Thursday, January 21, 2016

Exclusive Material: The Lunar Shabbat


What is the real Torah calendar? I think the answer is - Lunar Shabbat. 

Some of you have heard about Lunar Shabbat. I was originally skeptical about this theory due to how the theory was presented by Christian groups. It did not work with schedule of Yom Kippur and Counting of Omer. However, I was able to find a proof of Lunar Shabbat in the Torah, which is why I am writing this post.

Let's review what Torah say about calendar:
YLT Gn 1:14 And God saith,  'Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years, 
YLT Gn 1:15 and they have been for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth:'  and it is so. 
YLT Gn 1:16 And God maketh the two great luminaries, the great luminary for the rule of the day, and the small luminary--and the stars--for the rule of the night;
YLT Gn 1:17 and God giveth them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth, 
YLT Gn 1:18 and to rule over day and over night, and to make a separation between the light and the darkness; and God seeth that it is good;
YLT Gn 1:19 and there is an evening, and there is a morning--day fourth.
As you can see, Gen 1:14 states that luminaries (our sun and moon primarily) were created among all other things to signify the seasons, all of which are listed in Leviticus 23. Appointed Seasons or Holy Meetings (miqra qodesh) include 5 Torah Holidays, Weekly Shabbat and beginning of the months.

Lunar Shabbat theory states that most Holy Meetings (which are called Shabbaths) are defined by phases of the moon. I.e new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter all signify Holy Meetings or weekly Shabbat. This means that Shabbat is always on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of the lunar month. And this also means that most Holy Meetings fall on these days. The lunar cycle is of'course ~29.5 days, which means that every lunar month has 4 normal 7 days weeks and sometimes 1-2 days+New Moon Shabbat which are counted as "incomplete" weeks as I will discuss below.

This is confirmed with Genesis 1:16, which states that the moon and stars are to "rule the night", meaning that they indicate Holy Meetings during the night time so we always know. Sun is used to define beginning and end of the day(light) period.

Also, as you can see from Genesis 1:19, the moon was created in a 4th day phase so it would align with the rest of the creation week. So when you see 4th day moon on the 1st month, it is exactly how it looked like when God created our solar system.

Yom Kippur is the first problem with Lunar Shabbat because it does not fall on the standard four moon phases indicated above. Yom Kippur as well as the commandment to choose Passover lamb happen on the 10th of the lunar month. This means that the 10th of the month is also one of the important lunar phases that are not traditionally known to most people. Otherwise, there is no contradiction like some people say, because according to traditional calendar Yom Kippur would also divide 7day week into parts, so there is no difference which system to use.

Counting of Omer was trickier but I figured it out. Let's take a look at the verses:
YLT Lv 23:15 'And ye have numbered to you from the morrow of the sabbath, from the day of your bringing in the sheaf of the wave-offering: they are seven perfect sabbaths; 
YLT Lv 23:16 unto the morrow of the seventh sabbath ye do number fifty days, and ye have brought near a new present to Jehovah;
Leviticus 23:15 has the key phrase that proves Lunar Shabbat. It is "seven perfect(or complete) sabbaths" or weeks. This means that there are "complete" weeks and "incomplete" weeks. We are commanded to count 7 COMPLETE weeks, which means that we would not count incomplete weeks. This puts Shavuot precisely right after Summer Solstice day. Connection to this astronomic event makes perfect sense, considering this was the day when Torah was given and when the second First Bread offering was brought.

So basically, we would have 29th Shabbat, then one or two regular days, then New Moon Shabbat. This is what incomplete week is. As I pointed out above, there is nothing wrong with this splitting week in parts because it happens in the traditional system too. For example, in traditional system, a Shabbat may divide Passover or Sukkot week. Sometimes there are even two Shabbats in a row, which is a proof that traditional opinion is wrong, as it would not fit the pattern of Manna fallout schedule in the desert (they would have nothing to eat if they had two Shabbats in a row). For example, Passover of 2008 was right after Shabbat. How is it possible?

So sometimes a month have 4 Shabbats(4complete weeks) and sometimes 5 Shabbats (4 complete weeks+1 incomplete week). So out of all Shabbats 1-8-15-22-29, 29th can either be extra Shabbat (incomplete week month) or sometimes 29th can fall on New Moon (complete week month). This also means that there can't be 29 days in a Lunar month because we would have 2 Shabbats in a row(29th and 1st), so lunar months have to be either 28 days long or 30+ days.

The end of the month (incomplete week) or New Moon is determined by the day of week on which following Full Moon falls. This allows to adjust the calendar to the moon without having two Shabbats in a row as traditional calendar has.

The reason why Shabbat offerings are not mentioned in other Holy Meetings in Numbers 28-29 is because every Shabbat is not necessarily a Holy Meeting, so there is no need to repeat the offering ten times in the description of each Meeting, it is implied. For example, in Numbers 29:34 there is no mentioning of a Shabbat offering, even though it is said explicitly to be seventh day. Neither does it say it in Numbers 29:38-39.

Please note that New Moon is absent from main list of Holy Meetings in Leviticus 23. However, New Moon is present in Numbers 28, namely Numbers 28:2 and Numbers 28:11 where it is called moed(meeting).

Lunar Shabbat helps to gain new insights into the text. For example, Exodus 16:1 states that Hebrews arrived to Sin on fifteenth of the second month from Exodus from Egypt. Exodus 16:22-23 thus can be interpreted to say that the first Shabbat occurred on the 15+7=22nd day of the 2nd month since Exodus, on which no manna would fall out for the first time. This proves that 15th and 22nd are Shabbats. Quite interesting, I think.

This calendar also matches famous Genesis 7:11 and Genesis 8:3-4 150 days count. Here is the proof based on the calendar below.

Also, it would be strange if our God, who is a creator of the entire universe, did not leave us a sign of His weekly Shabbats that he sanctified, blessed and made holy. 

And if one would get stuck on an uninhabited island (or otherwise lost track of time), there would be a sign (the phases of the moon) that would allow one to regain the orientation in time again and do not violate Torah by not observing Shabbat on the right day.

Lunar Shabbat makes whole Torah calendar system simple and elegant, without a need of any adjustments. I have not played with the whole theory, so I do not know how it works over 50 years period described in the Torah but I will and post the results soon.

Leviticus verse proves that the traditional weekly Shabbat that we have is not Torah based and simply a man made invention. This is why one should follow major moon phases to determine Shabbat and other Holy Meetings.

I also talked to Orthodox Jews and here is what they said:
"Before the current calendar was developed in post-Temple times, a completely different calendar system was used which was based on observations of the moon."  
"the calendar during the time of the mahn is not what we currently use." 
"when Sanhedrin becomes re-established when the next Temple gets rebuilt, we will return to that calendar, I suppose."
As you can see, Orthodox Jews can't and won't do anything and just waiting for Messiah. This is very sad because Torah provides all necessary information to restore proper calendar.

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