2/23/2013 Sabbath Broadcast Transcript
"Precepts & Principles of the Torah – Yahweh’s Calendar"
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We are going to dig into a very, very, very…maybe the most controversial topic among those of us who have an appreciation for the things of the Torah…of Yahweh’s law.
And nothing that I’m going to share today do I want to give the impression that, if you have a different view than me and you believe that your view is based on the Scriptures…that I’m condemning, or I’m not going to meet with you, or shake your hand, or hug you, or love you as a brother. Nothing I share today, hopefully, will give anyone the impression that I’m divisive about this.
But at the same time, I really want to do my best, and throw my name in the hat, of what I think Yahweh is saying regarding His calendar in this time. And so, we’re going to discuss, as part of our ‘Precepts and Principles of the Torah’ series…’Yahweh’s Calendar in the Scriptures. That’s what we want to do.
You are free, of course, to disagree with what I’m going to share, but I may step on your big toe…maybe even your pinky. So, get your steel-toe boots on today.
And I want to keep it kind of light-hearted because I don’t…I mean, there’s one portion of this that’s really on my heart. I feel very, very strongly about. And that’s what we’re going to start it with.
But, you know, why is a calendar important? Why would Yahweh’s calendar be important? Why does it really matter what day you regard to be His first month? His…what day, whatever month it is that He happens to have?
Well, the reason why it matters is because, in the beginning, Yahweh created the heavens and the earth. He created the concept of time. He is the Author of time. And He came up with the idea of a calendar.
This calendar is ignored by the world in favor of a calendar developed by a demon-worshipping emperor named, Julius Caesar; and later modified by an unholy man, Pope Gregory. And we structure our lives around this man’s demarcation of time.
And so, to me…it would seem to me that we ought to have some…alarm bells going off…ding, ding, ding, ding, ding …because, this isn’t right! This is not right, at all.
I mean, think about it. Yahweh creates the heaven and the earth. He creates time. And then man comes along and says, ‘Oop! You made a mistake. We worship idols. ‘We worship the devil…we want to start honoring him.’ And, ‘We glorify ourselves…our abilities to calculate mathematically, the rotation of the earth around the sun.’
In Scripture Yahweh says of a particular month, which we’re going to discover…
Exodus 12:2 - This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
He gave us…He told Israel, He told them… Okay. This month’s going to be your first month. This is the beginning of your months…the beginning of the year; the first month of the year.
Man comes along and says, ‘Na…we’re going to honor demons. And so, let’s start this calendar in honor of them.’
And to me, major alarm bells should be going off when we see that. Especially when we see in Daniel 7: 25, it speaks of an unholy leader…
Dan 7:25 – He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law.
So, it’s pompous! It’s arrogant! It’s arrogant to think that we can change Yahweh’s law, and His times. He created time.
And Yahweh, He wants His law…(excuse me, more alarm bells, right?)..He wants His law to be bound as a sign on our hand; as frontlets between our eyes. And we got these watches, you know, that has Caesar’s law….January, February…Monday, Tuesday...you know; these names, these demarcation of times bound on our hands. Any alarm bells going off yet?
And we got Caesars’ calendar programmed in there, and we structure our lives around the calendar of a demon-worshipping emperor. And the calendar...I mean, the calendar now used by the world was instituted by Julius Caesar, in 46 B.C.
And since Rome ruled the world for centuries, the Roman calendar was adopted by much of the world. But what if we decided to do something different and radical? What if we decided to start paying attention to Yahweh’s calendar? After all, He invented the idea of a calendar, didn’t He? Why do we need to fix it?
So, if the world…you see, if the world was to start following Yahweh’s calendar, wouldn’t that be then acting in homage to Yahweh? Wouldn’t that be saying, ‘ok, Yahweh…You’re the creator of time. You are the one who has the correct calendar. I think most of the world would see it that way.
And so, even… if the whole world understands it would be an act of homage to… an acknowledgment to Yahweh’s authority to follow His calendar, don’t we understand that we’re doing just the opposite when we ignore His calendar? We’re not submitting to His authority? We’re not paying homage to Him and instead we’re submitting to the authority of Caesar and paying homage to a pagan idol.
And we set Yahweh aside as one being the one in authority, ignoring what He set up, in favor of a doctrine of demons….a calendar of demons. So, it has everything to do with paying homage to Rome…And the alarm bell’s going off.
Just to show you how pervasive idolatry was in this calendar. Look at the origin of Roman month names…
Origin of Roman Month names
JANUARY was named in honor of the Roman idol Janus
FEBRUARY is from the Latin word februa, “to cleanse.’ The Roman Februalia was a month of purification and atonement. (Yuck!)
MARCH was named in honor of Mars (cause it’s the god of war, and the kings go out to war that month).
MAY is named in honor of the goddess Maia
JUNE is named in honor of the Roman goddess Juno.
And then you have July in honor of Julius Caesar, and August in honor of Augustus Caesar…who reigned from 63 B.C. (I’m sorry…yeah, Augustus Caesar). Maybe it’s Augustus that came up with this kind of calendar. But anyway, the other months…their not named after pagan gods, ok?
But, I hope that we can see just how abominable it is to replace Yahweh’s calendar with one that honors demons. I would…I don’t want to pay any homage, or any honor…I would rather their names be blotted out.
Now, I shared last week… I don’t believe we need to completely eliminate words from our language like ‘holy’, and ‘glory’, because they happen to have pagan origin. But I do have a different take when it comes to naming a day, or naming a month in honor of an idol. Scripture says…
Psa 118:24 - This is the day Yahweh has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Why did we name that day in honor of a demon? I have a real problem with that.
The pagans also named the days of the week:
Sunday in honor of the sun
Monday in honor of the moon
Tuesday in honor of Tis (the Anglo-Saxon name for Mars)
Wednesday in honor of Woden (the Anglo-Saxon name for the god Mercury),
Thursday in honor of Thor (the anglo-saxon name for Jupiter)
Friday was named in honor of frigg (the Norse name for Venus)
(And the yuckiest one of all)…
Saturday (which is Sabbath) was named after the idol Saturn.
So, in light of all these things, do we yet have any alarm bells going off? I mean alarm bells…ding…ding. Yuck! …Get me out of here! There’s something disgusting and scary going on. I’m going to get out of here. And make an exodus, like Israel did from Egypt. Like those, when the fire alarm goes off, they exit the building.
So, I’m getting out of the building here…it’s a man’s building. And I want to enter the temple of Elohim. I’m getting off this bus, and I’m getting on to….I’m getting a different direction here. I want to go a different direction.
I have a problem with saying this is Saturn’s day; this is sun’s day; this is Thor’s day…knowing that each day belongs to Yahweh. He’s the Creator of all days. I think this kind of language is an abomination to our lips, and an abomination to Yahweh’s ears.
And since I desire, (I’m not claiming to have arrived, but I desire), to be a man after Yahweh’s own heart. I despise the things that He despises. I don’t like the things that He doesn’t like…because I love Him. I love His ways.
I want to be zealous for His ways. And so, I don’t want to name those days after idols. …1st day of the week, 2nd day of the week, Sabbath, Day of preparation…that’s how…that’s just what they are. That honors His seven day week.
And you know, you see how…if I was to tell you, today is 4th day…what day are you thinking of? I bet at least half of you are thinking…4th day…that would be Thursday. Nope. It’s not. It’s Wednesday…what they call Wednesday.
See, because the work week begins on what’s called “Monday” and the Christian’s have sort of hi-jacked the Sabbath, and changed it, we have a tendency to think in their…in the framework of that.
And I think we need to escape. We need to escape the building here…the building of man. And so, we see how pervasive that the enemies’ ways have become engrained in our minds. And I just want to be clean from all that.
It says in Revelation that the 144,000, that there’s no guile on their lips, at all. They’re without fault before the throne of Elohim. And they don’t have any dealings with idols…they’re virgins unto Messiah.
They don’t have the mother of harlots, Babylon, intertwined in their thoughts…and therefore, it’s not coming out of their mouth.
And so, in a desire to follow the Lamb where ever He goes…the Lamb is Messiah… and we know what calendar He followed.
Now, if I’m need to talk to somebody of the world…maybe sometimes here on the broadcast..I’ll say, ‘Ok, the day commonly called ‘Monday’ or, the day called ‘Monday’. Or, if I’ve got in on my website, I’ll put it in quotes…the day called, you know…“Monday”. Or, if I’m quoting somebody else… just so that people who have this so deeply engrained can understand what I’m talking about.
And maybe to some of you this sounds silly…legalistic…unimportant…and might even quote this scripture…
Mat 23:23 – Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
And maybe some of you would say, ‘Well, you know, you’re focusing on the minors and majoring on the minors.’ I’m not majoring on the minors…this is just one of the minors that I’m concerned about. Maybe it’s not even a minor, maybe it’s a major.
And so it says…’Woe to you scribes and Pharisees’...and what did He say? What did He say about that?
Did He say…How dare you pay tithe of anise, and mint, and cumin? Is that what He said? No. He didn’t say that at all. He said ‘these you ought to have done’. But, what are the ‘these’? …The paying of tithe of mint, and anise, and cumin…but without leaving the others undone.
We want to submit to His will even in the smaller things. We should do the small things without leaving the bigger things undone. And we do this because we have a passion for the things of Yahweh.
We have a holy jealousy for Him; for seeing Him being exalted, rather than the devil. And because He expressed in the first two books of the bible that He has His own calendar, it ought to matter to us.
It matters because it’s something that He’s done. And the dates what the bible uses are all based on it. They’re all based on it…not Caesar’s calendar.
Gen 7:11 – In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
What’s He talking about? …2nd month, 17th day of the month. This is before there was ever a Jewish man on the earth…He had His calendar.
And so in the interest of following Yahweh’s calendar…the calendar of Noah, the calendar of Moshe, the calendar of David, the calendar of Yahushua the Messiah…in establishing its importance in our lives, I want to plan this year to offer a new segment on the broadcast where we will read certain scriptures on the anniversary of biblical events.
For instance, we have in Ezekiel 24:1…
Eze 24: 1-2 - Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Son of man, write down the name of the day, this very day—the king of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem this very day.
So, on the week this year, when we have the 10th day of the month…we’ll read the scripture, which will be like an anniversary…this time, when Yahweh appeared to Ezekiel.
And I’ll read this Ezekiel during a song service for broadcast, or whatever other events occurred during that particular week. And I think that will help me and help maybe some of you who have the same passion to get our eyes away from the calendars of men, and towards the calendar of Yahweh.
Because I’m sure, without a doubt, that His timetable that He’s following…we’re looking at the age to come, the prophecies, the great tribulation and things that are heading this way. We need to know His calendar. We need to know how to follow it and get on His timetable.
I’ve seen prophetic books, and so on, where they’re all going according to Caesar’s calendar. And not even thinking, ‘Oh, Yahweh has His own calendar’.
It may seem strange to us because we’re so far removed from biblical things, but I think as we dig deeper into this we’re going to see, number one…how beautiful it really is; and number two…How the Messiah Yahushua is manifested in it. And that’s really a passion of mine.
So, let’s dig into the scriptures in it…on Yahweh’s calendar. And we see here:
Exo 12:1-3 – Now Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘on the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.
So we’ve got the beginning of months. That’s the New Year…first month of the year. What is a month? What is this right here? Can we define what a month is in the bible? Well, the Hebrew word month…actually, our own English word ‘month’ comes from ‘moon’.
Harper Etymology Dictionary
According to this Harper’s Etymology Dictionary, we see here that…’Month’ is ultimately derived…the word ‘moon’ is ultimately derived…it’s where we get the word ‘month’…So, that’s kind of interesting that we would even have that etymology in English.
But in Hebrew the word is ‘chodesh’. I don’t mean ‘kodesh’…I mean ‘chodesh’. And that is the word translated ‘month’.
And we have here, it’s saying ‘the new moon’. It’s rooted 2318, which we’ve got down here. And it has a meaning to renew.
So the Hebrew word translated ‘month’ has to do with something being new, or renewed.
Now, in this definition it does not specify what is being renewed. However, we do find other scriptures which do specify that it is the moon which is the object that’s being renewed.
From the Hebrew word Yerach, we have this word which means…
And, this particular Hebrew word ‘yerach’ is found…
Isa 60:20 – Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon <3391, Heb. Yerach> withdraw itself; for Yahweh will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
…Obviously talking about the moon.
Now, we see an example of this word being tied to a month.
1 Ki 8:2 – Therefore all the men of Israel assembled with King Solomon at the feast in the month <3391, Heb. Yerach> of Ethanim,
Yerach is the Hebrew word most commonly…it’s translated ‘moon’, because the word actually means moon. So, Yerach of Ethanim…
…which is the seventh month<2320, Heb. chodesh>
So, here we have chodesh and yerach kind of tied in together here, you see. And once they’re saying it’s the seventh month and here they’re saying feast in the moon…Yerach (of Ethanim, which is the 7th chodesh…or renewal…or rebuilding.
And so, it’s beyond argument that the word…the months are tied…intertwined with the rebuilding of the moon. Here they’re used…in this verse they’re used interchangeably. And so, that’s biblical proof as far as I’m concerned. That’s not the only place.
So when the moon rebuilds, when it’s renewed, that would be the time when we would expect to see a new month begin.
Now, if you’re a shepherd boy, and you’re looking up at the sky, and you want to know when the month begins…you’re watching the phases of the moon. You see that the moon…the sun, which is shining on the moon…say you start from a full moon…and it gets darker, and darker, and darker, and darker until it disappears. And then when it refreshes, when it reappears again, then you have a new moon. And to me, that would be the most simple and logical explanation of when a new month would begin.
And if you look on this diagram here, you see that the sunlight, which is here on the right, is shining on the back of the moon. So, we see here on this, that the sun is shining on the back of the moon. And so, from our perspective on the earth, we don’t see anything, because the sun is shining completely on the back of the earth.
Diagram SEQ Diagram \* ARABIC 1
So, this is what we see….a completely black…we don’t see anything. Because the sun and the moon (the moon is actually in front of the sun)…so there’s no moonlight at night when the moon is in this particular phase of orbit, right here. ---------------------------
But then, as the moon continues its trek… this direction (counter-clockwise on diagram)… As it goes this direction, you’re going to see the sunlight kind of edge around the right side of the moon, just after the sun goes down.
The moon, as it progresses in its orbit, you’re going to see a little sliver of light shine on the right side of the moon. That’s when it reappears.
And then, as it progresses around its orbit, the moon will set later, and later, and later until it eventually becomes a full moon. Right here- And then, as it continues in its orbit… At this position right here (full moon), the sun sets at the same time the moon rises.
But as far as this position, as it continues (counter-clockwise on diagram)… the moon will rise later and later, and later, until the only time it is actually seen is in the morning…just before sunrise. And then you have a crescent on the opposite side of the moon.
And it’s not that hard to understand, once you realize what’s going on. But what we’re looking for is this renewal on the right side of the moon. (See Diagram 3)
Now, the modern Jewish calendar today does not go by this. If you were to look at your calendar on the wall, and you might see that it has Passover on there…the day that the Jews call ‘Passover’, ‘Yom Kippur’, ‘Rosh Hashannah’, and other…they’re not really accurate.
And most Jews do not follow the Biblical calendar, but instead they follow a calendar that many of them claim to be developed by Hillel II in the 4th century. And they acknowledge that.
And the Hillel II calendar does not establish a new month, according to a visible new moon sighting, at all. (Diagram 3). Instead, it establishes a new moon based on this astronomical conjunction…which is this right here (underlined in Diagram 2).
But, the Jewish calendar is going according to this right here (underlined in Diagram 2) ….This conjunction…when you can’t see the moon, at all, and the moon is in direct line with the sun.
And the same is true, if you were to look on a modern calendar, and if you were to see where it says on the modern calendars ‘New Moon”. That’s what they’re talking about, this conjunction right here…the scientific new moon.
Now, what’s really amazing to me is that, the Jew’s calendar…we always says, ‘Well, the Jews are following the Talmud. They’re not! Not when it comes to the calendar. They’re not even following their own Talmud.
The Talmud was written before Hillel II came out with His calendar. And the Talmud has this… people who are witnesses of the appearance of the moon. It says…
“The following are considered incompetent to be witnesses: gamblers with dice, usurers, pigeon breeders, those who deal with the produce of the sabbatic year, and slaves. This is the rule: All evidence that cannot be received from a woman cannot be received from any of the above…Whenever (witnesses) must be on the road a day and a night, it will be lawful to violate the Sabbath to travel thereon, to give their evidence as to the appearance of the moon.” (Babylonian Talmud, Section Moed, Rosh Hashana, Chapter 1,
Now, I don’t believe in following the Jewish Talmud, but it’s interesting to me that in their own writings, that they believe are correct… the Jewish tradition…they record the new moon as something that appears unto you. …And witnesses being gathered to say, ‘Ok, the new moon has appeared’. ‘The new moon has been spotted’.
And this was just recording what was going on in the first century, during the Temple era. This was what the Jews record of what was going on during the first century. And it goes on to say
”There was a large court in Jerusalem called Beth Ya’azeq, where all the witnesses met, and where they were examined by the Beth Din. Great feasts were made there for (the witnesses) in order to induce them to come frequently…How were the witnesses examined? The first pair were examined first. The elder was introduced first, and they said to him: Tell us in what form thou sawest the moon; was it before or behind the sun? Was it to the north or the south (of the sun)? What was its elevation on the horizon? Towards which side was its inclination? What was the width of the disk? If he answered before the sun, his evidence was worthless.
(…because the crescent would be on the wrong side).
After this they introduced the younger (witness) and he was examined; if their testimony was found to agree, it was accepted as valid; the remaining pairs (of witnesses) were asked leading questions, not because their testimony was necessary, but only to prevent them departing, disappointed…” (Babylonian Talmud, Section Moed, Rosh Hashana, Chapter II)
So, right there in the Talmud, the Jews who lived in Babylon, they wrote this down in the Mishna…commonly, what was going on in the first century. And even in the encyclopedia Judaica says…
“Originally, the New Mon was not fixed by astronomical calculation, but was solemnly proclaimed after witnesses had testified to the reappearance of the crescent of the moon,” Encyclopaedia Judaica, vo. 12, p. 1039
There it is. In their own encyclopedia they acknowledge the calendar they are now following is different than the one that’s in ancient times. …Which I find that quite fascinating.
They had a reason for it. They did not want to have to be in disunity. See, one person having a new moon on one day, another person saying New Moon’s on a different day….and so, they came up with this Hillel II calendar.
I don’t think that’s a good reason to change a calendar. I don’t think it’s a good reason to mess with Yahweh’s calendar, at all. I don’t think there’s any good reason to mess with Yahweh’s days, or with His calendar, of His months.
Actually, a first century witness, Philo Judaeus, he says… (he lived during the time of the apostles…
“at the time of the new moon, the sun begins to illuminate the moon with a light which is visible to the outward senses, and then she displays her own beauty to the beholders: first century Jew, Philo Judaeus (20 BCE – 50 AD/CE), The Special Laws, II, XI. (41), XXVI. (140)& (141)
And so, he’s acknowledging, (this was a first century Jew…Philo Judaeus), he said that the new moon began with a light that was visible to the outward senses.
And so, the calendar that the Jewish people follow today is not the same what that they observed in the first century; and they acknowledge that and admit that.
The calendar that was being observed in the first century clearly indicated a ‘new moon’ was clearly indicated by the appearance of the crescent moon.
But, even without the historical records… I mean, if you’re going to go with the conjunction…nobody had watches and mechanical devices to say, ‘Okay, at 6:28 p.m there’s a conjunction. They could not have recorded the exact hour, and minute, and second that the conjunction actually occurred…the time when the moon is directly in front of the sun.
And so, let’s suppose we would go by a conjunction moon. Suppose a conjunction was 7:39 pm in the evening. Beginning of Yahweh’s new day was also at 7:39 pm. On which day is the new moon?
I mean, what if they both happened close to the same time? The new day begins and then a new moon starts…’new moon’ in terms of conjunction new moon…starts right at that same time. On which day do you put the new moon?
And that can vary…if you’re in Jerusalem or if you’re along the Mediterranean, because the sun has not yet reached…gone down in the Mediterranean, but it did go down in Jerusalem. So you have a mess, basically.
So, the confusion, and certainly…I can’t see myself as a shepherd with the flocks, you know, have a high end math skills and equations necessary to come up with a conjunction.
And so, by night you observe the moon waning, decreasing in light…until it no longer has light; and when it reappears…a new moon. And to me, anything beyond that is a forced interpretation based on calculation.
So to me, this is the new month right here…
For those who view it differently, I don’t put you down. I don’t think bad of you. I don’t think you’re a bad person. We have two different views, and Yahweh will unify us one day.
Now, if I’m going to say, “Alright, do I go by the new moon in Jerusalem, or do I go by the new moon over here in the Western Hemisphere? There would be some that would say you need to go by what’s in Jerusalem. That’s where everything flows from. We need to go by Jerusalem.
I understand that point. But from my perspective…I look up in the sky, here I am in the United States…I see a crescent moon. I’m not going to pretend like it’s not there. I’m not going to say, ‘Well yep, there’s the crescent moon…it’s not the new month.’ That’s where I have a hard time with the Jerusalem dominions.
I mean, I don’t keep Sabbath according to when Sabbath began in Jerusalem. You know, to me it would be the most consistent thing. I go according to…and Yahweh knew full well that there would be some differences of time.
What I’m saying, for those who don’t understand this is, the moon may not progress enough in its orbit over in Jerusalem for them to actually see a crescent moon. But since there is a time difference between there and here, perhaps by the time the earth rotates on its axis enough to where… and the moon progresses in its orbit enough over here in the United States that we can see it…
I’m not going to ignore that.
I respect those who see it differently, but that’s kind of where I’m at. And actually, if you keep a festival on a different day than me, you’re still welcome to come to our festival. I’m not going to stop you. Join us. …love to have you.
But getting back to our text here in Exodus chapter 12, it says…
Exo 12:1-3 – Now Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a house hold.
So what month is he talking about here. He’s talking about the time of year where it’s the spring…where they’re observing Passover.
Now pagan calendars were very solar focused. They sun was their god, and so they spent a lot of time watching its movements.
But, in the absence of any understanding of why it’s…why the world does what it does, the pagan just looked at the son and said, ‘There’s a big ball of fire…. It’s giving us heat…it’s giving us light…’, and so, that’s what they follow. Whatever the sun was doing, they felt that was their god. And so, everything was solar-based.
Now, scripture does say that Yahweh ….
Gen 1:15 – The Elohim said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
So, lights in the heavens are for signs, seasons, days, and years.
So, it does acknowledge that the bodies which Yahweh created are for a calendar. And the particular word here…it’s translated ‘seasons’, is the Hebrew word ‘moed’ in its appointed time, and it’s most commonly used in reference to the feast days.
And so, Yahweh established ‘moedim (which is ‘moeds’…plural; seasons, or appointed times) in the very beginning. Genesis 1:14…He already knows, there’s going to be appointed times. There are going to be festivals.
Now, a lunar month…we have kind of a little bit of a problem. If we were to go 12 months a year, like the Julian or Gregorian calendar is. If we were to go just 12 months a year….the moon travels around the earth in…
Length of a Lunar month:
29.5305* days x 12
A 13 month will be needed at times.
And so, you can’t go by (on Yahweh‘s calendar) every year having 12 months. There are going to be some years, (and you can’t stretch the moon orbit out)…so the only other way is to add a 13th month onto Yahweh’s calendar.
Now, this occurs about every 3 years, or so…a little bit less, perhaps. But the question becomes, (in the search for Yahweh’s calendar), how do we know which years will have 13 and which years will only have 12? And that’s a doozy of a question.
But we find another scripture which gives us an indication of when we can add a 13th month. And that’s what I try to look to….is scripture.
Deu 16:1 – Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to Yahweh your Elohim, for in the month of Abib Yahweh your Elohim brought you out of Egypt by night.
Now Abib is not pronounced Abib in Hebrew…it’s pronounced Aviv. And we see here that Yahweh is… (the first month of the year) …He is designating that as Aviv.
Now Aviv, we see here if we look at a definition of what Aviv is, it says…
This noun refers to barley that is already ripe, but still soft, the grains of which are eaten either rubbed or roasted.
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
So when Yahweh is describing the first month of the year He’s describing a certain condition that the barley happens to be in. Now, what is that condition? We’re going to get into that in a minute. But basically, the Aviv would be barley that is good for food.
But looking here at the verse, it says here, “Observe the month of (and I’m going to pronounce it…Aviv), and keep the Passover to Yahweh. Can this give us a clue as to when we would begin a new year?
It says the month of Passover’s to be the beginning of months. And so, the beginning of the year would be in a time period where we find the barley to be in the condition of Aviv.
Now, normally barley is not really harvested until the grains are hard enough and dry enough to grind into flour..That’s how we are today. But in Israel, (and actually we could do this if we wanted to), but before that time, when it gets in the milk stage it actually kind of...becomes kind of soft. If you parch them to dry out the moisture, you could partake of the barley before it was fully hardened into a hard kernel. And we see an example of this in…
Lev 23:14 – You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain…
That’s the parching the grain…to dry it off and get the husks out.
…nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
So, Yahweh’s instructing them concerning the barley, that they are not to eat any of it until they’ve brought the offering. And that’s a command.
Now there are some other scriptures that have this word ‘Aviv’, as well. And this can help give us some clues. We see…
Lev 2:14 – If you offer a grain offering of your firstfruits to Yahweh, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits green heads <Heb. Aviv> of grain roasted on the fire, grain beaten from full heads.
Alright, so Aviv is a firstfruits offering.
Exodus 9:31 – Now the flax and the barley were struck,
It’s talking about the hail coming down in Egypt.
..for the barley was in the head <Heb. Aviv> and the flax was in bud. But the wheat and the spelt were not struck, for they are late crops.
And so, this would indicate that the barley is in an advanced enough stage to be damaged by hail. And of course, it would have to be in the head…I mean, it would have to be starting to grow some grains here. And since barley kind of hangs down it is quite susceptible to hail damage. And so, in Egypt, the hail had damaged the crops.
But it was not yet the first month, or at least it didn’t…We don’t know what the time period was between the hail and when Yahweh came and said, ‘This month shall be the beginning of your months. This will be Aviv’.
But we know, at least that by the time of Aviv, (by the time of the first month), the barley was ready… at least in Egypt. And certainly, since there was a time period, the time delay could have happened…it could have been 10 days; it could have been 2 weeks. I don’t know how long it was.
But by the time He said ‘This month will be the beginning of your months’ it could have been ripened and ready for harvest in Israel….which is the land just north of there.
Alright, other cases - Exo 13:3..and 4 - (I’m going to skip to verse 4)…
Exo 13:3-4 – And Moses said to the people: “remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. On this day you are going out, in the month Abib.
Exo 23:15 – You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty);
He’s very specific …It’s got to be the month of Abib. It has to be a month of Aviv. And we go on here…
Exo 34:18 – The Feast of Unleavened Bread you shall keep. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the appointed time of the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from Egypt.
Once again, Aviv…
Alright, so I want you to notice that in each of these incidences, Yahweh places emphasis on them exiting Egypt during the month of Aviv. This is an appointed time. He appointed them to exit Egypt. That’s when the Passover…the month in which Passover is to be observed.
So, I want to take a little time here and look a little closer at Deuteronomy 16, verse one. And for those that can’t read Hebrew, I’m going to help you out. But this says…(and Hebrew reads from right to left)…
Deu 16.1 – “Shamor et-Chodesh ha Aviv”
“Observe month (of) the Aviv…”
In other words, observe the new moon that has the Aviv. And this word here ‘shamor’ has to do with observing by sight…at least it can have to do with observing by sight….not necessarily, but it can. But it’s an observation, nonetheless. It’s an appointed time. Observe this month of Aviv. This is the New Year.
Now to me, the way this reads…’the Aviv’…is very interesting. …The Aviv. It’d be different if He just happened to name the month …you know, this is the month name. But you start to wonder, as we go through these, whether Aviv is a description of what man would expect to find, which would give us an indication of when the first month is to be observed. And if the barley is not yet Aviv, therefore you need to add a 13th month. Or, it just happens to be the name of that month.
I mean, if it’s just the name of a month, you might assume that a month was named because in this month you often would find Aviv barley. It’d be like naming a month ‘Red Apples’ because that’s the month the apples are ready to pick.
Just because a month happens to be named ‘Red Apples’ doesn’t mean that a New Year begins at red apples. Ok. I understand that point completely. But if Deut. 16.1 isn’t really necessarily even naming the first month after Aviv, at all…it’s just describing what you would find to start a new year.
The month where you could find Aviv would be the month that you could determine when the New Year begins…because of the description that’s involved here….the Aviv.
When the 12th month of the year has passed, and the barley is not Aviv in the next new moon, you have to say…well it’s not aviv yet. And so it can’t be the first month of the year. And so, the new moon… when we see the aviv, then that would be the time when a new year would begin.
I’m going to do my best to let scripture itself tell us specifically when to start the New Year. And from what I’m seeing here, whenever scripture…whenever scripture speaks of most of the months, it’s not worded this way.
No other months, except one which I’ll get into, refer to that month as the…and then the name of the month. For example:
1 Ki 6:1 - …in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of Yahweh.
It doesn’t say in the month of the Ziv…which would tell us, ‘Okay, what’s about the Ziv.’ But it just says in the month Ziv. And that indicates a name. Also in Kings 6:37…
1 Ki 6:37 – In the fourth year the foundation of the house of Yahweh was laid, in the month of Ziv.
1Ki 6:1 – “B’chodesh Ziv”
In the month
1Ki 6:38 – And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, whish is the eight month, the house was finished in all its details and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.
1Ki 6:38 - “B’yerach Bul”
“In month Bul”
B’yerach Bul..This is what it’s reading here in the Hebrew. And the ‘yerach’ right here is referring to the moon. In the month, or the moon, Bul…that’s the name of the month…is Bul.
We also see…
Ezr 6:15 – Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
Ezr 6:15 – “L’yerach Adar”
On Month Adar
This reads..’L’yerach Adar’.There’s the…for those of you who took Hebrew class during our festival last year, you see the ‘Le’ here…and the ‘yerach’…and you see ‘Adar’
(also Esther 3:7,13, 8:12, 9:1, 9:15, 19, 21
Do not contain a “the” before “Adar”)
And there’s also…
No “ha” (the) before month name in
Nisan (Nehemiah 2:1, Esther 3:7)
Sivan (Esther 8:9)
Elul (Nehemiah 6:15)
Kislev (Zechariah 7:1, Nehemiah 1:1)
Teves (Esther 2:16)
Shevat (Zechariah 1:7)
…which are all listed in these scriptures. There’s just something significant here.
There’s only one other month where we can find “the” in front of the month description. And that’s the other month we find Yahweh’s festivals…the month of Ethanim. Here we have…
1Ki 8:2 – Therefore all the men of Israel assembled with King Solomon at the feast in the month of Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
1Ki 8:2 - “B’yerach Ha Ethanim”
“In moon (of) the “enduring”
That’s the month on which we have the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Tabernacles, Yom Kippur, the Last Great Day…
And this does read…’B’yerach’, ‘ha’ (that’s the ‘hay’ right here) …’Ethanim’. And what it means in Hebrew: ‘In moon of the enduring’. Now there’s something very interesting about that…the word ‘Ethanim’ means ‘enduring’. This would be in reference to the streams of Israel.
It doesn’t rain in Israel during the summer months, hardly at all. And so the only streams that would be left would be the continual running streams that…they’re never empty. They’re always supplying water…Because there’s a yearly drought, basically, in Israel. There’s a former rain, a latter rain…and so, during the month in which only the continual streams are supplying water, the men of Israel assembled.
And spiritually speaking; only those who have enduring streams will make it to the seventh month, the Feast of Trumpets… That’s the sound of...you know, when the Messiah returns at the last trump…We’re going to have to have enduring streams of…as He says, out of the belly flow rivers of living water. The living streams of His Spirit flowing through us, to make it to that seventh month…where the Feast of Trumpets…the trumpet sounds and the dead arise, and Messiah returns.
And so, that’s the symbolism that we see here. And they could reliably say, ‘okay…the enduring springs in the seventh month…that’s what’s left. There rest of them are pretty much all dried out.
But this is the only other scripture we can find…the name of a month having ‘the’ in front of it, because it’s a description of what goes on during that month.
Now, getting back to Exodus 13...
Exodus 13:4 “On this day you are going out, in the month Abib..
Exo 23:15 – in the month of Abib
Every time we see the word ‘aviv’ mentioned in a month, they use it as a description. And here we have b’chodesh ha-Aviv…and chodesh ha-Aviv here, as well…in Exo 23
And this ‘hay’ right here is what gives us… ‘the’.
Also, Exodus 34:18…the same thing.
Exo 34:18 – The Feast of Unleavened Bread you shall keep. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the appointed time of the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from Egypt.
Exo 34:18 - The month of Abib…the month in which there is Aviv. We here have chodesh. Here we are…the ‘ha’. It has ha-Aviv twice in that verse.
And so now we come to Deuteronomy 16:1
Deu 16:1 - Observe the month of Abib
Deu 16:1 - “Shamar et-Chodesh Ha Aviv”
..Which means, observe the new moon, or the month of the Aviv Barley.
Is it a description that we can rely upon to describe the first month of the year? Or is this the name of the month?
The Septuagint has…and this is the only one…this is the only month of the year the Septuagint does not treat Aviv as a name. Aviv is not even a name. It is a description of the first month of the year.
Neos: referring to new ...Referring to the state of barley, the barley being renewed.
And so, Septuagint…which is a Greek translation of the Old Testament that goes 200 years, or longer, before the Messiah came…When they looked at this word Aviv, they didn’t see it as a month name. They saw it as a description of how we find the first month of the year.
And so, they did not transliterate it. They didn’t try to carry the same sounds over to the Greek language, as if it were a name. Instead, they translated it.
As further evidence that we’re not talking about the name of a month here… The Septuagint does transliterate Ziv, Ethanim, Nisan, and all the others…but not Aviv.
And so, the Jewish authors of the Septuagint, (a Greek Translation that was completed 200 years BC), they saw Aviv as being a description of the time of year, rather than necessarily the name of the month. Although, it’s the month in which the Aviv appears.
Why is that significant? Because the significance is, if we can determine when the new year begins by waiting until you have a month that fits the description Aviv, if the twelfth month of the year is past, the barley is not Aviv, then there’d have to be…you’d have to inter-calculate a thirteenth month.
But if you come to that the twelfth month is ended, and you have a new month coming, and then we do have Aviv…then you have a description necessary to start a new year and to designate that as being the first month of the year.
And so, it appears to me… the Aviv is central in terms of inter-calculating and determining when a new year begins. Unless you have that month that has Aviv, the High Priest has nothing to offer.
In Leviticus 23:10 – As part of the Passover week, it says…
Le 23:10-11 – Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘when you come into the lad which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
And so, they’re waving the sheaf before Yahweh. Now this waving of the sheaf was done on Passover week…on the day after the Sabbath. It occurs during Passover week. The priest would take the sheaf of barley; wave it before Yahweh as an offering to Him. And they could not eat that barley until that was done. It says…
Lev 23:12-14 – And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to Yahweh. It’s grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to Yahweh, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one fourth of a hin.
So, that was part of what was done. Now, they were not allowed to eat that barley until that Passover week, because it said…
Lev 23:14 – You shall eat neither bread not parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
Deu 16:8-10 – Six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a sacred assembly to Yahweh your Elohim. You shall do no work on it. You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.
This is the time when the barley is harvested…right here. And that’s when you begin the count to Pentecost. Which we’re going to get into this in the coming weeks, if this is confusing to you. But we’ll get more into this. And it talks about the keeping of the Feast of Weeks…
And so, the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, is dependent upon this barley harvest.
Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to Yahweh your Elohim with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as Yahweh your Elohim blesses you.
Now, barley does not require tremendous amounts of water. Even in years of drought, diligent farmers who lived near the enduring streams could…even if they lived near the Sea of Galilee, for instance, they could still water their barley fields by hand. And so there would still be barley every year.
Now the sun does control the amount of light that’s on the earth, which in turn controls the progress of the barley. And of course, the light affects the heat and the heat affects the barley.
So, I think we’re still within the confines of Genesis 1:14 to say that the lights in the firmament of heaven do determine days and years.
Now, the modern day Jewish calendar doesn’t go by the barley, or by any signs in the heavens, at all. It follows a 19 year cycle in which there are twelve years of 12 months, and seven years of 13 months. That’s the modern Jewish calendar developed by Hillel.
And the month in which there are leap years, adding a 13 months…the years in which there is a 13th month would be the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years. And they follow this 19 year cycle repeatedly… since that time.
And that’s…what they’re doing there is also contrary to what the Talmud taught, which says...
Our Rabbis taught: “[The grain and fruit of the following] three regions [are taken as the standard] for deciding upon the declaration of a leap-year: Judea, Trans-Jordania, and Galilee. The requirements of two of these regions might determine the intercalation, but not those of a single one. All, however were glad when one of the two was Judea, because the barley for the Omer was obtained [by preference] in Judea” Sanhedrin 11
And so even in their own Talmud, they’re determining the leap year here, according to the condition of the barley. And so, the record of the Jews is contrary to what they’re doing today.
Now, I don’t find any example of Yahushua, or His disciples, ignoring Yahweh’s feast days one year; or keeping them on a different month. If they did, I can assure you, they would have found fault with Messiah; they would have lambasted Him; they would have condemned Him and said He was a false teacher.
And so, it’s not illogical to conclude that Yahushua did accept their method of calculating a new year. But we have no record of them saying, ‘You’re keeping the feast at the wrong time’, or anything of that nature.
Now some people believe, because there are differences of opinion on when the calendars supposed to be observed, and how… that we should just follow the Jews. Do what the Jews say. Follow what the Jews say.
Well, if you’re going to follow what the Jews say, follow what this says. They are determining these three regions here, for determining when the barley is ready…by Judea, Trans-Jordania, and Galilee.
Two of those three regions are sufficient to call it an acceptable barley harvest. Then they’re using that on the basis upon which they determine a new year; or, whether they’re going to add a 13th month. But they liked it when one of the two was Judea because they liked the barley to be actually from Judea.
And so, they were using the condition of the barley to determine the New Year. At least that’s the record in the Talmud of what first century Jews were doing.
It’s certainly the record of what Jews were doing prior to the Jewish calendar. Which, of course, being in Babylon, they wouldn’t be saying, ‘This was done in Babylon’. This is what was done in Israel before they were kicked out by the Romans.
Now, some would say, ‘We need to follow the calendar of the Jews. They’ve been keeping it for 3,000 years. They should know better than we do. We’re arrogant if we are doing something different than what they’re doing. And how are we ever going to reach them if we’re keeping it on a different day?’
And…you know, I just won’t buy that. I mean, my heart goes out to Jewish people. I love them. I have a passion for seeing them be blessed and to have salvation. But, I can’t let me love for them blind me to what I’m seeing here in the scripture.
And if you really want to follow the Jews, do what the Talmud said they were doing in the first century...rather than what they did come up with later on.
And so, I don’t think that, in the interest of me maintaining my relationship with Yahweh that I should let any man stand between me and the Heavenly Father. And I don’t think that’s being arrogant for me to say that. I don’t feel it’s prideful for me to say that, if I feel I have sufficient examples in scripture and in history of this going on.
So I got a visit, about over a year ago, from a man who had researched this subject for 30 some years…and spending a lot of his time in libraries. And he speaks and writes in a very academic way. And he seemed to be very well learned.
I wanted to hear his views on a topic which are different than mine. He believes that the new year would begin at the first new moon after the spring equinox. And he held to that view based on Genesis 1:14…
Gen 1:14 – Then Elohim said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons (moed), and for days and years;
And he said to me, only the heavenly bodies are mentioned to be a reliable resource for demarcation of time. And since, in the absence of any obvious sign from heaven, other than the spring equinox happening around the time of Passover, that the equinox would logically be determining factor for when the year begins. (Equinox is basically the beginning of, what the calendar would say… the new day of spring)
And since it was the only significant heavenly event that occurred at the time of Passover, he believes that that would be what we use to determine the New Year.
And I read a good bit of his material, and we talked for quite a while. I listened and said a little bit here and there, but mostly listened to him.
And I think it’s helpful to hear other people’s perspectives, and I recognized there may be some flaws in my understanding. And I really wanted to see if there was a more biblical explanation.
And some of his main points were…he used Ezra 6:15 and Nehemiah 6:15…saying the Babylonian names of the month matched the names of the month in Yahweh’s calendar. And the 12th month of Yahweh’s calendar was called Adar, which matches what the Babylonians were calling their months... way back then, and so on.
But to me, I mean…the presence of similar month names doesn’t definitively prove that Israel followed the same calendar as the Babylonians. If Israel did not really have a name for the 12th month, and the Babylonians did, they could have just picked up that name.
And so, I just don’t think that’s a very strong point to prove, you know, if the Babylonians supposedly even used the equinox which, he seems to have found evidence that they did...even if they did I don’t think that necessarily proves that Israel was following the exact same calendar as the Babylonians.
And then, he also used the point of this Genesis 1:14 saying there would need to be a light trigger of some kind. Here the lights are determining the days of the month, and he says we’re looking for a light trigger.
Well, I see the absence of light triggering a new day. I see a crescent moon light triggering a new month. But, in order to find the equinox, you have to have this stick in the ground and then, on whatever day of the year that the line/the shadow of the stick, follows a straight line, that would be the spring equinox… which is easy enough to find.
In fact, the temple was faced directly east/west, and so they knew how to do it. But, is that really a trigger? Is that really a light trigger? I mean, I’m not any more convinced that would be a light trigger than sunlight producing ripened barley, that’s edible.
And so, we could say either one of them is a light trigger; and both of them…sort of, indirectly. One of them requiring the use of a stick, the other requiring barley growing up out of the ground.
And so, I just didn’t find that to be a strong enough point.
And another point he said, was the scriptural meaning of ‘Aviv’ is just ‘ears’…ears of barley. And it’s too broad of a definition…Aviv is too broad of a word to be used as an adequate definition to determine this is the new month.
But to me, isn’t it obvious that the kind of Aviv…if that’s true, the kind of Aviv that Yahweh would be speaking of, when He says new month of Aviv...of the Aviv, would be Aviv that’s edible. I mean, what good is Aviv unless it’s edible? And what good’s a wave sheaf offering unless you have edible Aviv?
And so, I didn’t find that to be a particularly strong point. But those were his three strongest, and that’s what it kind of came down to, was I didn’t think either of those were strong enough points to prove to me a spring equinox. Especially... he acknowledged the bible doesn’t ever say start a new year with the spring equinox. It never says it.
In fact, the bible never even mentions the equinox, at all. And so, he acknowledged that it’s not mentioned in the bible. But I think his somewhat strict, or rigid, interpretation of Genesis 1:14 seemed to be the main source of his belief. I don’t think that it needs to be interpreted so strictly.
I’m far more comfortable myself, going with something that the bible does mention as an indicator of a new year, than something it doesn’t mention.
And so, in my efforts to follow scripture, I was not persuaded of the position that he held. I appreciate it, he drove up here…him and another brother… to show me this. But, I mean maybe it would be more convenient…I wouldn’t have to rely on barley reports, or anything. But I have to go with, as far as I can tell, the closest thing to scripture.
Now, if the barley’s going to be ready for the wave sheaf offering, and the vernal equinox has not yet come, why sit around and wait a whole month before you can grab your sickle and eat some? …Because you’re not allowed to grab the sickle and put it to anything until that time. It says…
Deu 16:9 – You shall count seven weeks for yourself;
It’s talking about the wave sheaf offering.
…begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.
That’s when you’re able to eat it. If it’s edible, why wait?
And so, there’s a month in which the Aviv has already come, I don’t see a purpose in waiting around for an equinox…especially when the bible never mentions one.
And so I think that, it sounds illogical to me that we’re going to go either with a Jewish calendar, or with an equinox…when neither of them are mentioned in the bible. And the closest thing we can find mentioned in the bible is Aviv for a new year.
And it’s awesome because, you never have the seasons falling behind the years like they have a problem with Caesar’s calendar. Or, Pope Gregory had to come along and fix the calculation a little bit.
And maybe some people would and say, Okay (I kind of thought this myself)…you know, Yahweh’s creating the heavens and the earth and everything that’s in them, and He’s going to determine the new year by the condition of one of the plants going up out of the ground.
And to some people that may seem a little bit strange, or silly...and I kind of wondered that myself. But you know I’ve realized, as I was praying about this…barley is the first plant coming out of winter time, to produce food.
And the wave sheaf offering is the first fruits then, of the first fruits. And with the way we see how Yahweh just has this love for the first fruits, I’m not surprised at all, to see He would use the first fruit yielding plant of the year, to be the method by which He would determine a new year.
And you know, when Yahweh created the heavens, and the earth, and all that’s in them, He also created Adam to be a gardener. He was creating the whole thing... the whole earth and everything…so that Adam could till a garden… to tend to a garden and keep it. He didn’t get him a desk job. He didn’t get him to work for Wal-Mart. He was tending a garden.
And so, when He established the nation of Israel, He was establishing an agriculturally based…not an industrial based nation. Not a merchant-based nation…an agriculturally-based nation. …Agriculturally based Adam, in the garden.
He gave them festivals and a calendar that centered around the harvests...Passover and the feast of Unleavened bread mark the barley harvest. The Pentecost, and Shavuot…Feast of weeks, marks some of the wheat harvest. The fall festivals are there to give thanks to Yahweh for the harvest of summer fruits and vegetables, and grapes, and different things.
And so, for His calendar to be tied into a growing season shouldn’t be a surprise, at all. That’s what He created Adam to do…was to tend to a garden.
And to me, that’s far superior than calendars of man, you know, such as the calendar of Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory. Rather than glorifying man’s ability to calculate, it glorifies Yahweh, who provides food out of the ground so that we might live.
And at one time I thought, you know maybe we can grow our own barley here in the United States and make a determination for the New Year. But you know, our climate…our latitude is so different in our area of the world. Israel is Yahweh’s chosen land. It’s the only place in the bible where He specifically authorized the Aviv to determine a new year.
And so barley happens to be a native of the Mediterranean areas. It freely grows there in the wild. You could actually walk through Israel and see barley plants coming out of walls and different things over there.
You know, the day is coming when all nations will flow to Israel. All nations will flow to it. And so, for that reason…I want to hear the barley reports of what’s going on over there. And I think we can be pretty confident that the barley will be ready in Israel, during the time or the new moon coming up here…which would be in…what’s called “March 13th”…but we’ll get to that in a minute.
But for the new moon, I do go according to the local sighting. And some would see that as being a contradiction but you know, Yahweh never specified that Israel is the only place that we can determine a new month. He did specify that concerning Aviv.
And so, the moon can be sighted anywhere in the world. I’m looking up in the sky…I’m seeing a moon withdrawing its light…it reappears…I’m not going to pretend like it’s not there. I’m not going to ignore it. That’s the new month.
And I do recognize that there’s not complete unity among those of us who are seeking to follow Yahweh’s calendar. Some would prefer the conjunction in Jerusalem to start the new year, others like me follow a crescent moon. …And some follow the equinox… and some the Aviv…. and some just give up and do what the Jews do.
But all of this, I really think Yahweh is testing us. Are we going to hate each other over these differences, or are we going to love each other? Are we going to follow calendars of men, even if we see something different in the bible?
And, as men and women, as believers…even as believers… let’s face it, a lot of us forsake Yahweh’s calendar…don’t pay any attention to Yahweh’s calendar. And we spend too much time structuring our lives around a devil worshipping demarcation of time.
And maybe this is Yahweh’s judgment, and why there is so much disunity among us, concerning the calendar. Maybe if we all really did get on the same page, in terms of…whatever your understanding is.
Frame your life around Yahweh’s calendar. Because surely the Creator of time, the One that came up with the calendar, is jealous of our attention to Caesar’s ways.
Maybe if we all forsake the calendars of men and focus on Yahweh’s calendar, becoming zealous for His demarcations of time, He will begin to open our eyes more, toward the understanding of His calendar…to the extent that we would all come to unity on it. Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing? But I think we would need to start there before we’d ever see it.
I’m not saying you can never talk to anybody in the world, and relate Yahweh’s calendar, or see what their calendar is. But you know, we can’t just give up and give in. We can’t just give up and follow a modern Jewish calendar, which is easily proven to be unbiblical.
I mean, they’ve even moved Yom Kippur…the Day of Atonement. If it falls on a day right next to a Sabbath, they move it, and say Yom Kippur is on a different day.
And that’s a day that Yahweh is particularly offended if we ignore…and they move it! And they admit it! They fully admit it.
And to me, that’s arrogant. That’s arrogant! For a person to think they can change Yahweh’s times and laws. It’s no different than what Caesar did.
And so, even if we don’t all have the same exact understanding…we’ve got to pursue it. We’ll never come to unity if we’re willing to accept error. We might find unity with each other, but I hope our goal is that we’ll all find unity with Yahweh. That’s our goal.
And if we all pursue unity with Yahweh, I am sure He will, in His time, bring us to unity with each other. But our hearts have to be completely yielded to His will, His calendar, His ways.
And so, that’s my goal this year. That’s my New Year resolution…if you want to call it that. For this year, the beginning of Yahweh’s New Year coming up here soon, this is my goal…is to focus, focus, focus on Yahweh’s calendar.
The dates on eliyah.com…I want to start including Yahweh’s calendar dates.
· Dates on eliyah.com will start including Yahweh’s calendar dates.
· Yahweh’s current calendar dates will be something I will work toward adding to eliyah.com (throughout)) and the chat room
My goal is that you would be able to say, “What day is it?” in the chat room and the chat room bot, Watchman, would tell you what day of Yahweh’s calendar it is.
· New segment added to broadcast
We’re adding a new segment to the broadcast where we focus on biblical events happening at certain times…certain months, certain days. And we’re going to pay attention to those things.
…The anniversary of the time the temple...the foundation was laid; or when Solomon spoke; or when Ezekiel spoke; or another prophet. We’re going to read those on the anniversaries of the biblical times.
· Hope to offer a calendar on PDF (PDF format that people can print out) for hanging on the wall
So in the meantime, our anticipated dates for this year… the feast days…based on the calendar I’ve just shared with you:
· New Moon visible (in both Jerusalem and here) on the night of 3/12/13 (the 12th of what’s called “March”)
· New Moon day, new year day is (therefore, because Yahweh’s day begins at evening, ) 3/13/13 (on the 13th of what’s called “March”)
· Passover Day is 3/26/13 (on the 26th of what’s called “March”)
· First day of Unleavened bread is 3/27/13 (on the 27th of what’s called “March”)
· Last day of Unleavened bread is 4/2/13 (on what’s called “April 2”)
But wouldn’t it be wonderful if I didn’t even have to say, it’s on that particular day of the pagan calendar? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could just say, ‘Here comes Passover. Be ready. You know when it is… the fourteenth day of the first month of the year.
I know that Yahweh would delight in that. I know He would…because He’s awesome.
And so, I want to take a minute and pray unto Yahweh.
…Father Yahweh, in Yahushua’s name we praise You. We thank you for your love. Thank you for Messiah. We thank you for the grace we have, even if we make mistakes in our calendar, in our understandings, that You’re still merciful. You’re still faithful.
And Father, we desire that our lives be structured around Your calendar. Not the calendar of demon worshippers…Your calendar.
Father Yahweh…please, we pray, give us understanding. Give us wisdom. Help us to see Your calendar. We know it affects everything that we do.
We ask that You would forgive us, You would have mercy upon us for failing in this area. And Father Yahweh, all who are with me in this prayer, we repent.
Now Abba Yahweh, if there is any mistake, if there’s and error in anything I presented today, open up my eyes. Open up all of our eyes to Your truth. Show us what You desire to show us.
And we yield our hearts completely to You. And we don’t care when the festival is…if it was in the middle of winter, or the middle of summer, or whenever it is, Father…just show us. Show us Your way, and give us understanding according to Your word.
In everything we give You praise. And we trust in Your mercy and Your compassion. And we know and we are sure Yahushua will come and restore the Kingdom to all.
For truly yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, and the majesty. And all praise, honor, and worship belongs to You, Yahweh Eloheynu, Yahweh our Mighty One…forever and ever.
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