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Lunar Sabbath Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Bible ever speak in terms of the Roman Calendar?

No, the Hebrew calendar numbers the days of their weeks such as the 1st day of the week, 2nd day of the week, etc. The pagan names attributed to the Roman week days are not consistent with the days of God's calendar. So in other words, Sunday does not equal the 1st day of the biblical week. And in turn, Saturday does not equal the 7th day of the biblical week. Most people do this though because the Roman calendar is all they have ever known, and their minds have not been trained any other way. So because of that, God's calendar can be a hard subject to grasp in the beginning even though it is actually quite simple.

Can you prove the lunar Sabbath from the scriptures alone?
Yes, you absolutely can. Although many people seek a "thus saith the Lord" proof text. There are many biblical doctrines without a "thus saith the Lord" proof text. Sometimes deductive reasoning is in order. So if God said man is mortal, and then later somewhere else says that Noah is a man, then we can therefore conclude that Noah is mortal without a "thus saith the Lord" proof text. God never said Noah was mortal, but we can know that that is true by using our God given brains to reason in the scriptures.

How can the lunar Sabbath be true when it calls for 8 or 9 work days in between Sabbath rests?
This is a hard thing for many people to grasp because the continuous weekly cycle has been so ingrained in their minds. It is true that the biblical week has 6 work days followed by a 7th day of rest. This is always the case with lunar Sabbaths. But not every day of the month is apart of the week like it is on a Roman calendar. The new moon disrupts the continuous cycle of 4 consecutive weeks every month and causes another cycle of 4 consecutive weeks to begin for the next month. The new moon day is not a week day, and neither is the occasional transition day at the end of the month. Don't let your unfamiliarity of the lunar Sabbath cause you to reject it. Study it, become familiar with it, and these types of things will become more clear to you as you understand it better. The objection of there being 8 or 9 work days is simply a case of lack of understanding of the concepts. There are never more than 6 consecutive work days in God's calendar. The 7th day Sabbath simply follows the 6 consecutive work days that begin the biblical week. The proofs for a lunar Sabbath are numerous. Don't let this stand in your way of causing you to study it further. The concepts have just yet to click in your mind, but give it time, and it will.

If the lunar Sabbath is true, why does the Talmud not support it?
The Talmud was written after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. While certain elements may accurately reflect Biblical truth, such points can only be established when compared with other Scriptural evidence. During the Saviour’s life on earth, the Israelites were still using the original calendar. The high priest, who was always of the ruling Sadducee class, was responsible for declaring when a new month began. The Pharisees, whose “traditions of men” the Saviour so emphatically denounced, did NOT control the calendar. This is an extremely important point because the calendar used by Jews today to calculate their feasts is a corrupted alteration of the original calendar. It was devised by the Pharisees and they justified this change by their oral traditions. 

With the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. the Sadducees disappeared altogether, leaving the regulation of all Jewish affairs in the hands of the Pharisees. Therefore, Jewish life became regulated by the Pharisees; the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view, and a new aspect was given to the Sanhedrin of the past. A new chain of tradition supplanted the older priestly tradition. Pharisaism shaped the character of Judaism and the life and thought of the Jew for all the future. (“Pharisees,” The Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. 9, [1901-1906 ed.], p. 666.)

To use the Talmud to somehow “prove” the luni-solar calendar false, proves nothing of the sort. All that is established is that the traditions of the Pharisees triumphed after the Israelites rejected the Messiah.

Pharasaism became Talmudism . . . [but] the spirit of the ancient Pharisee survives unaltered. When the Jew . . . studies the Talmud, he is actually repeating the arguments used in the Palestinian academies. . . . The spirit of the [Pharisees'] doctrine has remained quick and vital. (Louis Finklestein, The Pharisees: The Sociological Background of their Faith, [Jewish Publication Society of America], Vol. 4, p. 1332.)

Modern Jewish scholars base their beliefs on the Talmud which, in turn, comes straight from the doctrines of the Pharisees. The Saviour sought to free the divine law and the Sabbath from these “traditions of the elders.” Basing a belief on the Talmud is to base one’s belief on the very traditions the Messiah rejected.

Why would God establish a calendar that is so complicated?
Actually it is quite simple, but because all you have ever known or been taught was the Roman calendar, it seems complicated because of its unfamiliarity. The Roman Calendar is actually the one that is complicated when you factor in its leap years, postponements, and various changes throughout history. God's calendar is the same today as it was from the beginning. The world revolves around the Roman calendar, so God's calendar only seems complicated when you view it from that perspective. As you learn more about God's calendar, it will feel more and more natural to you and less complicated.

Shouldn't we just follow the Saturday Sabbath of the Jews since they hold the oracles and sit in Moses' seat?
The Jews preserved the oracles, or scriptures, for our benefit today. But they are not authorized to add to or subtract from the scriptures. Blindly following their interpretations of the oracles and their traditions is strictly condemned by the Messiah himself. Moses' seat was the seat of civil judge. The Pharisees held this role in the Messiah's day. It does NOT mean that they can add to or subtract from the oracles of God. We ought to obey God rather than man. The holy scriptures are our guide, not man's interpretations, traditions, additions, and subtractions from those scriptures. 

How could the Sabbath be determined by the moon if the moon wasn't created until the 4th day of creation, yet the Sabbath was on the 7th day?
Actually, the moon was appointed on the 4th day, not created. The heavens and the earth were created from the very beginning. The sun and moon were merely assigned a task to control the calendar of man from the heavens.

The word appointed in Psm- 104:19 "He "appointed" the moon for "seasons" (Feasts or Sabbaths) is the same Hebrew word found in Gen. 1:14. Where it says "He "made" (appointed) two great lights" The word MADE means APPOINTED in Hebrew.  

The question is, When did He appoint (make) the moon for Seasons? Was it not in Genesis 1: 14 where it says He made/appointed the great lights for seasons??

 

The Scripture is teaching that there were two great lights appointed on day four for a purpose (calendar) not created on day four.  They were placed in the firmament of the heaven in such a way not only to give light on the earth but for a calendar to beacon the appointments of God.

Remember you had evening and morning, evening and morning, evening and morning, before day four. You also had light, green things, night and day, creation of the Heavens, Earth, etc before He made/appointed the sun and moon to rule and for the calendar.

 

Where do you think they were before He appointed them???

In the Tanach, Stone edition, commentary by a well known Hebrew Scholar named Rashi, in his comments on Gen-1:14 it says " The luminaries, which had been created on the first day, were set in place on the forth" (work day), there is no evidence what so ever to support the theory that the great lights were created on day four, but were appointed on the 4th work day, or advanced upon for His calendar.

Even if the sun and moon were created on day 4, it would still be in plenty of time to do what they were created for and that is for a beacon of the appointments. “Let them be for days and years signs (beacons) and seasons (appointments)” yes, even if the sun and moon were created on day four they would be in plenty of time to beacon the appointments including the weekly appointment, after the six workdays and even if they were created on day four it would not made day four the first day of the year or the first day of the month because it does not say what phase the moon was in or what position the sun was in on day four. I believe they BOTH would have been in a 4th work day of the Year and Month, so as to reflect the prievous days, which any calendar will do.


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