When I was a kid, the first church I remember going to was the Seventh Day Adventist church my mom started taking me to. Later my dad began going with us, and then my grandparents followed. While I abhorrently disagree with most of their fundamental teachings (most do not actually come from the Bible but from a woman "prophet" hit in the head with a rock, and no, I did not make that part up), and most of those "fundamental" teachings are held higher than the words of Jesus Himself.....and still worse, most actually blaspheme against the very words of Jesus.... I'm actually still thankful for the experience. Although a strange place to get to be introduced to God and Jesus, at least I was immersed in Bible stories, getting used to actually picking up a Bible and reading it (although like all indoctrination clinics....uh-hem... organized religions) you're encouraged to only read CERTAIN texts in a CERTAIN order, and you must apply the filter lens of understanding "approved" by whatever that denomination of religion says.... it was far better than being raised in an Atheist household or a modern secular liberal house.
Now the point of this article is going to be subjective, and it's not to bash SDA's. It's purpose is to get you to THINK and RESEARCH for yourself. I'll give you a few rabbit holes to dive down, but ultimately YOU have to make up your own mind. While it may seem like I'm picking on SDA's, I'm not. I'm simply stating my opinion and Biblical holes in their set of doctrines. I'm about to do the same thing to the Catholics, Lutherans, or any other variety of such organized "Bible-based" religions. And, we'll get to a HUGE fundamental mistake with ALL of their chosen days for worship in a moment. None are left blameless here.
Here's the million dollar question- WHAT DAY IS THE CORRECT DAY TO WORSHIP?
Most people answer- SUNDAY!
Why? Because that's what their religion told them, their granny always went to church on that day, "its just how I grew up"..... or you'll hear crickets and that person will quickly change the subject.
SDA's, Messianic Jews, Jews, and a few other odd-ball denominations will answer- SATURDAY!
Why? Well, their answer is actually a lot more educated and very shallowly is Bible based (they think). Here's their answer- "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." Exodus 20:18-20
Why is this so important I chose to devote an entire blog post about it? Well, for one thing because it is one of God's TEN COMMANDMENTS. That's good enough for me right there! I want to know the TRUTH, and follow God to the best of my ability, while not being duped by the Cabal and their various "translations" of God's word. So for those reasons, this is a VERY important issue to me.
Here is the Bible verse, a recorded comment by Paul (one of Jesus' original disciples) that got me thinking HARD on this topic- "One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." Romans 5:14
Hmm.... well that's odd. Paul was teaching what Jesus had taught him, and Paul was also a Pharisee before becoming a Disciple of Christ. Meaning, he knew VERY well the Fourth Commandment about keeping the Sabbath and what that meant under Jewish Law. What that meant under Jewish law was SATURDAY. You know, the SEVENTH day on the calendar. The weekdays started with Sunday (day 1, or Yom Rishon) and proceed to Saturday (day 7), Shabbat. So is Paul now saying you can just do whatever, whenever, the Fourth Commandment is irrelevant? Or could he be speaking to the Pagan Julian calendar of his time ruled by set WEEK days?
Where did Sunday worship come from? The short answer is worshipping the sun. That's it. There isn't more to it. Pagan sun god worship. You see, the day of worship referenced in the Fourth Commandment some mistakenly misconstrue as "Saturday" (although the original text never actually stated the word SATURDAY specifically) it specifically stated SEVENTH DAY, SABBATH DAY, which means "to rest". This rest/worship day was changed March 7, 321, by Roman Emperor Constantine I in a civil decree to SUNday making it the day of rest and "church day" INSTEAD of SATURNday/Saturday. Just so we're clear here, Constantine was NOT a Christian, follower of Christ, or "enlightened" in any sense. THIS DECREE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH JESUS RISING FROM THE DEAD ON A SUNDAY either. Constantine was a typical politician using a decree (in today's language would be a law, mandate, or Supreme Court ruling) to gain further strength and control over his subjects. This could be called the "Sunday Law". It happened centuries ago. If you didn't go to a politically approved church or Pagan temple on Sunday...... VERY bad things would happen to you. So, Sunday, DEFINITELY is not it unless you're ok with being a Pagan Sun worshipper or political prisoner. Oh, and probably I shouldn't have to tell you that earthly born man does not have authority to change God's decreed times of worship.
But, didn't Paul just say two paragraphs above it doesn't matter which day you worship? I always want to know WHY. There has to be a reason no specifically named day is holier than another. So here's what I found-
When the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy were written (those are the books with the Ten Commandments), it was around the 13th Century BCE. Now here's a bit of homework for you- type in any search engine "what Calendar did the Jews use in 13th Century BCE" (when the Ten Commandments were written)...... Guess what comes up? Jewish Talmudic Calendar.
What the heck is that?? It's a lunisolar calendar. A what??? The ancient Israelite calendar, was determined by the astronomical observation of the new moon and the agricultural observation of the growth of Abib (the spikes on the barley) in late winter and early spring.
TO PUT THIS SIMPLY- THERE WERE NO DAYS OF THE WEEK SUNDAY-SATURDAY. As we view the calendar now, it is a PAGAN calendar named after PAGAN gods. Saturday is actually named for the worship of Saturn. SATURNday.
To contrast this, the names Hebrews called the days of the week in the 13th century BCE were actually NUMBERS. This is significant because it notes that they were counting FROM something. There had to be an event that kicked off a count.
This makes a lot of sense, because back when Exodus was written, God's people KEPT TIME BY THE MOON PHASES. This is incredibly important because it means God's Fourth Commandment "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy....but the SEVENTH day is the Sabbath" has to do with the lunar cycle of 29.5 days. THINK ABOUT IT- God did not write out an entire Pagan Gregorian or Julian calendar system when He made our world in the 7-day Genesis timeline. However, God DID make the Sun, MOON, and stars. Right there, says he created our perfect heavenly maps.
Now, if you're a math whiz, which I'm not, you'd already have questions about how 7 days can go into 29.5 equally. Problem is, you're thinking in terms of weeks being greater than the moon sign. In the creation story there is NO mention of time keeping by set constantly recurring weeks, meaning there are DAYS, a counting of DAYS and signs, and seasons.....
Also you should know, a lunar year has 354 days. 7 cannot go into 354 equally either. Meaning, Weeks don't matter in God's calendar, just a counting of 7 days from the New Moon cyclically until the next New Moon, when the counting from it begins again.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. Gen.1:14-16
The answer gets even more clear than this though. In Numbers 10:10 God instructs his people "10 Use the trumpets in times of gladness, too, blowing them at your annual festivals and at the beginning of each month to rejoice over your burnt offerings and peace offerings. And God will be reminded of his covenant with you. For I am Jehovah, your God.”
And what is the beginning of the Old Testament Jewish month? A NEW MOON.
Psalm 81:3 further shores this "assertion" up, "Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day."
So here's what we've learned through this lengthy article (thank you for sticking it out this far!)-
GOD'S calendar starts every New Moon.
Sabbath (rest days) begin on the 7th day counted AFTER the New Moon. This means that the modern Gregorian calendar weekday name the real Sabbath falls on will change every New Moon cycle. For a time, Sabbaths will fall on [what we now call] Wednesday for instance. It will change in the next New Moon cycle, but here's how you'd easily count it. Figure out when the New Moon is. On that day God's people were told to hold a festival. After New Moon Day, the next day is day 1. Count 7 days from the New Moon and you've got your Sabbath or "rest day" as instructed in the Fourth Commandment. Then count 7 days from that, another rest day. Count 7 days from that, another rest day, and 7 days from that your last Sabbath rest day until the New Moon. The day after that next New moon begins your next Sabbath countdown cycle all over again.
It's literally that simple!
If any of that scared you, I have included a handy link to a Lunar Sabbath calendar here
So what about the nay-sayers out there? There's a whole internet search just waiting to produce a list of articles attempting to debunk this Lunar Sabbath idea. Well, of all the pages of articles I've personally read, they either calculated INCORRECTLY (HELLO.... you have to be able to do simple math here and use critical thinking), or the arguments were so weak, I literally kept trying to figure out where the rest of the article went. Where the true fault of these arguments lie, is in their utter failure to think critically AND historically. How could you possibly apply the rules/days/times/weeks of our current Gregorian calendar to a set of texts written THOUSANDS of years and many calendar styles and cultures before it? WHY would anyone be so brainless to apply something not even invented yet? Wouldn't you try to figure out WHAT time keeping system was used in a particular ancient culture before making wild conclusions about how many days were in their year? It's literally NUTS how people never think about this stuff and actually just go along in life never asking WHY. If you just do yourself a favor and ask WHY about pretty much everything, your reality gets a whole lot more interesting and closer to God.
Something else I'd further like to add here- scroll back up to the highlighted blue part of Genesis 1, and notice where it says "the days and the years"..... what measure of time is NOT included there? WEEKS. To me, this means there is no overruling WEEKLY timekeeping as the Gregorian (our current calendar) bows to, but is ruled by DAYS. Like the day the New Moon is on, 7 DAYS after that is Sabbath, and then subservient to days would be years.
My suggestion on the subject?
DO YOUR RESEARCH. DO NOT base your own conclusions on "because I've always believed this way", because "I was taught this way was right", "some guy on the internet said", or "I don't think God cares". In my opinion, God wouldn't give his people TEN COMMANDMENTS written on stone WITH HIS FINGER if He didn't care. My other argument to the Sunday and Saturday set days of worship specifically (which both are from PAGAN ORIGIN) is this from Deuteronomy 12:29-31 "29 When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
31 Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods."
What the above basically says is- God HATES it when His people participate in Pagan Satanic ways of worship, culture, "Holy Days" AKA "holidays", even if it's just to assimilate and "fit in". This could easily be applied to Pagan named days of the modern week, and months of the Gregorian calendar year. It also applies to set days of worship engineered by either a Pagan Roman Emperor (Sunday), or Babylonian farm-god worship (Saturday). Either you follow God or you don't. Specifically, the practices that include (or have roots in) worshipping other gods, or sacrificing humans make God sick.
That's my belief, and I'm STICKING to it!
One more thing to add, since I picked on Sunday keepers mostly here, Saturday specific worship was adopted by the Jews once they were captured by the Babylonians (during Daniel's time), and began observing their WEEKLY-based not MOON-based time keeping system. Saturday is named after Saturn. In Babylon the god of Saturn was the farm-based Mesopotamian/Sumerian god, Nintura, to whom they often sacrificed children/humans. Romans worshiped Saturn, also an agriculture god. Point here- NEITHER SUNDAY NOR SATURDAY SPECIFIC WORSHIP IS CORRECT. Both are based in Satanic ritual.
WHY is astronomy not a required course in Public Schools?
Because then you'd know too much.
Why did God make His day-keeping record system around the moon?
Because He created the moon and isn't constrained by man's invented "time". God lives outside time.
Why would God make His people's days of rest to follow the New Moon and not a named day of a week?
Because God created the moon which no man can control nor change, and knew Satan can't create anything but illusions (like time and set non-nature based week days).