Two verses that expose the Lunar Sabbath (short)

Yesterday, while having a conversation with my brother, Rafael Trevino, he mentioned a little nugget in passing. I had to hit the ‘wait, what was that you just said’ button.

I’m not sure how our conversation touched on the Lunar Sabbath, but he related that in a debate with someone on the topic he had asked the Father for clarity and how to refute it and the Father said, ‘Count the omer!’

As soon as I heard Rafael say that I thought, “Brilliant!! But, of course, what else would the Father give?”

Recall that Lunar Sabbatarians reset their calendar with each new moon which always results in one odd week a month because the moon cycle is +/- 29.5 days, not evenly divisible by 7. Therefore, by definition, seven Sabbaths is always more than 49 days. ALWAYS! And, to exacerbate the discrepancy, there are always TWO new moons during the omer count leading to a minimum of three extra days added to the count.

Now, the two verses..

15 ‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord.

Leviticus 23:15-16

Fifty days. Period.

So, to be clear, I’m not judging brothers who observe the Lunar Sabbath, but it appears that the omer count, as detailed in Scripture, exposes and collapses that position. Selah.


Next: Exposing the aviv barley hunt…

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6 Responses to Two verses that expose the Lunar Sabbath (short)

  1. It’s interesting you brought this up. In the commandment given at Sinai the statute simply instructed employers to give those working for them every seventh day off. There’s no connection to the lunar cycle at all mentioned.
    Personally, I believe there should be a reset each year with the spring equilux (which just so happens around the barley harvest) being day one beginning at high noon (brightest time (think “light be”). At this point the light begins to fade hence “evening (first) and morning (following) were day one, etc (except for the sabbath with no mentioned beginning or end).
    Just my thoughts, for what they’re worth (which isn’t much at the end of the day 😁).

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    • Pete Rambo says:

      I largely agree, though the equinox is identifiable on the same day everywhere on the planet, while the equilux can vary by a day or two, depending on location. My belief is that the calendar should be able to be set from anywhere on Yah’s green earth and have everyone on the same page without needing a message, whether pony express or internet, from the Land…


  2. washintorah says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the way my brother Matthew Janzen observes it is to count seven sabbaths (lunar), and then count an additional 50 days. He reads the text to say “Count seven sabbaths, and then 50 more days after the seven sabbaths are completed”. It doesn’t make much sense to me and it seems that this is the only way around the passage you gave. In other words, he celebrates Shavuot about seven weeks after the rest of us do.


  3. Lyndsey says:

    Not every Luni-solar Sabbath keeper counts to Pentecost the same way, just like not every Saturday Sabbatarian counts to Pentecost the same way. If someone genuinely wanted to know how my family and I (we’ve been doing it for 8 years now) and many other luni-solar Sabbath keepers around the world count the omer, I’d be thrilled to finally have the opportunity, but it’s been several years since anyone’s asked, and the ones that did ask years ago seemed to want to know just enough to give them some ammo against the luni-solar Sabbath. Other than my immediate family members, I don’t know if I’ve ever been asked by someone who seemed to genuinely want to hear or understand it, only people who have been strongly against it from the start. When you first hear “the Law wasn’t done away with”, you put your guard up and stick your fingers in your ears because you don’t want to hear what you will have to do or give up. You’re afraid He’ll ask you to go further than you’re willing to go for Him. I’ve found the same is true with the luni-solar Sabbath doctrine. Most people won’t hear it because they are afraid of what they don’t know, and they fear it will bring curses, and not blessings. “I’ll lose my Monday – Friday job along with the benefits”, “I’ll lose fellowship”, “My family will disown me”, “I’m not smart enough to figure out the calendar”, etc… Then there’s the “We’ll never know the correct Sabbath until He returns and tells us” excuse. I guess we might as well not do Saturday or Sunday then either. What difference does it make? He’ll tell us which ones of us are going to heaven or hell when He returns anyway. You don’t believe there’s a hell? Then I think we just found the problem!


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