The issue of the manna does not affect the Lunar Sabbath. It does only in the minds of the nay-sayers who get
upset when we ask that they have an open mind when examining the evidence supporting the Sabbath of Creation.
History reveals that Israel fasted on new moon day. Hutton Webster writes, “...the establishment of a periodic week
ending in a Sabbath observed every seventh day was doubtless responsible for the gradual obsolescence of the
new moon festival as a period of general abstinence, since with continuous weeks the new-moon day and the
Sabbath Day would from time to time coincide” (Rest Days, p. 255).
Satyrday Sabbatarians have tried to use the story of the manna as “proof” that the Lunar Sabbath is false. They
say the narrative in Exodus 16 offers no instruction for Israel to pick up manna (or not) during the new moon phase
during their 40 years in the wilderness. These same folks admit that the new moons were observed, but because
there is no mention of them in conjunction with the falling of the manna, they say that this proves that the seven day
weeks are not interrupted by the new moon days and therefore, manna MUST have fallen on the new moon days. In
the same breath, these same well meaning folks insist that the days of the week go 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 uninterrupted all
the way back to Creation, and with no evidence other than our present Gregorian calendar and their tradition, say
that Satyrday IS that seventh day.
Let me propose that this is not the case—for several reasons. (1) When Israel was walking in the Torah, they
always observed the same lunar-solar calendar established in Genesis 1. (2) With this calendar, the days of new
moon are described as a third category of day in Ezekiel 46:1, II Kings 4:23, Isaiah 66:23 and Amos 8:5. Since
new moon is a third category of day (neither one of the six working days nor Sabbath) elsewhere in Scripture, then it
was a third category of day during Israel’s wilderness sojourn. (3) By insisting that Israel gathered manna on new
moon days during their wilderness sojourn, they are adding to Torah, in violation of Deuteronomy 4:2. Scripture
does not say whether Israel gathered or ate manna on new moon days, so satyrday Sabbatarians cannot use this
lack of information as proof of anything, they can only speculate. When Scripture is silent, our silence is golden. (4)
Satyrday is only the seventh day of the week by virtue of Emperor Constantine. In 321 A.D., he venerated the day
of the sun which moved satyrday from its coveted position as the first day of the week (where it had been since at
least 600 B.C.) to the seventh day of the week, making room for sunday to move to the first day column.
Anecdotally, and historically, Israel fasted on new moon days (see one quote above from Hutton Webster). I wonder
why? Regardless of whether the instructions of YHVH about gathering or eating manna on the new moon days were
written down or not, the Father always provides for His children. I find it interesting that science has shown that
fasting once a month is great for your health. Satyrday Sabbatarians who have knowledge of the health message
should jump up and shout, but they won’t because they must also then admit defeat regarding the manna issue and
the Lunar Calendar.
The land Sabbaths were important enough to the Father to cause Israel to go into captivity for 70 years in Babylon
for NOT observing them. These land Sabbaths were also in 7 year sequences (like the days of weeks). Israel could
sow and reap for the 6 years, but on the land Sabbath, they were to abstain. The Father caused a triple portion of
produce to be harvested on the 6th year to provide food for Israel during the 6th year, the 7th year (land Sabbath)
and the first part of the first year of the subsequent 7 year sequence, since there was no sowing/reaping during the
7th year land Sabbath. Also, there was neither sowing nor reaping during the year of Jubilee. So the 48th year of
the Jubilee cycle had to provide produce for FOUR years (the 48th, 49th, 50th and the first half of the year of the
subsequent Jubilee cycle).
My point: Nothing is said about eating manna on new moon days during the 40 year wilderness sojourn. This in no
wise disproves the Creation Calendar. The Jubilee cycle may provide an answer. The day(s) of new moon interrupt
the continuance of weeks, and the 50th year interrupts the seven 7 year counts; it cannot double as the first year of
the following Jubilee cycle because you can sow and reap on the first year of each land Sabbath, Leviticus 25:3.
No one could sow and reap during the 50th year of Jubilee, Leviticus 25:11. New moon days are a third category
of day; the year of Jubilee is a third category of year. It is neither one of the six year of sowing/reaping, nor is it a
7th year land Sabbath.
Ironically, the manna PROVES the Creation Calendar. Please refer to the calendar below as you read the
YHVH met with Moses on the 15th, (Exodus 16:1) and said that they would get quail that evening (of the 15th –
Exodus 16:8 and 16:12-13) and manna the next morning (the 16th – Exodus 16:8) and for the 6 days following
(Exodus 16:5). They were to pick up a daily amount each day except for the 6th day of the week when they were
instructed to pick up a double portion (Exodus 16:5 16:22, and 16:26) because the MORROW was the Sabbath
(Exodus 16:23 and 16:26).
Looks like this:
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
If the 22nd is the Sabbath, so is the 15th. Seems to me that I remember reading somewhere that in Scripture the
weekly Sabbaths are always on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th days of the lunar month. The reason this has been
written is because of proof texts like this.
7. The falling of manna in the wilderness proves that the Sabbath cannot be based upon
the Lunar cycle. Manna fell for 6 days and Israel collected a double portion on the 6th day
in preparation for the Sabbath. There is no mention of the lunar Sabbath.
Objections to the Calendar of Creation: