Throughout the entire Scriptures we can find several examples to prove WHEN a day REALLY begins. Many have picked and chosen verses, twisting them to create a point that is completely made up. We are not going to waste time reviewing verse after verse that contain the words 'day', 'evening', 'the next day' or any others that do not actually have a legitimate point to support the fact of WHEN a day REALLY begins. The numerous verses used to prove a sunrise to sunrise day cycle are completely irrelevant and do not even line up or make sense. (please see the Sun-Risers' Nonsense chart further in this study) The following verses prove that a yom (day) does not begin at sunrise, midnight, or even noon, but at sunset. Are you ready? Here we go:

"But they urged Him strongly, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward EVENING, and THE DAY HAS DECLINED." And He went in to stay with them." -Luke 24:29

   If a day started at sunrise then there is no possible way the day would be ending towards evening now could it? Please note, this verse declares the day declined at the very moment towards evening. When we just go by the written word, Scriptures interpret themselves for us.

   To further prove WHEN a day REALLY begins let us look at two other Bible versions:

"but they held him back, saying, "Stay with us; THE DAY IS ALMOST OVER and it is getting DARK." So he went in to stay with them." -Luke 24:29 (Good News Bible)

"But they pressed Him to remain with them." Because, said they, "it is getting towards EVENING, and the DAY IS NEARLY OVER." So He went in to stay with them." -Luke 24:29 (1912 Weymouth New Testament)

  This verse has two key phrases.

"for it is toward EVENING1", and "THE DAY HAS DECLINED2"

"THE DAY IS ALMOST OVER2" and "it is getting DARK1"

"it is getting towards EVENING1", and the "DAY IS NEARLY OVER2"

  1It is towards evening, getting dark. And 2 the day has declined, almost or nearly over. This clearly reveals when the day ends -Evening, Darkness.
  We see a second witness in Nehemiah of
WHEN a day REALLY begins:  "And it came to be, at the gates of Jerusalem
(Yerushalayim), as IT BEGAN TO BE DARK 
BEFORE THE SABBATH, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and commanded that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day." -NehemYah (Nehemiah) 13:19

  The word 'dark' is #H6751 in the Strong's Hebrew Bible Dictionary:

"TSALAL #H6751:  shade, twilight, shadowing, becoming dark, nightfall."

  AS IT BEGAN TO BE DARK was BEFORE the Sabbath's beginning.

  If the Sabbath was at sunrise, the requirement to close the gates of the city would not be until "as it began to be light". This is not the case here though. Since the Sabbath began at sunset, the gates of the city were to be closed as it began to be dark, BEFORE the Sabbath's beginning.  According to history, the gates of the city were closed nightly to protect the city from its enemies. This does not matter. The point here is that Nehemiah made sure the gates were closed BEFORE the Sabbath. As it began to be dark BEFORE the sun was setting so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day. If the Sabbath began at sunrise, Nehemiah would not have made it SO important to close the gates as it began to be dark. Since the gates were already closed at night to protect the city from its enemies it would have been noted to NOT open the gates on the Sabbath morning. There is no record of having the gates closed in the morning or as it began to be light.

  The Sun-Rise cult will actually use this verse, claiming we should not base when a day begins with this ONE verse! Unbelievable! See how false teachers work? They simple want to throw out this verse and not include it as evidence. Why? Because this verse alone proves WHEN the day begins and the fact that it does not support their false doctrine. Woe, woe unto those false teachers! Of course, they attempt to add all sorts of excuses but beloved ones, just reading the verse in context, with no added clutter, undoubtedly states a day begins at evening! Pure and simple that even a child can understand! It doesn't end there though as there are more witnesses.

  A third witness to WHEN a day REALLY begins can be found in the great book of MatithYahu (Matthew). Clearly, the Sabbath ended BEFORE the sun had even rose:

"Now after the Sabbath, toward dawn on the first day of the week, Miryam from Ma�dala and the other Miryam came to see the tomb."  -MattithYahu (Matthew) 28:1 The keywords in this verse are 'after', 'toward' and 'dawn'. It is impossible for the Sabbath to begin at sunrise if the Sabbath was already past, and furthermore, dawn|sunrise hadn't even occurred yet. Also, according to Yohanan|John, chapter twenty, verse one (fourth witness), it was still dark when they arrived at the tomb of Yahushua.

"And on the first day of the week Miryam from Magdala came early to the tomb, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb." -Yohanan (John) 20:1

  We read in Matthew 28:1 that it was TOWARDS DAWN. When...? ON-THE-FIRST-DAY OF THE WEEK. It was already the first day of the week and they arrived at the tomb TOWARDS DAWN. Before the sun had risen! As we also see above, in our fourth witness to WHEN a day REALLY begins; it was the first day of the week and STILL DARK. We have here, two back to back verses that tell us:

1)      It was the first day of the week.
2)      The sun had not risen yet, it was still dark.

  We also have a fifth witness to WHEN a day REALLY begins.

"And when the Sabbath was past, Miryam from Ma'dala, and Miryam the mother of Yaʽaqo, and Shelomah bought spices, to go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb at the rising of the sun." -Mark 16:1-2

  These three verses plainly illustrate that the sunrise day cycle is impossible even when stretched to the seams! This entire subject can become confusing when one has to read between the lines. In order to make the sun-riser doctrine appealing, the lie has to be stretched and is based only upon assumptions!

  Brothers and Sisters, if the 24 hour day cycle began at sunrise, Mark chapter sixteen verses one and two would completely be contradicting each other. WHEN THE SABBATH WAS PAST they bought the spices and then they came to the tomb AT THE RISING OF THE SUN. If a day REALLY begins at the rising of the sun they would have broken the Sabbath. BUT, they did NOT break the Sabbath because the SABBATH WAS PAST BEFORE THE SUN HAD RISEN! HalleluYah be to the simplicity of Yahuwah's word!

  Continuing through the Scriptures we find our sixth, seventh, and eighth witness to WHEN a day REALLY begins. Please note the hastening of removing the bodies before the Sabbath approached when Yahushua was impaled:

"Therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the stake on the Sabbath -for that Sabbath was a high one -the Yehudim (Jews) asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away." -Yohanan (John) 19:31 

  It was still DAY, the Preparation DAY. Because of the preparation day this was extremely important for the bodies not to remain on the stake on the Sabbath day. Where did this hastening to remove the body on the stake/tree come from?      
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  According to the Torah (the law), in Debarim| Deuteronomy chapter twenty-one, verses twenty-two and twenty-three, when a man committed a sin worthy of death, he was to be put to death, hung on a tree. Notice when his body was to be removed:"And when a man has committed a sin worthy of death, then he shall be put to death and you shall hang him on a tree. "Let his body NOT REMAIN OVERNIGHT on the tree, for you shall certainly bury him THE SAME DAY" for he who is hanged is accursed of Elohim "so that you do not defile the land which YAHUWAH your Elohim is giving you as an inheritance."  -Debarim (Deuteronomy) 21:22-23

  Clearly, that man's body was not to remain overnight on the tree. The command was not to remove him and let him lie on the ground below the tree, but the command was for him to be buried THAT SAME DAY and NOT to remain OVERNIGHT on the tree! Why? "So that the land was not defiled." This is the reason for the haste to remove Yahushua from the stake and lay Him in the tomb, PLUS there was a high Sabbath approaching, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. They definitely did not want to defile the land.

  We can find more evidence about this subject of not letting the body remain overnight in the book of Yehoshua|Joshua:

"And he hanged the sovereign of Ai on a tree until evening. And at sunset Yehoshua commanded that they should take his corpse down from the tree, and throw it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raise over it a great heap of stones, to this day." -Yehoshua (Joshua) 8:29

"And afterward Yehoshua smote them and killed them, and hanged them on five trees. And they were hanging on the trees until evening. And it came to be, at the time of the going down of the sun, that Yehoshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees, and threw them into the cave where they had been hidden, and laid large stones against the cave's mouth, to this day."   -Yehoshua (Joshua) 10:26-27

  Continuing back to Yahushua in the tomb:

"And taking it down, he wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb hewn out of the rock, where no one was yet laid. And it was Preparation day, and the Sabbath was approaching."
-Luke 23:53-
54  If the Sabbath was not to begin until the next morning what was the rush to remove the bodies from the stake and lay Yahushua in a tomb? If a day is REALLY sunrise to sunrise, why did they bother to prepare BEFORE it was dark? Why not prepare BEFORE they lay down for bed or BEFORE dawn? It was definitely never unheard of to wake up before dawn. Take for example, the Mishle|Proverbs 31 woman:

"She also rises while it is still night, And provides food for her household."
 -Mishle|Proverbs 31:15

  Apparently Yahushua was to be buried the SAME DAY and He was not to stay on the tree overnight. This clearly defines that the day ended at sunset. If time was from sunrise to sunrise then the body could remain on the tree/stake throughout the night as this would be the same day. Yet they were commanded to take down the body that very same day.

  The evidence of the day beginning at sunset does not end here. Let us continue onto the ninth witness that can be found in Shophetim|Judges:

"And the man arose to go, he and his concubine and his servant. But his father-in-law, the young woman's father, said to him, "See, the day is now drawing toward EVENING. Please spend the night. See, the day is coming TO AN END. Stay here, and let your heart be glad. And you shall rise early tomorrow for your journey, and you shall go to your tent." -Shophetim (Judges) 19:9

  The sun-risers actually try to use this verse in support of their beliefs because of the phrase, "you shall rise early tomorrow." They believe the phrase the father-in-law said, "leave early tomorrow" was spoken after the sun had set. This is not the case here. Please see the following chart to better illustrate this vital piece to the puzzle.
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This verse actually proves that the day was ending around the setting of the sun and not the rising. Notice, in the chart on the previous page, the father-in-law asked the man to rise early tomorrow before the sun had set, BEFORE evening had occurred.

  The sun-risers want to say, "The day begins at sunrise because the father-in-law said "early tomorrow". Since the father-in-law said 'early tomorrow', he meant the first thing the next day. If a day begins at sunset this verse would not make any sense because the morning would be 12 hours into the day. It would not be early tomorrow." That is just another assumption to support the false teaching of a day to begin at sunrise.  Did you know 'tomorrow' is actually old English for "in the morning"? It does not even necessarily mean, the next day: "[Middle English to morow, from Old English t morgenne, in the morning : t, at, on; see to + morgenne, dative of morgen, morning.]" -The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (c)2000 The father-in-law asked the man to leave early tomorrow, early in the morning. "Stay the night and leave early in the morning"

  Again, we see these two key phrases just as before, 1the day is now drawing toward EVENING. And 2the day is coming TO AN END.

Our tenth witness to
WHEN a day REALLY begins:

  When Yahushua Messiah was on this earth, He healed the lame, sick and blind. Since according to the Jewish authority of that time, they believed it to be unlawful to heal on the Sabbath (MatithYahu|Matthew 12:10). Because of this the people did not arrive until AFTER sunset, when the Sabbath had ENDED.

"And they went into Kephar Nahum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the congregation and taught." -Mark 1:21

"And when EVENING came, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the entire city had gathered at the door. And He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and castout many demons, and was not allowing the demons to speak, because they knew Him."  -Mark 1:32-34

  Isn't this amazing? Do you see how easy it is to understand the truth when we let the Scriptures interpret themselves? There is no need to read

between lines? The ending of the day and the beginning of the next is very easy to comprehend when read in context, WITHOUT ANY ADDED ASSUMPTIONS

 This subject of healing after the Sabbath also occurred in Luke 4:31:"And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath day." -Luke 4:31

when the sun was setting, all who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him. And He laid His hands on each one of them and healed them."  -Luke 4:40

  Would it not be obvious, if a day began at sunrise that those who were unclean would become clean again at sunrise? Apparently, since the day ended at sunset this is not the case. The unclean were declared clean at sunset, please read our eleventh witness:

"But it shall be when EVENING comes on, he shall wash himself with water; and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again."  -Debarim (Deuteronomy) 23:11

  This becoming clean at sunset also occurs in several other accounts in Scripture please see; Wayyiqra|Leviticus l: 24-25; 22:6-7.  In the fourteenth chapter of Judges, Samson proposes a riddle before the attendants of the wedding feast, thus giving us a twelfth witness to WHEN a day REALLY begins. They are thus given seven days to solve the riddle:

"And Shimshon (Samson) said to them, "Please let me put forth a riddle to you. If you clearly solve and explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, then I shall give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of garments."  -Shophetim (Judges) 14:12

  Just before the seven days were complete, before SUNDOWN they brought the answer of the riddle to him:

"And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day BEFORE THE SUN WENT DOWN, "What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not ploughed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle!" -Shophetim (Judges) 14:18

  Witness number thirteen, in the second book of Shemu'el|Samuel, chapter three, when King Abner was killed, David wept greatly and made a promise not to eat anything UNTIL THE DAY WAS ENDED AT SUN DOWN:

"All day long the people tried to get David to eat something, but he made a solemn promise, "May Eloah strike me dead if I eat anything before the day is over!" -2 Samuel 3:35 (Good News Bible)

"And all the people came to cause Dawid to eat food while it was still day, but David|Dawid swore, saying, "Elohim do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread or whatever else TILL THE SUN GOES DOWN!"  -2 Shemu'el (Samuel) 3:35 (ISR)

  How much clearer can this subject, "WHEN a day REALLY begins" be? We have covered multiple witnesses and there is still more Scriptural proof. However for the sake of time and since Scriptures have already given us the answer to "When does a Day REALLY begin" let us proceed to the fifteenth and final one.  There is one feast day (appointed time/moedim) of Yahuwah that begins by the sighting of the New Moon. This one feast is called Yom Teruah, which is Hebrew for the Feast of Trumpets. In order to know WHEN the Feast of Yom Teruah begins, the New Moon must be sighted by two or three witnesses. The New Moon can only be seen at the setting of the sun for just a few moments and then it is no longer visible. As soon as the New Moon is sighted, Yom Teruah begins. This is the feast that no man knows the day nor the hour. This wonderful annual feast is a foreshadowing of Yahushua's triumphant second coming, which occurs at the seventh trump.

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