Biblical Days According To The Scriptures

If we are going to follow the days that the Father has created for us it best to start with the basics, no better place to start than what the Father calls a “Day”. As he created the world I think it’s best to get his definition of what the daily cycle is.

So Why is the Biblical Day Important?

Knowing what a biblical day is, is very important for calculating feast days, which the Father expects believers to observes.

If you have ever asked your self how days were measured, before the arrival of the modern day calender, the  answer is in the bible.

Lets look at what the scriptures have to say….

A good place to start is with the Prophet Daniel, he will set the tone as to how important it is to remember what a real daily cycle is…

Daniel 7:25

…And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

If we read 1 Maccabees 1, we will see an example of the one “that shall speak great words against the Most High” at that time Daniels prophecy was being fulfilled by the Greeks when they forced the Israelite’s to follow there customs (which are contrary customs to those given to Israel by the Most High) , and at the time after the Messiah died and resurrected, the Romans, picked up from what the Greeks had started, by destroying Jerusalem in 70ad.

A key phrase to look at in this verse is where it says “…and think to change times and laws” . This is important because it lets us know that even though the times notably “days and months”, (for example we use the Gregorian calender today) have been changed in men’s eyes the Most Highs days and months, which are the real days and months incidentally,  still stand, and we should be aware of them too. (the laws laws and one that “shall speak great words…” shall be dealt with elsewhere)

Okay… So lets read Ecclesiasticus found in the Apocrypha and see what Solomon had to say about the “times..”

Ecclesiasticus 43:6-9

6He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world.

7From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her perfection.

8The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven;

9The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord.

So now, we see that the scriptures give us clarity on how times are supposed to be determined. The month is named after the Moon, and the Moon was created as a declaration of the seasons for the WORLD! This is just food for thought, although it doesn’t deal with the daily cycle, it lets us know that the Most High has establish his own months. (also note: the moon is not used to determine the month, just as a sign)

Now we have clarified the purpose of the Moon let’s return to the beginning of the scriptures…

Genesis 1:5

…And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

So here it’s clearly declared that a day actually starts at evening time and not day …and the evening and the morning were the first day.

When we look into the word Evening we see that it comes from the Hebrew word 6150 `arab aw-rab’ which means

to grow dusky at sundown:–be darkened, (toward) evening.

This lets us know that at sunset the day ends, that means it can still be light when the day has ended. This is actually significant when keeping the Passover click the link below:

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So let’s see what happened on the 4th day??

Genesis 1:14-19

14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16And 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.

17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

When we get to the 4th day the Most High now creates different lights to rule over the day and the night, the important thing to note here is that the Moon and the Sun are created to give us signs about, the way a day is to be judged according to the Most High, which is why evening starts when the sun sets and the light is decreasing, which means daylight can still be present, i.e “evening”

So when it’s “evening” a NEW day has begun not when it is night or dark!

If the “evening” being used here was the Hebrew word laylah {lah’- yel-aw} (hebrew concordance number 3915) this would mean that a day started and ended in darkness, but this is not the case.

If you have been waiting for darkness to end and start the day you should stop! I’ve been guilty of this. Days starts at sunset and end at sunset…

Peace and Shalom.

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