Sabbath—12 hours or 24 hours?
The lunar Sabbatarians believe that the holy hours of the Sabbath are just 12 hours and not 24 hours. The reason they do it is because if the Sabbath is 24 hours then the quails pose a very big problem. The lunar Sabbatarians believe that the 15th of any month in the Bible was a Sabbath. But God sent quails on the 15th!
Exodus 16:1, 13 “…on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt…. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp”
So how do they escape? Since quails came in the evening, after sunset, they came up with this theory that the holy hours of the Sabbath are only the daylight part and not the dark part! This is what they say.
“Have you ever heard of a Sabbath night mentioned in Scripture or were we only told to remember the seventh DAY?” www.creationcalendar.com “When does scripture say a day begins?”
That explanation is totally unacceptable and illogical. For example when a person is born in the night, it is still called birthday and not birthnight! Don’t people have birthday celebrations in the night as well—is that wrong? It doesn’t matter at what part of the 24 hours period an event occurred, it is still called—Independence Day, Liberation Day, Anniversary Day, etc. And those who work on night shifts, while on vacation, they say I am on holidays, and not holinights! Because it is called Sabbath day, to conclude there is no Sabbath night is absurd!
The day before the Sabbath is called the preparation day.
Mark 15:42 “And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath”.
If the Sabbath hours are only from sunrise to sunset (12 hours), then why do we need a preparation day, just the preparation night would be all that was required!
The Muslims, who have one month fasting from sunrise to sunset (12 hours), manage just during the thirty nights to do all the preparation required for the 30 daylights of fasting!
Having a preparation night, instead of preparation day, would make sense if the Sabbath is just 12 hours!