Fallacy of the Lunar Sabbath? Hardly… – Part 1

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The Fallacy of Lunar Sabbaths Part 1

The next topic I would like to deal with is the lunar Sabbath theory. Now what exactly is the lunar Sabbath theory and how is it a danger to the remnant? This theory holds that, instead of the 7th day Sabbath being a Saturday every week, the “true” Bible Sabbath can be on any day of our week because it depends on the when the month starts. Now if that sounds confusing to you truthfully this theory can be a bit confusing. In short what it does is merge the weekly and monthly day count together. Or, in other words, it starts counting the days of the week at the same time that it starts counting the days of the month. And since the New Moon day (start of the month) can happen on any day of the week (according to how we count days of the week- Sunday, Monday, etc,…) therefore, for the lunar Sabbath proponent, the 7th day of the week could end up being a Sunday, Monday, etc,… According to the lunar Sabbath theory the “true” Bible Sabbath is always on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of each month starting from the New Moon.

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Yes. It sounds confusing. The same way it is confusing when one learns to tie their shoelace. But that doesn’t stop everyone from learning the Gregorian Calendar learning different lengths of the months and learning a repeating weekly cycle.

The Calendar presented in the Bible is even simpler than this to understand. The first of of the New moon is New Moon day as presented in the Bible. The Second day of the moth is the first day of the week as presented in the Bible.

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Now one might think that no Seventh-day Adventist would be duped by this theory but sadly this is not the case. There are several websites out there now promoting this so-called truth.

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This article starts by claiming that no one should be duped by this theory. In the Dictionary, Duped means to be deceived or tricked. It is sad to see this writer coming to his conclusion at the beginning of his document before he has even provided any proof that the lunar Sabbath is if fact wrong.

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The lunar Sabbath movement is growing and it is aimed especially at SDAs

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It is not aimed at SDA’s. Rather it is aimed at all. It appears however that SDA’s have the most negative comments to place upon it as they believe they are 100% correct on everything.

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If satan cannot cause you to believe that the day no longer matters (the popular belief amongst evangelicals) or that the solemnity of the 7th day Sabbath has been transferred to the 1st day of the week (the belief of our catholic friends and conservative protestants) then he will try to dupe you with this idea- that the true Bible Sabbath is not Saturday but that it depends upon the lunar cycle.

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It is sad to think you believe this. That people around the world who are looking for Christ and reading their Bible, and have gone the extra step to work out where the Sabbath day truly lies would be trying to fool you.
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This idea is gaining in popularity. In fact, I read an article (I think it was in the Review but I could be mistaken) sometime back were several former SDAs claimed to have discovered that the “true” Bible Sabbath are lunar Sabbaths always on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th day of the month regardless of what particular day those dates happen to be. In investigating this idea I discovered another danger to the remnant so I will now attempt to show the evidence that refutes the lunar Sabbath theory. Please join me for prayer.

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Good. This is what I have been looking for,

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Now where does this measurement of time (7 days= 1 week) come from? The only answer that the Bible offers is the creation narrative (the previous implicit reference). Now as a matter of fact, a recurring week is necessary for both the lunar Sabbath proponent and the 7th day Sabbath (Saturday) proponent and when we look back at the creation story it is important to note that the sun, moon and stars did not come into existence until the 4th day of the creation week (Gen 1:14-19).

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Hang on. A week which recurs in the Lunar Sabbath model only reoccurs 4 times a month. It does not continuously reoccur. They are different.

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This stands as an evidence that the week, as an unit of time, is not dependent upon the moon in terms of when it begins and ends.

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It sounds very much like you are saying that God does not have the power to place the moon and the Sun in the Sky where it needed to be during the week which was creation.

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The Bible is clear that the first weekly count began before the sun, moon and stars even existed. God gave these great lights as markers so that humanity could be aware of the passing of time (Gen 1:14) but He did not make them as a means of creating time.

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Yes. This is the order in which God created things. God has a reason for the order in which he creates things. You and I cannot understand this.

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“Since the number seven runs contrary to every known astronomical measurement of time, the best explanation for its importance and its usage still remains the Biblical account of the divine blessing andsanctification of the seventh day at the completion of creation” (Divine Rest for Human Restlessness pg 29)

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Whilst I agree with this text, it is important to only use the Bible as your guide, nothing else.

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What Brother Bacchiochi has pointed out here is important in our discussion because it helps to show that the week is an expression of God’s sovereignty over time. In fact this is one of the reasons why the 7th day Sabbath so powerful- it is an expression of our submission to God as Lord over all things- even time and how we use it. But, keeping to the topic at hand, the point here is that the first week (period of 7 days) that this world ever knew did not begin based on the moon’s orbit. This is an evidence (but not an absolute proof) that the week, while operating concurrently with the moon’s orbit, is not dependent upon it.

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Again you are assuming that God, the one who created all things, cannot place the moon where it needs to be in the sky.

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Now another very important point to note is that the week is cyclical in nature. After 7 days have been completed a new week begins. This unbroken cycle has continued throughout all time and the Bible simply takes it for granted (i.e. the manna story of Exodus 16). The lunar Sabbath theory, on the other hand, believes in successive weeks up to a certain point but it must invent rules to deal with the breaks (of 1 or 2 days every month) in the weekly cycle at the end of every month. There’s an old saying that declares that necessity is the mother of invention. This stands true for the lunar Sabbath theory because a lunar cycle (29.5 days) does not fit neatly with a non-broken recurring weekly cycle of 7 days. If you do the math you will see that at the end of every month (the 4th week- or 28 days) there would be an extra 1 or 2 days. This is quite the problem for lunar Sabbath adherents. How is the weekly cycle affected by these extra days? Do these extra days count as a part of the next week? Are they ignored? Should they be treated as common working days? Are they non-working days? There is no Bible answer! However one lunar Sabbath proponent that I corresponded with suggested that they were considered common labor days. This idea is the invention of necessity because there are no Scriptures that support that such days even existed so how much less any rule pertaining to them? The very silence of the Scriptures on this matter evidences the fact that lunar Sabbaths are a non-biblical invention. Let me give an example of why lunar Sabbaths are not the true Bible Sabbath.

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This is not correct. I can clearly show two months in a row (with no break between them) where the sabbath days fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days.

The Sabbaths sometimes had single day at the end of the month, and other months went straight into New moon Day. Then the four weekly cycle again. No months have two days at the end of them.

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Now another very important point to note is that the week is cyclical in nature. After 7 days have been completed a new week begins. This unbroken cycle has continued throughout all time and the Bible simply takes it for granted (i.e. the manna story of Exodus 16). The lunar Sabbath theory, on the other hand, believes in successive weeks up to a certain point but it must invent rules to deal with the breaks (of 1 or 2 days every month) in the weekly cycle at the end of every month. There’s an old saying that declares that necessity is the mother of invention. This stands true for the lunar Sabbath theory because a lunar cycle (29.5 days) does not fit neatly with a non-broken recurring weekly cycle of 7 days. If you do the math you will see that at the end of every month (the 4th week- or 28 days) there would be an extra 1 or 2 days. This is quite the problem for lunar Sabbath adherents. How is the weekly cycle affected by these extra days? Do these extra days count as a part of the next week? Are they ignored? Should they be treated as common working days? Are they non-working days? There is no Bible answer! However one lunar Sabbath proponent that I corresponded with suggested that they were considered common labor days. This idea is the invention of necessity because there are no Scriptures that support that such days even existed so how much less any rule pertaining to them? The very silence of the Scriptures on this matter evidences the fact that lunar Sabbaths are a non-biblical invention. Let me give an example of why lunar Sabbaths are not the true Bible Sabbath.

“And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days: and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD” (Lev 23:15,16)

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The Feast of weeks does not have to fall on a Sabbath day. The same way the Day of atonement does not.

This just highlights the problems you come up against when you try to separate the Biblical Sabbath days with a repeating 7 day cycle. Why?

Because the Bible states that the the day after Passover is a Sabbath. 7 days later it must therefore also be a Sabbath. There are absolutely no examples in scripture of a different seventh day in this time period. None. So if you are going to count seven Sabbath, you immediately have a problem.

How? In April 2014 the Passover falls on the 13th of April 2014.
The Sabbath of Unleavened bread falls on the 14th of April. A Monday. This is a Sabbath.How do I know?

John 9:31 tells us it was.
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

So if it was a Sabbath, you already have a problem. Why? Because you will hold Saturday the 12th and then Saturday the 19th in 2014 as your Sabbath days. One Sabbath is separated by just two days. The other Sabbath is separated by just three days. This is not a seven day cycle.

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Notice that this Bible verse speaks of 7 Sabbaths being complete. 7 Sabbaths passing (7 days per week) in a weekly cycle independent of the lunar cycle would be 49 days and then the 50th day would be the day following the last of the 7 Sabbaths.
As farther Biblical proof of this we turn to Deut 16:9,10 where we read about this exact same time period- the time between the “the morrow after the Sabbath” of the feast of unleavened bread and the feast of weeks. There, instead of the Bible reading “seven Sabbaths shall be complete” it reads “seven weeks.”

8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work therein. 9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. 10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the Lord thy God, according as the Lord thy God hath blessed thee:(Deut 16:8-10)

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It seems you are making out that this is a problem for those holding the Sabbaths based upon the months provided in the Bible? It is not. The Bible does not state that this feast is upon a regular Sabbath day. It says in Levitcus 23:21
“And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it, it shall be a statute in your generations.

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Again, this time period is referred to as “weeks” in Numbers 28:26

Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat offering unto the Lord, after your weeks be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work (Num 28:26)

This 50 day consecutive count is irrefutable. This, by the way, is why the Scriptures also call the “feast of weeks” (Ex 34:22) the day of “Pentecost” (from the Greek “Pentekoste” which means the 50th day). The Spirit of prophecy is another witness to this truth as well:

Fifty days from the offering of first fruits, came the Pentecost, called also the feast of harvest and the feast of weeks. As an expression of gratitude for the grain prepared as food, two loaves baked with leaven were presented before God. The Pentecost occupied but one day, which was devoted to religious service (PP pg 540)

Now let’s see what this 50 day count would look like if the weekly cycle, with its culminating 7th day Sabbath, was dependent on the lunar cycle.

The chart below show what the weekly 7th day Sabbaths would be if based on the lunar Sabbath theory. They would fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of each month because the 1st day of the month (and the week according to the lunar Sabbath theory) starts with the sighting of the new moon. The Sabbath days in this erroneous system are in brackets […] and the numbers in parenthesis (….) will indicate the counting of 50 days from the day after the Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Now starting from the 15th day of the 1st month (See Lev 23:6) we begin counting off our 50 days to get to Pentecost. Remember the day count we need is 50 days and this is represented by the numbers in parenthesis.

Abib (First Month)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [8]
9 10 11 12 13 14 [15] (1st day of feast) *
16 (1) 17 (2) 18 (3) 19 (4) 20 (5) 21 (6) [22](7) *
23 (8) 24 (9) 25 (10) 26 (11) 27 (12) 28 (13) [29] (14) *
30 (15)*

1 (16) 2 (17) 3 (18) 4 (19) 5 (20) 6 (21) 7 (22) [8] (23) *
9 (24) 10 (25) 11 (26) 12 (27) 13 (28) 14 (29) [15] (30) *
16 (31) 17 (32) 18 (33) 19 (34) 20 (35) 21 (36) [22](37) *
23 (38) 24 (39) 25 (40) 26 (41) 27 (42) 28 (43) [29] (44) *

1 (45) 2 (46) 3 (47) 4 (48) 5 (49) 6 (50) 7 [8]

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Just so you know, you are counting wrong.

Leviticus 23:15-16 it says:

‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.

So you should be counting 7 Sabbaths then 50 days (check verse 16). Why don’t you try that using the Gregorian Calendar and tell me if that ends up on a Sabbath? It won’t. It will always end up the day after.

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I apologize for the chart above. I would color coordinate it to make it easier to look at and understand but facebook will not allow me to do so. Anyhow I hope you can see that the 50th day (50) in our count is on the 6th day of the 3rd month so the final 7th lunar Sabbath (on the [8th]) has not been completed so the lunar Sabbath system ends up 2 days short from meeting the required 7 Sabbaths!

 

The Feast of Weeks (aka: Pentecost) does not fit at all into the Lunar Sabbath model. Using the lunar cycle, 50 days “from the morrow after the Sabbath” brings us to only 6 complete Sabbaths. Why? Because starting from the 16th of the 1st month you cannot fit seven 7 completed lunar Sabbaths into 50 days. Why not? Because a lunar cycle, on average, is 29.5 days long. You have an average of 1.5 extra days per month!Again, lest anyone miss it, the lunar Sabbath system ends up being short a few days of the required 50!

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So do you if you calculate it. Seven Sabbaths plus 50 day places you one day after the Sabbath. My point is that this was not a regular Sabbath day. It was a day set aside for the Lord.

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Now remember in the Bible, God said that when we count 50 days, we will count “to the day after the seventh Sabbath.” (NIV). Under the lunar Sabbath system it is impossible for the 50th day to be “the day after the seventh Sabbath.”

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That’s because you read it wrong ;->. It does;t say just count to 50. It says count seven sabbaths and then count 50 days.

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So what does all of this show us? Simply this- it is mathematically impossible for the measuring stick of 7 Sabbaths from Lev 23:15, 16 to work with the lunar Sabbath theory. So then which one of these ideas is incorrect? 7 complete Sabbaths (50 days) till Pentecost or lunar Sabbaths? Obviously lunar Sabbaths!What this example proves is that the 7 day weekly cycle is continuous. It knows no breaks and it is not dependent on the lunar cycle. When the Bible is studied carefully it becomes very clear the the week with its culminating 7th day Sabbath is independent of the lunar cycle. Do you doubt this? Here is another Bible evidence showing this to be so.In a lunar cycle there are no more than 4 consecutive 7 day weeks. Yet in the Scriptures we see that the week is used as a measuring stick of time in numbers greater than4! For instance 7 weeks= 49 days according to Leviticus 23:15,16; Deut 16:9 and 70 weeks = 490 days according to Daniel 9:24-27. 7 weeks equaling 49 days does not work with a lunar Sabbath even as the math above shows. And 70 weeks most certainly does not equal 490 days with lunar Sabbaths! These simple mathematical facts completely shatter the lunar Sabbath theory. All lunar Sabbatarians need to wake up because they are fighting against the Word of God and the true Sabbath!

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Slow down. “Yet in the Scriptures we see that the week is used as a measuring stick of time in numbers greater than4! For instance 7 weeks= 49 days according to Leviticus 23:15,16 “

Get your count right first and read the verse as it is written.

70 weeks = 490 days? Yes. That would be correct. He is adding multiples of 7 days. He doesn’t mention anything about the months.

70 weeks does equal 490 day using the Gods Calendar. Why? You are just counting weeks! Not the days in the month. He doesn’t say 7 months.

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Now since we have shown how the lunar Sabbath theory does not work with the 50 day count (7 Sabbaths + 1 day) of Leviticus 23 required to reach Pentecost let’s look at another line of evidence supporting the true Bible Sabbath day.

As I mentioned earlier the lunar Sabbath theory holds that the weekly Sabbaths always happen on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of every month. Yet if that were the case then that makes Lev 23:39 very redundant. Let’s look at that verse together.

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. (Lev 23:39)

These two annual Sabbaths would be occurring the 15th and the 22nd of the 7th month. In the lunar Sabbath system these would already be Sabbaths! So then why, pray tell, would God say that these dates “shall be a Sabbath?” The people of Israel would rightly say, “Umm….these are already Sabbath days Lord.”

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Yes. That is the whole point!! These days are Sabbath days! These Sabbaths were festivals to the Lord. They use the word Sabbathown which you will also find in Leviticus 23:3 where it talks of just the Sabbath day.

Before you criticise this, you need to check where your Saturday Sabbaths are. Let’s take a look at where your Saturday Sabbath falls with respect to the day after Passover? Lets pick April 2019. Passover occurs on the Friday of the Gregorian Calendar, which makes your Sabbath fall on the Saturday. If your premise were correct, this could not happen.

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You see friend, the reason why God had to say that these two annual Sabbaths were to always be on the 15th and 22nd is because the true weekly Sabbath (Saturday) does not always fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of a lunar month. The 7th day (Saturday) canfall on these dates but this does not always happen. Thus God, who ordained this calendar, had to make it clear that He wanted there to be two annual Sabbaths on the 15th and 22nd every 7th month. This shows that these dates, the 8th and 15th, were not already automatically weekly Sabbaths as the lunar Sabbatarian would have men believe.

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By this reckoning, you should then be able to show me examples of this occurring on different days. I ask that you show me these different days as I have searched and cannot locate one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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