When I first began discussing this, it was a little hard to grasp. However, the information is based on absolutely irrefutable astronomical and mathematical fact. I then discovered, if you think about it carefully, it is really very simple. I want to know if anyone can see the logic in the following scenario:
A nation of people are keeping the traditional Sabbath someplace on earth, let's say, Yirushalayim (Jerusalem) in ancient times.
Note: By "traditional" Sabbath, I mean they are counting a repeating seven-day week, Sunday thru Saturday and keeping Sabbath on Saturday.
Part of this nation begins to migrate "eastward" around the earth and another part migrates "westward". Although they have no formal "calendar", as they travel, both groups are keeping up their seven-day week and Sabbath cycle faithfully and have not skipped a beat.
The folks traveling "east" will begin to see the Sun sooner and sooner until they eventually "jump ahead" of the day they are on. The folks traveling "west" will see the Sun later and later until eventually they are "behind" the day they were on.
When all of the migrants meet "halfway" around the earth, they will be "24 hours" apart in their respective counts, though NEITHER of them has missed a beat in counting 1-7 faithfully.
If they continue to migrate until the meet again back where they started, these two groups will be a FULL 48 HOURS apart on their respective counts. Again, neither of them has ever missed a beat in their count.
The "eastward" group will be on the "1st" day of the week (Sunday, after Sabbath) and the "westward" group will be on the "6th" day of the week (Friday- before Sabbath). Remember, neither group missed a beat in counting 1-7 faithfully as they traveled.
Also remember, although it is possible to be on different days if one is on the "opposite" side of the earth, this is not the case. These two groups, having traveled around the earth and met again, are NOT on "opposite" sides of the earth, they are "face to face" in the SAME place and both claiming to be on a different day of the week.
So where then is the "true" Sabbath? Which "count" is correct?
Believe it or not, this is a scenario that has actually occurred in the course of human history and controversy resulted (look up "Megellan" and "Around the World in 80 days"). What was the solution that mankind came up with? And was that answer the correct one?
Mankind solved the problem of confusion with the days of the week by inserting an "imaginary line" down the earth called, "The International Date Line", which was know by other names over the centuries.
Now I won't bore you to death with a long list of facts about how the "date line" has been altered several times since it's inception, but I encourage you to look up that history. I do want to give you just ONE historical FACT about the date line (please look this up and verify through your own history sources). One source says:
"During the 1840s, trade interests turned to China, the Dutch East Indies and adjacent areas, and the Philippines was changed to the west side of the date line. Monday, 30 December 1844 (ending up as a 365-day year, despite being a leap year) was followed by Wednesday, 1 January 1845...
"For two hours every day, at UTC 10:00–11:59, there are actually three different days observed at the same time. At UTC time Thursday 10:15, for example, it is Wednesday 23:15 in Samoa, which is eleven hours behind UTC, and it is Friday 00:15 in Kiritimati (separated from Samoa by the IDL), which is fourteen hours ahead of UTC. For the first hour (UTC 10:00–10:59), this phenomenon affects inhabited territories, whereas during the second hour (UTC 11:00–11:59) it only affects an uninhabited maritime time zone twelve hours behind UTC..."
This is what is called an historical FACT. No need to debate or scratch your head and it cannot be "explained away" with a bunch of spiritual interpretations. It happened. No way around it! This also brings up a HUGE question for those who have confidence in the traditional "week" of the Gregorian calendar.
Is the USA out of "sync" today with China, the Philipines, or the Dutch East Indies regarding the days of the week? The answer is NO!
So, if a "Wednesday" followed a "Monday" in 1844 (which means the week SKIPPED from the "2nd" day to the "4th" day) and we are on the SAME week as they are today, how can any person keeping the Sabbath on the day known as "Saturday" have confidence that it is the correct "seventh-day"?
This is but ONE example of many historical FACTS that compromise the theological, and historical integrity of the precious Saturday, seventh-day, Sabbath.
Nevertheless, there are TWO very important points that need to be made regarding how mankind "fixed" the count confusion with the IDL:
Point A: This is a "man made" solution, with an "imaginary" time line! Wow. What if we could only solve the rest of the world's confusion with "imaginary" answers. Why not have an "imaginary" gold mine and solve the problem with the economy? Did our "omniscient", all powerful creator, YHVH not anticipate this could be a future problem when He created the heaven and the earth? Do you believe that it was YHVH who came up with the idea of the International Date Line to solve this issue?
Point B: The penalty for not keeping the Sabbath in Torah is "death". A serious offense. The very presence of such a dilemma in time keeping, especially for such an important day as Sabbath, proves that YHVH never intended the reckoning of the week (or month or year) to be by an "unattached" count.
The scenario presented in "part 1" was not an "imaginary" one. It actually occurred more than once in the course of human history. Again, please verify these facts with your own legitimate sources and due diligence. One historical reference stores states:
"The first date line problem occurred in association with the circumnavigation of the globe by Magellan's expedition (1519–1522). The surviving crew returned to a Spanish stopover sure of the day of the week, as attested by various carefully maintained sailing logs. Nevertheless, those on land insisted the day was different. This phenomenon, now readily understandable, caused great excitement at the time, to the extent that a special delegation was sent to the Pope to explain this temporal oddity to him..."
Ok, but what about how the Yudean (Jewish) religious world responded to this issue. Did you know that..
"The concept of an international date line is first mentioned in a 12th century Talmudic commentary, which seems to indicate that the day changes in an area where the time is six hours ahead of Jerusalem (90 degrees east of Jerusalem, a line running through the Philippines). This line which he refers to as the K'tzai Hamizrach (the easternmost line) is used to calculate the day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. According to some sources it is alluded to in the Talmud (Rosh Hashana and Eruvin) as well as in the Jerusalem Talmud..."
[Rabbeinu Zecharya Halevi, Baal Hameor, Tractate Rosh Hashana, 20b]
SO! Rank Judaism is "aware" of this problem. Did they present a "sacred" solution for the rest of the Torah keeping world to follow? Of course they did! Continuing...
"The date line poses a problem for religious travelers relative to the day on which to observe the Shabbat and Holidays. The Shabbat is on the seventh day of the week which is constant if you stay on the same side of the date line. The problem occurs when a Jewish traveler crosses the line and for him it is Friday but for the city he is visiting, it is Saturday. Most Rabbinical authorities hold that he should keep his own calendar (so it is still Friday for him) until he meets locals for whom it is Saturday and only then would he use the local calendar."
In other words, until you meet somebody who insist that it is Saturday, you keep pretending it's still Friday!
See what happens when mankind finds there own solutions?
In the first and second parts of this article, I have quoted an encyclopedic source that exposes the nature and purpose of the International Date Line (IDL). This source also gives an example in human history of the "day counting" problem the IDL attempts to solve.
To reiterate, when traveling around the earth in opposite "east" or "west" directions, travelers meeting in the middle will find themselves on "different" days of the week. In this part 3, I want to zero in a little more on this issue and provide further witnesses giving, concrete and irrefutable proof as to why the current "seven-day" week count we are currently attached to is not valid:
THE WORLD ATLAS
"The International Date Line sits on the 180º line of longitude in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and is the imaginary line that separates two consecutive calendar days... It is not a perfectly straight line and has been moved slightly over the years to accommodate needs of varied countries in the Pacific Ocean... Immediately to the left of the International Date Line (the date) is always one day ahead of the date (or day) immediately to the right of the International Date Line in the Western Hemisphere... note that Tonga and Samoa have the same time but are (1) day apart, as Samoa is in the Western Hemisphere, on the opposite side of the International Dateline from Tonga... "
Alright, notice that Samoa and Tonga are in the SAME TIME ZONE, but they are "ONE DAY" apart! Huh? If you look at a global map, Tonga and Samoa are between 450 and 650 miles apart. That is less that the width of a State in the US. How can two Islands, so close together, both be at the same TIME on the clock and on a different DAY and DATE of the week?
A simple stroke of the pen! (Josh 8:8) Man draws a line and "presto", your next door neighbor is on Thursday and you are still on Wednesday, all the while both of you are looking at the same sun in the sky at the same time. Look more at the WORLD ATLAS:
"So, travel east across the International Date Line results in a day, or 24 hours being subtracted. Travel west across the International Date Line results in a day being added..."
A "day" doesn't actually have to occur, one only needs to travel across the imaginary line. One more witness:
US NAVAL OBSERVATORY
"The International Date Line is the imaginary line on the Earth that separates two consecutive calendar days. That is the date in the Eastern hemisphere, to the left of the line, is always one day ahead of the date in the Western hemisphere. It has been recognized as a matter of convenience and has no force in international law..."
What makes it "convenient"? This is the point of the entire matter... There would be NO NEED for an IDL if the "counting cycle" wasn't affected by global travelers. The conflicts that arose as to what day of the week it was had no solution. Now, crossing the date line keeps everyone in sync, but as I pointed out, it is a "man made" solution.
Now get the picture here! I don't want you to miss this point! Without the International Date Line, people around the earth would be on DIFFERENT weekly cycles and days of the week. No way around it… This is a FACT! Can an "imaginary line really change that???????????
Is YHVH as intelligent as mankind? I mean, humans didn't even know that there was a problem in the first place, but learned it by accident when the first global circumnavigations took place. I wonder if YHVH, the Almighty Creator of Earth was just as "shocked" as men were when this confusion surfaced? I suspect not. I am fairly certain He saw the problem coming all along. Look more at the US NAVAL OBSERVATORY (USNO):
"Without the International Date Line travelers going westward would discover that when they returned home, one day more than they thought had passed, even though they had kept careful tally of the days. This first happened to Magellan's crew after the first circumnavigation of the globe. Likewise, a person traveling eastward would find that one fewer days had elapsed than he had recorded, as happened to Phileas Fogg in "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne..."
Imagine being on a "different" day of the week than your people when you get back, even though you KNOW you never missed counting. Continue USNO:
"The International Date Line can be anywhere on the globe. But it is most convenient to be 180° away from the defining meridian that goes through Greenwich, England. It also is fortunate that this area is covered, mainly, by empty ocean. However, there have always been zigs and zags in it to allow for local circumstances..."
The only reason we have so much confidence that our "week" is correct is because the "line" is not running down the middle of the USA! But it could be. And how do any of us know for sure that we are on the "right" side of the line? The USNO states:
"Over the years, the position of the International Date Line has changed several times. Until 1845, the Philippines were on the eastern side of it (the same side as the United States). It was on the eastern side of the line because it was a Spanish colony and most
Europeans arrived there via the Spanish colonies in South America. Indonesia, almost directly to the South of the Philippines, was a Dutch colony and most European arrivals came via the Cape of Good Hope. Thus Indonesia was to the west of the International Date Line. After the independence of the South American countries, most people traveling to the Philippines also came by way of the Cape of Good Hope, so it was decided to change from the east of the line to the west of the line. Alaska, originally claimed by Russia, was to the west of the International Date Line because most travelers arrived there by way of Siberia. When the United States bought Alaska in 1867 the line was moved to the west of it. The most recent change in the line was in 1995 when Kiribati moved a large segment of it to the east, so that the entire nation would be on the same side of the International Date Line. As with all other changes in the International Date Line, the change was made by a government with local interests...."
What government "interests"? If you will look up the history for yourself, it will become clear that the "interests" of governments in history were political, religious and financial. Nations obtain power through military strength, political influence and the accumulation of wealth. But no power is greater than the ability to control "time and space". This tactic is one of Satan's greatest deceptions (Daniel 7:25)
The reason the USNO says it is "fortunate" that the line is "180 Degrees away" from Greenwich is very, very important. 180 degrees means Greenwich is on the opposite side of the earth from the IDL. Greenwich is the home of the "Prime Meridian", the World Center of time and space....
Alright folks, this part four (4) is going to really begin to bring into focus the bogus nature of our current system. In review of the previous articles we have conclusively proven the following:
A. The International Date Line is an "imaginary" and "artificial" fix of "dates" when traveling around the earth.
B. Without this man made line, people traveling around the globe would find themselves on a "different" day of the week when the returned home than those who stayed put, even though both have counted non-stop and accurately! This variance could be as much as 48 hours off, if BOTH are traveling and nobody is stationary.
C. The greatest deception and sought after power is the control of "time and space". The one who controls this, controls the world. (Daniel 7:25)
That exposes the error in weekly "days" and "dates", but what about "time"? Is the "time" we are on correct? Take a guess…
The Universal definition of "time" is:
"Movement, plus conjunction of the heavenly bodies (luminaries)".
In other words, if the Sun, Moon and Stars did NOT "move" in our sight, we would have no idea how much time was passing. We would get old and watch our kids grow with NO WAY to measure how slowly or fast this happens. We "need" to know the patterns, starts and stops of the heavenly bodies to understand how "time" passes. (Genesis 1:14)
1:14 And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
In our current, global system, we (humans) DO NOT generally use the luminaries to measure time, we use an ARTIFICIAL and "imaginary" measurement of time. Our system is merely an "imitation" or "mimic" of nature. Think about it:
A "Day" begins at MIDNIGHT - there is nothing happening in space at MIDNIGHT!
A "Month" begins by arbitrarily count at no specific astronomical point.
A "year" begins in the middle of WINTER! Not at the "beginning" or "end", but in the MIDDLE! Whose bright idea was that?
And as we have pointed out, a "week" has no real base for a beginning or end except a man-made "count", governed by an "imaginary" line!
That's where the Prime Meridian comes in. Here is a quote from the Farmer's Almanac:
"The Meridian Line is an imaginary line which runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. By international convention it runs through "the primary transit" instrument (main telescope) at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
It is known at Zero Longitude and it is the line from which all other lines of longitude are measured. This includes the line that runs 180° away from Greenwich also known as the International Date Line…."
Here's how this works. As the Sun "passes" over the earth, a "day" occurs. But how do humans "measure" WHEN that "day" STARTS and ENDS. Answer, The PRIME MERIDIAN!
When the Sun moves across this IMAGINARY LINE, time begins around the world. The Prime Meridian is "ground zero" for time. The problem is, there is NO RELATIONSHIP to when the Sun passes over the Prime Meridian to natural, astronomical (real) "time". Remember, "time" is determined by when the heavenly luminaries, start and stop their rotations and patterns in the sky, not by fantasy, make-believe "lines" on the earth! Look at this quote from the official Greenwich Meridian site:
"Greenwich England is where East meets West at the Greenwich Meridian (0° Longitude); World Time is set Greenwich Mean Time…"
Who decided that?! Why is "time" set from "Greenwich England"? Here is the factual answer from the Official Greenwich site:
"It dates back to October 1884. At the behest of the President of the United States of America 41 delegates from 25 nations met in Washington, DC, USA for the International Meridian Conference…"
The President of where!!!??? Is there now any wonder why the USA is the world superpower? Here is what this "conference" decided:
"At the Conference the following important principles were established:
1. It was desirable to adopt a single world meridian to replace the numerous one's already in existence.
2. The Meridian passing through the principal Transit Instrument at the Observatory at Greenwich was to be the 'initial meridian'.
3. That all longitude would be calculated both east and west from this meridian up to 180°.
4. All countries would adopt a universal day.
5. The universal day would be a Mean Solar Day, beginning at the Mean Midnight at Greenwich and counted on a 24 hour clock.
6. That nautical and astronomical days everywhere would begin at mean midnight.
7. All technical studies to regulate and extend the application of the decimal system to the division of time and space would be supported.
Resolution 2, fixing the Meridian at Greenwich was passed 22-1 (San Domingo voted against), France & Brazil abstained.
The Meridian Line
The Zero Line of Longitude (Prime Meridian of the World)"
Note: You can go to the Greenwich Site and see the exact "resolution" drafted by the council that day as well as all the countries that attended.
Ok, now go back and read that again very carefully! Do you STILL think that "days" (look at number 4) and "time" (number 5) we go by in our current system are "sacred" days that go all the way back to creation?? Figuratively speaking, I hope that Messiah is now rubbing His "mud" on your eyes so that when it is washed away in the pool of these facts and truths, you can see clearly.
Here is just a portion of the words written in the actual "Resolution" drafted in 1884 by the conference:
The President of the United States of America, in pursuance of a special provision of Congress, having extended to the Governments of all nations in diplomatic relations with his own, an invitation to send Delegates to meet Delegates from the United States in the city of Washington on the first of October, 1884, for the purpose of discussing, and, if possible fixing upon a meridian proper to be employed as a common zero of longitude and standard of time-reckoning throughout the whole world, this International Meridian Conference assembled at the time and place designated; and, after careful and patient discussion, has passed the following resolutions:
"That it is the opinion of this Congress that it is desirable to adopt a single prime meridian or all nations, in place of the multiplicity of initial meridians which now exist?"
This resolution was unanimously adopted.
"That the Conference proposes to the Governments here represented the adoption of the meridian passing through the centre of the transit instrument at the Observatory of Greenwich as the initial meridian for longitude."
Our ENTIRE system of time and counting days is man-made and bogus. YHVH did not commission this system, man did. The Scripture told us he would:
"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…"
Many of us have been taught that this refers to the Emperor Constantine in 325 A.D., when the mainstream day of worship was changed from Saturday to Sunday. This is UNTRUE! Here's why:
Even the Roman Catholic Church and the world recognizes that Saturday is the current "seventh-day" of the system week. Constantine did NOT change "time"; he simply changed the "day of worship" from one day to another one. Time itself remained the same.
The way humans calculate "time" began to be changed long before Constantine (kook up Julius Caesar - 46 BC). The change of "time" and the "laws" thereof, had already been established in 325 AD. And in fact, the "Little Horn" of Daniel 7 continued to "change time and laws" well into the 19th century. Above is just ONE of many historical examples. And folks, they aren't finished yet! (Look up "World Calendar")
I pray with all earnest that anyone who has read through all three article can now clearly see that the system of "days", "months", "years" AND "weeks" the world system is on in false. Some have believed that the "week" is the ONLY thing that has remained consistent since creation, but we have seen indisputable, historical and mathematical evidence that this is impossible.
And for those who are keeping a "false" counting of "days" and "weeks" and "time" according to this system, which is NOT traced to creation, it is not possible to be keeping a "true" Sabbath day.
There is only ONE way to follow "true" time. You owe it to yourself, your family and to YHVH Almighty to open your mind and heart to the truth of this, and allow the facts to lead you to the truth… You CAN handle it!
I had this post in another place, but it fits in perfectly as part 5 here:
Since YHVH is the author of creation, it is completely illogical and inconsistent with doctrinal integrity for there to be a divide between Theology and Science. Think about that for a moment... If YHVH "created" the Heavens and the Earth, then how the heavens and the earth and the creatures thereof "work" is HIS doing.
We find it easy to associate Yah with "miracles" and "wonders", but forget that the everyday natural parts of life on the earth are HIS DESIGN. Every time it rains, or a flower grows or a bee stings or a lion hunts or we have sex or a baby is born or the Moon shines or the Sun rises, etc... ALL OF IT was designed by the Sovereign will of the Father.
In relationship to how a calendar is determined, this principle has a particularly important application. The place to begin this aspect of our quest is by understanding what time and a calendar really is:
Have you ever thought about what the definition of “time” is? The Universal definition is:
“Movement plus conjunction of the heavenly luminaries”.
Logical. Without the movement of the celestial bodies, i.e., sun, moon and stars, we wouldn't really have any concept of how much "time" was passing.
The Universal definition of "calendar" is:
"the means of ordering the year by the designation of spaces of time, such as days weeks, months and so on”
Now let's think logically:
Since a "year" is a space of "time" and time is originated in the movement of the heavenly luminaries, what is the most logical "means of ordering the year"? Of course, the answer is "by the heavenly luminaries". The next logical questions are:
Is a month a space of time?
Is a day a space of time?
Is a week a space of time?
If "time" comes from the heavenly luminaries, then how else would or should these spaces of "time" be determined? This is precisely the meaning of Genesis 1:14:
"1:14 And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:..."
Ever wonder what the definition of “science” is? Science is:
the systematic “observation” of the natural world and it’s objects or as an object.
In other words, when we watch what nature does, that is science. We watch and watch and watch again, testing and watching until we are sure of the pattern. THAT is true science.
The experiments they do with chemicals and body parts and cells, etc.. that isn’t true science. That is a “perversion” of science, witchcraft, because they are putting things together that do not “naturally” go together and calling it science. It is sinful.
That is exactly what men have done with YHVH's time and calendar, they have “perverted” it with calculations and traditions that are a distortion of what the luminaries “naturally” do. And because we are so blinded by our own political, commercial and religious desires, we dismiss what is naturally right in front of us and concoct our own science.
The are no "calculations" or "counts" such as 12x 30, or 360 + 4, or a false "1 thru 7", imaginary "date" or "meridian" lines or anything else! In subscribing to such things, we (humans) have strayed from "true" science of time and calendar because the luminaries do not "naturally" move in these mathematical and artificial intervals.
You can dispute science with "theology" all day long, but the truth is, if your theology and doctrine doesn't line up with "true science", then either your science or Scriptural understanding is wrong. Science fact and Scripture always harmonize perfectly. Here are some "true science" facts to consider:
1. A "year" happens when the Sun revolves around the earth (or vice- versa). It takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46.069 seconds. NOT 360, or 360 plus 4. No way around it. This is scientific FACT.
Note : "Hours" and "minutes" as we know them are "artificial" measures of time mathematically concocted by men to measure the speed of the movement. More on this later.
2. A "month" happens when the Moon revolves around the earth. It takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes as observed from the Earth. This is called a sidereal month. The moon takes 29.5 days to return to the same point on the celestial sphere as referenced to the Sun because of the motion of the Earth around the Sun; this is called a synodic month.
3. A "day" is when the Earth makes one complete rotation. This takes about 23 hours and 54 minutes.
Now, as we pass through years and months and days, we don't need to "count" ANYTHING, the luminaries do ALL of the counting for us. We need only to watch what they do to determine how much "time" has passed.
Here we go. The 64 TRILLION dollar question(s):
Why are we using an "artificial" and "imaginary" and "pagan" and "man-made" system to measure and "order a "week"? Why wouldn't we use the luminaries, that YHVH has given us for "true" time for the week just like everything else?
The "week" is already "counted" in nature JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.
When we find out how Yah's creation determines a "year" is how we find the true "Rosh Hashanah" (Head of the Year).
When we find out how Yah's creation determines a "month" we can find the true "Rosh Chodesh" ( Head of the Month)
When we find out how Yah's creation determines a "day" we find a true "Yom".
When we find out how Yah's creation determines a "week" we find the true "Shabbath".
If you have read through ALL 5 articles, at this point you should be ready to know what time and "weeks" are. That is, if you haven't figured it out already...
Well, are you ready? Are you willing to follow the truth wherever it leads? Are you ready to discard and dismiss the lies you have been taught for years and years?
This is no small matter and for some of you who choose to see the reality of this thing, changing will not be easy. But if you are willing and you can see it, remember the YHVH, the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth has CHOSEN YOU to reveal His truth to. So don't be discouraged. Know that you are blessed...
It is time to complete this puzzle. In order to do this, we will go back to where we began to get a running start. The indisputable facts thus far:
A. People in ancient or early millennium centuries, traveling East or West around the globe, counting the days 1 through 7 seven without fail, found themselves either 24 hours ahead or 24 hours behind those they left on land when they returned. If BOTH parties are traveling in opposite directions and meet together again, they could be as much as 48 hours off. Traveling into or away from the Sun will cause this time difference. There is no way around it. This is a REAL life scenario that has occurred in human history (Look up Magellan and Around the World in 80 Days).
The Question: Which "seventh-day" of the week between the two choices would be the "correct" one?
B. Mankind solved this time discrepancy through international "conferences" and the creation of "imaginary" date lines and time lines. This is conclusive evidence that the weekly "count" we are currently on is not from the Creator. (Look up International Date Line)
The Question: If our "week" is man-made and not from YHVH, how do we find the correct day of the week?
C. Not only has mankind manipulated the "week", he has also manipulated "time". We have seen a few very concrete examples in history as to how mankind has "changed" time and law; this one of Satan's greatest deceptions. In every case, the entity doing the "changing" is the political, religious and military World Super Power. (Look up Prime Meridian or Greenwich Time and the International Meridian Conference)
The Question(s): Who is the World Super Power today, and what part did it play in the changing of time and laws?
D. The movements and rotations of the Sun, Moon and Stars are what determine the passage of "time". If these heavenly luminaries did not move, then we would have no idea how much time was passing, if at all. The movement, plus "conjunction" of the luminaries give us a place to "measure" the starting and stopping points (conjunction) of "time. (Look up the Sun, Moon and Stars in the USNO, NASA and the Farmers Almanac)
The Question: How do the heavenly luminaries measure true time?
E. Conclusion: There can be NO separation between Science and Scripture. The Creator of heaven and earth is the Supreme and Sovereign designer of how nature works. The luminaries are perfectly capable of counting days, months, years AND weeks, without the assistance of humans. If your calendar beliefs and practices are not based in the movements and patterns of YHVH time-keeping entities, but in man-made, invalid "counts", then you have NO real way to know you are on "true" time. Since the Sabbath of YHVH carries the "death penalty", we owe it ourselves and families to know for sure.
The Question: If we have no way to prove that the "weekly" count we are on is valid, then how do we know we know the current "seventh-day" is valid?
Most will not disagree that the Scriptural day, month and year are ordered by the luminaries (Genesis 1:14)
"And Elohim 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:..."
1. The lights in the heavens are FOR signs-- The Sabbath is a sign - (Exodus 31:13)
2. The lights are FOR seasons (Hebrew: Moeds), meaning "appointment" --The Sabbath is an appointment - (Leviticus 23:2-3)
3. The lights are FOR "days" (Hebrew: Yome), which can be a generic space of time from 12 hours to a full year. Here is the Strong's Concordance rendering of the word "day":
3117 yowm yome from an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb):--age, + always, + chronicals, continually(-ance), daily, ((birth-), each, to) day, (now a, two) days (agone), + elder, X end, + evening, + (for) ever(-lasting, -more), X full, life, as (so) long as (... live), (even) now, + old, + outlived, + perpetually, presently, + remaineth, X required, season, X since, space, then, (process of) time, + as at other times, + in trouble, weather, (as) when, (a, the, within a) while (that), X whole (+ age), (full) year(-ly), + younger.
The Sabbath is a "Yome"- (Exodus 20:8)
The lights are FOR "years". Notice that Scripture does NOT say that the "harvest" is for years. The harvest may correspond to the years and "appointments" but they do not serve as the primary basis to determine when the "time" is-- There are "yearly" Sabbath appointments - (Leviticus 23)
So, in every way possible, the Scripture indicates that we are to use the "lights", not "counts" to calculate time and find His appointed times. The Sabbath is the most important appointed time because it is the appointment that proves whether or not you are among His people or no. (Exodus 31, Deut 5)
31:12 And spoke to Moshe, saying,
31:13 Speak you also to the children of Yisra’el, saying, Verily my sabbaths you will keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am YHVH that does sanctify you...
31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Yisra’el for ever: for in six days made sky and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
5:15 And remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that your Elohim brought you out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore your Elohim commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
There is only ONE pattern in the lights of the sky the moves in a "shabuwa" or "seven" pattern. That pattern is the phases of the Moon. All secondary Sabbaths mentioned in Leviticus 23 have their dates determined by the moon, therefore the most logical time piece for determining the primary Sabbath would also be the Moon.
Remember, that the Hebrew word for "seasons" in Genesis 1:14 is "Moed", which is "appointments" or "meetings'. This is also true of Psalm 104:19
He appointed the moon for seasons (appointments): the sun knows his going down.
The Moon was appointed for "appointments"! The chief appointment is the Sabbath!
Some people make accusations and say this is Moon worship. How ridiculous! That is the dumbest accusation I have ever encountered.
We ALL "use" the Sun, Moon and Stars to gauge the general passing of time. In order to keep an "appointment", you need to keep track of TIME! The Moon is simply the time "measuring" tool YHVH has given us to meet Him at the appointed times. It's that simple.
The book of Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) reiterates this once again:
31:35 Thus says YHVH, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when the waves thereof roar; YHVH of hosts is his name:
31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, says YHVH, then the seed of Yisra’el also will cease from being a nation before me for ever...
The Moon has "ordinances". The word ordinance here is:
2706 choq khoke from 2710; an enactment; hence, an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage):--appointed, bound, commandment, convenient, custom, decree(-d), due, law, measure, X necessary, ordinance(- nary), portion, set time, statute, task.
What happens if we are not keeping the appointments of YHVH by the Moon? Yirmeyahu continues to verse 37:
"If those ordinances depart from before me, saith YHVH, [then] the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever."
The Moon doesn't make us His people. It is when we follow the "appointments" of YHVH, by the Moon, that makes us His people.
We all teach our children how to "read" a CLOCK for time. It comes natural to us. But most of us have NEVER learned to "read" astronomy for measuring time. The people in ancient times did NOT have CLOCKS or CALENDARS, they taught their children how to "read" the luminaries in the sky! It came natural to them…
If you understand how to "read" astronomy for a "day" using the Sun and Moon, or a "Month" using the moon or even a "year" using the Sun, Moon and Stars. Then you should also learn how to "read" the Moon for "weeks". In this article, I am will give you a "brief" lesson on how to read the Moon for "weeks".
A "week" (Hebrew: Shabuwa) is a compilation of seven days contained within a Month. A friend of mine (Matthew Janzen) wrote a letter that explains how this works:
"We find in Scripture that the day of the new moon is a special day, separate and distinct from the working days and Sabbaths (Isaiah 66:22-23; Amos 8:5; 2 Kings 4:23). This is specifically [and most distinctly] found in Ezekiel 46:1:
"46:1 Thus says the Master YHVH; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east will be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it will be opened, and in the day of the new moon it will be opened.
We clearly see in these passages that neither the Sabbath nor the new moon is one of the six working days. This means the new moon must not fall on a working day, placing day 1 of any given Scriptural month separate, followed by six working days (2nd - 7th of the month), and the followed by the weekly Sabbath (8th of the month). This is then followed by Sabbaths on the 15th, 22nd, and 29th of every moon.."
Breaking it down…
The New Moon day or 1st day of the Month is a separate worship day.... On the 2nd (second) day of the month, we have no commandment, so… we can assume we can work that day. Same with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th… However, we have a strict command beginning in Exodus 20 NOT to work more than six (6) days in a row:
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
20:9 Six days will you labor, and do all your work…but the seventh day is a Sabbath…
The word Sabbath means:
7676 shabbath shab-bawth' intensive from 7673; intermission,
7673 shabath shaw-bath' a primitive root; to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific):--(cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.
The Sabbath is not about a "day", it is about "ceasing to work". An "intermission" or "rest" from your work is the purpose of the Sabbath, not a "day". Verse 11 explains why this is so. Look at verse 11 of this passage carefully:
20:11 For IN SIX DAYS YHVH made sky and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested [or Sabbath] the seventh day: wherefore blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
After six days of work YHVH rested. THAT is the purpose of the commandment. Not to honor a "day". You Sabbath after six days of work. The Sabbath is NOT a particular "day".
5:12 Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as YHVH your Elohim has commanded you.
5:13 Six days you will labor, and do all your work:
5:14 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHVH your Elohim: in it you will not do any work,
You see? A "intermission" from WORK is what the Sabbath is about, not a "day". When do we "rest" from work? AFTER working six days, just like the Creator did.
Putting it all together, we simply stop and worship when He says worship, then work no more than six days in a row according to the commandment. Following YHVH's simple instructions reveals and amazing system:
A. New Moon day - worship day
B. 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th days of the month - working days
C. 8th day - "Sabbath" or "rest" from work.
The next Sabbaths would be the 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the month. The system "resets" automatically by commandment on the next New Moon Day.
Here is the most amazing part!!! It "just so happens"… that the Moon's has phases that occur every 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th days of the Moon cycle!!!!
8th (half moon),
15th (full moon),
22nd (other half),
29th (wanning crescent), every single month without fail! So, there is NO WAY to lose "count" of the days or "weeks" no matter where you are on earth or how far you travel because the PHASES OF THE MOON, keep track for you. Just like the luminaries keep track of everything else!
The theme throughout these lessons has been that we cannot possibly know what day is truly the Sabbath on this man made system given the amount of manipulation and corruption that has been inflicted upon time and laws.
HOWEVER, our Creator YHVH says we are to KNOW for sure. Look:
31:12 And spoke to Moshe, saying,
31:13 Speak you also to the children of Yisra’el, saying, Verily my sabbaths you will keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am YHVH that does sanctify you...
How can we KNOW that the Sabbath we keep is from YHVH?
Because it is set in the luminaries (Moon) where mankind cannot touch it!!!!
On earth, men can draw imginary line, set laws in conferences and make calendars and deceive the masses... But if we only "look up", Halleluyah! We cannot be fooled by Satan's tricks. There is NOTHING man can do to manipulate, corrupt, change or otherwise mess with the lights in the sky!
You want to KNOW the Sabbath you keep is of YAH? Keep it by the Moon (light) in the heaven...
YHVH has designed the heavens to keep track of ALL time, especially the Sabbath. I know those of you who haven't seen this or understand it may have questions. There will be no part 7. I am finished with my work.