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Biblical Timekeeping & New Moon Calendar

"He appointed the moon for seasons;" Psalm 104:19

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All humanity should be aware
and follow our CREATOR’S Holy Days,
because planetary spiritual events 
happen on these days that affect everyone, 
 Believer or not!
 

Biblical Timekeeping

In the Bible,
the setting sun begins a new day,
the first visible sighting of the crescent new moon begins a new month,
and the new year begins in the spring . 

              Biblical timekeeping is another lost art in home Worship.  Satan is very sneaky, he does not want you to know that it is the first order of business in learning when to observe the Holy periods.  His reason is simple, if you do not know how to tell Biblical time then you will miss the "appointed times" to meet with our CREATOR. 

             The instructions begin in Genesis 1:14, Then God 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.”   (New year Exo12:2, new moon Col.2:16, sunset to sunset day Lev.23:32.)  

The Biblical Day, Week, and Month

A trained eye watches the heavenly lights and sees... 
 
..The days of the month by watching the changing moon. 
The sun’s angle which tells the time of day, and the season of the year. 
And each setting sun begins a new day.
The Biblical day is from sunset to sunset.
.The time between when last rays of the sun disappear
and complete darkness, is called the twilight. 
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The 24 hour day is broken into eight equal parts:
  •  First watch . . . Sunset to 9 P.M.  

  •    Second watch . . . 9 P.M. to midnight.

  •       Third watch . . . Midnight to 3 A.M.

  •          Fourth watch . . . 3 A.M. to sunrise.

  •  First hour . . . Sunrise to 9 A.M.

  •    Third hour . . . 9 A.M. to noon.

  •       Sixth hour . . . Noon to 3 P.M.                                      

  •          Ninth hour . . . 3 P.M. to sunset.

  •          Historically, special times during the day when spiritual events happen are the third and ninth hours (Exo.29:38-39; 1Kgs.18:36-40; Ps.55:17; Dan.6:10).  Yahshua was crucified in the third hour (Mark 15:25), and He gave up His Spirit in the ninth hour (Mat.27:50; Mark 15:37).  The Ruach HaKodesh - the Holy Spirit - was given during the third hour (Acts 2:1-4). 

             The Biblical week was made up by days simply numbered 1 - 6, spoken as, the first day, or the third day, etc.  Completing the week is the 7th day.  It is the Biblical day of rest called the Sabbath.   As only as our CREATOR can, after the Exodus, HIS Sabbath was very clearly shown to Moses and the Hebrew people, Exo.ch.16. The day today starts at sunset Friday to Saturday.

             YAHWEH’S month is a 28-day lunar cycle.  It is based of the phases of the moon, rather then Earth’s revolutions. The lunar cycle is more harmonious with nature.  The tides of the seas rise and fall with it, and it touches every woman on Earth with its 28-day menstrual cycle. Today’s planting and harvesting are still preformed during the new and full moons.  And it is not folklore, but a proven scientific fact, that herbal tinctures started on the new moon are stronger.  

            The first visible sighting of the crescent new moon begins a new month.  The Biblical months alternated between 29 and 30 days long, with the first month beginning as 30 days.  The Biblical year had 354 days, every three years an extra 29 day-month called Veadar was added between Adar and Abib.  The start of the Biblical New Year depends on the sighting of the ripening of the Abib-barley harvest in Jerusalem towards the end of the 12th month (Deu.16:1; Exo.12:2). 

    The New Moon Calendar

    If you heard a Prophet say,
    “the Messiah will appear on the seventh moon, at the third hour.”
    Would you know what he is talking about?
    ..

     "And it shall come to pass...
    That from one New Moon to another, 
    And from one Sabbath to another, 
    All flesh shall come to worship before Me, 
    says the LORD. - Isaiah 66:23

               Our CREATOR would not design a system that would require telescopes or complex math to figure out when to observe HIS Holy Days.  HE made it easy enough for a simple shepherd boy to look up to the sky and see it, and today, even a city-slicker can do it.  Unfortunately most of the modern faithful have forgotten how to look up to the heavenly lights to tell the seasons, all our 'holidays' are figured out mathematically. Consequentially, many holidays are not totally in alignment with the Biblical instructions. Adding to the confusion, is that today our Gregorian calendar is based on the earth's rotation, the Biblical calendar is determined by the moon’s position. 

    “HE appointed the moon for seasons...”
    (literal Hebrew means “set times”)
    - Psalm 104:19

    Sighting the 1st and 7th crescent new moons are crucial, because all the Holy Days of the season are figured from them. We know that the preprinted calendar is not always accurate so we need visual confirmation. The whole season of Holy Days will be thrown off if you do not begin on the correct evening, consequently the people will miss their Sacred 'appointed time' with their CREATOR.  

    (Hebrew: Rosh Hodesh Sameach!) 

    Month #

    Eve. Sighting of New Moon*    Hebrew Month Year  5774- 75  Gregorian Calendar Year  2014- 15

        1

    March 31 confirmed  Abib / Nisan March-April

    2

    April 30 confirmed Iyyar April-May

    3

    May 30 confirmed Sivan May-June

    June 29 confirmed Tammuz June-July

    5

    July 28 estimated Ab July-August

    6

    August 27 estimated Elul August-September

        7

    September 25  estimated Tishri  September-October

    8

    October 23 estimated Heshvan October-November

    9

    November 23 estimated Chislev November-December

    10

    December 23 estimated Tebeth December-January

    11

    January 21 estimated Shebat January-February

    12

    February 20 estimated Adar February-March

     

         

    *Editors' note: The New Moon and Holy Day dates  posted in advance are estimated, until dates are confirmed by visible sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem, Israel (about 7 hours ahead of US eastern standard time).  The (Gregorian) dates posted is the night it was seen, the Biblical New Moon Day and Holy Days would be dated the next day.  (Click here for the yearly Holy Day Calendar; for more info. see Links page.)


    (Hebrew: Rosh Hodesh Sameach!) 

    Month #

    Eve. Sighting of New Moon*    Hebrew Month Year  5773- 74  Gregorian Calendar Year  2013- 14

        1

    March 13 confirmed Abib / Nisan March-April

    2

    April 11 confirmed Iyyar April-May

    3

    May 11 confirmed Sivan May-June

    June 10 confirmed Tammuz June-July

    5

    July 9 confirmed Ab July-August

    6

    August 8 confirmed Elul August-September

        7

    September 7 confirmed Tishri  September-October

    8

    October 6 confirmed Heshvan October-November

    9

    November 5 confirmed Chislev November-December

    10

    December 4 confirmed Tebeth December-January

    11

    January 2 confirmed Shebat January-February

    12

    January 31 confirmed Adar February-March

    13

    March 3 confirmed Veadar February-March

    *Editors' note: The New Moon and Holy Day dates  posted in advance are estimated, until dates are confirmed by visible sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem, Israel (about 7 hours ahead of US eastern standard time).  The (Gregorian) dates posted is the night it was seen, the Biblical New Moon Day and Holy Days would be dated the next day.  The start of the Biblical New Year depends on the sighting of the ripening of the Abib - barley harvest in Jerusalem towards the end of the 12th month (Deu.16:1).  (Click here for the yearly Holy Day Calendar; for more info. see Links page.)


     

             The new moon is first visible as a very thin crescent shape, with its two points facing left, called the waxing crescent moon, the young moon, or some call it the fingernail moon. Technically, it is about a 2-4% moon, visible in the western sky near the setting sun shortly after sundown. From the date marked above backtrack a night or two and start watching for the new moon.
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             Being a 'moon spotter' for the illusive crescent new moon can be tricky. It does not hang around all night. It comes up quick and disappears after a short while, and sometimes clouds can get in the way. 

             If you cannot see the moon because of clouds, or if you are a do-it-yourselfer, one can check the new moon sighting from anywhere in the Internet universe. On the bottom of my web pages in the Bible Study Tools group, click the solar phase link to see when the evening shadow falls over Jerusalem.  When it does, click the moon phase link to check the phase of the moon.  It takes a 2-4% moon to be seen by the faithful from the ground.

    CURRENT MOON

               New moons, like rainbows, are a sign from our CREATOR, which enables us to observe HIS special 'appointed times.' When you see it, simply acknowledge it by looking up to heavens and quietly saying, "Thank you YAHWEH, for showing me the signs" - the Angels will be watching.

                Sometime in the future, the new moon sighting will be a global monthly announcement from Jerusalem, but until then you are on you own, Isa.66:23.

                It is important to note that watching these signs is not considered astrology because we do not use it to derive any personal destinies. It is used to determine the universal "appointed times" (Gen.1:14; Ps.104:19).  The calendar listed would be called the Torah  Calendar, which is a little different then the traditional Jewish calendar.  Click here for more info.

               The Bible has many examples of the importance of sighting the first new moon day of the month.  Noah first saw land (Gen.8:5).  In ancient Israel the first day was announced to the community by the blowing of the Shofar (the rams horn) (Ps.81:3-5).  Special meetings were conducted . . . (Num.1:1; 2Kgs.4:22-24; Deu.1:3).  Special offerings . . . (Num.28:11).  Pure worship restored . . . (2Chr.29:17).  The Prophet Ezekiel received many prophecies . . . (13:1, 26:1, 29:17). They are continued in the New Testament . . . (Col.2:16), and they are a “shadow of things to come” in the Messianic Kingdom (Isa.66:23). 

    From the book  The Mystical Rites of our CREATOR  ISBN 0-9675266-0-4

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