THE MASTER’S CLOCK!

 

Discerning The True 7th Day Sabbath of Yeshua!

PART 12

 

Three Months

In A Row!

 

1st Month In A Row

 

In the midst of a culture baked in paganism, noted for its worship of the crescent moon YHWH speaks to Moses and Aharon…

 

And YHWH spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon in the land of Mitsrayim, saying, This new moon is the beginning of new moons for you, it is the first new moon of the year for you. (Exodus 12:1-2 The Scriptures 2009 emphasis mine)

I feel perfectly safe saying, “You can bet your bottom dollar there wasn’t a crescent moon hanging in the Western sky ready to immediately disappear over the Western horizon when YHWH spoke to Moses and Aharon about this matter!” Its invisible next-of-kin, the dark moon, wouldn’t have been hiding in the sky either, no, YHWH has set His beacon for the months as far apart from these two nearly lightless imposters as possible. His beacon for the beginning of the month is a GREAT LIGHT!

 

It is here that YHWH reestablishes His calendar with the Israelites, a calendar that had been lost! The narrative of the exodus account now has a foundation for recording when important events happened which will then help us today to restore these same time keeping principles of THE MASTER’S CLOCK. From Moses to Joshua and all the way to the confirming events of the crucifixion of Messiah Yeshua the calendar remains the same and it is not what we’re keeping today! Let’s take a look.

 

There is a key to unlocking this evidence from Exodus. The set-apart period of the Sabbath consists of the 12 daylight hours of the day only; it does not include the night watches. With that understood we will begin to see that for three months in a row in the Exodus narrative the Sabbaths fell on the same days of the month!

 

After YHWH reestablishes the 1st Month of the Year He immediately begins to set in order what needs to take place and when…

 

“Speak to all the congregation of Yisra’el, saying, On the tenth day of this month each one of them is to take for himself a lamb,…  And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then all the assembly of the congregation of Yisra’el shall kill it between the evenings.” (Exodus 12:3a, 6 Scriptures ’98)

 

As previously noted the 10th and 14th of the 1st Month are workdays, the 14th is also known as the Preparation Day, a workday. These days can NEVER land on the 7th Day of the Week. Of special interest here is the timing of the slaughter of the lambs on the 14th Day, i.e. ‘between the evenings’, prior to the ‘Passover’, which takes place later that night. This same phrase is also used to describe the timing of the second daily sacrifice of the tabernacle and temple, i.e. in the middle of the afternoon; it is an appointed time! In other words the Pesach slaughter did not take place after sunset as many teach. The reason many teach that the Pesach slaughter takes place after sunset is because they believe that the days begin with sunset. In believing that they push the Pesach slaughter down the road 3 hours from its appointed time, i.e. ‘between the evenings’, this also gives them the daylight hours after the next sunrise to plunder the Egyptians on what would be their 14th day. I can’t imagine a nation, which was to represent YHWH, would ever consider plundering the Egyptians at the very time when the Egyptians would have been mourning the loss of their firstborn. (I believe and teach that the days begin with sunrise and end with sunset, I have written two articles concerning the subject and only mention it here to help the reader understand what I am writing.) Having placed the blood of the lambs on the doorpost and lintels the Israelites were spared the death of their firstborn but that night was not a night for sleep.

 

Beginning with verse 15 YHWH sets in order the proper keeping of the Pesach slaughter, Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. From the evening of the 14th to the evening of the 21st Israel was to eat unleavened Bread!

 

The Israelites would have rested during the daylight hours of the 15th after their long sleepless night of the 14th, it was the weekly Sabbath and High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many believe that they would have spent the day plundering Egypt but the favor that YHWH had shown them is qualified as past tense.

 

And the children of Yisra’el had done according to the word of Mosheh, and they had asked from the Mitsrites objects of silver, and objects of gold, and garments. And YHWH gave the people favour in the eyes of the Mitsrites, so that they gave them what they asked, and they plundered the Mitsrites. (Exodus 12:35-36 Scriptures ’98)

 

They would probably have plundered Egypt sometime prior to the 14th Day; I can imagine that anytime between the 10th and the 14th, even all the way up to the Pesach slaughter on the 14th would be a possibility. It is only natural to think Israel rested on the 15th, as the 14th Day is known to be the Preparation Day making the 15th Day the weekly Sabbath and the 1st Day or High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Verse 16 helps us understand a little something about this 15th Day of the Month and the 7th Day of the Week…

 

‘And on the first day is a set-apart gathering, and on the seventh day you have a set-apart gathering. No work at all is done on them, only that which is eaten by every being, that alone is prepared by you. (Exodus 12:16 Scriptures ’98)

 

Two points come to mind; the first is that I would consider plundering work! My point being that the daylight portion following the nighttime Passover was the 15th not the 14th and no plundering took place that day! This daylight portion of the 15th falls between two exhausting nights, that of the Passover on the 14th and that of the 15th when Israel began their exodus from Egypt, it is only reasonable to believe that Israel rested during the daylight portion of the 15th after having been up all night during the Passover. The daylight hours of the 15th constitute the set-apart hours of the weekly Sabbath and the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The second point being, I think the verse above is interesting based on the fact that if the 15th Day of the 1st Month (the first day of the festival) is not the same day as ‘the seventh day’ (of the week) then we will violate the 4th Commandment, which commands us to work 6 Days! The High Sabbath, upon which no work can be done, cannot fall on a workday without violating the 4th Commandment; it has to land on the weekly Sabbath every year lest you end up with only 5 workdays that week! These translations are killing us!

 

Just a side note here, the last half of verse 16 blows the doctrine of ‘no cooking on the Sabbath’ completely out of the water!

 

Then comes an important detail…

 

And the sojourn of the children of Yisra’el who lived in Mitsrayim was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to be at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, on that same day it came to be that all the divisions of YHWH went out from the land of Mitsrayim. It is a night to be observed unto YHWH for bringing them out of the land of Mitsrayim. This night is unto YHWH, to be observed by all the children of Yisra’el throughout their generations. (Exodus 12:40-42 Scriptures ’98)

 

And they departed from Sukkoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And YHWH went before them by day in a column of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a column of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. The column of cloud did not cease by day, nor the column of fire by night, before the people. (Exodus 13:20-22 Scriptures ’98)

 

“Guard the month of Abib, and perform the Passover to YHWH your Elohim, for in the month of Abib YHWH your Elohim brought you out of Mitsrayim by night. (Deuteronomy 16:1 Scriptures ’98)

 

Here is where we must keep in mind the key to unlocking the evidence that supports the 15th being a weekly Sabbath and why the events happened when they did. If the 15th is both a High Sabbath and a weekly Sabbath, when YHWH over and over again says everyone must do no work lest they be cut off from Israel, why then did YHWH cause Israel to leave Egypt on that day? The answer is simple! It is the daylight hours of the Sabbath that are set-apart, therefore YHWH waited until night to bring the Israelites out of Egypt! Once the sun had set the Israelites were free to march out of Egypt during the night with boldness without violating the Sabbath! So in conclusion, because the 15th Day of the 1st Month was a weekly Sabbath so were the 8th, 22nd and 29th!

For the 1st Month In A Row, the Sabbaths have fallen on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of the Month!

2nd Month In A Row

 

I have to tell you, I pity Moses! I could never have put up with a bunch of whiners like Israel was proving itself to be…

 

And they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their going out of the land of Mitsrayim. And all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el grumbled against Mosheh and Aharon in the wilderness. (Exodus 16:1-2 Scriptures ’98)

 

So here we have it established that Moses and the grumbling Israelites arrive at the Wilderness of Sin on the 15th Day of the Second Month. The text is not specific as to exactly what time they arrived but as we will see the 15th Day of the Month is a weekly Sabbath. Therefore it is reasonable to believe they had once again journeyed through the night and arrived at their destination at sunrise on the 15th and then rested. This then sets the stage for the conversation YHWH will have with Moses and then Moses speaks with the children of Israel at some point during the daylight hours of the 15th.

 

And the children of Yisra’el said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of YHWH in the land of Mitsrayim, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to satisfaction! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to put all this assembly to death with hunger.” And YHWH said to Mosheh, “See, I am raining bread from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, in order to try them, whether they walk in My Torah or not. “And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” (Exodus 16:3-5 Scriptures ’98)

 

Those are the ground rules for what will begin to take place the next day, but there is more…

 

And Mosheh and Aharon said to all the children of Yisra’el, “At evening you shall know that YHWH has brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim. “And in the morning you shall see the esteem of YHWH, for He hears your grumblings against YHWH. And what are we, that you grumble against us?” And Mosheh said, “In that YHWH gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to satisfaction, for YHWH hears your grumblings which you make against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against YHWH.” And Mosheh said to Aharon, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el, ‘Come near before YHWH, for He has heard your grumblings.’” And it came to be as Aharon spoke to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el, that they looked toward the wilderness and see, the esteem of YHWH appeared in the cloud. And YHWH spoke to Mosheh, saying, “I have heard the grumblings of the children of Yisra’el. Speak to them, saying, ‘Between the evenings you are to eat meat, and in the morning you are to be satisfied with bread. And you shall know that I am YHWH your Elohim.’” (Exodus 16:6-12 Scriptures ’98)

 

Now meat has been added to the menu, at least for that evening. Here the Scriptures ’98 translation has used the phrase ‘between the evenings’ which is derived from the Hebrew phrase 'beyn ha'arbayim' H996 H6153. My understanding of 'between the evenings' comes from the fact that the same phrase is used to describe the timing of the 2nd daily sacrifice at the tabernacle and or temple, which takes place in the middle of the afternoon, the same time that the Passover lambs were to be slaughtered and the same time Messiah Yeshua died on the cross. So we see here that YHWH has done the one thing that is permissible on the 7th Day Sabbath, in the middle of the afternoon He prepared a meal for Israel! Now we’re ready for the plan to be put into action.

 

And it came to be that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And the layer of dew went up, and see, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. (Exodus 16:13-14 Scriptures ’98)

 

So on the evening (actually in the afternoon) of the 15th before sunset quails covered the camp and in the morning of the 16th the Manna fell for the first time! Let’s jump past Israel’s inability to follow rules and check out verses 22 to 30.

 

And it came to be, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Mosheh. And he said to them, “This is what YHWH has said, ‘Tomorrow is a rest, a Sabbath set-apart to YHWH. That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook.  And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.’” And they laid it up till morning, as Mosheh commanded. And it did not stink, and no worm was in it. And Mosheh said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to YHWH, today you do not find it in the field. “Gather it six days, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there is none.” And it came to be that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And YHWH said to Mosheh, “How long shall you refuse to guard My commands and My Torot? “See, because YHWH has given you the Sabbath, therefore He is giving you bread for two days on the sixth day. Let each one stay in his place, do not let anyone go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day. (Exodus 16:22-30 Scriptures ’98)

 

Israel has now worked their way through the first week of Manna. The Manna first began to fall on the morning of the 16th Day of the 2nd Month and for 5 days Israel gathered an omer for every person. That takes us through the 20th Day of the 2nd Month. Then on the 21st Day of the 2nd Month Israel follows directions and gathers a double portion of Manna which they bake or cook to carry over to the Sabbath Day which is the 22nd Day of the 2nd Month! So in conclusion, because the 15th Day of the 2nd Month was a Sabbath so were the 8th, 22nd and 29th!

 

As a side note notice the commandment to bake or cook on the 6th Day has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of prohibition against cooking on the Sabbath! The commandment to bake or cook on the 6th Day was simply given to preserve the double portion of food lest it spoil before the Sabbath, which was the next day when no Manna would be provided.

 

We now come to a major stumbling block for most people when they consider Lunar Sabbath observance, that being that no Manna was provided on the New Moon Days, i.e. the 30th Day and the 1st Day of each month.. At this time period all months would have been 30-Day Months. Therefore there would always have been two New Moon Days when there would have been no Manna provided according to the silence of Scripture. But is this as big an issue as those who oppose Lunar Sabbath observance make it out to be? The fact is that the Israelites left Egypt with a large number of cattle. From the 15th Day of the 1st Month to the 15th Day of the Second Month Israel would have eaten whatever food they packed out on their animals, the animals themselves and whatever they found growing in the wilderness.

 

And a mixed multitude went up with them too, also flocks and herds, very much livestock(Exodus 12:38 Scriptures ’98)

 

It’s not like they were going to go hungry on New Moon Days. As a matter of fact I suspect they ate quite well on New Moon Days! The Manna being provided for 28 out of the 30 days of every month took a huge burden off their livestock but it doesn’t mean that they no longer ate from those herds. And it should be asked, “What did the livestock eat?” Manna? While the livestock may have benefitted from the Manna I can’t believe even for a second that Manna would have been all that the livestock had to eat. And if the livestock grazed off the land then there would also have been vegetation that the Israelites could have eaten too.

 

For the 2nd Month In A Row, the Sabbaths have fallen on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of the Month!

 

3rd Month In A Row

 

Moses and the Israelites make their final journey on their way to Mount Sinai.

 

In the third month after the children of Yisra’el had come out of the land of Mistsrayim, on this day they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they set out from Rephidim, and had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness.  So Yisra’el camped there before the mountain. (Exodus 19:1-2 Scriptures ’98)

 

What day did Moses and Israel leave Egypt?

 

So they departed from Ra`meses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month, on the morrow of the Passover the children of Yisra’el went out with boldness before the eyes of all the Mitsrites, and the Mitsrites were burying all their first-born, whom YHWH had smitten among them. (Numbers 33:3 Scriptures ’98)

 

For the third month in a row the 15th Day of the Month has taken on a special significance in the Exodus narrative. In this case Moses and the Israelites left Rephidim at an undisclosed date and they arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai and camped there on the 15th Day of the 3rd Month. They rest during the 15th Day and then Moses is called up the mountain on the 16th Day of the 3rd Month to begin the three-day preparation for YHWH’s visit with the Israelites on the 18th Day of the 3rd Month.

 

For three months in a row the 15th Day of the Month has been shown to be a weekly Sabbath of rest which is impossible on any calendar which ignores New Moon Day as a third category of day which is neither a work day or Sabbath but rather utilizes an 'unbroken chain of 7 day weekly cycles'. So in conclusion, because the 15th Day of the 3rd Month was a Sabbath the 8th, 22nd and 29th Days were also Sabbaths!

For the 3rd Month In A Row, the Sabbaths have fallen on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of the Month!

This has been Part 12 of the 17 Part series titled THE MASTER'S CLOCK! It is my sincere hope and prayer that in reading this series you'll be blessed with the revelation of Time According to the Author of Time! May your eyes be opened to The Creator's Cosmological Calendar!

 

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