1. The Creation week exposes the fallacy of the Lunar Sabbath teaching. (Genesis 1:14-19; Genesis 2:1-3)

Notice that the moon, which is the “lesser light to rule the night” was created on day four, and the Sabbath was created on day seven. Nowhere in creation week, nor on day seven when God rested do we see the moon in any phase being mentioned regarding the sanctification of the seventh day.

 “The Sabbath institution originated in Eden, and is therefore as old as the world itself. In six days the great work of creation had been accomplished; and God “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.”  {ST, February 1, 1910 par. 8} 

 

2. The moon was appointed for seasons, and not for calculating the day of the Sabbath. (Genesis 1:14-19; Psalms 104:19)

Those who worship according the phases of the moon are really worshiping the creation, rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:18-25)

“The apostles endeavored to impart to these idolaters a knowledge of God the Creator, and of His Son, the Saviour of the human race. They first directed attention to the wonderful works of God,–the sun, the moon, and the stars, the beautiful order of the recurring seasons, the mighty snow-capped mountains, the lofty trees, and other varied wonders of nature, which showed a skill beyond human comprehension. Through these works of the Almighty, the apostles led the minds of the heathen to a contemplation of the great Ruler of the universe.” {The Acts of the Apostles p. 180}

“The Sabbath of the fourth commandment, sanctified by God, was given to man as the memorial of the creation of the world and all things therein. Ever since the institution of the Sabbath in Eden, Satan has made a determined effort to destroy this memorial, and in its stead to institute a spurious sabbath, in order that the memorial of God’s great and wonderful works might be lost from the mind, and there be brought about a worldwide apostasy against God’s law. He well knows that, by leading men and women to disregard the fourth commandment, he has placed them on his side of the controversy; for God says, “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” — {Manuscript Releases Vol 5 p. 88}

 

3. Work can be done on the first day of the new moon, not on Sabbath. (Genesis 8:13; Exodus 40:17; Numbers 1:1-5; 33:38; Ezra 7:9; 10:16)

The evidence of labor and travel on the first day of the new moon proves that the “Lunar Sabbath” was never meant to be a day of rest.

The law forbids secular labor on the rest day of the Lord; the toil that gains a livelihood must cease; no labor for worldly pleasure or profit is lawful upon that day; but as God ceased His labor of creating, and rested upon the Sabbath and blessed it, so man is to leave the occupations of his daily life, and devote those sacred hours to healthful rest, to worship, and to holy deeds.” {The Desire of Ages p. 207}

 

4. The Sabbath is calculated by counting one through seven, not phases of the moon. (Exodus 16:26; 20:9,11; 23:12; 31:15; 34:21; 35:2; Leviticus 23:3; Deuteronomy 5:13-14; Ezekiel 46:1; Matthew 28:1; Luke 13:14; Genesis 2:2-3)

“The great God, in his days of creation and day of rest, measured off the first cycle as a sample for successive weeks till the close of time… The weekly cycle of seven literal days, six for labor and the seventh for rest, which has been preserved and brought down through Bible history, originated in the great facts of the first seven days.”  {ST, March 20, 1879 par. 1}

 

5. The word “moon” comes up in the KJV Bible 62 times and NOT ONCE is it associated with the weekly Sabbath. (Genesis 37:9; Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:3; 33:14; Joshua 10:12-13; 1 Samuel 20:5; 20:18; 20:24; 2 Kings 4:23; 23:5; 1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 2:4; 8:13; 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Nehemiah 10:33; Job 25:5; 31:26; Psalms 8:3; 72:5; 72:7; 81:3; 89:37; 104:19; 121:6; 136:9; 148:3; Ecclesiastes 12:2; Song of Solomon 6:10; Isaiah 1:13-14; 3:18; 13:10; 24:23; 30:26; 60:19-20; 66:23; Jeremiah 8:2; 31:35; Ezekiel 32:7; 46:1; 46:3; 46:6; Hosea 2:11; Joel 2:10; 2:31; 3:15; Amos 8:5 ; Habakkuk 3:11; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25; Acts 2:20; 1 Corinthians 15:41; Colossians 2:16; Revelation 6:12; 8:12; 12:1; 21:23)

Need I say more?

 

6. The manna was gathered 6 days in the wilderness for 40 years, and there was NEVER any mention of the moon. (Exodus 16:26; 16:35)

Surely if the moon dictated which day the weekly Sabbath, Moses would have mentioned that, right? Is that a reasonable thing to consider?

“Before the law was given from Sinai, God wrought a miracle each week to impress the people with the sanctity of the Sabbath. He rained manna from heaven for their food, and each day they gathered this manna; but on the sixth day they gathered twice as much, according to the directions of Moses: “The Lord hath given you the Sabbath, therefore He giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day. The children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; . . . unto the borders of the land of Canaan.” Thus for forty years God worked each week a miracle before His people, to show them that His Sabbath was a sacred day.”  {ST, February 1, 1910 par. 10}

 

7. The word “Sabbath” and the term “Sabbath of the Lord” prove they are in error. (Exodus 20:10; Leviticus 23:2-4; 23:38; Deuteronomy 5:14)

The Lunar preachers base their entire doctrine on Leviticus chapter 23 but verse 3  makes it clear that the feast day Sabbaths were not to take away from the weekly Sabbath. Further evidence of this is given in verse 38 when it states that these ceremonial Sabbaths are “beside the Sabbaths of the Lord”. When it speaks of the weekly Sabbath here it uses the exact same word Shabbath (shab-bawth – Strong’s # 7676) that the 4th commandment. However, in Leviticus 23:24 & 39 when speaking of a feast day, or annual Sabbath, the word  Shabbathown (shab-baw-thone – Strongs # 7677) is used. Two different words are used here to further differentiate between the two different laws, or Sabbaths. These Lunar preachers try in vain to blend these two distinct laws much like those who do so to abolish the 7th day Sabbath, but they do so to their own destruction.  (2 Peter 15-17)

“There are many who try to blend these two systems, using the texts that speak of the ceremonial law to prove that the moral law has been abolished; but this is a perversion of the Scriptures. The distinction between the two systems is broad and clear. The ceremonial system was made up of symbols pointing to Christ, to His sacrifice and His priesthood. This ritual law, with its sacrifices and ordinances, was to be performed by the Hebrews until type met antitype in the death of Christ, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. Then all the sacrificial offerings were to cease. It is this law that Christ “took . . . out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” Colossians 2:14. {Patriarchs & Prophets p. 365}

 

8. The death of Christ proves which day is the weekly Sabbath. (Daniel 9:27; John 19:31-32; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:9)

Christs death as the passover lamb took place on “the preparation” day (Friday) and his body was taken down before Sabbath hours. Now which Sabbath was that? It was the 7th day Sabbath, but it was also the Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The ceremonial Sabbaths are calculated by the phases of the moon but this is not so for the weekly Sabbath. When the weekly Sabbath and the ceremonial Sabbath fell on the same day it was commonly referred to as “an high day”. Christ rose three days later and appeared to Mary on the “first day of the week” (Sunday), further confirming which day of the week the Sabbath is.

“The Passover was followed by the seven days’ feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year’s harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before the Lord.  All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of Christ. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour.”  {The Desire of Ages p.  77} 

 “With the great sacrifice offered upon Calvary, ended that system of offerings which for four thousand years had pointed forward to the Lamb of God. Type had met antitype, and all the sacrifices and oblations of the ceremonial system were there to cease.”  {The Great Controversy p. 327} 

 

9. There is no need of the “moon” in Heaven, yet we will keep Sabbath in Heaven. (Revelation 21:23; Isaiah 66:22-23)

If  the Sabbath was to be instituted or guided by the phases of the moon, then the Sabbath would never be kept in Heaven since there is no need of a moon there. Take note that the word “Sabbath” used in Isaiah 66:23 is the exact same Sabbath (Strong’s # 7676) used in Leviticus 23:3 proving this Sabbath reference is the 7th day Sabbath of the 4th commandment. Also notice that the word “new moon” (Strong’s # 2320) is a reference to the first day of the month, or a monthly Sabbath, further differentiating between the two types of Sabbaths.

“So long as the heavens and the earth endure, the Sabbath will continue as a sign of the Creator’s power. And when Eden shall bloom on earth again, God’s holy rest day will be honored by all beneath the sun. “From one sabbath to another” the inhabitants of the glorified new earth shall . . . “worship before me, saith the Lord.” God teaches that we should assemble in His house to cultivate the attributes of perfect love. This will fit the dwellers of earth for the mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for all who love Him. There they will assemble in the sanctuary from Sabbath to Sabbath, from one new moon to another, to unite in loftiest strains of song, in praise and thanksgiving to Him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever.” {The Faith I Live By p. 37}