What is the Lunar Sabbath Teaching?

The lunar sabbath is a fairly recent teaching that is spreading throughout the seventh day The Moonsabbath keeping churches. And although there are slight differences in the teachings out there concerning the lunar sabbath, the core of the teaching seems to be constant. And that is the weekly sabbath is determined by the moon and occurs on the same DATES every month. These dates being the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. So this means the sabbath for those who abide by this teaching falls on different days each week.

Not only that, as you can see, the number of days between the 'sabbath' on the 29th day and the 8th day is NOT seven days, but either 8 days or 9 days for the majority of months.

Lunar Sabbath Exposed

All throughout scripture the sabbath of the Lord is confirmed as being on the SEVENTH DAY. 'Six days shalt thou labour, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord. In it you shall do no work.' This is repeated time and time again all throughout the Old Testament, and yet those who hold to the lunar theory DO NOT keep the sabbath day every seven days. Every month one of their 'sabbaths' occurs on the 8th or 9th day! This alone shows it to be a false teaching.

Let us look at the creation account and see when the moon and the weekly sabbath day was created.

Genesis 1:16-19 ...'And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.'

Genesis 2:2-3 ...'And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.'

So when did God make the moon? He made it on the FOURTH DAY of creation. And what about the sabbath day? He instituted it on the SEVENTH DAY of creation. Now we know that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. So what was the first full day that Adam and Eve spent together? It was the seventh day sabbath. And was this sabbath day that Adam and Eve spent together determined by the moon? No, because the moon was only created 3 days prior. Ok, so what about the NEXT sabbath day that Adam and Eve observed? That was SEVEN DAYS later right? Was that one determined by the moon? Clearly not. What about the NEXT sabbath day? Determined by the moon? No!

Do you see the clear Biblical truth here friends? The institution of the weekly sabbath had no bearing on the moon and the moon had no bearing on the weekly sabbath. The moon was created on day four and there is no mention whatsoever that it would have any bearing on when the sabbath day would be. Instead, God simply setup a weekly seven day cycle from creation that continued. And it is this that determined the seventh day sabbath, not the cycle of the moon.

Now take a look at the following important truth concerning the sabbath day contained in the 4th commandment.

CommandmentsExodus 20:8-11 ...'Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.'

Do you see what event God is pointing to in His 4th commandment? He is pointing to creation week. And He is confirming that it is this creation event from where we get the seventh day sabbath, as the weekly sabbath is a memorial of God's creation and a day that shows our allegiance to our Creator God, the one true God. And as we have already shown above, the seventh day sabbath of creation was NOT determined by the moon.

Do a search of Genesis and Exodus and you will only find one mention of the moon, and that was concerning Joseph's dream of the sun, moon and stars bowing down to him. Nothing to do with the sabbath day.

What about the account of the Israelites in the wilderness after leaving Egypt? Didn't God tell them to collect the manna for six days and then rest on the seventh day? Was there any mention of the moon? No, the moon isn't mentioned AT ALL in the book of Exodus. So what sabbath day would God be telling them to observe? The weekly sabbath that He instituted during creation week of course, which had nothing to do with the moon.

Ceremonial Sabbaths

The main confusion with this lunar teaching is with regards to their understanding of Leviticus 23. They see that the "holy days" and "sabbath days" are to be kept at certain times of the month and attribute this also to the weekly sabbath day of the Lord. The problem with this is that God distinguishes these ceremonial sabbaths from the weekly 'sabbath of the Lord' in verse 38:

Leviticus 23:37-38 ...'These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord.'

So God is clearly telling His people that these feasts and holy days and monthly/yearly sabbaths are BESIDES (In addition to) the weekly sabbath of the Lord. Which is why in verse 3 of Leviticus 23 God confirms the weekly sabbath day, to make sure His people do not confuse the different "ceremonial sabbaths" with the main weekly sabbath of the 4th commandment.

Sabbaths of Leviticus 23:

'A Sabbath' = 'SHABBATHOWN' (Ceremonial Sabbath)     'The Sabbath of the LORD' = 'SHABBATH' (Weekly Sabbath)

Sabbath of the 4th Commandment:

'The Sabbath of the LORD' = 'SHABBATH' (Weekly Sabbath)

So as we can see from the above there were different sabbaths, with the 'sabbath of the Lord' being the same as the 4th commandment and 'a sabbath' being the ceremonial yearly sabbaths that were part of the feast days, which were observed at SPECIFIC DAYS OF THE MONTH. And here lies the confusion! The sabbath days which were to be observed on specific days of the month each year were ceremonial sabbaths which the New Testament confirms have been abolished by Christ Jesus:

Colossians 2:14-17 ...'Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.'

As we can see, the ceremonial sabbaths that were determined by the moon and observed every year on CERTAIN DAYS OF THE MONTH have been done away with. But the 'Sabbath of the Lord', the weekly seventh day sabbath of creation contained in the 4th commandment still stands. And we keep it on the seventh day of the week, which is our Saturday.

But how do we know that Saturday is the same 7th day of the week which God blessed and sanctified during creation? Because of the stars in heaven! From the alignment of the stars, astronomers can tell us that the 7th day today is the same 7th day as in Bible times. The weekly cycle has not changed, and we have an email confirmation from the US Naval Observatory confirming that the seven day weekly cycle has not changed during the past 2000 years! Which is why the Jews still keep sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as the weekly sabbath. And also why the Christian world continues to keep Sunday in honor of Jesus' resurrection! (Another false 'sabbath'). The weekly cycle has not changed!

Final Thoughts

If we think about the mark of the beast in relation to the sabbath day, we must agree that God has laid out the truth in a way that a simple mind could comprehend it. The true sabbath day is the seventh day of the week (our Saturday), and the mark of the beast will be the enforced Sunday law, which is Satan's counterfeit day. This is easy to understand from a Biblical perspective and simple minds all over the world have come to the truth about the seventh day sabbath (My simple mind included). But the Lunar Sabbath theory is not one that can be traced to a command or a simple statement. It is complex, and this is a sign itself that there is something dodgy about it.

Friends, this lunar sabbath teaching is a stretch at best and is just not supported by the Word of God. The sabbath will be the final test for this world in the last days and Satan knows this, so he is busy attacking the true seventh day sabbath (our Saturday) from all angles. Please seek the truth of God and live by it.

The 'sabbaths' that were to be kept on certain days of the month were the ceremonial sabbaths, NOT the weekly seventh day sabbath of creation and the 4th commandment. And these ceremonial sabbaths have been done away with by Christ Jesus.