The Biblical New Year and 2019 Report

12 Mar:  Brian Convery has had to back track from his posting of pictures without a proper explanation, implying that the grain in those pictures was barley.   Brian has now posted the picture again, this time with the explanation [not given the first time]:    “What a beautiful picture above demonstrating what we had given testimony to. Look at all the 2 and 6 row barley, the oats, the weeds flowering, and some wheat . . .”  Clearly the field is not barley as he originally implied, and even if it was completely ripening barley it is still irrelevant because of its distance from Jerusalem. 

Brian goes on to try to justify his New Year claim by saying [wrongly] that the barley is only one of many witnesses that we are to look for.  This claim is absolutely wrong; God’s commandments give us two signs ONLY;  1 The lambing, so that lambs of a year old [in their first year], will be available for sacrifice, and 2 The availability of barley for the Wave Offering. 

Any other signs of spring are not part of any commandment regarding the New Year, and are scripturally irrelevant for setting the New Year.  I like Brian very much and I have great respect for him but this time he is wrong.  

 

7 March: Except for a report by Brian Convery of isolated patches of barley mixed with a high concentration of oats south of S’derot by Gaza; which barley is not Aviv anyway since these isolate patches of barley plants are mixed with standing oats.  This is also not acceptable due to the location so far from Jerusalem; NO Aviv was found anywhere near Jerusalem or anywhere else in Israel at this time. 

Fixing the new year now is way too early, placing Trumpets about 1 Sep,  This year a few isolated patches of  barley were found only in the far south and mixed with standing oats, which is a dead giveaway that the barley is NOT Aviv since the oats will always fall more than a week before the barley becomes Aviv. 

Finding some oats with a few isolated patches of barley plants maturing south of S’derot also does not meet the command for all persons to be present at Jerusalem for Passover and the Feast, which necessitates the cutting of the sheaf immediately outside the temple.  Which was accepted practice during the temple period and accepted by Christ as the standard. 

What is the command?  To keep the Passover and Feast at Jerusalem!

What does the Wave Sheaf mean?  It is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ!  

Where was Christ resurrected from?  A tomb immediately outside the walls of Jerusalem! 

Where was the Sheaf cut, throughout the temple period?  Just outside the walls of Jerusalem!

To cut it anywhere else is to break God’s command,  and obscures the true meaning!  See more below.   

Of course the physical  temple no longer exists and we will not offer sacrifices until Christ comes and builds a new temple (Ez 40-48), but we should certainly use the temple site as the location for establishing the new year according to the example of Jesus Christ.

Because of this fact, an intercalary thirteenth month will begin at the next visible new moon [tomorrow evening], and the first month of the new year will begin in April.  

Devorah Gordon: no Aviv found anywhere in Israel. 

We carried out our Aviv Search on March 6, 2019 and concentrated our search in the regions in Israel where the barley first ripens, namely the Jordan Valley and the Northern Negev. The barley in the Jordan Valley was extremely immature, either still in the boot or in the flowering or cotton stages. When we first started our search in the in the Northern Negev we were finding that there too the fields were in the flowering and cotton stages. However as we progressed more South, we found fields that contained a significant amount of barley in the worm and soft dough stages.

We even found some patches of aviv barley. However, these aviv patches were clearly micro environments and by far not representative of the state of the barley in the fields they were found in. One of the places we found patches of aviv barley was growing on a slightly raised mound, which for whatever reason seems to have caused the barley to develop quicker [James, this is because of better drainage drying the plant and forcing maturation]. The other place we found patches of Aviv barley was on the West side of a Tel, which due to its position and direction was receiving a lot of direct sunlight.

I want to reiterate that the little Aviv we found, were patches found in micro environments and by far not representative of the state of the barley in the fields they were found in, nor will it significantly affect the harvest yield if these patches are not harvested before their heads break.

It was the unanimous consensus of the team that they personally will NOT be beginning the new year with the upcoming new moon.

 

6 Mar:   Brian Convery seems satisfied with a little barley in the Gaza area and has decided to terminate his search.  

Report from Jerusalem:  The barley at the Temple Mount (just north of the Eastern Gate) is either just coming out of the boot (Zadoks stage 5) or in flowering stage (Zadoks 6). The hulls where the kernels form are still empty. Aviv is Zadok Scale 8.

Becca Biderman reports that the barley is not ready anywhere north of S’derot and around Jerusalem the oats were still vibrant green and the barley was mostly in bloom, basically, it was in the same condition as it
was in the north region. There are storks, swallows, doves, figs,
leafing grapes, lambs and kids, etc. but the barley is not ready.

Brian Hoeck reports some fields in the south with patches of Aviv, and others intend to visit those fields tomorrow. 

Unless this changes tomorrow, the barley at Jerusalem is NOT Aviv for a new year and the next new moon will begin an intercalary thirteenth month, and  Passover will be in April. Final Report tomorrow.  

 

5 Mar:   2019 New Year Report- With two or three days left until the new moon, Brian Convery reports that he has found sufficient Aviv barley in the Gaza area

Since God commanded that every able person appear before him at Jerusalem for the Passover, the barley would necessarily need to be ready for cutting at Jerusalem and I cannot agree with Brian. 

I would add that in the time of Christ in the flesh, there was no way that the sheaf could be cut at sun set in Gaza and then be transported to Jerusalem and prepared in time for the Temple Wave Offering just after the morning sacrifice that same day.

I will wait for final reports, however all available information is that the barley is not ready in any place outside of the Gaza envelope, not even in Beer Sheva (See this FB Biderman video).

Larry Hardison writes; “We are following 5 search groups of which 4 have reported their findings. Only the Karaite Jews (Devorah Gordon’s group) have not reported as yet.  So far the results have been generally negative, with barley in the flowering stage (Northern Israel), still in “the boot,” just out of “the boot” and in the “milk” stage all which means the barley grain is not mature enough at this time to be considered Aviv.” 

Final reports on March 7

 

The Biblical New Year

God commanded us to begin the year annually at the same season or annual time that Israel kept the Passover in Egypt. 

Exodus 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 

This annual season is characterized by the birthing of lambs and the maturing of the barley crop. 

During the plague of hail on Egypt the barley was already in full head or in the ear with formed grins, and this seventh plague was actually several weeks before the new year.  We find that several weeks BEFORE the new year is declared by God the barley had already formed seed in the grain heads so that the crop was destroyed by the hail. 

Exodus 9:31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. 9:32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. 

Because the barley was in the head before the new year was set by God, and because mature barley is necessary to begin the spring harvest with the Wave Sheaf; the new year for the called out begins when the barley is in the ear with formed seeds.  The first visible new moon after the barley reaches that state begins the new year. 

The first biblical month is called Aviv or Abib which means that the barley seed can be separated from the head, parched and ground to make flour [essential for the Wave Offering] during that month. 

Now ultimately the lands given to Israel stretch from Egypt to the Euphrates river, and since God did not specify where the barley had to be ready [or did he?]; where do we look.

God set the new year in Egypt at the Passover month in which Israel came out from Egypt.  Since then the biblical new year begins with the same month [in the same season of the year] that God established in Egypt.

Later the command came  regarding the Wave Offering once they began to cultivate the promised land came into play, and gave us a firm starting point from that time on. 

Originally there were 12 thirty day months in a solar year, this changed later and they had to begin to intercalate to keep the months in line with the solar year. Early civilizations around the world used calendars with months of 30 days and years of 360 days. These calendars functioned well until sometime in the 8th century BC when suddenly it became necessary to change them. Then most civilizations around the world began to modify their calendars to allow for 5 extra days for the year and 6 fewer days for a lunar year of 12 full months; a modern lunar year is 354 days (12 months x 29.5 days).

The number of days in a year change was marked by the second King of Rome, Numa Pompilius, and by his Jewish contemporary, King Hezekiah. Later other civilizations adopted the new 365 day year as well. These events are often linked with the shadow on the sundial going back 10 degrees in the days of Hezekiah around 700-750 BC.

I do not pretend to know details of these things but there was a change in the number of days in a solar year and in the lunar month as well, in about the 8th century B.C.; which then necessitated the intercalation of a 13th month every so often to keep the lunar year in line with the seasons and the solar year, about the time of Hezekiah which after that would have been needed in the days of Jesus Christ and is still needed today. 

After that time the Sanhedrin began to set the new moons at Jerusalem and also set the new year from Jerusalem.  They did not go searching across the nation looking for maturing barley but set the new year by the barley in the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem, where it would be cut when the nation was to gathered at Jerusalem for the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

God commanded that when Israel entered the land and began to cultivate the land,  that they should cut and bring the first sheaf of the spring barley harvest to present to God. 

This was to be a sheaf of THEIR harvest, because of the meaning of this spring harvest as representing the early harvest of first fruits of the called out, Jesus Christ. 

It is for this reason that this first sheaf was required to be from the HARVEST cultivated by Israel, and not from the harvests of the Canaanites  [which were symbolic of people not being faithful and submissive to God].  

Today many search for “wild barley.”   This is a somewhat confusing misnomer as today’s so called “wild barley” is descended from the ancient cultivated barley without the modern artificial genetic changes.  It is quite right to seek out this ancient barley for biblical purposes today.

Leviticus  23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye [the nation] shall bring a [one]sheaf of the firstfruits of your [the collective national harvest] harvest unto the priest  23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

Here the term “ye shall” does not mean that every individual should cut a sheaf to bring to the priest, but that ONE sheaf should be cut from the collective nation of Israel and brought to the priest; otherwise the priest would have to lift up thousands of sheaves and the symbology of one first sheaf beginning the whole harvest would be lost.  This was always understood by the priests and in no case was there ever more than ONE sheaf lifted up to God.

The first sheaf represented the acceptance of the resurrected Lamb of God, by God the Father, as the first of the harvest of the early harvest of first fruits.  

This was  because there would be NO spiritual harvest and resurrection of men to spirit unless the First Sheaf, the Lamb of God was sacrificed for sin and was resurrected after a perfect sinless life – which took place at Jerusalem – and that Lamb of God was accepted by God the Father as the ONLY Mediator, Intercessor and a spiritual High Priest forever; to effect reconciliation between sinners and God the Father in heaven.

Leviticus 23;11  And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 

Tradition tells us that Joshua took seven years to conquer the land and it took another seven years to divide the land to all the families of Israel by lot and after that, when Israel began to cultivate the land, a First Sheaf of the harvest was cut on the day after the Sabbath on a Sunday and was then waved before the LORD on that same Sunday. 

Israel did fall away many times, but when they kept the Word of God they always cut the Wave Sheaf at the very beginning of Sunday immediately after sunset ending the Sabbath and beginning Sunday and processed the grain lifting it up to the LORD after the morning Daily Sacrifice. 

In the wilderness God commanded that when they entered the land they were to cut the first sheaf of the spring harvest and the Rabbins interpreted this in the Mishnah to mean that the Sheaf could be cut anywhere in Palestine: However this command for cutting the Wave Sheaf was qualified by God’s command to appear before him for the Festivals. 

All able bodied persons were commanded to present themselves before God and to observe the Feasts in the place that God should choose and all being present at the place that God chose; the Wave Sheaf – which was cut during the Spring Feast – would be cut at that same place as well. 

All Israel was to appear wherever the Tabernacle was, because God dwelt in the Tabernacle and the Tabernacle was movable. 

Then in latter times the Ark was moved to Jerusalem by David when God revealed that God had chosen Jerusalem as the place of God’s name or presence, and finally when Solomon completed the Temple and God placed His name in that Temple (2 Chron 12:16), the people were to come to that Temple to seek God during the Feasts of the LORD.

Once the Temple was built, God commanded every able bodied person to appear before him at the Temple for the Feast, and if the people obeyed God’s command, they would all be at the Temple at Jerusalem during the Feast; and it is self evident that the Wave Sheaf would have to be cut there, because all the people were already gathered there. 

For more see The Wave Sheaf Offering article in the Spring Festivals category

The point is that the Wave Sheaf was not cut many miles away but was cut in the immediate vicinity of the tabernacle and waved on the same day that it was cut.  Later when the Ark was moved to the temple mount the ceremony and the cutting was also moved to Jerusalem, where God had chosen to dwell and to place his name. 

God has commanded that all Israel assemble before him at Jerusalem for Passover and the UB Feast.   That is the LAW and means that the sheaf must be cut at Jerusalem where  all the people were gathered; and anyone not gathered at Jerusalem was not keeping the commandments, therefore it was unlawful to cut the Wave Sheaf anywhere else after God chose the temple at Jerusalem. 

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:

Today God is again working to focus the whole world on Jerusalem from which Christ will rule all nations in the near future.

The Wave Sheaf must be cut at Jerusalem and therefore must be ripening at Jerusalem to begin the new year. 

Since Jerusalem at 2,500 feet in elevation is the highest place and is in the mountains it is the last place to ripen, meaning that the whole barley harvest will be ripe and ready to be harvested when the barley is ripe at Jerusalem.

New Year Barley:   

If the harvest was maturing, do you think that one would need to take several long days to find a small amount of anomalous maturing barley in two or three fields and then set the new year by those few abnormal plants;  while ALL of the barley everywhere else was at least a month away from maturing?  or would the barley be maturing widely and be easily found if the harvest was maturing? 

The ONLY God commanded law setting the new year, is to cut and offer the Wave Offering barley sheaf beginning the spring harvest.

The whole nation is commanded to gather at Jerusalem from Passover through the following seven day Feast of UB and the Sheaf would have to be cut at Jerusalem, because that was where the people were gathered before God. 

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:

Deuteronomy 16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee: 16:6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in,

When the barley was ripe at Jerusalem it would also be ripening across the whole land; quite different from taking a small bit of freak barley, which is well ahead of all the other barley growth, when the barley harvest would not be maturing for another month. 

 

We need to realize that the Wave Sheaf is meant to be the first sheaf of a much larger harvest, and finding enough anomalous barley for one sheaf while the main harvest is at least a month away is not acceptable.  

We also need to keep God’s commandment regarding the Wave Offering concerning the barley, without any extraneous matters like bird migrations or ripening figs [NOTE:  The incident of Jesus and the fig tree was where?  It was in Jerusalem!  Not Beer Sheva etc!].

We know that from at least the days of Ezra, the priests were given a plot of land just outside the temple walls a few hundred yards away across the brook Kedron in the Ashes valley.  It was in the sheltered Ashes Valley that the priests cultivated a plot of land for the purpose of cutting a Wave Sheaf for the First Sheaf Offering on the first Sunday during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  

From God’s revival leader Ezra to the destruction of the temple in c 70 A.D. and throughout the physical life of Jesus Christ; the New Year was always set by the ripening barley in the Ashes valley just across the Kidron from the temple walls!  and Jesus Christ never questioned this or taught anything contrary, indeed he confirmed this method of setting the New Year by accepting it and observing the Festivals by this method throughout his physical life!  

Brethren, what was good for Jesus Christ is good for us!  He set an example that we should follow!

We are to begin the New Year when the barley is ready to ripen in the immediate vicinity of the temple in Jerusalem, regardless of the condition of the harvest in Beer Sheva or Sderot or anywhere else; just like Jesus Christ did!  We are not to set the New Year by the state of the barley in Sderot or Nazareth or anywhere other than Jerusalem; for God has placed his name [temple, headquarters; His presence] at Jerusalem!

To emphasize this I want to show how the Wave Offering was actually conducted and demonstrate its meaning, which is lost when one uses a harvest from any area except Jerusalem.

Each Passover the priests would go to the Ashes Valley plot a few hundred yards from the temple and bind out a sheaf with cords, and in 31 A.D. they bound a sheaf just as Messiah was dying on the stake.  Then late on the Sabbath after Passover they would go to the Ashes valley plot and prepare to cut the sheaf.  

In 31 A.D. the First Sheaf was cut from the earth at the beginning of Sunday just after the Sabbath had ended and at the same time as Jesus Christ was resurrected and changed from flesh back to spirit. 

Then Jesus WAITED through until the Wave Offering was lifted up to be accepted by God the Father before he also ascended up to be accepted by God the Father.  This symbolism was perfect being designed by the Creator himself!  but the symbolism would be broken if the sheaf were cut at some distant location and sent to the temple. 

The Wave Sheaf MUST be cut very close to the location where it is to be offered, for the symbolism to be properly fulfilled!  and since the New Year is set when the barley will be ripe enough to be cut; the New Year is to be set from Jerusalem. 

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Quoting the Jewish historian Edersheim:

“On the 14th of Nisan, Passover day, the spot whence the first sheaf was to be reaped had been marked out by delegates from the Sanhedrim, by tying together in bundles, while still standing, the barley that was to be cut down.  It was customary to choose for this purpose the sheltered Ashes-valley across Kedron, because of its proximity to the temple. . . . [Edersheim also says:  The Temple – Its Ministry and Services, p.142-3:
“Though, for obvious reasons, it was customary to choose for this purpose the sheltered Ashes-valley across Kedron, there was no restriction on that point, provided the barley had grown in an ordinary field—of course in Palestine itself—and not in garden or orchard land, and that the soil had not been manured nor yet artificially watered (Mishnah, Menach. viii.1,2).”  [Edersheim was only looking at the Wave Offering command and missed the point that there was a restriction on location due to the fact that the whole nation was commanded to be present in one place, therefore obviously the cutting would take place in the vicinity of were the nation was gathered
].

When the time for cutting the sheaf had arrived, that is, on the evening of the Sabbath, just as the sun went down, three men, each with a sickle and basket, formally set to work.

In order to clearly bring out all that was distinctive in the ceremony, they first asked of the bystanders three times each of these questions: ‘Has the sun gone down?’ ‘With this sickle?’ ‘Into this basket?’ ‘On this Sabbath  and lastly, ‘Shall I reap?’ Having each time been answered in the affirmative, they cut down barley to the amount of one ephah, or ten omers, or three seahs, which is equal to about three pecks and three pints of our English measure.

The grain thus prepared was immediately taken to the temple [and parched and then] and  ground in a barley mill. According to some the flour was then always successfully passed through thirteen sieves, each finer than the other. 

The omer of flour was mixed with a ‘log,’ or very nearly three-fourths of a pint of oil, and a handful  of frankincense put upon it, then waved before the Lord [after the morning Daily sacrifice], and a handful taken out and burned on the altar.” 

The Ashes Valley is at the hghest elevation of cultivated land in Israel, and due to that circumstance the barley there is the last to ripen.  This means that when the barley is cut in the Ashes Valley by the priests, the barley harvest in all other areas will also be ripe and ready for harvest and that the national barley harvest can begin. 

On the other hand if one finds a few fields of ripening barley and cuts the First Sheaf from an isolated ripening field the national barley will not be at the ready for harvest after the Wave Sheaf is cut. 

There was a restriction in that the sheaf be cut and offered at the place where God’s tabernacle and later temple was, simply because all the people were commanded to be there. During the tabernacle period there was no restriction on where the tabernacle was set up, the ark could be moved to any place in the land at God’s discretion, and in fact was set up at Shiloh and later at Jerusalem.

God Chooses Jerusalem

Once the temple was built, since it was not movable and God had placed his presence there; Jerusalem became a permanent place for the cutting and offering of the Wave Offering as well as making all other offerings.

God placed his name [presence] in the temple at Jerusalem [through the presence of the Holy Spirit or Shekinah 2 Chr 7:1-3] and all the people of Israel were to appear before the LORD at the Temple where God had placed his names [presence] for each of the pilgrim Feasts.

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

1 Kings 9:3 And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

2 Chronicles 7:12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

2 Chronicles 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

When Christ comes he will yet build the Ezekiel Temple at Jerusalem and later the eternal New Jerusalem will descend from heaven.  This is also an allegory that God will dwell in his spiritual temple, and his resurrected people through the Holy Spirit forever.

Edersheim’s statement that there was no restriction on the location of the Wave Sheaf cutting place is wrong, since he was looking for a specific command to cut at a certain place; and did not take into account the fact that God had chosen Jerusalem and the temple there as His own and that all sacrifices were to be made at the temple and nowhere else; and that all Israel was commanded to be gathered at the Temple for the full seven day Feast during which the Wave Sheaf was to be cut. 

The Wave Offering is included in the sacrifices as a commanded offering during the Feast of Unleavened Bread which was to be observed for seven days in the presence of God which in the temple period was AT JERUSALEM.

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:

All Israel was gathered at Jerusalem for the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread [and Passover] during the temple period! Why? Because God’s House was there and they were appearing before God!

Therefore the Sheaf was cut at Jerusalem, [Where else could the sheaf be cut with all Israel gathered at the tabernacle or later at the temple at Jerusalem?] just as Jesus died and was resurrected at Jerusalem!

Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

16:2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there.

16:3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

16:4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.

16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee:

16:6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

16:7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.

Then the Feast of Unleavened Bread also at the tabernacle and later at Jerusalem

16:8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.

It is extremely obvious that the Sheaf was to be cut the same day that it was offered as was clearly done in the temple period [and approved of by Christ] and was commanded to be offered at the House of God at Jerusalem, when the whole nation was gathered there before God; and it was an offering being presented to God to be accepted by God.

Calendar Principles  

In the beginning a perfect system of 12 thirty day months making a 360 day year was established and all nations used a 360 day year calendar. The new moon began after the end of every thirty days.

During the reign of Hezekiah the cycle was disturbed making careful observation necessary to establish the new moon and the beginning of the months. See the Biblical Calendar articles for more.

We are told that when Christ comes there will be massive earthquakes all over the earth so that the entire surface of the earth will be remade. I suggest as speculation that Christ will restore the correct intended lunar solar cycles at that time which may be a big factor in causing those earthquakes.

Personally I think that Christ will restore the proper cycles, but we live in the now and we need to learn and exercise wisdom.

1)  God set the sun and moon in motion and commanded that the light be used to establish days, months and years (Gen 1:14).  Throughout history until the modern Rabbins decided to change God’s Calendar away from the first visible light to the darkness of molads in 1178 A.D.: The months for Israel  ALWAYS began with the first visible light of the new moon.  Again See the Biblical Calendar articles for the history and further details.

2)  If the light of the new moon is calculated to be visible, and it is observed; then the new month should be consecrated.

3)  If the new moon is calculated to be visible and it is NOT seen at Jerusalem due to a lack of witnesses in that city, cloud cover or other adverse conditions; but it is seen in the land or within a short distance east of the land by at least two witnesses; it is evident that the moon could have been seen at Jerusalem based on the two local observation witnesses and calculation and the new month should be consecrated. 

4) If the moon is calculated to be visible at the end of 29 days and it is NOT seen by witnesses [subject to statement #3] then it should NOT be consecrated, and should be delayed to the next day.

5) If the moon is calculated to be visible at the end of 30 days it should be consecrated regardless of whether it is seen or not; since the moon cycle is 29 1/2 days and no month may be longer than 30 days.

6) Since binoculars and telescopes are a modern invention, and since locating the moon is an integral part of sighting the moon;  The first visible light of the new moon must be both located and seen by unaided normal eyesight [corrective lenses to 20/20 are permitted].  

The New Year should be consecrated when enough barley in Jerusalem will be ready for the Wave Offering by the 14th day of the first month.

In rare years where there is no ripening barley do to great drought, the new moon CLOSEST to the spring equinox should begin the year, so as to prevent a year from being spread out over more than one complete proper year do to a lack of harvest.

To use the new moon BEFORE the equinox as a hard rule, could [in some years] start the month well before the harvest would be ready. To use the new moon AFTER the equinox as a hard rule could in some years result in the Festivals being delayed until they are out of season, for example putting the Fall Festivals in November. 

The Weekly Sabbath begins when the sun sets locally.  Persons living north or south of 55 degrees may observe the Sabbath from 18:00 hours [this is the average sunset time at Jerusalem], and all of the brethren in any such location should observe the Sabbath at the same time by common accord.  When Christ comes he will decide on this matter. 

Certain people have ridiculed the Biblical Calendar saying that there are numerous calendars out there. 

That is true, however there is ONLY one Biblical Calendar which is true to Holy Scripture and true to the Calendar used during the history of Israel through the ministry of Jesus Christ and beyond:  and the modern Rabbinic Calendar which they use is NOT it!

Today’s  modern apostate from Scripture Rabbinic Calendar was not finalized until 1178 A.D. 

 

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  1. Who could have imagined a Christian in 2019 would have to know barley growing?

    ALL THINGS Must be restored! Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. God’s two will restore even more than the calendar! James

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