ANCIENT LUNAR SABBATH
Over the course of hundreds of years many alterations have been made to I AM (God) original time. Due to this, appointed Holy times have been forgotten, or changed drastically by man. Uninspired changes to I AM (God) times and seasons has already been prophesied in the book of Daniel and up to very last end of time many will be found guilty with the lawless ones.
What is the definition of time?
Time is the movement plus conjunction of the heavenly bodies.
What heavenly bodies did Yah give to help us determine His time?
And I AM (God) said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days, and years: Genesis 1:14
And I AM (God) made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:16
Note: There are only two great lights in the firmament of the heaven as we know of today, and that is the sun and moon.
What is a day?
And I AM (God) called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:5
Note: In reference to the scripture I AM (God) places evening first as the start of a new day.
How many hours are in a day?
And Yasha (Saviour) answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth because there is no light in him. John 11:9,10
Note: In reference to scripture the Son of Yah states, part of a day consists of twelve hours of light. There is a difference in Yasha (Saviour) reference to the day, for He is specifically talking about light of the day and not a whole day. If there are twelve hours in the day, there are twelve hours in the night. Remember Yah divided the day from the night. Genesis 1:14
"The day", consists of a specific portion of light in a day (12 hours). (Example. I sleep in the day)
"A day", consists of a whole day ( 24 hours). (Example. I slept for a day)
It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. Leviticus 23:32.
Note: Yah's pattern of time is circular. If it begins when it is dark, it ends when it is dark. A complete 24 hour cycle (Even unto Even)
When is the Sabbath Day?
Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy; six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but THE seventh day is THE sabbath of I Am (God): in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thou daughter, thy manservant , nor thou maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days I AM (God) made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested THE seventh, wherefore I AM (God) blessed THE sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11
Note: The sabbath is every seven days between a lunar (New Moon) cycle, after 24 hours of conjunction of the sun and moon (dark moon). The scriptures says, remember THE Sabbath Day, to keep it holy, Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; But THE seventh day is THE Sabbath of Yah thy Father: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days Yah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested THE seventh day: wherefore Yah blessed THE Sabbath day, and hallowed it, Exodus 20:8-11. I have capitalized this word "THE" in this scripture. THE, is definitely specific in relation to something... and this something is THE Sabbath and THE seventh day. This eliminates everybody's Sabbaths and everybody's seventh day, because Yah has appointed one day and one time for the Sabbath. it is not possible to keep THE seventh day, if man did it on their own watch... THE seventh day is only 24 hours from it's going forth.
When does the Sabbath Begin?
And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark, before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath, Nehemiah 13:19.
And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Mark 15:42.
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun, Mark 16:1,2.
Note: As you see stated in the scripture it was after the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark, the sabbath would began, not at sunrise, or dawn, as some believe. It also shows the connection of evening coming and preparation day. Yahsha was taken down from the cross and buried at evening during the preparation day, that is, the day before sabbath. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came with spices after the sabbath passed, very early in the morning and at the rising of the sun to anoint Yahsha. If some say sabbath begins at dawn, then why was the two Mary's at the sepulchre at the rising of the sun (dawn). Beware, it is a lie! The sabbath always begins in the evening as a new day? Remember from creation, the darkness of a day was already there before light came.
Is has been asked, if the 7th day is the sabbath how is the sabbath counted from the New Moon if it was created on the 4th Day?
Note: The moon is just an object selected by Yah to be our time keeper, Genesis 1:14. The scripture says He appointed the moon for seasons. Psalm 104:19. He knows, we need to know. You can also read the Apocrypha, and it also testifies to the use of the Moon, Sirach 43:6-8.
Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Well, light was created on the first day, so the moon on the 4th day reflected the phase that it would look like for that day. It is the light that gives the moon its significance and not the moon of itself. The sun and moon are objects given to us as signs to reflect time. Man was created on the six day, so the light reflection on the moon on the six day increased 3.5%. On the 7th Day the light reflections on the moon was at a quarter of its light source.
The scripture says, let there be light in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and seasons, and for days, and years, Genesis 1:14 So that means Adam and Eve, perfectly knew when the Sabbath occurred and was obedient to Yah, or else they would have been put out of the garden way before Adam and Eve transgressed at the tree. Now, it looks like to me they got it right. Sabbath breaking would have been the first offense to get them kicked right out of the garden, and not for disobedience from eating from the forbidden tree.
What place in the world is the sabbath and feast times supposed to be reckoned from?
And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with Jews. When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will retrun again unto you, if I AM (God) will. And he sailed from Ephesus. Act 18:19-21
Blessed be I AM (God) out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye I AM (God). Psalms 135:21.
Note: How can someone keep Yah's Holy feast days and 7th day sabbath of rest while the people remain scattered in different parts of the world. This question has become the focal point of debate, contention and confusion amongst believers around the world for many years. Yah has not removed His landmark Jerusalem, as His chosen watch. To this fact He has set Jerusalem in the midst of all nations to be a beacon. We worship Yah nor yet at Jerusalem, but in spirit and truth. When the 7th day sabbath begins in the evening at Jerusalem, it begins for all nations of the world at that moment, no matter where one finds themselves on their clock. Remember there's only one watch. What watch is the master of the house using?
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. Mark 13:35,36
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him, Matthew 25:6.
And it shall come to pass in that DAY, saith Yah, that I will cause the sun to go down at NOON, and I will darken the earth in the clear day, Amos 8:9.
Note: In all these instances what watch (time zone) is Yah using if He says at noon on a specific day He is going to cause the sun to go down? I think you know the answer. Just because we as His people are no longer in our land doesn't mean He has changed His appointed times. The Beast will do that, and the mystery of iniquity is already in the works.
How many months are in a year?
Note: Once again Satan is at work with all deceivableness and wickedness. For those he can confuse he uses them to change times and seasons. No where in the Bible states that a year consists of thirteen months, nor can you find scripture mentioning a thirteen month. This addition of a thirteen month is man's invention, and not of Yah. We have not be given authority to change the word of Yah. Let us look at the tree of life, which is also a tree of time to help us understand that Yah has not changed the cycle of the year.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits (plural): and yielded her fruit (singular) every month: and the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2
Note: This tree of life is the same tree that was in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and once again it is restored in the New Jerusalem. We see here a tree which produces twelve different type of fruits (plural). One type of fruit (singular) is produced every month. Twelve fruits twelve months. Every month the saints would know that a new month has come by the changing of the fruit.
How many seasons did I AM (God) make?
Note: To come to the correct understanding of what a true biblical season is, we would have to go back to the scriptures to determine this.
While the day remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and hot, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22
The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. Psalms 74:16, 17
Note: As we see here seedtime and harvest is connected with summer and winter seasons: but many have changed the times and seasons to spring and fall. The beginning and end of the feast year is no longer set to summer and winter. What I mean by that is feast no longer align with the seasons he had created in the beginning. As sin and transgression of man progressed, feast are no longer in obedience to the seasons. They transgress its order yearly and rotate outside of the realm of the summer and winter solstices. Feast were connected to solstices and not the equinoxes. Yah has created the solstice phenomenon, and he sets the borders of the year and not man. Man have changed the seasons, but as mentioned above Yah says, it shall not cease. So now the feast dates are tentatively calculated by default from Revelation 12, Jubilees and the 70 year prophecy? Yah has not corrected me on these dates, so I believe they are correct by faith. We are not accountable for what is not revealed, but I do know the feast are incorrectly calculated.
A Solstice Phenomenon In The sky
Has I AM (God) given us a sign to determine when the year begins and end?
Who taught the sun where to stand in it's orbit? Who told the ocean you can only come this far, and who showed the moon when to rise and capture the sun's light in the evening? An almighty Yah declares His handy work shrouded in a mystery and insignificant to many to further investigate the very truths into the appointed order of the luminaries in the sky. Written in the book of Genesis, they are to be "for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." Genesis 1:14. Since ancient times people have followed the movement of sun as it rises and sets and incremently changing its position throughout the year. As a result seasonal feast at the beginning and ending of the year can be determined as appointed by Yah.
He has appointed to us summer and winter in connection with seedtime and harvest. At this appointed season He has given us a sign in the changing of the seasons. The seasonal movement of the sun and moon paths, as seen from the earth, comes to a stop, or stand still. We know this astronomical event as a solstice. Derived from the Latin roots to mean "sun stands still", because at the solstices the sun and moon has reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon at solar noon before reversing directions. At the summer solstice (stand Still) the sun is located above your head and the moon directly opposite below, under your feet. A sign also depicted in Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a women clothed with the sun and the moon (any phase of the moon) under her feet. This sign only happens during the 7th New Moon (a.k.a 7th Month) at year's end when the harvest is ending (Ancient illustration of the 7th New Moon). The most important understanding of this sign is not to determine the phase of the moon, but the connection of Israel in complete alignment to this symbolic sign. A phenomenon only God (I AM) can orchestrate and not the act of paganism. For He regulates His calendar according the heavenly bodies position in His orbit. Many will err regarding God (I AM) appointed order; due to this they will fail to understand prophetic appointed times.
Facts about this solstice phenomenon
SUMMER SUN AND MOON PATH (Solstice)
1. The path of the sun during the summer reaches it's highest annual altitude at solar noon at 81.7o in the Northern Hemisphere.
2. The sun rises and sets at the same altitude for several days before reversing directions.
3. The stars also rise and set at the same locations for several days.
4. The daylight hours are longer and reaches it's longest time towards the beginning of the summer solstice for several days before reversing directions.
5. The 7th month is the new moon that comes when the sun reaches it's highest altitude at solar noon.
6. It takes two solstices to complete a circuit. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and His circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat (summer). Psalms 19:6
WINTER SUN AND MOON PATH
1. The path of the sun during the winter reaches it's lowest annual altitude at solar noon at 34.8o in the Southern Hemisphere.
2. The sun rises and sets at the same altitude for several days before reversing directions.
3. The stars also rise and sets at the same location for several days.
4. The daylight hours are shorter and reaches it's shortest time towards the beginning of the winter solstice for several days before reversing directions.
5. The 1st month is the new moon closest to when the sun reachest it's lowest altitude at solar noon 34.8o