Tuesday, July 7, 2015

When Does A Day Begin

Light = Day or Daylight = Morning and Evening, Gen 1:5;

Darkness = Night, separated from the day, Gen 1:4;

Morning and Evening = Bookends of the Day, Gen 1:5;

Therefore: Day begins at Morning, and ends at Evening. Make sense!

This is a very brief study of when a day begins, in Scriptures. Specially pointing out the finer points missing in most teachings we find, about this subject.

And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be.
(Gen 1:3 TS98)

And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness.
(Gen 1:4 TS98)

And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.
(Gen 1:5 TS98)

Day or Daylight = Light = Morning and Evening; Night = Darkness, Not Part of the Daylight.

Yahshua answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? (the official hours of the day are reckoned by the shadows; e.g. shadows on the sundial; but the twilights -- dawn and dusk are already considered part of the day, although technically these are bookends of the day) If a man should walk in the day (daylight, including its bookends), he does not stumble because he sees the light of the world.
(John 11:9 HRB)

On the 2nd Month of the Israelites' journey out of Egypt:

And they set out from Ělim, and all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Ělim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day1 (the 15th is a Sabbath day; but they traveled at night, arrived on the dawning towards the 15th day, which logically would already be called the 15th day; they pitched their tents before the sun is up and would cast its shadow which would officially start the day) of the second month after their going out of the land of Mitsrayim.
(Exod 16:1 TS98)

  • Footnote: 1: The 15th is a Sabbath;

    They traveled at night, arrived at dawn, and pitched their tents while it was still dawning towards the 15th day, before the official hours of the Sabbath; But, which logically would already be referred to as the 15th day at twilight; That is so, because, the official hours of the day begins when the sun rules the day, begins to cast a shadow, (Gen 1:14, John 11:9, Exo 16:6,12).

    They congregate (Exo 16:1) during the Sabbath hours, and murmured among the congregation. YHWH heard their murmurings, and sends them quail "between the evenings" (Exo 16:12), of the 15th day;

    "Between the evenings" of the 15th day, is no longer a Sabbath. Because the official hours of "Work", on working days is only 12 twelve hours on the sundial, when the sun casts a shadow.

    Therefore, the official hours of "Sabbath Rest" would logically follow the same rule (of common sense). Twilight's on this day is still the 15th Day, but no longer official, because twilight's are bookends.

And Moses and Aaron said to all the sons of Israel, At evening (twilight; after sunset, when the sun no longer cast a shadow) you shall know that YAHWEH has brought you from the land of Egypt;
(Exo 16:6 HRB)

I (YHWH) have heard the murmurings of the sons of Israel. Speak to them, saying, Between the evenings (after sunset, at twilight - dusk) you shall eat flesh; and in the morning you shall be satisfied with bread; and you shall know that I am YAHWEH your Elohim.
(Exo 16:12 HRB)

NOTE: "Between the evenings" means after sunset at twilight.

And it happened in the evening (this is already speaking of "between the evenings" or at twilight): the quail came up and covered the camp. And in the morning a layer of dew was around the camp.
(Exo 16:13 HRB)


Evening and Morning", in the Creation Account, is clearly demonstrated as the "bookends" of a day, (Gen 1:5,8,13,19,23,31).

  • Evening and Morning", in the Creation Account, is clearly demonstrated as the "bookends" of a day, (Gen 1:5,8,13,19,23,31).

    If the day begins at evening, notice in John 11:9, there are only (12) twelve hours in a "day" (day in Scripture), so the next 12 hours would be night = darkness. The next (12) twelve hours would be the "day". Which should be correctly stated "Night and Day",

    But, A complete cycle of "day", in the Scriptures, is day and night", Never, "night and day".

    "Day" Always, comes first, and then "Night", (Gen 1:5,14,16,18, 8:22, etc);

  • Therefore, A Day begins at dawn, from morning until evening, (Exo 18:13),

    "Tomorrow", They rose "Early about the dawning of the day" (1 Sam 9:19,26),

    The work day officially starts when it casts a shadow.

    But the day officially starts when the sun is up and casts a shadow, and officially ends between the evenings or after the sun has set and no longer casts a shadow, (John 11:9, 2Kings 20:11, Isa 38:8),

    and totally ends when it is already dark, (when there are at least 2 to 3 stars, halachically speaking).

  • And Shabbath officially fall within the twelve hours of the day. So that even if one is either on the northern or southern hemispheres, reckoning of the day is still officially possible, with a sundial. Not the modern watch.

Recommended for you:

Here is an excellent video, briefly explains When A Day Begins:

When Does A Day Begin -- WLC Videos -- YouTube https://youtu.be/vnjAfhPBg3I

From other site: Very useful resource about the True Sabbath: Neither Saturday nor Sunday is the Biblical Sabbath