The Jewish calendar which is a modern rabbinical calendar and not the ancient biblical calendar is starting the New Year now and will have their Passover in two weeks. In doing so, they will be keeping 2 Passovers in the same year against the clear rule of scripture.
Exo 13:10 And you shall keep this ordinance (Passover) in its season, from year to year.
Clearly, the New Year cannot begin before the equinox and the turning from winter to summer. Some have written and asked about the barley harvest in Israel. Nowhere in scripture does it ever tell us to start the year based solely on the barley harvest. Just the opposite, Gen 1:14 clearly tells us the calendar is based on the light sources (sun, moon and stars) to calculate the Holy Days and the start of the year. You would need to both wait for the passing of the
equinox and the sun to have moved from the 12th constellation back into the first one to start the New Year. These events happen within about a day of each other.
Logically think to yourself for a moment, if only the ripeness of barley in Israel determined the start of the year then how would the world have known when the year started before 1443 BC, when Israel entered the Promised Land?
How would have Noah known the month he entered the ark and came out of the ark without ripe barley from Israel? How would the Israelites have calculated the original Passover in Egypt to be the 14th day of the first month if determining the year depended on ripe barley in Israel, when they were in Egypt? Remember the temperatures and harvest season in Egypt is much different than Israel due to it being closer to the equator.
All of this is extremely illogical thinking. Also, if the start of the year can only depend on ripe barley in Israel then how would have brethren have been able to keep the Passover as commanded by our Savior Yahshua for the last 2,000 years throughout the world? It would have been impossible before modern technology to know when barley was ripe in Israel if you lived in Europe or America or the Far East.
Scripture clearly tells us the turning of the year is at the equinox (Ex 34:22, Ex 23:16). The Hebrew word for equinox is “Tekufah” and is used in the above scripture.
Nowhere does scripture say to look for barley to start the year. Of course barley is needed for the waving of the homer on the feast of firstfruits but you will always have ripe barley if you wait until after the vernal equinox, according to scripture to start the month of Aviv. Aviv does not mean barley but means young or new and is referred to barley due to the new grain harvest.
This year the barley is ripe in parts of the country of Israel right now, but not everywhere. In the northern Galilee and Hermon region the barley is still not at the mature stage.
When Yahweh commanded the Israelites about the bringing of the wave sheaf for the feast of firstfruits, He did not command the priests but He commanded Moses to tell all 12 tribes of Israel (Lev 23:10-11). This was due to the fact that the wave sheaf would be a perfect representation of the Messiah to come. All 12 tribes needed an omer (about 2 quarts) offering, because the Messiah which the omer represented was the Messiah of all 12 tribes of Israel.
Even this year which has a greater amount of ripe barley to date than normal has still not ripe barley in every region of the country because it is still winter as the changing of the season (sun passing the equator) has not happened. Last week was unseasonably warm but now we are back in the 60’s and even 50’s in higher altitudes. Certainly not summer weather for Israel.
For those who try to say that you cannot start your harvest until after the feast of firstfruits, are not going according to scripture. The scripture never says you cannot harvest before the omer ceremony on firstfruits or how can you even get the omer itself, but merely that you cannot eat of the new grain until after the omer is offered. The omer is a measurement and not a sheaf.
Lev 23: 14 And you shall not eat bread, nor roasted grain, nor fresh ears, until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your Elohim; it is a never ending statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 And you shall number to you from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring
in the sheaf of the wave offering; they shall be seven complete Sabbaths; In both harvests here in Israel (the spring and fall) the harvest lasts for several months. In the spring the harvest starts around now and will last till Shavuot and in the fall the harvest will start around mid September and last until December. This totally refutes the false idea that you only have 17-19 days to harvest or you will lose your crop.
My bible study on line “Should we follow the Jewish Calendar” clearly and conclusively proves from scripture and history that the start of the biblical year worldwide is the turning from winter to summer, which is calculated by the spring equinox. The time the sun passes the equator and the full cycle of the year is complete (Deut 11:11-12). Remember Yahweh is eternal and thinks in the circular, not the linear.
If you did not receive this study last time, please go to
www.coyhwh.com and download it in the paper section. Things have been heating up here a bit recently, both politically and with the Palestinian situation. We are living in serious times and the most important thing we need to focus on is to be getting our wedding garments white and living Holy and acceptable lives to Yahweh and coming out from this evil system of satan.
Please also find enclosed the article from the sermon that I did at Sukkot called “The Purpose of Man”. It has quite interesting, conclusive proof for the job given to Adam and Eve and also for us today.
Be Blessed as you serve Yahweh,