The Count to Pentecost
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The Count to Pentecost

The Count to Pentecost

We believe that the count to Pentecost that begins on the sixteenth of the first month ends on the fiftieth day. But some of the lunar Sabbatarians believe it’s a fifty-three-day count, and some of them believe it a one- hundred-three-day count.

Pentecost means fifty. So that settles the matter. But why are they saying fifty-three days or one-hundred-three-days?

If Pentecost is exactly fifty days from the first fruits (sixteenth of Abib), then this is the biggest blow to the lunar Sabbath theory! This will prove that the weeks are continuous, unbroken cycles uninterrupted by the new moon. That is why they had to come up with figures other than fifty days.

Here is the biblical passage that says how many days after the first fruits is the feast of Pentecost.

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15)

There is no disagreement between us and any of the lunar Sabbatarians as to when it starts. All are in agreement that it starts on the sixteenth of the first month. The difference is when it ends.

One-hundred-three-day count?

One of the lunar Sabbatarian camps says it is two counts to Pentecost while the other lunar Sabbath camp say it’s just one count, like we do. Let us first see if the two counts are true.

There are two parts or two counts that must be made before Pentecost can be “fully come.” In addition to the 7 Sabbaths complete, we need to add 50 days, not just add one day for a total of 50 days. (Troy Miller, “The Scriptural Count to Feast of Weeks when Pentecost really is ‘Fully Come,’” p. 1; accessed 12-8-13 at http://www.google.com/url? sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.creationcalendar.com%2FCalendarIssue%2F17FeastOfWeeksSDA.pdf&ei=PCmlUoOXI5H8oASzv4GoCg&usg=AFQjCNG7VBemdK3yQxzOoWFTlYl9OAIPkw&sig2=Oc_EoMC9yOGHiUQI-uEZb w)

Let us look at the passage of scripture again, where they say we need to add the two counts:

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15)

In addition to the 7 Sabbaths complete, we need to add 50 days . . . (Miller, Ibid.)

That will be around one hundred days! What we are told in Leviticus 23:15 is that after seven Sabbaths complete (forty-nine days), the next day, the fiftieth day, is the feast; but what they are saying is after seven Sabbaths complete from the next day add fifty days to arrive at the feast.

This two-count theory can easily be proved wrong by comparing other passages of this same feast.

Moses, the same author of Leviticus, wrote Deuteronomy, as well. Here Moses uses the phrase “seven weeks” instead of the phrase “seven Sabbaths complete,” for they are the same length.

Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God . . . (Deuteronomy 16:9, 10)

There is only one count—“seven weeks”—then comes the feast the next day which is the fiftieth day. So the book of Deuteronomy proves that there is only one count to the feast of weeks which in the New Testament is called Pentecost, meaning fifty days.

Look at the illustration given to the two-count theory:

The most salient point here is that a “Sabbath complete” is one yardstick to measure time, a “day” is an entirely different yardstick. I am five feet, nine inches tall. Two separate units of measure are used. You don’t measure the five feet from my heels then turn around and measure the nine inches from my heels too. You add the nine inches after the 12 inch of the fifth foot. Pentecost also has two separate units of measure. Seven weeks are counted or completed and then the 50 days are counted. If I am 5’9”, this count is 7 feet, 50 inches (so to speak). There is no command in Leviticus 23 to begin the 50 day count at the same time as the seven week count begins, it says to number 50 days from the morrow AFTER the seventh Sabbath complete. (Miller, Ibid., pp. 1, 2)

That is an irrational illustration. No one says he is 7 feet 50 inches. A foot is twelve inches. If someone is 7 feet 13 inches, we don’t say it that way at all. We say he is 8 feet 1 inch. That measurement (of 7 feet 50 inches) would be told as 11 feet 2 inches and not as 7 feet 50 inches (50 inches is 4 feet 2 inches). Only someone who intends to trick us uses such methods of measurement. And God is not in the business of tricking anyone!

An additional proof from the New Testament that Pentecost could never be close to one hundred days is that we know Jesus’ resurrection was the fulfillment of the first fruit, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of the feast of weeks or Pentecost.

In the book of Acts, we are told that Jesus spent forty days with His disciples after His resurrection and then ascended to heaven.

To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: (Acts 1:3)

The same author, a few chapters later, calls the period of forty days “many days”:

But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. (Acts 13:30, 31)

Now let’s see when Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit.

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:5)

If forty days is “many days,” then “not many days” should be less than forty days, right? This calculation again proves that Pentecost comes a little time after forty days (i.e., fiftieth day) but definitely not close to hundred days!

Fifty-three or a fifty day count?

Now we are left with only one challenge—is Pentecost fifty days or fifty-three days?

Different parts of scripture use different yardsticks to count the same feast. The account of Leviticus uses the yardstick of the Sabbaths, the account of Deuteronomy uses the yardstick of the weeks, and the account of Acts uses the yardstick of the days.

The Leviticus narration: 

Seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days . . . (Leviticus 23:15, 16)

The day after seven Sabbaths are complete (7x7=49 days, plus 1 more) is the feast—that is the fiftieth day.

The Deuteronomy narration:

Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee . . . And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God . . . (Deuteronomy 16:9, 10)

That is after seven weeks (7x7=49 days) is the feast—that is the fiftieth day.

The Acts narration:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)

How do we know that the word pentecost is fifty? When we compare other words where fifty is recorded, it becomes clear from the Bible itself.

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty [pentekonta] years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? (John 8:57)

The word translated fifty in John 8:57 is pentekonta. And the “day of Pentecost” in Acts 2 is pentekoste. The lunar Sabbatarians agree that Pentecost is the fiftieth day.

Luke mentions in the book of Acts two periods after the resurrection of Jesus to the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The first is the forty days Christ spent with the disciples after his resurrection (Acts 1:3), and the second is from the resurrection of Jesus to the coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost (Acts 2:1).

When a figure is given in days everyday in the month is included—work days, Sabbath days and new moon days, etc. Here is an example: In the flood of Noah we have this clearly demonstrated. The Bible states that it took one hundred fifty days for the waters to decrease.

And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. (Genesis 8:3)

Now Moses gives the starting point and the ending point of the one hundred fifty days.

Starting date:

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Genesis 7:11)

Ending date:

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. (Genesis 8:4)

That is exactly five months—the seventeenth of second month to seventeenth of seventh month.

So the one hundred fifty days included all the days in those five months—the work days, Sabbath days, new moon days, etc.

The lunar Sabbatarians also say that when a figure is given in days, the new moon or the translation day of the new moon is included in it. They say that only when a figure is given in the measurements of weeks or of Sabbaths are the new moon days or translation days not to be counted, since the new moon days or translation days are not a part of the week, according to them. Commenting on Noah’s flood, they say,

By counting 40 days and nights, we must count even the new moon days, because they ARE a day, just not week days. However, when counting “Sabbaths complete” we only count a six work day/Sabbath sequence, not the days of the rebuilding of the moon. (unknown author at creationcalendar.com, acces- sed 12-10-13 at http://www.creation calendar.com/HallOfShame/LarryJuneAchesonRebuttal.pdf, p. 59; emphasis in original)

Now in the book of Acts, this feast is measured purely in days. Week or Sabbath measurements are not involved in this calculation. So fifty days (Pentecost) is fifty continuous days. All the days are counted in this—work days, Sabbath days, new moon days, and translation days.

Remember this is not a new feast in the New Testament. This feast is an Old Testament feast called the Feast of Weeks, so the feast of Pentecost should perfectly synchronize with the calculation given in the Old Testament. From any of the three books of the Bible—Leviticus, Deuteronomy, or Acts—we should be able to count the length of the feast, and it should agree with the other two accounts.

Let us look again at this feast of Pentecost as given in the Old Testament:

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15)

In the Deuteronomy account this feast is not given as “seven Sabbaths complete” but is given in measurement of “seven weeks.”

Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God. (Deuteronomy 16:9, 10)

“Seven Sabbaths complete” are “seven weeks,” so both of the Old Testament measurements match. The lunar adherents quickly add three days extra to accommodate the two new moon days and the one translation day. If they don’t do that, then it will mean that they are agreeing that the weeks and Sabbaths are continuous even beyond the boundaries of a month. So they come up with the figure of fifty-three days and not fifty days. They have managed to synchronize the two Old Testament accounts with their new method of interpretation, but they are totally silent in comparing it with the New Testament text!

They are not using the New Testament calculation (interpretation) to this feast. Why? It will blow up their fallacy and unmask their lies. That would be the end of all arguments!

Comparing the New Testament and the Old Testament counting of this feast, they are in big-time trouble! All the three accounts should synchronize, but it doesn’t fit with their newly-found theory! The New Testament count will fit only if the weeks and Sabbaths are continuous, without the new moon interrupting it!

According to the lunar Sabbatarians, the weeks and the Sabbaths are not a continuous, unbroken cycle. The cycle is continuous only for four weeks within a month because at the end of the month (translation day—if there is 30th) and at the beginning of the month (the first of the month—the new moon), it is interrupted and reset.

According to their interpretation “Seven Sabbaths complete” or “seven weeks” cannot be continuous because the new moon interrupts it at the end/beginning of the months.

Since this count begins on the sixteenth of the first month, there are three new moon days—the thirtieth day of first month (translation day), the first day of second month (new moon day), and first day of third month (new moon day).

So for them, seven Sabbaths complete or seven weeks (plus one day to be added according to Leviticus) is not 7x7=49+1 day, but 7x7+3 new moon days=52 days+1 day which=53 days.

Now, the New Testament supports only a fifty day count—Pentecost—which should include all the categories of days. Here is their statement on this:

It is essential to understand “Sabbath’s complete” and how they affect the count to Pentecost. Six work days plus one seventh day Sabbath equals one Sabbath complete. This was the template that Yahuwah ordained at Creation. These will never include New Moon days or translation days, because these are not the days specified in the equation….New Moon days and translation days are never counted. (www.worldslastchance. com, “Count to Pentecost Purpose and Parameters”)

Here’s another statement from another lunar camp:

“You, like most (and like me until three years ago) probably see “seven Sabbaths complete” (seven weeks) and immediately think 49 days. But there are not 49 days in this segment of time. These are Scriptural weeks--six work days ending with a Sabbath. New moon days are a third category of day, they    do not count against the week. There are three new moon days in this seven     week count for a total of 52 days”. (www.creationcalendar.com, “The Script-ural Count to the Feast of Weeks when Pentecost really is “fully Come””)

Dear lunar Sabbath brethren, the inspired writer of the book of Acts does not support your theory that the weeks are not continuous!

Seven Sabbaths Complete

What is “seven Sabbaths shall be complete” in Leviticus 23:15?

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days . . . (Leviticus 23:15, 16)

It is important to note that Moses did not just say to count “seven Sabbaths,” but “seven Sabbaths shall be complete” he wrote (Leviticus 23:15, 16).

Seven Sabbaths complete means seven full weeks. “Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee” (Deuteronomy 16:9).

The word weeks is shabuwa, a count of seven.

In the Bible we see the word week is interchanged with the word Sabbath because both have the root meaning of seven. A week is seven days and the Sabbath is the seventh day.

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week. (Matthew 28:1)

The word for Sabbath and for week is sabbaton; therefore, the phrase “seven sabbaths shall be complete” also means seven weeks to be completed. And the phrase at the “morrow after the seventh Sabbath” just means the next day after the seventh week completion.

Their twist to the Pentecost calculation is exposed. We could end the book here. But we shall proceed to uncover more lies of this doctrine!

The Pentecost of the Land

Based on the same principles of weekly Sabbath counting, God gave the children of Israel the Sabbath for the land to rest. This reckoning again proves their calculation is flawed.

Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land. (Leviticus 25:3)

That is exactly based on the weekly Sabbath principle of six days labor and seventh-day rest.

Just like we had in Leviticus chapter 23, the feast of Pentecost count—seven Sabbaths complete plus one day is the fiftieth day—two chapters later God gives a similar principle of counting the Jubilee feast:

And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. . . . A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: (Leviticus 25:8, 11)

If for them the seven Sabbaths complete of Leviticus 23 is not forty-nine days, but fifty-two days, then how much would “seven times seven years” be? Fifty-two years? But the Bible says it is forty-nine years. In Leviticus 23, the next day was the day of the Pentecost. In Leviticus 25, the next year is the year of the Jubilee.

The Prophetic Weeks

Here is a third witness against their absurd calculations. One of the greatest prophecies of the Bible is the 2300 days prophecy of Daniel 8 and the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9.

And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Daniel 8:14)

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city . . . (Daniel 9:24)

Even the lunar Sabbatarians agree the 70 weeks prophecy is part of the 2300 days prophecy. You have one given in days and the other given in weeks.

Remember when anything is given in days, every category of days (work days, Sabbath days, new moon days, translation days) is embraced in it. For a lunar Sabbatarian, there can never ever be more than four weeks in succession.

According to their principle of interpretation of weeks, let us see how many days are 70 weeks. For us it is straight—70 weeks is 490 days because the weeks run continuously—but they need to add new moon days and translation days to the 490 days, according to their own rule. That would be twenty-six days extra. For them, 70 weeks=490 days+26 days=516 days!

Since they also believe that one day is one year in prophecy, this would be 516 prophetic years. And, like us, they too believe the starting point of this prophecy is 457 BC. So the 70 weeks prophecy, according to their method of inserting the new moon days and translation days, would end in AD 60 (AD 34 plus twenty-six years extra).

Based on their method of calculating weeks, this prophecy of weeks would put the death of Jesus in the year AD 57! We know, there is no church on earth that puts the death of Jesus in AD 57. All churches and scholars and historians agree it should be somewhere between AD 26 and AD 36, but not beyond.

In fact most, if not all, lunar Sabbatarians believe as we do, that Jesus died in AD 31 and that the 70 weeks of Daniel chapter 9 ended in AD 34. How could they too arrive at AD 34? It is because they did not add the new moon days and translation days while converting the 70 weeks into days. Let us see what they have to say:

The first 70 weeks (Dan 9:24-27) of this prophecy, cut off or allotted to the Jews, equals 490 years. The walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt in 7 weeks or 49 years (408 B.C.). Another 62 weeks brings us to the anointing of Christ for His mission in 27 A.D. 483 years are now past; only 1 week remains of the 70. In the midst of this week (Dan 9:26-27), 31 A.D., Messiah is cut off or crucified. A second half-week of 3 1/2 years brings us to 34 A.D., when at the stoning of Stephen the gospel is taken to the Gentiles. In 34 A.D. the 70 weeks, or 490 years, is completed. (www.worldslastchance.com, “A Great Prophetic Period”)

For the “seven weeks” count to Pentecost, they add three extra days and make the feast of Pentecost to fall on the ninth of the third month, instead of the sixth of that month but for the “seventy weeks” of Daniel they add nothing, even though this prophecy is given in weeks! That is being inconsistent.

Why aren’t they adding the extra days into the 70 weeks? Because if they do add those twenty-six years (according to their own principles of interpretation of weeks counts), they don’t have any historical support to show that those events ended twenty-six years later!

Listen to them again and notice they are contradicting:

The prophesy [sic] of the coming Messiah begins: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people” (Dan. 9:24.) If that is taken as literal time before the days are changed into years, there would be 25.5 extra years due to the New Moons and translation days that would occur in 70 weeks. Calculation of time by weeks did not include new moons and translation days. Instead, multiply 7 days in a week X 70 years = 490 years. This reached exactly from the third decree to restore and build Jerusalem to the stoning of Stephen in A. D. 34. (www.worldslastchance.com, “The Count to Pentecost”; article no longer available at this site but can be accessed at https://www.incpages.com/article/pentecost-the-sacred-count.html. emphasis in original; accessed 12-14-13)

The lunar Sabbatarians state that the “calculation of time by weeks did not include new moons and translation days” and yet, they have included them in other places, but they did not include the extra days (25.5 days/years) in the 70 week prophecy, and are thus inconsistent!

They continue:

This time prophesy [sic] reveals how to count to Pentecost. Seven weeks complete are 49 days, then the next day, the 50th day, is Pentecost. The very definition of Pentecost is “fifty.” The Hebrew name for Pentecost was “Feast of Weeks.” The New Moon day and the translation day, if present, are not counted, just as they were not counted in the larger prophetic-time measurement. These days are not part of a week, or a Sabbath perfect.” (Ibid.; emphasis in original)

The lunar Sabbatarians are inconsistent, and they don’t know what they are saying. They say the same thing about the count to Pentecost and add three extra days to arrive at the ninth of the third month:

Begin counting seven Sabbaths complete, and then add a day. Your answer should be the 9th day of Sivan . . . (Kerrie L. French, The Sacred Count to Pentecost, p. 4; emphasis in original; accessed 12-14-13 at http://www.the creatorscalendar.com/Articles/Sacred_Count/04_Sacred_Count.html)

You don’t get the ninth day of Sivan if you don’t add three extra days!

If they have added three extra days to arrive at Pentecost because new moon days and translation days are not included in the count of weeks, why aren’t they adding twenty-five or twenty-six days to the “larger prophetic-time measurement”?

As noted earlier, the two prophecies of Daniel 8:14 and Daniel 9:24 are starting together and are linked to each other. For God to give one count in days and the other count in weeks proves that the weeks run continuously, just like the days do. The fulfillment of those prophecies proves that!

Comparing the New Testament count of Pentecost to the Old Testament count of Pentecost, we have seen that the weeks are a continuous, unbroken cycle, uninterrupted by the new moon days.

Also looking at feast of Jubilee (fiftieth year) which is similar to the count to Pentecost (fiftieth day), we have seen again that the weeks are a continuous, unbroken cycle.

If there can’t be more than four continuous weeks, then God asking them to count was wrong!

Some of them try to use the Jubilee cycle to prove that the weeks can be broken by the coming of the Jubilee and reset again. So why can’t it be broken by the coming of the new moon, they ask.

If they are taking that as an evidence to break the week, then they should break the continuous weekly cycle at the end of seven weeks and not four weeks! Doing that would need them to come up with a totally different calendar!

The Jubilee deals with weeks of years, and not weeks of days.

If they are trying to use this as a proof, that the weekly Sabbath can be broken, then what about the Sabbath being for just twelve hours? Does this passage of Jubilee say that the seventh year Sabbath is just six months? According to their parameters the Sabbath year should be a half year because the Sabbath day is only a half day—the daylight part—not twenty-four hours!

And finally, the grand prophecy given in the parameter of weeks that talk about the crucifixion of the Messiah destroys their hypothesis that the week doesn’t run continuously beyond four weeks. Here it runs continuously for seventy weeks! And within that prophecy are two other periods that are given in weeks again that run beyond four weeks continuously—seven weeks and sixty two weeks (Daniel 9:25).

How many more proofs do they need to show that the weeks are continuous in the Bible? The literal weeks, the yearly weeks, and the prophetic weeks all prove them wrong!

If the weeks, as proved, are continuous, unbroken cycles, then the Sabbaths are a continuous, unbroken cycle coming to us every seventh day without interruption.

The Gregorian calendar of 1582 is more honest and truthful in this matter of weeks and Sabbaths coming continuously undisturbed than the so-called biblical calendar that these lunar Sabbatarians have invented of late!

If the weeks, as proved, are continuous, unbroken cycles, then the deceptive eighth, fifteenth, twenty-second, and twenty-ninth propaganda being fixed Sabbaths is a fake, a fraud, and a counterfeit. It’s a Big Lie from the father of lies—the devil!

 

 


 

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