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8th, 15th, 22nd an 29th Sabbath days




Introduction

When reading verses throughout the Bible you will notice that the weekly Sabbaths always fall on certain days of the Jewish month. You will also notice there are 7 days, a week, between the mentioned days of the Jewish month. That’s all very logical because a month starts at a new moon and from that point on the weekly Sabbath day is kept with 7 day intervals until the month ends.


Take your own birthday as an example. The day of the week changes every year. That’s so on the Gregorian calendar western people use. But also on the calendar present day Jews keep. But on calendar found in Scripture your birthday would be on the same day of the week every year.





But it’s never that simple. A lunar month is about 29.5 days long. So some months are 29 days and others 30 days long. That number can’t be divided by 7, a whole week. The calendar has a way to solve that as I’ve shown on this site.


I think it’s best to start with proof what days of the month are Sabbath days according to Scripture. I’ll quote some verses and highlight the the Sabbath day in red. I’ll add and subtract seven days to calculate the other Sabbath days in that month. The summary below each set of verses will look like:
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Oops, the 1st day is missing. And if it was there is wouldn’t be 7 days away from the the 29th. The calendar has a way to solve that as I’ll show in another article on this site.


You will also notice some feasts are discussed several times. At first glance that may look like using this same thing two or three times as proof. But keep in mind that this adds extra proof because the dates of those events span centuries. And still the dates fall on the same week day. That’s important for the following reason:


Some who believe a week is a continuous cycle of 7 days claim that Scripture for example mentioning a weekly Sabbath was kept on the fifteenth of the month is just coincidence because about every seven months a Sabbath falls on the fifteenth when following a continuous 7 day cycle. That’s true. A 1 in 7 change. Far from impossible odds. But the proof is in the number of times it occurs.

Compare it with throwing a dice. If it lands on 6 you just accept that because it’s a 1 in 6 chance; but when you throw 6 ten times  in a row, would you say all combined is a 1 in 6 chance? Keep in mind there are no verses showing any other than the proposed dates.


Instead of doing the calculations for you I let you do them yourself on this (click) independent site.
In the first box enter 1/7=0.14285.  That’s the change you would randomly land on 7. About 14%.

In the second box enter 10 for the number of verses we test the calendar date.

In the third box enter 10 because all 10 verses succeed in the test.

Press calculate.

Result: 3.5383630470065E-09 ==> 0.0000000035% chance.
(or calculate yourself by dividing 1 ten times by 7. ==> 1/7/7/7/7/7/7/7/7/7/7































The probability of it happening by random luck, gets more unlikely faster and faster. Seven times more unlikely every verse found.

10 verses: 0.0000003538% chance of random luck. 1 in 282.6 million.
11 verses: 0.0000000505% chance of random luck. 1 in 2 billion.
12 verses: 0.0000000072% chance of random luck. 1 in 13.9 billion.
15 verses: 0.00000000002% chance of random luck. 1 in 4.7 trillion.

16 verses: 0.000000000003% chance of random luck. 1 in 32.2 trillion.

21 verses: 0.0000000000000002% chance of random luck. 1 in a lot :-)



Proof #1 - Feast of unleavened bread


Lev 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover.
Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Feast of Unleavened to YAHWEH; you shall eat unleavened things seven days.
Lev 23:7 On the first day you shall have a holy gathering; you shall do no laborious work;

The 15th day starts the week of the ‘feast of unleavened bread’. The first day of this week, the 15th is a Sabbath day.
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Proof #2 - Feast of unleavened bread

John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) sought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
John 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulcher was near at hand.
Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
Luke 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Jesus was crucified on preparation day. Mark and Luke also mention it’s the day before the Sabbath. That Sabbath is the first day of the Feast of unleavened bread, which directly follows the Passover meal. See Lev 23:5-7 above. Preparation day is always immediately before a Sabbath day. Many believe annual Feasts can fall on any day of the week. Those feasts are also Sabbath days; therefore a preparation day can also fall in any day of the week. I think otherwise… As this article shows (click) week days were named first day, second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day, preparation day, Sabbath day. So preparation day was an actual name of a day in the the week.
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Proof #3 - Feast of First Fruits

In ‘Proof #1’ it was shown that the Sabbath day was on the fifteenth of the month. The chapter of Leviticus continues and states the day after the Sabbath day is called the day of First Fruits. The weekly Sabbath is the end of the Jewish week. So the next day is the first day of the week.

Lev 23:10 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest:
Lev 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.


1Cor 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
1Cor 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.  

Jesus is called “First Fruits’ as a reference to the feast of First Fruits. And being called First Fruits is directly connected to the fact He’s the first person who was raised from the dead.

Luke 24:1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
Luke 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.
Luke 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

The above verse show the women found an empty tomb early in the morning of the first day of the week. This conclusively proves He was already resurrected at that time of First Fruits day. I think by looking at the given time, date and names He was resurrected on First Fruits day. But I admit there is no solid proof in the form of a verse that directly tells us that. So in theory He could have been resurrected for example 5 hours earlier.
Anyway the conclusion is the same as in ‘Proof #1’. This set of verses just shows that centuries later The Feast of Unleavened bread also was celebrated on the 7th day of the week.
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Proof #4 - Feast of Tabernacles

Lev 23:34 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.
Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.

The first day is the first day of the festival week which starts at the fifteenth.

Lev 23:36 Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein.

The eighth day is the end of the festival week. Eight instead of seven because it’s including the day the count started. So the eighth day is the 22nd day of the month.
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Proof #5 - Feast of Tabernacles

2Chr 7:8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Egypt.
2Chr 7:9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

The eighth day is counting from the start of the feast of Tabernacles. The 15+ 7 =  22nd of the month.

2Chr 7:10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had showed to David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.

On the 23rd Solomon sent the people away. This is bit of indirect proof the 22nd was to important to send anyone away.
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Proof #6 - Esther

Esth 9:15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.
Esth 9:16 But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,
Esth 9:17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
Esth 9:18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

That clearly shows they rested on the fifteenth day of the month. But verse 17 mentions other Jews rested (also) on the two preceding days. That must have been resting from battle because verse 15 shows other Jews fought on the fourteenth of the month. That excludes the fourteenth as a Sabbath day. Besides of that verse 18 shows the feasted on the thirteenth and fourteenth day.
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Proof #7 - Feast of unleavened bread


Josh 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.
Josh 5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.

That’s the 15th.

Josh 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

The ‘morrow after’ is the sixteenth. Exodus 16 tells us Israel ate manna for forty years. They collected one day worth of manna in the morning of days 1-5 of the week. On day 6 they collected food for day 6 and 7. On the seventh day, Sabbath they rested and didn’t gather any food.
Josh 5:12 tells us the they didn’t receive many on the sixteenth. In theory that could be because it was a Sabbath day, on which they never received manna. But the verse also informs us “neither had the children of Israel manna any more”; that wasn’t the case on Sabbath days because on those days they had food left from the previous day when they gathered a double portion. So the fifteenth was a Sabbath day.
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Proof #8 - Feast of unleavened bread

Exod 19:1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.
Exod 19:2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

Israel traveled 6 days a week and the seventh day they rested. They arrived at mt Sinai exactly three months after they left Egypt. The very same day doesn’t mean Monday, Tuesday, etc but the day of the month; first, second, third etc. The verse below shows they left Egypt on the fifteenth  so they are resting on the fifteenth.

Num 33:3 And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.

Because traveling during a Sabbath (15th) is forbidden they must have left in the evening because a Sabbath 12-day is only the daylight portion of the day. See “Sabbath start/end”. Click.

BTW: Rephidim = “rests” or “stays” or “resting places”.
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Proof #9 - Jesus heals a blind man

John 7:2 Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand.
John 7:10 But when his brothers were gone up, then went he also up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

Jesus visits the Feast of Tabernacles which starts on the 15th See proof #4. The feast lasts 7 days (including the 15th) so ends on the 21st.  On the last day of the feast Jesus gave a short teaching.

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.

The chapter finishes with the words of people who do and don’t believed Jesus. The next chapter starts with Jesus going to mount Olives (to sleep) and early next morning He goes to the Temple.

John 8:1 Jesus went to the mount of Olives.
John 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down, and taught them.

This is the day after the short teaching so the 22nd day of the month. The rest of the chapter Jesus is interacting with Scribes, Pharisees and common people. At the end of the chapter Jesus passes by the people who try to stone Him. The next chapter opens with Jesus passing by a blind man. Jesus heals the blind man. Verse 14 states that day was a Sabbath day.

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the middle of them, and so passed by.
John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
John 9:7 And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
John 9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

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Proof #10 - Manna

Exod 16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
Exod 16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
Exod 16:23 And he said to them, This is that which the LORD has said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath to the LORD: bake that which you will bake to day, and seethe that you will seethe; and that which remains over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

They arrived the 15th. They gathered up to the 6th day=21st. The Next day, 22nd, was Sabbath.
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Proof #11 - The 8th day

Lev 9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
Lev 9:4 Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear to you.
Lev 9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.

On the 8th day offerings were made. The Temple doors were only open on New Moon day, Sabbath and Feasts.

Ezek 46:1 Thus said the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

There are no 8 days in a week or context doesn’t show it’s the 8th day of an earlier mentioned event, so the count must have started on New Moon Day. The Sabbath was on the 8th day.

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Proof #12 - The  seven day sanctification of the priests

In Exo 40:2-38 we read instructions to setup the Tabernacle on the first of the month.
Lots of instructions follow in Lev 1-7.
Lev 8 describes the actual 7 days of sanctification which began on the first day.
In Lev 9 Aaron and his sons present offerings for themselves and the people on the eighth day. In Lev 24:8 we read such sacrifices were made on Sabbath day.

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Proof #13 - And God said

All days in the creation week start with “And God said,”.
Gen 1:1-2 don’t have that format because they aren’t part of the creation week. Of course it was created but New Moon Day isn’t part of the week count.







When the letters of the 1st words of Genesis are rearranged it spells 1 Tishri. The start of Jewish New year. The start of  the month. That makes the seventh day of the creation week, day 8 of the month.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.

Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Gen 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.


Gen 1:31 states the last creative act of God was on 6th day.
Gen 2:2 states God stopped creating on the 7th day

Rephrasing solves that seemingly contradiction.

Gen 2:2 On the seventh day of the month God ended His work which He had made; and rested on the seventh day of the week, which is the eighth day of the month, from all the work He had made.


Gen 1:1-2 is the first day of the month, New Moon Day, which isn’t part of the week count. The first creation day is day 2 of the month, the sixth creation day is the seventh day of the month.
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Proof #14 - Dead Sea Scrolls fragment 4Q317

The Essenes divided the phases of the moon into 1/14ths of the full moon.

"[On the f]ifth (day) of it (the month), [tw]elve (fourteenths of the moon's surface) are covered and thus it [enters the day .  On the sixth (day) of it] thirteen (fourteenths of its surface) are covered and thus it enters the day.  On the seventh (day) of it [fourteen (fourteenths of its surface) are covered and thus] it enters the day.  vacat  [On the eighth (day) of it…the firmament above…its light is to be covered…on the first of the Sabbath.  vacat  [On the ninth (day) of it one (fourteenth) portion (of its surface)] is revealed [and thus it entered the night].  On the tenth (day) of it [two (fourteenths of its surface)] are [revealed and it enters] the night.  vacat  On the ele[venth (day) of it three (fourteenths of its surface) are revealed] and thus it enters the night.  Vacat"  
Phases of the moon (4Q317) - fragment d ii, 2-14 - J. T. Milik

The eighth day of the month is followed by the first day of the week; meaning meaning the eight day is the weekly Sabbath.

Josephus wrote that the Essenes were the most strict Sabbath keepers of all. He would surely have mentioned the Essences kept the Sabbath on a different day than all the other Jews; which they obviously didn’t.

"Moreover, they are stricter than any other of the Jews in resting from their labors on the seventh day; for they not only get their food ready the day before, that they may not be obliged to kindle a fire on that day, but they will not move any vessel out of its place, nor go to stool thereon."
Josephus Wars of the Jews 2:147

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Proof #15 - Phases

“Again, the periodical changes of the moon, take place according to the number seven, that star having the greatest sympathy with the things on earth.  And the changes which the moon works in the air, it perfects chiefly in accordance with its own configurations on each seventh day.  At all events, all mortal things, as I have said before, drawing their more divine nature from the heaven, are moved in a manner which tends to their preservation in accordance with this number seven.  … Accordingly, on the seventh day, Elohim caused to rest from all his works which he had made.”
Philo, Allegorical Interpretation, 1, Section IV (8-9), Section VI (16)

“…there is one principle of reason by which the moon waxes and wanes in equal intervals, both as it increases and diminishes in illumination; the seven lambs because it receives the perfect shapes in periods of seven days—the half-moon in the first seven day period after its conjunction with the sun, full moon in the second; and when it makes its return again, the first is to half-moon, then it ceases at its conjunction with the sun.
Philo, Special Laws I, (178)

“…the Hebrew Sabbathon … was celebrated at intervals of seven days, corresponding with changes in the moon’s phases...”
Encyclopedia Biblica, 1899. p. 4180


The above three statements show that on the moon has a perfect shape on all 4 Sabbath days.
- 7th day: Exactly first quarter.
- 14th day: Exactly full.
- 21st day: Exactly last quarter.
- 28th day: Exactly last crescent.
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Proof #16 - Burning down the Temple

“Then late on the day of the ninth, close to nightfall, they set the Temple on fire, and it continued to burn the entire next day, on the tenth.” Page 206: “When the Temple was destroyed for the first time at the hands of Nebuzaradan [the captain of the guard], that day was the ninth of Av, and it was the day following Shabbat, and it was the year following the Sabbatical Year.... And similarly when the Temple was destroyed a second time at the hands of Titus, the destruction occurred on the very same day, on the ninth of Av.”
Talmud the Steinsaltz Edition”, Volume XIV Tractate Ta’anit Part II (1995 by Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications and Milta Books), pages 205-206.

The ninth day directly followed the Sabbath.
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Proof #17 - Moon at its height

“For it is said in the Scripture: On the tenth day of this month let each of them take a sheep according to his house; in order that from the tenth, there may be consecrated to the tenth, that is to Elohim, the sacrifices which have been preserved in the soul, which is illuminated in two portions out of the three, until it is entirely changed in every part, and becomes a heavenly brilliancy like a full moon, at the height of its increase at the end of the second week
Philo - On Mating with the Preliminary Studies, XIX (102)

Full moon is always at the end of the second week. If the counting of weekdays would start on new moon day the full moon would be on the fourteenth. But there isn’t a single verse that states a weekly Sabbath on the fourteenth. But many show/indicate the fifteenth.
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Proof #18 - Dead Sea Scrolls

"On the eighth of the month [chodesh], the moon rules all the day in the midst of the sky...and when the sun sets, its light ceases to be obscured, and thus the moon begins to be revealed on the first day of the week".
“The Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation”, pp 301-303  - Wise, Abegg and Cooke.

The day after the 8th day is the 1st day of the week; making the 8th day a Sabbath.

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Proof #19

“And this feast is begun on the fifteenth day of the month, in the middle of the month, on the day on which the moon is full of light, in consequence on the providence of Elohim taking care that there shall be no darkness on that day.”
Philo, Special Laws II, The Fifth Festival, Section XXVIII (155)

The fifteenth is a full moon.

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Conclusion:  Every Sabbath falls on either the 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th of the month.

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Proof #20

Please read Numbers 29:12-35.
In verse 12 and 35 it’s clearly stated those days (15th and 22nd) are Sabbath days. It can be argued those days are extra Sabbath days. That would be an argument from silence, while this example again shows the same days as Sabbath days.

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Order
The Luni-Solar calendar results in an orderly week, month and year.

Sabbath align with the phases (full, quarter, etc) of the moon.

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This is h Sabbath moons look


8th day of the month. 1st Sabbath of the month. (First quarter)



15th day of the month. 2nd Sabbath of the month. (Full moon)



22nd day of the month. 3rd Sabbath of the month. (Third quarter)



29th day of the month. 4th Sabbath of the month. (Old moon/waning crescent)


The pictures above show the perfect configuration on the 4 Sabbath days.
Most of the time the moon doesn’t look exactly like that. That’s no flaw in the calendar, it’s impossible/obvious because: