Gene Benjamin II
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. 17“For 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. 3‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of 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