SUNRISE or SUNSET - When Does a Day Begin?
According to the weight of evidence in Scripture, a day is only twelve hours long, commencing at sunrise and terminating at sunset. The night is of equal duration, commencing at sunset and terminating at sunrise, but defined by an entirely different set of time divisions known as the "four watches." In contrast, a lunar calendar date includes both day and night, as they are two halves of a complete lunar calendar date. A daylight is the first half of a lunar calendar date, while the darkness of night is the second half.
In a Question and Answer format, this article reveals that each day begins at sunrise and ends at sunset, contrary to the 1600 year old tradition of the Jews and that of other Saturday Sabbatarians. The Creator specifically separated the day from the night, and then clarified that evening following morning were the two parts of the daylight. Evening is the second part of daylight and has nothing to do with night. It will be demonstrated that the day cannot begin at sunset, dusk, midnight, dawn or noon, as kept by some. And finally, the seventh-day Sabbath occupies only the twelve hours of daylight, from sunrise to sunset. It is only by understanding when the day actually begins and ends that the two thousand year-old unsolved mystery of Christ Yahushua's riddle may once and forever be solved by a revelation that He indeed was in the tomb three days and three nights.
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