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Are You a 49er?
Are you a 49er? If not you should be!
"Seven weeks (49 days) shall ye number unto thee." Deut. 16:9
"And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after haShabbat (the seventh-day Sabbath), from the day that ye brought the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete (49 days). Even unto the morrow (next day)after the seventh Sabbath will you number fifty days." Lev. 23:15, 16
Once you understand how to "count" to Pentecost correctly, it easily overthrows the idea that the weekly Sabbath should be regulated or governed by the moon, else 50 days would expire before you could get seven Sabbaths.?!?!? Also it attempts to separate what YAHUWAH hath joined together. The 49th and 50th go together.
The Scriptural Pentecost is always observed in the third Scriptural month (almost always in June), an easy way to know the season for Pentecost is, to "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white and ready to harvest." John 4:35
If you live out in the country, you might notice tractors harvesting wheat fields about this time. The Feast of Pentecost is called the "wheat harvest." Exodus 34:22
This is a hint that YAHUSHUA talked with the woman at the well at this time. "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white and already to harvest." John 4:35. He could have only referred to the wheat fields. From Pentecost to the Day of Atonement (when the sabbaticals and jubilee's are announced) is exactly four months. "Then cometh the harvest." You might be wondering What harvest? By the seventh month most gardens are finished. But think with an agricultural mind. You can still find work in the fields after the seventh month. Cotton, pears, persimmons, some apples, pecans and other nuts, pumpkins, and not to mention that which I might be unfamiliar. The harvest continues in the south all the way to the winter solstice.
Scripture states that YAHUSHUA abode there with the people of Sychar "two days" John 4:40, 43. This was possibly the seventh Sabbath (49th) and Pentecost (50th), a weekend rally?
YAHUWAH intended for the 49th Day, the Seventh Sabbath and the 50th Day Pentecost to be observed together, a two day get together. A weekend rally, a short festival period. Think for a moment the inconvenience it would be in the olden days to come to Jerusalem for one day during the week then have to rush back to the wheat fields, then come again for Shabbat. I realize that if your a Pharisee, you wouldn't mind the extra inconvenience, for it would give you extra brownie points with the Creator as you work your way to heaven. But the Creator YAHUWAH out of His goodness intended to make the occasion somewhat convienent and worth your while. Come up for two big days.
This is what happened when YAHUWAH spoke the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. Chapter 19 of Exodus starts off "In the third month." . . . "the same day (must have been new moon) came they into the wilderness of Sinai." Ex. 19:1
A careful study of events, reveals that YAHUWAH Elohim declared the Ten Commandments from Mt. Sinai on the seventh Sabbath (49th day) and on the morrow after this wonderful giving of the commandments and statutes, Moses "rose up early in the morning, (50th day - Pentecost) and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, (etc.) And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that YAHUWAH hath said will we do and be obedient." Exodus 24:7
Jews to this day celebrate Pentecost as a memorial of the grand giving of the law.
Ellen G. White comments on this experience, "Bravely did the Israelites speak the words promising obedience to (YAHUWAH), after hearing His covenant read in the audience of the people. They said, 'All that (YAHUWAH) hath said will we do and be obedient.' Then the people were set apart and sealed." SDA BIBLE Commentary Vol. 7-A under Ex. 24. Would you like to be sealed? To the point where you are immovable and unshakable from the faith once delivered unto the saints?!
Other Reasons Why the Lunar Sabbaths are Wrong!
The idea that we should govern the weekly cycle by the moon is nothing new. Several years ago it was brought up for consideration. The 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th of each month were their sabbaths. But this was easily overthrown and rejected since the Saviour died on the 14th and the next day the 15th was the seventh day Sabbath (Mk 15:42) so the creepsters had to slink off back to the drawing board and invent some other way of taking believers out of the covenant.
So they made the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each Scriptural month a sabbath. [Note: YAHUWAH never said this in Scripture!] Believe it or not some think there is light in this. For one the weekly cycle started before the moon was even created.
The moon was created on the 4th day of creation week (Gen. 1:16), which means that the day/week is based on each revolution or complete turn of the earth. Each complete turn was one day. Like a ball making one complete spin. We notice this by the sun coming up and going down.
If the 15th day of every month is a sabbath, the Israelites certainly ignored it when travelling in the wilderness. In Exodus 16:1 it reads: "the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin . . . on the fifteenth day of the second month." By the way the cloudy pillar led them to disregard this day as a sabbath! If it were a Sabbath the cloud would not have moved, and they would have rested.
Also consider the following argument carefully:
1) The "morrow after the Sabbath" is the first day of the week (Sunday).
2) The new-crop grain must not be eaten until the priest offers the wave-sheaf --(on Sunday) Leviticus 23:14.
3) Joshua and the people of Israel ate of the new grain on the "morrow after" the Passover, which shows that that year the Sabbath fell on the 14th day of the month, and on the 15th (the first day of the week) they did the wavesheaf (Joshua 5:11, 12)
As it reads: While the
people of Israel were encamped in Gilgal they kept the passover on the
fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.
"Old corn" in the KJV is a bad translation, the Hebrew word means "produce" as in Gesenius Hebrew/Chaldee Lexicon.
Good old Joshua counted to Pentecost correctly, "on the morrow after HaShabbat (the seventh day Sabbath)" . . . "Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath (49th day) will you number 50 days." Lev 23:11, 16
Thus, we see how important it is to count to Pentecost correctly keeping the 49th "seventh sabbath" and the 50th, Pentecost together. It saves us from "witty inventions" (Prov. 8:120)