Evening to Evening - NOT According to Genesis (When Does The Day Start)

December 6, 2016
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Many messianic believers and Torah followers think that a day is from evening to evening. Most of them reference the book of Genesis to back up their theory. Orthodox Jews (Pharisees) also consider a day from even to even. But is it true that our Almighty Yahuah considers it so?

Yahuah separated Day and Night

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5

Notice that God separated light from the darkness and He called the light Day and he called the darkness Night.

So:

Light = Day
Darkness = Night

Just using common sense logic we can conclude that:

Light ≠ Dark
Day ≠ Night

We can also conclude that:

Night is NOT part of the Day.

These two are separate. This was the very first thing Yahuah did in his creation so this must have been important to Him. He was like: hey look, Day is not Night. These two are separate, OK?

Now when you say a Day is from Evening to Evening then what you're actually implying is:

God is a liar and you know it better
You don't accept His order that the Day is separate from the Night
You don't bother following God's commandment to separate the Day and Night

I was confused about this too first, so I'm not trying to finger point here. Just trying to open your eyes. I was like: for sure, the day had a day and a night. Because like that I learned it at school. But schools are most of the time wrong. They even teach super pagan Sun worship stuff like that the earth is a globe and it orbits around the sun. What a lie.

So the school system taught us that:

A day consists of 24 hours
A Day includes Day and Night
A Day is not separate from the Night

Can you see how this is a mockery of the Creator's design?

Using the Evening to Evening concept we'll come across this paradigm:

Day = Day + Night

It's like saying

Boy = Boy + Girl

Or

Trousers = Trousers + Skirts

Or

1=1+2

Can you see how the devil is trying to manipulate us to believe what's clearly illogical?

Of course, from this school-learned knowledge one would not even entertain the idea that a Day and a Night is actually not part of the same time frame. But Day and Night are two different entities.

So when the Orthodox Jews, the Pharisees come and tell us that a Day is from Evening to Evening then we just readily accept it because we've already accepted that a Day includes a Day and a Night. So hey, why not. According to the world, the Day starts at midnight and ends at midnight. But according to the Jews, the Day starts at Evening and ends at Evening. So because you converted to the Hebrew faith and follow the Torah, they MUST BE RIGHT!

No, they aren't.

Most Jews follow the religion of the Pharisees and we know how Yahusha rebuked them.

making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this.”

- Mark 7:13

So let's not follow the Jews just because they are Jews. Let's follow truth. Yahuah separated the Day and Night.

WHO ARE WE to join together something that he separated?

Here is a good video by Nehemiah Gordon who explains what Pharisee really means. He was a Pharisee until he realized they twist scriptures.

 

Evening and Morning is part of the Day. Day is when it's Light. Day (Light) starts when the Sun rises (Morning) and ends when Day (Light) starts to disappear (Evening).

The separation of Day and Night and their appearance in their due season is a covenant made by Yahuah. We shall not break this covenant.

Yahuah says: If you can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, so that there shall not be day and night in their season;

Jeremiah 33:20

While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”

Genesis 8:22

Again, therefore, Yahusha spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Other authors of the Scriptures are also very clear that it's important to separate Day (Light) from Night (Darkness):

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
who put darkness for light,
and light for darkness;
who put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20

Genesis does not say evening to evening

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day.

- Genesis 1:3-5

Note, in the passage above that it's written (diagram 1)

"there was evening and there was morning".

It does not even remotely say evening to evening. It says: evening and morning. But you want to read into this the following:

"There was evening and there was evening, the first day"

It does not say that! Don't twist the scriptures. If a Day was from Evening to Evening that would mean (diagram 3)

Day = Evening + Night + Morning + Evening

But since the verse does not mention Evening and Evening but Evening and Morning we'd need to conclude that (diagram 2):

Day = Evening + Night + Morning + ?

Where is the last part? Where is the last Evening part you keep as part of the Day? The very verse used to justify this theory debunks it at the same time.

Note, that I added the markers Noon and Midnight to the diagram above. The middle of the Day is called Noon and the middle of the Night is called Midnight. Here are some references that prove that these two markers are scriptural.

They went out at noon. But Ben Hadad was drinking himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty-two kings who helped him.

1 Kings 20:16

When he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees until noon, and then died.

2 Kings 4:20

Moses said, “This is what Yahuah says: ‘About midnight I will go out into the middle of Egypt,

Exodus 11:4

At midnight, Yahuah struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of livestock.

Exodus 12:29

The word "AND" does not create and ordered list

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5

There is no "TO" between the evening and morning. But you want it to read:

"the day was evening TO evening"

It doesn't say that. There's no "TO", there's an "AND". The word "AND" does not create an ordered list, it creates an unordered list.

I can say:

Today I had bad times AND good times.

Just because I mentioned bad times first it does not mean that first I had bad times and then good times. I could say

Today I had good times AND bad times.

And it would mean the same. The word "AND" does not create an ordered list, it creates an unordered list.

But if I say:

My day turned FROM being a bad day TO be a good day.

I'm clearly referring to an ordered list now. The bad day was first and then it turned TO a good day.

Or how about saying:

I was in New York AND I was in London the same day.

Did I go to London first just because I mentioned that first? The word "AND" is not creating an ordered list, it creates an unordered list.

But if I clarify the above sentence and say:

I flew FROM London TO New York.

Then clearly I'm talking about an order. I was in London first and then I flew to New York.

Consider this:

In the beginning, God created the heavens AND the earth.

- Genesis 1:1

Notice the word "AND". Also, notice that "heavens" mentioned first then "earth".

Just a couple of verses later we read:

This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahuah God made the earth AND the heavens.

- Genesis 2:4

Notice the word "AND". Also, notice that now the "earth" is mentioned first and then the "heavens". So what then? Did Yahuah create the heavens or the earth first. Does this matter? The word "and" does not create an ordered list, it creates an unordered list.

Let's look at another example. Solomon when blessing the house of Yahuah mentions both "night and day" and "day and night" in the same prayer. See for yourself:

that your eyes may be open toward this house night AND day, even toward the place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there;’ to listen to the prayer which your servant prays toward this place.

- 1 Kings 8:29

Notice the word "AND". Also, notice that night is mentioned first, then day.

Let these my words, with which I have made supplication before Yahuah, be near to Yahuah our God day AND night, that he may maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel, as every day requires;

- 1 Kings 8:59

Notice the word "AND". Also, notice that day is mentioned first, then night. So what then? Was Solomon confused? No. Simply, he just used the word "AND" which does not create an ordered list, it creates an unordered list.

How about this one?

The Philistine came near morning AND evening, and presented himself forty days.

- 1 Samuel 17:16

Notice the word "AND". Also, notice that day is mentioned first, then evening. So what then? Is this contrary to what's written in Genesis? No way. The word "AND" does not create an ordered list, it creates an unordered list.

So WHY did Moses write "Evening and Morning"? In the suggested video above Nehemia explains that the Scriptures are full of Hebraisms and Hebrew word puns. Which we miss if we don't read the Scriptures in Hebrew. It is my assumption that probably Moses used such a word pun to make it sound more poetic.

Now let's look at an example where actually the words "FROM" and "TO" is mentioned, which actually creates an ordered list.

On the next day, Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from the morning to the evening.

- Exodus 18:13

Notice the words "FROM" and "TO". Also, notice that it was on the next day and the day was FROM morning TO Evening. Morning starts a new day not evening.

I hope that by now you can see that the evening to evening dogma is standing on weak legs. I'll address more misunderstanding concerning this in future posts.

Have a blessed day. Wear your braided chains!

Barnabas Nagy
Barnabas Nagy

I’m Barnabas, a servant of Yahuah, who loves writing songs and blogging about the truth. Together with my lovely wife I run a small homestead where we raise free range organic chicken, ducks and turkey. We also have a garden where we grow seasonal vegetable. As you can tell, I'm keen on healthy living, self-expression and creativity. Continue reading