Isa.58:12


Helping restore Father's people

to the Ancient Paths of scripture.

Walking in the Ten Words (Commandments) and the Power of the Holy Spirit

(Rev.12:17, Luk.10:19, Mat.28:19-20)


The Repairer of the Breach

To the right is a sample lunar/solar calendar month showing the new moon and feasts in the 7th biblical month (October 2012).  Notice how the Feast of Tabernacles is always book-ended by weekly sabbaths.

How does our Creator's lunar/solar calendar work?

Time Tracking
 
The tracking of time is broken down into size segments.  Seconds make up minutes, minutes make up hours, hours make up days, days make up weeks, weeks make up months, (OOPS, currently, in our Gregorian calendar, months are not made up of weeks), months make up years, years make up decades, …etc.

Since when do weeks not make up months?

When the Julian calendar began in about 45 BC, Julius Cesear began a perpetual 8 day week, making the weeks independent of months.  In 126 CE the Julian calendar was changed to a perpetual 7-day week, with the first day being Saturn day, and again the weeks were perpetual, and not tied to the months.

In the Hebrew lunar/solar calendar, weeks are directly tied to months, completing the pattern of all time segments being tied to each other.


Beginning of the month

The lunar month begins with the sighting of the first waxing moon sliver in the west shortly after sunset.  The next day is declared New Moon day, and is day 1 of the month.


Days in a month

There are approximately 29.5 days in a lunar orbit around the Earth.  Adjustment is made at the end of each month to adjust (intercalate) with the daily solar cycle.  There are either 29 or 30 days assigned to the month based upon when the next new moon is sighted.  If the new moon is sighted on the evening of the 29th, the next day is new moon day.  If not, a 30th intercalation day is added.

It should be noted that the moon’s velocity changes based upon its approach or departure from the earth’s gravity in its elliptical orbit, varying up to 13.4 hours each month.  So no one knows the exact day or hour without observation.


Weekly Sabbath

There are always 4 weeks with 4 sabbaths in each month.  New moon day establishes which days are  sabbaths.  Since new moon day is day 1 of the month, the 2nd  through the 7th  are the work days of  the first week and the 8th is the sabbath.  So the sabbaths fall on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of each (lunar) month.  Check it out with scripture.  It’s an amazing fit.


Periodically added (intercalation) month
Since a lunar cycle consists of approximately 29.5 days, 12 cycles or months gives us 354 days.  This means that 12 lunar months is about 11 days short of the annual solar cycle.

A 13th month, (Adar2), is added (or intercalated) to the biblical year about every 3 years to adjust the 12 lunar cycles to the solar cycle.

It is actually very easy to know when to add another month.  Using a simple sundial that also indicates seasons, the length of the shadow in any particular month can be examined to determine whether an additional month should be added.

Since the sun travels 360 degrees through the 12 constellations, a day is approximately one degree.  So the 11 days short mentioned above equals 11 degrees.  If the length of the sun dial shadow is less than 11 degrees from where it should be, an additional lunar month is added in the following spring at the end of the biblical year.


Timing with the Equinoxes
The spring and fall equinoxes are important to observe in making sure the annual biblical feasts are at the correct appointed times.  The first month of the biblical year starts at the first new moon after the spring equinox.  The seventh month, Feast of Trumpets, begins on the first new moon after the fall equinox.
Two witnesses in the heavens confirm this timing.  At Passover, the 14th day of the first month, the sun will be in the constellation Aries. (see reference in Josephus).  In the fall, the first new moon after the fall equinox is the Feast of Trumpets.  Rev.12:1 points to this exact day every year with the constellation Virgo clothed in the sun with the sighted moon sliver beneath her feet.  (reference free Stellarium software).  This is such an exact sign in the sun, moon and stars, who could refute it?  Take note of the error the Jews currently have in the circular calendar I downloaded on the cover of the brochure under free e-books.  (equinox timing!)  If the timing is correct, the barley will always be ripe.


Summary
We have been raised all our lives using the Gregorian calendar.  It is difficult for us to even think about a different method of tracking weeks and months.  I encourage you to try.  History supports the fact that the ancient Hebrew calendar was lunar/solar based. You can verify this: (Mishna, Talmud, Philo, Josephus, Jewish encyclopedia, Zohar, etc.)
See my wife Diane’s book “Lost Ancient Paths of YHWH”
The only way scripture completely fits, is by using the single biblical calendar which is the Hebrew lunar/solar calendar in use during Messiah’s time.  

Whenever a second calendar (using gregorian sabbaths) is overlaid onto the biblical calendar, it does not fit Scripture.  (See my commentary on the Hebrew Annual Feasts in the free E-books)


Dennie