WHEN DOES A DAY BEGIN - in the evening, or the morning?

  A new doctrine which originated around 1993 CE may or may not be crouching among the ranks of the Natsarim.
The teaching is that a “day” begins at sunrise (or daybreak), and not at evening as observed for thousands of years by Torah lovers all around the world. Those who subscribe to this doctrine observe their weekly Shabath from morning-to-morning (24 hours), while others from morning-to-evening (12 hours).

The Quranic Day  -  Islam teaches the dawn-to-dawn cycle:

“A Quranic day starts from dawn the same day and ends at dawn the following one.  For instance, a Quranic Friday starts from Friday dawn and ends Saturday dawn.”

Before this spreads among the less-trained Natsarim among us, we should address the doctrine while it is still a small weed.
  The reason it is called DAYSPRING stems from the name of an article.
The author’s name is known, however to avoid slandering / libeling his name it is being withheld from this essay. The reasoning behind observing a “day” as evening-to-evening will be our focus here, as Truth will stand on its own and needs no defense.
7 days of Matsah commence and end in the evening
  We must accept all as brothers and sisters who wrestle for the Truth, and it is through the love we have for one another, with patience and gentleness, that others will know we are Yahusha’s talmidim.
The problem is bound-up in the limited meaning some have assigned to the word “day.” It is the highly-flexible word, YOM.

Act 27:27  "And when the fourteenth night came, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were drawing near some land."

Act 27:33  And when day was about to come, Paul urged them all to take food, saying, 'Today is the fourteenth day you have continued without food, and eaten none at all.'"

  If the Dayspring doctrine can explain the flaws in all these texts, then every Torah teacher will immediately pick up the doctrine and go with it.
Until such an explanation comes, the evening-beginning for a day sweeps-away any daybreak-beginning.
The following Scriptures define when the span of the 7 days of Matsah commence and end in the evening:
Exo 12:15: “‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. Indeed on the first day you cause leaven to cease from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that being shall be cut off from Yisharal.’”
Exo 12:18: “‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.’”
Counting the 7 days on your fingers, you see that it begins at the end of the 14th day in the evening, and extends to the 21st day in the evening. “Seven days” are clearly on exhibit here; but if anyone knows something the rest of us don’t, please share it so we can all agree.

  The children of Yisharal left Mitsrayim at night, and we see it was “on the same day” in the text:
Exo 12:51: “And it came to be on that same day that Yahuah brought the children of Yisharal out of the land of Mitsrayim according to their divisions.”
The Passover was slain on the 14th between the evenings (late in the day), and its blood placed on the doorways. After sunset it was the 15th, the first day of Matsah; the lamb was roasted and eaten, and at midnight the first-born were slain, and the children went out of the land at night.
The deliverance occurred at night, and it is a night to be observed for this reason:
Exo 12:42: “It is a night to be observed unto Yahuah for bringing them out of the land of Mitsrayim. This night is unto Yahuah, to be observed by all the children of Yisharal throughout their generations.”
Exo 12:18: “‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.’”
Every Dayspringer agrees with the following text, but they accept it only as an exception:

Lev 23:27-32:

“On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to Yahuah.

And you do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before Yahuah your Alahim.

For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.

And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people.

You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

It is a Shabath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings.

On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Shabath.”

This is the same kind of description given (above) for the way the 7 days of Matsah are observed.

  When Yahuah summed-up the work He performed on the First Day of Creation, most of us see a completely different thing than the Dayspringers:
Gen 1:5: “And Alahim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.”
Neh. 13:21 specifies closing the gates as it grew dark before the Shabath (a whole 12 hours before it supposedly arrived?).
  Right-ruling is established by taking a matter like this to the whole body, and as Yahusha is in His body, He will make a ruling on it.
The wrinkles we are seeing being ironed-out are part of the restoration to the Covenant, but the goal must be love.

What is a day?
  A small number of Natsarim follow the teaching that a “day” begins at sunrise, while the vast majority follow the pattern seen in the “older brother”, the Yahudim, where the day begins at evening, or sunset. For those who begin to observe Shabath at sunrise, the night part of the “day” is not considered to be a portion of the Shabath, or any other “day” for that matter. They feel no work can be done on any night (and explain how the ancients didn’t have electricity). Yahusha made a figurative statement describing “night” and “work."
John/Yahukanon 9:4: “It is necessary for Me to work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day – night is coming, when no one is able to work.” They seem to overlook the figurative meaning of Yahusha’s words, taking them literally. He also once asked,
Joh 11:9, 10: “Yahusha answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.’”
Does one day out of the year begin at a different time than all the other days as some believe? The following verses describe the “Fast” (referenced also at Acts 27:9). Some have been taught weekly Shabaths, and days in general, begin at sunrise.
Is this true, when there are clearly some “days” that begin with the sun setting?
Lev 23:27-32:
“On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to Yahuah.
And you do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before Yahuah your Alahim.
For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people.
You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
It is a Shabath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings.
On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Shabath.”
According to the conventional “wisdom” of those who adhere to the sunrise-to-sunset observance of a “day”, discounting the “night” from what they define as a “day”, we have a clearly defined period of 24 hours described as “from evening to evening, you observe your Shabath”.
  For all the rest of us who already understand that the 10th day begins at evening, as does the 11th day, and the 12th day, this verse is not that exceptional to understand. Yahuah made it crystal-clear for everyone to see and obey. He even opens with the words “On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement.” The Hebrew word “YOM” (day) offers a variety of applications. A day can mean 12 hours, the “warm” part when the sun is up; it can also mean 24 hours, spanning evening-to-evening (but never sunrise-to-sunrise). Also, “day” can refer to an indeterminate period of time, as in the “Day of Yahuah.” Prophetic phrasing such as “in that day also covers a period of time, even years, since the Hebrew word for “day” is very versatile.


Does anyone know when people, all at once en masse, originated the idea that the day ended at sunset, and begins another? If the day starts in the morning as some are claiming now, when does it end, at sunset? What do we do with the other half of the time, ignore it? The question stands, how did people, like me, get the idea that the day ends at sunset, and another begins? And when you can explain that, how did the person that started this convince everyone else they were wrong, and succeed at it so well there is no whisper of the change ever occurring in all of human history?

  Those who have chosen to follow the erroneous teaching that a “day” is to be strictly interpreted as when the sun is up are following an Islamic pattern. During the Islamic fast of Ramadan, food may be eaten during the night, but not while the sun is up.Similarly, those who only observe their weekly Shabath during the daylight hours, share this pattern with the Muslims. This is not, nor ever has been, a practice of the tribes of Yisharal.
  Evening-to-evening is not the exception, it’s the rule. False teaching is overcome by the Word of Truth. The Truth does not change, nor does the day, week, or year. Over the past decade, Lunar Shabathers have appeared and attempt to change the week; but it is like any other false doctrine, the main focus of what the adherents teach and spend their time explaining. No man can bend what Yahuah has made straight. He is not an Alahim of confusion, where one day out of a year happens to begin at a different time than other days.
Gen 1:5: “And Alahim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.” The “first day” contained both evening (first), then morning. The first day was made up of both. Yahuah didn’t begin creation with the words, “Let there be light”, but had created the “heavens and the Earth”, and darkness was upon the face of the deep as He hovered above the surface of the waters. Creation began with darkness, and in the midst of the First Day, He spoke light into existence.
  The phrase “and it was night” in the following text refutes the theory that no business was ever conducted after dark, yet the followers of Yahusha supposed that Yahudah (Judas) was going on an errand because he was the keeper of the money bag:
Joh 13:27-30: “And after the piece of bread, Satan entered into him.
Yahusha, therefore, said to him, ‘What you do, do quickly.’
But no one at the table knew why He said this to him,
for some were supposing, because Yahudah had the bag, that Yahusha was saying to him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival,’ or that he should give somewhat to the poor.
So, having received the piece of bread, he then went out straightaway, and it was night.”
It’s vital that we don’t take statements like “are there not twelve hours in a day?” to build a case against when a day begins and ends. Yahusha was referring to the 12 hours of light which most people understand is the time for working, and the other is for resting.
Yahusha was making a point about the “Light” we walk in and illustrated how difficult it would become as the darkness of this world was growing nearer.
He illustrated His point using a 12-hour “day” in a metaphorical way, but we miss what He was pointing out if we focus on the literal.
The figurative objective of His statement is what He wants us to focus on. If a wise man points to something in the distance, and the fool only looks at the finger of the wise man, he will not see the objective.

NehemYah 13:19 clearly indicates the gates of the city were to be closed “as it began to be dark before the Shabath”:

Neh 13:15-21: “In those days I saw in Yahudah those treading wine presses on the Shabath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, and figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Yerushalayim on the Shabath day. So I warned them on the day they sold food.

And men of Tsor dwelt there, bringing in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Shabath to the children of Yahudah, and in Yerushalayim.

Then I contended with the nobles of Yahudah, and said to them, ‘What evil matter is this that you are doing, profaning the Shabath day?

Did not your fathers do the same so that our Alahim brought all this evil on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Yisharal by profaning the Shabath.’

And it came to be, at the gates of Yerushalayim, as it began to be dark before the Shabath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and commanded that they should not be opened till after the Shabath.

  We also take note of the haste to get Yahusha off the stake as the “High Shabath” approached. Surely, reading this, no one gets the impression the night had passed and morning was about to dawn:

Joh 19:31: “Therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the stake on the Shabath – for that Shabath was a high one – the Yahudim asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away.”

Verse 19:42 continues with this same idea.

The 14th day of the moon was about to end, and the 15th, the High Shabath of Matsah, was beginning at sunset.

They were in a rush, and the empty tomb was in a nearby garden, very close to where Yahusha had been impaled, so they made haste to take Yahusha down and get Him into the tomb.  They would not have been in a serious hurry if they'd had all night, as they could have used torchlight very easily.

Let’s not spread guile, but rather seek the reuniting of the two sticks,

and learn how to love one another without envy, strife, and accepting false teachings.

Pro 14:15: “The simple believes every word, but the clever one watches his step.”

We are facing turbulent times where few Torah teachers adhere to the principles of Yahuah’s intentions, but instead twist His words to mean what they want them to say. Yahusha is our Head, and He guides us in His ways to keep us from stumbling.
Jud 1:17-19: “But you, beloved ones, remember the words spoken before by the emissaries of our Master Yahusha Messiah,
because they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own wicked lusts.
These are the ones who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.”


Creation Began In Darkness; Light Was Called Forth, Overcoming It


  Light was called forth into Creation during the 1st “day”. The sun did not exist until the 4th day.

The first two verses of Scripture describe the Creation of the Heavens (space, skies), the Earth, the deep, and the waters, all being formed in darkness. Light was spoken (called forth) into the formless chaos in the midst of the 1st day.

Watch the development:

Gen 1:1,2: “In the beginning Alahim created the heavens and the earth.

And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep.

And the Spirit of Alahim was moving on the face of the waters.”

  The format of time took shape the 1st day in the act of separating Light from darkness.

You can follow this separation and its consequence in the announcement proclaimed at the conclusion of the 1st day:

Gen 1:3-5: “And Alahim said, ‘Let light come to be,’ and light came to be.

And Alahim saw the light, that it was good. And Alahim separated the light from the darkness.

And Alahim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’

And there came to be evening (EREB) and there came to be morning (BOQER), the first day (YOM).”

  Darkness is overcome and dispelled by the Light. This Light is not the sun’s light, but rather is a special part of the Creation spoken (called forth) into existence by the Spirit of Yahuah to serve His purposes throughout all time. The Light is “the Word”, the creative power that gives life to men. This “Force” infused life into Creation, and the one possessing the Light has received the most precious commodity in all Creation.

For the past several thousand years, the daily-cycle has been evening-to-evening, but since the Dayspring article (circe 1993 CE), a new view has been growing whereby daybreak is believed to be the beginning of the daily-cycle.

There is no record in the last 2,000 years of any change being recognized that the daily-cycle ever altered from its pattern.

Since the Dayspring article was written, some to hold to a 12-hour difference in their day, connecting it with the next day as a result. The daily-cycle of Dark-Light has skewed to Light-Dark. The evening-morning cycle has shifted to the morning-evening cycle for the Dayspringers, and we may never reconcile this change until Yahusha returns to show us which is correct. What matters most? The goal is to overcome our differences of opinion, and yet love one another without condemnation of one another. Each camp firmly believes it is correct, yet the views are at odds with one another.

The one that is correct may not be the “winner” if they do not accept the other, because this test is not about knowledge, but love.

We must accept those with different views, and love them in spite of differences. One camp serves Yahuah and walks with aDay-Night cycle, while the other camp walks before Yahuah with a Night-Day cycle. Yahusha can make both stand if our conscience does not condemn us, and if we love one another.

Darkness is hatred, evil, and absence of Light. Light is love, goodness, life, and the Word - in Whom dwells the life of all mankind.

1Jn 2:7-11: “Beloved, I write no fresh command to you, but an old command which you have had from the beginning. The old command is the Word which you heard from the beginning.

Again I write you a fresh command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true Light now shines.

The one who says he is in the Light, and hates his brother, is in the darkness until now.

The one who loves his brother stays in the Light, and there is no stumbling-block in him.

But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

The Light is Yahuah Himself, folding Himself into His Creation, so that He may be all-in-all. He is love.

The rich man who would not help Lazarus did not possess the Light, but only darkness, because he did not have love for his brother.

When the Light is in you, it possesses you and love flows from you into others, and they thrive on the life it brings to them, molding their inner spirit into alignment with Yahuah’s Mind. It is encouraging, uplifting, and fills your vessel to overflowing.

Among us walk those who are vessels of Light, and vessels of darkness. May we who are possessed by the Light be used to bring the Light to those whose lamp (inner being, heart) need the oil necessary to sustain them. Oil is a Hebrew term sometimes used to refer to Light.

Become children of Light:

Eph 5:8-10: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Master. Walk as children of light – for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth – proving what is well-pleasing to the Master.”

Pro 6:22-24: “When you are walking about, it leads you; When you lie down, it guards you. And when you have woken up, It talks to you.

For the command is a lamp, And the Torah a light, And reproofs of discipline a way of life,

To guard you against an evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a strange woman.”

(See YashaYahu / Isaiah 8:20, Ps 119:105)

Let’s strive to be in unity, rightly dividing the Word of Yahuah, walking together with the goal being to love one another.
May love guide us in all our ways,
brother Lew
(Lew White)
Torah Institute
POB 436044, Louisville, KY 40253

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