Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Year, New Moon

While it's been a while since I've blogged, I have not been idle. Winter was very cold and long! I pray we get more and more warmth and no more snow and ice. I have enjoyed the slowing down we have had, but I'm itching to get seeds potted and thinking towards the gardening season.
Our living room view a week or so ago

The New Year has begun (see Exodus 12). Of course, we in the modern world have other calendars we have gone by for generations. The current one (created back in the 1500's) is called the "Gregorian" calendar. This makes one wonder about the time we live in. The Bible tells us in Daniel 7 "He (speaking of the anti-Messiah) will think to change the times.... and here we are, not even recognizing the way YHWH our Creator and Father has made time to flow! So, armed with new knowledge (well new to me anyway) our family has decided to recognize YHWH's time. A new year has just begun. I realize that the rest of the world has celebrated a new year in the middle of winter, but it has not always been the way and we are going back to the old ways- the way of YHWH. In Exodus 12, we find this: 

12 Adonai spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you. Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household — except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it. Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, and you may choose it from either the sheep or the goats.
“‘You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk.They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame at the entrance of the house in which they eat it.That night, they are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire; they are to eat it with matzah and maror. Don’t eat it raw or boiled, but roasted in the fire, with its head, the lower parts of its legs and its inner organs. 10 Let nothing of it remain till morning; if any of it does remain, burn it up completely.
11 “‘Here is how you are to eat it: with your belt fastened, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand; and you are to eat it hurriedly. It is Adonai’s Pesach [Passover]. 12 For that night, I will pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both men and animals; and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt; I am Adonai13 The blood will serve you as a sign marking the houses where you are; when I see the blood, I will pass over [a] you — when I strike the land of Egypt, the death blow will not strike you.
14 “‘This will be a day for you to remember and celebrate as a festival to Adonai; from generation to generation you are to celebrate it by a perpetual regulation.
15 “‘For seven days you are to eat matzah — on the first day remove the leaven from your houses. For whoever eats hametz [leavened bread] from the first to the seventh day is to be cut off from Isra’el. 16 On the first and seventh days, you are to have an assembly set aside for God. On these days no work is to be done, except what each must do to prepare his food; you may do only that. 17 You are to observe the festival ofmatzah, for on this very day I brought your divisions out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, you are to observe this day from generation to generation by a perpetual regulation. 18 From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day, you are to eat matzah19 During those seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses. Whoever eats food with hametz in it is to be cut off from the community of Isra’el — it doesn’t matter whether he is a foreigner or a citizen of the land. 20 Eat nothing with hametz in it. Wherever you live, eat matzah.’”

YHWH has declared this month to be the first month. What month is that? The same one that a few chapters before is told that the barley was destroyed but not the wheat because it was still not ready. It is March/ April in the Gregorian calendar.... but why would that be the case? Well before things changed and the head of the year started being celebrated in January, most folks celebrated in early spring. In fact, the names of the months are either a number (as in October means 8th month and December means 10th month) or names of false gods (as in January is named Janus, etc...) and spring was the head of the year. Over time much of the world has adopted mid winter as the beginning of the year, though this is not what YHWH has said in His Word. So, in order to have Passover, Feast of unleavened bread, and Firstfruits at the proper time, the barley has to be coming into ripeness (or aviv) AND there has to be a new moon (that is the beginning of the month) so that a short time later (17 days) Firstfruit sacrifice can be made. Why is this important? Because Yeshua is the Firstfruit sacrifice- he was sacrificed on Passover when the lambs were killed (died at 3 on the 14th of the month), put into the tomb and stayed 3 whole days and nights (the "good Friday"through Sunday not- enough-time-for- 3-days is for another post) then was presented to the Father as the Firstfruit sacrifice (John 20:17).

Nothing is done haphazardly by our Father! Well, I had never heard these things in church but they are right here in the Bible for the reading and understanding. 

I say all of this to bring up this: when does the new month start? Many people say the new moon starts at conjunction and others say at the first sighting of the moon sliver (crescent moon).  Last year we were on the fence on which was the right time. We studied and found that there was no description in the Bible about what a "New Moon" consisted of. Well, after much prayer and study, our family has decided to go with the conjunction (which is in complete darkness) for a couple of reasons. The most obvious one to me is this: the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon and why would our Father give us a pagan symbol to watch for every month? There are many other reasons as well but this one has been discussed at length in our home. So, this puts our family a full day ahead of the current calendar's estimate of Passover. That's alright with us though. :)

I saw this today and it's what has inspired this post: 

Yeah, you know, crescent moon and star (symbol of false god) and a giant graven image (another false god). It wasn't this exact picture but it was similar. Thought you'd like to know.