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The Dead Sea Scrolls PROVE Lunar Sabbaths

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 972 texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 at Khirbet Qumran in the West Bank. They were found in caves about a mile inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name. The texts are of great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the earliest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible, along with extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious thought in late second temple Judaism, or during the time of the Messiah. The manuscripts have been dated to various ranges between 408 BC and 318 AD. The scrolls have traditionally been identified with the ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes. These scrolls shed light on what this sect believed and practiced, which can be helpful in determining whether or not the Lunar Sabbath was being observed by mainstream Judaism of that time.

It is evident that the authors of these scrolls kept a lunar Sabbath because these authors would say things like the new moon will fall on this date or that date of a particular month. They would even say things like the new moon falls on the 25th, for example, which is conclusive evidence that they had to have had a solar only calendar in front of them and were showing where the new moon would hit on the solar calendar because the true new moon can never be on the 25th but is always on the first day of every month. So they were obviously showing where the new moon would fall on the solar only calendar and that the new moon was not a part of the solar only calendar. The same is true with the full moon and the true weekly Sabbaths, they also would show where they would fall on Julius Caesar’s calendar because they also were not a part of it either. Anyone who cannot accept the fact that there were TWO calendars, the creation calendar, and Julius Caesar's calendar, is in a state of denial. And if you can accept that fact, the evidence shows that IF they were observing the traditional seventh day Sabbaths there would be no need to mention where the seventh day Sabbaths fall because on the traditional calendar, the Sabbath will be on every seventh day. But if the Sabbaths and new moon days were by the moon, then naturally they would have to show what date they fell on the solar only calendar. This is an absolute and is further PROOF that lunar Sabbaths were kept during the time of Christ and the 1st century church because the Essenes kept the same Sabbath as the rest of Judaism and the Messiah kept the same Sabbath as the Jews.