At the very start of the world, the seventh-day was set apart as a day to rest and worship the Creator. Those who value the care showered on them by a loving heavenly Father, want to obey Him and worship Him on the true Sabbath day.

The question then arises: “Which day is the Bible Sabbath? Which day is the true seventh-day Sabbath of Scripture?” There are many different, widely-held beliefs regarding when to worship. Three of these views are as follows:

  • Many people believe that there is no need for a specific day of rest since Yahuwah should be worshipped every day.
  • Saturday sabbatarians believe that because Saturday is the last day of the modern seven-day week, it must be the true seventh-day Sabbath. Because modern weeks cycle continuously, they believe Saturday has come down uninterrupted from Creation as the true seventh-day Sabbath.
  • Still others believe that an accumulation of Biblical and historical evidence reveals that the true Sabbath can only be found by using the luni-solar calendar used in Bible times.

Historical evidence shows that by far the majority of ancient calendars began their year in the spring, at or near the time of the spring (vernal) equinox. The Israelites also used a luni-solar calendar and began their year in the spring. Both their annual feasts and the seventh-day Sabbath were calculated by the lunar-solar calendar that had been established by the Creator at the very beginning of the world.

 

The Seventh-Day Adventist Bible Commentary The Lunar-Solar Calendar of Scripture.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Bible Commentary and The Lunar-Solar Calendar of Scripture

The Seventh-Day Adventist Bible Commentary and The Lunar-Solar Calendar of Scripture

Jews and the Sabbath

While it is true that the Jews today worship on a Saturday sabbath, this does not prove that it is the true Sabbath. They did not always worship on the Saturday sabbath. Jewish scholars are very clear that the original method of calendation was different from the modern calendar and that under intense persecution during the fourth century A.D., the Jews gave up their original lunar-solar calendar.

Lunar Sabbath Lost

The calendar of the Roman Republic, like that of the Hebrew calendar, was also a lunar-solar calendar. In 45-46 B.C., Julius Cæsar reformed the original Roman calendar and, with the help of an Alexandrian astronomer, Sosigenes, created a new solar calendar with continuously cycling weeks: the Julian calendar. While the Julian calendar was in use at the time of the Messiah, the Israelites did not use it as the early Julian week was eight days long! The Israelites were still using their original lunar solar calendar and worshiping on the seventh day of its week.

Calendars calculate time and at the Council of Nicæa it was decided to set aside Jewish calculation and adopt the pagan Julian calendar. This effectively destroyed knowledge of the true Sabbath and substituted the pagan Saturday Sabbath in its place. Jewish scholars admit this fact, too.

Repair the Breach: Restore the Lunar Sabbath

Isaiah 58 contains a beautiful prophecy of the work to be performed by the final generation.

“And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12)

The three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 contain
a call to worship on the true Sabbath of Scripture.

All who desire to honor their Creator will choose to worship Him on the day that He has blessed and set aside: the seventh day of the week on the lunar-solar calendar, the true lunar Sabbath.