The Real Sabbaths (on the Most High’s Calendar) Part I.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Yahuwah’s Lunar-Solar Calendar-Clock In The Heavens

There is a dark, interwoven worldly matrix system and spiritual veil of satanic deception which blinds the minds of the collective majority of humankind from the glorious light and liberating truth of our Creator YaHuWaH, the Most High EL. According to Genesis 1:14, He created and appointed His lunar-solar calendar-clock luminaries in outer space (heavens) as visual signs to guide us with His accurate dates and times. The lunar phases reveal all of the dates of the weeks, months and years (as well as the times of the four night-watches which are three hours each), while the solar positions reveal the specific daylight times, and when each twelve-hour day-period begins and ends

Unfortunately, most people (including those in Rabbinic and also Messianic Judaism, Roman Catholic Christianity, etc.) who believe in the Scriptures of Tanahk (Old Testament) and Brit Chadasha (New Testament) have been deceived by false doctrines and man-made traditions which directly contradict the divinely-inspired Scriptures. This stems from the fact that long ago, YaHuWaHdestroyed the Temple and caused His people to forget His moed (appointed times/festivals) and sabbaths, due to their continual, unrepentant rebellion against Him and His ancient ways-paths.

In 586 B.C., many Jews (from the tribe of Yahuwdah) experienced 70 years of captivity in Babylon, and the pagan influence of this nation gradually changed the Jewish calendar over time. For example, during the Old Covenant era, various names of Babylonian pagan deities were written as the names of months within numerous recopies of the Scriptures. Our Creator never approved of the use of these pagan names.

This is what YaHuWaH says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (YirmeYahu/Jeremiah 6:16)

This same prophet also foretold a time in the distant future when the Second Temple would become destroyed, and the scriptural (heavenly) lunar-solar calendar (including the dates of the festivals and sabbaths) would be forgotten by the tribes of Yisrael in Zion. In 70 A.D., Rome (while led by Emperor Titus) destroyed the Second (Herodian) Temple, as well as Zion and all of Yerushalem. The destruction was so severe, that not one stone was left placed upon another. Over three-hundred years afterwards, there was a monumental shift which occurred in the calendation system of Yisrael (which has its roots in the Babylonian influence of Judaism).

The main changes to the Jewish calendar occurred many years later, from 358 A.D. to 1178 A.D. when Hillel II, Abbahu, and other leaders of Rabbinic-Judaism, including Moses Maimonides, completely changed and perverted the Jewish calendar from Torah-based observation of the lunar phases (for dates) to unscriptural mathemetical precalculations (reckoning), combined with fixed dates and postponements, all of which are vain man-made traditions.

He destroyed His temple as if it were a vineyard; He destroyed His appointed meeting place. YaHuWaH has made those in Zion forget both the festivals and the Sabbaths. In His fierce anger He has spurned both king and priest.” (Lamentations 2:6)

Whenever His people forgot His sabbaths and moedim (appointed times/festivals),…they officially became lost in time. It is ONLY those of us who RETURN to the ancient paths, and adopt the same calendar that the original Yisraelites used,…who have the scriptural calendar, and also the revelation of what the true time and date really is.

It is erroneous man-made tradition which have blinded many to the light of the glorious truth of His eternal Word,…including the so-called “Saturday sabbaths”, which are falsely-claimed to occur on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th days of the month. This is a direct contradiction of the specific context of the Scriptures, as well as the credible, ancient historical records of Yisrael, etc.

The majority of humankind has forgotten the original method of seeking divine revelation of the dates and the times from our Creator via His calendar luminaries,…and chosen instead to use artificial and counterfeit so-called “calendars”. The world no longer observes the moon for dates, but instead, only the sun. The ancient Roman Calendar was very similar to the lunar-solar calendar used by Yisrael, but was changed in 46 B. C. under Julius Caesar, to a solar calendar.

There are many historical evidences which confirm that Saturn was originally worshipped during the first hour of the Roman day, as well as during the first day of the Roman eight-day week, and also their seven-day week. This continued until 321 A.D., when Roman Emperor Constantine changed Sunday from the second to the first day of the week, and Saturday from the first to the seventh day of the week. So therefore, it is literally impossible for Saturday to be the original seventh-day sabbath, because it has been traditionally moved from the first day of a pagan Gentile calendar which has absolutely no connection to the divine Scriptures.

The image below shows a stick calendar found at the Baths of Titus depicting Saturday or dies Saturni – the day of Saturn as the first day of the pagan planetary week. It was constructed during 79 – 81 A.D.

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Here are the day numbers and names for the late-Julian 7-day calendar week :#1) Saturn, pagan deity of agriculture, and also of the first day of the week (in later times called “Saturday”)
#2) Sun (“Sunday”)
#3) Moon (“Monday”)
#4) Mars (“Tuesday”)
#5) Mercury (“Wednesday”)
#6) Jupiter (“Thursday”)
#7) Venus (“Friday”)Also, it is impossible for there to be a continuous cycle of weeks without end, because there are only three distinct types of days during each monthly-cycle (which is either 29 or 30 days in duration) :

1) New Moon days

2) Weekly work-days

3) Weekly sabbath-days

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None of these days ever overlap each other, as revealed within numerous Scriptures, including Ezekiel 46:1, in which YaHuWaH specifically tells us that the eastern gate to the (future) Sanctuary will be opened on the New Moon/Month festival days, closed during the weekly work-days, and then reopened on the weekly shabbat-days. The calendar of Rome completely ignores the New Moon festival and shabbats. Likewise, the Judaism calendar causes confusion by celebrating the false, traditional “Saturday seventh-day weekly-shabbats” occasionally on the New Moon days which begin the new months,…which is a complete contradiction and oxymoron in and of itself. How can a seventh day be a first day?

The Word is clear in illustrating that the New Moon days ONLY occur in beginning each new month, and the weekly shabbats ONLY occur on the seventh day of each week during each lunar monthly-cycle. Numerous passages confirm the important fact of these days being uniquely-separated from each other, including Amos 8:5, 2 Kings 4:23, Psalm 81:3, Isaiah 66:23, Colossians 2:16, etc.

In Leviticus 25:3-11, it shows that the 50th (Jubilee) year is not a part of the previous 49 years, but rather, is a separate and distinct year which is not counted in the 7-year “weeks”. This is conclusive evidence that a sabbatical cycle does not have to be a continuous unbroken chain of 7’s. The sabbatical-jubilee cycle proves that a sabbatical cycle can be reset, and does not need to be continuous and endless. Within each month, the new moon festival resets the weeks.

The Scriptural and historical quotations below are merely a very small sample of the large collective body of conclusive evidence which proves beyond all reasonable doubt that the dates of the calendar (including the sabbaths) are determined by the moon and the sun working together as one in unison within our Creator’s lunar-solar calendar-clock in the heavens which we are called to observe :Elohim created the (plural, not singular) lights in the heavens as signs (which are seen) to begin each new month, mark the festivals, days and years. In Genesis 1:14, it is written :

And Elohim said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as SIGNS to mark the festivals, and days and years,”

The English word, “festivals” is a translation of the Hebrew “moed“, which means a set-apart “appointed time”. We know when the moedim occur by being watchmen who observe His heavenly signs, watching the lunar phases for dates (beginning with sighting the first visible waxing crescent new moon prior to each new month), and the solar positions for daylight times.

The Hebrew word, “owth“, which is used in reference to the sabbaths (in Ezekiel 20:12-13, 19-20, etc.) is the same word within Genesis 1:14, translated as “signs”. According to Genesis 1:16, the greater light (sun) rules the day, while the lesser light (moon) rules the night. The anointed Psalmist-King Dauwid also had a deep understanding of this ancient heavenly-calendar, and wrote :

He made the moon to mark the [moed] festivals; the sun knows when to set.” (Tehillim/Psalms 104:19)

YaHuWaH said : “My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips. Once I have sworn by My set-apartness; I will not lie to David. His descendants shall endure forever and his throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established forever like the moon, My faithful witness in the sky.” (Psalms 89:34-37)

Even though this passage is mainly referring to the never-ending royal bloodline of Dauwid (from the Yisraelite tribe of Yahuwdah),…our Creator also reminds us of His steadfast lunar-solar calendar-clock in the heavens, the sun which is before Him, and the moon, which is His faithful witness in the sky above, which should not be ignored, but observed.

As the historical records conclusively-confirm, for thousands of years (all throughout the entire Bible era of the Old and New Testaments), the ancient tribes of Yisrael used watchmen who observed the first visible waxing crescent new moon prior to blowing their trumpets, lighting bonfires, and calling for the celebration of the beginning of the new month a few hours afterwards at dawn. This was the case during the first and second Temples in Yerushalem, and they brought their new moon reports to the Sanhedrin for confirmation before a new month was declared for the nation of Yisrael. The practice continued until 358 A.D., when the cult of Judaism perverted and changed the sacred lunar-solar calendar of Yisrael.

The Hebrew word, “Chodesh” is used many times within the Scriptures as a contextual reference to the new moon and also the new month. Likewise, the English word, “month” is originally-derived from “moon” (because of the 4-week lunar cycles), as confirmed within old dictionaries, etc. Time is not linear (moving in a straight line), but cyclical (because of the lunar-solar cycles). Without observing the heavenly luminaries, we become “lost in time”, and cannot properly discern when to meet with the Creator during His set-apart shabbats and festivals.

Within both the Old and New Testaments, there are numerous passages which clearly illustrate the fact that the sabbaths occur on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the month, which are the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th days AFTER the conclusion of the Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) festival. For example, according to Leviticus 23:5-7, John 19:31, Mark 15:42-43, and other passages from the Word of Elohim, it has been contextually-written that the Passover (which is on the 14th day of the 1st month) is NOT a sabbath day at all, but instead is the 6th weekly work-day, as well as the time of preparation for the very next day, the 15th (first day of Unleavened Bread festival), which is a sabbath.

Here is another prime example which completely disproves the so-called “Saturday sabbaths“. The festival of Sukkot (Booths) is a 7-day festival, beginning on the 15th day and ends on the 21st. The day after the festival ends (the 22nd) is called the “eighth day” within the Scriptures, as well as the “last great day”, and it is a weekly shabbat.

Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahuwah: on the EIGHTH DAY shall be an holy convocation unto you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire unto YaHuWaH: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein.” (Leviticus 23:36)

“‘So beginning with the FIFTEENTH DAY of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to YaHuWaH for SEVEN days; the FIRST day is a day of sabbath rest, and the EIGHTH DAY also is a day of sabbath rest.” (Wayikra/Leviticus 23:39)

On the EIGHTH DAY you shall have a solemn assembly. You shall not do any ordinary work,” (Numbers 29:35)

Ezra read out of the book of the law of Elohim every day, from the first day to the last. The Israelites celebrated the festival for SEVEN days, and on the EIGHTH day there was an assembly, according to the ordinance.” (Nehemiah 8:18)

According to 2 Chronicles 7:8-10, King Solomon and the Torah-observant people of Yisrael kept the festival of Sukkot (Booths) for seven days. On the eighth day, which was the day after the seven day festival, (which was also the 22nd day of the seventh month), they made a solemn assembly. The people of Yisrael were sent away on the 23rd, after the sabbath had passed.

Within Exodus 40:2, 17, the Levite high priest Aaron and his sons were inducted into the sacred Yisraelite priesthood and sanctified for seven days beginning on the New Moon festival Day. On the eighth day, which was the 8th day of the scriptural (heavenly) lunar-solar calendar month, there was an assembly of the congregation, and this was without any doubt a weekly seventh-day sabbath. According to Leviticus 8:1-13; 33-35; 9:1-5, they were not to leave the tabernacle during the preceding days.

Esther 9:18 shows us the oft-overlooked truth that the 15th day of the 12th month was a sabbath-rest day, making the 8th, 22nd and 29th sabbath-rest days as well. During King Hezekiah’s reform, the people began to sanctify on New Moon day of the First Month, then on the 8th of the month they went to the temple.

The historians confirm that the sabbath which the majority celebrates during current times is not one and the same as the ancient lunar-solar sabbath which Yisrael celebrated long ago :

Sabbath and New Moon (Rosh Hodesh), both periodically recurring in the course of the year. The New Moon is still, and the Sabbath originally was, dependent upon the lunar cycle. Both date back to the nomadic period of Israel. Originally the New Moon was celebrated in the same way as the Sabbath; gradually it became less important….” (Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 410 “Holidays”)

May we return to the ancient paths, remember what has been forgotten long ago, and restore what has been lost:

Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” (Psalm 81:3)Future prophecies foretell the time when ALL of mankind will worship our Creator YaHuWaH during the new moon festivals, sabbaths, etc.

And from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all humanity will come to worship before Me,” says YaHuWaH.” (Isaiah 66:23)

The people of the land shall bow down at the entrance of that gate before YaHuWaH on the sabbaths and on the new moons.” (Ezekiel 46:3)

The ancient scriptural lunar-solar calendar has NEVER passed away and will continually be used in the future, for His heavenly lights reveal to us the divinely appointed times of meeting with Him. If we genuinely desire to be in sync and harmony with our Creator YaHuWaH and His lunar-solar calendar-clock in the heavens, then we must walk just as our set-apart Torah-based Yisraelite ancestors did, in observing His luminaries in the sky which are faithful signs and witnesses of His eternal, unwavering truth. HalleluwYah!!!

In Him we live, move, and have our being,
Yahuwnatan Powell


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