Day: Darkness into Light
The day is defined as Evening
, sunset to sunset
(Gen 1:5; Deut 16:6).
The day begins with darkness then moves toward the light,
for the faithful who learn to walk the Way
of God's covenant
The day is a continuous unbroken cycle (Gen 8:22).
is to approach
our High Priest in the heavenly
sanctuary, the Capstone of God's heavenly temple,
in praise and confession through prayer each morning
(Ex 29:39, 41; Num 28:4, 8):
Also called: The Daily
Oblation or The Continual
Communion honors the
spirit of the Sacrificial System
- to uplift Jesus is to honor
the Daily Sacrifice.
When Jesus was crucified, the temple curtain was torn
as Christ provided the way to the
inner sanctuary by his blood & knowledge.
When Jesus was resurrected, he became our High Priest and the Daily Sacrifice came
under the order of Melchizedek.
When Jesus ascended to God's Temple, he serves as High Priest
King until the final earthly king.
Then he will bring the new order to this earth and guide us to be
stones in God's spiritual
|"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our
God is one LORD"
"Ye shall walk in all the ways which
the LORD your God hath commanded you" (Deut 6:4, 5:33 KJV)
"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them ... when you lie down
and when you get up." (Deut
"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my
requests before you and wait in expectation."
(Ps 5:3 NIV)
"The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest
who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord,
not by man."
"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy
Place by the blood
of Jesus ...
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled to
cleanse us from a guilty conscience ..." (Heb 8:1-2, 10:19, 22 NIV)
Jesus said, " ... do this in remembrance of me." (Lk 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24
Lev 5:5, 6:1-7; Num 5:5-7, 28:1-8;
Deut 6:4-9, 8:1-20, 11:18-21; Ps 1:2, 4:1, 5:1-3, 11:4, 18:6, 22,
20:1-3, 32:1-7, 42:1-4, 8, 51:1-4, 10-13, 17-19, 55:17, 57:1-3, 7-11,
59:16-17, 61:8, 65:8,
66:1-4, 16-20, 68:19, 73:1, 12-28, 88:13, 92:1-3, 110:1-4, 118:14, 16,
20-22, 141:1-4; Isa
26:8-9, 28:16-17; Ezek 45:17; Zech 6:12-15, 10:4; Mt 21:42, 26:26; Lk
22:19-20; Jn 1:29,
2:18-21, 3:14, 19-21, 6:55 (KJV); 1 Cor 10:16 (KJV), 11:23-32; Eph
2:19-22, 4:15, 25, 31, 5:2; Php 2:17; Heb 1:3, 2:16-18, 3:1-15,
4:14-16, 5:1-10, 6:19-20, 7:11-17, 23-28, 8:1-2, 9:10-15, 24, 10:19-26,
12:1-6, 11, 22-25, 13:9-16; Jas 5:16; 1 Pet 1:1-2, 13-17, 22, 2:4-8; 1
The observance of Passover (being freed from the slavery of sin),
the week long search to get the leaven (sin) out,
and the consecration of the firstborn of any womb to the Lord,
13:1-16) on the hand and forehead
to serve as reminders that the Law of the Lord, His covenant
should always be in one's mind, one's heart and on one's lips
and thereby guide one's actions everyday
to walk the Way
When the Israelites maintained the Continual Burnt Offering every morning
(Ex 29:38-41; Num28:1-8; 1 Chron 16:39-40; Erza 3:3)
with its required Sin, Bread and Drink offerings, it was a daily
reminder pointing to
the sacrifice of the Father's Lamb which ultimately ratified His blood covenant
with the faithful.
The only acceptable image of the Father is a consuming fire: the
Continual Burnt Offering
(Num 28:1-8; Deut 4:24; Heb 12:29).
The Israelites are commanded to bring Olive Oil
light the Golden
before the Testimony of the Lord from evening
(Ex 27:21; Lev
24:3; 2 Chron 13:11).
There are 7 lamps, each branch with 3 flowers, the base with 4,
reminders of the call
to personal mastery
lights the Way
for His People to commune with His Spirit
19:7-9, 51:1-19; Isa 57:14-19, 58:6-14, 59:21).
The Sabbath: a Sacred Period of
The weekly 7th
is a Sabbath
a sacred day of rest for God's people.
Six days you may work but not the 7th
, it is a day of rest
and a day of sacred assembly (Lev 23:3).
Observing the weekly Sabbath is a sign
with the Father.
(Ex 31:12-17; Ezek 20:12, 20)
The weekly sabbath is a continuous unbroken cycle.
is a Sabbath
a sacred year of rest for God's land and
freedom from debt and slavery for God's people.
|In the 7th
Year the Law commands God's
people to do the following:
||Do not sow, reap or harvest the
land. It must be rested for 1
year. Whatever the land produces itself may be eaten. (Ex 23:10-11; Lev
||Cancel any debts owed by your
fellow Israelites. You may require
payment from foreigners, except the poor. (Deut 15:1-11; Neh 10:31)
||If a fellow Hebrew, man or
woman, has sold himself into slavery to pay debts & served 6
years, in the 7th
year you must let him go free and not empty-handed (Ex 21:1-11;
Note: The Son loves the
Father so much he wants to be His slave for
life. At his crucifixion, not only were Jesus' ears pierced by his
crown of thorns but his eyes and head also; furthermore, he gave his
hands and feet to the post to be pierced. Jesus was not rebellious. He
showed total devotion to the Father by giving his ears, eyes and mind
to the Father's covenant
and thereby all the actions of his hands and feet follow the Way of the
(Ex 21:5-6; Deut 15:16-17; Ps 40:6 NIV; Heb 10:5 [poor
translation from LXX1])
year sabbatical cycle will stop if the land becomes desolate, for then
the land enjoys its sabbath rest
every year when there is no one to work the land. This happened when
judgment came to Israel and the
people became slaves elsewhere. (Lev 26:27-35, 40-43; 2 Chron 36:21)
The cycle restarts when the people return to the land and their
protection is established, such as with walls (Ps 51:17-18; Dan 9:25
KJV [First 7 of 70 points to new Jubilee cycle]; Zech 2:1-5). The walls
will protect the people when they put their trust in the Lord (Ps
The Israelites lost their land and were taken as slaves into Babylonian
captivity for 70 years
because they refused to follow the Law of setting their brothers free
of slavery every 7 years,
despite the fact the Lord warned they were slaves and God set them
free, as memorialized in the Passover.
(Deut 15:15; Jer 34:8-22)
Ezekiel was made a warning sign
Israel of this exile before it came but they did not turn,
for they are a rebellious people who do not have eyes to see nor ears
of the 7th
, the Day of Atonement, is a Sabbath
. It is a
sacred day of
a day to deny oneself, from the evening
of the 9th
to the evening
of the 10th
(Lev 16:29-31, 23:32).
The Day of Atonement is a picture of the Day of the Lord
It is the time of judgment, atonement for sin and the cleansing &
purification of the faithful.
The sins of the people will be put on the scapegoat, Satan, who will be
taken out of the world & bound.
It is also the day the High Priest goes into the inner Sanctuary with blood
and so Christ has entered the Heavenly Sanctuary as our High Priest and
(Acts 3:17-23; Heb 4:14-5:10; 1 Tim 2:1-6), until the Day of the Lord
The Day of Atonement also announces, once every 49 years, the coming Jubilee Year
This announcement is made in the final year of 7 sabbaths of years.
It also points to the Great Jubilee when the Messiah will return after
7 times 70 years,
on the 10th
Jubilee to proclaim freedom and execute the Day
of the Lord's Vengeance.2
The Day of the Lord begins the 7th
a Sabbath rest for God's covenant
people (Heb 4:1-13).
A wonderful pattern arises from the definition of the Sabbath
: God's Master Plan for Our Redemption
|The Sabbath defines the 7th
|The Sabbath reminds in the 7th
|The Sabbath redeems
in the 7th Millennia
The Lord God Almighty has allocated 7,000 years to redeem
people to walk in His Way
Moons: Marking a New Month
Each new month begins on the day of the dark new moon
(Num 10:10, 28:11,14; 1 Sam 20:5; Ezr 3:5; Isa
66:22-23; Ezek 46:1-8)
It is verified by witnesses (Mt 24:36, 42), since a month can be 29 or
In watching the moon, one knows the hour it rises, so when clear, one
can witness the dark new moon.
As the day begins in darkness, so does the month. The dark new moon is
Therefore, the 15th
comes at the full moon for both the
Feasts of Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles.
Both feasts are about perfecting God's people, coming into the light
who walk the Way
of God's covenant
The cycle of months always stays in synchronization with the cycles of
The lunar month is a continuous unbroken cycle.
Days: Sacred Days of Assembly, Reflection & Celebration
The Lord commanded the Israelites to come to the house of the Lord 3 times a year
at the feasts of the
harvests. As we gather the harvest, the Lord our God commands us
to leave the edges and gleanings for the poor and the alien.
(Lev 19:9-10, 23:22; Deut 24:19-22)
Ex 9:29-32, 23:14-19, 34:22-24; Lev 23:39-43; Deut 16:16; Ruth 1:22,
Kings 9:25; 2 Kings 4:42; 2 Chr 8:12-13; Jer 5:24; Joel 1:11; John 6:4-9
|The angel of death passed over
the houses marked by the sign of the blood of the
lamb on the entrance to one's sanctuary.
The lamb was set aside on day 10 and sacrificed at the start of
|Emphasizes the Passover call to
honor the sin offering by searching within to get the leaven out, by
looking within to find and confess away any held negative emotions and
Eating bread w/o leaven is symbolic of living lives w/o sin.
The 7 days is symbolic of the perfecting of God's people during the
time of trouble, the final shabua.
The Barley Harvest: the barley
is winnowed. Flax harvest also.
It is the time of the latter
or spring rain.
|The firstfruits of the harvest
is waved before the Lord on the first Sunday
(day after Sabbath: s/s to s/s) after Passover.
The day after the sabbath is symbolic of the 8th day.
|Celebrate the fruits of the
harvest the day after 7 weekly sabbaths.
The Wheat Harvest: the wheat
must be threshed.
|Warning of the approaching
judgment. If not ready, clean house.
|Day of judgment. Day to atone
for sin with blood.
A day to deny oneself to foster self-control. It is also a picture of
the Day of the Lord, when Satan is removed and the sanctuary is cleansed
|Lev 16, 23:26-32;
|Find sanctuary in the Lord's
tabernacle during the time of trouble as you travel from the land of
sin to the promised land in walking the Way of God's covenant.
The time of trouble is pictured by living in booths for 7 days.
The 8th day is a sacred day of rest.
The Fruit Harvest: includes
grapes, olives & figs.
Next in the season comes the early
or autumn rain, which preps
the ground for plowing & sowing.
|Lev 23:33-36, 39-43; Num
|The sanctuary is cleansed and
returns to the temple.
The Feast of Weeks is an annual reminder of the Jubilee cycle,
which ultimately points to the return of the Lord's Anointed as Judge
He will set the captives free!
The Continual Burnt Offering with its requisite Lamb, Bread and Drink
was required at every appointed time (Num 28-29),
so all of God's Holy Feast Days and all His Solemn Assemblies
have a reminder pointing ultimately to the sacrifice
of the Father's Lamb.
Since the primary call of Passover
is to search within and get the leaven out (Ex 13:7)
& the primary call of Trumpets
is to search
within and confess any hidden sin
(Lev 16:21, 24, 30-34, 4:4, 5:5, 6:1-7), the call is the same.
Therefore, the call is not unique to those times
of the year but annual reminders of our
A Call for the Congregation to Assemble
The trumpet can be a warning, a call to war, or a call for the
congregation to assemble
(Num 10:1-10; Ezek 33:1-6).
The Trumpet is sounded
(Num 10:10; Ps 81:3-4) to call the congregation to assemble for all:
Sabbaths, Feast Days & New Moons
Appointed Times of the Covenant
Deut 16:5-6; Ps 55:16-17; 2 Chron 2:4, 8:12-13, 31:3; Neh 10:32-33; Hos
Year: Honoring God's Harvest
At the house of the Lord,
where God puts His Name
The year is normally composed of 12 months (1 Kings 4:7).
The Hebrew month of Abib is the 1st
Month of the Year,
of the Year,
12:2, 11, 18, 23:16; Ps 65:9-13; Ezek 40:1, 45:21)
Passover comes in the 1st
Month of the Year and God's people
to not come before the Lord empty-handed for the offerings of the firstfruits
of the harvest
(Ex 23:15-16, 19, 34:26; Lev 23:9-14; Deut 16:16-17)
Note: Christ fulfilled the Wave Sheaf Offering and is the Firstfruits of a Greater
Harvest to come
(Mt 13:37-39; 1 Cor 15:20-23; Rev 14:1-5, 18)
Since a year of 12 lunar months does not match a solar year,
sometimes a 13th
month needs to be added so that the
appointed times occur when the harvests are ready.
This is done by observing that the 1st
crop of the year,
is in the stage of Abib ("green" or "young"), meaning ripening in the
head (Ex 9:31-32),
before the 1st
Month is declared. Therefore, in 2 weeks we
would have firstfruits
Otherwise, the 13th
Month is declared.3
However, in a time of plague or drought there may be nothing to bring
as the prophet Joel warns for the end-times.
So the start of the year might be delayed in order to give the crops a
chance to come in.
But how long can the start of the year be delayed to do this?
Perhaps 3 months, because the last feast day occurs in the 9th
and that would still allow the congregation time to assemble for all
the feasts in the
and also allow the next year's appointed times to again occur at the
times of the harvests
Watching the crops would appear to be a very elegant way for an
to keep their lunar calendar in synchronization with the solar cycle.
With this method, there is no need to calculate the dates of the
The Lord's Call:
of the blood is a call to honor the sin offering.
This blood was placed on the 4 horns of the altar,
a call to exercise discipline and balance over the 4 aspects of our
For when we have the Law
our mind and God’s Spirit
then we walk the Way
of the covenant
the Lord is our sign
of actually doing
the Lord's work
leads to receiving God's seal: the Holy Spirit
(2 Cor 1:12, 21-22; Eph 1:13-14; Rev 7:1-3).
"Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or
beyond your reach." Deut 30:11
Offering the first
each harvest and consecrating the first
of every womb to the Lord
is acknowledgment of God Almighty as our source, that all we have
belongs to Him,
and that the first
of all we
receive is to be given back to do God's will.
The Lord's work means gathering in brotherhood for
praise, worship, sharing, learning, confession and strengthening
and then going into the world to serve the needs of our brothers and
as we are able and led by God's Spirit and thereby represent
the love of Christ and the Name of the Lord.
NIV Footnote to Heb 6:1-2
"... As repentance is turning away from the darkness of sin, faith is
turning to the light of God. ..."
Comments on Calendar Controversies
1. The Wave Sheaf Offering
given on the day after the Sabbath
: Is this Sabbath the first
day of Unleavened Bread or the weekly Sabbath?
The Sabbath is first defined as a day of rest, a day of no work and a
day to hold a sacred assembly of the faithful (Lev 23:3). On the first
Feast of Unleavened Bread, the faithful are to hold a "sacred assembly"
(Ex 12:16 NIV, "holy convocation" KJV) and to do no work. Even though
these are the same characteristics as called for on the 7th
day Sabbath, the 1st
day of the Feast (along with the 7th
day) is never officially called a "Sabbath". Therefore there should be
no confusion that the Wave Sheaf is referring to the day after the 7th
It would appear that the Lord was careful as to which time periods are
defined as Sabbaths in the Law. For when one lines up the definitions
from the Law, as they are above, then the pattern of God's Master Plan
for our redemption
arises despite our confusion. The history of our planet goes back a
long way, but after our last judgment the Lord has allocated 7,000
years as a grand Shabua
to "seven" or perfect a
people who choose to follow his Way.
I consider the argument of the definition of the Sabbath to resolve
this issue as secondary. The primary reasoning comes directly from the
Law also. When one focuses on the definition of the Feast of Weeks in
Leviticus 23:15-22 as counting seven sabbaths from the Wave Sheaf
offering, only if one counts from the day after the seventh day Sabbath
does one encounter seven weekly Sabbaths precisely from that point. If
one starts from the first day of the Feast, then unless it happens to
fall on the weekly sabbath, the only seven sabbaths you encounter right
after that point for 50 days is the weekly sabbath and then the first
one would be partial. So it only fits exactly if the Wave Sheaf is
given the day after the seventh day Sabbath.
It seems to me the Law is clear on this issue and I don't see why there
should be controversy for those who claim to know Our Father's Law.
By the way, because the Wave Sheaf is by definition offered the
day after the Sabbath, when Jesus fulfilled this offering at
resurrection it certified the 7th
day as still the Lord's
Sabbath Day! Furthermore, since Jesus is the firstfruits from the same
harvest to eventually produce the fruit of God's elect, it also
certifies Jesus as a fellow created being who has been anointed by the
Father to be our Lord. Because the forces of darkness want to obscure
and confuse these truths, this is why it has been so important to
replace the fulfillment of this feast day with the pagan
holiday of Easter, derived from Ishtar of Babylon. So Christians
ministers, how do you explain the recognition of Jesus' crucifixion as
the fulfillment of the Passover offering yet you don't also acknowledge
Jesus' resurrection as the fulfillment of the Wave Sheaf offering?
2. The New Moon
it occur on the dark new moon or at the sighting of the first crescent
The Hebrew word used for "month" in Ex 12:2 is chodesh
. According to Strong's
Concordance the meaning of this word is "a month, new moon". In Psalm
81:3 this word is used twice in a row and translated as "new moon" to
emphasize the day on which one is to blow the trumpet. This Psalm makes
clear that the trumpet is to be blown for all new moons and at the time
"appointed" (KJV), the feast days. The Hebrew used here for "appointed"
which means "fullness
or the full moon, i.e. its festivals: -- (time) appointed". [Note: The
NIV translates this as "when the moon is full".] For the Spring and
Autumn feasts to begin at the full moon, the first day of the month
must be on the day of the new moon since these feasts both begin on the
day of the month. This is consistent with the theme that we begin in
the darkness and move to the full light for the feasts that emphasize
perfecting the people. So we see that this theme of the light, the
Hebrew and the Scripture quoted above (Num 28:11,14; 1 Sam 20:5; Isa
66:22-23; Ezek 46:1-8) are all in harmony with the interpretation that
the day of the new moon is day 1 of the new month.
However, some bring cloudiness to this clarity by extracting meaning
from a different set of Hebrew words. The Hebrew word for moon is yareach
. It simply means, "moon".
It comes from a root word, yerach
which means "a lunation". This is defined in Webster's as the period of
time for one revolution of the moon around the earth and is a
reflection of the varying light during that period. This is a natural
term for the moon, to refer to the cycle of its light. Some then use
cases such as Psalm 104:19 where it says that the moon determines the
appointed times (Hebrew is mow'ed
in this case), to say that all set times must be determined by the
light. They then build an argument that the first day of the month
could not be declared by an event of total darkness, so they determine
that one must wait to see the first crescent of light before one
declares the first day of the new month. If this is wrong, it has a
very, very serious impact on the faithful in that they will be
observing and watching on the wrong days!
The word mow'ed
refers to the feasts, again at the full moon, and it is translated as
"feasts" in Lev 23:4. In my opinion, the tradition that day one of the
new month occurs on the day of the first observed crescent moon is an
invalid extrapolation because it contradicts Scripture and it is taken
out of context. I believe Scripture is clear that the day of the new
moon is day one of the new month, regardless of whether you see it or
not. It is verified by observation on the closest day upon which one
can see it.
As a contrast, the understanding that the first month of the year is
called by observing the crop is a valid extrapolation from the Hebrew
(ripening in the
head) because the meaning of the Hebrew is taken in context and is
supporting by the content of the passage (don't come before the Lord
with nothing from the harvest), such as in Ex 23:15.
It is interesting to note that the crescent moon and star, the current
symbol of Islam, was first used by Islam during the Ottoman Empire
which kept the flag of the then conquered Eastern Roman Empire in
Turkey. The Greeks and Persians had also used this symbol in ancient
times. Furthermore, it is also the symbol of the resurrected fourth
beast of Daniel, as explained in the Keys of Daniel
3. The New Year
it in the Spring or in the Fall?
It is my view the argument that the new year begins in the fall
based upon a misunderstanding of the Jubilee announcement. The Jubilee
is declared in the 7th
month. This warning is given at the
fall feast national gathering to give all farmers a special warning to
not plant in the coming fall/winter after the early rain because the
new year in the following spring will be a Jubilee year. The special
warning would be needed because this would mean not planting for 2
years in a row, following the 7th
Finally, in addition to the Scripture quoted above (Ex 12:2, 11, 18,
23:16; Ps 65:9-13; Ezek 40:1, 45:21) for the start of the year being in
the spring, the numbering of the months clearly marks that the year
begins in the spring.
: Is this
Feast Day Ordained by God?
The feast of Purim comes from the book of Esther, so questioning this
feast means questioning the book of Esther. Should it be canonical?
Consider the following:
- The book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not
mention God. This alone makes it suspicious. Nor does the book have any
explicit reference to "worship, prayer, or sacrifice" (see NIV intro).
- The Queen did not originate the feast of Purim; it was a
pre-existing Babylonian pagan feast to the goddess Ishtar, the Queen of
Heaven, who Jeremiah warns about in Jer 7:18 and chapter 44.
- The Queen of Persia called for a fast in her name and Mordecai's,
not in the Name of the Lord or to acknowledge God (Est 9:31).
- The emphasis on retaliation in this book seems out of character
for the Bible.
- The book of Esther was not among the books found in the Dead Sea
Scrolls, nor was Purim listed among the feasts.
For more detail on the evidence from Qumran, see the introduction to
the book of Esther in The
Dead Sea Scrolls Bible
by Abegg, Flint & Ulrich
To put the final nail in the coffin, here are several web pages which
equate the name Mordecai with Marduk and Esther with Ishtar: Wikipedia
of Religion and Ethics
, and another article
In taking all of the above, I've come to believe that the feast of
Purim is not ordained by God; and further, I am therefore forced to
conclude that the book of Esther should not have been included in the
Bible. [Please note that the book of Esther is the only
book I reject from the NIV
5. God's Law commands the
cancellation of debt every 7 years and in the year of Jubilee
Is this reasonable?
Niall Ferguson, in his book The
Ascent of Money
, maintains that one of the lessons of history is
that it doesn’t matter what form your debt takes, whether public or
private, whether your government runs up enormous external obligations
or your households have taken on mortgages they can’t service, sooner
or later financial history tells us these debts have to go one way or
They can go through default. They can simply be canceled. That occurred
in ancient times with the Jubilee year, he points out. The other way
they can be reduced is through inflation. In his book he shows that
this has been a recurrent feature of financial history, times when
suddenly the volume of money itself collapses and therefore so too does
the volume of debts denominated in that money. This happened to Germany
twice in the 20th century. So he concludes it may be necessary, at some
point, to get out of this enormous debt mess by allowing the printing
presses to roll and letting the money supply finally generate an
inflation in the double or triple digits.
[CNN’s GPS 1/18/09]
Economics is not my field, but to this layman it seems that God’s law
of scheduled cancellation of debt is a better overall solution for
maintaining the long-term financial health of our society than random
default or inflation.
Ears Pierced to the Post:
Apparently, the representatives of Judaism who translated the LXX Greek
version of the Hebrew Scriptures forgot the Law in this case because
they did not properly render this idiom. (Ps 40:6 is corrected in the
NIV.) It is ironic that this error has been captured in this
translation, for it memorializes the part of the Law the Israelites
forgot to observe during the time of their ancient kingdom and the
reason they lost their land.
I've often wondered if Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. I submit this
misquote proves he did not write the book. Of all the Apostles, Paul
knew the Law well, so even in using a reference like the LXX
translation, I bet Paul would have caught the error and corrected it.
Paul's ministry centered on the Gentiles. Peter, on the other hand, was
focused on the Jews. He was not formally educated in the Law, so he
very well may not have caught this error and is a more likely author of
begins after the completion of Daniel's 70th
counting of the 70 weeks of years (70 x 7) stopped after the 69th
week when the Messiah was cut off, according to the prophecy, and
certainly the count stopped after the land became desolate when the
Romans destroyed the city and the sanctuary and the Israelites were
taken captive among the nations. This all takes place within the
context of God's Master
count will resume when the people
have returned to the land and the protection of God's people and His
holy city are arranged. This will appear to be accomplished through the
covenant with death, the counterfeit covenant. This covenant will
involve many nations, Israel and Jerusalem. This event will begin the 70th
Week, the final week of years, and it will resume and complete the
overall count of 70 weeks of years. However, the true covenant will be
reaffirmed and God's people refreshed, as they complete their journey
to holiness during
this final shabua
(week of years), through the
outpouring of God's Spirit in the form of the Latter Rain.
For more depth on calling the Biblical new year based upon the crop,
see the article entitled: Biblical
- Part III - Establishing the Biblical New Year
Can the start of the year be
delayed by as much as 3 months?
Perhaps Amos 4:7 hints at this.
It is interesting to note that when the 70th
Week is aligned
to end on the Day of Atonement, this puts the abomination 30 days later
and it occurs in the Autumn. This is the point at which Jesus advises
those in Judea to flea to the mountains and to pray that your flight is
not in the winter. This always made me wonder in that it didn't seem to
line up with this arrangement. However, if the 7th
year is a
year of famine or plague, then the start of that year should be delayed
by 3 months. The eerie thing is that this then puts the abomination in
the winter for one hemisphere! (Mt 24:20).
It would appear that Satan has tried to remove the flexibility from
God's calendar by again using the goddess Ishtar to entice God's people
into accepting another false holiday, that of Purim. (See "Comments on
Calendar Controversies" section on Purim.) If Purim is kept as a feast
day in the 12th
month, then this exactly
removes the flexibility from God's Holy Calendar to wait for the crop
in unusual cases such as famine or plague. This is another reason I
believe it to be a false feast day. The other clear example of altering
God's Holy Calendar through the influence of Ishtar is getting
Christians to accept Easter over observing the Wave Sheaf offering.
The flexibility of God's calendar is expressed in a period of 3 months,
a number often seen in Scripture. Symbolically, we see again the intent
of the forces
that suppress the truth and knowledge to restrain your
upper 3 chakras
is to energize your upper 3, leading to being sons and
daughters of the Most High.
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©2005, 2009 Collins Hamblen
First Posted: 4/17/05
Last Updated 12/10/09