New Moons And Sabbaths Side By Side.
New Moons And Sabbaths Side By Side.
The word pendant, means something that hangs from something else. In this
study, we'll see how the Sabbath, hangs from or depends on, the 'New Moon',
just as all the feasts of the ETERNAL listed in the book of (Leviticus 23) do.
Throughout the Bible we find mention of the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' side-by-side with the 'New Moon' observance. Is this coincidental, or an indication that these two days are meant to be observed together, and that one is dependent upon the other for determining its place in time? Which of the heavenly bodies do the Scriptures say we should use to determine time? The sun, the moon, the stars, or all of them? The answer to this question is vital, in determining for yourself, how the ETERNAL keeps track of time. Should you listen to the opinions of man [ministers, priests, popes, rabbis, scientists etc.], on how the CREATOR keeps time, or shouldn't you learn about time and how to keep it from the CREATOR Himself?
From the earliest pages in Genesis, containing the creation account in our Bible, to the closing promises of the ETERNAL in Malachi, the Scriptures continually make reference to the moon in the heavens. Although they might interpret it otherwise, all the authorities I have read agree, that the basis in Scripture for the CREATOR's calendar, is found in Genesis:
(Genesis 1:14-18) (KJV) 14And the CREATOR said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; 15and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16And the CREATOR made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17And the CREATOR set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and the CREATOR saw that it was good.
The Creator's Calendar.
A calendar is an orderly system of dividing time into years, months, 'WEEKS', and days. However, long before man's creation, the CREATOR provided the basis for such measuring of time. (Genesis 1:14-15) tells us that one of the purposes of the "luminaries in the expanse of the heavens" is that they might serve "for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years". The solar day, the solar year, and the lunar month are thus NATURAL divisions of time, governed respectively by the daily turning of the earth on its axis, by its annual orbit around the sun, and by the MONTHLY PHASES OF THE MOON in its relation to earth and sun. The division of time into 'WEEKS' and the division of the day into hours, on the other hand, are ARBITRARY ones [especially the so-called 'WEEK' we observe today].
Let's read for ourselves, exactly what is the purpose of the lights the CREATOR made in the firmament of heaven, are for:
(Genesis 1:14) (KJV) And the CREATOR said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
The CREATOR elaborates further on the purpose to the two greater lights:
(Genesis 1:16) (KJV) And the CREATOR made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
As we have just seen, besides giving us illumination, the 'lights' in the sky are also there for calculating time. And, notice, it is not a singular source of light the ETERNAL made (i.e., the sun) but collectively, "let THEM [the sun, and the moon] be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years". Yes, The ETERNAL CREATOR placed his timepiece in the heavens for a reason. He assigned all the Heavenly lights their respective roles for that very purpose:
(Psalm 19:1) (NKJV) The heavens declare the glory of the CREATOR; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
(Psalm 97:6) (NKJV) The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory.
(Psalms 8:3) (NKJV) When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained...
(Psalm 136:5-9) (NKJV) 5To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever; 6To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever; 7To Him who made great lights, For His mercy endures forever; 8The sun to rule by day, For His mercy endures forever; 9The moon and stars to rule by night, For His mercy endures forever.
(Job 9:8) (AMP) Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the [vast starry] spaces of the south;
(Job 38:31-33) (AMPC) 31Can you bind the chains of [the cluster of stars called] Pleiades, or loose the cords of [the constellation] Orion? 32Can you lead forth the signs of the zodiac [Mazzaroth] in their season? Or can you guide [the stars of] the Bear with her young? 33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule upon the earth?
(Amos 5:8) (WEB) Seek Him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night; Who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh [the ETERNAL] is his name...
(Psalms 147:4) (NKJV) He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
(Psalms 148:3) (NKJV) Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!
From the above Scriptures it is unmistakable, that not only are 'the sun and the moon' to be used for time-keeping, but indeed 'the entire visible sky' was created and ordained to be His official calendar, for the purpose of proclaiming ALL of His Appointments, Feasts, and Holy Convocations. In no way, can it be said that the CREATOR uses two different calendars, one for the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath', and a different one for the remaining Feasts and Convocations listed in (Leviticus 23). Despite the multitude of claims to the contrary, there is only ONE calendar used by the ETERNAL to announce His signs and seasons, including His most important feast, the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath', which is the very first one listed.
It should also be quite apparent, that nothing in our present so-called 'WEEK', can be tied to anything in the natural phenomena of creation, that the ETERNAL outlines in the above verses, the sun, the moon, or the stars. Moreover, our so-called 'WEEK', doesn't even flow with the current Gregorian calendar. January 1st (the beginning of our "year") falls on a different day of the 'WEEK', everytime it comes around. The beginning and end of our so-called 'WEEKS' are simply not ANCHORED in any way to nature. This, in and of itself, proves that the ETERNAL's true 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' is neither 'Saturday' nor 'Sunday', or any other day of the so-called 'WEEK', in light of the fact that:
1. The reckoning of time is only to be done by 'the lights in the firmament of the heaven' and,
2. The ETERNAL had a particular day in mind when He said: "Remember the Sabbath DAY, to keep it holy".
Referring specifically to the Seventh-Day, Moses even went so far as to warn us to, NEVER use the names of false 'gods', for the day of His Seventh-Day Sabbath:
(Exodus 23:12-13) (NKJV) 12Six 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.
Yet, that is EXACTLY what the totally corrupted, man-made, church-decreed pagan/papal Gregorian calendar goes out of its way to do, for almost every single name of every month, and every single name of every day, is named after a pagan 'god'!
You see, the CREATOR despises the use of pagan names, even in the context of his calendar, this is why you will only find that days and months, are only counted to, or called by number, anywhere in the Bible. In addition to the lack of pagan 'WEEKDAY' names found in the Bible, you will find the term 'New Moon' all throughout the Bible, and it is the 'New Moon' that every day of the month is counted from. Every day of the month is counted from a specific point, and that point begins with His 'New Moon' which refreshes each month anew. This is why the CREATOR's 'Seventh-Day Sabbaths' always and only fall, on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and the 29th days of every lunar month, on His Scriptural calendar.
As we will shortly see, the ETERNAL always keeps His 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' on the SAME DAYS OF THE MONTH, every month, every year, now and forever! Amazingly the ETERNAL has never used the concept of the so-called 'WEEK' in relation to His Heavenly calendar, as it is strictly a man-made concept who's only purpose is to hide and change His Heavenly calendar, and to make it of no effect. In fact we were warned that His times and laws would be changed:
(Daniel 7:25) (ESV) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Whatever Days You Observe To The Creator, You Can Rest Assured Every One Of Them Is Wrong, As Foretold By The Prophed Daniel Around 604 BC! See Daniel 7:25 Above.
The intent of Satan, has always been to separate man from the ETERNAL. Over the past several thousand years, Satan has been diligently working behind the scenes to that end, through the church of Rome, to remove from the minds of man, the Heavenly calendar of creation that is so clearly spelled out in Scripture. Even though you find the term 'New Moon' all throughout Scripture, you will no longer find it on the totally corrupted, man-made, church-decreed pagan/papal Gregorian calendar, in use today. We can see that Satan has achieved his goal to, change times and laws.
The 15th Day Of The Second Month.
At first glance, it seems that the Bible nowhere outlines a clearly spelled out formula for constructing a 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' calendar. (Genesis 1:14) tells us what source we are to turn to for making those calculations, but there doesn't seem to be any explicit instructions on their practical implementation.
Moreover, arbitrarily notching off seven solar days end to end, which never correspond at the beginning or end, with the heavenly lights, does not satisfy (Genesis 1:14, Leviticus 23:3, or Psalm 104:19). But all is not lost. There are passages in the Bible that plainly show us, how to determine the ETERNAL's TRUE 'Seventh-Day Sabbath'! These passages are found in (Exodus 16).
The generation of Israelites which Moses led out of Egypt had no correct religious instruction or training. It is likely they knew little, or nothing, about the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath'. Nonetheless, the ETERNAL revealed it to them, THROUGH A SERIES OF MIRACLES INVOLVING MANNA!
NOW NOTICE! These Israelites, some three or four million in total number (600,000 men above age 20), came to the wilderness of Sin one month after leaving egypt, and one month BEFORE arriving at Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb, [located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt]. Remember, this is a full month before the ETERNAL gave them the Ten Commandments. These people were griping and grumbling because of scarcity of food in the desert. So the ETERNAL tells Moses, what He will do to provide food for the Israelites:
(Exodus 16:1-5) (NKJV) 1And 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. 2Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the ETERNAL in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger". 4Then the ETERNAL 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 or not. 5And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily".
It is very interesting that Moses should mention the EXACT DAY that the Israelites murmured against him and Aaron in the wilderness. Nowhere else in the narrative of the Israelites' wanderings from Egypt to the Promised Land is an exact date mentioned! This day, 1the fifteenth day of the second month, was so important that 10the glory of the ETERNAL appeared in the cloud before the Israelites. Then, just as the ETERNAL had promised (verse12), thousands (maybe millions) of 13quails came up at evening and covered the camp. So here we see the MIRACLE OF THE QUAIL. Why was this day [the 15th] so important to the ETERNAL, that He made a personal appearance?
(Exodus 16:9-15) (NKJV) 9Then Moses spoke to Aaron, "Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, 'Come near before the ETERNAL, for He has heard your complaints'". 10Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the ETERNAL appeared in the cloud. 11And the ETERNAL spoke to Moses, saying, 12"I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN.'" 13So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. 14And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the ETERNAL has given you to eat".
The next miracle is the MIRACLE OF THE MANNA. He sent them manna the next morning [the 16th], when the layer of dew lifted, there 14on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. Moses tells them to collect just the amount that they need for the day [verses 16 thru 17]. However, some collected more than they needed, and some collected less. But no matter how much they collected, it was always just enough [verse 18]. Moses also told them that after consuming that day's portion, not to save any for the next day [verses 19. But [verse 20] tells us they didn't heed Moses and some tried to save a supply of manna over until next morning [the 17th], contrary to the ETERNAL's command, and it bred worms and stank:
(Exodus 16:16-21) (NKJV) 16This is the thing which the ETERNAL has commanded: 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.'" 17Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 18So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one's need. 19And Moses said, "Let no one leave any of it till morning". 20Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 21So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.
So we see that the ETERNAL utilized many MIRACLES, to test the Israelites, to see if they would heed His commands. Finally, the ETERNAL reveals to them through a last set of MIRACLES, which day was the Sabbath. In [verse 22] we see that on the sixth day [the 21st], they gathered a double portion of manna. Moses explained that "Tomorrow [the 22nd] is the rest of the Holy sabbath unto the Eternal" [verse 23]. And on this sixth day, they were commanded to lay up the Sabbath supply of food, which they did. [verse 24] tells us that, the manna did not breed worms nor decay as it had on the preceding five days! Here was another MIRACLE from the ETERNAL [verse 26], showing them which day is the right 'Seventh-Day Sabbath'!
(Exodus 16:22-26) (NKJV) 22And so it was, on the sixth day [the 21st], 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 the ETERNAL has said: 'Tomorrow [the 22nd] is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the ETERNAL. 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 [the 22nd] is a Sabbath to the ETERNAL; today you will not find it in the field. 26Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none".
When the next morning came, the SABBATH, Moses said [verse 26] "Today is a sabbath unto the Eternal: today ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none".
Starting on the 15th day of the month, the ETERNAL provided food for the Israelites for six days, then on the seventh day after the 15th [the 22nd], He did not provide any more manna, thereby showing that this day (the 22nd day of the month) was a Sabbath. Obviously, if the 15th was seven days before the 22nd, it too was a Sabbath! We can see here that the ETERNAL was setting up His 'Sabbath-Day' cycle for the Israelites.
If the 15th and the 22nd were Sabbath days, then the 8th and the 29th days of the month were also Sabbaths! So here we see the monthly 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' pattern occurring on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. What significance do these dates have in the ETERNAL's calendar? Just this, THAT THE 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' CORRESPONDS TO THE PHASES OF THE MOON!!
The ETERNAL was showing the Israelites that His Sabbath days were to fall on the days corresponding to the moon's phases, starting over each month with the 'New Moon' on the 1st, followed by six work days [2nd - 7th], and then a 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' every 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th day, thus showing that the 'Seventh-Day Sabbaths' were to be kept by THE SAME CALENDAR or reckoning used to determine the annual Sabbaths and Feast days!
You will notice that in all Bible verses concerning time-keeping, the ETERNAL tells us to 'count' from something, to something; and it is always counted numerically. Moreover, all days in any month, are always counted from a 'New Moon', as seen above. This is the only method used to find dates in the Bible. This method is used in reference to years, months, and days.
Why are the so-called 'WEEK' days of the Gregorian pagan/papal calendar ['sun', 'mon', 'tue' etc.], NEVER mentioned in the Bible? As far back as Moses' time and beyond, those around them, the Egyptians, Canaanites, and Philistines, all used special names for their months, and days. Even later, when all the tribes were sent into captivity, the Babalonians also had special names for their days and months. Yet, not one of these day names, and only seven* month names are found in scripture. Why? Because all of these names were based upon the names of false 'gods'. In the context of the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath', Moses warned the Israelites:
(Exodus 23:12-13) (NKJV) 12Six 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.
*Babylonian [non-'god'] month names:
1. Nisan (Their flight),
2. Sivan (Bright; their covering),
3. Elul (A vain thing; nothingness),
4. Kislev (Security),
5. Tebeth (Cold),
6. Shebat (Heavy rains),
7. Adar (Strength).
Signs And Seasons, Days And Years.
There is yet another KEY that translators and interpreters of the ETERNAL's Scriptures have known about and kept to themselves for quite some time. Its discovery will help us to understand the ETERNAL's natural time-keeping law. There are those who vehemently insist [the Jews and others], that there has always been an unbroken chain of consecutive seven-day so-called 'WEEKS' since creation, and they also insist that the ETERNAL has two methods for keeping track of time. For more on the patently false, consecutive 'WEEKS' since creation claim, please see the article: 'The Continuous Weekly Cycle Is Proven False', and 'The Jews And The Sabbath'.
Their unfounded claim is that the ETERNAL uses the so-called consecutive 'WEEKS' method of time-keeping for the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath', and the Scriptural Heavenly calendar method of time-keeping for all the other Feasts and Holy Convocations of (Leviticus 23). They do this by completely ignoring (Leviticus 23:3). We will now take a look at these four key words and their respective definitions, to see if this theory [and it is just a theory], holds up to scrutiny:
The English word 'signs' (Strongs #H226) ['owth] meaning: sign, signal, a distinguishing mark, remembrance, proof.
The English word 'seasons'(Strongs #H4150) [mow'ed] meaning: appointed place, appointed time, meeting, sacred season, set feast, appointed season, appointed sign or signal.
The English word 'days'(Strongs #H3117) [yowm] meaning: day (24 hour period), time period (general).
The English word 'years'(Strongs #H8141) [shaneh] meaning: as division of time, as measure of time.
Regarding these four key words [signs, seasons, days, years], the first thing we notice is that they all relate to time-keeping. Next we see [signs and seasons], have something in common, both are a [sign and a signal]. So what do these signs and signals point to? The definition of [seasons] tells us they point to: a set feast, at an appointed time, at an appointed place, in an appointed season, a sacred season.
The use of the English word 'seasons' which has the meaning: [spring, summer, autumn, winter], is a deliberate mistranslation meant to imply something completely different from what the ETERNAL intended, namely that the sun, and not the moon, was made to define the ETERNAL's Feasts, as the man-made, church-decreed pagan/papal Gregorian calendar does today.
However, (Psalm 104:19) reveals the answer to the riddle of this apparently deliberate mistranslation. There we find the same English word 'seasons' [mow'ed], correctly used SPECIFICALLY IN RELATION TO THE MOON:
(Psalm 104:19) (KJV) He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
In this verse, the English word 'appointed' (Strongs #H6213) ['asah] meaning: make, appoint, ordain, or institute, tells us that it is the moon, and NOT the sun, that is to be used to determine the ETERNAL's 'seasons' (Strongs #H4150 [mow'ed]). In other words, this verse should read: "He MADE the moon for APPOINTMENTS"! Now, just what are the ETERNAL's appointments? The answer to this is found in (Leviticus 23):
(Leviticus 23:1-2) (KJV) 1And the ETERNAL spake unto Moses, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the ETERNAL, which ye shall proclaim to be Holy convocations, even these are My feasts.
Interestingly the English word 'feasts' (Strongs #H4150) in [verse 2], is in fact, the word [mow'ed], exactly the same as 'SEASONS' [mow'ed] in (Genesis 1:14), and 'SEASONS' [mow'ed], in (Psalm 104:19).
In other words, (Leviticus 23:2) should read as follows: "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The APPOINTMENTS of the ETERNAL, which you shall proclaim to be Holy Convocations, these are My APPOINTMENTS".
The grave error in mistranslating [mow'ed] as [feasts], intentionally or otherwise, becomes apparent when you realize that in (Leviticus 23:3), the SOLE SUBJECT is the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath'! Generally we don't think of the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' as being a [feast] per se, but it actually leads the list of [feasts/mow'eds] in (Leviticus 23):
(Leviticus 23:3) (KJV) Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an Holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the ETERNAL in all your dwellings.
The bottom line is that with moon having been ordained for the purpose of establishing the ETERNAL's appointments [mow'ed] in (Genesis 1:14, and Psalm 104:19), the verses in (Leviticus 23:2-3) prove that the sole means by which the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' was calculated was by the moon! The 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' IS an APPOINTMENT [mow'ed], and the moon WAS MADE FOR CALCULATING APPOINTMENTS [mow'ed]. There is absolutely nothing in the Bible that specifies otherwise.
The statements: 'And on the 'Seventh-Day' the CREATOR ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the 'Seventh-Day' from all His work which He had done.' and 'Six days shall work be done: but the 'Seventh-Day' is the sabbath of rest,' are just that, Statements. There is no instruction there as to when to observe the 'Seventh-Day'. For that, you need to put together all the relevent Scriptures related to the ETERNAL's time-keeping and [mow'ed].
Observes Jonathan Brown:
It is well-known that the earliest Old Testament manuscripts available are the Dead Sea Scrolls. Both (Leviticus 23:2-3) and (Psalm 104:19) are extant. There is no variance in the use of the word [mow'ed] for either of those passages between the Dead Sea Scrolls (copied circa. 100 B.C.) and the later Masoretic text from which the King James Version was translated.
(Keeping Yahweh's Appointments, p. 46).
So with great clarity, the earliest manuscripts show that THE MOON WAS MADE FOR APPOINTMENTS, THE FIRST OF WHICH IS THE 'SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH'! This, at the very least, indicates that the LUNAR RECKONING of Sabbaths and holy days was commonly understood by the writers of the Bible. Many researchers with open minds understand this.
The 'Pendant' Of The Sabbath.
The word pendant means something that hangs from something else. Let's see how often the 'New Moon' and the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' hang together as the modern venacular goes. Notice:
(2 Kings 4:23) (NKJV) So he said, Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath. And she said, It is well.
(2 Chronicles 2:4) (NKJV) Behold, I am building a temple for the name of the ETERNAL my CREATOR, to dedicate it to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense, for the continual showbread, for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the set Feasts of the ETERNAL our CREATOR. This is an ordinance forever to Israel.
(2 Chronicles 8:12-13) (NKJV) 12Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to the ETERNAL on the altar of the ETERNAL which he had built before the vestibule, 13according to the daily rate, offering according to the commandment of Moses, for the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the three appointed yearly feasts, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
(2 Chronicles 31:3) (NKJV) The king also appointed a portion of his possessions for the burnt offerings: for the morning and evening burnt offerings, the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths and the New Moons and the set feasts, as it is written in the Law of the ETERNAL.
(Nehemiah 10:32-33) (NKJV) 32Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to exact from ourselves yearly one-third of a shekel for the service of the house of our CREATOR: 33for the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our CREATOR.
We've plainly seen now, that 'New Moons', 'Seventh-Day Sabbaths' and 'Yearly Feasts' are considered one and the same; set feasts, at an appointed time, at an appointed place, in an appointed season, a sacred season as determined based upon the moon. No distinction is made that one is reckoned any differently than any other. They are ALL appointed by the MOON.
Eventually the Israelites fell into apostasy and stopped using the ETERNAL's Scriptural calendar, and started keeping His [Appointments, Convocations, and Feasts] by a solar calendar based on so-called 'WEEKS'. Notice (Isaiah 1:13-14):
(Isaiah 1:13-14) (ISV) 13Stop bringing useless offerings! Incense is detestable to me, as are YOUR 'New Moons', Sabbaths, and calling of convocations. I cannot stand iniquity within a solemn assembly. 14As for YOUR 'New Moons' and YOUR appointed festivals, I abhor them. They've become a burden to me; I've grown weary of carrying that burden.
However, in the end the ETERNAL promises to bring back our compliance to His lunar based Scriptural calendar. (Isaiah 66:23):
(Isaiah 66:23) (NKJV) And 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 the ETERNAL.
But first you must learn about it, and then commit to adhere to it. This article, and others under the 'The CREATOR's Calendar' in the index, go into great detail in an effort to help you to achieve that goal. Shouldn't you give it some serious consideration?
Continuing now, to (Ezekiel 46), we find the same association of the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' with the 'New Moon':
(Ezekiel 46:1) (NKJV) Thus says the ETERNAL CREATOR: 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.
(Ezekiel 46:3) (NKJV) Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the ETERNAL on the Sabbaths and the New Moons.
Finally, concerning the link of the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' with the 'New Moon' we read this in (Amos 8:5):
(Amos 8:5-6) (NKJV) 5When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit, 6That we may buy the poor for silver, And the needy for a pair of sandals; Even sell the bad wheat?
The association of the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' with the 'New Moon' is a common feature in all these verses. They are like brother and sister, husband and wife. The 'New Moon' is indeed a PENDANT, the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' depends on it for its very existence since it is counted from the day after the 'New Moon'. Anybody with an open mind should be able to see this. We have seen many instances where the 'New Moon' (Strongs #H2320) [chodesh], appears together with the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' (Strongs #H7676) [shabbath].
The Hebrew Scriptures clearly declare that the 'New Moon' and 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' have the same requirements under the law, and that the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' was related to, and in coordinated succession within the monthly lunar cycle. The ancient Israelites took for granted that the appearance of the 'New Moon' heralded in the new month. To even think that two different calendars or reckonings were used, one for 'New Moons' and annual feasts, and another for 'Seventh-Day Sabbaths', is simply preposterous.
Have We Been Observing The Sabbath At The Wrong Time All These Years?
The centuries-encompassing debate, over which day of the so-called 'WEEK' the ETERNAL rested from His labors, have not abated. Most of professing Christianity claims that 'Sunday' is the [lord's day], while the Jews and various of the Adventist and Sabbatarian Churches, claim that the ETERNAL set [Saturday] apart from the rest of the so-called 'WEEK'.
This article suggests that both parties are in error and that we have no way of knowing when the ETERNAL's 'Seventh-Day Sabbath' falls in our Gregorian calendar. But the fact is, time has been lost! (Daniel 7:25). However, the ETERNAL, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, left the identity of not only which days the 'Seventh-Day Sabbaths' fall on, but also the method HE ordained for us to keep His most Holy Day (Exodus 16:27-30) sacred. With this vital truth restored, we can uncover and use this knowledge to reinstate for ourselves, the ETERNAL's TRUE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH!
(Exodus 16:29) (NKJV) See! For the ETERNAL 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.
What Must We Do When Keeping His Most Holy Day?
As we just read in (Exodus 16:29), first and foremost we are to remain within our own dwellings on the 'Seventh-Day Sabbath'. We are not to venture out. We are to use this time to prayerfully study His word, offer praise and thanksgiving for all He has given to us, starting with our very lives. We are to use this time for prayer and supplication, asking Him for knowledge and truth. Despite all the ideas that we must study His word at [Cathedrals, Chapels, Churches, Monasteries, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples etc.], and learn from men with honorific titles such as [Apostles, Archbishops, Ayatollahs, Bishops, Cardinals, Deacons, Elders, Gurus, Imams, Ministers, Monks, Mullahs, Mystics, Nuns, Pastors, Preachers, Priests, Rabbis, Reverends, etc.], the ETERNAL makes it quite clear that He is the possessor of all knowledge, and the only one qualified to teach His word. Here are just a few, of the many Scriptures on how, and from whom, you should learn the Holy Scriptures:
(Deuteronomy 11:18-23) (NKJV) 18Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the ETERNAL swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. 22For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do, to love the ETERNAL your CREATOR, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him, 23then the ETERNAL will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
(Joshua 1:8) (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
(Ezra 7:10) (NKJV) For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the ETERNAL, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
(Psalms 1:1-6) (NKJV) 1Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2But his delight is in the law of the ETERNAL, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. 4The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6For the ETERNAL knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
(Psalm 119:9) (NKJV) How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
(Psalm 119:11) (NKJV) Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
(Psalm 119:17) (NKJV) Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
(Psalm 119:18) (NKJV) Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
(Psalm 119:99) (NKJV) I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.
(Psalm 119:105) (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
(Psalms 119:151-152) (NKJV) 151You are near, O SOVEREIGN, And all Your commandments are truth. 152Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever.
(Proverbs 2:1-5) (NKJV) 1My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5Then you will understand the fear of the ETERNAL, And find the knowledge of the CREATOR.
(Proverbs 3:1-2) (NKJV) 1My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.
(Isaiah 8:19-20) (NKJV) 19And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter", should not a people seek their CREATOR? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? 20To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
(Hosea 4:6) (TLB) My people are destroyed because they don't know me, and it is all your fault, you priests, for you yourselves refuse to know me; therefore, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten my laws, I will 'forget' to bless your children. - (ALL Versions)
There is no substitute for reading the Holy Scriptures for yourself in prayer and suplication. Sadly, that's not what people do in church. They let someone else [ministers, priests, rabbis, etc.], do it for them. The only thing you will learn that way is what they know, which is very little, and nothing useful or truthful. If the ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of the universe isn't teaching you, then you are open to being decieved. As you will see, everything you thought you knew about the ETERNAL CREATOR, salvation, and his grand plan for you, is probably incorrect at best, or willfully misrepesented to you purposely, at worst.
Beware Of FALSE PROPHETS And SAVIORS:
(Deuteronomy 13:1-5) (KJV) 1If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you, 2and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, "Let us go after other gods" (which you have not known) "and let us serve them"; 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams; for Yahweh your CREATOR , to know whether you love Yahweh your CREATOR with all your heart and with all your soul. 4You shall walk after Yahweh your CREATOR, fear him, keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and you shall serve him, and cling to him. 5That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh your CREATOR, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Yahweh your CREATOR commanded you to walk in. So you shall remove the evil from among you. Also see: (Exodus 3:15, Psalm 146:3).
Return To The ETERNAL CREATOR The ONLY SOVEREIGN:
So who are you going to believe? Your CREATOR and loving Father, or some counterfit 'man-god' mythology, of an equally counterfit [New Testament]™ book of deception? The hour is late in this earth age, and the time is too short to be
playing attending church. The Hebrew Scriptures [OT] is written to the people of the 13 tribes of Israel, now scattered among all the nations of the earth, who are destined to become a kingdom of priests, a holy nation unto the ETERNAL (Exodus 19:3-7). Read about the ETERNAL CREATOR, and his plan for you. Learn how to please Him and love Him, as He loves you. He is calling. Won't you answer Him today?
Also see: (2 Chronicles 30:9, Nehemiah 1:9, Job 22:23, Isaiah 44:22, Jeremiah 24:7, Lamentations 3:40, Hosea 6:1, Hosea 12:6, Hosea 14:1, Joel 2:12, Zechariah 1:3).
You shall walk after the ETERNAL your CREATOR, fear Him, keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and you shall serve [only] Him, and cling to [only] Him.
(Isaiah 43:3) (TLB) "For I am The ETERNAL YOUR CREATOR, YOUR SAVIOR, the Holy One of Israel.
(Isaiah 44:8) (NCV) Don't be afraid! Don't worry! I have always told you what will happen. You are my witnesses. There is no other CREATOR but me. I know of no other Rock; I am the only One.
(Isaiah 44:24) (HCSB) This is what the ETERNAL, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb, says: I am Yahweh, who made everything; who stretched out the heavens by Myself; who alone spread out the earth;
(Isaiah 45:21) (WEB) Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I Yahweh? and there is no CREATOR else beside me; a just CREATOR and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
(Hosea 13:4) (KJV) Yet I am the ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no CREATOR but Me; for there is no Savior besides Me".
(Joshua 24:14-15) (NKJV) 14Now therefore, fear the ETERNAL, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the 'gods' which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the ETERNAL! 15And if it seems evil to you to serve the ETERNAL, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the 'gods' which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the 'gods' of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the ETERNAL.
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