How I Became a Full Moon Lunar Sabbatarian
As a child, my mom took my siblings and I to Sunday school each week until the year I turned six, the year she became a Seventh-day Adventist. My personal walk with Yahushua began when I was nine, as I began taking bible studies on my own. At the age of ten I was convicted by the Spirit and was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I attended the local church school and then Adventist Academy three out of four high school years, and a quarter at Andrews University. This has been a spiritual journey for which I am most thankful for.
After being a member of the SDA Church for 30 years, together with my husband Richard, we left in 1994, resigning all my duties. It was a divine leading to still greater truth, of which I would not have been able to receive, had I remained.
In 1994, I began an online daily devotional with two websites at different periods of time. I researched and brought many topics of discussion into those websites. Through my writing, I was able to share my daily walk with Yahuwah. It helped me to work through the struggles of daily living, as I had many obstacles to overcome.
By 1998, I was coming to a place that I wanted more out of my bible studies. I was attending worship in private homes and when we were able to travel we attended meetings in various places with like-believers. I cried out to Yahuwah to show me more, and He did. He led me to the Messianic Israel Alliance online. I then found there was one located 2 hours from our home where we could worship.
The year 1999 brought me still nearer the truth. I was attending a Hebraic seminar in Kansas City, Missouri, where I assisted at a marketplace table between meetings. While there, I noticed a table in the corner that had a sign posted, “Closed due to the Lunar Shabbat.” I had no idea what that meant, as it was a Tuesday. I asked around at the other marketplace tables, but all I got was raised eyebrows and the explanation that “those people” keep the Sabbath according to the moon. I went home after the seminar and didn’t think much about it.
Then in April of 2003, I was on an email list for like-believers and someone shared that there were people who worshipped Yahuwah on different days of different months. Remembering my first experience in Kansas City, I openly commented that I was considering studying this out for myself. I was stunned to discover that my simple suggestion to research this more fully got me blackballed from that list. I was discovering that it wasn’t popular to be an independent thinker. But a light bulb moment happened when a woman contacted me and said she believed in the Lunar Shabbat, but believed the full moon was the true New Moon. Now this perked my interest, and I had to study this out for myself.
I took the time to study and found that at creation everything was created FULL and COMPLETE. So why couldn’t the MOON be created FULL and COMPLETE or any other lunar phase that would line it up with the 4th day of the first week of the first month on earth. Where does it say in Scripture that the crescent moon is the New Moon?
My studies also led me to:
“3Blow the ram’s horn at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon, on our festival day. 4For this is a law for Yisra’el, and a right-ruling of the Elohim of Ya’aqob.” Psalms 81:3, 4 The Scriptures Version
I understood that the New Moon was what started the count of each month, which also refreshed the cycle of the weeks and their Shabbats, causing them to consistently fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th days of the month. But what was I to do with information now that I had it?
Richard and I began keeping the Sabbath according to the FULL MOON. We often spent our full moons and Sabbaths worshiping our Creator in nature at local state parks This was a wonderful time for us, as we saw it as a rehearsal for eternity in heaven.
“And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” declares .” Isaiah 66:23 The Scriptures Version
Because of our knowledge of the “New Full Moon,” we asked Abba, “What are we going to do about keeping this calendar?” Abba said, “Worship with My people wherever I send you.”
After Richard’s death in 2005 and I have continued worshiping with lunisolar groups wherever Yahuwah sent me. But a few months ago, I was led to begin worshiping only according to the “full” New Moon and its respective Shabbats. It is a wonderful time of my life, along with my recent move to the desert, which allows me to see the moon on a nightly basis. Watching the lunar phases and working with others who keep The Creator’s Calendar is an awesome time and experience for me.
Praise Yahuwah, Yahushua and the Ruach ha Kodesh for my beautiful journey each step of the way.
Karla from Michigan