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Lunar or Weekly Sabbath?

Published by Rob Skiba ·THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015

When is the Sabbath? I know this is a debate currently raging in some circles. Is the Sabbath based on the moon or has it always been about the consistent seventh day of the week? Well, consider the fact that “Saturday” is…

Shabbat in Hebrew

Sávvato in Greek

yawm alssabt in Arabic

Shabat’ in Armenian

Subota in Belarusian

dissabte in Catalan

Sabado in Cebuano

Subota in Croatian

Sobota in Czech

Sabato in Esperanto

Sabado in Filipino

Sábado in Galician

Shabat’i in Georgian

Szombat in Hungarian

Sabtu in Indonesian

Sabato in Italian

Sabota in Macedonian

Asabotsy in Malagasy

Sabtu in Malay

IS-SIBT in Maltese

Sobota in Polish

Sábado in Portugese

Sâmbătă in Romanian

Subbota in Russian

Subota in Serbian

Sobota in Slovak

Sobota in Slovenian

Sábado in Spanish

şanʙe in Tajik

Subota in Ukrainian

There are plenty of other reasons to accept that the Sabbath is and always was on the day we now call Saturday, but I can’t help but think all these nations didn’t just coincidentally use a word for the seventh day that just so happens to sound like, and/or derive from Shabbat/Sabbaton/Sabbath. Seems to me, this may also answer the questions of the lunar Sabbath idea. Are all of these nations wrong? I don’t think so.

I know plenty of people will disagree with the above, but after studying the lunar Sabbath model, the history of multiple cultures just didn’t seem to support it. The Passion week seems to become either quite awkward or completely falls apart too, and in some cases (like when the conjunction lasts 2 days), you also end up with either 8 day work weeks and/or double (back-to-back) Sabbaths, which would mean you worked for 6 days, then rested for one, but the following week worked for 5 days and rested for two days – yet with the exception of moedim (appointed times) wherein you have a “high Sabbath” (a Sabbath rest apart from the standard weekly Sabbath), we have no such command to work less (or more) than 6 days.

Plus, the count of 7 days started at Creation with Day 1. Period. But if you go off of the moon, your count would have to start on Day 4. Moses repeatedly states that the Sabbath is in recognition of Creation and how YHWH rested on Day 7 not day 11 (7 days after the moon showed up).

And the argument concerning the NAME of the seventh day is a red herring. The Hebrews didn’t have names for the days; they were numbered. The names other nations gave the days, have changed over time and now we call the seventh day Saturday. But to suggest that we are honoring/worshiping Saturn is nonsense. If you go that route, then the lunar Sabbath folks are worshiping Luna (the Roman moon goddess). So that’s just a really stupid argument if you ask me.

Overall, I finally came to the conclusion that the lunar Sabbath idea just doesn’t work. So, needless to say, I’m more than convinced that the seventh day is and always was on the day we now call Saturday.

And sorry, but Constantine had no authority to change it to Sunday.


Also of extreme interest, please consider:


– Rob Skiba




11 Responses to “Lunar or Weekly Sabbath?”

  1. Mariam Hana says:

    Did they have Monday, Tuesday and so forth. If they did not have the calendar we do, they, why in bible it days. on the second this happen. I know what calendar they kept. what about you. what do think.

  2. Rebecca (justbecky) Collins says:

    beavers know when the Shabbat is….

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=beavers+keep+the+sabbath

  3. Brett Canfield says:

    Holly molly beavers just debunked the lunar sabbath

    • RobSkiba2 says:

      LOL! Looks that way to me too. 🙂 I’ve also seen a study a while back on certain aspects of our own physical nature begins to slow down on Saturday and ramp back up on Sunday. I wish I could find it though. It was a long time ago.

  4. Janet says:

    I live in a small town only churches I know go on Sunday how ever I warship by myself on Saturday and go to church on Sunday

  5. Sharon Corley says:

    Thank you Rob for all you do for our Heavenly Father’s kingdom and your transparency along the way as you seek out His truth. Sorry you experience such animosity to say the least from other supposed Christians. It grieves my heart and I pray continually for you and your family that Abba protect your heart,mind and spirit from these barbs of the enemy and refresh you continually. Shalom

  6. Jeanene says:

    Birds too, warblers keeping sabbath. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwayR5gkh7c

  7. Chris Wall says:

    Lunar sabbatarians have a very high pressure sales type approach. They are VERY zealous, and to make it worse, many of them are correct on most other major issues. So it makes this teaching hard to resist at first.

    Until you read Exodus 20 and realize it says “6 days you do all of your work, and the seventh you rest.”

    As soon as I saw there was occasionally 8 days on a sabbath cycle in that belief, I checked out and never looked back. This is definitely a doctrine of devils, as it makes you miss all the moedim, shabbath included.

  8. Martin L Bailey says:

    Ty Rob. I hv been blessed by a few of your teachings, ty for saying here am I. I am not educated, but that does not stop me from the battle for truth. so with that, I would ask aboutEze 46:1-3 ,__________- Eze 46:1  THUS says ADONAI YAHUAH; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Shabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the New Moon it shall be opened. 
    Eze 46:2  And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare את eth-his burnt offering and את eth-his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening. 
    Eze 46:3  Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before YAHUAH in the Sabbath and in the New Moons.[ so there are indeed 6 work days. agreed. Sabbath is not a work day agreed. now these gates are open only on Sabbats n new moons, correct? so is the new moon a work day? we know it is not sabbath? this indicates that it is not a work day ether? so how can we have a continual 7 day cycle with this verse? Again ty very much for your service. Shalom.

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