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Today is the Shabbat, God’s Time


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Today we use the Gregorian calendar from Pope Gregory; from the 1500’s.

Today is March 29, 2014


March -- Mars' month

Middle English March
Anglo-French March
Old English
Martius "of Mars"
Latin Marti(s) "Mars" + -us (adj. suffix
Martius mensis "month of Mars"

Martius has always had 31 days.

March was the original beginning of the year and the time for the resumption of war.

Mars is the Roman god of war. He is identified with the Greek god Ares.


Yehovah has His own calendar

We are now in the 13th month, which is the month called 2nd Adar, 27th day

Esth.3 [7] In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

Adar = “glorious”-אדר  - Corresponding to modern March / April


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 Soon ha Aviv, Nisan

It seems I can never review these days early enough for you


Here are some approximate 2014 dates for the feasts and holy days; this is the best I can do at this time.


**Remember, all 2014 dates I give you start in the evening before

God’s New Year

First of Nisan is April 1 starts evening before (March 31), we believe.

Passover, evening of the 14th

First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread – Aviv 15   April 15 starts the evening of April 14

Last Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread – Aviv 21 April 21, starts the evening of April 20

The Feast of Weeks - Sunday - June 8 starts the evening of June 7th

If they do not see the New Moon on March 31, then the first of Nisan would be April 2 and all the dates above except the Feast of weeks would increase by 1 day.


April 1 is Tuesday

April -- Aphrodite's month

Old English April(is)
Latin Aprilis
Etruscan Apru
Greek Aphro, short for Aphrodite.

Aprilis had 30 days, until Numa when it had 29 days, until Julius when it became 30 days long.


 The New Moon is coming; we believe it will be Monday evening

1st month Nisan – ha Aviv

Today’s Topic:

God’s New Year

Exod.12 [1] And Yehovah spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

[2] This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

הַחֹדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לָכֶם, רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים:  רִאשׁוֹן הוּא לָכֶם, לְחָדְשֵׁי הַשָּׁנָה

Exod.13 [4] This day came ye out in the month (ha) Abib. ha Aviv

  הַיּוֹם, אַתֶּם יֹצְאִים, בְּחֹדֶשׁ, הָאָבִיב

Abib = green, a young ear of grain (barley at this time)


Esth.3  [7] In the first month, that is, the month Nisan,

Nisan, the first month of the calendar

Simple isn’t it?

And then there is Judaism and some Messianics that add and diminish from the Word of the God of Israel and complicate, pervert the matter.


Now some made up New Years

Some history from the net

When did January 1 become the first day of the New Year?

March was the original beginning of the year in some previous calendars.

January 1 had become the first day of the New Year when Julius Caesar (100 B.C.E.-44 B.C.E.) reorganized the Roman calendar and made it solar rather than lunar in the year 45 B.C.E. and moved the beginning of the year to January 1.

We use the Gregorian calendar

When the Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1582, January 1 continued to be recognized as the first day of the year in most places.

However, in England and the American colonies, March 25, intended to represent the spring equinox, was the beginning of their year. Under this system, March 24, 1700, was followed by March 25, 1701.

In 1752, the British government changed the beginning date of the year to January 1.


Now some made up New Years in Judaism – don’t follow them

Judaism has four, five or six new years. Is this scriptural?


Let's examine all their made up stories:

First, I will explain their made up stories, then I will show Scripture to prove they are wrong.


Judaism: no New Year here but this is what they say:

New Year for years, that is, Rosh HaShana.

The 1st of Tishrei (in the 7th month)

(No word Tishrei in the Hebrew bible)

The New Year for tithing vegetables: Tishrei 1 marked the beginning of the "fiscal year" for figuring the tithe, a 10% tax payable in vegetables, on vegetables. Veggies harvested in one "fiscal year" were not to be used as tithe for those harvested in another. The owners didn't get to eat this tithe. It went to the government on behalf of the Temple; every 3rd year it was to be given to the poor.

New Year for Sabbatical years: Every 7th year, according to the Torah they say (Lev. 25), that land in Israel is not to be cultivated. This was apparently observed, even under great duress during the struggle of the Maccabees. (In the Catholic Apocrypha) Tishrei 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the New Year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).  Very wrong!

Rosh Hashanah means the “head of the year” not the 7th month


Lev. 25 [4] But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for Yehovah: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.


Where is the name Tishrei in the Hebrew Bible? No place!

1Kgs. 8:2 says the 7th month is called ha Ethanim and it is not New Year it is the 7th month.

Lev. 23[ 24] Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month , in the first day of the month , shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, זִכְרוֹן תְּרוּעָה  an holy convocation.

1 Kgs. 8 [2] And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month ha Ethanim, which is the seventh month. (approx. Sept. - Oct.)

No mention of a New Year here in scripture


Judaism: no new year here but this is what they say:

NewYear for Jubilee years: occurs every 50th year. During a Jubilee year, land was to be returned to its original owner, and all Jewish slaves were to be freed. It was apparently never observed.

(There is a tradition that states each year of the Babylonian exile was for an unobserved Jubilee year.)


Lev. 25 [9] Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.[10] And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty

[13] In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

No mention of a New Year here in scripture


Judaism: no new year here but this is what they say:

New Year for planting trees:  (Lev. 19:23), the fruit of a tree is not to be used until four years pass after its planting. Tishrei 1 was used in calculating the number of years passed since a tree's planting. This date is not associated with planting trees today; that association is now with Tu Bishvat.

Tu BiShevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, Feb., and is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees.

The word "Tu" is not really a word; it is the number 15 in Hebrew


Zech.1 [1] In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of Yehovah unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, [7] Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shevat

Lev. 19 [23] And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.[24] But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise Yehovah withal.[ 25] And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am Yehovah your God.

No mention of a New Year here in scripture


Judaism: no New Year here but this is what they say:

Elul 1 (in August) is the New Year for the tithing of animals


Lev.27 [ 32] And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock , even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto Yehovah.

Deut.12 [ 17] Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

Deut.14 [ 23] And thou shalt eat before Yehovah thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear Yehovah thy God always.

No mention of a New Year here in scripture


Don’t follow or waste your time reading the Talmud

There are over 300 disagreements in the Talmud between the Schools of Hillel and Shammai.

Here is one silly argument:

The 1st of Shevat is the New Year for trees, that is the new year for calculating the tithe on fruit grown in Israel,

so says the School of Shammai


the School of Hillel disagrees

and says the 15th of Shevat.

The proper date of the new year of the trees is thus yet another of the famous disputes between the Schools of Hillel and Shammai, and as usual the opinion of Hillel's followers eventually prevailed.

Fruit that budded during one "fiscal year" was not to be used as tithe on that which budded during another.''

This above is an example of a made up argument


Back to simplicity

One calendar, no fiscal calendar in scripture

Fiscal: of or pertaining to the public treasury or revenues: example - fiscal policies that may change. Also, of or pertaining to financial matters in general.

God laws (policies) are the same all year round, they don’t change


This is how we recognize when the year starts

Gen. 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:

One New Year

Deut.11 [12] A land which Yehovah thy God careth for: the eyes of Yehovah thy God are always upon it,

from the “beginning of the year” even unto the “end of the year”.

Saul tell the Corinthians:

2 Cor. 11[3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah.

Exod.23 [14] Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

[15] 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 ha Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty: offering time)

[16] And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field:

and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

[17] Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord Yehovah. (offering time)

Deut.16 [16] Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before Yehovah thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before Yehovah empty.

[17] Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of Yehovah thy God which he hath given thee.


Here are a few references to one calendar, one year

Num. 28 [11] And in the beginnings of your months… ha Aviv / Nisan

14: …offering of every month throughout the months of the year.

[16] And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of Yehovah.
17] And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
18] In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:

[25] And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.

[26] Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat offering unto Yehovah, after your weeks be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work:

2Kgs.13 [20] And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.

1 Chr. 27 [1]out month by month throughout all the months of the year,

2 Chr. 24 [23] And it came to pass at the end of the year,

Job 3 [6] As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

Ezek. 40 [1] In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of Yehovah was upon me, and brought me thither.


You might ask, why I am making such a big deal of this, well here is the answer: No lie is of the truth!

Prov. 30 [6] Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

1 John 2 [21] I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth

Rev.21 [8] But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is only one calendar of the God of Israel

Deut. 4 [2] Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of Yehovah your God which I command you.

Deut. 12 [32] What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.


In closing:


1Thes. 5 [21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Rom.12 [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Gal.6 [4] But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

2 Cor.13 [5] Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Yeshua the Messiah is in you, except ye be reprobates?

2Tim. 4 [5] But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


Use the Scriptures, not other writings or commentaries

2 Tim. 3 [16] All scripture (TaNaKh) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


The Spring Feasts and Holy days of Yehovah we do in memorial

In God’s Spring Calendar:

The God’s New Year


Feast of Unleavened Bread

First Fruits (barley)

Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) First Fruits (wheat) Sunday

We will be counting "weeks" not omers

  **Remember God’s calendar is different than the Gregorian and Judaism calendars.

**Remember, God starts His days in the evening

 Some words to know:

Lev. 23 [3] Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an "holy convocation"; ye shall do no work therein: it is the

Sabbath of Yehovah in all your dwellings

Dwellingמושׁב  môshâv - seat, assembly, dwelling-place, dwelling, your situation, location, (at) time of dwelling


Servile work מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה

עֲבֹדָה avodah - work of any kind: act, bondservant, labour, service, tillage, work

מְלֶאכֶת  melakat - occupation, work, business public business


The Sabbath is a "holy convocation"

Holy convocation מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ

מקרא miqra: convocation, convoking, reading, a calling together, sacred assembly, something called out, that is, a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal

קדשׁ kodesh: a sacred place or thing; consecrated, dedicated, hallowed, holiness, saint, sanctuary, apartness, sacredness, separateness, apartness, sacredness, holiness

Feast חַג  chag - feast

chagag חגג  - properly to move in a circle, that is, (specifically) to march in a sacred procession, to observe a festival; - celebrate, (keep, hold) a (solemn) feast (holy day)


Buying and selling is evil on the Sabbaths

 Neh. 13 [16] There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner

of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

[17] Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day?

Learn the 7 extra Sabbath besides the weekly Sabbath in the Feast and Holy Days in the 1st month, 3rd month, and 7th month of God

3 harvests, feasts, not 7 feasts (He is, He was and He is to come)

Preparation should be considered to observe these days properly.


Start preparing!


Shabbat Shalom






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