An open letter to Allen Stump.
Dated 6-16-2007 on the pagan calendar

The fruit of your labor will help others to see what you cannot see
(because you will not to look).  

He that has ears to hear, let him hear...
(Unless you have time, print and read this at your leisure.)
A friend shared the April, 2007 edition of your Old Paths periodical with me today.  I was amused at first
because you spent a lot of print refuting the Creation Calendar.  I was thinking to myself, this is great, now I
will have something to examine, this will give me another opportunity to see if this fellow has been
successful in poking holes in the Father's calendar.

Then I started to laugh.  I started reading the quotes on page 17 and laughed out loud when I realized you
were quoting me as the "proponent of the lunar sabbath."  Really, I am flattered, but I am far from the last
word on the Creation Calendar.  All I have done is quote scripture, I've given 2-3 witnesses for every point
I've made, listed the historical and scholarly references that support what Scripture says and sprinkled my
work with Sister Ellen White's comments about new light that is really old light, etc.  I can't say thank you
enough for giving the link to my site.  I hope that every reader on your mailing list goes on my website and
sees for themselves what you are denying and unable to see.

Bro. Stump, you are not fighting against me, you are fighting against the Creator.  Someday (sooner than
you think) you will regret this article and your association with it.  If you are honest, you will take this
challenge to do what you have not yet done.  Study this with an open mind.  If you are not so inclined, then
for the sake of your readers, I adjure you in the Sovereign Name of Yah to examine His Creation Calendar.  
If you refuse my offer to educate yourself and your readers, then you and king Jehoiakim have something in
common,
Jeremiah 36:23-32.  If you honestly study this out, and then ask honest questions, I will pull this
letter from my site.  (Readers take note: to date I have heard nothing from Bro. Stump)

Please allow me to comment on your assessment of the Creation Calendar.  You quoted me (in
blue font)
as saying...

Genesis 1:14-15.  Here we find the ordination of Yah’s calendar.  The sun to rule the year and day, the
moon to rule the month and possibly more.

Friend, there is a sign (beacon-Genesis 1:14) in the heavens that marks the week.  You’ll find it exactly
where the Creator says you will, in the quarters of the moon.  The sun comes up every day of the year and
other than the fact that it is higher or lower on the sky’s dome it looks the same every day.  However, every
7 days, the moon enters a different phase.  New moon-first quarter-full moon and then last quarter before
entering a “rebuilding” phase.  

You stopped quoting me here, but there was more to that paragraph.  You later quoted the last sentence,
but you failed to mention the sentence underlined below.  

Since the Father says that the moon is for appointed times, then we must be diligently prove this to be
true.  We must be faithful to the data given
.  

The Father doesn’t say which appointed times, so we need to determine if the Sabbath is excluded
somehow.  I think it is noteworthy that you took no time to diligently prove what Scripture said about the
moon regulating the appointed times.  Rather you spent untold hours wresting Scripture to read as you
would have it understood rather than letting Scripture speak for itself.  Perhaps that is why you did not
include this line when quoting the material I offer on-line.

You responded to the above quotes as follows (I will use a
bold font when quoting your article...)

There are problems with these statements.  Firstly, "possibly" means that things may or may not
be.  Secondly, while "sign's...seasons, ... days, and years" are mentioned, weeks are not.  
Thirdly, there is no command concerning the moon being a sign marking the week.  Fourthly, the
moon does not go through its phases every seven days.  While the phases are close to seven
days part
[sic], they are really closer to 7 and 3/8 days long.  The four phases of the moon take
place in 29 1/2 days not 28.

Comment: I'll spot you that the word "possibly" could mean maybe not.  Thank you for bringing this to my
attention.  I was trying to give the other camp the benefit of the doubt until they had the opportunity to study
this out.  Since folks like you seem to think you have no need to examine the evidence, I have changed my
short study.  It now reads. "and more" as a more direct challenge to one's doctrine rather than offering one
the benefit of the doubt.

You are also correct that the word week does not exist in Genesis 1.  Neither is the word Sabbath
mentioned.  In fact the word Sabbath is not used until Exodus 16.  You are not being honest with the
evidence my friend.  Just because something is not spelled out, does not mean you cannot use your Yah
given talent and intelligence to figure out what is being said.  Let me be more specific.  I think we both
agree that in Scripture the day and year are based on the solar cycle.  So lets focus on
signs and
seasons.  Genesis 1:14 says the luminaries in the heavens are for signs, seasons, days and years.  The
Hebrew word for
signs is owth (Strong's Hebrew #226), and seasons is mo'edim (Strong's Hebrew #
4150).  
Psalm 104:19 shows the Psalmist nearly quoting Genesis 1:14 only being VERY specific about the
role of the moon.  It will regulate the seasons (same Hebrew word, mo'edim, appointed times).  So the
moon will regulate the Father's appointed times.  In
Leviticus 23:1-3 the Father says that the seventh day
Sabbath is the first in a list of HIS feasts (
feasts is the SAME Hebrew word used in Genesis and Psalm,
mo'edim).  Here it is.  One of the lights in the heavens will regulate the appointed times....that light is the
moon...the Sabbath is also called one of the Father's appointed times.  Conclusion: the Sabbath is
regulated by the moon.  Have I stepped outside of Scripture yet?  Perhaps at some point in your ministry
you have utilized the instructions found in
Isaiah 28:9-10?

Don't think the Almighty is going to let you off the hook for one second.  See that word
signs in Genesis 1:
14
?  Please Exodus 31:13, Ezekiel 20:12 and Ezekiel 20:20.  All three say that the Sabbath is a SIGN my
friend, using the SAME IDENTICAL Hebrew word found in Genesis 1:14.  The Father's
signs are regulated
by one or both of the luminaries in the heavens.  What have I misunderstood?  Please give me 2-3
witnesses that show that the Sabbath is NOT a sign and that it is NOT regulated by a luminary in the
heaven.  Indeed, the sun tells you when the day begins, the moon tells you which day it is.

I agree that the phases of the moon are on an approximate 7 day cycle.  I said as much in the full study
found on this site.  Is there any reason that you decided to comment on the condensed version of this study
rather than the longer, more complete study?  Do you actually believe that  the
Reader's Digest
Condensed Version
will give you the whole story?  Yes, the moons phases are an average of 7.3 days.  
While you seem to think this is a big deal, the moon was created this way, and it works fine.  Indeed, the
moon is now on a 29.5 day cycle.  And your point is?  Let me answer this for you.  You believe that there
are repeating 7 day weeks.  Seven does not go into 29.5 equally.  Can you find the command for this
repeating seven day week in Scripture?  No, you cannot.  You assume it is there because the weeks on the
Gregorian calendar are presented in this manner.  And do you believe that Almighty Yah ordained the
Gregorian Calendar?  
Genesis 1 will not support you because it only talks about a week, it does not
legislate the month.  New moon is a day of the month, but it is not a day of the week.  I have four witnesses.

Ezekiel 46:1-3 says that the gate to the inner court will be shut the SIX working days, but open on new
moon and Sabbath.  The new moon is not a Sabbath (except the seventh one, which is Feast of Trumpets),
and it is not one of the six working days.  You have no place to put a new moon on the Gregorian calendar.  
There is a reason for this.  In Scripture, the new moon is the first day of each new month.  In 46 B.C., the
Julian Calendar removed the new moon from monthly calculations.  In 1582, the Gregorian calendar
continued this violence to the calendar created by the Father of all.

If last month the new moon fell on a th-rsday, would the gate to the inner court be open for worship or
closed?  If you say it must be open because it is new moon, I must say, "But Bro. Stump, th-rsday is one of
the six working days (on your calendar anyway), so the gate must be shut."  If you are honest with the
evidence you might say, "Well Troy, you're right, it is a work day, the gate should be shut."  Then I'd say,
"Perhaps you are not paying attention.  It is new moon day, the gate must be open."  You have no right
answer to choose from on your calendar because the Gregorian is a pagan, papal counterfeit.

Elder Stump, that gate is a switch.  It is either open or shut like a light switch.  It says that it will be shut all
six working days.  The Sabbath is the other week day, the seventh.  Where would you put the new moon?  
You have no place on your calendar because your calendar is a pagan/papal/Roman/solar-only/man-made
calendar.  I have room on the calendar I use because it is the Creation calendar.  There are three
categories of day on the Father's calendar, not just two.  The new moon days (either one or two every
month) make up the remainder of the lunar cycle.  There are 28 week days (4 x 7 day weeks), and new
moon days make up the remainder of the +/- 29.5 day lunar cycle.  Of course, there is no such thing as a
half day, so the Hebrew months are 29 or 30 days long, to compensate for the 1/2 day.  Here are the other
texts that show the work days are separate from the new moon and Sabbaths.  
Isaiah 66:22-23, Amos 8:5
(where the work days are not listed as worship days) and
II Kings 4:23 (where, in context, the man is in his
field working).  Please share with me 2-3 witnesses in Scripture that disagree with this.

You continued:

According to Psalm 104:19, the moon is declared to be appointed for times.  The feasts
appointed by the moon are mentioned in the Bible (Leviticus 23; Unleavened Bread, Passover,
etc.) and are clearly noted as such.  The weekly Sabbath is not mentioned as being appointed by
the moon.  The advocates of the lunar sabbath say: "He doesn't say
which appointed times, so
we must conclude that He means
all of them (Ibid., emphasis in original).  The logic that says that
since God did not tell us for [sic] which times the moon was appointed he (sic) therefore must
have meant
all the times is not valid.  The Scriptures do say which ones were appointed by the
moon.  To say that a lack of information is proof is very poor logic indeed.

Brother Stump, with your faulty logic, a man having sex with a sheep would be innocent in Yah's eyes since
He did not spell out which animals were forbidden in the statute regarding bestiality.  I suppose the man
could argue that this was a clean animal, chewing the cud and having cloven hooves, that he figured it
would be an exception to the rule.  Would you please explain why this lack of information regarding
bestiality is somehow poor logic if I agree with the Torah that this statute excludes
all animals?  He does
not say which animals He commands us to refrain from having intercourse with, so I believe He means ALL
of them, don't you?  The same principle applies to the appointed times and I believe you know it.  The
Father says what He means and means what He says.  His word will not return to Him void.  You are
adding to the law (Torah) if you say that He does not mean the weekly appointed time is regulated by the
moon.  
Deuteronomy 4:2.

Brother Stump, the very FIRST three verses of
Leviticus 23 (that you pointed out) calls the weekly
Sabbath a Feast of Yah.  The Father calls the Sabbath one of "MY feasts."  That Hebrew word for
feasts is
Mo'edim.  It means appointed time.  
Psalm 104:19 uses the same Hebrew word, Mo'edim, only the KJV
translators wrote
seasons in this passage.  You said that the Sabbath is NOT appointed by the moon, but
you offered no witnesses from Scripture to validate your claim.  Without Scriptural support, your claim is not
valid.  In fact, you used no logic at all, you simply stuck to the party line.  No true doctrine will lose anything
by close investigation.

You continued:

Lunar sabbath proponents state: "Leviticus 23:1-3 clearly states that the weekly Sabbath is the
first of Yah's feasts or appointed times."  Even in these Scriptures it is evident that the Sabbath
is spoken of in a different manner from the others.  Verse 4 serves as a separator between it and
the others [sic] feasts and only the Day of Atonement had the same work prohibition.  Yet, there
is no mention here of the regulation of the Sabbath based upon the moon.

Comment:  I agree, the weekly Sabbath is spoken of in a different manner than the annual Sabbaths.  And
there is your answer.  The Sabbath is weekly, the others are annual.  There is a difference and there is a
separator, but you've thrown the baby out with the bathwater.  The luminary that regulates the Sabbath is
not mentioned by name in
Leviticus 23, this passage only says that the Sabbath is a feast or appointed
time (mo'ed).  It is
Genesis 1 and Psalm 104 that says these mo'edim are regulated by a luminary in the
heavens, the moon.

You continued:

"Psalm 8:3-4.  The moon is ordained for visitation with man (Ibid.)."  These verses say: "When I
consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast
ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"  
The text is simply saying that as David looked upon the wonderful things of God's creation, he
was thrilled with what he saw and wondered how God could consider man important.  The
Jewish Publication Society version of this Scripture reads: "When I behold Thy heavens, the
work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast established; What is man, that
Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou thinkest of him?"  Further, if this text can
be used to show a system of worship based upon the moon, the stars must also be included for
they appear in the same voice with the moon.

You are correct.  The stars are part of the Creation Calendar, read all of Genesis 1:16.  The moon tells you
what day it is, the stars tell you what season it is, and they change monthly.  I am not talking horoscopes, I
am talking constellations.  The Father established which stars would be in the heavens at which time, the
Adversary interjected with the horoscope and zodiac.

You continued:

It is said that Amos 8:5 declares the new moon was not a working day.  That is true, but neither
was the Day of Atonement a work day and there is never a change in the weekly cycle for it.  To
be consistent, if one says that the new moon affects the weekly cycle because one was not to
work on it, then one would also have to say that the Day of Atonement interrupts the weekly
cycle.

Comment:  If you agree that this is true, then why are you arguing with my conclusion or my presentation?  
Day of Atonement happens to fall on a work day, but no physical labor (gainful employment) was to take
place, rather one was to "work" on their own salvation with fear and trembling.  We all understand that
spiritual work was/is to be done on Day of Atonement.  It was/is not a day to come to worship before the
Father.  Indeed, Day of Atonement does not interrupt the weekly cycle, but the new moon does.  New moon
has no illuminated moon out, it was a third category of day.  It does not count against the work week.  
Ezekiel 46:1 proves this and history records that new moon days were not reckoned with the week days,
they were not counted against the work week.

You continued regarding
Jeremiah 31:31-36:

Even a casual reading reveals that Jeremiah is saying that as long as the sun rises and sets and
the moon goes through its phases and changes the tides, Israel will be a nation before the Lord.  
The verses do not mention any feasts and we can only find them here by reading them into the
text.  Further, this was a promise to those who [sic] whose heart has God's law written therein.  
(See verse [sic] 31-34.)

Comment: Brother Stump, I don't disagree with you, indeed these things are part of the job description for
the sun, moon and stars.  But you are forgetting the job given in
Genesis 1:14, signs, seasons, days and
years and what these mean.  You seem to understand
day and I presume you know what a year means, but
you seem to be ignorant to what
signs and seasons mean even though the texts have been given to you.  
These are part of the ordinances of the moon.  It regulates the appointed times and is a beacon that turns
on and off, announcing the weekly Sabbaths along the way (quarter phases of the cycle).  Jeremiah does
not mention them, but MOSES does in the Torah.

To the law [Torah] and the testimony [repeating of the Torah, by the prophets] if they speak not according
to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
 Isaiah 8:20

What I am sharing is in the Torah and agrees with the testimony of the prophets.  You have yet to use a
single passage in Scripture to support your claims.  Have you no witnesses?

You continued (you quoted me in
blue):

Certain statements are made to support the lunar sabbath that require the assumption of many
things.  For example, we find this statement:

The 10th, 14th and 16th of Abib are, without exception, commanded work days.  The barley could be
harvested on the 16th after the Wave sheaf had been offered, Leviticus 23:9-14.  If there is a continuous 7
day cycle, every few years either the 10th, 14th or 16th will fall on a "Saturday".  This is a problem we need
to resolve.  Yah would never have a work day fall on a rest day.  (
Ibid.).

You then quoted Leviticus 23:9-14, correctly stating that "the harvest was reaped, then the firstfruits
were offered ....  After reading many commentaries, there seems to be little said by the
commentators as to when the firstfruits for the wave offering were harvested.  Were they
harvested on the 16th just prior to the service, or some day prior.  The text itself indicates that it
was prior, but even if they were harvested on the 16th, the harvest was just a few handfuls.  God
cannot condemn the saints for doing as he has commanded even when it falls on the Sabbath.  
Jesus said:

Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane
the Sabbath, and are blameless. (Matthew 12:5).

"God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34)" and if the priests could "work" in God's service as
commanded, so could anyone who had fields with grain to wave.  The context of Matthew 12:5
was when the disciples were hungry and needed food during the Sabbath and therefore
harvested a few grains to eat.  Jesus did not condemn them for this and how could he condemn
service on the Sabbath which he has commanded to be done?

Comments: You really have no idea about the feasts do you?  And I question whether you understand the
sanctity of the Sabbath regarding the common man as well.

First of all, you had no answer for the 10th or the 14th.  Secondly, I agree, the wavesheaf was "harvested"
prior to it being waved, I think that is obvious.  The point is that the 15th of Abib is the Sabbath.  The first
day of the week follows the 15th, which is seventh day of the week, making Abib 16 a work day.  Abib 15 is
the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread EVERY year.  It was also the seventh day of the week because Abib 14
was and is the preparation day for the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread meaning that Abib 16 would never
be a Sabbath.

What the disciples were doing was not considered "harvesting".  They were eating, which was a statute.  
People could pick and eat of all produce along the byways.  It was not considered stealing unless they
were putting what they picked into a container to store or carry it in.  As long as they were only picking and
putting it into their mouths, they were obeying the law.  Wave sheaf was a bird of a different feather.  It was
an offering, and its harvest was indeed part of the general harvest for commercial gain.  No, they did not
sell the wave sheaf, but it was the firstfruits of the general harvest.

What the priests were doing in the temple was indeed work ordained by Yah.  Please find in Scripture
where we are allowed to harvest our fields on the Sabbath.  You have made man the expositor of his own
level of obedience.  You seem to be saying that if a man owns a field and believes that Yah wants him to
harvest his field for commercial gain on the Sabbath that he has every right, it's his field.  Bro. Stump, what
about "in it thou shalt not do any work" don't you understand?  The Father is NEVER going to ordain work
on this Sabbath except for the necessary temple work, which was not done for temporal gain.  It fed the
priests in anything, same as picking a handful of grain while walking along a road in ancient Palestine.

Rescuing an animal or person in distress on the Sabbath is not considered work it was a necessity, the
righteous thing to do.

Abib 10, 14 and 16 will never fall upon a Sabbath.  When the 10th of Abib falls on the Satyrday, please
explain to the Righteous Judge why you are purchasing a passover lamb on your Sabbath, a day you are
not to buy or sell.  The Father does not establish laws, then break them or expect His children to break
them.

You continued:

One of the challenges that is often heard from those that teach the lunar sabbath is that every
weekly Sabbath in the Bible that can be dated by the day of the month is always on the 8th, 15th,
22nd or 29th day of the month.  In fact, one website offers a $10,000 reward for someone who
can provide a Biblical reference for a Sabbath not on one of these four dates.  As noted in the
article "Lunar Sabbath," the Sabbath mentioned in Acts 20 had to be either on the 3rd or 4th day
of the month, depending on the counting method employed.  I clicked on the link to take me to
the page offering the reward, since $10,000 would be a nice help to the mission field, but there
was no provision made to claim the reward nor ling directing one to such a place.

Comments:  I checked my link.  It is good.  It offers the $10,000 and gives the e-mail address of the man
offering it.  What were you expecting?  How is this not a link to the one offering the reward?

If you think that the weekly Sabbath falls on the third or fourth day of the month in Acts 20, you truly have no
idea how to find or count to the feasts.  I will attempt to show you how simple this really is and how silly you
come off sounding expecting to claim $10,000 because you say that the Sabbath is on the 3rd or 4th day
of the month.  Where is your evidence, sir?

Passover/Unleavened Bread is in bold black, Abib 14 and 15-21.  The account in
Acts 20:5-7 says that
Paul arrived in Troas five days after the days of Unleavened Bread and he abode there seven days.  And
upon the first day of the week, speaking until midnight, he was ready to depart on the morrow.

Five days after unleavened bread is
Abib 26.  Count to seven and see if you can get the seventh day of his
7 day stay to end on the first day of the week.

                                                                           1
2            3           4          5           6          7          8
9          10         11        12        13        
14        15        
16          17         18        19        20        21        22
23          24         25        
26        27        28        29
30            1           2           3          4          5          6            

OK, so you don't like my calendar arrangement.  Since you do not think that the Sabbaths are on the 8th,
15th, 22nd or 29th days of every month, I'll arrange the calendar in a way you will approve.

                                                    1          2          
3
4              5          6          7           8          9        10
11          12         13        
14        15        16        17
18           19         20        21
       22        23        24
25           
26         27        28        29        30          1     
2             3            4          5          6          7           8     

Same situation, now you have a calendar month that permits a seven day count to end on the first day,
permitting Paul to depart on the morrow.   In both calendars, one must count the 26th as a day in Troas for
that is the day he arrived.  The Sabbath falls on the 3rd, just as you thought it should.  Problem.  Abib 10 is
a work day.  You may have earned a brownie point for your astute assessment of Abib 16, but you get an F
for not trying to answer for Abib 10.  This was the day the Father commanded Israel to put the lamb up for
inspection.  Fishermen or tent makers (non-ranchers who may not have had their own lamb) were required
to purchase their lamb.  This is buying and selling, it is NOT Sabbath activity, and the Almighty did not ask
Israel to break this Sabbath command.  The 10th of Abib is a work day EVERY YEAR on the Creation
Calendar.  The man from Galilee drove out the money changers on Abib 10 before Passover twice, not
because they were buying and selling on the Sabbath, but because they were cheating the people, and
desecrating the house where his Father's Name was housed.

Your only hope here is to come up with a verse that says when Abib 10 just happened to fall on the
Sabbath that Israel could purchase this lamb on either the 9th or the 11th of Abib.  Happy hunting.  You
won't find it, because it is not there.  Buying a lamb is not sanctified or set apart work commanded to be
done on the Sabbath from time to time (when it falls on a Satyrday).  It was common work done on a work
day EVERY YEAR.

So, how is the calendar arranged to support the Creation Calendar and Paul's understanding of it?  Easy.  
Put the
new moon days, that third category of day that does not count against the work week, back in its
rightful place.

                                                                           
1              
2            3           4           5          6          7          8            
9          10         11        12        13        
14        15        
16          17         18        19        20        21   
     22        
23          24         25        
26        27        28        29
                                                                          
30
                                                                            1
2           3            4          5          6          7           8             

Paul arrived in Troas on the 26th, stayed for 7 days, speaking on the first day of the week until midnight,
ready to depart on the morrow.  The 30th (when required) and 1st days of the month are new moon days.  
They do not count against the week.  The month is reset every month by the natural cycles of the moon.  
When there was no moon out, that was a dark day, a new moon day, and not counted against the work
week.  All the days of the work week were illuminated with the quarter phases announcing the Sabbaths.

In your closing prayer you asked that all your words be erased from the minds and thoughts of the people
and only Yah's words be remembered.  Since you offered no Scripture to undo my presentation, or to
support your own biased conclusion, then I pray that the Father will accept me as a second witness for I too
desire that all your words be erased from the minds of your readers.

Let Yah be true and every man a liar.  Scripture presents from beginning to end the Creation Calendar, not
a pagan/papal/Roman/solar-only/man-made calendar that Brother Allen Stump accepts, proclaims and
worships in deference to.  The calendar you observe tells you when to work and when to worship.  WHEN
you worship tells heaven and the on-looking universe WHO you worship.  It's THAT serious.

This is the conclusion of my response to your rebuttal to the material on my site.  More comments on the
larger body of your effort to depose the Creation Calendar will follow as time permits.

May you live to regret your foolish war against the Father's calendar.  May Almighty Yah grant you the days
to undo what you have thought to do to His reckoning of time.  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, what is
your verdict?

A servant of the Most High, Crying Aloud, Sparing Not....I remain,

Troy Miller