The Sabbath Day – When is it?

I have been reading the Bible over the past couple of months. I seem to be on a journey, which I believe the Lord is showing me one piece at a time. I believe he is providing me with the resources I will need as we reach the end of time. Yes. I personally believe that the tribulation is knocking on our door, and the Lord is preparing his people for the end times and what will happen in them.

The reason for this post is not to offend anyone. I myself have travelled from not going to church, to going to church on Sunday, to going to church on Saturday, to now believing that the Lords day was based upon a lunar cycle. Now many people have never heard of this, so it may seem foreign. I had not heard about it until a month ago either. But something told me that I needed to look into it. Which I did with much reluctance. You see I did not want to be proven wrong. I didn’t even want to have any indication that I was wrong. I was comfortable where I was. But something told me to take a look. I had nothing to loose as I could disagree with it if it was wrong.

So I encourage all to do the same. Take a look at what I have written below. Question it.  Search for your answers. Let me know if you think I am wrong. I may well be. I’d like to discuss this with all who would like to. It allows one to clarify their thinking, both me and you.

What I would like to do is to use the Bible for all things which are based upon it and use other sources for items which are not Biblical and have not direct reference to the Bible. Why am I doing this? I believe the truth is written in the Bible. I believe the lies are found elsewhere and this is what I would like to show.

I will cover X points which may seem initially to most, to be incorrect (as they did for me) but I encourage you to seek the answers yourself to ensure what I am writing is correct.

Item #1 
The Gregorian Calendar has not always been used.

It’s interesting. If you take a look within the Bible, you will find no where does it mention any day of the week. There is not Sunday, Saturday, Friday etc mentioned in the Bible by name. This was the first item that grabbed my attention and got me asking “Why would the days of the week I know be different from what is in the Bible?”

The Bible talks about the week, it talks about the month and it talks about the year. It talks about days of the month and days of the week. It also talks about events in the year. So why doesn’t it say “Monday” or Saturday etc?

I believe this is because God knew that a change in his Calendar would take place and this would cause more confusion for all. So what Calendar does the Bible use then?

Item #2
The format of Biblical calendar

For God to set a timeline, he had to set it using the signs we see in the sky. Genesis 1:14-19 says

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Sometimes in the Bible, words which have been translated into our language do not always have the exact same meaning we are used to. We all know what day and night is.

A sign is something that God does to show his people something important. e.g.

Exodus 4:28 “So Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which He had commanded him.”

Joshua 24:17 “for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed.”

Pslam 135:9 “He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt,
Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.

A season is a timeframe which is provided by the moon.

Pslam 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down.

The word moon in Strongs concordance literally means Month.

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The word “seasons” comes from the word Mo’ed or Mo’adah. The definition using the Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon is:

Moed

So we can see that the word seasons is used to indicate a set time, an assembly or  a place where an assembly is held . The moon was to be used to determine these seasons and thus show us when the assemblies were to be held.

Assemblies were for worshipping the Lord

Numbers 25:35 ‘On the eighth day you shall have a sacred assembly. You shall do no customary work.’ 

These specific assembly days were sacred and holy. So the question needs to be answered, “What was the time piece by which these assemblies were calculated?”

The first day of the lunar month was observed as a holy day. These are some of the verses which talk about the New Moon:

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Isaiah 66:22 -24 talks about what the Lord will provide in the new heavens and new earth, and then talks about what will happen with those who have transgressed against the Lord.

22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord,
“So shall your descendants and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.
24 “And they shall go forth and look
Upon the corpses of the men
Who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm does not die,
And their fire is not quenched.
They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

So we can see that the calendar which was used in the Bible is based upon the Moon and the Sun, with the New Moon being the start of the Biblical month.

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The Sabbaths are spoke of in the Bible in two formats. The weekly format and the monthly format. The weekly format is a subset of the monthly format being 7 days long. The Bible gives us examples of this format which you are able to use the day count above to see where they fit in.

Leviticus 23 talks about the Feasts for the Lord. These were all types of assemblies. It talks about:

  1. The Sabbaths (23:3)
  2. The Passover and unleavened bread (23:4-8)
  3. The Feast of First Fruits (23:9-14)
  4. The Feast of Weeks (23:15-22)
  5. The Feast of Trumpets (23:23-25)
  6. The Day of Atonement (23:26-32)
  7. The Feast of Tabernacles (23:33-44)

The time frames which you can see in the image above are:

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

The Sabbath

3 ‘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 the Lord in all your dwellings.

(This is speaking of the week)

The Passover and Unleavened Bread

4 ‘These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. 5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord;
(Here we are speaking about the month)
seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation;
(This is speaking about the first day of the Feast not of the month)
you shall do no customary work on it. 8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’”

…….

The Feast of Tabernacles

(a seven day feast beginning on the fifteenth day of the seventh month – which starts in the first day and goes for seven days ending on the eighth day)

…..

39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of theLord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.

So one can see that the calendar was based purely on the Lunar Cycle and not the Gregorian Calendar we currently use.

Malachi 3:6 says:

“For I am the Lord, I do not change……”

So utilising any other calendar is not correct based purely upon the Bible. The Bible says in Isaiah 28:10

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”

Meaning that some items are not just spelt out in the Bible. The evidence needs to be collected from different locations within the scripture. How might we be able to determine more truth beyond the Bible?

Item #3
Who has caused this change?

The one who has caused this change is spoken of in Isaiah 14:12-14.

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.

So how might Satan be like the Most High? By changing the Sabbath Day by changing the Calendar! He has stolen the worship due to the Lord by sitting on the mount of the congregation (the mount of worship) in the sides of the north where there are no ruling principles.

The ruling principles set by the creator move from the east to the west and do not move in the north. Lucifer is stating that he will have worship dictated to him by a means OTHER than the creators calendar.

Daniel 7:25 says

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.

Item #4
The Ten Commandments

The fourth Commandment is very specific to the Sabbath. It says in Exodus 20:8

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Mathew 5:17-20 says:

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

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