Sons To Glory Newsletter #19
Tabernacles - September 28, 2013

 

God's Calendar

by Paul Jablonowski

September 28, 2013

Different calendars have abounded throughout the millenniums, but does God have a calendar?

We have been honoring the LORD's New Moon celebrations since Pentecost this year. Now, by the feast of Tabernacles it has become apparent that there are many calendars, both secular and Jewish, that claim to be the authority on what day to celebrate the "new moon." But, is Yahweh not able to show His people how HE keeps time?

The Scriptures must be our source, and the foundation for God's way of keeping time is found in the first chapter of Genesis verse 14 which says:

"God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.""

This word "seasons" in Hebrew is "moedim" which is more than just spring/summer/autumn/winter. This word means "appointed times" and is also used sometimes in the Scriptures for "feasts" because it is an appointed time to meet (feast) with God. The feasts of the LORD, including new moons, are appointed seasons (times).

If we know the courses of the moon and the sun in their trek through the heavens, then we can follow the Biblical patterns to know when God is waiting to meet with us. Like any "appointment" on a calendar, we want to be on time, in the right places and on the right dates when God is waiting to show us things about His kingdom on earth. These patterns are extremely regular, and while we can debate the interpretation of what to do with them, the orbits of the moon and sun as seen from the earth are not debatable and can be determined as a matter of fact.

The modern Jewish calendar currently sets the new Hebrew months based on calculations from Rabbi Hillel who lived around 350 AD. The problem is that they are calculated based on the "dark moon" and not the "new moon." In other words, their month starts when the conjunction of the earth, moon and sun occur. But the Biblical New Moon is when the first sliver of the waxing moon can be seen from the earth. Hence the term "new." This is how the patriarchs always calculated a "new moon."

The "dark moon" is not even visible in the sky because it is directly in the sun! So while the Biblical new moon sometimes starts on the same day as the modern Jewish calendar new month, it usually will be the day after, or sometimes even two days after it based on when the moon emerges out from the sun and can be seen from a particular location on the earth. Since the earth has 24 time zones, there will be different days around the globe as to when the New Moon can be seen locally.

Watching and witnessing is an important aspect of Biblical time keeping used by the patriarchs. There is something important about waiting on and watching the signs in the heavens (and the moon) on a personal basis in the locality of where you live. The current modern Jewish calendar is not correct because it does not take into account our observable vantage point from this earth, but a correct New Moon will be within a day or two of it.

The following website has already done the astronomical homework for the visible New Moon from the location of Jerusalem: http://www.torahcalendar.com/

In part, we plan to use this calendar for the new moon celebrations in Harvest Alabama so we can plan meeting dates and times.

"Like the moon, it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies." Psalm 89:37

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