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Happy New Year?

Posted By on March 17, 2013

And Yah spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (Exodus 12:1,2)

Which month was He referring to?

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yah brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month Abib (green barley). (Exodus 13:3,4)

Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month of Abib (green barley); for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty: (Exodus 23:15)

The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt. (Exodus 34:18)

Observe the month of Abib (green barley), and keep the passover unto Yah thy Elohim: for in the month of Abib (green barley) Yah thy Elohim brought thee forth out of Egypt by night. (Deuteronomy 16:1)

This year (2013), multiple witnesses in Israel observed the barley green before the first visible crescent marked the new month on the night ending March 11th; and many are celebrated the scriptural New Year on March 12th. So, what’s the problem?

Spring hasn’t started yet. The spring equinox isn’t until March 21. A “New Year” on March 12th puts Passover on March 26th (starts the evening of March 25), and the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread on March 27th (starts the evening of March 26). This will also put the “Fall Feasts” in the Summer. Trumpets will fall about September 5, Atonement September 14th, and Tabernacles starts September 19th; all before the fall equinox (September 21).

Is there other evidence of when the year begins?

And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And Elohim made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And Elohim set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Elohim saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19)

Genesis 1 says that the seasons (moed, or appointed times) and years are determined by the lights of the firmament. It makes sense that Israel would have a way to determine the New Year, and the timing of the Feasts, during the forty year travels in the wilderness before entering the promised land — when they had no crops, no barley to observe, and no way to know the condition of barley in the land inhabited by Canaanites. It also makes sense that the same signs would be available to us today, no matter where in the world we live.

What signs do we see in the sky at the time of the spring equinox? The constellation virgo stands upright on the horizon, and the moon rises under her feet — exactly as described here:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: (Revelation 12:1)

Is it just a coincidence that Virgo carries a sheaf of barley?

Virgo will stand on the horizon, with the moon rising under her feet, and the other constellations over her head, at the time of the next new moon — around the evening of April 10th. This will make April 11th the start of the New Year, put Passover around the 25th of April, and put the Fall Feasts in the Fall — October, after the fall equinox.




One Response to “Happy New Year?”

  1. gayle says:

    I like your straightforward writing style. I intend to observe the constellation if no cloud cover. Thanks for the insight.

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