13 Symbolic Code Nos. 7 & 8

May – June, 1958


By V.T. Houteff


“I have read Pastor N’s book,” writes another Truth-seeker, “and
as a result I have become confused about Sabbath-keeping in
Australia, and do not know how to deal with the proposed


With all respect to everyone’s religious beliefs, it must be recognized
that Pastor N’s contention that Sunday is the true Sabbath in
Australia, although Saturday in America, is as true as to declare that
the year 1952 in Australia is 1951 in America. He so confounds
knowledge with words as to create an illusion of truth. But an
illusion, a mere mirage, is all it is. His theory that one’s cruising the
earth westward would lose him a day in time while his cruising
eastward would gain him a day, logically constrains the false
conclusion the one’s flying at the same rate of speed as that at
which the earth revolves on her axis, practically 1000 miles per
hour, would lose him as many days, weeks, months and years as he
should keep on flying. For at that rate of speed he would keep up
with the sun, and,

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unless he should stop, he would never see the end of the day if he
should start out in the daytime, or would never see the end of the
night if he should start out at nighttime.

Then, too, N’s proposed location of an International date line in
Eden (Palestine, or thereabouts), instead of the natural one in the
Pacific Ocean, is obviously illogical and impracticable besides un-
Biblical when one considers that in the beginning Eden was God’s
center of habitation, also His workshop of creation; and that as soon
as the sun was created it first flashed its morning glory in Eden, and
at the same time cast its shadows over the Pacific Ocean.

When Pastor N. takes all these facts into consideration, then, he,
too, will know that just as Eden saw the first sunrise (the beginning
of the first solar daylight—“the morning”), so the Pacific Ocean,
east of Australia saw the first sunset (the beginning of the first solar
night—“the evening”), and that then and there ended pre-solar time,
the third day, and began solar time, the fourth day. And that is why
the solar day still begins and ends respectively in the same places.
He will then discover that this creative act of God is what
established the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean, and
will then know why men, inspired with Divine thought and reason,
recognized it to be there. When all these natural causes are taken
into account then it is seen that the first Sabbath,

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the seventh day, began in Eden (Jerusalem) as the sun there sank out
of sight about ten hours after the third sunset occurred at the Date
Line in the Pacific ocean.

Moreover, the fact that N’s Eden date line would have to pass
through densely inhabited areas, whereas God’s date line in the
Pacific passes through no habitation at all, is another good and
sufficient evidence that the date line in the Pacific is God’s created
date line. The difference which an Eden (Palestine) date line would
make is this: Momentarily Pastor N could step aside from where
Saturday commences and could spend a day on the side where
Sunday begins. Thus his Eden date line would enable him entirely
to avoid Saturday Sabbath-keeping, and would thus easily afford
him a day’s fun, or a day’s work, on the side of the line where
Sunday would be, while his wife and children at home, only across
the street, on the side where Saturday would be, keep Saturday
Sabbath. And so by his way of reasoning, he could, while in
Australia, keep Sunday sabbath with the rest of the world, and
expect credit for keeping Saturday Sabbath! A wonderful scheme
indeed! Think, though, of the results: on one side of Eden’s dateline
street, the people would be dancing, hammering, chiseling, and
bargaining, while on the other side of the street the people would be
keeping Sabbath, praying, and preaching! What a Babel that would

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Thus we see that sharp minds, destitute of the Spirit of Truth,
can devise sharp schemes but likewise Spiritless. But thanks be to
God, they are not able to put over all schemes they launch.
Marvelous indeed that Pastor N discovered the Palestine or Eden
date line, and neither Christ the Creator, nor His holy prophets ever
knew a thing about it! O, the wonderful spiritless wisdom of
Spiritless men!

Pastor N’s computation may, depending on the speed at which
he travels, lose him a day or days if he goes westward, or gain him a
day or days if he goes eastward whereas God’s week and His
Sabbath are invariably constant, never losing or gaining, regardless
what direction one travels.

It is simple to see that in cruising the earth either westward or
eastward we either lose or gain time on the timepiece, not because
of the Date line, nor because of time itself, but simply because of
our going either in the opposite direction from which the earth
revolves—westward—or in our going in the direction in which the
earth revolves—eastward.

A comparison may bring this fact clearer. Picture your climbing
a hill of sand over which for every yard you move upward, your feet
slide back an inch, your efforts thus resulting in your losing one
yard in every 36 yards of climbing. Actually therefore you would be
walking 37 yards but moving up only 36 yards. Whereas in going
downhill, your feet would,

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on the contrary, slide ahead an inch for every yard you walked, your
efforts thus resulting in your gaining one yard in every 35 yards or
36 yards for only 35 yards walked.

So it is that in cruising westward, from the Atlantic Ocean to the
Pacific, you would have to set back your timepiece four times (4
hours) in order to keep the same time as do the people where you
would find yourself. And in cruising eastward from the Pacific
Ocean to the Atlantic, you would have to push ahead your timepiece
four times (4 hours).

Let us suppose again that you reside where the evening star
stands (let it be stationary for our purpose here) directly overhead at
the time the sun goes down—at 6:00 P.M. One day you set out upon
a voyage, starting at 6:00 P.M., and cruising westward at the rate of
1000 miles a day. Accordingly, the day after you leave home, the
earth brings you around again directly under the evening star, but
one hour later—at 7:00 P.M. And since the time in that locality is
6:00 P.M., you move your timepiece back an hour—back to 6:00.
Each day for twenty-four days you repeat the performance, until at
the end of the 24th day you finally arrive home again. By that time
you have set back your timepiece 24 times, an hour each time. Shall
we now say you have lost a day on the 24,000 mile trip? Certainly
not. You have lost nothing, not even a minute, and you have lived
precisely as long as if you had been home, and no longer.

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“But how,” it may be asked, “could one on the Sabbath sail
westward from the western (American) side to the eastern side to
the eastern (Asiatic) side without ending his Sabbath-keeping as
soon as he crossed the date-line and there run into Sunday, perhaps
only an hour after he began to keep Sabbath? Would he be justified
in keeping only a part of the Sabbath?”

Let us suppose that not only one but all the passengers, including
the crew, are Sabbath-keepers. In that event all of them would
certainly heed the Commandment and cease from labor by anchoring
right where Sabbath overtook them. From this Biblically correct
principle of Sabbath-keeping, follows the logic that when beyond
all control of his, a voyaging Sabbath-keeper sails over the date line
on the Sabbath, he will still continue to keep holy the full hours of
It, just the same as if the ship had anchored right where the Sabbath
overtook it. Then when the holy hours are passed, where the
Sabbath overtook him, he will proceed to keep time according to the
day and hour of the land in which he finds himself.

All these considerations translate themselves into absolute proof
that the Sabbath necessarily begins on Friday at sunset, but about
eight hours earlier in Australia then in Jerusalem. The simple,
never-changing Truth is that God requires us to keep holy the
seventh day of the week, the Sabbath, whenever and wherever the
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why He emphatically commands us to keep It holy from “even to
even.” Lev. 23:32.

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We now turn our attention to another Sabbath theory and ism,
concerning which another Truth-seeker writes: “A brochure entitled
The Bible Sabbath in God’s Perfect Plan of Redemption contends
that the Sabbath is governed by the lunar month, not by an
independent weekly cycle. Please give me your answer from the

Assuming that the seventh-day Sabbath is governed by a lunar
calendar, instead of by the independent weekly cycle,


“Yes, all Christendom, with the exception of some Saturday
keepers, keep a heathen day of the Sun. But the Saturday keepers
also keep, and honor a day of heathen origin—the day of Saturn….

“Exodus 12:1, 2: ‘And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in
the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the
beginning of months: it shall be the first month [moon] of the year
to you.’ The moon was made to measure the months. Compare 1
Samuel 20, verses 5, 18, 24, 27, 34. And also to mark the seasons

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(Gen. 1:14 and Psa. 104:19). The moon and the sun and the stars is
God’s calendar in the firmament that all men can see and mark
God’s times together with the earth….

“The Sabbath of the Bible, therefore, is the Sabbath upon which
the Passover comes every year. The Lord has purposely placed the
Passover celebration upon the second Sabbath of the first Moon
(Abib), every year, for a reminder of the Sabbath every year (Ex.
20:8). It is the second Sabbath of the first month, by reason of the
Passover being upon the fourteenth of that month, which is the first
full moon after the Vernal equinox when spring begins.”—The
Bible Sabbath in God’s Perfect Plan of Redemption, pp. 9, 13, 16.

To the exponents of the aforequoted Sabbath reckoning


In the preceding quoted paragraphs, the well-intentioned but
grossly misinformed author is attempting to overthrow the seventhday
Sabbath by ignoring the original weekly cycle, God’s septenary
cycle of creation, and by setting up in its place a moon-controlled
septenary cycle of his own devising, so as to make the seventh,

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the fourteenth, the twenty-first, and the twenty-eighth days of each
lunar month commemorative Sabbaths of the week of creation.

It is true that the names of the months and the days of the week
are of mythological origin, but the cycle of the week, as we shall see
is from time immemorial. True, the Lord said to Moses, “This
month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first
month of the year to you.” Ex. 12:2. But He did not say, It shall also
be the beginning of weeks to you. Thus the question, “How readest
thou?” sharply confronts the lunar-Sabbath author for answer.
Plainly God could not have said, “this moon shall be the beginning
of weeks to you,” for such a course would be as we shall see,
contrary to Nature, Scripture, and Logic.

Had He intended the moon to fix the time of the holy Sabbath,
He would have made it complete its revolution around the earth
once either in exactly four weeks or in exactly one week. But since
the moon does not do so, it cannot be taken as the Divine regulator
of the weekly holy Sabbath day. Moreover, Sabbath begins at
“even,” whereas the new moon may appear at any hour of day or

The following paragraphs briefly bring forth solar, lunar, and
Biblical facts, not implications, that the weekly cycle never has
been and never can be controlled by any lunar or solar calendar, and
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direction has never either in the Old or in the New Testament kept a
lunar Sabbath.

The Sabbath which the Lord hallowed was celebrated on exactly
the seventh day after the creation of the earth began, not on the
seventh day after the creation of the moon began (Gen. 2:2). So the
weekly cycle which God set in motion, and the Sabbath which He
Himself celebrated, were not measured by the revolutions of the
moon, but by the revolutions of the earth. Had the Lord blessed and
observed a Sabbath that is governed by the moon, then the Sabbath
hours could not have fallen on the seventh day from the beginning
of creation, but rather must have fallen within the tenth day, for the
moon was not created and set in motion until after the fourth day of
creation. (See Genesis 1:14-19). Since the week was not then
governed by the moon, it certainly cannot be governed by it now
and still be the week of creation.

As creation week was three days older than both the sun and the
moon, the fact conclusively follows, therefore, that neither of these
heavenly luminaries could have ever regulated the week of creation.
Moreover, such a solar-lunar regulatory force would, except it be in
cycles of tens, deprive Time and Creation of the first three days, leaving them as a phantom “lost period.”

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the twenty-eighth days of the lunar month for the observance of the
Sabbath, as the booklet advocates, we could not keep up with the
moon anyway, for the lunar month is not actually four weeks (28
days) long, but approximately twenty-nine and a half days.

All these significant facts completely invalidate the idea of the
weeks being dependent upon the monthly orbit of the moon, and
should therefore render unnecessary any further discussion of the
subject. But since the lunar-sabbath author claims that history
supports his contention, we shall therefore quote the following three

“The use of the week was introduced into the Roman Empire
about the 1st or 2nd century of the Christian era from Egypt, and
had been recognized independently of Christianity before the Emperor
Constantine confirmed it by enjoining the observance of the
Christian Sabbath. With the Mohammedans the week has also a
religious character, Friday being observed by them as a Sabbath.”—
Twentieth Century Cyclopaedia, Vol. 8, p. 487
“The period of seven days…was used by the Brahmins in India
with the same denominations employed by us, and was alike found
in the calendars of the Jews, Egyptians, Arabs and Assyrians.”—
Standard Dictionary, definition “Calendar.”
“The week is a period of seven days, having

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no reference whatever to the celestial motions,—a circumstance to
which it owes its unalterable uniformity. It was employed from time
immemorial in almost all eastern countries; and, as it forms neither
an aliquot part of the year nor of the lunar month, those who reject
the Mosaic recital will be at a loss, as Dalambre remarks, to assign
it to an origin having such semblance of possibility.”—Encyclopedia
There is history’s testimony. Plainly, it no more supports the
lunar-sabbath author’s claims than do logic and Scripture. On the
contrary, it reveals that the present Roman week is the same as the
ancient Jewish and Christian week, that it has been and still is the
world’s week “from time immemorial”—from creation. The week,
moreover, explains Encyclopedia Brittanica, “is a period of seven
days having no reference whatsoever to the celestial motions.”





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