Is There More

Is There MORE To “Lunar Sabbath” Teaching Than First Meets The Eye?

Article by Ron Buhler –

(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 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

phone: 905-729-1022 email:

“Salvation is of the Yahudim (Jews)….we know what we worship.”

Yahuahshua ha Mashiach (Yahuchanan/John 4:22)

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6 thoughts on “Is There More

  1. I appreciate your exhaustive study and desire to find Truth.
    Hopefully this is a simple question or comment.
    I find in many arguments, no matter the subject, often to make a point, the statement of the ‘Jews’ being the ‘chosen’ people of God, is used. Somehow this always sounds like Judaism is then the chosen religion.
    However I see a big distinction between an Isrealite and a ‘Jew’. A Jew being only one of the 12 or 13 tribes. Isn’t it true that the Hebrew Israelites are the ‘chosen’ and we are to be grafted into Israel, not grafted into being a ‘Jew’ per se??
    It seams that as part of the renewed Melchizedek Priesthood covenant, I should be able to reject Jewish tradition and Levitical law. It’s not out of Anti-Semitism and hate, but out of wanting to follow ‘the way’ of Yahusha (or Yeshua)
    Bottom line, it sounds wrong to say Jews are the chosen. Shouldn’t it be Israel is the chosen?
    Thank you

  2. I feel must the same way as Blake. I sense that if i choose to not say Jews are God’s chosen people, or accept that, instead of using Israel as the chosen i’m grafted into? Jewish to me is ethnicity, although i know they allow for converts to Judaism. Where as i look at Israel as a Nation of believers, one i’m grafted into, without all that rabbinical law and Levitical law.

  3. First off…..the Yahudim are NOT the chosen, but the whole of all 12 Tribes of Yisra’el are Abba’s chosen people. The Yahudim only consist of the Tribe of Benyamin, Yahudah, and some of the Tribe of Lewi (basically 2 Tribes (southern))…..frankly they don’t have it all together, nor do they have it all right, they are trying to usurp the authority to re-establish the land of Yisra’el, but that won’t happen through them, but through the Tribe of Ephrayim (one of the lost 10 Northern Tribes).

    I do not agree at all with this article and the refutation of Abba’s luni-solar Sabbath…it’s not just lunar, not just solar…..Beresheeth/Gen 1:14-19

    14 And Elohim said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times (mo’ed, set-apart days or times, feasts), and for days and years, 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it came to be so. 16 And Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and the stars. 17 And Elohim set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good. 19 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fourth day.

    I’m sure you’re aware of the 7 set-apart times (appointed times) Wayiqra/Lev 23:2-7, 9-11, 15, 16, 23-28, 33-39..

    2 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘The appointed times of יהוה, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these: 3 ‘Six days work is done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a set-apart gathering. You do no work, it is a Sabbath to יהוה in all your dwellings (this is the 1st set-apart time). 4 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times. 5 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to יהוה. 6 (this is the 2nd)‘And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to יהוה – seven days you eat unleavened bread (This would be the 3rd & is a High Sabbath). 7 ‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work. (Sabbaths are on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th days of each luni-solar month (Moon, which governs the months, and are 6months with 29 days & 6 month with 30 days, thus giving you a 354 day calendar year…

    9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. (this is the 4th)

    15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath (which would, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths (it’s actually complete weeks). 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath (week) you count fifty days (a total of 50 days counted from the morrow after the Sabbath, until the morrow after the 7th week), then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה. (this is the 5th and is the Feast of weeks or Shavuot/Pentecost)

    23 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering (this is also New Moon day, which is a set-apart day to itself and is the beginning of the month….this is the 6th feast/fesival). 25 ‘You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.’ ” 26 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 27 “On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. 28 “And you do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim. (this is also a High Holy day, because at the end of this day, in the evening of the 7th, is the beginning of the Sabbath, the 8th day)

    33 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Booths for seven days to יהוה. 35 ‘On the first day is a set-apart gathering (Sabbath Rest 15th day of the month), you do no servile work. 36 ‘For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. On the eighth day there shall be a set-apart gathering for you (this is the 22nd day of the month, a Sabbath day), and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work. 37 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה which you proclaim as set-apart gatherings, to bring an offering made by fire to יהוה, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a slaughtering and drink offerings, as commanded for every day – 38 besides the Sabbaths of יהוה, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your voluntary offerings which you give to יהוה. 39 ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the fruit of the land, observe the festival of יהוה for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest. (this is the 7th and finale for the year)

    Most will not see Yahuah’s calendar in His set-apart times/days, unless they really search, ask for His Ruach to find these spiritual nuggets/truths….also, all months prior to the time of Hezekiah (II Kings 20:5-11), had 30 days….look at the account of Noah, the number of days he was on the waters in the ark….Beresheeth 7:10-24 150 days which is 30 days x 5 months…

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