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Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 8

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 8

 

Leviticus 23:15-17 (NKJV) “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. 16Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to Yahweh. 17You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to Yahweh.”

 

This Scripture passage should already be familiar to anyone in the Hebraic roots or Messianic movement. This Scripture describes the Law concerning the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Shavuot, or Pentecost. In this teaching, which continues down through verse 21, Yahweh tells Israel to COUNT fifty days, beginning on the day after the regular weekly Sabbath that falls out during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (1-15 through 1-21 in the spring of every year), to the day after the seventh Sabbath. You start counting on a first day of the week, or shabuwa, and then Pentecost, the fiftieth day, is ALWAYS on the first day of the week after the seventh Sabbath. I am proclaiming to you today that Yahweh showed me that the lunar Sabbath violates Yahweh’s command to COUNT the Sabbaths/days for the Feast of Weeks.

 

Now we know that in Exodus 16, Yahweh resynchronized Israel with His eternal Sabbath weekly calendar, using the simple manna miracle. Since we know which day was that first observed Sabbath by the newly freed slave nation of Israel, we can roll forward or backward in time one week at a time and know which day is the Sabbath. In a previous post I showed how I tied that first Sabbath to the Sabbath before Super Bowl Sunday, 2013 CE. So, using the same spreadsheet that I included in a previous post, we can roll backwards just a few weeks and see on which LUNAR DAY of the month the Sabbath during the FIRST FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (the flight from Egypt) occurred. There is NO squirm room here. The Sabbath that occurred during the FIRST FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD week occurred on 1-17, ON ALL THREE LUNAR CALENDARS LISTED IN MY SPREADSHEET. From that day, it is a simple procedure TO COUNT forward to see on which first day of the week the Feast of Shavuot would have occurred, if Yahweh had wanted Israel to observe it that year. I’ll list the lunar date of each Sabbath for your convenience: Sabbath 1 = 1-24; Sabbath 2 = 2-1 or 2-2, depending on which lunar calendar you’re using; Sabbath 3 = 2-8 or 2-9; Sabbath 4 = 2-15 or 2-16; Sabbath 5 = 2-22 or 2-23 (This was the FIRST MANNA MIRACLE SYNCHRONIZED SABBATH.); Sabbath 6 = 2-29 or 2-30; Sabbath 7 = 3-6 or 3-7, depending on which lunar calendar you’re using. Therefore, on Yahweh’s calendar, the Feast of Shavuot would have occurred on 3-7 or 3-8, being the first day of the week AFTER the seventh sabbath.

 

One faction of lunar sabbatarians claim that the 7th day of the month IS the Sabbath, but most lunar sabbatarians claim that the first Sabbath of the month is on the 8th day. Shavuot would have occurred that year on 3-7 on the 360 day calendar, or 3-8 on the 354 day calendar. So, for the sake of argument and equal time, I’ll count 50 days forward on each calendar, one time for the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th day Sabbath fans and once for the 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th day Sabbath fans. So here goes, our assumption for the 15th day is a Sabbath crowd means that the Sabbath that occurred during Unleavened Bread in the year of the Exodus was on 1-15, the day Israel left Egypt. So let’s begin our count to Shavuot from 1-16 and see which day of the month Shavuot should have fallen on. By this count, 50 days later, using 1-16 as day 1, the 50th day, or Shavuot, would have fallen on 3-5 or 3-6, WHICH IS NEVER A 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK ON THIS LUNAR SABBATH CALENDAR, so it CAN NEVER BE SHAVUOT! Therefore, we see that the lunar sabbatarians, using their own calendar, BREAK YAHWEH’S COMMAND TO COUNT to the day after the seventh Sabbath.

 

Now, let’s count forward using the assumption of the 14th day is a Sabbath crowd, so the Sabbath that would have occurred during Unleavened Bread in the year of the Exodus would have been on 1-21, so we’ll start our count from 1-22 as the first day of the week and see where Shavuot would have fallen out for this lunar sabbatarian faction. Counting forward from 1-22 as the first day of the week, we come to 3-11 or 3-12, WHICH IS NEVER A FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK on this faction’s lunar calendar, so it CAN NEVER BE SHAVUOT!! Therefore, we see again that this faction of lunar sabbatarians, using their own calendar, also BREAK YAHWEH’S COMMAND TO COUNT to the day after the seventh Sabbath.

 

Please remember, that according to the definition of the Shabuwa, or Sabbath week, as defined by the manna miracle, is to work six days and rest on the seventh day, week in week out, a continuous 7 day weekly cycle that has never changed throughout eternity. Lunar Sabbatarianism is a cult and a heresy. But now I’ll share with you what else Yahweh is calling this FALSE TEACHING!!

 

I want you to know, I am trembling inside as I share this. This is what Yahweh showed me and it scares the HELL out of me. According to the lunar sabbatarian cult, Yahshua was crucified on 1-14 in the year 31 CE, which would have been Wednesday, April 25, on the Roman Julian calendar in use at that time. They say that astronomical information is taken directly from the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Tables. I have not found a calendar conversion software program that can confirm that information. Nevertheless, turn in your Bible to the book of Acts. Acts 1:1-3 (NKJV) “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Yahshua began both to do and teach, 2until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of Yahweh.” Some say Yahshua ascended to heaven on the 40th day of the Omer count to Shavuot, or Pentecost, and that seems to be a reasonable conclusion from this passage. Acts 1:12 (NKJV) “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.” From this statement, some deduce that Yahshua ascended on a Sabbath, but it wasn’t a Sabbath, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. The 40th day of the Omer count in 31 CE was Thursday, June 7, Julian calendar.

 

But 10 days later, which would be the 50th day, or the Feast of Shavuot, the Holy Spirit was poured out from Yahweh upon the disciples in Jerusalem. Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV) “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Now, according to what we saw above, the lunar sabbatarians believe Shavuot occurs on 3-5 or 3-6, or on 3-11 or 3-12, WHICH IS NEVER A 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK, ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN CALENDAR!! But Shavuot must ALWAYS BE ON A FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, ACCORDING TO YAHWEH’S COMMANDMENT IN LEVITICUS 23. Now listen closely to what Yahweh showed me. The lunar sabbatarians are not just a heresy or a cult, they are bordering on blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, by declaring that the Holy Spirit was poured out on a day when He was not poured out! When Yahweh showed me this, my knees started shaking and I almost buckled to the floor! I fear for my brethren caught up in this heresy.

 

To verify my findings I again made a spreadsheet to get a visual depiction of the truth of Sabbath/Shavuot versus the false lunar Sabbath and their Shavuot. One more thing exploded into view as I finished this spreadsheet. The seventh Sabbath, essential to discover for knowing when to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot, did not occur on the lunar Sabbath calendar UNTIL 2 DAYS AFTER THE LUNAR SABBATARIANS’ 50 DAY COUNT TO SHAVUOT WAS FINISHED!! For the 8th day lunar sabbatarians, their 7th Sabbath occurred on 3-8, though Shavuot would have to be celebrated on 3-6, the 50th day! For the 7th day lunar sabbatarians, their 7th Sabbath occurred on 3-14, though Shavuot would have to be celebrated on 3-12, the 50th day! This is just another nail in the heretical coffin of lunar sabbatarianism. If you would like a copy of either of my spreadsheets on Sabbath truth, the Exodus manna miracle one or the Sabbath to Pentecost in the year of the crucifixion/resurrection/outpouring of the Holy Spirit one, just let me know.

 

Friends, please pray for all believers who may be caught up in the lunar Sabbath heresy/cult. It’s not just getting tough to reach pagans with the Gospel, it’s getting tough to reach believers with the truth! Yahweh is not just pleading or asking those caught up in this cult, He is commanding them to repent and turn to Him for salvation and deliverance. These are the final days of human history as we’ve come to know it. We must draw nearer to our great loving Creator now more than at any time in history. Yahshua is coming back soon; will He find faith on this earth?

 

Gene Benjamin II

March 22, 2013 CE

 

 

 

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Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 7

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 7

 

Genesis 2:1-3 (NKJV) “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2And on the seventh day Yahweh ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then Yahweh blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which the Mighty Ones had created and made.” If you can justify the seventh day of creation as the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, or 29th day of the first month of creation, based on a moon that was only 3 days old, then become a lunar Sabbatarian. This passage was the FIRST USE of the concept of work six days and rest on the seventh day. Yahweh made NO connection to the moon and the Sabbath Day. You can try to make an assumption or presumption upon Yahweh’s word and declare that Yahweh spun the moon to the first quarter, so the seventh day was the 8th day of the month, but you would be making a FALSE assumption. Just the statement that the FIRST seventh day Sabbath was the 8th day of the month is ludricrous. So if you build a lunar sabbatarian doctrine on this passage, you are walking on dangerous ground with Yahweh. So we have 1 Scripture with no lunar connection whatsoever.

 

Exodus 16:25-28 (NKJV) “Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to Yahweh; today you will not find it in the field.
26Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there will be none.” 27Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none.28And Yahweh said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?” Yahweh was not talking about the 10 commandments, for they were given about one month later. Yahweh was not talking about the Levitical feast laws of Leviticus 23, of which Sabbath is the first feast mentioned, because the Levitical laws did not come to Israel for a few more months or years after the Exodus. Yahweh was talking about His creation week Law of the Shabuwa, work six days and rest on the seventh day, the Sabbath. Now we have 2 Sabbath Scriptures with no lunar connection whatsoever.

 

Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Mighty One. 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. 11For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Please take special note of verse 11. Right here, in the giving of the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai, Yahweh connects His seventh day Sabbath to Creation Week. Notice He DID NOT tie it to any day of the lunar month. This would have been the verse for Yahweh to make ANY connection to the lunar calendar, but He did not do that. Yahweh connects the weekly Sabbath to His revelation of the Law of the Shabuwa from Genesis 2:2-3, period. And remember, this 4th Commandment of the seventh day Sabbath was given about one month AFTER Yahweh had ALREADY resynchronized Israel to His weekly Sabbath with the Manna Miracle, collect manna for six days, rest on the seventh day. Here we now have 3 Scriptures teaching the Sabbath and still no connection to the lunar calendar, only to Creation Week, or the Shabuwa.

 

Exodus 23:12-13 (NKJV) Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed. 13And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.” Here is a 4th Scripture with no connection between Sabbath and a lunar calendar. Lunar Sabbatarians should take special note of verse 13. It is no accident that Yahweh put verse 13 right after a teaching about Sabbath. Do a quick internet search on: goddess of the moon, and you will get the gist of what I’m saying. Lunar sabbatarians are very close to moon worship, which is pagan deity worship. I caution you all to flee immediately from such dangerous false doctrines as lunar Sabbath rest days. Lunar sabbatarians are the first to slam the sun-god-day worshipers, but they stand on the same slippery slope of false doctrine. The life of your soul is in danger, RUN from this foolishness!

 

Exodus 31:12-17 (NKJV) “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
13“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'”” Here we go again. Scripture passage number 5 with no connection to the lunar calendar. Read the whole chapter, Yahweh teaches Israel that they MUST REST even during the construction of Yahweh’s holy Tabernacle!! Work on the Tabernacle for six days, then rest on the seventh day. And look at verse 17, AGAIN Yahweh connects the seventh day Sabbath DIRECTLY to the Creation Week Sabbath, not to a lunar calendar!! We now have THREE Scriptural witnesses that the Sabbath is a continuous weekly cycle founded on the Law of Shabuwa found in Genesis 1-2. And did you catch the two verses above that teach that profaning the Sabbath is a capital crime, punishable by death?? I could stop this study right here, but there is more.

 

Exodus 34:21 (NKJV) Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” Wow, here’s Moses up on the mountain with Yahweh for 40 days of fasting and teaching. Yahweh finishes telling Moses to destroy pagan worship in the land of Canaan, then again reiterates the Sabbath Law. And look, farmers are not even exempt from observing the seventh day Sabbath, NO MATTER THE LUNI-SOLAR SEASON!! And notice, again no reference to the lunar calendar. There was no need for the lunar calendar in relation to the weekly Sabbath. Yahweh HAD ALREADY resynchronized Israel with His weekly Shabuwa and seventh day Sabbath by using the manna miracle! Israel was beginning to click with Yahweh, and He wanted to make sure they continued to click with Him on a weekly Sabbath, as well as the annual seasonal feasts, which are referenced to the moon cycle. So here is Scripture number 6 teaching seventh day Sabbath without a connection to the lunar calendar.

 

Exodus 35:1-3 (NKJV) “Then Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the words which Yahweh has commanded you to do: 2Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”” So, we come to the chapter where Yahweh has Moses take up an offering to fund the building of the Tabernacle. And what does Yahweh say FIRST? He reiterates the Sabbath Law again! Yahweh was determined to NOT LET Israel work on the Tabernacle, a truly holy work, on the seventh day Sabbath. And again we see no lunar calendar conditions placed upon the seventh day Sabbath teaching. Yahweh tells them again that violating the Sabbath law is a capital crime, and then He adds a new twist, no more cooking fires are to be kindled on the Sabbath! I pray that you dear reader are getting Yahweh’s teaching on the seventh day Sabbath. It is never connected to the lunar calendar in any way. And here is our 7th Scripture reference to substantiate this truth. The lunar calendar is used to determine the months and annual seasonal feasts, and to help determine the first month of the new year.

 

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (NKJV) Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Yahweh your Mighty One commanded you. 13Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Mighty One. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your Mighty One brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore Yahweh your Mighty One commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.” We have here our 8th Scripture reference without a lunar calendar connection to the weekly seventh day Sabbath. Here Yahweh gives another reason for observing Sabbath, remember our deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Again, we see no connection to a lunar calendar in Yahweh’s Sabbath teaching to old Moses, who was soon to die and not enter the Promised Land. I hope you are getting the understanding of the weekly Sabbath covenant that was in effect BEFORE creation, DURING creation, AFTER creation, and is still in effect TODAY, and will be in effect FOR ALL ETERNITY! Sabbath, or the weekly Shabuwa, is an eternal principle. There was no moon BEFORE creation, no moon UNTIL THE FOURTH DAY OF CREATION, but there will be a new moon (pardon the pun) in the new creation.

 

Isaiah 65:15-18 (NKJV) “You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; For Sovereign Yahweh will slay you, And call His servants by another name; 16So that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the Mighty One of truth; And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the Mighty One of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My eyes. 17For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind [no sun, no stars, no sea?]. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create [New] Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy.”

 

Isaiah 66:22-23 (NKJV) “”For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says Yahweh, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23And 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 Yahweh. Wow, we finally see the moon and the weekly seventh day Sabbath mentioned together again, the first time since Leviticus 23. And notice it is in the new creation. But why does Yahweh have to list them the way He does? Because the moon determines the month and seasonal annual feasts, while the weekly Sabbath continues right on from eternity past into eternity future!! BOTH are necessary for complete worship of our Mighty One, Yahweh, according to his lunar calendar, and His Shabuwa calendar. Notice there is no sun mentioned in the new heavens and earth.

 

Revelation 21:1 (NKJV) “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.” Regarding the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:23 (NKJV) The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of Yahweh illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” That’s an interesting statement. If there is a moon outside of the New Jerusalem, per Isaiah 66:23 above, but no moon inside of the New Jerusalem, how will Yahweh and the saints know when to observe Sabbath, if we must connect the weekly seventh day Sabbath to the lunar calendar? Something to contemplate. Maybe we’ll have to send runners outside the gates to check on the moon every couple days.

 

Now we come to the close of our series on rebutting the lunar Sabbath heresy, Leviticus 23:1-5 (NKJV) “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. 3Six 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 Yahweh in all your dwellings. 4‘These are the feasts of Yahweh, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. 5On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is Yahweh’s Passover.” Read Leviticus 23 carefully, with discernment. The continuous weekly seventh day Sabbath had been observed for several months or years by this point in the wilderness wanderings of Israel. Sabbath is a FEAST of Yahweh, observed every seventh day, as evidenced by the manna miracle resynchronization project of Yahweh to get Israel back onto His Shabuwa. It is the first of the Leviticus 23 moedim, or appointed times, mentioned. But look at the teaching carefully. There is still no connection of the Sabbath to the lunar calendar. Passover is the second feast mentioned in Leviticus and is the first moed to be mentioned with a lunar calendar day tied to it. Again, we do not see the seventh day Sabbath tied to the lunar calendar, even here in Leviticus 23, RIGHT WHERE YAHWEH IS SPECIFICALLY TEACHING MOSES AND ISRAEL ABOUT HIS FEASTS. Yahweh goes into a lot of detail concerning His annual seasonal feasts and on which days of the lunar month they fall, so why not delineate the days of the lunar month for the seventh day Sabbath? Simply because Sabbath had been a continuous weekly feast since the very first week of creation. That is one of the major reasons why Yahweh used the manna miracle test to get Israel resynchronized with His Shabuwa calendar, work six days and rest the seventh day. Israel had been in bondage for a couple hundred years and had forgotten Yahweh’s ways, times and seasons. Therefore they needed to get back on ALL of Yahweh’s calendars, the lunar, Shabuwa, and solar calendars. We’ve found 9 Scriptures without any connection between the seventh day Sabbath and the lunar calendar. What more do lunar sabbatarians need to see the truth?

 

Read the whole Exodus story. It’s a beautiful journey with our very gentle patient Almighty Yahweh! And do your best to get back on all of His calendars.

 

Gene Benjamin II

March 16, 2013 CE

 

 

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 6

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 6

 

Exodus 12:6-8 (NKJV) “Now you shall keep it [Passover lamb] until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight [towards the end of 14th]. 7And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8Then they shall eat the flesh on that night [of the 15th]; roasted in fire [on Preparation Day, the 14th], with unleavened bread [the 15th is the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread] and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.”

 

Exodus 12:18 (NKJV) “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening [beginning of the 15th day], you shall eat unleavened bread [on the 15th], until the twenty-first day of the month at evening [to the end of the 21st, sunset on the 21st].” The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a seven day feast, from the 15th through the 21st of Abib. Abib 14 is Preparation Day, a work day, not a feast day.

 

The fourteenth of the first month is Preparation Day, NOT THE PASSOVER FEAST DAY. The baking of unleavened bread and slaughtering and roasting of the sacrificial lamb took place on Preparation Day, the 14th day of the first month of the Hebrew year, which is the month of Abib, or Nisan. We do not sit down to the Passover Meal/Feast until after sunset on the fourteenth, which begins the 15th of Abib, the Passover Feast and first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a Feast Sabbath celebration day.

 

The children of Israel escaped Egyptian slavery on the 15th of Abib in the year of the Exodus. Numbers 33:3 (NKJV) “They departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day after the Passover [day after Preparation Day, day after the 14th] the children of Israel went out with boldness in the sight of all the Egyptians.” Notice that they did not sit down and have a Passover Feast in the land of Egypt that year, they ESCAPED, they ran, they fled from Pharaoh and their tormenting slave drivers. The Feast of Unleavened Bread celebrates their 24 hour a day, 7 day forced military like march to the Red Sea. They were fleeing for their lives!

 

From Exodus 16 we learned that the Manna Miracle Sabbath resynchronization test began on the 16th of the second month from leaving Egypt, 2-16, or Ziv or Iyar 16. The Israelites then ate manna and observed the manna synchronized seventh day Sabbath for forty years. Exodus 16:35 (NKJV) “And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” Joshua 5:6a (NKJV) “For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of Yahweh. . . “

 

Believe what you will, but Yahweh defined the day in Genesis 1:5 (NKJV) “Yahweh called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Yahweh then defined the work week, or Sabbath Week, or Shabuwa, in Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV) “And on the seventh day Yahweh ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then Yahweh blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which the Mighty Ones had created and made.” Days are defined by the sun, sunset to sunset is a day. A Shabuwa is 7 solar days of evening to evening. No moon, or lunar calendar, is involved in the determination of the day, or the Shabuwa, the Sabbath Week. This Shabuwa is known as the Law of Shabuwa, the law Yahweh refers to in Exodus 16:4 (NKJV) “Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law [What law? The Law of Shabuwa.] or not.” and in Exodus 16:28 (NKJV) “And Yahweh said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”” What laws? The laws of Shabuwa, the Sabbath Week, work six days, rest on the seventh. Yahweh used the Manna Miracle to get the resynchronization of the manna synchronized Sabbath lesson across. Exodus 16:26 (NKJV) “Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there will be none.” Yahweh patiently gave this 40 year test over 2,084 Shabuwas, or Sabbath weeks. Never call my Mighty One impatient! Did the Israelites learn the Shabuwa lesson? Apparently, the modern Jews still observe it, and informed Gentiles do also.

 

I’ve put together a little spreadsheet to show how the lunar Sabbath fails on the third Sabbath established on the manna synchronized Sabbath schedule found in Exodus 16, work six days and rest on the seventh day. Lunar Sabbatarians claim that the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each lunar month is a Sabbath. By definition therefore, the 1st also must be a Sabbath. You can clearly and easily see that by coincidence the first two manna synchronized Sabbaths line up with the lunar Sabbatarians lunar Sabbath theory on the 22nd and the 29th of the 2nd month, but once the Israelites reached the third manna synchronized Sabbath, only three weeks from the resynchronization of the manna synchronized Sabbath to Yahweh’s Law of Shabuwa, the manna synchronized Sabbath no longer lines up with the lunar calendars. The 3rd manna synchronized Sabbath occurred on 3-6 on one lunar calendar and on 3-7 on each of the other two lunar calendars. According to the Lunar Sabbatarian theory, that 3rd manna synchronized Sabbath should have occurred either on the 1st or the 8th of the 3rd month, BUT IT DID NOT. The following spreadsheet clearly reveals the obvious failure of the lunar Sabbath calendar theory.

 

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TRAVEL ON THIS DAY, ISRAEL DID NOT OBSERVE SABBATH, BECAUSE YAHWEH HAD NOT YET TOLD THEM TO KEEP HIS SABBATH LAW FROM GENESIS 2:2-3.

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The full spreadsheet has more text to the right of these columns with the Scripture references. This spreadsheet blows away the Lunar Sabbath theory as good as anything that I’ve read. The moon is used to determine the beginning of our religious year, our Hebrew months, and the annual seasonal Feasts of Yahweh. The sun is used to determine the day and solar year. Yahweh defined the holy Shabuwa in Genesis 2:2-3. I don’t know how to make it any plainer than what I’ve just shown you.

 

To date I may not have thoroughly explained Joshua 5:10-12 (NKJV) “Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight [Abib 14] on the plains of Jericho. 11And they ate of the produce [Hebrew word means old stored grain] of the land on the day after the Passover [Abib 15], unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day [Abib 15]. 12Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce [old stored grain] of the land [the 16th was the regular weekly Sabbath day that year!]; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food [new crop yield] of the land of Canaan that year.” What you need to know is that the Hebrew word translated as “produce” in verses 11 and 12, means specifically old stored grain, not freshly harvested abib grain. So what am I saying? That Preparation Day of Abib 14, the Israelites cracked open Canaanite storage bins/sheds, ground old stored grain into barley or wheat flour and baked unleavened bread from the old stored grain of the land for the Passover Feast eaten on the night of Abib 15, which began at the evening of the 14th, or end of the 14th. When I first looked at this passage in the KJV or NKJV I saw three Feast days being talking about, but in reading other translations, it is apparent that Passover is spoken of as the 15th, not the 14th, which is just the Preparation Day, kill the lamb and cook it, grind grain and bake unleavened bread, a special work day to prepare for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which has come to be called just Passover.

 

As we saw in the Scripture passages at the beginning of this post, Passover the Feast is celebrated on the 15th, which is translated as the fourteenth at evening. The end of the fourteenth begins the fifteenth day of the month. The day after the 15th is of course the 16th of Abib. The manna ceased the day after eating unleavened bread on the 15th at the Feast, baked that year from OLD STORED GRAIN of the land of Canaan. The day after the 15th was the 16th, which I have proposed for a couple years now as the weekly manna synchronized Sabbath day that year. Joshua 5:10-12 is talking about 3 days, 2 Feast days, 1 preparation day! So, the 16th of Abib was the regular weekly Sabbath day that year, as revealed by the manna having ceased, or rested! The Feast of First Fruits would then have been observed on the first day of the next Shabuwa, Abib 17 that year, which was the day after the regular manna synchronized Sabbath that occurred during Passover week, according to Yahweh’s commandment! Isn’t that amazing and isn’t Yahweh a wonderful provider? Praise His holy Name forever!!

 

Here’s how it reads in the Jerusalem Bible, Joshua 5:10-12, “The Israelites pitched their camp at Gilgal and kept the Passover there on the fourteenth day of the month [14th, Preparation Day, slaughter the lamb and cook it], at evening in the plain of Jericho [the 15th, sit down and eat the Feast of Passover during night of the 15th]. On the morrow of the Passover they tasted the produce [old stored grain] of that country, unleavened bread and roasted ears of corn, that same day [the 15th, the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread]. From that time, from their first eating of the produce [old stored grain] of that country, the manna stopped falling [meaning no manna on the 16th, the weekly Sabbath, exactly in accord with the Manna Miracle]. And having manna no longer, the Israelites fed from that year onward on what the land of Canaan yielded.” They began harvesting fresh grain on the first day of the week, the 17th, for the Feast of First Fruits offering and for eating the rest of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the 17th through the 21st.

 

Here’s Young’s Literal Translation, Joshua 5:10-12 (YLT) “And the sons of Israel encamp in Gilgal, and make the passover on the fourteenth day of the month [14th], at evening [now the 15th], in the plains of Jericho; 11and they eat of the old  [stored grain] corn of the land on the morrow of the Passover [15th], unleavened things and roasted corn, in this self-same day [15th]; 12and the manna doth cease on the morrow in their eating of the old corn [old stored grain] of the land [16th, the Weekly Sabbath day that year], and there hath been no more manna to the sons of Israel, and they eat of the increase [freshly harvested grains, new crop yield] of the land of Canaan in that year.”

 

Since the 15th is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it is a Feast Sabbath. The Israelites would not have harvested ANYTHING on a Feast Sabbath rest and celebration day. The unleavened bread they ate on the 15th at the Passover Feast that year was from OLD STORED GRAIN found in the land of Canaan, which is what the word “produce”, or “corn”, in verses 11 and 12 means in the Hebrew. The Israelites would not have harvested any grain on Abib 16 either, since it was the regular weekly manna synchronized Sabbath day that Shabuwa and year. They began the annual barley harvest on Abib 17, the first day of the next Shabuwa, after the priests first cut some sheaves for the wave sheaf offering to Yahweh, the Feast of First Fruits. The fear of Israel was upon the peoples of the land of Canaan that year, I doubt anyone got in the way of the Israelites harvesting grain from their new land.

 

Blessings in this upcoming holy day season,

 

Gene Benjamin II

March 15, 2013 CE

 

 

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 5

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 5

 

Ezekiel 45:17 (NKJV) “Then it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel. He shall prepare the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel.” Leviticus 23 teaches us that the Sabbath is one of Yahweh’s appointed feasts, so why break it out in this list of feasts? New Moons ARE NOT in the Leviticus 23 teaching of appointed feasts, so that would explain why Yahweh would break it out in this list of feasts. I believe the Sabbath is broken out in this list because IT IS AN APPOINTED FEAST, BUT IT IS NOT GOVERNED BY THE MOON, like the rest of the appointed feasts in Leviticus 23 are. The Sabbath is governed by the Creation Week, period. There would be NO reason for breaking out the Sabbaths in this list, if they were observed by the lunar month, like all the other appointed feasts alluded to in this list are. We know there are many Scriptures that show Sabbaths and New Moons in the same sentence, and I believe that is so because New Moons ARE NOT an appointed feast day, therefore they must be listed separately, and Sabbaths ARE an appointed feast day, BUT OBSERVED ON A WEEKLY BASIS, A SEVEN DAY WEEK BY WEEK CALENDAR, NOT ON A LUNAR CALENDAR, therefore Sabbaths also must be listed separately. Yahweh is way too economical and efficient with His words to waste time with redundant speech. There is always a reason why Yahweh would list New Moons and Sabbaths separate from all other appointed feasts. Now we know why.

 

Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12 (NKJV) “’Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened. 2The prince shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway from the outside, and stand by the gatepost. The priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings. He shall worship at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening. 3Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before Yahweh on the Sabbaths and the New Moons. 4The burnt offering that the prince offers to Yahweh on the Sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish; 5and the grain offering shall be one ephah for a ram, and the grain offering for the lambs, as much as he wants to give, as well as a hin of oil with every ephah. 6On the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish. 7He shall prepare a grain offering of an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah. 8When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way.” . .  12“Now when the prince makes a voluntary burnt offering or voluntary peace offering to Yahweh, the gate that faces toward the east shall then be opened for him; and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings as he did on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he goes out the gate shall be shut.”

 

In Ezekiel chapters 40-48, Ezekiel is describing the dimensions of the Temple to be constructed for the Millennial reign of Yahshua on earth and the order of worship in that future Temple. Lunar Sabbatarians would have you believe that the above passages teach a lunar Sabbath. Well, of course, I beg to differ. By definition of a lunar Sabbath, not only are the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the lunar month a Sabbath, but so is the 1st day of the lunar month. You could call it a New Moon Sabbath. But I ask you, dear reader, if the New Moon Sabbath is the same as the weekly Sabbath, why are the offerings different for each of these Sabbaths? Just because it’s a New Moon? Possibly. New Moon festival offerings? Probably. But if they are both Sabbaths, which THEY MUST BE BY THE DEFINITION OF A LUNAR SABBATH, why even mention the New Moon, in addition to mentioning the Sabbath days? Why not just say on the Sabbath days? That goes for Isaiah 66 and Colossians 2 also. The New Moon day, day 1 of the lunar month, is not necessarily a Sabbath day, as we learned from Exodus 40 and the wilderness Tabernacle. It’s precisely because the New Moons and the seventh day Sabbath days are different, and NOT TIED TOGETHER, even by definition, that Yahweh mentions them both in these sentences.

 

Ezekiel 46 is NOT teaching a doctrine of a lunar Sabbath, it is showing when the gateway door to the inner court of the future Millennial Temple is to be open or shut. It is not a dogmatic doctrinal issue. How do we know? Look at 46:12, the last verse referenced above. The gate can be opened ANY DAY OF THE WEEK, if the prince of Israel wants to make a voluntary offering to Yahweh!

 

Now here is the ultimate lunar Sabbath conundrum. Since you have to call the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each month a Sabbath, by definition of the Sabbath Law of work six days and rest the seventh day, what do you do with the 29th, 30th, and 1st days of the lunar month all being THE SAME SABBATH DAY? The 30th cannot be a one day work week, for that would break the command of Yahweh, so you have to include it in the Sabbath observance of the 29th of the lunar month, which then ties it to the Sabbath of the 1st day of the lunar month. So where in heaven, earth, or under the earth is the Scriptural FOUNDATION for a 2 to 3 day Sabbath? Just two or three Scripture references would be adequate to substantiate such a doctrinal belief. I have been studying the Scriptures for about 40 years now as an adult and have yet to find one Scripture reference that supports a 2 to 3 day Sabbath. Talk about a jumbled mess of a calendar and a foolish goof ball belief. Truly the lunar Sabbath doctrine is a heretical belief.

 

His grace be upon you all,

 

Gene Benjamin II

March 10, 2013 CE (Common Error, not Era)

 

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 4

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 4

Exodus 31:12-17 (NKJV) “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
13“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'””

In this passage we learn that profaning the Sabbath is a capital crime. We also learn that Sabbath is a perpetual covenant sign between Yahweh and His people forever. But yet again we see the Sabbath tied to Creation WEEK, not to the lunar month. And isn’t it amazing that Yahweh reiterated the Sabbath Law again, right in the middle of instructions on building the Tabernacle? Obviously, He did not allow the Israelites to work on the Tabernacle on Sabbath, even though the Tabernacle construction was a holy work. How wonderful is our Mighty One! This would have been the PERFECT TIME for Yahweh to teach Israel that the Sabbath is tied to the lunar month, but He did not do that.

Again in Exodus 35:1-3 (NKJV) “Then Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said to them, “These are the words which Yahweh has commanded you to do:
2Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”” Here we are still in the instructions for building the Tabernacle, actually on the day of taking up the offering to build the Tabernacle, and Yahweh AGAIN reiterates the Sabbath day and relates it to the seven day work/Sabbath week, not to the Lunar month calendar. Are you beginning to get the picture of Sabbath? It was around BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER creation, and it will be around for all eternity, based on a work week of 6 days and resting on the 7th day. The lunar month calendar is for tying down and observing New Moon festivals and the annual seasonal Feasts of Yahweh, NOT for discovering and observing the seventh day Sabbath!

Now for the coup d’état. Exodus 40:1-2, 17 (NKJV) 1Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying: 2On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. . . 17And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was raised up.” Ok, so here we are about 10 ½ months after Israel had been resynchronized with Yahweh’s WEEKLY Sabbath schedule. Yahweh tells Moses to erect the Tabernacle on the 1st day of the 1st month in the 2nd year of the Exodus story. So, do you see anything wrong with this picture? Well, after repeatedly teaching Israel the importance of the seventh day Sabbath REST, here in Exodus 40 we see them feverishly erecting the Tabernacle on what lunar Sabbatarians would call a Sabbath day! By definition, if the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each month is a Sabbath day, the 1st day of the lunar month IS ALSO a Sabbath day, a New Moon Sabbath. So the question becomes, why would Yahweh break His own commandment of the 7th day Sabbath rest? Well, of course, He wouldn’t and didn’t. Obviously, from Exodus 40, we learn that the 1st day of the lunar month IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY A SABBATH DAY.

So, you say prove it? Well, if you insist. As you know I found the Exodus to have occurred in the 1st month of the year 1584 BCE, based solely on the Manna Miracle, as described in Exodus 16 and Joshua 5:10-12. So the date of the Tabernacle erection project occurred on Abib 1, 1583 BCE. So, what day of the Shabuwa, or work/Sabbath week was that date? It was the second day of the week, or Monday, in our modern parlance!! Now you know why Moses and the children of Israel were not immediately slaughtered by Yahweh for NOT observing a so-called lunar Sabbath on that 1st day of the 1st month in the 2nd year of the Exodus!!

We will be observing Sabbath day rest for all eternity, right through the Tribulation and the Millennial reign of Yahshua on earth. Isaiah 66:22-24 (NKJV) “”For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says Yahweh, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23And 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 Yahweh. 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.”” Colossians 2:16-17 (NKJV) “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Messiah.” Does Isaiah 66 and Colossians 2 make more sense to you now? These two Scriptures are NOT TYING New Moons and Sabbaths together in some doctrinal teaching, they are distinguishing them as separate observances!! So please don’t judge me about my New Moon festival and Sabbath observances, they are but a shadow picture of my Messiah Yahshua HaMashiach, Who is my life, peace, and REST!

His grace be with you all in this New Year,

Gene Benjamin II

March 10, 2013 CE (Common Error, not Era)

 

 

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 3

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 3

Here is the third reason I don’t observe a Lunar Sabbath:

Genesis 2:1-3 (NKJV) “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2And on the seventh day Yahweh ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then Yahweh blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which the Mighty Ones had created and made.” Notice that in Genesis 1 and 2 Yahweh created the universe in six days then rested on the seventh day, effectively creating a SEVEN DAY WEEK. Notice that this seventh day was the ONLY day set apart and blessed. Notice that the Sabbath was NOT TIED TO ANY PHASE OF THE MOON, which by the way, WAS ONLY FOUR DAYS OLD AND NOT IN ANY LUNAR SABBATARIAN SABBATH PHASE on that first Sabbath. The FIRST SABBATH IN HUMAN HISTORY was not a new moon, a 1st quarter moon, a full moon, nor a 3rd quarter moon, it was a FOURTH DAY MOON. To assume any other phase of the moon is to presume upon Yahweh’s holy word. It is possible that Yahweh created the moon to appear in a certain phase for the upcoming first Sabbath, but the holy Scriptures do not tell us what moon phase that was. It is presumptuous to read any moon phase onto the first Sabbath and is adding to Yahweh’s word, which is a cursed position to be in. The first Sabbath would have been the PERFECT TIME for Yahweh to explain the Lunar Sabbath to Adam, why did He not do that?

Now let’s move on to the beginning of the Manna Miracle Sabbath resynchronization project in Exodus 16. Exodus 16:1 (NKJV) “And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.”  Notice that this day, Iyar 15, is a Sabbath, because the next day, Iyar 16, begins the new Manna Miracle resynchronization shabuwa or Sabbath week as day 1 of that week, Exodus 16:13ff. You might ask why Yahweh had the children of Israel traveling on the Sabbath day, Iyar 15, in verse 1 above. Well, quite simply, He hadn’t retaught them the Sabbath with the Manna Miracle resynchronization yet. Now read this: Exodus 16:22-31 (NKJV) “And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 23Then he said to them, “This is what Yahweh has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to Yahweh. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ ” 24So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to Yahweh; today you will not find it in the field. 26Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there will be none.” 27Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none.
28And Yahweh said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? 29See! For Yahweh has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30So the people rested on the seventh day. 31And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Notice in this passage of Scripture that Yahweh resynchronized Israel with the Sabbath about a month BEFORE He wrote down the fourth commandment in stone on Mt. Sinai. Read chapter 16 carefully. The lunar month is only mentioned once, at the beginning of this manna story, when they arrived at the wilderness of Sin. Notice especially verse 26, the 7 day shabuwa, concluded on the 7th day Sabbath, is described without any reference to the lunar month. Gather manna for six days (work six days) then rest on the seventh day Sabbath. Week in week out, without any regard to the phases of the moon, continuous 7 day weeks forever, into and throughout all eternity!! This chapter would have been the PERFECT TIME for Yahweh to teach Israel that the Sabbath must be linked to the lunar months, but He did not do it. We have to admit that Yahweh did launch the manna test miracle on a week AFTER an Iyar 15 Sabbath day. But as you know from Joshua 5:10-12, the manna test miracle ENDED on Abib 16, not Abib 15 in the year of the Jordan River crossing.

Now let’s move to the Fourth Commandment, etched in stone by the hand of Yahweh Himself. Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Mighty One. 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. 11For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Notice that Yahweh confirms the work/Sabbath week again in verses 9-10. Again the week is not tied to the moon phase, or did Yahweh forget to write it down? Notice that in verse 11, Sabbath is again tied to the CREATION WEEK, and no mention of a moon phase is made, or did Yahweh forget to write it down? The moon and its phases ARE NOT MENTIONED AT ALL in the Fourth Commandment. Read it again. It’s NOT there. The etching of the Fourth Commandment would have been the PERFECT TIME for Yahweh to explain the Lunar Sabbath to Moses and the Israelites. Why did He not do that?

Now let’s move on to the Feasts of Yahweh, not manmade feasts. Leviticus 23:3 (NKJV) 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 Yahweh in all your dwellings.” Again, Sabbath is tied to the week, the Shabuwa, not the phases of the moon. And we know from Genesis 1-2 and Exodus 20, that the week referred to is the CREATION WEEK OF SEVEN DAYS. Read it again, no moon phase, or month, or day of the month, is even mentioned in verse 3. The Sabbath is the FIRST FEAST of Yahweh mentioned in Leviticus 23, but it is tied to the Shabuwa, the work week, not to a phase of the moon, or certain days of the month. This would have been the PERFECT TIME for Yahweh to explain the Lunar Sabbath to Moses, why did He not do that?

Now let’s move on to the end of Moses’ life, just before Israel is about to enter the Promised Land. Moses reiterates the Ten Commandments, and even expands a little on the Sabbath: Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (NKJV) Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Yahweh your Mighty One commanded you. 13Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Mighty One. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Yahweh your Mighty One brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore Yahweh your Mighty One commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.” Again, notice that Yahweh, through Moses, did not mention the moon, a moon phase, or a day of the month in regards to the Sabbath observance, why not? Could it actually be true that the weekly Sabbath IS NOT TIED TO THE LUNAR PHASES OF THE MOON? I believe that is the truth, the Scriptures DO NOT TIE THE WEEKLY SABBATH TO ANY MOON, MOON PHASE, OR DAY OF A LUNAR MONTH.

I believe that one of the purposes of the Manna Miracle was to resynchronize the Israelites with Yahweh’s weekly Sabbath and He did just that. Exactly 2,084 weeks over 40 solar years and 1 lunar month, from the Exodus in 1584 BCE to the crossing of the Jordan River in 1544 BCE, accomplished the resynchronization of the nation of Israel with Yahweh’s weekly Sabbath.

The moon was created to regulate months and the other Feast Days, but not the regular weekly Sabbath. Sorry, a Lunar Sabbath just is not supported in the Scriptures. Study Joshua 5:10-12 for as long as needed to see that manna was provided on Abib 15 in the year of the Jordan River crossing. The manna ceased, or shabbated, or rested, on Abib 16, the regular weekly Sabbath that month and year. Joshua 5:10-12 (NKJV) “Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month (Abib 14) at twilight on the plains of Jericho. 11And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover (Abib 15), unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day. 12Then the manna ceased on the day after (Abib 16) they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.” Wasn’t Yahweh gracious to all of Israel? He provided manna until the very day every Israelite could find food in the Promised Land! Praise Yahweh, glory to Yahweh, hallelujah!!

You can find tons of information on ancient cultures following a Lunar calendar, for months, for seasons, for agriculture, or for celebrations, but that doesn’t modify the Word of Yahweh one jot or tittle, not one alef or tav.

Thank you Father,

Gene Benjamin II

March 9, 2013 CE

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 2

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 2

 

Here’s the second reason why I don’t observe a Lunar Sabbath:

Leviticus 23:4-8 (NKJV) “’These are the feasts of Yahweh, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
5On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is Yahweh’s Passover. 6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahweh; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. 8But you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’

Here the Holy Spirit is teaching Moses about the Feast of Passover/Unleaveaned Bread that they have already experienced first hand as our living examples. The Feast was instituted to rehearse, remember, and commemorate the historical events, and to look forward to our Redeemer’s sacrifice and future return. Verse 5 shows us that Preparation Day is Abib 14, the day to slaughter the lamb and toss it into the oven. Verse 6 teaches us that Abib 15 begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a seven day Feast of Yahweh. Verse 7 teaches us that the 1st day of Unleavened Bread is a holy Feast Day Sabbath; notice it’s a holy assembly with no servile work to be done; that’s a definition of a Sabbath. I noticed that in your writings you call the 15th day of Abib the regular weekly Sabbath. That is not true; it is a special Feast Day Sabbath, according to Leviticus. Verse 8 defines the length of the celebration of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, seven days. Now notice the second sentence in verse 8, the seventh day is also a special holy assembly day of no servile work, a holy Feast Day Sabbath. Now Lunar Sabbatarians have a problem. The seventh day of Unleavened Bread is Abib 21, NOT Abib 22. Yahweh was not defining the weekly Sabbath here, He did that 2,500 years before in the first two chapters of Genesis, where He defined the WEEK as work 6 days and rest on the 7th. That hasn’t changed for over 6,000 years!

Notice that the Feasts of Passover/Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles are similar, but not exactly the same. Both are 8 day Feasts, but the first day of Passover/Unleavened Bread, the 14th, is a working preparation day, not a Sabbath. So the seventh day of Unleavened Bread is actually the eighth day of the overall Feast, but it ends up being on a different day of the Lunar month than the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the 21st versus the 22nd. So the Thursday, Abib 15, Yahshua’s first full day in the tomb, was the holy Feast Day Sabbath, not the regular weekly Sabbath, as you proposed. Therefore, Yahshua was in the tomb Wednesday night, Thursday day and night, Friday day and night and all day Saturday, exactly three nights and three days, just as He said. Yahshua said there would be ONLY one sign of His Messiahship given to that evil generation, the sign of Jonah: Matthew 12:38-40 (NKJV) “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Yahshua fulfilled the sign of Jonah exactly, Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday night, Thursday day, Friday day, Saturday day, rising from the dead right at the end of the regular weekly Sabbath on Saturday evening!!

Batya Wootten, in her great book, Israel’s Feasts and Their Fulness, explains that we have 7 Feasts covering 9 days.

Ø      Feast Day 1 is Abib 14, Day of Preparation for Passover/Pesach/Phasekh, a working Feast day. Passover is the first Pilgrimage Feast.

Ø      Feast Day 2 is Abib 15, the first day of Unleavened Bread, a Sabbath day.

Ø      Feast Day 3 is First of the First Fruits Wave Sheaf always on the Sunday following the regular weekly Sabbath that occurs during Unleavened Bread. The day of the Lunar month therefore changes each year. This day is day 1 of the Omer count to the 4th Feast of Shavuot.

Ø      Feast Day 4 is Abib 21, the last day of Unleavened Bread, a Feast Day Sabbath.

Ø      Feast Day 5 is Shavuot/Pentecost and is always on the Sunday, 50 days after the regular weekly Sabbath that occurred during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Therefore the day of the Lunar month for Shavuot changes each year. Shavuot is the second Pilgrimage Feast.

Ø      Feast Day 6 is Tishri 1, Yom Teruah, the Feast of blowing of Trumpets.

Ø      Feast Day 7 is Tishri 10, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, or covering.

Ø      Feast Day 8 is Tishri 15, the first day of Sukkot, or Tabernacles, a Feast Day Sabbath.

Ø      Feast Day 9 is Tishri 22, the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, a Feast Day Sabbath. Tabernacles is also the third Pilgrimage Feast. Two Feasts have two Feast Sabbaths, Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles. Two Feasts are workday Feasts, Passover and First Fruits. Three Feasts are no-work Feast Days, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, and Yom Kippur. A no-work Feast Day sounds like a Feast Day Sabbath to me.

If the 8th of a lunar month is a Sabbath, then by definition and by Yahweh’s command to work six days then rest the seventh, the 1st of the lunar month is a Sabbath also. So, if the 29th is a Sabbath, and the 1st is a Sabbath, where’s the 6 days of work between those two Sabbaths? The Lunar Sabbath is a confused false doctrine.

Let’s have some fun now. Eugene Faulstich claimed he found a unique planetary conjuction around the vernal equinox in 4001 BCE. He then claimed that the first day of creation was March 19, 4001 BCE, a Sunday, (ante)Gregorian calendar, Julian Day number 260167. I wasn’t there, so I can’t refute or support his claims. So the first Sabbath from Genesis 2:2-3, was on (ante)Gregorian March 25, 4001 BCE, or Julian Day number 260173. For fun, let’s use the Shabbat, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 CE, the day before Super Bowl Sunday in 2013 CE. A couple billion people should be able to verify that the day before the Super Bowl was Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 CE. Feb. 2, 2013 CE was Julian Day number 2456325. 2456325 – 260173 = 2,196,152 days. 2,196,152 / 7 = 313,736 Shabbats in unbroken human history since Yahweh’s first Shabbat in Genesis 2:2-3!! And the bonus? The Shabbats that Yahweh used with the Manna Miracle to resynchronize the wilderness Israelites to His Shabbat from 1584-1544 BCE, fit this continuous weekly cycle EXACTLY!! Pretty cool.

Until He returns,

Gene Benjamin II

March 9, 2013 CE

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 1

Lunar Sabbath Rebuttal 1

This is the basic reason I don’t follow the Lunar Sabbath at this time:

Joshua 5:10-12 (NKJV) “Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.” This would have been Abib 14, 1544 BCE, Julian Day number 1157592, a Thursday on Eugene Faulstich’s calendar program. Notice, manna was still provided on this day, per verse 12.

11And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.” This would have been Abib 15, 1544 BCE, Julian Day number 1157593, a Friday. Notice, manna was still provided on this day, per verse 12, so I believe this was the double portion Fri-day.

What I want you to notice, is that even if Abib 15 WAS NOT A FRIDAY, manna was provided on that day, THE 15TH DAY OF THE FIRST LUNAR MONTH of that year, so you see the 15th COULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE SABBATH THAT WEEK, BECAUSE FRESH MANNA WAS NEVER DELIVERED TO EARTH ON THE SABBATH!!

12Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.” This would have been Abib 16, 1544 BCE, Julian Day number 1157594, a Saturday, Shabbat!! This day ended exactly 2,084 weekly cycles (exactly 14,588 days, 40 years, plus 1 lunar month, of supernatural manna provision!) from Iyar 16, 1584 BCE, the first day manna was provided. Iyar 16, 1584 BCE was a Sunday, Julian Day number 1143007. 1157595 (Sunday after this last Sabbath of the Manna Miracle) minus 1143007 = 14,588 days / 7 = 2,084 perfect weeks of the manna test!

Notice that Yahweh began and ended the Manna Miracle Sabbath resynchronization project in the middle of the lunar month, not at a New Moon, nor at the so-called first lunar Sabbath of the month, 2-8 nor 1-8. That’s not insignificant. If Yahweh had wanted to resynchronize Israel with a Lunar Sabbath, He would have and could have done so. Iyar 15 (lunar month 2, lunar day 15) in the year of the Exodus (Exodus 16:1) was the Sabbath in that week, month, and year, but Abib 15 in the year of the Jordan River crossing was NOT a Sabbath day. You could argue that Abib 15 in the year of the Jordan River crossing was the weekly day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, or day 6, BUT NOT DAY 7, because the manna DID NOT CEASE (end, rest, desist, repose) UNTIL THE NEXT DAY, Abib 16, per Joshua 5:12!! Enough said?

If you would like, you can read my studies on my blog, The Second Sunday and The Manna Miracle. Or, if you wish, I could send those to you. I researched about 200 years in ancient history, and the 1584 BCE to 1544 BCE combination of years is the ONLY one I’ve found that fits the Exodus/manna story! I would happily stand corrected if someone were to find some other year combination. Yahweh used the manna miracle to resynchronize Israel with His weekly Sabbath, it has not changed. I sync’d Abib 16, 1544 BCE, with Super Bowl weekend, 2013 CE and the days fit perfectly!!

Also, I really don’t see how you can justify creation week assumptions without Scripture, but we don’t have to argue over any of this, it is great discussion and study material!!

p.s. I forgot to ask you today, have you found, or do you use any calendar conversion computer software? Eugene Faulstich’s program is great, but it’s a 30-year old BASIC language piece! I like www.abdicate.net’s website, but it seems to produce errors. I haven’t found any Windows software to do the research I like to do. Any recommendations?

Shabbat Shalom,

Gene Benjamin II

March 8, 2013 CE