Ten Degrees To and Fro
on the Sundial
The real issue at stake here is synchronization between the Creator and His creation. So the question is— has time according to the sun or moon been permanently altered on earth anytime since creation? Does the full New Moon’s orbit that beacons set-apart days on earth remain in sync today with the Almighty’s dwelling in the New Jerusalem? When the seasons came to be, following the flood, did the lunar cycle shift? What impact would a changed time-system of earth have upon our monthly New Moon’s, weekly Sabbaths, and annual set-apart feast days, for synchronized worship of our Creator?
Find out why this is a BIG DEAL, why it is crucial to know the truth, and how we can have assurance that time synchronization between the Creator and His creation has not changed one iota since creation. Might it be that something was changed, but only as we perceive it?
Based upon the evidence above from the original Hebrew text, and contrary to popular belief, born out of faulty translations (Jeremiah 8:8-9), the shadow on King Hezekiah’s sundial, DID NOT move in only one direction. Rather, the shadow on the sundial was moved to and fro, and ultimately returned to its original starting point. This was a private sign of Yahuah’s promise and power to heal King Hezekiah. It was NOT A SIGN to the world at large that our celestial timepiece was about to change forever, becoming out of sync from that day forward, with that of the throne room of the New Jerusalem.
Verse 8 is rather straight forward, except for the second word highlighted in red. This is the word choice many translations have used, that clarifies King Hezekiah was to “rise up” (#5927 alah) on the third day. But the definition chosen does not match the word spelling perfectly. A better, although still not a perfect fit is the word “moral perverseness” (#5932 and #5933 ‘alee). Evidently, the original intent of this verse was to identify that King Hezekiah was to be healed of an illness caused by moral perverseness on the third day, and not that he would be healed and arise on the third day. Yet, arising would be the natural result of being healed.
Verse 9 is the declaration of Isaiah as to what Yahuah’s sign to King Hezekiah would be. The arrangement was made and the promise given that the shadow on the sundial would traverse to and fro, but ultimately be returned to its original and natural progressive position.
Notice that unlike most modern translations, there is no question posed to King Hezekiah, giving him the choice as to which direction the shadow should move on the sundial, whether forward or backwards. The word “shall,” which implies a question, simply does not exist in this verse to ask the question. Also, not present is the word “or,” which is also utilized in many translations to give King Hezekiah the option of the sun moving forward “or” backwards by ten degrees. When both of these words are removed and the interlinear order of the original Hebrew text restored, we find quite a different story in which all three verses testify unanimously. It is the Hebrew prefixes and suffixes that determine so much of the text and these two words simply are not present in either, as illustrated the table above.
Verse 10 highlights King Hezekiah as concurring with the wisdom of Yahuah’s sign, to first decline the shadow in the opposite direction of its natural movement by ten degrees, but then to move it back again by the same ten degrees.
Verse 11 defines Isaiah’s cry to Yahuah to accomplish the sign for which they had discussed and agreed upon. “Reverse even the shadow of the setting sun as it is going down by degrees, then seize it back again ten degrees.” Thus, for the third verse in a row it is overtly identified that the shadow on the sundial was never intended to remain in an altered position. But Yahuah’s purpose in this miraculous sign was first for King Hezekiah, but also to illustrate His omnipotence, power, and authority that He bestows on those He loves and forgives.
In this verse many liberties have been taken by the modern translators that radically change the order of the text and meaning of the text. Additional words have also been added that are not present in the Hebrew prefixes or suffixes. The word “Ahaz” (#271 אחז ‘achaz) can either be translated as a proper noun, referring to King Ahaz, the father of King Hezekiah, or it can be translated as a verb (#270 אחז ‘achaz). In this case the context of the sentence requires it to be a verb. This is verified by the context of the previous two verses.
Consistently, verses, 9, 10, and 11 each bear witness of the same facts that individually are striking, but collectively reveal stunning evidence. For it is shown that the shadow on the sundial was to be reversed from the direction of the setting sun by ten degrees and then returned by the same ten degrees to its original starting point. When all was complete, the sun was in the very same location from which it had begun, or more specifically, where it should be along its apparent course, as if none of this had ever transpired. Note that not a word was given that time, as we know it upon earth, was to shift. Also note that the focus here is on the sun, and nothing was said about the location of the moon being altered.
Synchronization: The Real Issue at Stake
Whether one has held to the theory that time according to the celestial mechanism shifted at the time of King Hezekiah, the fall of man in Eden, or at the time of the flood, these theories must be brought to their logical conclusions to recognize the full extent of the damage they can cause. If any of these theories were true it would mean that earth’s full New Moon is no longer in sync with the full New Moon and Sabbath of the very dwelling place of the Most High. Meaning we would be operating on two differing time systems, earth’s and that of the New Jerusalem, the sacred home of our Creator.
These theories assume that Yahuah continues today to keep a 30 day month that commences with the full New Moon, while earth has an alternating 29 or 30 day month commencing with its full New Moon. Thus, a discrepancy of a single day every other month would keep the worship days from synchronizing between the New Jerusalem and earth. On a side note, if one follows a week that cycles without end and doesn’t believe the New Moon days are also sacred, there will be no perceived discrepancy ever.
The earth and mankind were created perfect, but as a result of sin, earth was cursed for man’s sake. Once the earth and mankind were perfect, but now they are both on a downward spiral. At the commencement of all of this drama our loving compassionate Father and His Son mapped out a plan and charted a course to rescue earthlings according to a fixed astro-luni-solar time plan. This is otherwise known as the plan of salvation as revealed in the set-apart time-centric feast days, as worked out in the Temple services.
Following, are ten points of evidence that by their very existence ensure that our celestial shamayim (heavens) have not become out of sync with that of the throne room of the Almighty, our Creator and Savior.
Evidence #1— Creation to the Flood
From creation (circa 4000 BC) to the flood (circa 2349 BC) the astro-luni-solar time mechanism would have no reason to be out of sync with the New Jerusalem, unless the Creator no longer cared if earthlings worshiped Him in one accord. But over the millennia, some have gone so far as to suggest that Yahuah cursed the movements of the moon when the earth was cursed for man’s sake. Some believe that the lunar orbit changed at the flood, when the earth may have become larger as it was filled with the waters from above. Some have claim the Creator became too busy with other projects to keep our time-mechanism coordinated with that of the New Jerusalem. Others have mocked that the Creator has simply fallen asleep at the helm. But, is there any truth in these theories?
Behold, He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalms 121:4.
Strikingly, the flood was a pivotal event in earth’s history when the Almighty was intimately involved in preserving the Melchizedek (Righteous King–Priest) lineage for which the Messiah was to come. Thus, synchronization between Himself and His dutiful followers was most essential to carry out this monumental prophecy to its fulfillment. It is all about the plan of salvation that commenced with the fall of Adam and Eve. All of Yahuah’s promises regarding the Messiah are time-centric echoes from the Garden of Eden. They are by their very nature prophetic and must be fulfilled at their fixed and preordained appointment times.
Evidence #2— Prophetic Time
Although, it may have been difficult to identify the New Moon day of each month and keep track of the number of days aboard Noah’s ark, the record of numbered months does not come from Noah. It was Moses, under the direct guidance of Yahuah, who defined that there were 5 months totaling 150 days during the cataclysmic events of the flood. This may have been the first classic case of rounding up numbers that it may fit a 5 month prophetic year block of time that totals 360 prophetic days. For indeed the flood was a prophetic fulfillment of Genesis 6:3.
And Yahuah said, “My Ruach (Spirit) shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3
Evidence #3— The Sabbath as a Sign of Synchronization
Scripture has identified that the Sabbath is to be counted from His full New Moon and that the full New Moon days are also sacred and set-apart (Ezekiel 46:1-3, Isaiah 66:23. As a result, the reoccurring full New Moons would define the placement of the true Sabbaths, which would seldom be harmonized between the throne room and earth if the time systems were off.
When Alahim made and ordained the sun, moon, and stars during the creation week, all things were perfect and flawlessly synchronized to the worship rhythms of the sacred city above. It is here that our Creator dwells, who receives our worship along with that of His messengers above, and other potential unfallen worlds. Our Sabbath was His Sabbath, our work days were aligned with shamayim work days; earth’s New Moon day was impeccably in step with that of the New Jerusalem’s New Moon day. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon clarifies that there is a New Moon in the sacred city regulating the fruit on the tree of life, see Revelation 22:2 below.
“. . .on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit [according to the measure of] each New Moon. Revelation 22:2 NKJV [Thayer’s Greek Lexicon insertion]
Therefore, if the theory were true that earth is no longer in harmony with the rhythms of the New Jerusalem, it would undermine all the time-centric prophetic markers of the entire plan of salvation. It would declare the Most High a liar. For it was He who declared each of the following as signs of our obedience via synchronization:
“Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations . . .” Exodus 31:13 NKJV
Moreover also I gave them MY SABBATHS to be a sign [of obedience and synchronization] between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahuah that sanctify them. Ezekiel 20:12
. . .but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahuah your Alahim. Exodus 20:10
For in six days Yahuah made the shamayim and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahuah sanctified the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:11
If our perceived Sabbath is different in any way from our Creator, then it is not a sacred day, nor can it be a sign that we are in sync with the worship rhythms He laid out for His true followers.
So the Creator, Yahuah Alahim, gave mankind His Sabbaths to be a sign of both loving obedience and synchronization. While the Sabbath is clearly His gift from above, it is not like an inert, motionless pair of socks or a house, but it is a gift of time utilized for synchronization between Him and us, the Creator and His creation. It is to always be a defined and specific sign of His consistent tender care toward us, as well as our loving obedience to Him. Not just any old day or unit of time will do from an assorted choice of calendar systems. For He only honors one.
Evidence #4—From Noah to Abraham
Between the time the ark of Noah safely came to rest (circa 2349 BC) in the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4) and the Abrahamic Covenant (circa 1925 BC) was established several hundred years later, a major time altering event occurred in the Shinar Valley, in the city of Babylon. It is shocking that so soon after the ark had landed and mankind began to multiply, they seemed wholly bent on evil. No doubt the ruler of darkness recognized that if he could inject his deceptions into this initial group, he could spread his poison the world over as they dispersed.
It is from Babylon, the center of the then known world that rebelliousness to the Creator raised its viper’s head. Under the leadership of Nimrod and his wife Semiramis, the sun worship cult was born.
This new invention reckoned time (months, days, and years) of the starry constellations via the sun as the marker by day, rather than utilizing the full New Moon as the marker by night, as preordained by the Creator. They chose to oppose Yahuah by 180 degrees to defy His plan to keep earth synchronized via the full New Moons and lunar Sabbaths.
This system of marking the shamayim by the sun was then fastened securely to astrology, a theory that one’s life and events can be mapped out according to the Zodiac constellation signs. Thus, a self-focused lifestyle was created aimed at becoming wholly independent from Yahuah. This time reversing invention, born out of rebellion to the Creator, perfectly segwayed into their construction of the great tower of Babel. Ultimately, Yahuah brought an end by confounding the language and dispersing the people. But he did not erase from their minds its contaminating effects.
This image is a classic illustration of how Babylonian solar time is measured. The earth is depicted in its orbit around the sun.
The yellow arrow, known as the solar-line of orientation illustrates how time is measured utilizing the sun to mark the ruling constellation on the opposite side of the universe, during daylight. The paradox is that the constellations are not visible by day. Thus, an instrument must be utilized to measure what is visible by night to deduce that which is not visible by day. This is 180 degrees opposite of our Creator’s pre-ordained time measuring system (Genesis 1:16, Psalms 136:7-10), yet it is this time system, developed in Babylon that has been embraced by all the world including those claiming to be Scripture (Tanakh) believers.
By adding a conjunction lunar phase to the above image and aligning the spheres in their order from: 1) the earth, 2) through the dark moon, 3) through the sun, 4) and marking the stars only further cement the sun as the marker for all units of time, including worship times. As a result, even this is nothing short of Babylonian sun worship.
This second image is a definitive illustration of how the full New Moon measures the constellations by night. The earth is depicted in its orbit around the sun. The yellow arrow depicting the lunar-line of orientation illustrates the measurement of time by the full New Moon in the ruling constellation for the month by night. As a result, this is a visible and measurable event without the need of instruments to reverse what is visible and calculate what is not. In their order is 1) the earth, 2) the full New Moon, 3) and the stars. The sun is not part of the visible equation in this night sky event, except for its fullness of light reflecting back from the full moon. Because time was ordained to be measured 180 degrees opposite of Babylon’s sun worship system, it was Bethula (Virgo) that was designated as the first ruling constellation in the spring according to Revelation 12:1, and not Pisces.
Then Yahuah made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night He made [with] the stars also. Genesis 1:16
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
Although Babylon succeeded in creating an alternate time system wholly out of sync with our Eternal Father in the New Jerusalem, the true system has perpetually remained fully intact. It was only their erroneous use of the shamayim lights that caused time to be measured differently. The words “he made” in Genesis 1:16 does not exist in the Hebrew text.
Evidence #5—From Abraham to Moses
To punctuate that no time was lost between Abraham (circa 1925 BC) and Moses (circa1495 BC), Scripture records that from the darkened night of the 15th of Abib in which Abraham’s covenant was ratified, it was 430 years to the very day that Yahuah, with the assistance of Moses, led Israel out of Egypt by night (Genesis 15:12-17; Exodus 12:40-41).
What commenced with Israel at the time of the Exodus from Egyptian bondage was extremely significant in that Yahuah restored to these willful yet set-apart people His original time-keeping, which many of them had lost sight of during their long years of slavery. Exodus 12:1-3 identifies Yahuah stating, “this New Moon (#2320 חדשׁ chodesh), shall be your beginning of months,” as He identified the lunar phase that announced New Year’s Day, and from this all the months were to be ordered, and from each New Moon the seventh-day Sabbaths were numbered and the feasts were celebrated.
Therefore, this was the spring month of Abib, the synchronization point, when Israel was to commence their years, lunar months, Sabbaths, and sacred appointed feast days. This is further supported when Israel received manna from above on a deliberate feeding schedule that disallowed gathering it on the Sabbath, the day held sacred by Yahuah.
If this was not in perfect time with the rhythms of the shamayim, then it was all a lie. If a change in the position of either the sun or moon was made, the whole world would be out of sync with worshiping their Creator.
It was during this period when the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy were all written by the same man, Moses, as He was instructed by Yahuah. It is these first five books that contained all the Creator’s time-centric worship criteria for His true followers from the time of Adam through to the time of the promised Messiah.
In fact, both the sanctuary service and the giving of the manna occurred during the wilderness sojourn to re-establish ACCURATE astro-luni-solar time in harmony with that of Yahuah in the New Jerusalem. These details alone testify that time keeping remained accurate according to the shamayim model shown Moses on the mount. This is because the Sanctuary/Temple and its yearly, monthly, weekly and daily services were established as teaching tools and safeguards to protect earth’s correct alignment with the worship rhythms of the New Jerusalem and the shamayim. Thus, it was the Sanctuary/Temple’s intrinsic purpose to show forth and accurately proclaim the role of the full moon ruling with the stars by night, accurately pinpointing the time-centric ministry of the promised Messiah in a world even then dominated by the sun worship cult.
Evidence #6 King Hezekiah
As previously identified, at the time of King Hezekiah (715 BC – 686 BC) the grand miracle provide by Yahuah did not leave the shadow on the sundial in the altered position, but returned to it back to its previous and natural progression. Thus, it was NOT A SIGN to the world the celestial timepiece had changed.
Evidence #7— The Full New Moon’s Visible Sign of Synchronization
Strikingly, as the rainbow was given for a visible sign that the earth would never again be destroyed by a flood, the true full New Moon is the grand beacon, the visible signature of Yahuah’s eternal set-apart time. It is as a covenant between the Maker and His children that His celestial timepiece is immutable. The FULL NEW MOON was designed to be the visible sign in in the Celestial timepiece of the true followers who seek to be synchronized to the shamayim and their Creator through all eternity. Therefore, contrasting sharply with the time system adhered to by the whole world.
This is more accurately revealed in the following translation from the original Hebrew text of Isaiah 66:22-23.
This verse from antiquity avouches that the only changes made in time have been by the rebellious hearted over the centuries reversing by 180 degrees Yahuah’s method of measuring time, crafting artificial paper wall calendars, mythical datelines, and clocks that keep time according to the witty inventions of their own hearts.
Evidence #8— The Messiah Trump Card
It was upon the Sanctuary/Temple astro-luni-solar time system, as shown Moses on the Mount, for which was based the promise of the coming Messiah.
During the Messiah’s ministry on earth, He perpetually worshiped and communed with His Father on the sacred Sabbath day. If the Almighty Father was on a strictly 30 day calendar and His Son the Messiah on an alternating 29 and 30 day cycle, then their Sabbaths would have seldom harmonized. Neither of them could fulfill the sign of the Sabbath that was previously mentioned, as the sign between them, two integral parts of the “god” head. Because these two, Father and Son, are an indivisible, singular, and sovereign unit, the time they honored jointly as the Sabbath was without question, pre-eminently the same precise day.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16
The Messiah’s first ministry according to the Temple/Sanctuary model commenced upon earth’s stage as the Lamb slain. This was no small matter, as the true Messiah must meet the full spectrum of the twelve time-centric criteria to assure that there would be no question that indeed He, Yahusha, was the Messiah, the son of the Most High, the Savior of mankind from sin and death.
It is upon these same precise time principles that were neither changed nor out of sync at that time that the Messiah’s work centered on behalf of restoring sinners back to the Eternal Father.
Following His first coming, He was to continue perpetually as our High Priest in the courts above until the time of His return according to the layout of the prophetic appointed feast days. This was preordained that mankind may follow His movements on earth via the set-apart feast days to know exactly when each ministry changed. Only the humble forgiven trusting believers upon earth, will seek to “follow the Lamb whither so ever He goes,” via these sacred and preordained yearly festivals according to the full New Moon marker.
Let it not be lost or ill-perceived that each and every ministry of the Messiah was time-centric to the set-apart days of the Temple/Sanctuary service. Thus, this illustrates that He alone is the living reality and fulfillment of the promised Messiah, our High Priest, and our soon to be returning Savior. It was Yahusha alone, who fulfilled to the letter, the prophecies of Daniel 2, 7, and 9. Most are not aware that the Jews are forbidden to read these. For within their own organization it is known by some that if their people read these chapters they would know that indeed the Messiah has come and it is was none other than Yahusha.
Also, had the celestial time system been out of sync with earth when our Messiah tread His lonely pathway, He would have proactively made corrective statements in that regard. But the fact that He did not, and every action of His ministry was hung upon earth’s full New Moons and Sabbaths. By extension, there is astounding and unshakable evidence that earth’s time system is fastened to the throne of the Father by way of the timely nails that pierced our Savior.
Evidence #9—The Appointed Time
Of key importance is that the crucifixion of the Messiah occurred at the prophetic APPOINTED TIME, at the very moment of a solar eclipse and dark conjunction lunar phase on Passover, the 14th of Abib. By extension, this identifies the full moon, fourteen days earlier, was the true New Moon. Passover was either the 14th day for both the throne of Yahuah and earth or it was not. It cannot be both. There are four gospel witnesses that testify that indeed the 14th of Abib was the appointed time, as each identified the events leading up to that day.
Thus, we can have confidence that the full New Moons of the throne of Yahuah in the New Jerusalem and those of earth continue to be synchronized and unchanged beacons of His marvelous LIGHT, from the time of Creation, Noah, Moses, King Hezekiah, and the Messiah, and remain steadfast even to this very day. As a result, all full New Moons and lunar Sabbaths upon earth perpetually continue to be synchronized with those of the very seat of Yahuah’s authority in the New Jerusalem. This is because the Sabbath the Messiah kept in His death, He obediently kept in His life, and will continue to keep throughout the completion of His ministry in the courts above. It was the Creator’s divine plan that time was NEVER to change how it was administered and synchronized.
The very fact that so much effort by the prince of darkness has been given to reversing the Creator’s Calendar by 180 degrees, and hiding the true full New Moon beneath a heap of erroneous Scripture translation rubble, is in itself a stunning testimony that the shamayim continue to declare accurate time in sync with the our Creator’s throne room. If it had been in disrepair, it would never have received so much attention from rebellious hearted Babylon, Egypt, Rome, or even the Jews of the first to fourth centuries AD.
Based upon the evidence discussed in this article, it is illogical to presume that there was a time change in synchronization between the throne room of the New Jerusalem and the time of earth itself. For the temple mechanism coupled with the full New Moon of the shamayim served to protect and accurately illustrate that the Creator had not, nor would ever conceive of allowing earth to fall off the accurate TIME platform. WHY! The answer is, because simply everything of prophetic nature depended upon perfect and perpetual continuity of TIME synchronization between the Creator’s seat of authority and earth. If this essential tie were broken or even perceived to be broken, the Most High’s reputation would be irreparably tainted. Might it be, this is why the prince of darkness, the enemy of souls would like the world to believe that earth’s time mechanism no longer has any relevance to the worship rhythms of Yahuah and His Son in the New Jerusalem?
ALL PROPHECY IS TIME-CENTRIC both anciently and to this day. Just as our Messiah’s death on the cross was synchronized to the precise appointed time of Passover, it must continue upon this same time continuum until all of His work is complete according to the same preordained feast days, and He returns for His obedient followers.
All those who continue to embrace and advocate that the astro-luni-solar time of the shamayim has shifted by a day or more since creation, causing the Sabbath’s to be out of sync, are in effect undermining the prophetic pinning of the entire plan of salvation. This promotes a slanderous lie that the Most High cannot be trusted, nor His Word sure. For why would or should mankind continue to seek to worship our Creator on full New Moon days, Sabbaths, and set-apart feast days if they are wholly out of sync with Yahuah in His dwelling place? What would be the motivation to keep any day as sacred, if none of the days are actually sacred to Yahuah?
Stunningly, SACRED TIME REMAINS STEADFAST upon the sure and accurate principles that Mount Zion was established, i.e., Yahuah’s full New Moon, His chief corner stone marker. Upon this foundation alone, the beneficiaries of the Almighty’s constant benevolence rests, and will remain in one accord in preparation for an eternal home with their Savior.
Let us make every effort to align our lives with His sacred and set-apart time prescription. May Yahuah’s name be praised in all the earth!