LUNAR SABBATH MOON SYSTEM?
article by Lew White
SEE ALSO www.fossilizedcustoms.com/lunarsabbath.html
~ Or, as some will insist: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th ~
LUNAR SABBATH: LIKE "SUN-DAY", AN ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
IF THE NEW MOON IS A "SABBATH", IT WAS SURELY VIOLATED EACH 1ST DAY OF THE 1ST MOON:
SEE EXODUS / SHEMOTH 40:1,2
THE TEMPLE NOT MADE WITH HANDS IS THE BRIDE OF YAHUSHA. HE IS THE 'MASTER OF THE SABBATH', AND THE SABBATH IS THE SIGN OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT (EZ 20). IF A TEACHING REMOVES THIS SIGN AND SETS UP AN ABOMINATION THAT "DESOLATES" THE COVENANT, AND ITS SIGN, WE HAVE TURNED ASIDE TO MYTHS AND DOCTRINES OF DEMONS.
Circumambulating or "Tawaf " is discussed near the bottom of this page. Moon dancing too . . .
Is Yahusha the Master of the Lunar Sabbath, or is another that master? Those who observe the 7-day continual cycle see it everywhere in Scripture, but here are two verses that describe the 7-day continual cycle clearly, then add-up the total number of days that are embraced by it (Hebrew word numbers shown):
Lev 23:15 And you shall
countH5608 for yourself from the morrowH4480 H4283 after the sabbath,H7676 from
the dayH4480 H3117 you broughtH935 (H853) the sheafH6016 of the wave
offering;H8573 sevenH7651 sabbathsH7676 shall beH1961 complete:H8549
Lev 23:16 Even untoH5704 the morrowH4480 H4283 after the seventhH7637 sabbathH7676 you shall numberH5608 fiftyH2572 days;H3117 and you shall offerH7126 a newH2319 meat offeringH4503 to Yahuah.H3068 -
We see 7 "complete" or "intact" weeks back-to-back (continual), then with the day after them included, we see the total number of days are 50. When this fails to fit the model of a person caught in a stronghold of false teaching, they have to interpret the words incorrectly in order to make their doctrine work. The Strong's numbers will help dispel any misunderstanding in those who may doubt what the words mean.
EVIDENCE FOR 7-DAY PATTERN NOT BASED ON THE MOON:
QUESTION asked by Lunar Sabbathers:
"Can any evidence be found in Scripture of a repeating 7-day pattern?"
THE ANSWER WILL CAUSE PARADIGM-COLLAPSE TRAUMA:
ANSWER: First, look in any
concordance for the word
"week" (Hebrew, SHABUA,
#7620). This word is based on the word
SHEBA, "7". The word Sabbaton is used 58 times in the Messianic writings, or Brit Chadasha, and translated as the 7th day of the week, or weekly Sabbath day. But, in 9 other cases, it is translated as "week", referring to the cycle or period of 7 days we are familiar with. Further, at Lev. 23:15,16 the weekly Sabbaths are used to count off 7 Sabbaths. It tells us to count 7 "completed Sabbaths", up until the "morrow after the seventh Sabbath", you count 50 days. Do the math. This is another example, and even numbers the total elapsed days involved, so we know that "Shabuoth" falls on the 1st day of the week each year. As Brian Allen recently pointed out, if the weekly Sabbath were governed by the moon, you'd run into trouble reconciling the "7 Sabbaths" within this 50 days, because you'd have 2 new moons falling within this period. The way they (Lunar Sabbathers) figure it, you'd have more than 7 Sabbaths within 50 days' time (in just 30 days, the lunar Sabbath folks calculate 6 Sabbaths, and so they reach their count to the day after their 7th Sabbath in only 37 days). The 50th day, called "Pentecost" (Greek, "count fifty"), is our (Israel's) Wedding Anniversary, commemorating the giving of the Torah at Sinai, and should be the day after the 7th Sabbath. Instead of taking 49 days to get there, they reach 7 Sabbaths in only 37 days. Shabuoth (weeks) is the plural of Shabua (week), and is a High Sabbath, and follows the weekly 7th-day Sabbath. In another place, Sabbatical "years" are explained (7 cycles of 7 years each, sheba shabbathot shanah, seven Sabbaths of years—seven times seven years, Lev. 25:8), so that we can determine when the year of Jubilee arrives, the 50th year of the cycle. Remember, SHABUA means week, and SHABUOTH means weeks. A Shabua would represent a "complete" week of seven days, from day 1 through Shabbath, the seventh day. After that, we have “the first day of the week” starting over again, as most of us can wrap our minds around that concept. The week of 7 days cannot be altered by mankind. The seven lampstands on the menorah remain an eternal sign of Yahuah’s Torah, and the seven days of the week remain an eternal sign of Yahuah’s act of creation.
-- PARADIGM-COLLAPSE EXPRESSION
The "Lunar Sabbath" idea is a new wind of doctrine promoting the idea that the phases of the moon identify or set the weekly Sabbaths. Even among those promoting this concept, there are major differences. These doctrines say the new moon re-sets the "week" we know as the 7-day pattern ending with a Sabbath, and that the way the Yahudim have been doing it is wrong, and inherited from the Romans. All the cultures on this planet - even those never having contact with the Roman Empire - have the same 7-day week, and this pattern goes far back into the mists of history. It is unchangeable, and yet these new doctrines claim there was a change. Yahusha never claimed there was any problem, and certainly since His coming there has been no alteration attempted by anyone, anywhere. Those who teach this new "Lunar Sabbath" method have no Scripture to back them up. Reading their books and articles will readily show this. When we go to unbelievers (such as Karaites) to learn, our foundations will soon begin to spin out of control. Yahuah's Word is our sure foundation.
DID YAHUAH RE-TEACH YISRAEL THE "WEEK" WITH THE MOON, OR MANNA?
“And Yahuah said to Mosheh, ‘See, I am raining bread(manna) from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, in order to try (test) 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.” (Ex. 16:4,5)
A word about "crescent sighting", a teaching that is found in the Koran (Quran):
"Crescent sighting" is not done by the Yahudim today, but rather their view is that the first day of each moon begins with the "conjunction", or dark moon. They did not learn this from Babylon as some will claim. The moon "builds" from this zero-point, until the first 24-hour period ends at sunset, and a thin crescent may be seen above the western horizon, indicating that the first day of the moon is completed. Many Messianics teach that we should view the "crescent sighting" to be the starting point, or "zero", counting forward from that sunset as the beginning of the first day of the moon. This delay of one full day causes the "full moon" to appear on the 14th day of their count. By deduction, we find this to be in conflict with this text:
Psa 81:3 "Blow the ram’s horn at the time of the New Moon; at the full moon, on our festival day."
If the moon is not full when you reach the 15th of your count, investigate why this might be, and adjust your beginning point to "zero" using the dark moon.
The Islamic tradition uses the "crescent sighting", and you may verify this by visiting their website, http://www.icoproject.org/, where the ICOP (Islamic Crescents' Observation Project) carefully explains how the Koran (Alcoran) directs the crescent sighting.
The "Lunar Sabbath" ~ This new wind of doctrine is extremely divisive, and is rapidly becoming a new custom within our generation. We must watch, and stand fast and hold to the traditions which you were taught, and be without wrath and disputing. (see 2 Thess. 2:15, 1 Tim. 2:8).
The languages of Earth affirm the universality of the 7-day week, and 108 of them have based their name for the 7th day on the original Hebrew word:
Ancient Syriac: shabatho, Babylonian: sabatu, Arabic: assabt, Etheopic: sanbat, Armenian: shapat, Polynesian: hari sabtu, Swahili: assabt, Latin: Sabbatum, Italian: Sabbato, Spanish: Sabado, Russian: Subbota, Polish: Sobota, Assyrian: Sabata, Tigre: Sanbat, Kurdish: Shamba, Georgian: Shabati, Morduin: Subbota, Portuguese: Sabbado, New Slovenian: Sobota, Prussian: Sabatico.
Robert Wells made this observation:
False teaching: Lunar Sabbath
The fact that men of Yahuah worked or traveled on a new moon day is one of the strongest indications that it (a new moon day) was never understood to be a day of rest (except for the 7th new moon, which is specifically set apart as being a day of rest, so deductively this means the other new moons were not). The week is never aligned to the moon in any way, and the moon is a light given for the annual moed’im which are counted from the new moons.
The weeks are not counted or marked from the new moons, but stand on the foundation of creation week only.
The moon is not the foundation of the week, it was only a part of creation, coming into existence on the 4th day.
The “week” had already started before the moon came into existence!
Is the MOON the real "Master of the Sabbath"?
The new moons are indicators for us to tell time. Sundials and clocks are round because the sun and moon are round. We know that days, moons, and years can be established from a study of Scripture, and world History. The pattern of the 7-day week is something that reflects or echoes the reminder of the Creation week to each person on Earth. And it's a daily reminder! A very good question was asked of me about the pattern of 7 days:
Q: Can you find any Scripture that says there is an unending seven-day cycle from Creation? Is it safe to assume such without evidence?
Answer: We already know about the 1st and 2nd chapter of Genesis (Bereshith), so we'll assume that isn't good enough proof, and look at a couple of other Scriptural situations where the cycle of 7 days are involved (a week of days). There are also cases where a "week of years" are mentioned. We'll even get the thrill of multiplying 7 x 7 to get the answer of 49 -- so pay close attention kids. We need to consider the Hebraic concept of the week as a unit, made up of seven days; and in some cases units of 7 years.
First, look in a concordance for the word "week" (Hebrew, SHABUA, #7620). This word also means "7". The word Sabbaton is used 58 times in the Messianic writings, or Brit Chadasha, and translated as the 7th day of the week, or weekly Sabbath day. But, in 9 other cases, it is translated as "week", referring to the cycle or period of 7 days we are familiar with. Further, at Lev. 23:15,16 the weekly Sabbaths are used to count off 7 Sabbaths. It tells us to count 7 "completed Sabbaths", up until the "morrow after the seventh Sabbath", you count 50 days. This is another example, and even numbers the total elapsed days involved, so we know that "Shabuoth" falls on the 1st day of the week each year. As Brian Allen recently pointed out, if the weekly Sabbath were governed by the moon, you'd run into trouble reconciling the "7 Sabbaths" within this 50 days, because you'd have 2 new moons falling within this period. The way I figure it, you'd have more than 7 Sabbaths within 50 days' time (in just 30 days, the lunar Sabbath folks calculate 6 Sabbaths, and so they reach their count to the day after their 7th Sabbath in only 37 days). The 50th day, called "Pentecost" (Greek, "count fifty"), is our (Israel's) Wedding Anniversary, commemorating the giving of the Torah at Sinai, and should be the day after the 7th Sabbath. Instead of taking 49 days to get there, they reach 7 Sabbaths in only 37 days. Shabuoth (weeks) is the plural of Shabua (week), and is a High Sabbath, and follows the weekly 7th-day Sabbath. In another place, Sabbatical "years" are explained (7 cycles of 7 years each, sheba shabbathot shanah, seven Sabbaths of years—seven times seven years, Lev. 25:8), so that we can determine when the year of Jubilee arrives, the 50th year of the cycle. Remember, SHABUA means week, and SHABUOTH means weeks. A Shabua would represent a "complete" week of seven days, from day 1 through Shabbath, the seventh day.
Father Yahuah did not have to explain what a week of 7 days was (shabua), until Israel had forgotten it; He used the manna to re-train them how to count the week again in the wilderness. If the week, and specifically the 7th day Sabbath (the completion of a week), could be ascertained at all from something in the skies, the manna would not have been necessary to train Israel. A day without food tends to get your attention. One important thing to remember is that the moon in no way effects or rules over the day/night pattern, or the count of the 7 days of creation. The moon rules over the night, and the moedim, or annual High Sabbaths. It can never affect the 7-day cycle of creation. In Daniel, we see the “7 sevens”, or 7 weeks of years. Again, at Lev. 25 we can apply this 7-year cycle for us to know when to let the land rest in the “Sabbatical years”, and there is smooth rhythm of 7 x 7 years, making up 49 years, in the count to the “Jubilee year” following this “seven weeks of years”, sheba shabua shanah. If the 7 years (a week of years) establishes the model for the land to rest, we can be sure that our interpretation of the week of days is also sound. So, yes, it is safe to say there are Scriptures to back up the understanding of “an unending seven-day cycle from Creation”. The Pagan Babylonians did not establish the 7-day week (shabua), nor did the Romans; it was Yahuah alone. Sabbath, the word, is not even a stone's throw from the Hebrew word for seven, sheba, or the word shabua. The “7 pillars” referred to at Ps. 75:3 and Prov. 9:1 in their context refer to the unmovable and unshakable foundation which Father Yahuah established for the 7 days of each week. The moon is brought in to determine the 7 annual High Sabbaths. The 7 millennia, or pattern of 7 periods of 1000-years each, is unaffected by the moon. The first 7 days (creation week) established a repeating cycle of 7 in order that we recall creation, and honor the Creator each 7th day. Besides all this, if the Yahudim (Jews) and the 12 tribes of Israel dispersed all over the Earth think that the Sabbath Day each week is the same one the Pagans have been calling "Satyr Day" (or day of Satyrn), and it isn't REALLY the Sabbath, then why would Satan arrange to change the day of rest from the true 7th day of the week to Sun-Day (the 1st day of the week) for his deceived followers? (Under penalty of death, Constantine ordained the change of the Sabbath to his "Sun-Day" in the year 321 CE, in his "Edict of Milan"). Satan changed the day of rest for Mohammad's pupils in the 7th century to the six day of the week. Why would Satan do that, if the 7th day was already wrong? The real answer is, the 7th day of each week really is the true Sabbath, the commemoration of creation; and this honors the true Maker of Heaven and Earth, Yahuah - the ELOHIM OF ISRAEL. Even if the cycle of seven days had been changed at any point from some "lunar pattern", how could the whole Earth have adopted the flaw all at once, without any echo of the previous "correct" pattern lurking about in some culture? Also, remember that many remote cultures all over the Earth have retained in their indigenous languages the meaning, and often a close sounding word for the Hebrew word, "Sabbath" -- for their 7th day of each week (Shabbath, Sabbath, Sabo, Sabado, Subbata, Shubuta, etc.,.). The Sabbath is really the only day of the week that has a name -- the other days were only numbered, until the Pagans decided to give homage to various deities by calling the days by the proper names of their false elohim (i.e., Sun Day, Moon Day, Tyr's Day, Woden's Day, Thor's Day, Frigga's Day, Satyrn Day).
The sun rules over the day. A week of 7 days cycles over and over, and the moon is in no way able to interfere with it. The manna, not the moon, was used to emphasize this "shabua" cycle to remind Israel. Days and months are not connected or geared together, but flow separately through time. The period of 7 days, which we call the week (Hebrew, SHABUA, #7620), has been assaulted in recent years by the new teachings concerning new moons. This mostly is the result of deciding to believe something, then hunting down the texts that support that belief (eisegesis). Once a person falls for the re-setting of the weekly pattern which they believe is caused by the moon, the moon becomes an all-consuming topic for them from that point on. They feel that they must convince everyone else to see the hidden secret they've discovered.
By deduction, or the taking away (discounting) of what is not discussed, we know there is only one new moon day which is a day of rest from work; the first day of the 7th moon. By simple deductive reasoning, we know that the other 11 new moon days are not rest days. The fact that men of Yahuah worked and traveled on new moon days is but one indication of this. The best method for study is by exegesis, not eisegesis.
We do not worship or serve the men who promote a floating weekly Sabbath involving the moon cycles, so we don’t have to fear them or their teachings; but we should not be hateful to them in their deception either. There is not a single text from Scripture which suggests or implies that the 7th day Sabbath is regulated or connected to the moon or its phases; the only associations that can be made between new moon days and Sabbaths are imagined assumptions, and the mishandling of the Word of Father Yahuah. Bending, wrestling, and twisting the Scriptures is a grievous thing to do, and falling from our steadfastness can easily be the end result. We are not to judge the person, however as the Body of Mashiach we are to judge the teachings regarding food, drink, new moons, Sabbaths, and moedim.
It's natural to have differences of understanding, but we must not allow these to become roots of bitterness between one another. There are many points of contention today; the "new moon" re-setting the weekly Sabbath is one example. The controversy over who is to be the recipient of the tenth part of our increase is another point of difference, mostly argued by those who have been used to taking the tithe as teachers. Then there is the issue of whether the crescent moon sighting is the beginning, or the end, of the actual first day of the new moon. Like the Bereans, we need to test and examine if what we hear is really true.
TWO APPROACHES IN UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE
FIRST: We go to the Writings with an open, unbiased attitude, free of denominational slants or teachings, or previous impressions. This is called Exegesis (direct analysis or interpretation of Scripture). Allowing the Word to directly speak to us, we can form a solid foundation through personal study, guided by our Teacher, the Spirit of Yahusha. Listening to other men teach us what Scripture says is fine also, as long as we test everything we hear, being careful how we listen, as the assembly at Berea did (Acts 17:10,11).
SECOND: (the wrong approach) -- We go to the Writings to prove something we already believe, finding sentences which hint at the idea. This is called Eisegesis (analyzing from one's own ideas). In these cases the text is not directly describing or teaching the concept we are trying to prove, but rather the words are extracted and hunted-down, to "prove" what we believe. This is how men "twist" or "spin" the Words of Scripture, especially the letters of Shaul (Paul): ". . . as also our beloved brother Shaul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, as also in all his letters, speaking in them concerning these matters, in which some are hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable TWIST (spin) to their own destruction, as they do also the other Scriptures. You, then, beloved ones, being forewarned, watch; lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the delusion of the lawless." - 2 Kepha 3:15-17
Ha shatan, the adversary, hates the marriage Covenant, and Israel. This means the enemy of our beings hates the "sign" of our Covenant, the Sabbath. This being attacks Israel at every turn, and attempts to alter the Covenant, or make it seem unimportant. The “sign” of this Eternal (Everlasting) Covenant is the sign of the Sabbath, which is the 7th day of each week. Today some have begun to believe that the Yahudim (tribe called "Jews" today) altered the original pattern for keeping track of the correct WEEKLY Sabbaths. They feel that the MOON was originally used to determine not only the ANNUAL High Sabbaths, but also the WEEKLY day of rest. The 7-day pattern is found in every corner of our world, and the 7th day, which most English-speaking people call "Saturday", is widely known to be the Sabbath day which is found throughout Scripture. Many languages exist on our planet; and if you study the various names these languages have for this 7th day, you will find they closely relate cognatively to the Hebrew word for Sabbath, SHABATH (cease). So, even if the Yahudim attempted to change the pattern, it would become evident to everyone that they did so when the patterns are compared to one another. The pattern of 7 weekdays (shabua) is found across the entire planet without any conflict in its rhythm -- none of the cultures on Earth use a lunar phase to determine or re-set their week. Their languages even identify within themselves the day of rest being the one called "Shabbath" in Hebrew. Their word for this day still bears a strong resemblance to the Hebrew original!
“My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a SIGN (guarding His Sabbaths) between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, Yahuah, am setting you apart. (sign = mark, signal)
And you shall guard the Sabbath it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people. Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to Yahuah. (Sabbath, or Shabbath, means "seven"). Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death.
“And the children of Yisra’el shall guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant. (Gentiles must engraft into Israel to partake of the Covenants, and the Sabbath is the sign of the Everlasting Covenant, the marriage between Yahuah and His wife, Israel).
“Between Me and the children of Yisra’el it is a sign forever. For in six days Yahuah made the heavens and the Earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.” Exodus (Shemoth) 31:13-17 (see also Ezek. 20:12-20)
Look at what Hebrews 4:4-16 says, referring to the above text:
“For somewhere (Ex. 31) He has said thus about the seventh day, ‘And Elohim rested on the seventh day from all His works’, and again, ‘if they shall enter into My rest . . .’
“Since then it remains for some to enter into it, and those
who formerly received the Good News did not enter in because of disobedience, He
again defines a certain day,
“Today” . . . So, there remains a Sabbath-keeping for the people of Elohim. For the one having entered into His rest, has himself also rested from his works, as Elohim rested from His own. Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.” (Heb. 4:4-11)
The outward “sign” that we actually give worth-ship (obedience=worship) to the REAL Creator, “Who made heaven and the Earth, and sea, and fountains of water” (Rev. 14:4), is this “sign” of resting as He rested, every seventh day - since creation. This message of the messenger sent forth “to announce to those dwelling on the Earth, even to every nation and tribe and tongue and people” is going forth from the Natsarim today:
“Fear Elohim and give esteem to him, because the hour of His judgment has come. And worship Him who made the heaven and the Earth, and sea, and fountains of water.”
Again, it is important to discern how we have been deceived into believing we are giving worth-ship (worship, obedience) to the Creator of heaven and Earth, while having the “sign” of our worth-ship to Him removed by revisionism.
THE TEST OF THE MANNA
“And Yahuah said to Mosheh, ‘See, I am raining bread (manna) from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, in order to try (test) 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.” (Ex. 16:4,5)
CRAFTY SCHEMES TO CAUSE DIVISIONThe elect can be deceived, and fall away from the Covenant, by crafty schemes and trickery. The false doctrine will claim this "hidden manna" is a SECRET, and is only revealed to those it is intended for. That's why it's not clearly explained in the Torah, so they will say. However, if we don't know what we are to believe and do, and we are not given the teaching, then we are without sin: "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin." Yn. 15:22. If Yahuah is keeping secrets from us about when His REAL Sabbaths are, then we are without sin -- but He DID tell us about them, and each one is a commemoration of the first week of creation (Heb. 4:9-11).
“. . . We should no longer be children, tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray . . .” (Eph. 4:14).
Ephesians 4 reminds that while we grow toward a “unity” (oneness of belief and pattern for living), we have to be patient, humble, meek, and bearing with one another in LOVE. We will have to tolerate differences with patience, and not grow apart in bitterness. Yahusha said we would be known by the LOVE between us, not that we would all be exactly alike. The blind faith of those captured by the Mother of Harlots, Catholicism, may never be able to overcome the deceptions until they personally study and struggle to get at the Truth. We all must study.
There are new teachings which are entangling the Natsarim today, coming from interpretations of Scripture, which alter the patterns of the days, nights, and appointed times ruled by the new moons. Some interpret “day” (yom) and “night” (layelah) somewhat differently than others. Reading Genesis, some have come to believe that “creation” began with “light”, therefore the 24-hour period begins at sunrise. In contrast, the end of the “day” which arrives at the moment the sun sets, beginning a new cycle of 24 hours, actually reflects the six creation days. At creation, it was first “dark”, and Yahuah created water, Earth, and the rules of physics. Kepha (Peter) tells us that the Earth was formed out of water. Darkness was on the face of the deep. The first sentence of Genesis states:
“In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”
The evolutionist will say,"First, there was nothing. Then, it exploded. The elements were not yet existent, since all the energy (from nothing) was purely kinetic (active, non-material, radiation). After the cooling effect from the expansion of space, and the propagation of the energy from this cosmic “big bang”, the first material elements coagulated together as hydrogen, oxygen, and traces of H2O2." (I am not a proponent of the “big bang”, nor string theory).
So, even the blind theories and imaginations of non-believers are establishing the truth of the first several verses of Genesis to some extent. But many Natsarim believe creation began with LIGHT, therefore the periodic 24-hour night/day scheme is interpreted to be “day, then night” (light, then darkness), as opposed to “night, then day” (darkness, then light). “And there came to be evening (darkening, Ereb) and there came to be morning (lightening, boker), the first day.” (This suggests a 24-hour period). By interpreting the order of occurrence differently, differences in patterns of behavior can be seen today among the Natsarim. This has the effect of making a Sabbath “day” only pertain to when the sun is up, and so “night” has no pertinence to the “Sabbath day”. No man can “work” at night they will explain, from Yahusha’s words at John/Yoh. 9:4. To these brothers, Sabbath begins at sunrise. Do we have the capacity to be different, yet have love? (Please don’t do it because I do it, but study; I rest every week, beginning at sunset at the end of the sixth day (sunset), and there follows a twilight of nearly 30 minutes before night arrives (complete darkness). One of my favorite Scriptures to quote that establishes whether Shabbath begins at sunset or sunrise is Neh. 13:19 (also see context):
“And it came to be, at the gates of Yerushaliyim, as it began to be dark before the Sabbath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and commanded that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath.” The interlinear Hebrew-English rendering of this text shows that before the Sabbath shadowed the gates of Yerushaliyim, they were commanded to be shut. Just as each "month" (new moon) BEGINS with a dark moon, so the beginning of each "day" begins at the darkening, ereb, the going-down of the sun. Beginnings seem to be a progression of darkness-to-light.
SABBATHS, NEW MOONS:ANY RELATIONSHIP?
Most Messianics who enter into the Lunar-Sabbath system are reading texts like Isaiah 66:23 and believe there is an equivalence between a weekly Sabbath and a New Moon day. Let’s analyze that here a bit:
"And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, declares Yahuah."
They explain that the connective word, "and", makes both things the same (marrying them in likeness and oneness), not distinct. Is this really so? What this verse seems to be saying is that the SPAN "from" new moon TO new moon, and the SPAN "from" Sabbath to Sabbath, is when all flesh will worship -- it will be every day. Yahuah used these terms to gather all time into a kind of net to describe the fact that the span of time concerning His worship will have no break in it. Should we not worship every moment? Now, most do not; but those in the world-to-come will do so. “From new moon TO new moon” — and “from Sabbath TO Sabbath” ; can you see the interesting way this is expressed? Trying to force texts to say what they aren’t actually saying is what Peter warns us of, and he called it “twisting” the Scriptures. The text does not say "ON new moons" or "ON Sabbaths", but FROM one TO the other.
Our Father has not put me on this Earth to judge my brother, because if I do this I also judge the Torah. The “manna” which Yahuah fed Israel for 40 years is very much related to the week, in that it made the arrival of each Shabbath very easily recognized. If the “hidden manna” really is about the moon, or the week and its relationship to Shabbath, then more are going to be lost than even I had realized. To me, it seems someone has brought in a corrupted “virus” of sorts among Yahusha’s elect, confusing them. ( I realize this can be taken either way, depending on which perspective one takes on the “lunar-setting Sabbath” issue ). Yahuah used manna, not the moon, to teach us when the Sabbath day arrived each 7 days. (7=Shabua, week).
The use of the connective “and”
When a statement is made in Scripture which involves a list of several things, and these are thought to not only connect the words together in the sentence, but that the “and” unites them — marries them in likeness and oneness — we are treading into very murky waters of interpretation. The “sun and the moon” are used with an “and” between them, but these two are not the same things. Good and evil, Qayin and Hebel, Adam and Chawah; These are distinctions between things and people, the “and” in no way makes them the same or equivalent. “Sarah his wife and Lot his brother’s son” were not the same entities, but completely separate individuals in their persons. Dawid and Golyath were both people, but very different people. In the same way, New Moons and Sabbaths are distinct. If we are told the first day of the seventh moon is a Sabbath, this means by deductive reasoning that the other 11 new moons are not Sabbaths, unless they happen to coincide with the weekly pattern established during Creation Week. To reason from a general principle, using logic, we can arrive at what is factual truth by deduction. Deduction literally means that we arrive at our conclusion by deducting, or taking away what is known to not apply; and this principle is how we arrive at a conclusion by reasoning.
“My enemy’s enemy is my friend”. This statement contains deductive reasoning.
“Whosoever is not against us is for us.” This is also an example of deductive reasoning.
Sabbaths are days of rest from work, we would all agree. No one is in rebellion on that issue except those who deny they apply to us, or those who have changed the law. Shabbath is in fact the only day of the week which has its own name. Shabbath means “cease” or stop; and at the same time, it also means “seventh”, as we see in several Hebrew words which derive from the root, such as Shabuoth (weeks). The Hebrew word for “seven” is SHEBA, #7651. I want to let the Word of Yahuah speak to us mostly on this, so I want to let you read the following text slowly, and go ahead and strain to make the moon seem to tell us when a Sabbath is, or relate to us how it “rules” the week in any way:
“And Elohim said, ‘Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heaven to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years.”Bereshith 1:14 Is there any indication that the moon resets the week each month?
We all know that “signs and appointed times” are signals and "moedim", and we count the days of the moons which establish these moedim. But when we take a leap into applying it to also affecting the weekly pattern, suddenly the weeks are sliding around the Earth with the moon; and the bad math at the end of each month doesn’t seem to indicate there’s a problem? Can we find some text from Scripture that explains this bizarre anomaly? This is not asking too much. Does Scripture tell us anywhere we can find the weekly 7-day pattern in the sun or moon? It shouldn't be necessary to hunt it down, because if such a scheme were of the Truth, it would be seen everywhere we look in Scripture. If something becomes complicated or confusing, then something has gone terribly wrong. The following is NOT what Scripture states:
“And Elohim said, ‘Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heaven to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days, (and weeks?) and years.” No, it doesn't say the lights are for our weeks. This pattern is not seen in the skies.
Now watch very closely; here's a few words which should show the distinction between a "new moon" and a "Sabbath":
"Why are you going to him today? It is neither New Moon nor the Sabbath." 2Kings 4:23. This is the text describing the events in Shunem, concerning the Shunammite woman, her son, and Elisha the prophet - her son had just died in her lap. But, this same text may cause some to make a Federal case out of it, declaring it to mean that all "new moon days" are also days of rest from work. They even go to the extent of allowing new moon days to recalculate the weekdays, without a single shred of evidence from Scripture for doing so. It was a "custom" to visit a prophet on the day of the new moon, as well as the weekly Sabbath; but not everyone could do this, and it certainly wasn't a Torah instruction.
“You are exhausted by your many counsels; let the astrologers, the stargazers, and those who prognosticate by the new moons stand up and save you from what is coming upon you.”Isaiah / Yesha Yahu 47:13
In the above text, these moon-worshippers are equated with astrologers, stargazers, and witches. Both sun worshippers and moon worshippers will be devoured by fire, which they so fervently honor. The “lake of fire” will destroy the enemies of Yahuah, and His wrath at the end of days will consume them withfire. The moon was a deity among the Pagans, and it ruled their lives as we see it echoed in the horoscopes of Astrology today. Crystal gazing, Tarot card reading, and spellbinding (chants, enchantments to bewitch) are exploding in popularity all over the Earth today, reflected in the success of the adventures of Harry Potter. Moon dances and rain dances are performed at pow-wows, where incantations and dancing are used to invoke divine aid in hunting, battle, or against disease.
The elect can be drawn away from the sign of the Everlasting Covenant, and deceived into believing they have not been. Certain texts of Scripture seem to be telling us that each new moon is a Sabbath, but it doesn’t actually state this in a resolute way - it’s only arrived at by extrapolating (to broadly infer, or estimate from known information). We read about directives to open gates and curtains, or to blow a shofar on a new moon; however there is only ONE new moon spoken of on which no work is to be done. So, yes, there is one new moon out of the year that is, in fact, a Sabbath of rest prescribed by Torah. Can we bear with one another with love, enduring such a difference between ourselves? We have to. Colossians 2:16 tells us:
“Let no one therefore judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths - which are a SHADOW of what is to come for the body of Messiah." (corrected literal translation). Even here, there is a distinction between new moons and Sabbaths. And, they are shadows of what is to come (as in a "model" or plan). A shadow is understood to mean a metaphor, or example of something else. It points to a coming reality, like a rough outline, and it is a semblance, and is insubstantial. If we condemn one another over an unreal, indistinct pattern we are wrong even if we’re right. If we get it all perfect, and have all wisdom, and yet lack love, we have failed the big test.
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of messengers, but do not have love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. “And if I prophesy, and know all secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all belief, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am none at all. “And if I give out all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am not profited at all.
“Love is patient, is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast, is not puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not seek it own, is not provoked, reckons not the evil, “does not rejoice over the unrighteousness, but rejoices in the Truth. It covers all, expects all, endures all.
“Love never fails. And whether there be prophecies, they shall be in active; or tongues, they shall cease; or knowledge, it shall be inactive. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be inactive.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man, I did away with childish matters. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, as I also have been known.
“And now belief, expectation, and love remain - these three. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:1-13
Many articles have been written debunking the idea that the first day of each new moon is a Sabbath. Not only have many sincere Natsarim begun to believe each new moon is a Sabbath, but they also “re-set” the pattern of the 7-day week each new moon. This reshuffles the 7-day week into a new beginning each month for these folks, and each new moon begins with the seventh day rest, counting from nothing.
DAY OF THE MOON COUNT: 1-29 (lunation period is 29.5 Earth days)
DAY OF THE WEEK COUNT, starting on the first day of the moon: (they calculate that the Sabbaths are on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th)
7-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-1-2-3-4-5-6-7 BOOM! The moon is done, and they begin again, getting to rest on their new moon day Sabbath right after their 7th day Sabbath.
The final few days of this pattern chop the last week of their month off with the abrupt arrival of a sudden “7th day Sabbath”. It is not harmonious at all. The pulse of the first week of creation is lost to those who follow this pattern, and so they have become observers of some lunar-based Sabbath system. If the weekly Sabbath is set by the new moon, the pattern of the week is under constant change. During the week of creation, the moon was brought forth on the 4th day, and is simply called the “lesser light” to rule over the night. It is also used to calculate the appointed times, or annual Sabbaths, referred to as “High Sabbaths”. The greater light, the sun, is used to calculate day and night. Brian Allen has correctly noted that: "If the 15th day of every month is a Sabbath, the Israelites certainly ignored it when traveling in the wilderness. At Exodus 16:1 it reads: 'The children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin . . . on the fifteenth day of the second month.' In this, the cloudy pillar led them to disregard this day as a Sabbath! If it were a Sabbath, the cloud would not have moved, and they would have rested."
If we follow the wrong order for the week, we will depart from the sign of the eternal covenant, the Sabbath Day, and we will be guilty of making our own Sabbaths, straining to make our own logic fit into the new moons.
How this will be weighed by Yahusha, the Righteous Judge of us all, is unknowable. He told us that stumbling blocks would come, but woe to those through whom they come. Those who ignore the Sabbath each week (the real one) are cut-off from Israel, and death is proclaimed as their judgment. If the moon were involved in such a vitally important operation as calculating the weekly Sabbath, it seems He would have mentioned it somewhere in His Torah. Even though the 29.5 days in each moon don’t divide evenly by 7, this doesn’t matter to them; the new moon comes and they re-set their week, and it BEGINS the new moon day as a Sabbath. Even though the true Sabbath is supposed to be the 7th day of each week, they let the MOON tell them when that 7th day is — the previous week which the same moon “set” for them is interrupted with a sudden arrival of a new 7th day, the 1st day of the moon (the first day of the moon is the seventh day of their week). Careful, you could get cross-eyed thinking about this too long. The week is simply not in the sky, but set by the counting of days! The “greater light” determines these days, and all we have to do is count to 7, the number of completion. How could anyone possibly go for such a system? They read Scriptures which make them get panicky, and so hunt for other clues. A very strong urge comes from the following:
Amos 8:5 brings out a question, “When does the new moon pass so that we sell grain, and the Sabbath so that we trade our wheat, to make the ephah small and the sheqel large, and to falsify the scales by deceit, to buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals, and sell the chaff of the wheat?” The context of this verse in Amos shows that these are a list of things Yahuah finds displeasing to Him. The moon worship of that period had led many to observe strange customs, blending it together with His Torah. If we add to the Torah by reading something into the meanings of sentences like Amos 8:5, we can trouble ourselves. According to the Torah, resting on the new moon from work only applies to ONE of the new moons, and it is possible that this particular new moon spoken of in Amos 8:5 was the 7th new moon, the harvest time of some grain they wished to sell. I can abide the people who believe these things about the other new moons being Sabbaths, but I cannot abide this new wind of doctrine for these reasons:
Reason #1. Torah doesn’t know about it.
The Shabbaths of Yahuah are listed at: Leviticus / Wayyyiqra 23:1-44, and Deuteronomy / Debarim 16:1-18
These are listed carefully, and only ONE new moon is designated as being distinguished from the other common new moons as a day of resting from labor. No indication is given that any other new moon is qodesh, or set-apart as a day of rest in any way. Further, there is no hint that the weekly Shabbath is related in any way to the moon phases. This is entirely a misreading of the text at Yesha Yahu (Is.) 66:23. If Father Yahuah wanted us to know that every new moon was a Sabbath, all He had to do was say so. By the act of telling us that the 7th new moon was a Sabbath, He told us by deduction that the other new moons were not days of rest, and therefore He distinguished the 7th new moon for us.
Reason #2. There are examples of work done on the first day of the moons:
At Genesis 8:13, Noach removed the covering of the ark he spent 100 years building. It was the 1st day of the moon.
At Num. 1:1, on the 1st day of the 2nd moon, a census was taken of all Yisra’el. How odd is that?
At Ezra 7:9, this prophet was journeying on two new moons.
Reason #3. The Sabbath is supposed to be the seventh day of each week, after 6 days’ work; but if you re-start each new moon with this Sabbath rest, then it becomes the seventh day of a new week, without having a previous six work days for that week. The seventh day begins each of their months somehow, and makes the second day of each moon the first day of their week. With an operation like this going on, you would think that our Father would have given at least a couple of sentences explaining the relationship of the moon to the week. But, He’s totally silent about this relationship. Again, these ideas don’t come directly from Torah, but are inferred from phrases embedded in sentences. He knows how easily confused we can be, so by not mentioning something this important, it would have to mean He is hoping to trick us. I don’t think He would do such a thing.
Reason #4. The moon circles the Earth in a period of approximately 29.5 days. For thousands of years, the same side of the moon has faced the Earth, perfectly synchronized with its orbital period and rate of rotation. Scientists cannot explain this circumstance, and mathematicians will tell you that it is almost infinitely improbable to ever develop this way on any planetary system in the universe. And yet, the planet we all happen to live on has this bizarre, unlikely situation. If our Creator can do this, then He could have just as easily made the week fit into the moon’s orbit by division, and made the moon orbit in exactly 28 days. Then He could have also told us to watch for the new moons, and rest on each one. He could have also told us that each one of the new moons was also a 7th day of the week.
Reason #5. The manna was used to re-teach the Israelites when the seventh day was, not when the new moon arrived. During the captivity of the Israelites in Egypt, it is possible that no one on Earth had kept the record of days for the 7-day week. Israel had succumbed to the Pagan system, and lost it also. They had to be re-taught. This is why the 4th Commandment begins with the word “remember” - it had been forgotten. The manna was provided for 6 consecutive days without fail. There was no interruption in this cycle mentioned, nor did the new moon come into any references that pertained to the manna. A double-portion of manna coming before each new moon would surely have been a signal, and yet there is no record of this occurring. The new moons have no connection to the 7-day week.
Reason #6. The Yahudim (called Jews today) have kept the heartbeat of the 7-day week since they were among the Israelites being re-trained by the manna cycle in the wilderness. There is no record or any hint that a change in this pattern ever occurred. These are among the elect of Yahuah, and have preserved the Words of the Torah, prophets, and writings for us. They are also the direct recipients of the promises (Romans 9:4), and are of the lineage of Yahusha Himself. If I am going to trust any group to preserve this set-apart weekly cycle, I would lean heavily toward entrusting it to a group of orthodox “Jews” than a group / denomination that may shift on the sand of human counsel. Ephraim is the Scriptural term used for Gentile-dispersed descendants of Yosef, and the other lost tribes. A major problem with Ephraim is his arrogance, so the orthodox Yahudim will tell you.
“You are exhausted by your many counsels; let the astrologers, the stargazers, and those who prognosticate by the new moons stand up and save you from what is coming upon you.” Isaiah / Yesha Yahu 47:13
NEW MOON CALCULATION
We certainly are seeing many new winds of doctrine these days. There are even those who feel that the FULL MOON is the new moon, which would mean that when the Israelites came out of Egypt, they had to travel in utter darkness. There is no end to the development of new winds of teaching. What is most important is that we listen to the advice of Ephesians 4, and not lose sight of our foundation.
TRICKERY OF MEN, LED BY ADVERSARY
Many now realize that the nicolaitans designed a crafty plot of control over civilization. From ancient cultures to the present, the authority over mankind has been a fusion or blend of religious and political purpose. One example is the obelisk described in the book of Daniel (3:18). Often the rulers were worshipped as the principle deity by the people, such as Pharaoh of Egypt or Caesar of Rome. It had begun this way under Nimrod, but after he was slain the Paganism became “occult” (hidden), and became shrouded in mystery. The true spiritual nature of what was being done was made to look innocent on the surface for the uninitiated.
After Yahusha, people who had his Spirit in them spread out in the Roman Empire. The old idolatry was being questioned and exposed, and began to falter. The Pagan religious cults began to feel the effects of the Truth. Something had to be done to save the order and control which those who ruled civilization had, and their religious Paganism was failing. Along came Constantine, a compromiser who could find the “middle ground”. Keeping the previous Pagan priesthood and their framework intact, he brought together elders of the Natsarim from all over the Roman Empire to Nicaea in 325 CE (the first council of the Catholic Church). Upon hearing some of the matters being discussed, many elders fled for their lives. The elders who remained helped formulate what later became known as Catholicism, and they adopted the creed or constitution of the Roman Church, The Nicene Creed. This was to fight against what was called the Arian doctrine, thought to be a heresy at that time (research Arianism). The Pagan “leaven” would eventually leaven the whole lump. Shaul told the former Pagan Corinthians to purge-out the old leaven (errors, patterns), and be a new unleavened lump (1 Cor. 5:6-13). Yahusha also described this at Luke 13:21.
The former line of Caesars were of a family line, but Constantine was a break in that line; but he became the “father” of the Empire, assuming both political and religious control. The former Caesars (Czar, Kaisar) took titles such as “Pontifex Maximus” and Pope (father), and ruled over a body of Pagan priests called the Curia (Latin, council). The members of this body were called Cardinals, from the Latin word CARDO, meaning hinge. The idea that they were a “hinge” (of a door) suggested that they assisting the high priest of Janus, who was “the door” to the Elysian fields, the Pagans’ heaven. These Pagan priests assisted the Caesar, who was this Pagan high priest of JANUS*. So the Pagan title of “Pope” was retained by the man who held the office of Pontifex Maximus (Latin, highest priest).
With the framework remaining in place, the central control of the Pagan administration could go on, simply blending-in with the elements of the Messianic belief, but leaving out the elements essential to the obedience of Yahuah. The Pagan organization in place retained the office / title of Pope, the body of priests called Cardinals, and even the word Curia for council. The “Pope” was no longer thought of as the high priest of Janus, but to literally be the authority of “Christ” on Earth. The former Pagan pattern was brought through perfectly intact. Idolatry mixed with Truth became clothed in the former framework of sun-worship. The main objective was to anger our Creator by mixing the patterns of idolatry together with the Truth, so that it would become poisoned (wormwood). Darkness and Light would mix together, and be taught for centuries through a Pagan framework of priests, and a calendar based on idolatry.
*Janus was the 2-faced Roman deity of doors, locks, and arches, and was the door to the Elysian Fields, the Pagans' "heaven".
MOON WORSHIPPERS ORIGINALLY: "Allah" was the proper name of the moon-deity of the Arabs before Muhammad brought his brand of religion to them. They worshipped hundreds of idols in a big black cube, the Ka'aba, in Mecca. Today, they believe "Allah" resides inside this same black box, calling the Kaaba the "house of Allah". This term, Allah, was adopted because of its "name recognition" among the common population. Because the previously Pagan Arabs worshipped the moon diety they called Allah, you will often notice that the primary Islamic symbol is the crescent moon, placed above their places of worship in a similar way Christians use the cross. Both of these are "talismans". The Arabs used the moon's crescent shape in the design of their swords also, called the scimitar, a design inherited from the ancient Persians. The sword is also a symbol for Islam. By using the name "Allah" (Arabs' former term for their moon deity), and the symbol of the crescent moon, we see the pattern of adopting familiar terms and symbols from former Pagans. This "adopting" is called syncretism by scholars. And it certainly is not limited to the Arabs. Similarly, the Celtic/Druidic sun-deity was worshipped under the proper name "GOTT", which was adopted into our English as "GOD". The Hebrew term is Elohim, but translators chose to use a more popular term with "name recognition". In place of the personal Name of the Creator, Yahueh (yod-hay-waw-hay), Christians use the "device" LORD, and Muslims use the word "Allah".
"And I saw thrones - and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them - and the lives of those who had been beheaded because of the witness they bore to Yahusha and because of the Word of Elohim, and who did not worship the beast, nor his image, and did not receive his mark upon their foreheads or upon their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years." Rev. 20:4
Have we arrived at the 5th or even 6th seal described at Rev. 6? The Islamic "sword" is seen beheading people for religious reasons, killing in the the name of their "god", Allah, the moon deity of the Arabs.
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Allah - The Moon God
The Archaeology of The Middle East
The religion of Islam has as its focus of worship a deity by the name of "Allah." The Muslims claim that Allah in pre-Islamic times was the biblical God of the Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles. The issue is thus one of continuity. Was "Allah" the biblical God or a pagan god in Arabia during pre-Islamic times? The Muslim's claim of continuity is essential to their attempt to convert Jews and Christians for if "Allah" is part of the flow of divine revelation in Scripture, then it is the next step in biblical religion. Thus we should all become Muslims. But, on the other hand, if Allah was a pre-Islamic pagan deity, then its core claim is refuted. Religious claims often fall before the results of hard sciences such as archeology. We can endlessly speculate about the past or go and dig it up and see what the evidence reveals. This is the only way to find out the truth concerning the origins of Allah. As we shall see, the hard evidence demonstrates that the god Allah was a pagan deity. In fact, he was the Moon-god who was married to the sun goddess and the stars were his daughters.
Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East. From the mountains of Turkey to the banks of the Nile, the most wide-spread religion of the ancient world was the worship of the Moon-god. In the first literate civilization, the Sumerians have left us thousands of clay tablets in which they described their religious beliefs. As demonstrated by Sjoberg and Hall, the ancient Sumerians worshipped a Moon-god who was called many different names. The most popular names were Nanna, Suen and Asimbabbar. His symbol was the crescent moon. Given the amount of artifacts concerning the worship of this Moon-god, it is clear that this was the dominant religion in Sumeria. The cult of the Moon-god was the most popular religion throughout ancient Mesopotamia. The Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Akkadians took the word Suen and transformed it into the word Sin as their favorite name for the Moon-god. As Prof. Potts pointed out, "Sin is a name essentially Sumerian in origin which had been borrowed by the Semites."
In ancient Syria and Canna, the Moon-god Sin was usually represented by the moon in its crescent phase. At times the full moon was placed inside the crescent moon to emphasize all the phases of the moon. The sun-goddess was the wife of Sin and the stars were their daughters. For example, Istar was a daughter of Sin. Sacrifices to the Moon-god are described in the Pas Shamra texts. In the Ugaritic texts, the Moon-god was sometimes called Kusuh. In Persia, as well as in Egypt, the Moon-god is depicted on wall murals and on the heads of statues. He was the Judge of men and gods. The Old Testament constantly rebuked the worship of the Moon-god (see: Deut. 4:19;17:3; II Kngs. 21:3,5; 23:5; Jer. 8:2; 19:13; Zeph. 1:5, etc.) When Israel fell into idolatry, it was usually the cult of the Moon-god. As a matter of fact, everywhere in the ancient world, the symbol of the crescent moon can be found on seal impressions, steles, pottery, amulets, clay tablets, cylinders, weights, earrings, necklaces, wall murals, etc. In Tell-el-Obeid, a copper calf was found with a crescent moon on its forehead. An idol with the body of a bull and the head of man has a crescent moon inlaid on its forehead with shells. In Ur, the Stela of Ur-Nammu has the crescent symbol placed at the top of the register of gods because the Moon-god was the head of the gods. Even bread was baked in the form of a crescent as an act of devotion to the Moon-god. The Ur of the Chaldees was so devoted to the Moon-god that it was sometimes called Nannar in tablets from that time period.
A temple of the Moon-god has been excavated in Ur by Sir Leonard Woolley. He dug up many examples of moon worship in Ur and these are displayed in the British Museum to this day. Harran was likewise noted for its devotion to the Moon-god. In the 1950's a major temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazer in Palestine. Two idols of the moon god were found. Each was a stature of a man sitting upon a throne with a crescent moon carved on his chest . The accompanying inscriptions make it clear that these were idols of the Moon-god. Several smaller statues were also found which were identified by their inscriptions as the "daughters" of the Moon-god. What about Arabia? As pointed out by Prof. Coon, "Muslims are notoriously loath to preserve traditions of earlier paganism and like to garble what pre-Islamic history they permit to survive in anachronistic terms."
During the nineteenth century, Amaud, Halevy and Glaser went to Southern Arabia and dug up thousands of Sabean, Minaean, and Qatabanian inscriptions which were subsequently translated. In the 1940's, the archeologists G. Caton Thompson and Carleton S. Coon made some amazing discoveries in Arabia. During the 1950's, Wendell Phillips, W.F. Albright, Richard Bower and others excavated sites at Qataban, Timna, and Marib (the ancient capital of Sheba). Thousands of inscriptions from walls and rocks in Northern Arabia have also been collected. Reliefs and votive bowls used in worship of the "daughters of Allah" have also been discovered. The three daughters, al-Lat, al-Uzza and Manat are sometimes depicted together with Allah the Moon-god represented by a crescent moon above them. The archeological evidence demonstrates that the dominant religion of Arabia was the cult of the Moon-god.
In Old Testament times, Nabonidus (555-539 BC), the last king of Babylon, built Tayma, Arabia as a center of Moon-god worship. Segall stated, "South Arabia's stellar religion has always been dominated by the Moon-god in various variations." Many scholars have also noticed that the Moon-god's name "Sin" is a part of such Arabic words as "Sinai," the "wilderness of Sin," etc. When the popularity of the Moon-god waned elsewhere, the Arabs remained true to their conviction that the Moon-god was the greatest of all gods. While they worshipped 360 gods at the Kabah in Mecca, the Moon-god was the chief deity. Mecca was in fact built as a shrine for the Moon-god.
This is what made it the most sacred site of Arabian paganism. In 1944, G. Caton Thompson revealed in her book, The Tombs and Moon Temple of Hureidha, that she had uncovered a temple of the Moon-god in southern Arabia. The symbols of the crescent moon and no less than twenty-one inscriptions with the name Sin were found in this temple. An idol which may be the Moon-god himself was also discovered. This was later confirmed by other well-known archeologists.
The evidence reveals that the temple of the Moon-god was active even in the Christian era. Evidence gathered from both North and South Arabia demonstrate that Moon-god worship was clearly active even in Muhammad's day and was still the dominant cult. According to numerous inscriptions, while the name of the Moon-god was Sin, his title was al-ilah, i.e. "the deity," meaning that he was the chief or high god among the gods. As Coon pointed out, "The god Il or Ilah was originally a phase of the Moon God." The Moon-god was called al-ilah, i.e. the god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. The pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave to their children. For example, both Muhammad's father and uncle had Allah as part of their names.
The fact that they were given such names by their pagan parents proves that Allah was the title for the Moon-god even in Muhammad's day. Prof. Coon goes on to say, "Similarly, under Mohammed's tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah, became Al-Ilah, The God, or Allah, the Supreme Being."
This fact answers the questions, "Why is Allah never defined in the Qur'an? Why did Muhammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was?" Muhammad was raised in the religion of the Moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs. While they believed that Allah, i.e. the Moon-god, was the greatest of all gods and the supreme deity in a pantheon of deities, Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only god.
In effect he said, "Look, you already believe that the Moon-god Allah is the greatest of all gods. All I want you to do is to accept that the idea that he is the only god. I am not taking away the Allah you already worship. I am only taking away his wife and his daughters and all the other gods." This is seen from the fact that the first point of the Muslim creed is not, "Allah is great" but "Allah is the greatest," i.e., he is the greatest among the gods. Why would Muhammad say that Allah is the "greatest" except in a polytheistic context? The Arabic word is used to contrast the greater from the lesser. That this is true is seen from the fact that the pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshipped. This "Allah" was the Moon-god according to the archeological evidence. Muhammad thus attempted to have it both ways. To the pagans, he said that he still believed in the Moon-god Allah. To the Jews and the Christians, he said that Allah was their God too. But both the Jews and the Christians knew better and that is why they rejected his god Allah as a false god.
Al-Kindi, one of the early Christian apologists against Islam, pointed out that Islam and its god Allah did not come from the Bible but from the paganism of the Sabeans. They did not worship the God of the Bible but the Moon-god and his daughters al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manat. Dr. Newman concludes his study of the early Christian-Muslim debates by stating, "Islam proved itself to be...a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry." Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded "There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and Jews." The Arabs worshipped the Moon-god as a supreme deity. But this was not biblical monotheism. While the Moon-god was greater than all other gods and goddesses, this was still a polytheistic pantheon of deities. Now that we have the actual idols of the Moon-god, it is no longer possible to avoid the fact that Allah was a pagan god in pre-Islamic times. Is it any wonder then that the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon? That a crescent moon sits on top of their mosques and minarets? That a crescent moon is found on the flags of Islamic nations? That the Muslims fast during the month which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky?
The pagan Arabs worshipped the Moon-god Allah by praying toward Mecca several times a day; making a pilgrimage to Mecca; running around the temple of the Moon-god called the Kabah; kissing the black stone; killing an animal in sacrifice to the Moon-god; throwing stones at the devil; fasting for the month which begins and ends with the crescent moon; giving alms to the poor, etc.
The Muslim's claim that Allah is the God of the Bible and that Islam arose from the religion of the prophets and apostles is refuted by solid, overwhelming archaeological evidence. Islam is nothing more than a revival of the ancient Moon-god cult. It has taken the symbols, the rites, the ceremonies, and even the name of its god from the ancient pagan religion of the Moon-god. As such, it is sheer idolatry and must be rejected by all those who follow the Torah and Gospel. moongod.htm ~ END OF QUOTE ~
FOSSILIZE THIS: circum: (around) + ambulate: (walk about)
homage / worship performed by walking around the object of worship
"Circumambulating" the "holy stupas" of Nepal are described in the sutras of Buddhism. The devotees of Shiva pay homage by circumambulation. The picture below shows the pilgrims circumambulating the Ka'aba (Arabic for "cube"):
It is believed to create "merit" for the devotee to circumambulate the object of worship (See also: data on "cone of power" at www.fossilizedcustoms.com/birthday.html). Buddhists believe it will prevent them from being re-born as an animal or barbarian. The Buddhists teach that even "mental" circumambulation of an object will accomplish their goal. Buddhist worship at a stupa (solid) or temple (hollow) is performed by circumambulating the stupa. Oh, and reciting mantra while circumambulating the stupa is a wonderful thing, you know. The photos below show Buddhists circumambulating various stupas for blessing, and they make offerings as they pass the buckets. Making seven complete circuits, especially if they are holding a light or flame, gets them extra bonus points. Now, why take chances with playing BINGO or the LOTTERY?
These people are all amazed at how silly the rest of us are for passing up this easy and obviously brilliant form of worship. Now that your brain has been stretched to this point, it will never return to its former size. Recall all those times you've seen movies with natives dancing around a campfire, shaking rattles (snake tails usually), and beating on drums. Dt. 12:28-32 clearly tells us to NOT LEARN the ways of the goyim, the ways they worship; nor are we to pattern such worship toward Yahuah!
Yes, the Yahudim have been living among Pagans for too long also; there's a "Jewish" traditional wedding custom that may look suspicious. Who's perfect? In a traditional wedding, the bride circles the groom seven times under the khupe. One old tradition is for the mothers of the bride and groom to guide the bride as she circles the groom, sometimes each holding a candle. If it looks Pagan, sounds Pagan, and moves like a Pagan, it could be a Pagan thing. They inherited this custom from somewhere, and it wasn't Torah. So, if you take your vows to each other and no one "circles" anyone else, what have you lost? So break some traditions.
From cryticcavern.com, we learn more about the "Maypole" phallic worship:
The May Pole
"Another was the Maypole, which was derived from archaic Roman religion. It was a tradition to erect Maypoles adorned with flowers in honor of the Roman goddess Flora. The Maypole is traditionally a tall pole garlanded with greenery or flowers and often hung with ribbons that are woven into complex patterns by a group of dancers. This is similar to the ancient dances around a living tree in spring rites designed to ensure fertility. Ash, birch, cypress and elm were some of the woods used for the maypoles."
From pagannews.com: "The God and Goddess are represented by the May King and Queen, and the tradition of dancing 'round the maypole represents their unity - the pole being the God and the ribbons the Goddess, wrapped around him." (END OF QUOTES)
Uh, it wouldn't be related to an ASHERAH POLE would it? Asherim were abominations condemned by Yahuah, and led Israel into sin. The "Christmas Tree" is an Asherah too - the worship of trees in the groves included leaving gifts on and under them. Brilliant of them, wasn't it? Why is it still going on?
Because Israel hasn't been doing the work of priests, preserving knowledge. Our mission is to teach the nations the Torah of Yahuah!
We'll have to answer for not doing so.
Circumambulating (Tawaf in Arabic) is discussed in this excerpt from www.islamonline.net:
"The basic reason for keeping the Ka`bah on one’s left when performing Tawaf (circumambulation) is to follow the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
In this regard, Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author states:
'The basic reason for keeping the Ka`bah on one’s left when performing Tawaf (circumambulation) is to follow the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Following the Prophet has been ordained in the Qur’an. Allah says, (Obey the Prophet so that you may be blessed with mercy.) (An-Nur 24:56) We also read in the Qur’an, (Say (O Muhammad): if you really love Allah, then follow my example and Allah will love you and grant you forgiveness of your sins.)' (Aal `Imran 3:31)
Regarding the rituals of Hajj and `Umrah, the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, "Follow my example in performing your rituals" (Al-Bukhari and An-Nasa’i).
This should suffice as the reason for a Muslim performing Tawaf around the Ka`bah in the way it is prescribed. Muslims by nature must believe, submit to and act according to what was authentically and duly recorded as the behavior or statements of the Prophet. If on top of this a reason or some relevant wisdom comes to light, then so be it, and all thanks is due to Allah. Otherwise, a Muslim submits to the order of Allah and His Prophet and, will accordingly, be recompensed for his obedience and good deeds. Finally, we must note that circumambulation is an act specified only for the Ka`bah as part of worship and is not to be done in any other place or situation." ~ End of quote.
This site was presented with the question, "What is the significance of doing Tawaf around the Ka`bah seven times?"
The answer: "In Islam, there are symbolic acts that represent the Divine Wisdom. We are not required to search for this hidden wisdom. Acts like Tawaf or circumambulating around the Ka`bah are ta`budi in the sense that we must fulfill them regardless whether their immediate benefits are clear to us or not. The Ka`bah is the center and the focus that we are directed to turn in our prayers. By making Tawaf we are re-enforcing the centrality of this spiritual focus in our life. It also connects us with the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) who was perfect monotheist. By performing this rite consciously we are re-enforcing such ideals as Prophet Ibrahim, Isma`eel and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them all) manifested in their lives."
~ End of quote.
In other words, circling the Ka'aba seven times is done, but no one really knows why. Sadly, in Orthodox weddings, the bride "circumabulates" around the groom 7 times, often accompanied by her mother. The Buddhists were circumambulating with their stupas long before Mosheh received the Torah from Yahuah at Sinai. Abraham never mentioned doing any circling of the Ka'aba, nor did he ever mention its existence, nor is there a record of him being anywhere near it. According to Islamic tradition, Adam built the Ka'aba originally, and Abraham rebuilt it. Ur was in modern-day Iraq, Abram's origin. Surely Abram knew much about moon-worshippers, but Yahuah called him out of idolatry. Circumcision is much more prominent in the Scriptures than is circumambulating, and circumcision was only the sign of a Covenant regarding LAND, not salvation.Allah or Jesus?By Rick Mathes
(copied as written, but you should know that Rick means Yahusha when he writes "Jesus")."Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security clearance.During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their beliefs.
I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say.
The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam complete with a video.After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers.When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked:'Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the
infidels of the world. And, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in Heaven.
If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?'There was no disagreement with my statements and without hesitation, he replied:
'Non-believers!'I responded, 'So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to Heaven. Is that correct?'
The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
He sheepishly replied, 'Yes'.
I then stated, 'Well, Sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope John Paul II commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith, or Dr. Stanley ordering Protestants to do the same in order to go to Heaven!'
The Imam was speechless.
I continued, 'I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me.
Let me ask you a question. Would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill me in order to go to Heaven, or my Jesus who tells me tolove you because I am going to Heaven and He wants you to be with me?'
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame.
Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the "Diversification" training seminar were not happy with Rick's way of dealing with the Islamic Imam and exposing the truth about the Muslim beliefs.
I think everyone in the U.S. Should be required to read this, but with the liberal justice system, liberal media, and the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized.
Please pass this on to all your e-mail contacts. This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry." (end of quote)
THIS IS A SMALL GLIMPSE OF ANOTHER CIRCULAR FORM OF WORSHIP
POW-WOW - Sacred fires, fire dancing, circumambulation-dancing in a "Circle of Life", drums, animal disguises (mascot is Latin for "witch"), sacrificing tobacco, tea, and meat to the fire, moon dancing; Hey-now . . . it's not just for the cub scout jamboree. The on-line encyclopedia, Wikipedia, tells us: "It derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning shaman. It has since come to be used to describe any gathering of Native Americans of any tribe, and as such is occasionally heard in older Western movies. The word has also been used to refer to any meeting, but especially a congress, a friendly gathering, or a meeting of powerful people such as officers in the military." Photographing the authentic religious activity, such as fire dancing, is forbidden. Now, let's look briefly at the activity from the perspective of those who actually practice it:
- Pow-wows are fun events, but they are also sacred events. Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred, are performed from time to time throughout the pow-wow.
- People should stand during all ceremonial songs and dances. These include the Grand Enter, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Honor Songs and any other songs that the M.C. designates as ceremonial songs.
- Do not take any photos or video or sound recordings of ceremonies without asking permission from the person or group you are recording. Some areas of Turtle Island do not allow the recording of ceremonies, period.
- People should listen to the M.C. because he will announce the different songs and will also let people know when they can dance and when they cannot. He will also give out other information and news.
- Respect the Elders, drummers, singers, dancers, and the pow-wow staff and committee.
- The dancers wear regalia while they are dancing, not "costumes". People should not touch the regalia before asking for permission.
- Appropriate dress and behavior are required in the dance area.
- People should take good care of their children at pow-wows. Please make sure they are not getting into other peoples personal items as they are dancing.
- Do no hold children while dancing in the dance area unless carrying the child in a carrier on the back. The child may be construed as a gift to the Creator.
- Do not run around the dance area. Always walk in a clockwise direction when you are in the dance area. Horseplay is not tolerated.
- Do not bring alcohol or drugs to a pow-wow. Do not come to a pow-wow while you are intoxicated.
- Dogs are not allowed around the pow-wow area. They may become drums.
- Bring your own chairs. Do not sit on someone else’s chair unless you have their permission.
- Shelters are for the Elders so please move if you see your seat is needed.
- The Sacred fire is also a ceremony and a place for prayer. Respect to fire keepers and no fooling around the fire.
- Women on their time can not attend the pow-wow. Their bodies are going through a ceremony and the energy around them is too powerful. Please stay home as the dancers and drummers can become very ill from the conflicting energies.
- Remember you are a guest. Have fun, ask questions and meet people.
Absolutely LEGENDARY. And, many people are proud of their ancestral customs. From the ENDS OF THE EARTH, the Gentiles will come and say something very interesting:
O Yahuah, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the Earth, and shall say, 'Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.' Shall a man make elohim for himself, and they are no elohim? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahuah. Jer 16:19-21 The lesson will not be painless, you can count on that; yet Paganism persists in many cultures. Israel is here to warn the nations, but we are attacked for it. Time is almost up; Yahusha spoke of and "END" of the times of the Gentiles. If Yahuah did not instruct us to do something, question it.
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