I came across the Remnant of the Light cult on the Internet, found their website and Facebook group. The teachings sound all biblical, this is a sect that keeps the Torah and holds to the Sabbath and the feasts of the Lord. But on their facebook group I found a strange notice from one of their leaders, Aron Ryan, saying that in 2020 the Sabbath will be on Monday. Monday? What on earth is going on here? After some messaging on their Facebook group I learned why they keep the Sabbath on a Monday this year. The reason is, that they count seven day from creation and take the first day of the first month, Nisan one, to be the day of creation. They figure that the fourth day of the year is at the time of the spring equinox and hence base their calendar on that day. Hence the first day of the year, the date of creation, is on a different day of the week every year and hence the Sabbath seven days later can land on any day of the week. Also they insist that a day starts in the morning, not in the evening, as the Bible clearly tells us. As I conversed with this group, I found they quote the book of Enoch and the Dead Sea scrolls, not once did they offer any support from the Bible, yet they insist that their calendar is biblical.
Here is my last message that I was able to post on their Facebook page before they blocked me. If you come across this cult, please show them the Light of Truth, I didn’t have the chance to do that. Now the message:
Aron Ryan says that I have not shown a single scripture saying that the Sabbath is on Saturday. That’s because the Shabbat was sanctified some 4000 years before the pagan Romans decided to call that day after Saturn. The Bible does not use Roman days. The days are numbered from one to six and the seventh day of the week is called Shabbat. Also I have not shown that scripture, because the Shabbat is not on Saturday. It starts Friday evening and lasts until Saturday evening. That’s why we read in Nehemia 13:19 “when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Shabbat”. And in the creation account we read that there was evening and there was morning, one day. A day thus according to scripture starts at the evening. More evidence for this is the fact that Leviticus 23 commands us to fast on the tenth day, but says that the sabbath is from the evening of ninth day to evening the next day: “It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” (Lev. 23:32) As a jew, I follow what the Jews do. We do not make up tradition on a whim. The fact that Jews have for millenia observed the Shabbat from even to even speaks for itself. I find it almost offensive that christians do not appreciate our sacred tradition.
The real nail in the coffin however is the gospel account of Jesus’ crucifixion. All the gospels say that the bodies were taken off the cross in haste before the Shabbat:
“And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath” (Mk. 15:42)
“And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.” (Lk. 23:54)
“The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” (Jh. 19:31)
Did they hurry to get the bodies of the cross 12 hours before Sabbath started the next morning? No, the Sabbath started in the evening at sunset, and hence they were in a hurry.
But that’s not the big issue. The real issue is, when is the Shabbat? On what day do we keep it? We agree the Shabbat is the Seventh day from creation. We have disagreement, believe it or not, how to count seven days from creation. I believe the way to do that is to count to seven. You believe it is done by observing the equinox at spring time to see when the first day of the first month is and then count seven days from that day. In the ten commandments we are told to keep holy the Shabbat day and to work six days and rest on the seventh. Your calendar breaks that eternal pattern. You have and awkward week of more than six days of work when you adjust annually for the new Shabbat. You are therefore breaking a clear and very simple Torah commandment, which tells us to work six days and rest on the seventh.
So to answer that question, what verse in the Bible tells us to keep holy “Saturday”, the answer is Ex. 20:8, which tells us to keep holy the Shabbat day. And we Jews have meticulously kept the Shabbat for millenia. I find it offensive, that people claim we do not know how to count to seven. The only way to keep the Shabbat is to count to seven perpetually, as mankind has done for the past 6000 years.
The scripture passages I’m looking for is the one that says that the first day of the first month is the day of creation. The Bible says of the first month simply that it is the first month (Ex. 12:2). Leviticus 23 gives us all the feasts of the Lord, it starts with the Shabbat and again tells us to work for six days and rest on the seventh. It then gives us passover, feast of unleavened bread on the first month, but says nothing at all about the first day of the first month being the day of creation. The Bible does not ever say that the first day of the first month is the day of creation. It might or it might not be.
The other passage I’m looking for is the one that says that the Shabbat needs to be counted seven days from the first day of the first month, adjusting the weekly cycle annually. That passage does not exist.
When I say scripture, I mean the Bible. If you can’t find these two passages in the Bible, then can you admit there might be a small problem with your calendar?
The next big thing is what Jesus did. He went to the synagogue on the Shabbat, as was his custom (Lk. 4:16). He therefore kept the same Shabbat day as the Jews. Was Jesus then a Saturn worshipper? Why is there not a single disagreement recorded in the New Testament between Jesus and the Pharisees over which day to keep holy? Had Jesus followed the Remnant of the Light calendar, he would have kept the Shabbat on a different day than the Jews, who used the same calendar then as they do now. The Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the Shabbat, as he healed people on the Shabbat day, told a man to carry his bed on the Shabbat and let his disciples pluck grain on the Shabbat. The Sabbath was as huge a thing for the Jews then as it is now. Had Jesus used a different calendar than the Jews we would certainly have heard about it. Not once do the Pharisees accuse Jesus of keeping a different calendar. So explain to me please, why Jesus kept holy the so called “Saturday”? And how much does it matter to you, do you follow Yeshua, the Messiah? Or are you all about your calendar?