THE CALENDAR

BASED ON THE WORD OF THE CREATOR

GOD OF HOSTS

AND

HIS MEMORIAL OF PASSOVER

 

"God 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:"

Genesis 1:14

 

"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth

when they were created,

in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,"

Genesis 2:4

 

"And the LORD 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

 

"…It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S PASSOVER,

who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt,

when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.

And the people bowed the head and worshipped."

Exodus 12:27

 

"Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year."

Exodus 13:10

 

March 2, 2010

 

Let's begin first by being clear on this GOD of Hosts and HIS connection with Creation and with the people HE Created.  The CREATOR GOD of Hosts does not take this title lightly.  HE ALONE is the ONE GOD that Created the Heavens and the Earth and all things therein.  The CREATOR GOD uses HIS title - GOD of Hosts - to STRESS HIS CREATIONS and POWER to prove by HIS MIGHTY ACTS that ONLY HE is the ONE True and Living GOD capable of these achievements.  And the CREATOR that formed the Heavens and the Earth, gave mankind HIS Creations in the Heavens to determine HIS Seasons, Days, and Years.   Sadly, though, not all Israelites pay full attention to the CREATOR's WONDROUS WORKS in the Heavens.

 

"… the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven…which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven."   Deuteronomy 4:19

 

Since the CREATOR GOD of Hosts divided the sun, moon, and stars unto all nations under the whole Heaven, we can deduce that the CREATOR GOD of Hosts did indeed establish these entities, so that we would be able to measure TIME and be in awe of HIM and HIS Greatness on a day to day basis throughout the entire year. 

 

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.

 

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

 

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

 

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward."   Psalm 19:1,7,9,11

 

IS NOT THE "JUDGMENT" (DECLARATION) IN GENESIS 1:14 JUST AS IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT IN OUR LIVES AS IS FEARING THE CREATOR THAT ESTABLISHED THIS ORDINANCE?

 

"I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope."   Psalm 130:5

 

Moreover, realizing that this CREATOR of Heaven and Earth is Our GOD should make us Fear and love HIM with all our heart, soul, and might, and thereby, keep HIM always in our hearts.  And to disregard HIS Heavenly Creations, i.e., HIS Lighted/Signs in the Heavens for realizing our Calendar that HE established for our benefit, is to take Reverence, Honor, and utmost PRAISE away from Our CREATOR GOD of Heaven and Earth, not to mention that it would also inhibit our perception of "Time" that HE has established for us.   Hence, it is very important for us to realize that HIS "Seasons, Days, and Years" are directly related to HIS Holy Days and to worship of HIM.

 

Even every day, evening and morning, should be just as significant to us as are HIS declared Sabbaths of Complete REST and HIS Feast Days.  Every evening, when the sun is setting, we are to PRAISE the CREATOR GOD of Israel.  Every morning, we are to PRAISE the CREATOR GOD of Israel.  This is to be done every day of our lives from generation to generation from one Season, Day, Month, and Year unto all others, "The LORD's [Holy] Name is to be PRAISED"!

 

"Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel…"   I Chronicles 17:24

 

"Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised."   Psalm 113:2,3

 

"Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!"   Psalm 113:2 – 6

 

THE CREATOR GOD ACKNOWLEDGES

BUT ONE MEANS OF MEASURING TIME!

 

When we research the different calendars that have existed in the past, we find that for one reason or another, people had the desire to tamper with the days of the year.  As a result these folks have had to use intercalary days and/or months in their efforts to sustain a year of 52 weeks and 365 days.  The CREATOR GOD made no mention of calendar adjustments to sustain 365 days in each year.  No one has mentioned this, but nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures is a year defined as having 365 days.   The CREATOR speaks of "Seasons, Days, and Years", and for that reason, 365 days is not the CREATOR's standard for determining a year.  To believe otherwise and choose to calculate thirty days for each month would even prove such a calendar to be in error because then the New Moon Crescents would not be recognized.

 

Even a fixed lunar calendar of 354 days would not be appropriate for a Hebrew Calendar.  Reason being is that in succeeding years, the BEGINNING of Months unto us and Passover would fall out of the "Spring Season".  However, to follow a fixed occurrence relating to the sun in the Heavens for the start of the "Spring Season", which is the "Equinox", would enable us to observe Passover every year at the "time appointed".  Thus, the 365-day calendar has nothing to do with the Hebrew Calendar.  Given that a lunar calendar year is too short (354 days) and would not include the start of one "Spring Season" to the next, we only need continue unto the next New Moon Crescent Sighting to complete the Calendar Year, which does not effect the year in any way because the added days would still fall within the next year's "Spring Season".   Thus, the Calendar Year would be from one "Spring Season" to the next "Spring Season" in accordance with the Lighted/Sign of the "Spring Equinox".

 

The annual Hebrew Calendar will vary each year, and the reason is that the "Spring Season" and the New Year cannot be called until AFTER the fixed Lighted/Signs (the SUN and MOON) are evident in the Heavens.  That would be with the appearance of the "Spring Equinox" and the New Moon Crescent, which occur at different times within a thirty-day period. 

 

"The path taken by the sun, however, is at an angle to the equator.  The noonday sun shines directly on the equator on March 20th every year, and on that date, night and day are each twelve hours long all over the Earth.  This day is known as the vernal equinox, since vernal comes from the Latin word for spring, and equinox from the Latin word for equal night." Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space, pp. 19   (Highlights are mine.)

 

If we are to observe Passover in its SEASON, then the Hebrew Calendar Year would have to start March 21st (Jerusalem Time), at the time of the "Spring Equinox" in that this is when the sun is directly over the equator (1:32 P.M. EDT on March 20,) each year (in agreement with Genesis 1:14,15).  Therefore a complete Hebrew Calendar Year would have to begin and include from one "Spring Season" to another (March 21, to March 20, of the next year).  The SEASON starts the "Time" – NOT the year starts the season.  Is that not why the CREATOR mentioned the "SEASON" before "Days" and "Years"?  Let's try to look at the whole picture for an understanding!

 

Even given March 21, Jerusalem Time, we must await the New Moon Crescent Sighting that starts the Beginning of months unto us, which just might take days and even weeks, as is the case this year.  

 

Thus, the CREATOR's Calendar is continuous for millennia without adjustments and without intercalary days and months from one "Spring Season" to the next that would include New Moon Crescent markers to indicate the beginnings of each month. 

 

MAN's ADJUSTMENTS WITH THE CREATOR's CALENDAR

INTERFERE WITH HOW WE MUST MEASURE TIME

 

"Ye shall NOT DO after all the things that we do here this day,

every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes."  

Deuteronomy 12:8

 

 

Man's interference in the WORKS of the CREATOR GOD's Calendar, i.e., HIS measurement of "Time" as defined in Genesis 1:14, results in a corrupted man-made calendar.  This is wisdom, and if people don't understand, perhaps it is because they do not observe GOD's LAW, as it is written.

 

"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether."  Psalm 19:7 – 9

 

"Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."   Deuteronomy 4:5,6

 

"Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments."   Psalm 112:1

 

Some may deny it, and some do ignore it, but Genesis 1:14 is a Commandment, and when we alter the CREATOR's Ordinance for recognizing HIS appointed "Seasons, Days, and Years, this is adding to HIS WORD, whether we admit it or not.

 

Another pertinent LAW of great importance for Israelites TODAY concerns our doing what we deem is right rather than what the CREATOR GOD has Commanded of us.  This unfortunately has been our downfall ever since the Wilderness.

 

"Ye shall NOT DO after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes."   Deuteronomy 12:8

 

Thus, let's take another look at Genesis 1:14

 

"And God 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:"

 

Another means of understanding the CREATOR's WORD in Genesis 1:14 is by taking notice of the use of this word "DIVIDE".  When we "divide" two things, obviously the end result would be that the two parts divided would be "equal".  Well, the word "Equinox" was derived from the word "equal", i.e., when night and day are of equal lengths.  It is the Lighted/Sign of the "Sun" that makes this possible in the Heavens in order to mark the start of the "Spring Season".  It is very important to understand that the "Equinox" is a Lighted/Sign and fixed occurrence in the Heavens that takes place on March 20, every year at 1:32 P.M. EDT.

 

This fixed phenomenon in the Heavens that indicates the start of the "Spring Season" is just one of GOD's CREATIONS that HE established just so we would be able to cite and understand the concept of "Time" from one Season, Day, and Year to another. 

 

WORSHIP OF GOD's HOSTS IN THE HEAVENS IS ABOMINATION

 

Unfortunately, the evil and the wicked have taken GOD's Lighted/Signs – the Hosts of Heaven - and worshipped them.   This is true even unto this day, but is that any reason to ignore what the CREATOR GOD Commanded us to use to determine our Seasons, Days, and Years?  Don't confuse GOD's Ordinances and HIS WORD with the abominations of mankind.

 

"And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal."   II Kings 17:16

 

"Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them."   II Kings 21:1 – 3

 

Israelites did not stop there, as they would worship anything!  GOD's Angels would not tell the Israelites their names, and it Is no doubt because the wicked would probably build images and call them by the names of Angels.  Our forefathers were something else.  They even worshipped the fiery serpent that GOD told Moses to build and put on a pole to save their lives (Numbers 21st Chapter).

 

"He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it…"   II Kings 18:4

 

To not recognize fixed phenomena that relates to what the CREATOR Commanded concerning HIS Lighted/Signs in the Heavens because heathens (and sinful Israelites) worshipped them and/or set their pagan holidays according to the sun and moon would be foolish indeed.  Our CREATOR GOD of Israel is expecting us to follow HIS Ordinances regardless of what other people are doing, and that would include using the Lighted/Signs in the Heavens to measure TIME. 

 

Therefore, please realize that just because the "Spring Equinox" can be associated with idol worship that it does not mean our acceptance of this Lighted/Sign is also of pagan origin.  GOD's WORKS and HIS Ordinance in Genesis 1:14 are in no way pagan or the work of heathenism, and to suggest such a notion shows one's lack of understanding of the facts and of GOD's WORD and HIS intentions.

 

Please see the info on the "Equinox" posted in FYI of this month's JOURNAL.

 

Man is and has always been quick to paganize GOD's WORKS.  But no matter how much pagan worship surrounds the "Equinox", it is the CREATOR's Lighted/Sign in the Heavens that we have to accept because it signifies when there is equal sunlight and darkness.  This is for our benefit to know when the "Spring Season" is upon us, and this is the WORK of the CREATOR GOD and not man.

 

What people don't realize is that when Israelites add to the CREATOR's Ordinance, then they, too, are the ones paganizing HIS WORKS.  And this makes them as guilty as are Christians or others who worship false gods and invent ways and means not established by the CREATOR GOD of Hosts.  The CREATOR had good reason for telling Israelites NOT TO ADD TO OR DIMINISH FROM HIS LAW.  Those of us who adhere to Genesis 1:14 are observing the CREATOR's Ordinance – not adding to it.

 

The ONE NATION CALENDAR COALITION (ONCC) Israelites have revolutionized the CREATOR's CALENDAR that uses Seasons, Days, and Years into a man-made quest for a barley plant – a perfect example of mixing apples and oranges or rather daylight, darkness, and barley!  The ONCC Israelites have invented a calendar that is far removed from Genesis 1:14 and, in their own words, is based on a contrived scheme using Egyptian and Israelite agriculture and an extensive explanation on "grain", as well as a growth and development guide on barley that has nothing to do with Genesis 1:14.. 

 

The ONCC Israelites admit that "…not all the barley ripens in the Land of Israel at the same time." 

 

And that's a fact!!!  Under these circumstances, doesn't wisdom tell us that this is good reason to abandon a "barley search"?   When the winter temperatures are warmer than usual, isn't an early barley showing possible, especially in Central Israel and in the Negev?  Of course this is possible, and as a matter of fact one year someone found barley, but the Karaites discounted the start of the New Year because it was still clearly the season of winter!  This is what I have said presents a problem with a "barley search".  In a drought, it might not be found at all, and in a warmer than usual winter, you might find it in February.  Thus, we must follow the WISDOM that Our CREATOR GOD gave us and use HIS Lighted/Signs in the Heavens for determining "Seasons, Days, and Years".

 

Since the ONCC Calendar New Year is based on a "barley search" and NOT Genesis 1:14, isn't this just as pagan as is all other man-made religious worship?  Is not any man-made religious act considered a work of heathenism?  If the CREATED GOD did not Command the Spiritual Observance, shouldn't the act be considered pagan?  I find it odd that Israelites can identify false worship until it comes to their own works, and then these acts are suddenly acceptable. 

 

"Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes."   Deuteronomy 12:8

 

The Hebrew Scriptures are replete with GOD's LAW and the consequences for not following it, but no matter how many times we read that we are Commanded to live and do this LAW, "as it is written", the more we reject it, and the more insignificant GOD's WORD becomes.  Perhaps these "troubled times" and horrific catastrophes that are falling on Jacob's head and the other nations will make a difference and cause us to FEAR this CREATOR GOD of Hosts and seek to follow only HIS Ways!

 

It is foolish to believe that a "barley search" can determine the start of the Hebrew New Year.  The CREATOR GOD's WORD in Genesis 1:14 requires no interpretation, as it is straightforward and precise.  In just one verse, HE made HIMSELF perfectly clear:  "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:" 

 

You see, the CREATOR in this verse is telling us that a Lighted/Sign in the Heavens is required in order to determine the start of each new season, new day, and new year.   Isn't it odd how we can accept and believe what's written in Genesis 1:14 for a "day" and a "month", but not for a "new year"?  Let's at least be consistent! 

 

"I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope."   Psalm 130:5

 

Surprisingly, the "Spring Equinox" is more conducive to conforming to the CREATOR's Command to be a Lighted/Sign in the Heavens than are the ONCC Israelites who choose to promote a calendar that touts a "barley search" that is not at all mentioned in Genesis 1:14.

 

"But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward."   Jeremiah 7:23,24

 

It's not etched in stone, but from what's written in Genesis First Chapter, I would even guess that the CREATOR started CREATION in the "Spring Season" at the DIVISION OF DAY AND NIGHT (with the appearance of the "Equinox") where is written, "God divided the light from the darkness" (in 1:4).  Given the grass, herbs, and fruits GOD Created in 1:11,12, these are plants that would thrive in the "Spring Season".  And it is just as important for us to understand that although the GOD of Israel told the Israelites about the BEGINNING of Months, please know that the "Seasons" have existed since the BEGINNING of CREATION with the very first tilt of the Earth, rotation on its axis, and revolution around the sun.  

 

THE PASSOVER SEASON

 

"Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year."

Exodus 13:10

 

"And the LORD 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. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening."   Exodus 12:1 - 6

 

"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever."   Exodus 12:14 - 24

 

Let us look at the whole picture, and let us accept what the CREATOR GOD has put before us without expounding on something that is as irrelevant as "barley" – something which isn't even an honorable mention.  Barley and flax simply confirmed the damage done to the fields after the GOD of Israel smote the Land of Egypt with hail and fire (Exodus 9:18 – 35) – nothing more and nothing less is to be deduced from this word "barley" found in the MEMORIAL of Passover.

 

"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."   Deuteronomy 16:1

 

ONCC and others seem to think that this verse is a reference to a "barley search".    But how can that be since no one knows when barley is supposed to be found?   

 

There isn't even a suggestion of "barley" in this passage.  Because Passover is observed in the "Spring Season", this verse can only mean for us to Observe the month of Spring and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy GOD!  Not only that, but in the Hebrew/English Dictionary, "Aviv" is defined as "season". 

 

Only those who believe in a "barley search" make more out of this verse than is written!  To say that barley was any kind of factor used for calling the Beginning of Months unto us is to totally dismiss Genesis 1:14, i.e., to use "barley" as an indicator, for what do we need the Lighted/Signs in the Heavens?  Using "barley" as an indicator of TIME, second guesses GOD's WORD and confuses the whole matter of TIME, Seasons, and years.

 

Note also the following verse that also speaks of an appointed "time":

 

"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 Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)"   Exodus 23:15

 

Again, we can find no mention of a "barley search" but rather a clear indication of a "season" to denote "Spring" for the BEGINNING of Months unto us WHEN the Children of Israel came out of Egypt.

 

The GOD of Israel wants our focus to be on the Passover Season and on the MEMORIAL of HIS Deliverance of the Children of Israel out of Egypt.  Therefore, to build a calendar around "barley" makes no sense whatsoever, and in truth, rather than give GLORY and PRAISE to the Holy ONE of Israel for the Exodus out of Egypt, this focus on "barley" actually distracts from HIM and HIS Mighty ACTS. 

 

Because of this debate, many Israelites will wonder every day about who is correct concerning how to determine the SEASON of Passover and the BEGINNING of Months unto us.  Some will even observe Passover twice in order to be sure of observing it.  If we follow Genesis 1:14, there can be no question of when the Passover Season begins.  Notice how the CREATOR in Genesis 1:14 mentioned "Season" before "Year".  This was no coincident. 

 

"Thou shalt therefore KEEP THIS ORDINANCE IN HIS SEASON from year to year."

Exodus 13:10

 

This proves that we must see the Lighted/Sign for the "Season" FIRST before we can cite the BEGINNING of months unto us, which is by using the New Moon Crescent in the Heavens.  And only then can we determine the ensuing MEMORIAL of Passover. 

 

When the GOD of Israel first informed the Israelites of when they should start the beginning of months and all the other things they had to do in preparation for Passover, we must realize that if a "barley search" was in order that then the Holy ONE of Israel certainly would have mentioned it.  Also, if this "barley search" were of such great significance, don't you know that there would have been an account of Israelites searching for it in the Wilderness and in the Land of Canaan?  The GOD of Israel does not hesitate to repeat HIMSELF or use HIS Prophets to reiterate HIS WORD.  Nevertheless, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, about a "barley search" for citing the Hebrew New Year.   And yet, this bizarre and unfounded "barley search" has become such a focus and an issue that the ONE NATION CALENDAR COALITION Israelites have established and calculated a Calendar in recognition of this barley plant that was indirectly mentioned in the story of the Exodus out of Egypt.

 

We must start giving the CREATOR GOD's LAW, HIS WORD, and HIS Ordinances more attention and start learning to distinguish from what HE has said and from what Israelites with vivid imaginations have exaggerated.  By now, at this late day and age, we should have learned to FEAR OUR GOD of ISRAEL and to seek HIS WORD on all matters and to reject what is not written. 

 

All the hype about Israelite agriculture to prove this "barley search" has nothing to do with anything – not even Egyptian agriculture, especially since the Children of Israel had no knowledge of cultivating the Land of Israel while in Egyptian bondage or in the Wilderness.  But yet the ONCC Israelites find reason to bring the agriculture of the Land of Israel into the mix thinking that this contrived input will prove their need for a "barley search".  Well, it proves nothing except that the ONCC Israelites are adamant about ignoring and rejecting the CREATOR's Ordinance to use the Lighted/Signs in the Heavens to determine our Hebrew New Year for their "barley search".

 

The CREATOR GOD made a Great and Holy Name for HIMSELF in Creating the Heavens and the Earth, only for the ONCC Israelites to come along and diminish the thought for the likes of a man-made-"barley search" calendar.  It's no wonder that the GOD of Israel chooses to give wisdom only to the obedient.

 

"Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."   Deuteronomy 4:5,6

 

There is nothing wise about rejecting what the CREATOR GOD of Israel has written and Commanded of us, and there's nothing wise about following the imaginations of men's hearts, either.  Something that makes absolutely no sense to me and that I must question is this:  If the CREATOR said "This is the BEGINNING of Months unto you," why would there be a need to search for "barley" to give credence to the presence of a New Hebrew Year?  Wasn't GOD's WORD enough?  Just a thought that needs an answer because if the GOD of Israel had already advised them of their New Year, then a "barley search" should have been out of the question. 

 

Don’t hate me for my convictions to follow GOD's Ordinances and have respect for HIS LAW and HIS Truth.  Isn't this how all Israelites are supposed to feel when it comes to FEARING the GOD of Israel?  And don't hate me for exposing those who purposely deceive and misguide us with erroneous information and direction.  Had there been men of GOD who demanded that Israelites follow what's written, we would not be having these annual debates on this unfounded "barley search" that, believe it or not, no one can find ever took place in the Hebrew Scriptures!!!

 

THE LAWKEEPERS TORAH READINGS CALENDAR

 

The LawKeepers TORAH Readings Calendar that is posted on the LawKeepers WebSite is based on the CREATOR GOD's Ordinance in Genesis 1:14.  The Hebrew New Year is not called until after the Lighted/Sign of the "Spring Equinox" makes its appearance in the Heavens.  And once that occurs, then the First New Moon Sighting of the Crescent that follows determines the First Day of the New Year.  Since the "Spring Equinox" (when the SUN crosses the Equator) does not come to light until March 20, at 1:32 P.M. EDT (which is 8:32 Jerusalem Time) that would mean that the time to observe the coming of the "Spring Season" is actually on March 21, since Jerusalem Time is seven hours ahead of EDT.

 

Hence, the LawKeepers TORAH Readings Calendar will not coincide with that of the ONCC Israelites, which will start their BEGINNING of Months on March 18, 2010 without regard for a "Spring Season".   They calculate their calendar months, which is a puzzle to me.  Reason being, if they calculate their calendar, then for what reason would they require a "barley search"?  Also, how can they predict or calculate what day or month they will find barley?

 

Since the Lighted/Sign of the "Spring Equinox" based on Genesis 1:14 won't occur until March 20th/21st, the LawKeepers TORAH Readings Calendar cannot cite the BEGINNING of Months unto us until the April New Moon Crescent Sighting, which should occur April 14 – 16, 2010.

 

Some might say, "Well, since March 18th is so close to March 20th/21st then why not just observe the ONCC date"?

 

My response is this:  All the CREATOR's Holy Days must be observed in their "Seasons".  The March 18th date will not fall in accordance with the "Lighted/Sign" in the Heavens that signals the start of the "Spring Season".  Therefore, the ONCC Israelites will be in violation of keeping the Passover ordinance IN HIS SEASON (Exodus 13:10).  The ONCC Israelites have selected a New Moon within the Winter Season, and all of us should be asking them how this can be justified.

 

Consider the following: 

 

Friday is close to Saturday and is one day before the CREATOR's Holy Seventh Day of Complete REST, but in no way is Friday an acceptable day to observe the Commanded Law of the Sabbath.  We must await sundown Friday to begin GOD's Holy Seventh Day Sabbath, all because THAT IS THE LAW.  Just as the Holy ONE of Israel will cause showers to come down in his SEASON (Ezekiel 34:26), so also must we observe Passover in his SEASON!

 

Many Israelites observe the "dark side" of the moon for calling the First Day of the month, but under these circumstances, there is no Lighted/Sign signaling the start of this count.  Hence, given Genesis 1:14, there is no reason to give meaning or any significance to the "dark phase" of the moon when it involves starting the count of our Hebrew Days.   The most important purpose of the moon is to SHED LIGHT by night IN ORDER THAT WE CAN SEE and determine, with the aid of the sun, our seasons, days, and years (depending on its location in the sky at the time of the "Spring Equinox".  When we read the Hebrew Scriptures on a constant basis, we learn quite a lot, as well, we can see just how the history of our forefathers unfolded and why.  It's likewise for using the Lighted/Signs in the Heavens.  From what the CREATOR has said, the purpose of the moon is to shine, and when it is not in this stage, we cannot see it.  Therefore, it cannot serve as the lesser LIGHT in the firmament of Heaven to rule the night or to show us when to start each new month.

 

"And God 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 God 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 God 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 God saw that it was good."   Genesis 1:14 - 18 

 

"Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:"   Jeremiah 31:35

 

IF THE CREATOR GAVE US THE MOON "FOR A LIGHT BY NIGHT", AND IF WE CAN'T SEE IT, THEN IT CERTAINLY CANNOT SERVE AS A SIGN!!!  And under this circumstance, if the moon sheds no light, then it renders the "dark side" or "dark phase" of the moon ineffective for determining the First Day of the month.

 

There are also some Israelites who start the First Day count of each new month at the time of the full moon.  The moon starts to "wax" with the Sighting of the New Moon Crescent, so how they can justify seeing the moon "wax" for fifteen days and then start counting as the moon "wanes" is a mystery to me.  There are seven days in the week, and no one argues that the First Day of the week is Sunday.  To start counting the days of the month starting with the full moon would be just as ridiculous as starting to count the days of the week on Wednesday or some other day that is not the First Day of the week.  Therefore, when we start counting the days of the week, Sunday is always the First Day.  And the New Moon Crescent Sighting always signals the First Day of each month.

 

After the moon "waxes" (into greater phases) and "wanes" (into lesser phases) there is a break when its light is not visible for two to three days.  Then the lighted cycle of the moon starts anew all over again, and this is when it makes sense to begin the First Day of the Month - with the Sighting of the Lighted/Sign of the New Moon Crescent. Given that we must use the Lighted/Signs in the Heavens for days and months, I see no reason to start the count for the days of the month with the Full Moon, which is actually the Fifteenth Day after the Sighting of the New Moon Crescent.  Hence, it makes no sense to start any count of our days, months, or even years in the middle of the time frame.  

 

And it is likewise for observing our "Seasons".  The "Spring Season" and the BEGINNING of Months unto us cannot be compromised, either.   If the CREATOR says to observe Passover in its SEASON, then we have no choice but to wait until we see the Lighted/Sign that signals the "Spring Season" for Passover, which just so happens to be at the time of the "Spring Equinox".  Therefore, the LawKeepers TORAH Readings Calendar will always start the "Spring Season" with this Lighted/Sign in the Heavens, as the CREATOR GOD of Israel has Commanded of us.  Science refers to this Lighted/Sign in the Heavens as the "Spring Equinox".  This phenomenon is not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, but that which should concern us is the fact that it still exists, regardless of whether it is mentioned or not and regardless of what it is called. 

 

"God 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:"

Genesis 1:14

 

Thus, it would make sense for the GOD of Israel to place the BEGINNING of Months unto us in the "Spring Season", i.e., at the time of the "Spring Equinox".  When we follow the CREATOR GOD's LAW, WORD, and ORDINANCES, it all comes together!  HALLELUYAH for that!

 

Nevertheless, to add a "barley search" to the CREATOR's WORD and HIS WORKS in the Heavens causes confusion.  In the past, when our forefathers coveted the imaginations of their hearts instead of what's written, they invariably sinned against the Holy ONE, and HE eventually scattered the whole House of Israel.  By now, we certainly should have learned from their mistakes, especially since we still see how Israelites still follow ways of their own making.  The so-called KOY is one such group.  Need I say more?

 

"And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour."   Jeremiah 16:12,13

 

"O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me."   Isaiah 48:18,19

 

It is wonderful when we, as Israelites, take the initiative to do something worthwhile.  But when our deeds, directly or indirectly, involve the CREATOR GOD of Hosts and HIS WORD, then we must be perfectly sure that they are in accordance with the Hebrew Way of Life that HE set before us.  Hence, we must be more cautious and circumspect about things we choose to believe and promote, and if it is not written, we should certainly abandon it, especially if it involves what we imagine and that contradicts what's written.

 

As Israelites, we have to remember that the GOD of Israel chose Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their SEED and made HIMSELF their GOD.  Under these circumstances, we are a product of the CREATOR GOD of Hosts, and that makes us HIS Special People!  Thus, we are Commanded to follow HIS Paths of Righteousness, Paths that are set in stone FOREVER and Paths that already include a means to measuring "Time", i.e., Seasons, Days, and Years.  This means of measuring "Time" stems from the CREATOR's sun and moon, the Wondrous WORKS of the CREATOR GOD, that HE Created specifically for this purpose.  Thus, to invent a new man-made means of determining time is unacceptable.

 

We should never forget that we have been cursed for disobedience to Our GOD and for a multitude of other abominations.  If we want our hearts right with Our GOD of Israel, then we well know that which is necessary for us to do.  Plain and simple, we have to return back to HIS LAW!  We know this!  We also know that Our GOD of Israel has given us an indicator for measuring any and everything we are taught and told to do by our teachers and leaders.  That indicator just so happens to be a LIGHT, as well, but one in a brighter and greater sense than the sun if you can understand wisdom:

 

"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."   Isaiah 8:20

 

I cannot stress enough that there was nothing "new" about the GOD of Israel telling the Children of Israel, "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you."  That point in time had been the SEASON of the "BEGINNING of months" since the BEGINNING of CREATION!  The Holy ONE just waited until the end of Egyptian bondage to show the NATION of ISRAEL when they would start the "Spring Season" and their New Year and the Great MEMORIAL unto their GOD and HIS LAWS and Culture that HE had cast up for them and the peoples joined unto them.  Don't dismiss the fact that the Israelites had been in Egypt following the Egyptian calendar.  Therefore, it was for good reason that the Holy ONE of Israel would start to enlighten the Children of Israel to HIS model of TIME and to HIS Holy Observance of Passover.  More importantly, it was also to cause the Children of Israel to FEAR HIM to believe in HIM to follow HIS Ways, something we still do not do.  We must seek for and continue on the "Ancient Paths" and not walk in paths not cast up (Jeremiah 18:15).

 

It took me about two years to realize the CREATOR GOD's Calendar for measuring "Time", and it was finally ready without my manipulating it by adding days and months but by using the CREATOR's WORD in Genesis 1:14 and in Exodus 12:1,2 - the "Spring Season" that HE established for this purpose. 

 

"God 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:"

Genesis 1:14

 

"And the LORD 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

 

In truth, while attempting to finalize my calendar, it was a Brother in Boston (if I remember correctly), PRAISE THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, who made me understand what I was doing wrong.  In essence, he told me that my calendar needed a fixed "Light" in the Heavens that coincided with the "Spring Season".  That fixed "Light" in the Heavens is the "Equinox".  I considered what he said and immediately went back to the drawing board and included the information about the fixed "Light" and the "Spring Season".  That was eleven years ago, and my calendars have flowed with the "Equinoxes" and the New Moon Crescent Sightings ever since and without my tampering, altering, or adjusting them, one iota.   

 

I previously mentioned that nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures can we find where 365 days determines one year.  Therefore, when we reckon a year, according to Genesis 1:14, the CREATOR's "Spring Season" and BEGINNING of Months unto us will fall within the months of March, April, and May, depending upon when the New Moon Crescent succeeds the Lighted/Sign of the "Equinox".

 

The months of "Spring" are March, April, and May.  The months of "Summer" are June, July, and August.  The months of "Autumn" are September, October, and November.  And the "Winter" months are December, January, and February.  Just for your information, please know that these "Seasons" are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.  For example, when the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying "Summer", it is "Winter" in the Southern Hemisphere of this Earth.  Since the Land of Israel is in the Northern Hemisphere the BEGINNING of Months unto us falls in the "Spring Season".

 

The LawKeepers TORAH Readings Calendar is not fashioned like most calendars, ONCC or other.  The LawKeepers TORAH Readings Calendar Exalts and Magnifies the CREATOR GOD of Hosts, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, HIS Book of the Law, and HIS WORD to HIS Prophets.  It provides Hebrew Scripture about GOD's Ordained Holy Days and a Calendar Year of Hebrew Scripture on the First Five Books of Moses, as well as the other Hebrew Scriptures with a connection to GOD's LAW and HIS WORD to HIS Prophets.

 

Dated throughout the year, there are TORAH Readings for GOD's Holy Sabbath Days of Complete REST, as well as for all the Holy Days, with the exception of the Feast of Weeks, for which the Holy ONE does not provide a date.  The Feast of Weeks is strictly a Feast Day that can only be observed in the Land of Israel at a certain harvest time (Deuteronomy 16:9), as it is a day for giving utmost Thanks and Praise to the Holy ONE of Israel for the prosperous harvest of the Land that ONLY HE makes possible.  It is a day of much rejoicing and Blessing GOD's Holy Name for HIS GOODNESS to HIS People, the Nation of Israel.  Upon our return, we will observe this day again, but only the fortunate ones, i.e., those who are escaped and who will adhere to the CREATOR GOD's WORD and HIS Ordinances.  They will see this great day and will rejoice in it IN THE LAND, which is exactly how it will be and before the CREATOR GOD of Israel in HIS Holy City Jerusalem!

 

"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression."

Psalm 19:13

 

"Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy,

and with him is plenteous redemption.

 

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities."

Psalm 130:7,8

 

"The sun shall be no more thy light by day;

neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:

but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

 

Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:

for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light,

and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

 

Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever,

the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified."

Isaiah 60:19 - 21

 

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 “O taste and see that the LORD is good:

blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Psalm 34:8

 

BE EXALTED, LORD GOD OF ISRAEL.  TAKE BACK YOUR UNIVERSE AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT YOU ALONE ARE THE ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD, the All-Mighty GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel!

 

BLESS THE LORD, YIHOVAH,

GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB,

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL

AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!

 

Tziona Yisrael,

Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel for HIS Holy Name’s Sake!

http://www.thelawkeepers.org

 

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“Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant:

I have formed thee; thou art my servant:

O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.

 

“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions,

and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

 

“Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout,

ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing,

ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein:

for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.”

Isaiah 44:21 - 23

 

“But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me,

and my Lord hath forgotten me.

 

“Can a woman forget her sucking child,

that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?

yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

 

“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands;

thy walls are continually before me.”

Isaiah 49:14 - 16

 

“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded;

for thou shalt not be put to shame:

for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth,

and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

 

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name;

and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel;

The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

 

“For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,

and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.

 

“For a small moment have I forsaken thee;

but with great mercies will I gather thee.

 

“In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment;

but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee,

saith the LORD thy Redeemer.”

Isaiah 54:4 - 8

 

O TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD OUR GOD OF ISRAEL

IS JUST AND GOOD!

 

 

FEAR AND GLORY YIHOVAH AND BE OBEDIENT TO HIS LAW

AND TO HIS WORD TO HIS TRUE PROPHETS!

 

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“The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous,

and his ears are open unto their cry. 

The face of the LORD is against them that do evil,

to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”

Psalm 34:15,16

 

“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee;

and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.”

Psalm 36:9,10

 

“The right hand of the LORD is exalted:

the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.”

Psalm 118:16 - 18

 

“Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel:

for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land,

because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.”

Hosea 4:1 

 

O TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS JUST AND GOOD!