From Alex Gore
The divine truth of when the day begins….
Lucifer, Yahuwah’s enemy has stolen the worship due the Creator by changing the calendar used to find the seventh-day Sabbath. But that is not all he changed, He changed when the day begins.
The modern 24 hour “day” begins at midnight. Jews and Saturday Sabbatarians begin the Sabbaths Friday evening at sunset. However scripture reveals when the day begins and its neither midnight nor sunset. Creation week began when the Creator said, “Let there be light”. The first of the first week began with the creation of light. Gen 1:4-5, And Yahuwah saw the light, that [it was] good: and Yahuwah divided the light from the darkness. And Yahuwah called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. When Yahuwah separated the light from the darkness, He called the light “Day” and then defined that “day” as being made up of both evening and morning: “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” When Moses wrote the book of Genesis, he did not lack the word ‘night’. In Genesis he defined the day to include both of the transition times, evening and morning. If the day began at midnight or sunset, Moses would have not written that the evening and the morning were all part the day.
Lev 23:32 is the main bible text to support the “day” beginning at sunset, “It [shall be] unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth [day] of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.” When the text is read in context, however, it becomes clear that it cannot be applied to every day even the seventh-day Sabbath.
Lev 23: 26-32 contains Yahuwah’s directions regarding Day of Atonement. If every day began at evening, He, Yahuwah would have not needed to tell the Israelite’s to begin their observance of the Day of Atonement the evening before. “Day of Atonement” spans two calendar dates: the ninth and tenth. “On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement;….” It [shall be] unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth [day] of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath. If the day begins at evening, Moses would have simply been told: “Day of Atonement” is on the tenth day of the seventh month.”
Day begins with the coming of light. This is demonstrated by the fact the “the ninth day of the month at even” follows the day of the ninth. Evening does not begin the day of the ninth, neither does evening begin any other day, including the seventh-day Sabbath. The sun was given to rule over the day. Day begins with the coming of the light and is over when there is no longer enough light from the sun to ruling.
Centuries later the Messiah asked in John 11:9,”Are there not twelve hours in a day.” No one argued with him! Everyone knew the day began with coming of light. The hours of day were divided evenly into 12 parts, as shown on a sundial. Hours were longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, but each day had only 12 hours. Gospel accounts of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Yahshua support the day beginning at dawn.
Matt 28:1, “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. The first day of the week did not begin until light began to grow in the eastern sky. Likewise, the evening after crucifixion, the Sabbath did not begin at sunset. Scripture clearly states that the priests and rulers did want the bodies to remain on the stake over the Sabbath:
John 19:31-33, The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and [that] they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and break the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they break not his legs….
Death by the stake took several days. The whole point was to hasten the death of the victims was so they could be taken off the stakes before Sabbath began to dawn the next day.
Matt 27: 57-60, When the evening was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Yoseph, who also himself was Yahshua’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Yahshua. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Yoseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. This took a long time!
Mark 15:44-46, And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling [unto him] the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew [it] of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. John 19:39-40, And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Yahshua by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight]. Then took they the body of Yahshua, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Matt 27:60, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
This was a very lengthy process that took the entire night. The Sabbath did not begin at “even” because that was the very first time Joseph of Arimathaea first went to Pilate to ask for the body.
Mark 15:42-43, And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of Yahuwah, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Yahshua.
The work of burying the Messiah finished as the Sabbath began to dawn.
Luke 23:53-54, and he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.
The phrase translated “drew on” in this text, is the Greek word epiphosko, the definition of startling; ‘to begin to grow light’: – ‘begin to dawn’, #2017 epiphauo, which means ‘to illuminate’ or ‘give light’. Because they waited until evening to even begin the process of seeking permission to take the body, taking it down, cleaning, spicing and then wrapping it, it took all the night hours to do their work. They didn’t finish until the Sabbath began as it started to grow light.
The first thing Yahuwah did after creating light was to divide the light from the darkness. He then named the two different parts that He had separated. The light part he called “Day and the dark part He called “Night”. It is a principle of scripture that what Yahuwah joined let no man separate. Mark 10:9, what therefore Yahuwah hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Likewise, what Yahuwah has separated let no man join.
Claiming the day begins at midnight or sunset joins together what the Creator separated.
In the time of the end every divine institution is to be restored. The breach made in the law at the time the Sabbath was changed by man, is to be restored. Yahuwah’s remnant people, standing before the world as reformers, are to show that the law of Yahuwah the Almighty is the foundation of all enduring reform and the Sabbath of the 4th Commandment is to stand as a memorial of Creation, a constant reminder of the power of our Creator Yahuwah thy Elohim. I n clear distinct lines they are to present the necessity of obedience to all precepts of the Decalogue, constrained by love of Yahshua, they are to cooperate with Him in building up the waste places, They are to be repairers of the breach, restorers of paths to dwell.
Lucifer boasted that he would “change times and Laws” Dan 7:25. By changing the day of worship, the calendar used to find that day and even when the day begins, he has stolen worship that rightfully belongs to the Creator.
Exodus 31:13, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] Yahuwah that doth sanctify you.