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When does a day begin?

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According to the weight of evidence in Scripture, a day begins at dawn and ends at dusk. The night begins at dusk and ends at dawn. A calendar date is not synonymous with a day. In contrast a calendar date includes both the day and the night, but also begins at dawn. A day is only the first half of the calendar date, while the night is the second half.

Any serious student of Scripture, who attempts to honestly answer the following 43 questions, will come to the same profound conclusion. They will discover that day and night are totally the opposite of each other, and are two distinctly different periods, never occupying the same space of time.

For far too long, good and honest people have been content with a surface reading of Scripture for their beliefs, when all along the truth requires a deeper study into the original Hebrew or Greek words. From the pen of inspiration comes the following present truth designed to equip the Lord Yahuwah’s faithful for the battles over truth that lie ahead.

We need to gather divine rays of light from Christ. We need to search the Scriptures, and dig deep in the mines of truth; for the precious jewels do not always lie on the surface; we should search for them as for hidden treasure. Signs of the Times, Dec. 8, 1890.

Question 1: According to Genesis 1:1-5, what was the first thing the Creator called forth into existence?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Answer: The first thing He created was “light.” 

Question 2: What was the first thing the Creator named?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Answer: Light was the first thing the Creator named. He called the light “day.” 

Question 3: What was the second thing the Creator named?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Answer: Darkness was the second thing the Creator named. He called the darkness “night.” 

Question 4: According to Genesis 1:1-5, when did the Creator make the darkness?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Answer: Surprising as this may be to some, the Creator did not make or create the darkness. As defined above, darkness is the absence of light. Darkness was the absence of the creative force. To make a distinction between the darkness and the light the creator separated them, meaning that they will forever hold different periods of time and never overlap. He then sealed His declaration that He separated them when He gave them their names. Day and night are not synonymous terms, but rather they are opposites. 

Question 5: Since darkness is the absence of light, then what is night?

Answer: Night is the absence of day as defined by Genesis 1:1-5.

Question 6: According to the Daniel 4:33 and the entire New Testament, daylight is divided into 12 basic units of time. What are these units called?

And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. Matthew 20:9-10 NKJV

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:9-11 NKJV

Answer: “Hours.” The daylight consists of twelve hours. Hours were reckoned by the shadows on a sundial. Even though some days are longer and some shorter, it always shows up on a sundial as 12 hours, because the length of the hours automatically adjust.

Question 7: Because a sundial only works during the daylight hours, what was used to reckon units of time during the dark of night?

Evening Watch – commenced at sunset and its duration was one fourth of the darkness of night, ending at approx 9:00 P.M. Mark 13:35
Midnight Watch – commenced following the evening watch and ended at Midnight. Luke 12:38
Cock Crowing Watch – commenced at midnight and ended at the cock crowing. Luke 12:38
Morning Watch – commenced at the cock crowing and ended at sunrise. Matthew 14:25

Answer: According to Scripture the night was divided into four watches. The moon, along with the position of the stars, was the guide to knowing each fourth part of the night. Notice how these parameters of the night also define the boundaries of the “day.” There can be no overlapping. The night ends as the new day begins at dawn.

The term “night watch” was born out of the idea of for the first rays of a new day at sunrise. The focus was always on the light; looking for the light; ever seeking the light. In this way a living illustration was created that expressed the value Yahuwah places on the light of day in contrast to the dark of night..

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:20-21

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:23-24

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 1Thessalonians 5:5-6

Question 8: According to Genesis 1:5, when does a night begin and end?

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Answer: The night begins at sunset and ends at sunrise, incorporating the entire period of darkness.

Question 9: So if a night begins at sunset, incorporating the entire dark period, when does a day begin?

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. Genesis 1:1-5 NKJV

Answer: The day was reckoned by the daylight hours only, and began at dawn and ended at sunset. If the day also began at sunset, it would be like saying light equals darkness.

Question 10: According to Genesis 1:5, what is the definition given for the word “evening?”

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:5 NKJV

Answer: The evening together with the morning make up the first daylight. This is a simple math equation: .5 + .5 = 1 whole daylight. Therefore the first daylight was made up of two parts, morning and evening. Morning begins at dawn and ends at noon; evening begins at noon and ends at sunset. With a good Hebrew concordance you will discover that the terms, evening and morning are more accurately stated, the evening together with the morning were the first day.

Question 11: According to Genesis 1:5, does the Creator say that the evening is part of the day or part of the night?

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:5 NKJV

Answer: The Lord God the Creator said that, “evening and the morning were the first day.” If the evening was to be part of the night, and begins the day, this was the place God would have stated it. But not one word is said connecting the evening with the darkness of night. He evidently missed His opportunity.

Question 12: Now, with a more complete understanding of the differences of day and night as declared by the Creator, during which period of time did He do all of His creative works?

And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. Genesis 1:12-13 NKJV

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 NKJV

Answer: Since evening and morning are the two halves of the daylight hours, then it appears that all the creative works were accomplished during these daylight hours. Absolutely nothing was created during the dark of night after He called forth light.

Question 13: What examples from Scripture show that God supports the physical realities of light and darkness with spiritual symbolic language?

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19
Christ Yahshua said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
“Ye are the light of the world”. Matthew 5:14
“Let your light so shine before men” Matthew 5:16
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:4
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light that all men through him might believe. John 1:7
“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:20
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who had called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1Peter 2:9
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Ephesians 5:13

Answer: Throughout Scripture Yahuwah has used these contrasting principles of light and dark to teach His spiritual truths. Darkness was to represent infidelity, spiritual blindness and evil, while light was to represent truth, spiritual understanding, and righteousness. Yahshua uses these principles over and over throughout His ministry along with Paul.

Question 14: In the Genesis 1, Moses records the Creator declaring six times that evening and morning were the daylight hours only. So when the seventh-day came along in Chapter 2, what period of time did the Creator designate as Holy?

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:2-3 NKJV

Answer: The Sabbath is only the daylight portion of a calendar date, and is reckoned by hours. If it was to begin at dark, this Scripture would overtly declare that God rested on the seventh night three times. See John 11:9.

Question 15: According to Genesis 1:14, what did Yahuwah, our Creator, give us to determine our days and our years, lights or darkness?

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years. Genesis 1:14 NKJV

Answer: Lights! Notice it does not say nights and darkness, but lights.

Question 16: If a day starts at sunset, when it becomes dark, then when does a night begin?

When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.” Judges 16:2 NKJV

You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest creep about. Psalms 104:20 NKJV

While the earth remains,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
winter and summer,
and day and night
shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22 NKJV

Answer: They do not both start simultaneously, if so, they would be the same. A day starts when it becomes light according to Judges 16:2. Night starts when it becomes dark according to Psalm 104:20. They are totally the opposite of one another according to Genesis 8:22.

Question 17: Is 12:00 midnight the middle of the night or the middle of the day?

And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 1 Kings 18:27 NKJV

Answer: It is the middle of the night, because the middle of the day comes after the morning and before sunset and is called noon.

Question 18: When the holy Scriptures speak about the break of day, or the dawning of the day, in 2 Samuel 2:32, Judges 19:25 and Job 7:4; is this speaking about the beginning of a day, or the ending of a day?

Then they took up Asahel and buried him in his father’s tomb, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at daybreak. 2 Samuel 2:32 NKJV

But the men would not heed him. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until morning; and when the day began to break, they let her go. Judges 19:25 NKJV

When I lie down, I say, “When shall I arise, and the night be ended?” For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn. Job 7:4 NKJV

Answer: It is speaking about the beginning of a day.

Question 19: Was the sun made to rule over the day or was it made to rule over the night?

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:14-18 NKJV

Answer: It was made to rule over the day and not the darkness of night.

Question 20 : Since the sun was made to rule over the day, then how can a day begin at night when the sun is not ruling?

To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever– The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever. Psalms 136:7-9 NKJV

Answer: It can’t, this is impossible because the Creator designed these two lights to declare the specific divisions of each calendar date. Day and night simply can never overlap any more than light and darkness can overlap. Darkness is merely the absence of light, so therefore night is the absence of day.

Question 21: The Creator said many times throughout the Scriptures, that He divided the day from the night or the light from darkness according to Genesis 1:3-5, 14-19. When did He put them back together?

I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. Ecclesiastes 3:14 NKJV

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 NKJV

Answer: He has never put them back together. Many choose to believe that the daylight follows the night without the weight of evidence.

Question 22: Is it possible for my visiting parents to remain at my house all day without spending the night?

You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest creep about. Psalms 104:20 NKJV

Answer: Yes, because when a day ends, the night begins.

Question 23: In Numbers 11:32, it says that the Children of Israel gathered the quail all that day, and all that night, and all the next day. So how many days and how many nights did they gather quail?

And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. Numbers 11:32 NKJV

Answer: They gathered quail for two days and one night, but if a day begins at night then they would have gathered quail three days and three nights.

Question 24:  In the Heavenly Father’s tender care, He rained manna from heaven for forty years in the wilderness to feed the newly released Israelites whom He had led out of Egypt.  In addition to clarifying which day was the seventh-day Sabbath, there are several other details relating to the manna of great importance to Yahuwah, which illustrate when the day begins. He gave precise specifications regarding the gathering of the manna as He stated it would be used to test their obedience to Him. 

. . .that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. Exodus 16:4
. . . The people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day . . . Exodus 16:4 
. . . On the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. Exodus16:5
. . . In the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD . . . Exodus 16:7
In the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God. Exodus 16:12
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. Exodus 16:14
Let no man leave of it till the morning. Exodus16:19
. . . Some of them left of it until the [next] morning, and it bred worms, and stank. . . Exodus 16:20
. . . When the sun waxed hot, it melted. Exodus 16:21
. . . On the sixth day they gathered twice as much . . . Exodus 16:22
To morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. Exodus 16:23
And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. Exodus 16:24
And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a Sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Exodus 16:25
Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. Exodus 16:26
See, for that the LORD hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. Exodus 16:29
So the people rested on the seventh day. Exodus 16:30

Answer:   The miracle of the manna story encompasses more than Yahuwah providing food for the Israelites for forty years.  It was His ordained plan to use a feeding schedule to restore Israel back to His time system. 

Here it is found that the Sabbath of the Lord of Heaven is the seventh-day and that it follows six work days. It is found that the day begins in the morning rather than at night.  The manna could be preserved for exactly 24 hours, and always went bad the next morning when the fresh, new manna was to be given, except on the Sabbath.   We find that the term tomorrow is referred to as a day that begins at morning. On the sixth day, Moses spoke of tomorrow as being the Sabbath day. If the Sabbath had begun at sunset, Moses would have spoken regarding the Sabbath tonight or at sunset.  The Sabbath began in the morning, as depicted by no manna given on that morning.  In this entire Exodus 16 narrative there is not one mention of the words night, sunset, dusk, or evening, rather the weight of evidence declares in this story alone that the day commences in the morning. 

Question 25: From the time of Moses, through to the death of Christ on the cross, the morning and evening sacrifices were a daily occurrence. Was only the morning sacrifice administered during the daylight hours?

Answer: No! Both sacrifices were administered during the daylight hours. The morning sacrifice was administered between sunrise and noon, while the evening sacrifice was administered between noon and sunset, and never after dark.

Question 26: According to Exodus18:13, when does “the next day” begin; in the evening, night or in the morning?

And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. Exodus18:13 NKJV

Answer: The “next day” begins in the morning, as all of the Scriptures clearly indicate. You will never find Scripture declaring that the “next day” or tomorrow begins in the evening or the night, but it always begins at dawn.

Question 27: According to Exodus 16:22-25, when does the rest of the Holy Sabbath unto Yahuwah begin, in the night, evening or in the morning?

And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ “So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Exodus 16:22-25 NKJV

Answer: The Sabbath begins in the morning as all other days begin. When the next morning came Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord.” This clarifies that the Sabbath began the next day at dawn.

Question 28: If a night is considered a day, then what did Yahuwah mean when He said that He would cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights?

For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made. Genesis 7:4 NKJV

Answer: A night is not considered a day, or even the beginning of a day, but rather they are the exact opposites. Also, notice in the words of the Yahuwah Himself that He states that the day comes before the night.

Question 29: If a day begins when it becomes dark, then why is darkness always during the night in Scripture and never depicted as the day, except when it is speaking about the “Day of Yahuwah’s Wrath?”

God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:17, 18 NKJV

Answer: A day does not start when it becomes dark, because Yahuwah totally separated the light from darkness, when he separated day from night.

Question 30: In Genesis 1:5, does the word day mean light or does it mean both light and darkness?

God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. Genesis 1:5 NKJV

Answer: The word “light” means day and the darkness means night.

Question 31: In Genesis 1:3-4, it states that “God divided the light from the darkness.” Did this mean He put light and darkness together or separated them?

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-5 NKJV

Answer: He separated the light from the darkness.

Question 32: Why is it that the upright and righteous men are stirred up against the hypocrites? What did the people do to deserve to be called hypocrites?

Upright men are astonished at this, and the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite. Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger. “But please, come back again, all of you, for I shall not find one wise man among you. My days are past, My purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. They change the night into day; ‘The light is near,’ they say, in the face of darkness. Job 17:8-14 NKJV

Answer: Because the hypocrites are saying that Yahuwah, our Creator, is a liar when He said He separated the day from the night. Genesis 1:4. Now they have changed the night into day when God had declared the light to be day and not the dark of night.

Question 33: If a day always started at night, then how could anyone change the night into day?

And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. Jeremiah 33:19-21 NKJV

Answer: This would be totally impossible. By the wicked Israelites trying to do so, it would bring about the total destruction of the House of Israel.

Question 34: According to the words of the Most High, what is the difference between a day and a night?

Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:35-36 NKJV

To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever– The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever. Psalms 136:7-9 NKJV

God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. Genesis 1:5 NKJV

Answer: Day equals light, and night equals darkness. Jeremiah 31:35 and Psalm 136:7-9. Genesis 1:5 states: “God called the light day, and the darkness he called night.

Question 35: In Jeremiah 33:19-21, God speaks about the evil that He would bring upon the house of David and kingdom of Israel if they broke His covenants. What was the covenant that God was stressing that His people not break?

Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:35-36 NKJV

Answer: His covenant of the day, and His covenant of the night must not be broken, which would cause the day and the night not to be at their appropriate times.

Question 36: What does the Lord declare will happen if the ordinance of day and the ordinance of night are removed?

Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:35-36 NKJV

Answer: Israel will cease from being a nation.

Question 37: Many Sabbatarians have used Leviticus 23:32 as a second witness in conjunction to Genesis 1:5, that we are to keep the holy seventh-day Sabbath from even unto even, which they interpret as sunset unto sunset. While this does appear confusing at first glance, the pure and unadulterated truth lies within the original Hebrew wording and is not found in the translated versions.

It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.” Leviticus 23:32 NKJV

Answer: The first observation one must notice is that this verse is stating the parameters of the Feast Day of Atonement which is an annual feast day occurring on the second day of the week. This text is not specifically referring to the seventh-day Sabbath any more than the description of the Feast of Passover in verse 5, which was to commence at twilight.

Question 38: Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus were all recorded by Moses. If the time elements clarified in each of these books were not in perfect harmony with each other, Moses would have questioned the Lord Yahuwah. It was Moses who recorded the Ten Commandments, including the fourth, which speaks specifically of the seventh-day Sabbath. Is there any reference made to commencing the Sabbath at night?

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV

Answer: There is no reference to the Sabbath commencing at night or sunset. Furthermore the terminology is in harmony with all we have previously discovered that when the Creator speaks of the day, by that name, He specifically is referring to the daylight and not a full calendar date.

Also, notice the very last sentence. He blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as sacred and holy. No where in scripture is the dark of night ever set apart as sacred and holy, as it was divinely designed to symbolize spiritual blindness and evil. In contrast the light was to symbolize truth and righteousness. There are no inconsistencies regarding this ordained symbolism. The Sabbath was to be the daylight hours only. It was to be from twilight unto twilight. Leviticus 23:5; 32. Much more on this in Part 2.

Question 39: During the life of Christ, He kept the Sabbath for the correct length of time. How long did he declare a day to be?

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.” John 11:9 NKJV

Answer: While He states the day to be twelve hours in length, notice He clarifies no difference between the length of a week day and a Sabbath day. In this way He defines them as the same. The traditional Jews are not able to utilize this detail.

Question 40: Also during Christ’s life it was His custom to go to the synagogue. Was this during the light or dark portion of a calendar date?

And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. Luke 4:16 NKJV

Answer: According to Scripture it was His custom to enter the synagogue on during the daylight. No where is it recorded that He went to the synagogue to worship during the dark of night. The traditional Jews are not able to utilize this detail.

Question 41: Christ Yahshua was the Lamb of God to be sacrificed on behalf of all people of all time. After an agonizing trial and beating, our Savior was placed on the cross at the third hour. Was this the third hour of the day, or the third hour of the night?

“Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.” Mark 15:25

Answer: If you say it was the third hour of the “day”, then you must realize that this time continuum is counting from sunrise, making sunrise the beginning of each new day. Thus it would place Christ on the cross at approximately 9:00 A.M. However, if you say “night”, because you believe Sabbath began counting from sunset, then you are saying that Christ was crucified at approximately 9:00 P.M. and died about 3:00 A.M. during the darkness of night. It simply can’t be both ways.

If this is causing you confusion, just remember when the term hour is used it is always referring to daylight. This is because hours are only produced as the sunlight casts shadows upon a sundial.

Question 42: Passover, Abib 14, A.D. 31, was the calendar date of the crucifixion. This day of days, also known as the preparation day, contained only 12 hours from sunrise to sunset. How many hours did the following day contain?

Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. Mark 15:25-26

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. Matthew 27:45-46

Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. Mark 15:33-34

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. Jesus – The Final Hours by Ellen White

Christ was placed on the cross on the third hour of the day. At the sixth hour (noon) darkness was over all the land until the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.), at which time Christ Yahshua died.

Answer: The following day contained exactly the same amount of hours, which was a total of twelve. That day was not only a seventh-day Sabbath, but it was also the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, making it a High Sabbath. The number of sacred hours of this day were exactly the same as the sacred hours of the seventh-day of creation. The sacred portion of any calendar date has always been the daylight hours only and were never to include the darkness of night. The traditional Jews are not able to utilize this detail.

Question 43: If the celebration of our Sabbath day begins in the evening when the sun is going down, why would our Creator state that all nations shall praise His name and worship Him from the “rising of the sun, even to its going down?”

From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalms 113:3 NKJV

The Mighty One, God the Lord, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Psalms 50:1-2 NKJV

For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1:11 NKJV

Answer: If the Sabbath day begins in the evening, as many people believe, then these verses would make no sense whatsoever.

 

IN CONCLUSION:

The first thing the Creator called into existence was “light.” Genesis 1:3.
Darkness was not created by the Lord Yahuwah, but rather it is the absence of light and His creative power. Genesis 1:2-4.
A day is the “light” portion of a full calendar date, defined by hours. Genesis 1:4, 5.
A night is the dark portion of a full calendar date, and is defined by four watches. Genesis 1:4, 5.
Day and night are opposite periods of time and never overlap. Genesis 1:4, 5.
A separating distinction was forever cast when the Creator named the light day and darkness night. Genesis 1:4, 5.
Day and night are the two halves of a full calendar date. Genesis 1:4, 5.
Evening is not equated with the darkness of night. Genesis 1:5.
Evening together with the morning are the two halves of daylight. Genesis 1:13.
All creation was accomplished during the light hours of the day. Genesis 1: all.
The Creator declared six times in six days that His works of creation were accomplished during the daylight hours, which were composed of the evening together with the morning. Genesis 1: all.
The sun was appointed to rule over the day. Genesis 1:16.
The moon and stars were appointed to rule over the night. Genesis 1:16.
The Lord Yahuwah has always used the contrasting principles of light and dark to teach His spiritual truths. Proverbs 4:18-19; John 8:12; Matthew 5:14, 15; John 1:4, 7; John 3:20; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 5:13.
Symbolically, “darkness” was to represent infidelity, spiritual blindness and evil. Proverbs 4:18-19; John 1:4; John 3:20; 1 Peter 2:9.
Symbolically, “light” was to represent truth, spiritual understanding, and righteousness. Proverbs 4:18-19; John 1:4; John 3:20; 1 Peter 2:9.
The terms next day or tomorrow, both refer to the daylight which begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. Exodus 18:13.
Hypocrites call the night day. This is demonstrated by all those who believe the holy seventh-day Sabbath begins at sunset. Job 17:8-14.
If the ordinance of the day and ordinance of the night are removed, then Israel was to cease as a nation. Job 17:8-14.
The terms “even unto even” mean twilight unto twilight, and surround the daylight hours only and have nothing to do with the night. Leviticus 23:5, 32.
The Fourth Commandment supports what was discovered in Genesis 1:1-5, that the Sabbath is the daylight portion of a full calendar date. There is absolutely no mention of the darkness of night. Exodus 20:8-11
The Creator blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as sacred and holy. No where in Scripture is the dark of night ever set apart as sacred and holy, as it was divinely designed to symbolize spiritual blindness and evil. Proverbs 4:18-19; John 1:4; John 3:20; 1 Peter 2:9.
The Sabbath day is the same length of time as all other days, incorporating a period of 12 hours of daylight. Genesis 1:1-5; Genesis 2:1-3; John 11:9.
During Christ’s life it was His custom to enter the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Luke 4:16.
During Christ Yahshua’s life He declared that there are 12 hours in a day. He was the Creator who called the light day and the darkness he called night. He changes not. John 11:9; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Isaiah 40:8.
In His death He demonstrated that the day is only 12 hours long. He was crucified at the 3rd hour of the day. The sky became dark from the 6th hour (noon) to the 9th hour, at which time He said, it is finished and died. Remember the night is not divided by hours; therefore this is specifically referring to the daylight hours.
The Lord Yahuwah declared that the nations of earth would worship Him from the rising of the sun to it’s going down. Psalms 113:3; Psalms 50:1-2; Malachi 1:11.
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