Lunar Sabbath Lie

 

We know that the biggest deception is  yet in the future—when Satan impersonates Christ. Why does Satan do so? He does it in a desperate attempt to get one class of people who have not been a prey to his guile. They are ready to receive the seal of the living God and to be declared secure for eternity. He wants to have a last go at them.

In vivid details the Pen of Inspiration lays down this warning message:

As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. . . . he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. (Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 624)

We are warned about great perplexity and confusion creeping in as a part of the enemy’s strategy to derail the precious faith of the saints:

The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect….Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 80)

God will purge His church, and He has many ways to do it. We are told one way is by the introduction of false doctrines:

When the shaking comes, by the introduction of false theories, these surface readers, anchored nowhere, are like shifting sand. They slide into any position to suit the tenor of their feelings of bitterness. (Ellen White, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 112)

When Does a Day Begin?

We say a biblical day begins at sunset. The day is from sunset to sunset. The lunar Sabbatarians say a biblical day begins at sunrise. They say the day is from sunrise to sunrise.

 

 

Let Us Investigate

What is mentioned first in the first chapter of the Genesis creation record—darkness or light?

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. (Genesis 1:2)

Darkness was there even before the light was introduced. Logically speaking, the light that came later cannot be placed ahead of darkness in regard to time. That is exactly what the word of God says about each creation day—darkness first, light next.

God then proceeds to make two distinct periods of time where previously only one—darkness— existed:

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:3, 4)

God then names those two periods of time:

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. (Genesis 1:5)

So, “light” and “day” are synonyms, and “darkness” and “night” are synonyms.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:5)

The New Moon and Translation Day

 
 

Before continuing our study, we want to present Dr. Siegfried H. Horn’s research on the month, as presented in the The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary:

A division of the year derived from the period required by the moon to pass through its 4 phases, as from one new moon to the next. Since the time of the moon’s circuit around the earth is neither an exact number of days nor a commensurable part of the year—its synodical revolution, approximately 29 1/2 days—a calendar month must be either a variable or an artificial period.

The Hebrew month was lunar, beginning with the evening on which the crescent moon appeared. The 1st day of the month was called the new moon (see 1 Sa 20:24–27), and was a day of special observances (see Num 10:10; 1 Sa 28:11–15). At first, visual observation was used to determine the appearance of the crescent. If the crescent was seen on the evening following the 29th day of the month, a new month had begun; if not, another day was added so that that particular month had 30 days (a month never had more than 30 days). Later, methods of calculation were devised by which it could be known in advance whether a given month should have 29 or 30 days. Jewish tradition tells of the method of examining at Jerusalem witnesses who claimed to have seen the crescent, to determine whether they had actually seen it or not. It tells also of fire signals that were used to announce the beginning of the new month to the outlying areas.

Two or Three Categories of Days

 

If there are three categories of days—new moon days, six work days, and Sabbath days—then the possibility of Sabbaths being fixed on the eighth, the fifteenth, the twenty-second, and the twenty-ninth of every lunar month is feasible.

But if there are only two categories of days (six work days and the seventh-day Sabbath), then the lunar Sabbath theory falls apart!

The lunar Sabbatarians say that there are three distinct categories of days. They quote Ezekiel 46:1:

Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

Does the Moon Regulate the Weekly Sabbaths?

 

 

It is argued by the lunar Sabbatarians that the weekly Sabbath is regulated by the moon. They compare a few texts and come to this conclusion. Let us investigate their view.

From Scripture we find that the Sabbath is the seventh day of the Creator’s week and that there is a luminary that regulates the appointed times, including the Sabbath (Genesis 1:14, Psalm 104:19, Leviticus 23:1-3). (Troy Miller, The Moon Regulates the Weekly Sabbath, p. 2; emphasis in original; accessed 11-4-13 at www.creationcalendar.com under the link entitled “Proof from Genesis One that the Sabbath is regulated by the moon!”)

Let us look at those texts and see what connections they are making.

And God 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. (Genesis 1:14)

He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. (Psalm 104:19)