Gene Benjamin II
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