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Those Crazy Lunar Sabbath People: How Do They Do That?

Let's assume for a moment that those Lunar Sabbath people are crazy. Certifiable. Let's just say they have completely lost their wits, and don't have a gnat's chance of making it out on the last bus to the kingdom. Bear with me here.

Now, according to these "lunartics," they say they have found evidence in scripture of a calendar. It's an old calendar. Very old. At least as old as Moses. And they say this calendar, is of all things, governed by the moon. Now, doesn't that beat all? That's an absolutely preposterous idea. Ask any Adventist and that's what they will tell you. "Oh, that's nothing but error," they say. So the Adventists go back to their corner, and the lunar sabbath people go back to theirs. End of story. Or is it?

According to those fanatics, they say there is a formula in the Bible for determining the calendar, month by month. Here's comes that "moon" thing again. They say when they see the sliver of the new moon in the western sky, after the moon has been completely dark for a day or so, just after sunset, it begins New Moon day, and is the 1st day of the month. They go on to say that the day after new moon day is the 1st day of the 1st week of that month. On that 1st day of the week, they count the days for 7 days and come to, voila, the "7th day Sabbath." It is the 8th day of the month. Then they do it again, repeating this cycle 4 times each month.

When they, these insane lunar sabbath people do this, they say their 7th day sabbaths are on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the month. Each and every month of the year.

Now this is where it really gets crazy. These folks have gone way off the deep end here. They say that the 1/4 phases of the moon occur on or near these same 7th day sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the month.

Then these far out folks even say they have evidence from their prophet that supports this pattern. And they present us with the following:

"The first of these festivals, the Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, occurred in Abib, the first month of the Jewish year, corresponding to the last of March and the beginning of April. The cold of winter was past, the latter rain had ended, and all nature rejoiced in the freshness and beauty of the springtime. The grass was green on the hills and valleys, and wild flowers everywhere brightened the fields. THE MOON, NOW APPROACHING FULL, (on or near the 15th day) made the evenings delightful." pp538

"The Redeemer, in company with his disciples, slowly made his way to the garden of Gethsemane. The PASSOVER MOON, BROAD AND FULL (on or near the 15th day), shone from a cloudless sky." 3SP95

"On the FOURTEENTH day of the month, at even, the Passover was celebrated, its solemn, impressive ceremonies commemorating the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, and pointing forward to the sacrifice that should deliver from the bondage of sin." PP 540

"These types were fulfilled, not only as to the event, but as to the time. On the FOURTEENTH day of the first Jewish month, the very day and month on which, for fifteen long centuries, the passover lamb had been slain, Christ, having eaten the passover with his disciples, instituted that feast which was to commemorate his own death as "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." GC400

"That was a never-to-be-forgotten SABBATH (15th) to the sorrowing disciples, and also to the priests, rulers, scribes, and people. At the SETTING OF THE SUN ON THE EVENING OF THE PREPARATION DAY (6th day of week, 14th day of the month) the trumpets sounded, signifying that the SABBATH (15th) had begun. The PASSOVER was observed as it had been for centuries, while He to whom it pointed had been slain by wicked hands, and lay in Joseph's tomb." DA774

Imagine that? What a crazy story. What nerve they have telling us that the 1/4 phases of the moon coincide with the 7th day Sabbaths in that calendar they say they found in the Bible.

How do those crazy lunar sabbath people make those moon phases come out that way anyway?

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You do the math.

Passover dates 26-34 A.D.


The following astronomical data in the first three columns below was obtained from the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department. The pertinent file may be accessed on the Internet at .

Note. The times of day given in the second and third columns have been adjusted +2 hours from U.S. Naval Observatory figures to account for the difference between Jerusalem Israel and Greenwich England (universal) time. 

It should also be noted that the first evening of a visible crescent moon (column 4) always occurs only minutes after sundown, which is at the very beginning of a new day on the Hebrew calendar.  This Hebrew day correlates to the following day on our Gregorian calendar as noted in the chart below (column 5). Column 6 is Passover dates for the given years. 

Year Vernal Equinox Astronomical New Moon
First evening of visible crescent Date of the first of Nisan 14th day of Nisan (Passover)
    (Near or first after vernal Equinox) (Gregorian calendar. Midnight to midnight) (Beginning at sundown the evening before...) (Beginning at sundown the evening before...)
26 A.D.  Fri.    Mar. 22, 0* Sat.   Apr.    6,  7 a.m.  Sun.    Apr.   7 Mon.   Apr.  8 Sun.   Apr.  21
27 A.D. Sun.  Mar. 23, 6 a.m. Wed. Mar. 26,  7 p.m.** Fri. Mar. 28 Sat.    Mar. 29 Fri. Apr. 11
28 A.D. Mon.  Mar. 22, noon Tues. Apr. 13,   2 p.m. Wed.   Apr.  14 Thurs. Apr.15 Wed.   Apr. 28 
29 A.D. Tues. Mar. 22,  6 p.m. Sat.   Apr.   2,   7 p.m.** Mon.    Apr.    4 Tues.  Apr.   5 Mon.    Apr. 18
30 A.D. Wed. Mar. 22,  0* Wed. Mar. 22,  8 p.m. Fri. Mar.  24 Sat.    Mar. 25 Fri. Apr.   7
31 A.D. Fri.    Mar. 23,  5 a.m. Tues. Apr.  10,  2 p.m. Wed.   Apr.   11 Thurs. Apr.12 Wed.   Apr.  25
32 A.D. Sat.   Mar. 22, 11 a.m. Sat.  Mar.  29, 10 p.m.** Mon. Mar.     31 Tues.  Apr. 1 Mon.    Apr.  14
33 A.D. Sun.  Mar. 22,  5 p.m. Fri.   Mar.  20,  9 a.m.
Fri.   Apr.  17,   9 p.m.
Sat.  Mar.     21
Sun.  Apr.     19
Sun.  Mar.  22
Mon.   Apr. 20
Sat.     Apr.    4
Sun.     May    3
34 A.D. Mon. Mar. 22,11 p.m. Wed. Apr.   7,   2 p.m. Thurs. Apr.     8 Fri.     Apr.   9 Thurs. Apr.  22

To understand the timing of the annual feast days, one must first understand the principles used in the Hebrew calendar for the purpose of determining the day of the creation week on which these various annual festivals would actually occur.

These principles apply to both the original Hillel I calendar used from the time of Moses through the time of Christ until the middle of the fourth century, and also the Hillel II calendar used from the fourth century until today, and onward into the distant future.

One of these important principles is in reference to the beginning point of the year.  The ancient calendar began the year on the first new moon of spring, or after the spring equinox, while the more recent calendar begins the year at the new moon nearest the spring equinox, which in some years would actually fall before the spring equinox.  Therefore, in some years both calendars begin the new year on the same new moon after the spring equinox, while in other years the beginning points of the year  would be on different new moons, one month apart.

In the year 31 C.E., which year was in the middle of the typical “week of years, the Passover occurred on a Friday,  the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread occurred on a Saturday, a 7th-day Sabbath, and the Wave Sheaf offering occurred on the 16th day of the Hebrew month, which is always the second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a Sunday, or first day of the creation week in that particular year.

Each of the types occurred on the actual anti-type.  The “shadow” Sabbaths within the old sanctuary system occurred on 7th day Sabbaths that particular year.

Both the Hillel I and Hillel II Hebrew calendars sometimes determine the new moon by the night of the conjunction or sometimes by the first sighting, that would rule the night, depending, of course, on the location of the seventh day Sabbath of the creation week in relation to that new moon, and or in relation to the Day of Atonement.  

For example see the dates for the  Day of Atonement in the year 1987, then look at 2028, both occur on the Holy seventh-day Sabbath, the new moon for the seventh month in 1987 was determined basically by the conjunction of the new moon, ware as in 2028 the new moon of the seventh month occurs when a very large sliver is disable, so that the  Day of Atonement could fall on the Holy seventh-day Sabbath.

So we can see the new moon for the first month in the year 31 C.E. when type met anti-type was the same large sliver as the new moon of the seventh month will be in the year 2028.

Unless we understand these principles, we could end up being confused, and end up with the wrong conclusions, such as we see all around us. 

In the year 27 C.E. the conjunction of the new moon of the seventh month was used, and the day of Atonement occurred on a seventh-day Sabbath that year, when type met anti-type (the shadow Sabbath fell on a seventh-day Sabbath that particular year)


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