World’s Last Chance has a nice little challenge for all Shabbat keepers. They write “WLC is offering a world wide public confession and apology for adopting the wrong Sabbath day once anyone has been able to demonstrate from the Scriptures that the true seventh-day Sabbath has ever been recorded in the Bible to have fallen on any other dates than those listed above.” By those days they meen the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of the month. Yes, this is also known as Lunar Sabbath. And their sole argument is, that in the Bible the Shabbat always falls on those days. Actually that does not matter at all, even if the Shabbat fell on those days a hundred times in the Bible, it would not matter, because in the fourth commandment we are told very clearly to keep holy the seventh day of the week. On average the Shabbat will fall on those days every seventh month, so it’s not even that big of a miracle if the Shabbat always falls on those days in the Bible.
I will take up the challenge though. On their website they claim that the resurrection was on the 16th of Nisan and thus the Shabbat was on the 15th, again, nicely in line with their pattern. It’s nice that at least someone has noticed, that Christ rose from the dead on first fruits. In Lev. 23:11 we are told that first fruits is on the day after the Shabbat, but the Pharisees reckon the Shabbat day here means the Shabbat of Nisan 15th, while the Sadducees figure it is the day after the weekly Shabbat. Well, since Paul in 1. Corinthians 15:20 calls Christ the first fruits of resurrection, I’ll go with the Sadducees on this one and say that the first fruits is always on the day after the weekly Shabbat. None of this matters regarding the challenge though, because nowhere in the New Testament do we read that the Sunday was the 16th of Nisan. What we do know and here are the facts, is that the women came to the tomb early on Sunday morning and the tomb was empty as they arrived. Since Paul calls Christ our passover (1. Cor. 5:7), we know that he had to die the day the passover lambs were slain, that is, on the 14th of Nisan. These two facts are undisputed. Now if you believe the Church’s big fat lie that Christ was cricified on Friday, then the Shabbat that weeks nicely lands on the 15th of Nisan, confirming to the lunar Shabbat pattern.
There is evidence that Jesus was actually crucified on Wednesday. Jesus says he’ll be in the tomb for three days and three nights and you don’t have three nights and three days between Friday and Sunday. But regarding the challenge that does not matter. Lets look at Matthew 28:1 “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” All English translations say at the end of the Sabbath, singular, while in the Greek Shabbat, sabbaton, is in the plural. Look it up and check it out, I’m not making it up. It’s in the plural, yet not a single translation says that the women came to the tomb after the Sabbaths, because the translators “knew” that there was only one Shabbat between Friday and Sunday. So, since we have Shabbats in the plural, that means there were more than one Shabbat between Jesus’ crucifiction and Sunday. There was the weekly Shabbat and then there was Nisan the 15th Shabbat, the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. The feast days are regularly called Shabbats in the Bible. This means that for the sake of my argument and for the purpose of winning this challenge, I’ll say that Jesus was crucified on Nisan 14th on Thursday, he was in the grave for the Nisan 15th Shabbat on Friday and then the disciples rested on the Saturday on Nisan the 16th. Actually Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, making Nisan the 17th the Shabbat, but like I said, for the purpose of winning this challenge it does not matter, we know for a fact there were at least two Shabbats between Jesus’ crucifiction and his resurrection which means the Shabbat that week fell on a day other than the 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th, which means I have won the challenge and WLC now has to publish a public confession and apology. I’ll let you know, how they reply.