A friend of mine has brought it to my attention, of a
sometimes-heated controversy in search of the truth or
falsehood regarding Lunar Based Sabbaths. So I decided
to look into this matter. I am not attempting to judge
anyone right or wrong who uses or does not use the Lunar
Based Sabbath doctrine, but rather, I purposed to get to
the truth or falsehood of the doctrine itself. I ask
that if you begin to read this report, PLEASE read all
of it and lets look at this from another perspective.
This seems to be a hard topic. According to the
Scripture, the children of Israel were suppose to go to
Moses with any matter that was too hard for them and
Moses would judge according to the Law. Since Moses is
not here right now, shouldn't we to take it to the Torah
to see if it breaks the Scripture of Truth or not? The
scripture cannot be broken by any doctrine. Simply put,
and this is nothing you don’t already know, if any
doctrine breaks the scripture, it is a false doctrine
and CANNOT be accepted nor should it be taught. "A
little leaven leaventh the whole lump.” On the other
hand, if it does not break the scripture it should be
The instruction given in the Torah is clear and if it is
followed to the letter, the Torah itself should give us
the answer. We all know if anyone argues against the
Torah, they are not arguing with another man, they are
arguing with the Word of God.
The following report is respectfully submitted.
* Special Note: The Hillel II calendar is NOT used in
THE DOCTRINE OF LUNAR BASED SABBATHS
(1-7 reset by The New Moon each Month)
First we need to build a Lunar Based Sabbath (LBS)
calendar showing the first three months of the year (see
model below) labeling and number the days of the month,
and assigning the weekly Sabbaths according to the Lunar
Based Sabbath method (the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th).
Then we will place the spring Feasts of the LORD where
they belong according to the Torah. By this we will be
able use a visual model to get our facts straight.
As you will notice below, in order for the first weekly
Sabbath, which is the 7th day of the week, to fall on
the 8th day of the month, the New Moon obviously counts
as the first day of the month. But, as seen in the LBS
model, it is not counted as one of the days of the week
toward the weekly Sabbath.
Using the Lunar Based Sabbath (LBS) method, the 15th day
of the first month is BOTH the weekly Sabbath and the
first day of Unleavened Bread (15th-21st). According to
the Torah, the wave offering is to be offered on the
morrow after the Sabbath (Lev 23:9-11). Therefore, the
day to wave the sheaf of Firstfruits, by the LBS method,
No matter how one interprets the phrase "on the morrow
after the Sabbath" (Weekly Sabbath or the 1st day of
Unleaved Bread), using the LBS method qualifies the 15th
of the first month for BOTH interpretations and the 16th
Le 23:9-11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak
unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,When ye
be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall
reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of
the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he
shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, tobe accepted for
you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall
Since the 15th of the first month qualifies as both the
Weekly Sabbath and Unleavened Bread, this results in the
un-disputed 16th day of the first month as always being:
(1) the first day of the week, (2) the day to wave sheaf
offering of Firstfruits and (3) the first week of
counting the 7 Sabbaths of the Omer (Lev 23: 15-16) to
the day after the 7th Sabbath (Shavuot) even 50 days
(Lev 23: 15-16).
The First Witness:
As seen in the chart above, counting the Omer always
covers the span of two New Moons. There is no way to get
around this. As stated before, in order for the first
weekly Sabbath, which is the 7th day of the week, to
fall on the 8th day of the month, the New Moon obviously
counts as the first day of the month but it is not
counted as one of the days of the week toward the weekly
Now, reading the Torah instruction, we are to begin
counting from the wave offering of firstfruits as
instructed by the Torah, “from the morrow after the
Sabbath” (the 16th of the first month) to count 7
Le 23:15-16 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow
sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the
wave offering [ firstfruits ]; 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.
If you have counted for yourself (see below), you will
see the first 6 Sabbaths are: 1/22, 1/29, 2/8, 2/15,
2/22, and 2/29. The 7th Sabbath will always fall on the
8th day of the 3rd month (3/8). Using the Lunar Based
Sabbath method, it is IMPOSSIBLE for 7 complete Sabbaths
49 days with the next day numbering the 50th day.
In the Lunar Based Sabbath method, counting Seven
Sabbaths, beginning from firstfruits (1/16) to the 7th
Sabbath (3/8), to the next day after the 7th Sabbath
always equals 53 days. (Count it for yourself.)
According to the Torah, the next day after the 7th
Sabbath is Shavuot which should be the 50th day, but
using the LBS, it always numbers to the 53rd day.
Therefore, when using the LBS method, the scripture is
clearly broken. This can never be. The doctrine of the
Lunar Based Sabbath must be false .
The only way anyone could try to force this false
doctrine to fit is by totally denying the existence of
the extra 3 days, trying to explain them away somehow.
Which, by the way, would be futile when they are clearly
counted as days of the month which chisels them in stone
as part of the fifty. No one could accept the theory of
the erased 3 days.
Denying 1 day per month equals 12 to 13 days per year
2Adar) or over 72,000 missing days in 6000 years.
The Second Witness:
Plus, disregarding the incorrect day count for a moment,
and if you haven’t already noticed, the need to COUNT
the Omer, as GOD HIMSELF instructed, is completely
nullified. The Lunar Based Sabbath method forces the 7th
Sabbath forever falling on the 8th day of the 3rd month
with Shavuot always falling on the next day, the 9th of
the 3rd month.
Even if the number of days were accurate (50), there
would no longer be a need to count the Omer! By using
the LBS method, all Shavuots are pre-destined to fall on
the same day of the same month of every year for
The Third Witness:
While still using the LBS model and method, some say
that Israel camped before Mt. Sinai on the 15th day of
the 3rd month after they departed out of Egypt. The
scripture does not specify the 15th but rather says “the
same day” they departed out of Egypt (Ex. 19:1). This
could actually mean the same day of the week. But,
giving the benefit of the doubt, lets use their
expressed assumption (15th day of the 3rd month) as the
encampment day in order to follow the day count
according to the Torah.
Assuming they camped on the 15th, if you read the next
few verses in Ex.19, we find that Moses went up and down
Mt. Sinai a couple of times speaking with God, and then
the Torah tells us that God told Moses to go the
children of Israel and tell them something very
Ex 19:10-11 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the
people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let
them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third
day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the
sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
God said to tell them sanctify themselves and to wash
today (this would be the 16th) and tomorrow (this would
be the 17th) and God said He will come down on Mt Sinai
in the sight of all the people on the third day (this
would be the 18th day of the 3rd month). Everyone knows,
or should know, it was Shavout when God spoke the
Commandments from Mt Sinai.
Using the LBS plus the assumption that Israel camped
before Sinai on the 15th day of the 3rd month, the 18th
of the third month extends the total day count from the
wave offering to Shavuot out to a new total of 62 days.
This too has broken the scripture using the Lunar Based
The Forth Witness:
Finally look at the fruit of this LBS theory. Let the
Holy Ghost answer within your own spirit:
Are the sheep scattered or gathered?
Is there harmony or sowing discourse among the
Does the theory support or deny the feast days and
the law ?
Has the scripture been broken or not?
Since this report has been a seach for the Truth, and
Truth is established by the evidence of 2 or 3
witnesses, 4 is enough. The Law of the Torah and the
Feasts of the LORD have proven the Lunar Based Sabbath
is a witness against itself. For what it is worth, and
you determine that, my opinion is the Lunar Based
Sabbath theory is False.
Thank you for your time, The LORD bless you and keep you
The Cyclical Sabbath (1-7 unbroken) does not break the
THE EXODUS YEAR
The Cyclical Sabbath Calendar of the: