all your dwellings.

 

The Sabbath day is the seventh day - not the eighth. God was very clear about that in Genesis. No weeks have eight days.

 

Now, where is this "calendar" that God established at Creation?

 

BTW: What is the name of the 30th day? Apparently after the 29th day of the month you have a one-day week?

The Review and Herald, July 26, 1892, Mrs. White writes, “We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn.  God and heaven alone are infallible.  Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have an occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed.  As long as we hold to our own ideas and opinions with determined persistency, we cannot have the unity for which Christ prayed.”

So basically if you don't want to give up on your way of thinking because some things may seem wrong then you will be in for a big surprise: Prophets and Kings, 626.  “Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise, and this preparation they should make by diligently studying the word of God and striving to conform their lives to its precepts.  The tremendous issues of eternity demand of us something besides an imaginary religion, a religion of words and forms, where truth is kept in the outer court.  God calls for a revival and reformation.”

"There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of Scripture are without an error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years . . . is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation." Councils to Writers and Editors, p. 35

 

Scripture reveals that the entire conflict between the Creator and Satan is contained in the battle over worship.  It is a war for the mind of every man, woman and child alive today. Everyone on earth should examine this subject for themselves.  All should study and know for sure whether the true day of worship is a Saturday Sabbath or a Lunar Sabbath.

Solar? Lunar? or Lunar-Solar?

If it is important to worship on a specific day (the Sabbath) than it is of vital importance that the correct method of counting be used to find that day. In other words, the correct calendar must be used. Time can only be measured by movement. There are three main types of calendars:

  • Solar calendar (The modern civil calendar, the Gregorian calendar, is a solar calendar.)
  • Lunar calendar (The religious calendar used by Muslims is a lunar calendar.)
  • Luni-solar calendar (This is also sometimes called the Lunar-Solar calendar.)

History and archeology reveal that all ancient civilizations used luni-solar calendars.  While the Egyptians were the first to adopt a strictlysolar calendar, their original calendar was also a lunar-solar calendar.  This ancient and highly accurate method of time calculation ties lunar months to the solar year by some observable point in nature. 

The movement of the sun, moon and stars are the only accurate measurement of time. Even with modern atomic clocks, all time is measured by the cycles of the heavenly bodies. Days and years are both measured by the rotation of light as viewed from the earth.
A solar year is 365 days long.  The lunar year is 11 days shorter than the solar year.  Thus, the dates of a strictly lunar calendar float through the seasons of the solar year.  Various cultures that used a lunar-solar calendar, anchored the lunar months to different points in the solar year.  Some, like the ancient Egyptians, used the rising of the star, Sirius, at the time of the summer solstice.  Others, such as the Aztecs and the Maya, used the winter solstice for their new year.  More recently, when France adopted a different calendar during the French Revolution, their year briefly began at the autumn equinox.  (For further information on French and Soviet calendar reform, see .)

 Historical evidence shows that by far the majority of ancient calendars began their year in the spring, at or near the time of the spring (vernal) equinox.  The Israelites also used a luni-solar calendar and began their year in the spring.  Both their annual feasts and the seventh-day Sabbath were calculated by the lunar-solar calendar that had been established by the Creator at the very beginning of the world.

The Lunar Sabbath in Scripture

The Creator's calendar is a vitally important tool for finding the true seventh-day Sabbath which contains the "seal of God."  Sometimes called the mark of God, it is, more accurately, the seal of Yahuwah: one's pledge of loyalty to the Creator.  Scripture reveals that at Creation, both the sun and the moon were given to provide light as well as the means for marking the passage of time.  The modernsolar calendar does not use the moon for keeping time.  Nor does the Hindu or the Muslim lunar calendar use the sun.  Only the ancient lunar-solar calendar meets the criteria of using both the sun and the moon in its system of time-keeping.

 Many people who keep the feast days listed in Leviticus 23 still observe a Saturday sabbath.  They believe that the lunar-solar calendar was used only for the yearly feasts, but that Saturday of the modern solar calendar has come down in a continuous weekly cycle ever since Creation.  But this is two different methods of time-keeping!  Nowhere in Scripture are two separate and distinct systems of time-keeping mentioned.  At Creation, one calendar was established and it required the use of both the sun and the moon.

 And . . . [Yahuwah] said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  And . . . [Yahuwah] made two great lights; . . . [And He] set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness.  (Genesis 1:14-18, KJV.)

moon phases
The Creator's designated system of time-keeping uses both the sun and the moon for tracking time.
Right in this passage, in the very first chapter of the first book of the Bible, the principle is established that the two great lights were to be used for marking the time for worship and as a sign, or mark of loyalty to the Creator.  The word translated "signs" comes from the Hebrew word ôwth, which means a sign or mark.  "This word represents something by which a person or group is characteristically marked.  . . . The word means 'sign' as a reminder of one's duty." (See #226, The New Strong's Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words.)

The Sabbath is the sign by which the Creator's people are marked and set apart as different from all others on earth. 
The Hebrew word that is translated "seasons" is even more revealing. It is the word mo'ed. It is the use of this word that reveals the true Sabbath of Creation is a lunar Sabbath. Mo'ed is the word used specifically to refer to the annual feasts.

Since the Jewish festivals occurred at regular intervals, this word becomes closely identified with them . . . Mo'ed is used in a broad sense for all religious assemblies. It was closely associated with the tabernacle itself . . . [Yahuwah] met Israel there at specific times for the purpose of revealing His will. It is a common term for the worshiping assembly of . . . [Yahuwah's] people. (See #4150, "Lexical Aids to the Old Testament," Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, KJV.)

Far from presenting two different systems of time-keeping, Scripture presents only one: the lunar-solar calendar by which the annual feasts as well as the seventh-day Sabbath, a lunar Sabbath, are to be calculated.  Leviticus 23 is a listing of the holy feasts of Yahuwah.  From the Spring Anniversaries to the Fall Feasts, Leviticus 23 delineates them all out.  But the very first "feast" listed is the weekly feast: the seventh-day Sabbath.

 And . . . [Yahuwah] spoke unto Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of . . . [Yahuwah], which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.  Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation.  You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of . . . [Yahuwah] in all your dwellings."  (Leviticus 23:1-3)

 From there, Yahuwah went on to list the annual feasts (or mo'edim) but the very first feast He gave was the seventh-day Sabbath.

Lunar Sabbath: A holy day of rest, it is the seventh and last day of each week in a lunation. The weekly cycle restarts with the observation of the first visible crescent moon. Four complete weeks follow New Moon Day.
Psalm 104:19 is yet another witness from Scripture that the seventh-day Sabbath is to be calculated by the moon: "He appointed [created] the moon for seasons."  The word here translated  "seasons" is, again, mo'edim.  The Biblical record is consistent: there is only one method of time-keeping presented in scripture.  That is the lunar-solar calendar established by Yahuwah Himself at Creation.  This calendar establishes all of the times appointed for worship, the mo'edim.  The only Sabbath in scripture is a lunar Sabbath.

The Lunar-Solar Calendar of Scripture

The lunar-solar calendar begins each month with the observance of the first visible crescent of the moon in the western sky after sunset.  The very next day is called New Moon Day and it is numbered as the first of the month.  (For use of the term "New Moon" in Scripture, see: I Samuel 20:5, 18 & 242 Kings 4:23Psalm 81:3Isaiah 66:23Ezekiel 46:1; and Amos 8:5.)

luni-solar calendar - calculating the lunar sabbath
On the ancient calendar, the seventh-day Sabbath always falls on the same dates of every month. This is a feature of the lunar-solar calendar and the true lunar Sabbath.

 On the Biblical lunar-solar calendar, each lunation (or lunar month) always begins with a New Moon day, which is in a class of worship day all by itself.  Six work days follow on the second through seventh of the month.  The seventh-day Sabbath always falls on the 8th, the 15th, the 22nd and the 29th of every lunar month.  This is the reason it is called a lunar Sabbath. 

 Scripture itself supports this calendar configuration.  Every time the seventh-day Sabbath is given a numbered date in the Bible, italways falls on the 8th, the 15th, the 22nd or the 29th of the month.  Either the actual date itself is assigned or contextual dates and other details consistently allow for that extrapolation.  For example, the story of the Exodus from Egypt contains specific dates and details for three months in a row, all of which have the seventh-day Sabbath falling on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th for each month!  These calendar details were confirmed 40 years later at the time of Joshua and again at the crucifixion of the Saviour on Passover.

barleyAs mentioned previously, the lunar year is shorter than the solar year and without some means of anchoring the lunar months to the solar year, the seasons would float through the calendar. Yahuwah's method of tying the lunar year to the longer solar year was a beautiful reminder that all their needs were provided for by the loving Creator. Instead of using the spring (or vernal) equinox, the Israelites were to use the ripened barley harvest. Yahuwah sent the "early rain" in the fall for the seed to germinate, and then the "latter rain" was sent in the last month to bring the grain to full maturity. Without rain, there would be no harvest. Thus, the minds of the people were directed to the loving care of their Maker and their hearts filled with gratitude as they recognized His tender care for them.

The true New Year could not begin until after the old solar year had finished.  Thus, every two to three years, an extra thirteenth month was intercalated into the year.  This was called an embolismic year, because an entire additional month was added to bring the lunations back into alignment with the seasons.  Ezekiel provides scriptural proof for the thirteenth month used in embolismic years.

 The lunar-solar calendar of Creation is the most accurate method of time-keeping.  It is elegant, precise.  It is divinely designed time-keeping.  Jeremiah 31:35 refers to Yahuwah giving the "ordinances" (or laws) of the moon.  The ordinances of divine time-keeping are so simple that the shepherd on the hillside can be as accurate by observation, as the astronomer in his observatory is by calculation.  Even the count to Pentecost, which has long confused people because the two specifics of the count seem contradictory, can be accurately figured only by using the lunar-solar calendar.

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Jewish scholars admit that the calendar they now use is not the calendar of Scripture.

Jews and the Lunar Sabbath

While it is true that the Jews today worship on a Saturday sabbath, this does not prove that it is the true Sabbath. They did not always worship on the Saturday sabbath. Jewish scholars are very clear that the original method of calendation was different from the modern calendar and that under intense persecution during the fourth century A.D., the Jews gave up their original lunar-solar calendar with its lunar Sabbath.

Declaring the new month by observation of the new moon, and the new year by the arrival of spring, can only be done by the Sanhedrin. In the time of Hillell II [4th century C.E.], the last President of the Sanhedrin, the Romans prohibited this practice. Hillel II was therefore forced to institute his fixed calendar, thus in effect giving the Sanhedrin's advance approval to the calendars of all future years. ("The Jewish Calendar and Holidays (incl. Sabbath)": The Jewish Calendar; Changing the Calendar,  emphasis supplied.)

Once the ancient lunar-solar calendar had been set aside, knowledge of the true lunar Sabbath was lost with the acceptance of the pagan Julian calendar.

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These stone fragments of an early Julian calendar clearly show an eight-day week. The Israelites did not use the Julian calendar for finding the seventh-day Sabbath. They used the original lunar-solar calendar of Creation to find the lunar Sabbath.

Lunar Sabbath Lost

The calendar of the Roman Republic, like that of the Hebrew calendar, was also a lunar-solar calendar.  In 45-46 B.C., Julius Cæsar reformed the original Roman calendar and, with the help of an Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigenes, created a new solar calendar with continuously cycling weeks: the Julian calendar.  While the Julian calendar was in use at the time of the Messiah, the Israelites did not use it as the early Julian week was eight days long!  The Israelites were still using their original lunar solar calendar and worshipping on the seventh day of its week.

 From that time, until the fourth century, Israelites and apostolic Christians continued to use the Biblical calendar for their religious observances.  With the rising power of the paganized Christians in Rome, this led to a centuries long battle over when to remember the death and resurrection of the Saviour.  The Christians in Rome wished to celebrate the Messiah's resurrection on the pagan Easter.  Apostolic Christians, on the other hand, wished to commemorate Yahushua's death on the original Passover.

The point of contention appeared deceptively simple: Passover versus Easter.  The issues at stake, however, were immense.  The only way to determine when Passover occurs is to use the Biblical luni-solar calendar, for only by observing the moon can one count to the 14th day following the first visible crescent.  Because the seventh-day Sabbath was also calculated from the first visible crescent, a ruling in favor of Easter being observed on a Julian date would also affect the seventh-day Sabbath.

 Calendars calculate time and at the Council of Nicæa it was decided to set aside Jewish calculation and adopt the pagan Julian calendar.  This effectively destroyed knowledge of the lunar Sabbath and substituted the pagan Saturday Sabbath in its place.  Jewish scholars admit this fact, too.

In a colorful description of the Council of Nicæa, Jewish scholar Heinrich Graetz wrote:

 At the Council of Nice [sic] the last thread was snapped which connected Christianity to its parent stock.  The festival of Easter had up till now been celebrated for the most part at the same time as the Jewish Passover, and indeed upon the days calculated and fixed by the Synhedrion [Sanhedrin] in Judæa for its celebration; but in future its observance was to be rendered altogether independent of the Jewish calendar . . . .  (History of the Jews, published by the Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893, Vol. II, see pp. 563-564.)

 The Council of Nicæa had the most profound, far reaching effect upon the truth of the lunar Sabbath.  To this day Catholic scholars base the authority of the Catholic Church on this act of changing the Sabbath from the lunar Sabbath of the lunar-solar calendar to Sunday on the continuously cycling Julian week.  The pagan Julian calendar, legislated into place, an entire counterfeit system of religion.  Thus the true lunar Sabbath was buried under centuries of tradition and the assumption that the modern week has cycled continuously ever since Creation.

Repair the Breach: Restore the Lunar Sabbath

Isaiah 58 contains a beautiful prophecy of the work to be performed by the final generation. "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in." (Isaiah 58:12)

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The three angels' messages of Revelation 14 contain a call to worship on the true lunar Sabbath of Scripture.

This is the work of those who have pledged their allegiance to the Creator by worshipping Him on His true holy day, the lunar Sabbath. To repair the hole made in Yahuwah's law, to clear away the rubbish of error and tradition, accumulated from centuries of assumption, is the great work committed to the people of the final generation. Revelation contains a three-fold warning, calling all to "Fear . . . [Yahuwah], and give glory to him . . . and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." (See Revelation 14:6-10.)

This subject is of the utmost importance to all now living. The true Sabbath is the mark of loyalty that distinguishes those who are willing to obey from those who cling to tradition and assumption. All should study the subject of the lunar Sabbath, the facts of calendar history that relate to the lunar Sabbath, and pertinent passages from the Bible. The Battle of Armageddon, like everything else in the long-running war between Yahuwah and Lucifer, is fought on the battlefield of worship.

All who desire to honor their Creator will choose to worship Him on the day that He has blessed and set aside: the seventh day of the week on the lunar-solar calendar, the true lunar Sabbath.

 

Please don't be stubborn and study truthfully and with a humble attitude!

Please do not presume that I have not studied this point. You have no reason to judge me in that respect.

 

Also, do not presume that I am holding a "cherished view" or my own idea. There are a cloud of witnesses from the first prophet to the last who did not keep an "eighth day" Sabbath. There is no surprise - your theory is a heresy and unprovable from the Bible. Reposting the same old illogical and unsustainable theories is just tiresome. Where does it say, Remember the eighth day...?

 

I challenged you with two specific questions, neither of which were addressed in the thousands of words that you cut and pasted into your post. It is seems that you cannot account for the beliefs that you profess and rely on the erroneous writings of others.

 

So, let me ask you once again, where in the Bible does it say that God established a "calendar" at creation?

 

and,

 

What is the name of the 30th day of the month and how do you account for the fact that the 1st and 30th days of the month are both weeks of one day? 

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