Are 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Fixed Sabbaths?

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Are 8th 15th 22nd 29th sabbaths?

The lunar Sabbath issue is basically this: For all months, without exception, the Sabbaths are fixed on the eighth, the fifteenth, the twenty-second, and the twenty-ninth days of the month, as seen in this quotation:

In His calendar, the weekly Sabbath always falls on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each month. (Author not given, The WLC Sabbath Challenge; accessed 12–31–13 at http://www.worldslastchance.com/wlc-challenge.html)

World’s Last Chance also states that no one has been able to convincingly, “Demonstrate from the Scriptures that the true seventh-day Sabbath has ever been recorded in the Bible to have fallen on any other dates than those listed above [the eighth, the fifteenth, the twenty-second, and the twenty-ninth]” (Ibid.).

We have proved in the previous chapter—“Three Months in a Row”—that the Sabbaths in all those three months never fell on any of those given dates. Now let us see the other passages of Scripture that they point to as being Sabbaths fixed on the above-given dates. 

The Healing of the Blind Man in John 9

The lunar Sabbatarians pick up on the story of the healing of the blind man of John 9 which took place on the Sabbath, according to the gospel account, and claim it happened on the twenty-second of the seventh month. Thus it is another proof for them that the twenty-second is a fixed Sabbath (as well as the eighth, the fifteenth, and the twenty-ninth).

How did they find out that the Sabbath healing of the blind man was on the twenty-second day of the seventh month? Here is what they say:

The last day of the Feast of Tabernacles always falls on the 21st day of the seventh month: (See Leviticus 23:34, 36, 39–41; Numbers 29:12; Deuteronomy 16:13–15; Nehemiah 8:13–18; Ezekiel 45:21–25.)

Christ attended the Feast of Tabernacles. (John 7:10.)

On the last day of the Feast, the 21st of the seventh month, Christ stood and spoke. (John 7:37.)

Christ spent that night on the Mount of Olives. (John 8:1.)

The next morning, the 22nd of the seventh month, Christ returned to the temple. (John 8:2.)

At the temple, Christ healed a blind man. (John 9:6.)

The healing of the blind man caused great anger for it was the seventh-day Sabbath. (John 9:14.)

This places the weekly seventh-day Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of the month yet again. (Ibid.)

First of all, linking the events that span three chapters (John 7–9) and saying they all happened in two days (the twenty-first and twenty-second of the month) is stretching it too far. Let us check those details carefully to see if they are true.

They are mistaken! The last and great day of the feast is not the twenty-first, but the twenty-second. Though it is called a seven-day feast, it was celebrated for eight days.

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. (Leviticus 23:39)

Just like there were special offerings for the first seven days of the feast of tabernacles, there was a special offering on the eighth day, as well.

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. (Leviticus 23:36)

Did the feast end on the seventh day or the eighth day? Here is a clue right from the Gospel of John:

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (John 7:37)

The last day is called “that great day of the feast.” Was the seventh day of the feast the great day, or was the eighth day of the feast thegreat day?

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. (Leviticus 23:36)

Here is further proof that the last great day was not the seventh day of the feast, but the eighth day.

The word for “great” in John 7:37 is megale from the root word megas. John uses this word megale again to talk about the great day ofanother feast:

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high [megale] day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (John 19:31)

The word for high is megale, and John calls the Sabbath as megale—high or great.