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The Day: Darkness into Light

The day is defined as Evening then Morning, 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).

Our Daily Oblation 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 & evening (Ex 29:39, 41; Num 28:4, 8):

The Daily Sacrifice
Also called: The Daily Oblation or The Continual Burnt Offering
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 & Heavenly 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 temple.
"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 6:6-7 NIV)
"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 NIV)
Ex 29:38-46; 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, 18, 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, 11:28, 12:1-6, 11, 22-25, 13:9-16; Jas 5:16; 1 Pet 1:1-2, 13-17, 22, 2:4-8; 1 Jn 1:8-9.

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,
are signs (Ex 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 of the Lord.

When the Israelites maintained the Continual Burnt Offering every morning and evening
(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 to light the Golden Lampstand
before the Testimony of the Lord from evening until morning (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 (Ex 25:31-40).
God's covenant lights the Way for His People to commune with His Spirit.
(Ps 19:7-9, 51:1-19; Isa 57:14-19, 58:6-14, 59:21).

The Sabbath: a Sacred Period of Rest

The weekly 7th Day 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 of being in covenant with the Father.
(Ex 31:12-17; Ezek 20:12, 20)
The weekly sabbath is a continuous unbroken cycle.

The 7th Year 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 25:1-7)

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; Deut 15:12-18).

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 Lord.
 (Ex 21:5-6; Deut 15:16-17; Ps 40:6 NIV; Heb 10:5 [poor translation from LXX1])
The 7 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 31:1-6, 62:1-3).

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 to 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 to hear.
(Ezek 12:1-6)

The 10th Day of the 7th month, the Day of Atonement, is a Sabbath. It is a sacred day of rest,
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 for atonement,
and so Christ has entered the Heavenly Sanctuary as our High Priest and Mediator
(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 Millennium,
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 Day
The Sabbath reminds in the 7th Year
The Sabbath redeems in the 7th Millennia
The Lord God Almighty has allocated 7,000 years to redeem a covenant people to walk in His Way.

New 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 30 days.
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 day 1.
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 for those
who walk the Way of God's covenant.

The cycle of months always stays in synchronization with the cycles of the moon.
The lunar month is a continuous unbroken cycle.

Feast 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)


Feast of
Feast of
Feast of
( Ingathering)

Ex 9:29-32, 23:14-19, 34:22-24; Lev 23:39-43; Deut 16:16; Ruth 1:22, 2:23;
1 Kings 9:25; 2 Kings 4:42; 2 Chr 8:12-13; Jer 5:24; Joel 1:11; John 6:4-9

First Day
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 day 14.
Num 28:16;
Ex 12:1-13
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 hidden sin.
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.
Num 28:17;
Ex 12:14-20
Wave Sheaf
of Firstfruits
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.
Lev 23:9-14
Feast of
Celebrate the fruits of the harvest the day after 7 weekly sabbaths.
The Wheat Harvest: the wheat must be threshed.
Lev 23:15-22
Warning of the approaching judgment. If not ready, clean house.
Lev 23:23-25;
Num 29:1-6
Day of
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 of sin.
Lev 16, 23:26-32;
Num 29:7-11
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 29:12-38;
Zec 14:16-19
The sanctuary is cleansed and God's light returns to the temple.
Prophesied in
Dan 8:9-14;
Jn 10:22-23

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 and King.
He will set the captives free!

The Continual Burnt Offering with its requisite Lamb, Bread and Drink offerings,
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 and Atonement 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
covenant daily obligation.

Trumpets: 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

The 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 2:11

Appointed Time
Implied Location
Morning & Evening
Local congregation
New Moons
Local congregation
Feast Days
At the house of the Lord,
where God puts His Name

The Year: Honoring God's Harvest

The year is normally composed of 12 months (1 Kings 4:7).

The Hebrew month of Abib is the 1st Month of the Year,
the Beginning of the Year, Rosh Hashanah!
(Ex 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 are commanded
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, Barley,
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 for the Lord.
Otherwise, the 13th Month is declared.3

However, in a time of plague or drought there may be nothing to bring before the Lord,
 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 Month
and that would still allow the congregation time to assemble for all the feasts in the year
and also allow the next year's appointed times to again occur at the times of the harvests.4

Watching the crops would appear to be a very elegant way for an agricultural people
to keep their lunar calendar in synchronization with the solar cycle.
With this method, there is no need to calculate the dates of the equinoxes.

The Lord's Call:

The sign 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 being:
physical, emotional, mental & spiritual.
For when we have the Law in our mind and God’s Spirit in our heart
then we walk the Way of the covenant and
the Lord is our sign (Ezek 12:11).

The 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 firstfruits of each harvest and consecrating the firstborn 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 sisters
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 day of the 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 day Sabbath.

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 his 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: Does it occur on the dark new moon or at the sighting of the first crescent of light?

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" is kece 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 15th 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 more likely 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 word Abib (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: Is it in the Spring or in the Fall?

It is my view the argument that the new year begins in the fall is 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 sabbatical year.

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.

4. Purim: 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 (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999).

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, Encyclopedia 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 translation.]

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 another.

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.


1 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 the book.

2 The 10th Jubilee begins after the completion of Daniel's 70th Week. The 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 Plan. The 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.

3 For more depth on calling the Biblical new year based upon the crop, see the article entitled: Biblical Calendar - Part III - Establishing the Biblical New Year.

4 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 or 13th 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. God's plan is to energize your upper 3, leading to being sons and daughters of the Most High.

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First Posted: 4/17/05
Last Updated 12/10/09