Hillel became Nasi 100 years before the destruction of the Temple (b.Shabbat 15a) which is right at 30 BCE.
Wow. I didn't realize that Johnathan David Brown was the creator of the whole lunar sabbath idea. I actually know him, and he came to our group a few times, here in Missouri. It didn't take long, though, before we all realized that he was not of the same mindset as the rest of us. It's just kind of troubling that he wanted to be a part of our "messianic jewish" group.
Most of my group did end up following with the lunar sabbath routine, though, but not because of Brown's teachings.
When I researched the lunar sabbath, I spent months and months on it, trying to find the Truth. Because of a few pertinent ancient documents that are used to "prove" the validity, it really was very confusing. What really sent up red flags for me was the fact that there is a babylonian calendar that is engraved in stone (found by archeologists), that has the exact lunar calendar recorded that was used in their culture. It seems that the lunar calendar's ancient origins were with the babylonians. And, aren't we supposed to "come out of Babylon"?
There is so much evidence against it, that I'm really very confident that it is bogus. Another important clue is that the sun and moon were created on the fourth day. Wouldn't the Father set the pattern for the correct Sabbath during the creation week? The lunar sabbath conflicts with Scripture.
In studying ancient calendars, though, I'm intrigued by the possibility that the calendar that was described in the books of Enoch and Jubilees may explain why the Sabbath fell on specific dates consistently. It's a theory in my mind currently, but with the start of the new year at the vernal equinox (actually, I think, beginning on the first Wednesday after the vernal equinox), and with each month having set days - it would explain the consistent Sabbath dates.
It also occurs to me that the solar system, along with everything else, may have become corrupted. Maybe the months were perfect and consistent in days and years back in ancient times. This would have resulted in consistent Sabbath dates. Something to think on, or better yet - research!
James Trimm said:
BTW the "Lunar Sabbath" theory was an anti-Semitic invention by a known anti-Semite named Jonathan David Brown.
In 1992, Brown was sentenced to a 27-month federal prison term and fined $10,000 for accessory after the fact to a conspiracy to violate civil rights under 18 U.S.C. 3 and 241 (two of the hate crime laws in the United States), and for perjury under 18 U.S.C. 1623a. The court established that Brown helped Damion Patton, described by Nashville police as a juvenile "skinhead", and Leonard William Armstrong, the Grand Dragon of the Tennessee White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan hide from authorities and disguise their car after Patton and Armstrong carried out a pre-dawn drive-by shooting of a synagogue in Nashville, Tennesee on June 10, 1990.
The court case revealed that in the evening of June 9, 1990, Brown attended a meeting of white supremacists known for their hatred of Jewish people. Patton and Armstrong were there as well. At 1:00 a.m. on June 10, Patton drove past the West End Synagogue in Nashville and Armstrong fired several shots through its windows with a TEC-9 assault pistol, injuring none as the building was unoccupied. On June 15, Brown's apartment was searched under warrant, with police looking for Patton. There, they seized articles belonging to Brown which indicated his membership in the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups. In the days following the shooting incident, Brown helped Patton evade authorities by lying to police regarding Patton's whereabouts, by hiding him at his farm in Pleasantville, and by helping Patton change the color of his car from white to black with spray paint. Brown gave Patton a license plate from one of his trucks and supplied Patton with enough money to drive to Las Vegas and stay there. Some five months later, Brown allowed Patton to live again on his farm for a month. In September 1991, the FBI arrested Patton who plead guilty to his part in the synagogue shooting.
In front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1994, Brown sought to overturn his convictions based on his contention that the synagogue was owned by a corporation and not by citizens, and thus could not be covered by 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1982 (1988) which he argued applied solely to the property rights of citizens. Brown challenged as unwarranted the seizure of his personal property. The three-judge court upheld the convictions on March 21, 1995,
Jonathan David Brown was the first sabbath keeper in this century (actually ever) to begin the practice of counting the Sabbath from the New Moon day rather than using the modern seven day week. He published the book Keeping Yahweh's Appointments in 1993, which explained the practice. The Lunar Sabbath movement has grown among the Messianic, Armstrong/Church of God and Christian Identity movements.