YHWHHEBREW CALENDAR   or   Jewish calendar

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 THE CALENDAR DEBACLE 

PASSOVER TO FIRST FRUITS:  THE SIGN OF YONAH

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The first "moon" of the year is in the spring, and occurs NEAR the "tequfah", a span of days called the "equinox".

For more info on the span of days called the equinox, click here:  TEQUFAH

    The commonly seen Hebrew calendar does not start with the beginning of the REAL 1st moon (Springtime) as it actually should, but rather in the Fall season (which is explained as being the "civil year";  however ideally we would rather it span from the 1st month in the Spring through 12 months, up to the next Spring, as Yahuah's (aka YHWH's) year is described as we see at Exodus 12:2).   So, you'll find it starts with the Roman month called "September", and includes the month of September for the following year as well  -  for total of 13 months, since they give you two "Septembers" just for fun.

    Except for the "doubling" of the annual Sabbaths, a few months (like "Tammuz") named for Pagan idols, and the counting to Shabuoth, we feel this calendar can serve to teach us the patterns we have neglected in the Western world.    The Hebrew or "Jewish" Calendar will give you a general feel for the way modern Orthodox Judaism portrays Scripturally-appointed Sabbaths, and does so in such a way that you can easily interpret it through the common Roman Calendar.   Many Messianic scholars generally follow "closely" to this pattern, with subtle variations in observance.   Many identify a New Moon as a crescent, rather than the dark, unseen New Moon used by this calendar, which is going to be an issue until our Mashiak Yahusha returns.  This calendar also begins in the autumn of the year, contrary to the Scriptural Springtime beginning for the year as declared by Yahuah.  As you study Scripture, you'll find differences between it and Judaism's traditions, because fallible men are constantly bending and wrestling with the easy way.  This produces the "traditions of the fathers", such as the Talmud, which can contain conflicts with Torah, if only because they "add" to it.  Even among the Messianic Natsarim today there are many different ways of keeping track of the calendar, so in spite of all the diverse methods there are to look at, we offer this version used by the Orthodox Jewish brothers and sisters so that you can at least have a familiar Roman Date to relate to, then compare how it stacks up to the Scriptural time-keeping method.  You'll find - through study - when to observe the correct times, and this calendar can certainly be of some basic help in spite of the problems it may have.  Those of us looking for more Truth must wrestle with tradition, because Truth and tradition are often opposed to one another.

THE SEVEN ANNUAL SABBATHS

YAHUAH’S REDEMPTION PLAN FOR HIS WIFE, Yisharal

The first moon is called ABIB 

(This means grain, and is referring to the time when barley ripens for the first-fruits harvest)

1st day of the new year begins:   For more info on the equinox, click here:  TEQUFAH

MOEDIM (APPOINTED TIMES)  Set according to the first new moon of the year, in the "spring" for the northern hemisphere.  It is very near the equinox, since the sun is returning to the equatorial region, ending the colder season of winter. The 7 annual MOEDIM consist of very special days through the year, and each is a “shadow” of the redemption plan for Yisharal.   Yahusha's redemption of Yisharal cannot be understood without them (see Lev. 23, Dt. 16).

(NOTE:  the “Gregorian” calendar ignores the real moon entirely, and is strictly “solar”.  The Hebrew calendar is lunar/solar.  The “year” begins with the first new moon in the spring in the northern hemisphere, and this applies to the whole Earth  -  Ex. 12:2.  It is the beginning of moons, so the festivals are all established by the first moon.  To properly understand the Hebrew calendar, remember that each day begins at sunset, not midnight as the Roman paradigm).

The whole 7-day festival of Unleavened Bread (Matsah) is often called "Pesach", or Passover.

Moed’im: This Hebrew word means “appointed times”.  Many of them are “festivals” or feasts, and commemorate or “shadow” how Mashiach Yahusha redeems His wife, Yisharal. 

The festivals are given at Lev. 23, and again at Dt. 16. 

HERE IS A BETTER TRANSLATION OF A FAMILIAR TEXT THAT APPLIES TO THIS SUBJECT:

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a festival, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come for the body of Mashiach."  Col 2:16-17

Moed’im: This Hebrew word means “appointed times”.  Many of them are “festivals” or feasts, and commemorate or “shadow” how Mashiach Yahusha redeems His wife, Yisharal. THE SHADOWS PICTURE  REDEMPTION.

They are given at Lev. 23, and again at Dt. 16.

MANY BEGIN THE MOON AT THE SIGHTING OF THE CRESCENT, HOWEVER THIS IS AN ISLAMIC PRACTICE.  THE TRUE RENEWED MOON IS DARK AND CANNOT BE SEEN IN THE BRILLIANCE OF THE SUN.  THE FIRST DAY IS “BUILDS” FROM THE ZERO-POINT, WHEN THE MOON IS CENTERED BETWEEN THE EARTH & SUN.  IF YOU DON’T BEGIN AT “ZERO”, THE MOON WILL BE WANING ON YOUR COUNT TO THE FEASTS, WHICH OCCUR ON THE 15TH DAY OF THE 1ST AND 7TH MOONS.

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a festival, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come for the body of Mashiach."  Col 2:16-17

 

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a festival, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come for the body of Mashiach."  Col 2:16-17

 

   The Karaites may set the appointments differently than some Natsarim, and we all work out the setting of the moed'im as well as we can possibly do it.   Some start out the first moon while it is still winter  -  seemingly ignoring the fact that the sun determines the days and YEARS for us.   If Scripture says to look for the "GREEN EARS", and then towatch for the next new moon, my only question is, WHERE does it say this?  Seeing it spelled-out in Scripture will easily convince everyone of how to do things properly.   I'm sure that none of us, on either side of this issue, are being willfully rebellious in the least. 

ABIB  -  SPRING:   THE FIRST MOON OF THE YEAR  (SPRING, EX. 12:2)

     "Abib" means ear, or grain, but not a "green" ear.   The sun, moon, and stars are all used together for days, years, signs, and moedim (called "seasons", or appointments) - it's "lunar and solar".   Torah doesn't come out and actually say "equinox", but uses the word Tekufah as the general term for any time period; this is because the SUN (and Earth's rotation, tilt, & orbit around it) determines days and years.  

  The barley plays no role presently, because there is no operating priesthood conducting any of the waving of the First-Fruits aspects of the instructions in Torah;    we Natsarim know that Yahusha fulfilled this First-Fruits offering when He resurrected and presented Himself before Yahuah.   There has been a change in the priesthood - see Hebrews 8.  Without an operational Temple with priests performing daily duties, and a high priest to physically satisfy the prescribed offerings, it becomes difficult to take a Nazirite vow, or bring barley, or do anything but seek out the lost sheep -- which is our duty now as priests according to the order of Melckizedek.   If anyone tells you they waved barley or took aNazirite vow, ask them where they are hiding their time machine!    So, the unbelieving Karaites don't agree with us on every point.   Ultimately, it's not BARLEY, but it's Yahusha they should have been watching for.   The barley was a metaphor or allegory which pointed to Yahusha.   Now, when we see the full barley crop ready to be harvested, we can better appreciate what Torah was pointing at.   Yahusha is the first harvest, and we His qodeshim (saints) are part of a group of the first fruits (Nazarene Yisharal);  the larger wheat harvest in the fall are those who respond to our planting and watering work (all of Yisharal).   See?  It's all about "shadows" of meaning -- we need to be more concerned about the meaning behind the actual grains growing in the ground.   Many Messianics have been taught that we are to watch for "green ears", then watch for the next new moon;  but this is not what is to be done according to Scripture.  It's a delusion intended to deceive, and has succeeded marvelously.

     As Rob Miller explained it so well,  "Since the discrepancy between the solar and lunar years amounts to 207 days every 19 years, the "leap month" of Adar Sheni is added to the third, sixth, eight, eleventh, fourteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth year of every nineteen year period, that is, seven times in a 19-year lunar cycle."   In other words, 7 years out of every 19 years must have 13 months   --   so the last sitting Sanhedrin ordained that a month is to be added, or "intercalated", making those years have an ADAR I and an ADAR II.   This past year was one of these, and some resist it because they saw a few grains of barley get ripened.   The WHOLE barley harvest must be ready to harvest, and ready to reap "When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest." Lev. 23:10.   The barley plays an important part, but it still is the "finger" pointing to Yahusha, our true "first-fruit offering", Who offered Himself to the Father.   To keep looking at the finger (barley) is a very foolish thing to do  -- it signifies the Mashiach, who "waved" (was dead, then came back to life) before the Father, YHWH.

 Pesach, Passover:     (ref. Lev. 23, Dt. 16)     

  The remembrance meal which Yahusha instituted is a full day before the arrival of the 15th,  and I’ve been studying the texts of Shemoth 12 & Luke 22 for the correct way of looking at this.  Yahusha sat down with His students at the beginning of the 14th and told them to remember Him, so the night of the 14th has to be observed  -  there’s no way to ignore it.  The day of the 14th remains a “preparation” day for the annual festival.   Because Yahusha instituted that we take bread and wine at the beginning of that day, we can reflect on His suffering during the entire preparation day, and have something to do on both nights.

The main thing I’ve seen by studying the events in Shemoth 12 concerns which night Yahuah slew the firstborn in Mitsrayim.  I’ve always understood that their deaths were on the night portion of the 14th of Abib, but further study reveals it was on the 15th that He slew the firstborn, and on the same day brought Yisharal out.   

 

Exo 12:17 ‘And you shall guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I brought your divisions out of the land ofMitsrayim. And you shall guard this day throughout your generations, an everlasting law.”

Exo 12:18 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.”

 

Exo 12:51 “And it came to be on that same day that Yahuah brought the children of Yisra’ĕl out of the land of Mitsrayim according to their divisions.”  ~  Notice it says “that same day”;  in order to be the Festival of Unleavened Bread, it had to be on the 15th.

 

   If Yahuah had brought Yisharal out of Mitsrayim on the 14th, it would not yet be the Unleavened Bread (Feast of Matsah).  The thing that was confusing me was the mention of the 14th “at evening”, because I was sure that days begin at evening.  However, look at the way Yahuah uses the same way of expressing Himself for another very important annual Sabbath, the 10th day of the 7th moon, Yom Kaphar:  The “evening” of the ninth until the “evening” of the 10th – completely encapsulating the “10th” 24-hour period:

 

Lev 23:32 ‘It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings.  On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.”

 

   Yahusha indeed instituted a memorial meal as the Passover Lamb at the beginning of the 14th.  Yahusha’s statement that He desired to eat this Passover with them before He suffered can still be very troubling, however when the word “Pesach” is used it can refer to the general time around the festival.  As we see the Pagan culture around us perceives that “Christmastime” embraces a large span of days, yet it is only one day, so also the word Pesach is used to refer to a span of time. 

 

   We are corrrect in observing the memorial meal at the beginning of the 14th, because Yahusha Himself did so.   We also observe the 15th as a Sabbath, so generally much is still the same;  what has been altered is our understanding of when the Yisharalites put the blood on the lintel and doorposts, and that the “passing-over” occurred on the night of the 15th.  The night of the 15th is commanded to be a vigil in Shemoth 12, so we have the 14th and the 15th to consider as vigils.  The 14th at midnight recalls the time of Yahusha’s arrest, and the 15th at midnight recalls the time of the death of all the firstborn.  The thing to do is obey first, then the meaning will be revealed.  That is my advice for everyone.

 

The weekly reading portions "traditionally" performed on Sabbath are
called Haftorah (or Haphtarah), from the Hebrew term meaning "finishing-off":
definition:
Haftarah:
A relatively brief reading from one of the Biblical books that are known collectively as the "Nebi'im/Prophets." A specific haftarah reading is assigned to each Shabbat and holiday, usually based on a connection with the Torah portion for that day. The word "haftarah" itself means "finishing-off" -- it finishes off the Scriptural reading for the day. The Ashkenazic pronunciation, "haftorah," sometimes misleads people to think that the word has something to do with "Torah." But it doesn't.
 
The Rabbis (including Yahusha, Shaul, etc.,.) would stand and read from the Torah, Prophets, and Writings (Torah, Nebi'im, Kethubah) which is seen in the acronym, TaNaKh.  It took a yearly cycle to complete the reading, which would allow a new student to hear what they needed to learn so they could be immersed in a mikvah pool, enjoining Yahuah in His Covenant, and becoming an YisharalITE citizen.  This is still what we are supposed to be doing, but calling on Yahusha's Name for salvation, believing in His atoning death, and resurrection from the dead.

Dovid Siegel tells us:  "The reading of the Haftorah dates back to the Second Jewish Commonwealth, during the era of the Greek empire. Our enemies recognized the vitality of the Torah and banned us from reading the weekly Torah portion. In response, the Rabbis of those days substituted the reading of a segment from the Prophets, commonly known as the Haftorah. They carefully chose specific sections of the Prophets which correspond to the sedra and intended through this to capture the lessons of the weekly Torah portion. Although the Torah reading has been restored, the Haftorah remains an integral part of Shabbos and Yom Tov experience.

Rabbi Dovid Siegel isolates a hidden theme of the Haftorah after presenting a general overview of the Haftorah together with historic background. He then finds a common thread which runs through the haftorah and the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Siegel draws from the commentaries and midrashic sources and reveals ethic and moral lessons contained within the Haftorah. He clearly demonstrates how the timely words of our Prophets are, in truth, reflections of the Torah, and attempts to translate them into our daily life."

Our calendars are authentic orthodox, and include the weekly "Haftorah" reading references for each Sabbath.

With the kindest hopes that everyone will overcome certain traditions handed down by fallible men, many will not want to because they love how certain traditions make them feel, or accepted by others.  Althoughtraditions are sometimes harmless, those connected with the ancient worship of Nimrod (Satanically designed) are offensive to the One True Creator, whose Name alone is Yahuah.  The excuses many give are:

"It doesn't mean that to me."   --   "It doesn't mean that anymore."   --   "He knows my heart."   --   "That's not what's going on in MY mind when I think about it."    --     "I'm not Jewish; those rules are not for Gentiles".  Our perspective, or world-view, is often the whole problem.  We only need to see things from Yahuah's point of view, not our own.   His ways are not our ways.

Yahuah Alahim declares,   "For My thoughts are not your thoughts"   Is. 55

A  war  rages  between  Truth  and  Traditions   of  men.   All Yisharal will be saved, and only Yisharal - learn who they are!

Traditions will lose in the end.    Truth will free you of them.


 

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  Isn't the term "bible" the proper name of a fertility deity whose temple was located at ancient Byblos, a coastal town named for her?
Does Yahuah's Word ever refer to itself as a "bible"? Our fathers have inherited only lies and things of no profit (YirmeYahu 16:19). Also, tradition has altered names like Yahudah to "Judah", and replaced the Name of Yahuah with "LORD" (Baal in Hebrew), and inserted the name of the identity thief, Jesus, for the true Name, Yahusha. Also, are there names for the Zodiac in the texts at Iyub (aka Job) chapters 9 & 38 in the translation you use (from the Hebrew words EISH, KESIL, KIMAH, and MAZZAROTH? The new 
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