Don't get distracted

People are entitled to their own view, but not their own facts

 

There are a lot distractions that bombard us continuously from all sides seeking to divert our attention and efforts from the facts set out in the Scriptures and introduce increasingly minor and subconscious changes to our though processes. Taken to extremes, these diversions will steadily lead you away from the narrow path to the Father.

 

One of these distractions is the Hebrew new year – when is it, why does the Salvation Plan span years? The arguments and debates remove the power of the Scriptures from believers minds as they focus on relatively trivial matters that we were not intended to focus on, and do nothing to strengthen our or anyone else’s faith.

 

This was also an issue that Paul grappled with, we are told in Colossians 3 to focus on what matters, and to distance ourselves from foolish questions, strife and quarrels

 

Colossians 3:1 If, then, you were raised with Messiah, seek the matters which are above, where Messiah is, seated at the right hand of Elohim. 2 Mind the matters above, not those on the earth. 3 For you have died, and your life has been hidden with Messiah in Elohim……… 9 But keep away from foolish questions, and genealogies, and strife and quarrels about the Torah, for they are unprofitable and useless.

 

One of the topics I have come across which fits these wording exactly is “when is the Hebrew new year”. You may ask yourself why it matters, but to those who think it does, I hope the below helps.

 

The Hebrew calendar is normally a 360-day year, the start of each month is a lunar cycle set with the new moon. At the end of a 12-month cycle, a new year commences. Every few years a further month is added to correct the lunar cycles to a solar year. For this reason, the Hebrew calendar is classified as a lunar-solar calendar. As a lunar cycle is 29.4 days, and this is not directly dividable by 7 (number of days in the week) each month of the Hebrew calendar may start on a different day of the week.

 

The Gregorian calendar that most of the western world uses, is not a lunar cycle, it is a fixed number of days, with 12 months adding to a total of 365 days in each year. The Gregorian calendar is then a solar calendar with fixed period months.

 

The Father specified the Feast days using the lunar solar calendar, and not the Gregorian calendar, and not the day of the week. The basis for the timing of the Feast days has nothing to do with the Gregorian calendar, the solar cycle, or the day of a week.

The relationship between the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar is approximate, and is as shown below.

Month count

 

 

 

 

 

Now I have read many articles discussing the Hebrew new year, that is, when does a new year occur and the count of the year is complete. Some say sources say that there are two dates, some say that 7 Tishri is the new years as this is when Israel celebrates the new year, and some say that 1 Nisan is the start of the new year. Lets just unpack these a little as the account is a little confusing.

While we do not know the month of the year that the Father created the earth we do know it was created at some time, as were all plants animals and Adam and Eve. We do however, from the structure of the Spring and Autumn Feasts, the Fathers salvation plan for mankind, and that is what remains as the single most important fact for us to absorb and understand.

In Exodus Chapter 12, the Father gave Moses instructions for the Passover. This instruction is as follows

Exodus 12:1 And Yahuah spoke to Moses and to Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,  2 “This new moon is the beginning of new moons for you, it is the first new moon of the year for you. 3 “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this new moon each one of them is to take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

So, the Father set the start of the Salvation Plan with a new year, a new beginning, a blood sacrifice to enable death passing over, and an exodus from slavery for us all. This is the Spring Feasts. Logically the Salvation Plan should not be represented as spanning years, as it is a continuous process ending with the Autumn Feasts in the same year.

In Leviticus, the Feast of Trumpets was specified as being in the seventh month of the year, and this feast day is still remembered as being the 7th day of Tishrei which is the seventh month of the year with Nisan being the first month. Have a look at Leviticus chapter 23 and I Kings 8

Leviticus 23:23 And Yahuah spoke to Moshes, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh new moon, on the first day of the new moon, you have a rest, a remembrance of trumpets, a set-apart gathering. 25 ‘You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to Yahuah.”

 

1 Kings 8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled to Sovereign Solomon at the festival in the month of Tishri, which is the seventh new moon.

Clearly you may think that the Scriptures state that the Nisan is the first month of the new year, however there is a difference between translations that misguide people’s understanding. For instance, in many translations, Exodus 34:22 states

Exodus 34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of in-gathering at the year's end.

 

This is a mistranslation of the original Hebrew where the wording is “middle” and not “beginning”. Better translations, including the English version of the Septuagint, are clearer and state

 

Exodus 34:22 And thou shalt keep to me the feast of weeks, the beginning of wheat-harvest; and the feast of in-gathering in the middle of the year.

Confused? Please don’t be, focus on the facts in the Scriptures and place your trust in the Messiah Yahusha, and not in peoples views.

Does it matter? Yes it does, as people are quoting mistranslations and teaching things that depart from the Scriptures. If they are wrong with one thing, what else are they wrong with?

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