This is a challenging topic as we’ve come out of the manmade traditions of Babylonian Romanism, of Easter, Christmas, Sunday Lord’s Day, etc., and feel like we’ve been properly observing the Scriptural calendar.
Satan hates that people have come out of the deceptions of Rome, so he created alternatives to hide the Scriptural truth. This false dichotomy causes the narrative to be between two false belief systems, which effectively hides the truth from most people’s eyes.
We’re naturally biased in not wanting to find out that we’ve been deceived again. Learning these things caused me to grieve as the end-times deception is so grand. But I pray for truth, not to defend a belief, and the Ruach Spirit of Yah is faithful to answer our prayers for understanding.
I pray that your desire for truth is greater than your emotional defense of your current beliefs; as the Scriptural proofs on this website show how the enemy has mislead people with Jewish fables.
The Scriptural Calendar study series will teach you about when the year starts, when the months start, when the Holy Feast Days fall, when the Sabbaths occur and when a day starts.
And it will help you learn how to celebrate the Holy Feast Days which Messiah is still in the process of fulfilling to redeem the set-apart saints.
I prove that there are many reasons why Saturday, nor any day on the pagan Roman calendar, can be the Scriptural Sabbath, and that the enemy has created false narratives to hide the Scriptural calendar and Sabbaths.
You can click away, thinking that you know the truth; but I pray that you will read the whole explanation to consider it, before declaring that I’m mistaken.
People declare that Saturday has been the seventh-day Sabbath since the creation week in Genesis 1. They proclaim that the Jews have kept track of the Sabbath. And they say that Messiah observed the Sabbath on Saturday. But those are false associations without any proof.
To start with, there was no such thing as Saturday when Messiah carried out His ministry, as the Romans observed an eight-day week with days named after the first eight letters of their alphabet.
It wasn’t until later in the first century, when Mithraism became a popular religious cult in Rome, that the Romans started using a seven-day calendar with names after planetary gods. The week started on Saturn day (Saturday), Dies Solis (Sunday) was the second day of the week, Luna (Monday) was the third day, and dies Veneris, Venus Day (Friday), was the seventh day of the week.
It wasn’t until the fourth century that Emperor Constantine officially moved to the seven-day calendar. When he did that, he switched Saturday to the seventh day.
So the current seventh day is not the same as the seventh day from the 1st century to the 3rd century, which was Friday; thus, we can’t say that Saturday has always been the seventh day of the week.
Then in the 16th century, Pope Gregory XIII reformed the calendar to make it more accurately reflect the solar cycle. Ten days were dropped off of the yearly calendar to synchronize the calendar to bring the vernal equinox from March 11 back to March 21.
So the current seventh day is offset by three days, compared to the Saturday of the 4th-16th centuries; thus, we can’t say that there’s always been a continuously repeating ‘six work day / one Sabbath day’ cycle.
We can see that Saturday has not always been the seventh day of the Roman calendar.
So there’s no way to say that the Saturday of today’s Roman calendar lines up with the Sabbath that Messiah observed during His ministry. And do we really think that the Satan-empowered antichrist beast popes would conveniently line up the Scriptural Sabbath with their pagan calendar? No!
The concept of a continuously repeating ‘six work day / one Sabbath day’ cycle is invalidated by the Scriptural New Moon Day.
Scripture declares that there are three types of days, not two; which invalidates the concept of a continuously-repeating ‘six work day / one Sabbath day’ cycle.
How can the Scriptural Sabbath be every seven days, when there are commanded New Moon Days once a month? It’s not possible.
Ezekiel 46:1 tells us that the gate was opened on Sabbath days and New Moon days.
Thus says the Lord GOD: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.
This makes it impossible that the New Moon Day can fall on a weekly Sabbath or a work day, which invalidates the concept of a continuously-repeating ‘six work day / one Sabbath day’ cycle.
1 Samuel 20 proves that the first day of the month is the New Moon Day.
David was not present at meal time on the New Moon Day and the second day of the month, and Saul asked why he was absent both yesterday and today.
And David said to Jonathan, “See, tomorrow is the New Moon, and I ought to sit with the sovereign to eat. But let me go, and I shall hide in the field until the third day at evening. 1 Samuel 20:5
And it came to be the next day, the second day of the month, that David’s place was empty. And Saul said to Jonathan his son, “Why has the son of Jesse not come to eat, either yesterday or today?” 1 Samuel 20:27
The fourth commandment about keeping the Sabbath validates that the Feast of Unleavened Bread falls on a weekly Sabbath.
The fourth commandment in Exodus 20 relates the seventh day Sabbath to the creation week.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11
Then the fourth commandment in Deuteronomy 5 relates the seventh day Sabbath to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Deuteronomy 5:12-14 point to the weekly Sabbath.
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
Deuteronomy 5:15 links the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the day on which the Israelites came out of Egypt, to the weekly Sabbath day.
And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
The Israelites left Egypt at evening after they had observed the weekly Sabbath on the 15th during the daytime. And because it was a weekly Sabbath, it means that the 8th, 22nd and 29th of the month are also weekly Sabbaths.
We see how the creation week pattern of six work days and one Sabbath day, play out in the lunisolar Sabbath calendar. Nowhere does Scripture proclaim that there has been a continuously-repeating ‘six work day / one Sabbath day’ cycle since creation. And the Scriptural New Moon Day invalidates that concept.
Scripture validates that weekly Sabbaths fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th days of the month.
People deny that the New Moon Day affects the weekly cycle, and they debate ad nauseum about the Hebrew meaning of words to press their case.
But the proof is in Scripture, as there are many examples of Sabbaths falling on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of the month; and no examples of weekly Sabbaths falling on any other days on the Scriptural calendar.
The biggest clue is that the spring Feast of Unleavened Bread and fall Feast of Tabernacles always fall on the 15th day of the Scriptural month.
I cover this in detail in the What Is The True Sabbath Day? study.
The Jews developed Rules Of Postponement to accommodate a 7-day Sabbath cycle.
In the 4th century, Emperor Constantine forced the Jews to observe a solar-based calendar, which featured a repeating cycle of 7 days; or be subject to death.
The 10th, 14th and 16th days of the first month of the year, which is called Abib, are commanded work days which can fall on any day on the Roman calendar. This means that every 1-3 years, one of them falls on a Saturday.
If Saturday is always the Sabbath, then this creates a conflict. Every 1-3 years; either Abib 10, 14 and 16 will fall onto Saturday on the pagan Roman calendar; which violates the commands of Scripture.
Abib 10, the 10th day of the first month, the Israelites had to go and purchase a lamb if they didn’t have one. When Abib 10 falls on Saturday, there is no provision in this command to purchase it a day early or a day late.
Abib 14 is the preparation day for the 15th day Sabbath. When Abib 14 falls on Saturday, there is no Scriptural provision to prepare on a different day.
On Abib 16, they harvested some grain to wave the sheaf. When Abib 16 falls on Saturday, there is no Scriptural provision to carry this out on a different day.
None of this happens on the lunisolar Sabbath calendar. There are always six work days on a week, and Abib 10, 14 and 16 always fall on work days.
Jewish resources validate that the Sabbath is tied to the New Moon Day.
Saturday Sabbath observers proclaim that the Jews have kept track of the Sabbath, but the Jews were compromised while in Babylonian captivity and also when Roman Emperor Constantine forced Jewish scholar Hillel II to create a 7th-day Sabbath with special Rules of Postponement, to avoid persecution.
The witness of Philo validates that the Scriptural weekly Sabbaths are based on the lunisolar calendar.
Philo was of the tribe of Levi and lived from 20 BC to 40 AD, so he witnessed the amazing things which took place during this time.
In this account, Philo proclaims that the greatest festivals, the Holy Feast Days of Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles, fall on the weekly Sabbath day.
”But to the seventh day of the week he has assigned the greatest festivals, those of the longest duration, at the periods of the equinox both vernal and autumnal and autumnal in each year; appointing two festivals for these two epochs, each lasting seven days; the one which takes place in the spring being for the perfection of what is being sown, and the one which falls in autumn being a feast of thanksgiving for the bringing home of all the fruits which the trees have produced.” (The Decalogue XXX (159)
There are many more witnesses from Jews on the Lunisolar Calendar Witnesses page.
A Scriptural day starts at dawn not when the sun goes down.
Most people who observe a Saturday Sabbath believe that it starts on Friday at sundown.
But we can see by the narrative of Genesis 1 that the creation events took place during the daytime and then nighttime which takes place from evening until the morning.
And God called the light Day (Yom), and the darkness he called Night (Laylah). And the evening (Ereb) and the morning (Boqer) were the first day. Genesis 1:5
One complete day has the pattern of ‘light of day > darkness of night.’ A Scriptural day starts when the sun begins to rule the sky.
The only time a command is given to start observance at sundown is on the Day of Atonement, on which we are to start the observance at the evening on the ninth day and continue it until the evening of the tenth day. It points to two different days and does not say that a day is from evening to evening.
I cover this in detail in When Does A Day Start?
Each of the Gospel narratives show that Mary came to the tomb at the dawn (beginning) of the first day of the Scriptural week, on the 16th day of the month.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Matthew 28:1
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. Mark 16:1-2
And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. Luke 23:53-56, 24:1-2
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 day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. John 19:31, 19:42, 20:1
These Gospel narratives prove that the Sabbath prior to the first day of the week on which Messiah rose again, was the weekly Sabbath.
Friend, the enemy doesn’t want you to know these truths.
Messiah’s command to come out of Babylon, is His call to come out of the teachings of the Babylonian Roman Church, who has worked to separate believers from Scripture truth about the Biblical calendar and the Holy Feast days.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:4
I pray that you can lay aside any preconceived notions about the Scriptural calendar, to see what it’s declaring to you.
You will see that Jewish fables have caused many in the Hebrew Roots movement, Torah-only people, Seventh day Adventists, and others to be deceived.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Titus 1:13-14
Grace, peace and love to you,
David Nikao Wilcoxson
Here’s a link to THE SCRIPTURAL CALENDAR STUDY LIST.