Sir Isaac Newton discovered it in the late 1600’s. The Roman Catholic Church discovered it shortly thereafter. William Miller and Samuel Snow discovered it in 1844. Grace Amadon and the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference Research Committee discovered it in 1938.
What did they discover?
They found that it was impossible to harmonize the “Twelve Criteria” of Christ’s crucifixion date with the Julian/Gregorian calendar. (“Criteria” – a standard, rule or test on which a judgment or decision can be based.) However, all of them found the Twelve Criteria fit perfectly using the Creator’s luni-solar calendar, the one God designed at creation to rule time (see Genesis 1:14-19). The Creator’s calendar utilizes the dual action of both sun and moon working together to determine days, weeks, months and years. As a result of this discovery, the Roman Catholic Church applied only five, somewhat skewed criteria, to an altogether different year (A.D.33) of their Julian/Gregorian calendar so they could still have a Sunday resurrection. William Miller and Samuel Snow, as a result of their discovery, were able to connect all the dots (dates) of the 2300 day/year prophecy. Grace Amadon and the GC Committee documented their 10 year research with over 5000 pages to and from astronomers all over the world, and presented their findings to the General Conference President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It is important to understand the twelve criteria of Christ’s crucifixion date because these same criteria establish when the true seventh-day Sabbath occurs – and it is not on Saturday. The prophecies of Daniel pinpoint A.D. 31 as the year Christ was crucified, so that is the year under consideration in this study.
Traditionally, it has been said that since the dawn of Creation 6000 years ago, successive weeks, the cycle of six days followed by a Sabbath rest, has never been broken to this very day. In addition, it has been said that our seven-day cycle is a tribute to a seven-day creation week, rather than the popular evolutionary process of millions of years. After all, who can argue this point when the Jews still keep this same unbroken weekly cycle today, as well as a Saturday Sabbath? But do they? (Refer to Jews Admit! “The true calendar was set aside.”)
One of the secrets that unlock this mystery lies in the “twelve criteria” that identify the true crucifixion and resurrection days.
Why is the crucifixion week so important to understand?
The reason that this last week in the life of Christ Yahushua is so very important to all who are seeking truth, is that these consecutive few days clarify in detail, at the very pinnacle of time, the harmonious connection of God’s appointed history; past, present and future. Our Creator’s ordained system of time keeping, and His alone, bears the seal of the cross of Christ. This makes it impossible for man to alter or manipulate His historic and prophetic calendar. Therefore, this study aims to expose the truth that has too long been hidden. The goal is to identify a calendar that harmonizes all the “twelve criteria” that act as the Creator’s ordained GPS in the sky to pinpoint the exact year, day and hour on His true calendar system.
From the days of Ezra and Nehemiah to the present time, a long series of historical and astronomical source materials now offer a complete picture of the new moon and her phases. Every detail of her performance is described either on tablets, stone, or parchment, or in books of ancient and modern astronomy. Thus has the way been prepared for effective chronological study with reference to Jewish luni-solar time, and its bearing upon the death-year of Christ. (Grace Amadon, Collection 154, Center for Adventist Research, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.)
He shall insult the Most High, he shall torment/wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and he shall attempt to change the calendar and the ordinance. Daniel 7:25 (Knox translation, 20th Century.)
Sabbath and New Moon (Rosh Hodesh), both periodically recur in the course of the year. The New Moon is still, and the Sabbath originally was, dependent upon the lunar cycle. Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 410.
If the evidence born out in this study is true, then successive weeks as we have known them on the Julian/Gregorian calendar “have been broken” since the time of creation. Secondly, Saturday as we know it today can not be the true seventh-day Sabbath of Yahuwah. If this is true, and if you are a truth seeker, would it not be a real joy to discover the true seventh-day Sabbath of our Creator?
And the times of this ignorance God winked at. . . . Acts 17:30
Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it . . . . ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts . . . .’ Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:1, 7, 11-13
While this study only scratches the surface of this important and weighty subject, you will be able to see for yourself the discrepancies between the two calendars as they overlay each other.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:10-11
Below is the basic Julian/Gregorian calendar followed by the Creator’s luni-solar calendar as they would appear for April of A.D. 31. Following these, you will find two calendar overlays which show the discrepancy between the two calendars, specifically as it relates to the seventh-day Sabbath. Using the “Twelve Criteria” that are listed in Lesson 2, you will see that it is possible to conclusively pinpoint the preparation day crucifixion, Sabbath in the tomb, and resurrection day on this Gregorian calendar.
Biblical Hebrew practice was to begin the month on the day following the first visible crescent moon. According to astronomical charts, the first visible crescent was seen on the night of April 11, therefore, the 12th was observed as New Moon day.
The Millerites were clear . . . that the first day of the new month always followed the moon’s first appearance, and did not precede it. (Grace Amadon, Collection 154, Center for Adventist Research, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.)
The days of the Hebrew month were numbered from 1 to 29 or 30. New Moon day is called day 1 (this is the first day of the month, but not the first day of the work week); the first Sabbath is the 8thday of the month and 7th day of the week; the second Sabbath is day 15; the third Sabbath is day 22; and the last Sabbath is day 29. (In order to see the details of each calendar more clearly, adjust page size on your tool bar.)
As you look at the following calendar overlay, ask yourself four questions:
- Is the New Moon day also the first day of the Julian/Gregorian calendar?
- Counting from the New Moon day, is the 14th day of the Creator’s luni-solar calendar on the 6th day of the Julian/Gregorian calendar week as well?
- Is the day following the 14th day the Sabbath?
- If the succession of weeks as we have known them have never been broken, then all the Sabbaths will line up, the Creator’s luni-solar calendar with the Julian/Gregorian calendar. Do they overlay each other perfectly?
As you proceed to establish the facts of the crucifixion of Christ, it will be beneficial to begin at the top with the year, followed by the season, the month and, finally, the day.
Below you will see the Julian/Gregorian calendar is the framework of squares and dates in brown, but the Creator’s luni-solar calendar as an overlay in blue, is represented by the phases of the moon. It will appear that the Creator’s luni-solar calendar floats thru the Julian/Gregorian calendar, but in fact the opposite is true. Here you will see the discrepancy between the two calendars, specifically as it relates to the seventh-day Sabbath. This clearly reveals how the twelve criteria act as the God-ordained GPS in the sky to pinpoint the exact year, day and hour as well as the true calendar system.
Below you will see the reverse of the above calendar. Here the Creator’s luni-solar calendar is the framework in blue, with the Julian/Gregorian calendar as an overlay in gold lettering. You will see that the Julian/Gregorian calendar floats thru the Creator’s luni-solar calendar.
The following luni-solar calendar is for the entire year of A.D. 31 and begins in the spring in the month of Abib. To view the details of this illustration it is necessary to increase you screen visibility to 200%. The purpose of this illustration is multifaceted as it reveals the calendar used by Christ Yahushua, proclaiming Him to be the Messiah.
- The first visible crescent New Moon announces that the following day is New Moon Day, and that a new month will begin.
- The first visible crescent New Moon also announces New Year’s Day to begin on the first day of Abib in spring.
- The Full Moon was visible on the night of the 13th.
- New Moon Days are never seventh-day Sabbaths because they are the ordinal first day of the month and never the seventh-day of anything. They are also never counted in the days of the week.
- In this chart notice first how the Gregorian months float through this luni-solar calendar as depicted in black boxes. Then notice how the weeks and Saturday’s float through this calendar that was kept faithfully by Christ Yahushua. The Sabbath that was kept by Christ even while in the tomb was according to this luni-solar calendar as you see in neat rows of dark blue.
Comparing the Biblical calendar with the Julian calendar clearly shows that the months did not line up nor do the weeks cycle the same. The next lesson will discuss the first six of twelve criteria that must be met in order to establish the true date of the crucifixion, the real seventh-day Sabbath, and the correct day of Christ’s resurrection.
The Scriptures outline Twelve Criteria as a complete package bundle, the contents of which cannot be separated one from another. They only function well as they function together, like a GPS unit (Global Positioning unit, used in cars, planes, boats and for surveying.) Listed below are the specific points of this package according to Scripture and endorsed by Ellen White. For this package of “Twelve Criteria” to accurately pinpoint with precision the details of Christ’s death, rest in the tomb and resurrection, they had to have been preserved precisely in this same package bundle for 1500 years prior to Christ’s death. His death on Passover proves this point. This testing truth was set up, and preserved by Yahuwah over 3500 years ago, and was done so to confound the uncircumcised of heart, but to bless His faithful truth seekers at precisely His appointed time. What wonderful and truly amazing foresight Yahuwah has.
“A halo of light and glory clustered about the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection, immortalizing the sacred facts that he was the Saviour of the world.” Early Writings, p. 197.
It has only recently been discovered that this halo cluster of twelve stars is the self-same one described in Revelation 12:1. It is this unbroken cluster of truth that adorns the head of this faithful and pure woman. She alone is symbolic of Yahuwah’s faithful at the end of time, and is represented as standing on the moon, clothed with the sun and with this halo of twelve stars above her head. Notice that the sun, moon and stars are each elements of time that make up the Creator’s luni-solar calendar, as given in Genesis 1:14.
- Year – A.D. 31
- Season – Spring
- Month – Abib/Nisan
- Day of Month – 14th day
- Day of Week – 6th day
- Preparation Day
- Full Moon Day
- At Feast of Passover
- Crucifixion – 9th hour of death
- Feast of Unleavened bread on 15th
- High Sabbath Rest in Tomb
- Resurrection Day/Wave Sheaf
(1) YEAR: A.D. 31 – First day of the year begins with a New Moon each and every year. Messiah is cut off in midst of the week as established in the seventy week Prophecy of Daniel and proclaimed by William Miller in 1843.
Daniel 8:14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
Great Controversy, p. 327: In the autumn of A.D. 27 Christ was baptized by John and received the anointing of the Spirit. The apostle Peter testifies that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power” . . . After His baptism He went into Galilee, “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, the time is fulfilled.” Mark 1:14, 15 . . .”In the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” In A.D. 31, three and a half years after His baptism, our Lord was crucified.
(2) SEASON: This was the first month of spring following the barley harvest. If the Barley Harvest was not ready for the harvest then an additional month was added, postponing the New Year for the duration of 1 full lunar cycle.Thus it was a 13 month year.
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover. (The first month was always the first month of spring.)
Leviticus 23:9 When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest unto the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, on the morrow after the Sabbath. (This was always in the spring just as the barley was ready to be harvested.)
Great Controversy, p. 327: In the autumn of A.D. 27 Christ was baptized . . . . In A.D. 31, three and a half years after His baptism, our Lord was crucified. [Thus making this the spring of the Year.]
See also: Acts 10:38; Mark 1:14, 15
(3) MONTH: The first day of each month is New Moon day, each and every month, and the first month of the year is called Abib/Nissan, each and every year.
Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
Great Controversy, p. 399: On the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month, the very day and month on which for fifteen long centuries the Passover lamb had been slain . . .
See also: Exodus 23:15; Great Controversy, p. 399; Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 486.
(4) 14th DAY OF MONTH: This is the 14th day after first sighting of the crescent New Moon, each and every year.
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover.
Great Controversy, p. 399: On the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month, the very day and month on which for fifteen long centuries the Passover lamb had been slain. . .
See also: Great Controversy, p. 399; Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 486.
(5) 6th DAY OF THE WEEK: This is the 6th day of the week each and every year.
John 19:31-32 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath for that Sabbath was a high day, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (The Preparation Day here mentioned is the sixth day of the week, because the following day was a High Sabbath. A High Sabbath was the term used when a yearly appointed Feast Sabbath landed on a regular seventh-day Sabbath.)
Desire of Ages, p. 794: On the sixth day of the week they had seen their Master die. . .
Also see: Desire of Ages, p. 769-774, 794; Psalms 81:3
(6) PREPARATION DAY:This is always the 6th day, followed by the seventh-day Sabbath each and every week.
Matthew 27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ “Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Mark 15:42-44 Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
These six criteria alone prove the impossibility of a Friday crucifixion. In the next lesson, the final six criteria establish this truth beyond any shadow of doubt.
(7) FULL MOON DAY: This day follows first sighting of full moon in the Eastern Sky. It falls on the 14th or 15th day of the month because the moon is on an elliptical cycle, each and every month.
This is a process of deduction as the day of the Full Moon is always 14-15 days counting from the New Moon day. If the New Moon was first seen in the night sky on the night of (Gregorian calendar’s) April 11th, then the 12th was called New Moon day. The 12th being day 1, count fourteen days to arrive at the true Passover day, which is also Full Moon Day. You should have arrived at April 25. (We are only using Gregorian month names and day numbers for clarification.)
Psalms 81:3 Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.
Desire of Ages, p. 685: In company with His disciples, the Saviour slowly made His way to the garden of Gethsemane. The Passover moon, broad and full, shone from a cloudless sky. The city of pilgrims’ tents was hushed into silence.
(8) PASSOVER FEAST: Passover falls on the 6th day of the week and the 14th day of the month, each and every year.
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover.
Great Controversy, p. 399: The slaying of the Passover lamb was a shadow of the death of Christ. Says Paul: ‘Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.’ 1 Corinthians 5:7 . . . . These types were fulfilled, not only as to the event, but as to the time. On the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month, the very day and month on which for fifteen long centuries the Passover lamb had been slain, Christ, having eaten the Passover with His disciples, instituted that feast which was to commemorate His own death as “the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
See also: Desire of Ages, p. 571, and Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 225.
(9) HOUR of HIS CRUCIFIXION:
- Placed on the Cross at the third hour (9:00 A.M.):
Mark 15:25-26 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
- Darkness over all the land between sixth and ninth hour (12:00 Noon & 3:00 P.M.): Matthew 27:45-46 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
Mark 15:33-34 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
Jesus – The Final Hours, Ellen White: Nature itself was in sympathy with the scene. The sun shone clearly until midday, when suddenly it seemed to be blotted out. All about the cross was darkness as deep as the blackest midnight. This supernatural darkness lasted fully three hours.
- Christ Died at the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.):
Matthew 27:46-55 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 3, p. 165: At the ninth hour the darkness lifted from the people, but still wrapped the Savior as with a mantle. The lightning seemed to be hurled at Him as He hung upon the cross. It was then that He sent up the despairing cry: “Suddenly the gloom was lifted from the cross, and in clear, trumpet-like tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried: “It is finished.” John 19:30
Luke 23:46 Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. KJV
Jesus – The Final Hours by Ellen White: A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Savior shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast and died. The multitude about the cross stood paralyzed, and with bated breath gazed upon the Savior. Again darkness settled upon the earth, and a hoarse rumbling like heavy thunder was heard. This was accompanied with a violent earthquake. The people were shaken into heaps by the earthquake. The wildest confusion and terror followed. In the surrounding mountains, rocks were torn asunder, and went crashing down into the plains below. Tombs were broken open, and many of the dead were cast out. Creation seemed to be breaking into atoms. Priests, rulers, soldiers, and people, mute with terror, were lying face down upon the ground.
At the time of the death of Christ, some of the priests were ministering in the temple at Jerusalem. They felt the shock of the earthquake, and at the same moment the veil of the temple, which separated the holy from the most holy place,was torn in two from top to bottom by the same bloodless hand that wrote the words of doom upon the walls of Belshazzar’s palace. The most holy place of the earthly sanctuary was no longer sacred. The Lamb of God, in dying, had become the sacrifice for the sins of the world.
When Christ died upon the cross of Calvary, the new and living way was thrown open to Jew and Gentile alike. Satan was defeated, and he knew that his kingdom was lost.
(10) FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD COMMENCES
This is a seven day feast which begins on the 15th day of the Month of Abib; it is always a seventh-day Sabbath, each and every year.
Feast of Unleavened Bread commences on the 15th day of Abib, lasts seven days and ends at the end of the 21st day which is the 6th day of the week and designated a Feast Sabbath. The 21st is a Feast Sabbath and the 22nd is the regular seventh-day Sabbath for the month of Abib.
Exodus 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel. . . .
Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 539: The Passover was followed by the seven days’ feast of unleavened bread. The first and the seventh-day were days of holy convocation, when no servile work was to be performed. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year’s harvest were presented before God. Barley was the earliest grain in Palestine, and at the opening of the feast it was beginning to ripen.
(11) SABBATH REST IN THE TOMB & HIGH SABBATH:
This Sabbath was a High Sabbath, this is when a Feast Sabbath begins or ends on a regular seventh-day Sabbath, such as the case here with the Feast of Unleavened Bread beginning on the seventh-day Sabbath, which is always on the 15th day of the month counting from the New Moon. (Notice this is the same seven-day cycle as that of Creation and the Sanctuary.) The Julian eight-day calendar had not yet been legislated upon the Hebrew people, which took place when they lost their sovereignty as a nation.
Matthew 28:1-2 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
Mark 16:1-3 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
John 19:31-32 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath for that Sabbath was a high day, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Desire of Ages, p. 769: At last Jesus was at rest . . . He rested through the sacred hours of the Sabbath day . . . In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after their work of creation, when heaven and earth were finished . . . With this scene the day upon which Jesus rested is forever linked . . . The creation Sabbath, the day on which Jesus lay at rest in Joseph’s tomb, will still be a day of rest and rejoicing.
(12) WAVE SHEAF OFFERING & RESURRECTION DAY: This is the first day of the following week and occurs on the 16th day of the month following the seventh-day Sabbath, each and every year.
Leviticus 23:9 When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest unto the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, on the morrow after the Sabbath.
Mark 16:9-16 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Great Controversy, p. 399: The sheaf of first fruits, which at the time of the Passover was waved before the Lord, was typical of the resurrection of Christ. Paul says, in speaking of the resurrection of the Lord and of all His people: “Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.
1 Corinthians 15:23 Like the wave sheaf, which was the first ripe grain gathered before the harvest, Christ is the first fruits of that immortal harvest of redeemed ones that at the future resurrection shall be gathered into the garner of God . . . And as the antitype of the wave sheaf our Lord was raised from the dead on the third day, “the first fruits of them that slept,” a sample of all the resurrected just, whose “vile body” shall be changed, and “fashioned like unto His glorious body.
Desire of Ages, p. 794: . . . on the first day of the next week they found themselves deprived of His body, and they were accused of having stolen it away for the sake of deceiving the people.
These twelve criteria are Heaven’s gift to mankind today. They provide us with facts which, when understood properly, allow us to clearly establish the correct day of the crucifixion and thus the true Sabbath as well.
From these “twelve criteria” we receive the time centric details which exclude all false calendars or claims. Clearly, the “twelve criteria” are inclusive only of the true calendar of Yahushua’s creation. As a banner waving high above, it declares the glory and honor that He sheds upon His luni-solar calendar. If the above “twelve criteria” could have been reconciled to the Julian/Gregorian calendar, they would have been. But in the seventeenth century, following the documentation of Sir Isaac Newton, the Pope of Rome was forced to seek an alternate year that would reconcile some of the criteria to their Roman calendar. This is History. This is why to this day the Catholic Church, as well as many Protestant churches, teach that Christ was crucified in the year A.D. 33 instead of A.D. 31. This is no small matter.
Perhaps you feel that since Ellen White did not teach that the entire calendar had been removed and replaced by the Gregorian calendar, then it must not be true.
While Ellen White was given truth by Yahushua that the seventh day was the Sabbath, is it possible, that an assumption was made that the seventh day was Saturday of the Julian/Gregorian calendar? After all, it does not appear that Ellen White understood that William Miller and Samuel Snow had used a calendar other than the Julian/Gregorian, and this was the only calendar of which she knew. If so, why did Yahushua not correct her?
Could it be that Yahuwah was saving the discovery of the correct calendar for the end time? Could it be that it was to be the distinguishing feature of the remnant of Yahushua’s people?
In the following quote from Early Writings, p. 255, Mrs. White has just been describing events connected to 1844, and the great disappointment, but perhaps because of preconceived ideas of ours, we have always thought that the following passages were describing the people of her era. However, notice the first line is referring to the remnant following Jesus into the Most Holy place. The people of 1844, had the opportunity to be the remnant, but we also know that the term ‘remnant’ is referring to the faithful at the very end of time, which they were not. With this in mind, also pay special attention to the part where they see that they (the remnant) have been trampling upon the fourth commandment, observing a day handed down by the heathen and papists, instead of the day sanctified by Jehovah. Is it possible that Saturday, in addition to Sunday, is also a day that has been handed down by the heathen and papists?
It was represented to me that the remnant followed Jesus into the Most Holy place, and beheld the ark, and the mercy-seat, and were captivated with their glory. Jesus raised the cover of the ark, and behold! the tables of stone, with the ten commandments written upon them. They trace down the lively oracles; but they start back with trembling when they see the fourth commandment living among the ten holy precepts, while a brighter light shines upon it than upon the other nine, and a halo of glory is all around it . . . . It reads as when spoken by the mouth of God in solemn and awful grandeur upon the mount, while the lightning’s flashed and the thunders rolled, and when written with his own holy finger in the tables of stone. . . . They are amazed as they behold the care taken of the Ten Commandments. They see them placed close by Jehovah, overshadowed and protected by His holiness.
They (the remnant) see that they have been trampling upon the fourth Commandment of the Decalogue, and have observed a day handed down by the heathen and papists, instead of the day sanctified by Jehovah.
They humble themselves before God, and mourn over their past transgressions. I saw the incense in the censer smoke as Jesus offered their confessions and prayers to his Father.
And as it ascended, a bright light rested upon Jesus, and upon the mercy-seat; and the earnest, praying ones, who were troubled because they had discovered themselves to be transgressors of God’s law, were blest, and their countenances lighted up with hope and joy.
They joined in the work of the third angel, and raised their voices and proclaimed the solemn warning. But few at first received the message, yet they continued with energy to proclaim the warning.
Then I saw many embrace the message of the third angel, and unite their voices with those who had first proclaimed the warning, and they exalted God and magnified him by observing His sanctified Rest-day.
Many who embraced the third message had not an experience in the two former messages. Satan understood this, and his evil eye was upon them to overthrow them; but the third angel was pointing them to the Most Holy place, and those who had an experience in the past messages were pointing them the way to the heavenly Sanctuary.
Many saw the perfect chain of truth in the angels’ messages, and gladly received it. They embraced them in their order, and followed Jesus by faith into the heavenly Sanctuary. These messages were represented to me as an anchor to hold the body. And as individuals receive and understand them, they are shielded against the many delusions of Satan. Early Writings, p. 255, (emphasis supplied).
Remember, the key to finding the true Sabbath is in using the correct calendar of Scriptures. The Creator’s true Sabbath will never be found on a false or pagan calendar. Therefore, wrong calendar = wrong Sabbath. It’s that simple!
In a similar sense, imagine yourself finding a treasure map that takes you around the world on a high sea adventure only to discover, after years of searching and losing all that you hold dear, that the treasure map you trusted in was a fake. As you well know, the map holds the key to finding the treasure, and in this case the calendar is the map to the treasure of our Creator’s true Sabbath. One calendar is the true, while the other is a fake. One can be verified Biblically, historically and astronomically. On the other hand, is a calendar manufactured by man in utter defiance of God that clearly does not harmonize with the Biblical creation calendar that was in use at the time of the crucifixion.
Is it possible that the Creator’s luni-solar calendar and seventh-day Sabbath will be understood and embraced as “the long lost truth” by Yahuwah’s remnant at the very end of time? Perhaps at the time appointed, these faithful witnesses will sound the alarm just as the whole world prepares to embrace the “New World Calendar” scheduled for 2012. Is it possible that the Creator’s luni-solar calendar along with the lunar seventh-day Sabbath could be the final test for Yahushua’s people? Certainly this is in harmony with what Ellen White said regarding the Sabbath being the final test.
There has never been a command given by Yahuwah to keep another day Holy other than our Creator’s seventh-day Sabbath. In the very same manner, there has never been a command for mankind to manufacture a new method of time keeping outside of what He has already established at creation. Therefore, the final test for Yahuwah’s remnant appears to be much larger than simply choosing between Saturday and Sunday. Ultimately those who worship on either Saturday or Sunday will discover, only too late, that they are in fact on the same side. The final battle, the battle of mo’ed (Armageddon) appears to be a battle of calendars, the Creator’s or man’s.
Which will you choose? Whom will you serve?