Article by Ron Buhler – www.truthdepot.net
(This article uses alternate Names for Yahweh & Yahshua)
1) The Messiah was/is/will always be the Word of Torah made flesh, and He kept the same Shabbat day as the Jews when He arrived in their midst 2000 years ago at His first advent, which is proven by the complete absence of any criticism from the Jewish leadership regarding the day He observed, but much criticism of Him regarding how He observed the day.
2) All branches of Judaism (Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, Reform, Karaite, Messianic, etc.) are in complete harmony regarding the day to be observed as Shabbat, the seventh day according to the commandment in unbroken sequence since creation, although they differ and are in contention amongst themselves on practically every other issue under the sun.
3) The last 2000 years of AD/common era history are recorded in detail in the works of many secular and Jewish historians, and there is absolutely NO record of any change in how the sequence of weeks is calculated.
In case you’re not aware, some individuals and ministries in recent years have been teaching an alternative way to locate the weekly cycle in time, which in turn calls for the observance of the “weekly” Sabbath on days other than the seventh day Sabbath as has been observed by the Jews for thousands of years. This so-called “lunar sabbath” teaching contends that the weekly cycle begins anew at the beginning of every new month, and, since there are 29 ½ days (29.53059 days, to be exact) in every lunar cycle or month (literally “moon-th”), this teaching results in the observance of their “weekly” sabbath on different days each month, for example, on “Sundays” this month, “Mondays” next month, “Wednesdays” the month after that, and so on. Needless to say, advocates of this view fall completely out of harmony and fellowship with seventh day Sabbath observers, and thus are forced to present their understanding as some kind of cutting edge, final, testing truth, “God’s Last Call” to fallen mortals, if you please.
The purpose of this study is to address two questions around this teaching – is it correct, and if it is not correct, what could be the motivation of those who invented it? In the evaluation of any understanding of Holy Day timing, it is imperative to remember that only the Divine Author of the Holy Days, our Heavenly Father Yahuah, has legitimate author-ity to define their timing. Regarding the timing of the weekly Sabbath, He has given the following instruction in Exodus 20:8-11:
-six days are provided for man to labour and do ALL his work, corresponding to the six days of creation during which our Creator did all His work at the beginning.
-the seventh day is set apart as the weekly Sabbath of rest, corresponding to the original seventh day upon which our Creator rested after His work of creation was finished at the beginning. Please note that the seventh day Sabbath exists only because it follows six days for labour; any different number of days for labour would cause the seventh day Sabbath to cease to exist.
As defined by our Creator, then, one week consists of six days to work followed by one day to rest, for a total of seven days. No exceptions of any kind to this rule are included in the Creator’s instructions.
Since four weeks occupy only twenty-eight days, there remain approximately one and a half days in each month that have to be used up in some fashion. What happens in practice on the “lunar sabbath” program is that the last “week” in each month will have seven or eight days to work between the last “lunar sabbath” of one month and the first “lunar sabbath” of the next month, a positive violation of the Creator’s instructions which categorically specify six days to work between Sabbaths, never one or two days more or less. Some will try to obscure this violation by claiming that the new moon day which begins each month is a no work day, but it is never defined as such in the Torah, so this contention must be rejected. In addition, every second month will have a second extra day in its final week, which makes it absolutely clear that there is no way to reconcile “lunar sabbath” teaching with the Torah definition of a week. It is a false teaching that should be unequivocally rejected by every True Worshipper.
What, then, could be the motivation of those who developed this doctrine? The following thinking includes reasoning based on personally observed evidence, not hearsay, and I suggest that you give it serious consideration. Those of us who observe the Sabbath on a continuous seven day per week cycle have a legitimate question to answer as we give a reason for our faith, and the answer to this question may help to explain the motivation of many of those who contend for “lunar sabbath” teaching. The question is, How do we know that the day we observe as the Sabbath is actually THE seventh day, in continuity with all seventh days in past history going back to the original seventh day that concluded creation week? …. and the answer is, There is only one way to know, and that is by watching which day is observed as the Sabbath by the Jewish people. As Michael Rood has pointed out, written Torah is good as far as it goes, but for the blessing and life of Torah to be actually received and experienced, there must also be a “living Torah” that mediates or channels Heaven’s power into the human condition. This is illustrated by Torah history and instructions relating to Pesach/“Passover”. Without a “living Torah” in the form of the Jewish people observing the festival of Pesach in the Land of Israel, and the Messiah (the Word of Torah made flesh) Who would lay down His life for the sin of the world in conjunction with the Jewish people’s observance of Pesach, the actual blessing portrayed by the Pesach service would not have been made available to mankind. Likewise with reference to the blessings of Sabbath rest; without the witness of the living Torah, i.e. the Jewish people, who have preserved the divinely authored and confirmed seventh day Sabbath for thousands of years, we would not be able to know which literal day to observe to be in compliance with the Torah commandment and to receive Heaven`s special blessing. Please keep this point in mind as you ponder the following observation.
As I have read numerous articles and correspondence produced over the last several years by individuals and ministries that promulgate “lunar sabbath” teaching, I have noticed that many of them seem to have an attitude of overt hostility towards the Jewish people. They are loath to acknowledge that these Jewish people remain the Chosen People of Almighty Yahuah, called by Him with an irrevocable (never to be removed) call (Romans 11:28,29) to be His special representatives on Planet Earth. Some of them are even loath to acknowledge that the Jewish people are Jews, insisting rather that they are Edomites, Khazars, Ashkenazis, or some other brand of impostor …. in spite of the fact that these Jewish people are the same ones who preserved for us a knowledge of the true seventh day Sabbath.
“Lunar sabbath” teaching, then, when viewed against this backdrop of hostility against the Jewish people manifested by many of those who promote it, becomes yet another way for these replacement theology “spiritual” anti-Semites to express their hostility and arrogance. They do an end run around the very people who have conveyed a knowledge of the true seventh day Sabbath down to our day, claiming to observe the “real” sabbath which they have determined without using or needing the witness of the Jewish people, and then disparaging the Jews by asserting that their Sabbath observance is based on misguided human tradition rather than divine revelation. This is precisely the “boasting against” the natural branches of the olive tree which Shaul/Paul warned against in Romans 11:17,18, and if not repented of and forsaken, will result in the permanent breaking off of those wild branches who are doing the boasting (v.19-24).
And one important final point – not everyone associated with “lunar Sabbath” teaching harbours hostility against Jewish people as discussed in this study. Some souls simply have an affinity for new and different teachings, and when they hear “lunar sabbath” teaching presented by a confident teacher, they pick it up and zealously run with it, without carefully considering the implications of the teaching. These poor souls are the spiritual equivalent of Lenin’s “useful idiots”, used by the leaders to generate enthusiasm for the time being, but slated for ejection and removal from the movement further down the road, unless they sell their souls to the devil and imbibe deeply of the leaders’ hatred of the Jewish people and things Jewish. If you are in this category of “lunar sabbath” believer, please consider this study to be your wake up call, and RUN, don’t walk, away from “lunar sabbath” association and teaching. Repent of your flagrant violation of Yahuah’s 4th Commandment, and of your rotten stewardship of the talent of influence. Plead with the Almighty for mercy, before He deals with you the way He did with Uzzah, who also put his hand on the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Words and the Torah Scrolls.
For further detailed coverage of this issue from several sources, go to my website www.truthdepot.net and click on the “Lunar sabbaths, false teaching of refuted” topic. Lew White, the author of “Fossilized Customs”, has included in-depth refutation of the “lunar sabbath” error in recent editions of his book, and has also posted on YouTube an excellent video in which he shows clearly that this teaching is an abomination of desolation – click on the link below to watch:
Ron Buhler – Two-House Messianic Israelite, scribe of the Kingdom of Heaven, Bible student, pilgrim, and stranger