This issue of “when a day begins” was never an issue with me until this NEW teaching was introduced recently. It was then that the confusion started because I think the bible is quite clear on this issue. While “day” does mean “light,” that doesn’t mean that every instance of the word “day” means “dayLIGHT.” A day is not only ‘light’ but it’s also a time period of 24 hours that emcompasses both darkness and light.
In the Levitical laws, it states that a person who was unclean after touching an unclean thing would need to bathe in water, and would be unclean for the rest of that day (until evening). They would become clean at sunset, the beginning of the new day.
On the day Yeshua died, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were very quick to lay Yeshua in the tomb before dark. This was because having touched Yeshua’s dead body, they were now unclean. However, they would still be able to eat the Passover meal because they would be clean at sunset, when the passover (and the next day) began.
Strong’s was never intended to be used as a dictionary. While it does give basic definitions, it’s true function is to show the number of instances a word is used. Besides, I don’t want to get into word studies because the Greeks like to argue over words and the bible warns against this.
1 Tim 2:14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
Also, the ancients didn’t teach or learn by consulting the Strong’s. Instead, the Hebrews thought and taught hebraically and this is how I prefer to look at scripture.
Thinking hebraically, and thematically, this is what I see:
The earth was in darkness first – then came light.
Before we’re born, we are in darkness (literally), then we are born into the light outside of the womb.
After we are born, we are in darkness spiritually, then when we come into covenant with Yah, we are in the light.
Similarly – first we were “blind” (darkness) but now we “see” (light).
So the pattern is darkness first, then light. Even at the end of days in Revelation, the sun will be darkened before the Light (Messiah) comes. And this has been the pattern throughout all of scripture.
I think this is just another form of sun worship. In the vision that Ezekiel had when he was taken to the temple in Jerusalem, he was shown men who were in the temple but facing “east,” worshipping the sun. Within the same vision, prostitution is linked along with other abominable things they were doing all in secret. The whole thing is idolatry. Think of the “Easter sunrise services” that denominations have. And now this teaching that the day begins with SUNLIGHT (which is the opposite of what the bible says) is a form of sun worship.
Also, if you subscribe to this new teaching, then you are “changing times and laws” because this directly affects the Sabbath – Yah’s appointed time. We know from scripture that the antichrist spirit “seeks to change times and laws” and we see a real live picture of it here with this new teaching – not just in Catholicism. So while this teaching may SEEM to “make sense” to us, we are not to lean on our own understanding (Prov 3:5-6) but instead test this with scripture and scripture is against this teaching.
Here is a chart I made for someone: