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Recently, I came across an exchange between an atheist and a Christian. The atheist asserted that the Bible cannot be trusted, and as his evidence, pointed to the four “conflicting” gospel versions of the women's actions surround the preparation of spices and events on resurrection morning. The Christian went through all kinds of reasoning to explain away the different stories, but they both missed the point. Yes, the four accounts of the resurrection differ, and yes, there is a reasonable explanation. But that explanation is far different that those that the Christian was putting forth.
The work of the death angel leading to the exodus from Egypt is one of the most dramatic events recorded in Scripture. Like all important times on God’s calendar, which satan loves to confuse to keep us from worshipping during God’s appointed times, it is subject to two different interpretations on when it occurred. Let’s study both to see which one is Scriptural.
Calculating the Feasts of Firstfruits and Shavuot (aka Pentecost)
One of the ongoing debates in the feast keeping community is how to calculate the timing for the feast of Firstfruits and, by extension, the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost). One school of thought is that Firstfruits is always on Aviv 16, the morrow after the first “Sabbath” of Unleavened Bread. The other school of thought is that Firstfruits is always on the first day of the week, the morrow after the first seventh-day Sabbath following the first Day of Unleavened Bread.
Modern church tradition teaches that Jesus had a 3 1/2 year ministry, and cites the mentions of Passover in the book of John as the authority. But John is just one of four gospel witnesses. From the time Jesus’ ministry began, Matthew, Mark, and Luke all speak of only one Passover, the year of his crucifixion. Outside of Scripture, the earliest surviving written church history, by Flavius Josephus, says the ministry of Jesus was about one year. The only data that suggests that Jesus kept four Passovers comes from the book of John, which appears to mention more Passovers than the other four sources.
Are you familiar with the concept of something being “lost in translation” when two languages are being used? Seldom is everything cut and dried with a single definitive translation. Therefore, one of my favorite methods of Bible study involves studying the original language (Hebrew for Old Testament, Greek for New Testament) to better determine what a verse is saying. Often you can shed much light on a confusing or controversial interpretation of a text when you delve into the original language.
I’ve occasionally received inquiries about where I stand on the Lunar Sabbath concept. As far as I can see, it is nothing but one fatal error after another, the work of the enemy to keep God’s Sabbath keepers from keeping the true 7th day any way he can.
When does a Biblical day begin? One of the many false concepts to come out of the lunar Sabbath theory is that the day begins at dawn, rather than sunset. They had to create an answer as to why there was a verse that clearly showed the falsity of the lunar Sabbath theory if indeed the concept of the day beginning at nightfall was true. But even non-lunar Sabbath timekeepers are starting to believe that the day begins at dawn, and that only 12 hours of Sabbath need to be observed. So, what does Scripture say? This article will discuss three witnesses from Scripture: