Torah Restoration Ministries

Evangelist Daniel John Lee

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I was wrong



Happy RENEWED YEAR in the Matchless Love of YahShua! And the 1st Day of AVIV!!!!

It is with GREAT joy and excitement I write this.

Yes, I WAS WRONG!!!!

Very wrong!!!!!

Yah had spoken to me some weeks ago that the 1st of the year would begin on the evening of 4/14, and so I was expecting to see the 1st crescent to glitter over Jerusalem this evening.

Well, only .2% illumination of renewed moon was over Jerusalem. I suddenly thought -- did I not hear from YHVH? Was I wrong?

Then, with GREAT JOY -- YHVH revealed that looking for the 1st crescent of the renewed moon is no where found in Holy Writ -- and in fact is pagan.

Okay, I know this sounds shocking.

Let me explain. Some of this will be directly excerpted from 2 articles Yah opened my eyes to just tonight!

One of the first things we need to do is to take a look at the phases of the Moon.

The Moon travels in a counter clockwise orbit around the Earth.

The orbit is more oval in structure, rather than circular.

The time of the Moon's orbit varies each and every Month.

So, periodically YAHWEH's Law comes into effect, and a Miracle occurs. YAHWEH causes the Moon, Sun, and Earth to come into direct alignment with each other. And this is a Sign for mankind to begin to count, for the Set Apart Days.


The time for counting starts when the Moon is positioned exactly in alignment between the Earth and the Sun.

Remember in The Scriptures where it says the Sun and Moon, and Stars are for

Signs (Genesis 1:14-1

History records that many nations were able to calculate the Conjunction exactly.

For example two of them, Egypt and Babylon, although they only calculated to find when the Crescent would take place.

The ancient Aztecs were more than capable of determining the Conjunction as

Any man or woman with the proper talents or gifts can do this quite easily.

At the Conjunction, the Moon is very different than at any other time of its orbit.
It is totally obscured to the eye.

It cannot be seen.

As a result of this, you will not be tempted to look up see the Moon, "crescent" and/or "full", and "worship" it, as YAHWEH has warned against.


The Moon in this phase is now emitting a thin line of light.

Many "religious" people today use this method of counting to determine the days.

The nation of Islam uses this, among others.

If you will take notice, on the top of their temples the Crescent Moon, which they describe as having horns is quite Visible.

Where did this originate?

The symbolism of using horns came from Babylon, because of the "worship" of
Cows and the Sun and Moon.

Babylon utilized it and used the Crescent as part of "worship" toward other

There is a great deal of research available on this.

Abraham lived in Ur, and later in Haram, where it was the center of Crescent
"worship" of the Moon-Goddess Ishtar called Ningal in Ur. She has had many names in many different nations - her worship required licentiousness, sacred prostitution in connection with her temples - her priestesses entertained male "worshippers" in disgraceful ceremonies - every maid, wife or widow had to officiate at least once in her lifetime in these rites - Sin-the Moon-God was the deity of Ur.

YAHWEH called Abraham out of Babylon, as HE calls us "out of her" today

(Revelation 18:4)!

There is a time the Moon is different from any other.

That is at The Conjunction.

From the time the Moon starts its orbit at Conjunction, it travels around the
Earth, until its journey is completed. Then it is renewed by YAHWEH to begin the start of a New Month, and does exactly what YAHWEH has designed it to do.

This is the time THE FATHER brings it into alignment with the Earth and the Sun.
What a miracle that is, when this takes place.

King David knew this, and has informed us in The Scriptures!

Psalm 81:3: "Blow up the trumpet (shofar) in the New Moon, in the Time

Appointed, on our Solemn Feast Day".

Let us analyze this, and determine what David was saying.

This should be obvious that David is talking about the Feast of Trumpets (the
Day of Shoutings).

That is the Day of the New Moon.

The words "New Moon" is translated from: 02320 chodesh kho' -desh from
02318; Taken from the root 2318 1) the new moon, month, monthly 1a) the
first day of the month The root word. a primitive root AV-renew 7, repair 1) to
be new, renew, repair.

Examples of how this word is used in other Scriptures:

1 Samuel 11:14 and renew the kingdom there

2 Chronicles 15:8 renewed the altar

2 Chronicles 24:4 repair the House of the LORD [YAHWEH]

2 Chronicles 24:12 carpenters to repair the House

Iyyob (Job) 10:17 Thou renewest thy witnesses

Psalms 51:10 renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 103:5 thy youth is renewed

Psalms 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou

renewest the face of the earth.

David chose to use the word "Codesh" which comes from the root word


This word means to renew, repair, be new, bring back.

But David could have chosen the Hebrew word "Saharon", which means
Crescent Moon.

But he did NOT!

More on the Crescent Moon later.

But David chose the word "Chadesh", meaning New Moon.

"The Time Appointed": this seems to be a bad translation.

In the NIV it is translated "Full Moon".

Well all know we cannot have a Full Moon on the First Day of the Month,
because the Full Moon is the time when the Moon is in the middle of her orbit,
that is in the middle of the Month, and NOT in the beginning of the Month.

So what is the real meaning here.

The word "Appointed" is translated from the Hebrew: 3677 kece' {keh'-seh} or
keceh {keh'-seh} Which is from the root: 3680 kacah {kaw-saw'} Which means:
to cover, conceal, hide.

So, what David is really saying is: "Blow up the trumpet (shofar) on the First of
the Month (7th Month), in the time of the Hidden Moon, on our Solemn Feast

What is the New Moon?

The Hidden Moon, when totally dark is a Conjunction with the Sun, and Earth.

A miracle of YAHWEH's Time Clocks in action.

Another example from King David...

How could David make these statements with such certainty?

1 Samuel 20:5: "And David said unto Yahnathan, Behold, Tomorrow [is] the
New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third [Day] at even".

Yahnathan also knew with certainty that Tomorrow is the New Moon! How?

1 Samuel 20:18: "Then Yahnathan said to David, Tomorrow [is] the New Moon:
and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty".

There was no written and saved history, before the Yahdaim (Jews) came back from Babylon.

We know how it was done then.

Witnesses were sent out, and when they saw the Crescent Moon, they lit a fire on the mountain, then came back to Yerusalem to be questioned by the Sanhedrin....

Well, that took some time, did it not?

But how did David know that Tomorrow was the New Moon?

Well, could he have looked up in the sky and saw the Conjunction, and said

Tomorrow is the Crescent Moon, and that is the New Moon? Hardly possible.

You can not see the Moon when YAHWEH is renewing it. It is dark.

So, how could he have known? Some say, they were calculating it.

Well, many nations knew how to do that as well as Israel....

Others say, well this dinner David was talking about was pre-planned ahead.

And some say, the kings always invited envoys from other parts of Israel to
attend. Still more have concluded that it had to have been planned for quite a while.

So, calculating the Conjunction is how they did it.

Many feel that, David looked up and saw the Last Crescent Moon, thereby
knowing Tomorrow is the New Moon.

You can see the Last Crescent just about daybreak the day before Conjunction.

Is that what David saw?

How could David have stated with certainty, that "Tomorrow is the New Moon"?

If they were doing it in the way it was done when they returned from Babylon,
David would have had to wait until they saw the Crescent Moon, about Sunset,
then waited until the Witnesses had returned to Yerusalem, then word would have been brought to the King.

It seems likely that process would take a bit of time...

But what if, it was cloudy and overcast that evening, then they would have had to wait another day.

Is that Scriptural?

Argument for the Crescent

Some say, according Gesenisus' Hebrew / Chaldee Lexicon, that "the term
'Hodesh' (# 2320) came from # 2318 which means to be new, or to polish a

Etymologist has well observed that its primary sense is that of cutting and
polishing... and the signification of newness appears to proceed from that of a
sharp polished splendid sword. We see that a new moon cannot mean a full moon. A full moon in no way appears as a polished sword (or a conjunction moon). In the case of a True New Moon, it appears as a scimitar, or curved sword" (end of quote).


Yes, we knew of this definition early on in our Search for the Truth.

There are many Hebrew scholars that certainly disagree with the "Gesenisus".

We really have not found any other definitions that agree with "Gesenisus".

Some would say, the Crescent does not look like a sword.

But we would disagree with that.

Searching has shown us that the Arab (Muslims) built their swords in a Crescent

We understand that Islam counts from the Crescent, in fact many Crescent Moons appear on top of their Mosques as previously stated.

And there is evidence in the digs around Ur and Haram (where Abram was
called from), that on top of the temple built for the Moon God; a Crescent Moon
was there.

Crescent Moon

The Crescent Moon - Saharon.

Isaiah 3:18: "In that day the Lord [YAHWEH] will take away the bravery of
[their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round
tires like the Moon...".

The NIV has this: "In that day the Lord [YAHWEH] will snatch away their finery:
the bangles and headbands and Crescent necklaces...".

The word Moon is translated from: 7720 saharon {sah-har-one'} 1) moon,
crescent, as ornament.

Other places this is found:

Judges 8:21: "Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for
as the man [is, so is] his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and
Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that [were] on their camels' necks".

Judges 8:26: "And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a
thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold; beside ornaments, and collars,
and purple raiment that [was] on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that [were] about their camels' necks".

What about this?

History seems to indicate that after the Babylonian captivity that the First Visible Crescent was sighted. The sighting was then checked and verified by a great assembly, which was the forerunner of the Sanhedrin.

Was this the way they observed the New Moon before the Exile?

We have not found any evidence to show it.

The fact is there are few references to a calendar before the Exile.

The only proof we have is the history recorded by the Pharisees who are the
Rabbis of today.

The next problem we have is that while in Babylon the leaders may have taken
on more than just the Babylonian names for the months.

The fact is, as The Scriptures themselves reveal, the Israelites were influenced
by the people around them.

The Saharon, which was probably made of metal and had the form of a
Crescent, i.e., the Crescent Moon.

It was worn by women (Isayah 3:1
, and by kings (Judges 8:26), and tied to
the necks of camels (Judges 8:21) to protect them from the Evil Eye.

"The Crescent was a favorite amulet among many peoples of Western Asia,
and it represented to them the strength and protection of the waxing and not the waning moon" (Budge, pg. 213).

"Before Yaaqob went to Bethel to present himself before YAHWEH he made all
his people to hand over to him their "strange gods" and ear-rings (i.e.,
Crescent-shaped amulets), and he hid them under the oak which was in
Schechem (Genesis 35:4)" (Budge, pg. 214).

Of these references, the Scriptural evidence is pre-Exodus with the exception of
Isayah which talks of a time when the daughters of Yerusalem will have their
jewelry taken away including Crescents.

It is also interesting to note that the ancient Babylonians had a Elohim (God),
they called "Mighty One", whose name was Sin, and whose symbol was that of
a Crescent.

"The Babylonian Moon-God Sin (su'e) stands in a Crescent-Moon, his symbol.
Agate Neo-Babylonian seal c. 7th - 6th century B.C." (The Illustrated Bible
Dictionary, pg. 1023).

There is a word in Hebrew that means Crescent Moon, that word is Saharon

The word Saharon is in The Scriptures, and refers to amulets as seen above.

But it is interesting that the Hebrew word for New Moon (Chodesh), and
Crescent Moon (Saharon yare'akh) are NOT the same!

If there was a word available to describe what Moon the New Moon is, and if
the New Moon was a Crescent, then why is NOT it used in The Scriptures?

We can see that the First Visible Crescent (waxing) is used by the neighbors of
Abraham, Isaac, and Yaaqob, and their descendants, the Israelites, as a
protective amulet as well as "worshipped" as a deity.

If you read throughout The Scriptures, you will see that the Israelites followed
after these peoples and practices their idolatries.

Why else would YAHWEH say that HE would take away their Crescents?

It seems very clear that it proves that the Crescent is NOT the New Moon, and
we find the evidence of Crescent-Moon "worship" very disturbing!

Would YAHWEH link HIMSELF to pagan practices and rites?

We think NOT!


Now here is the next article:

Yahweh forbids us in Deut 4:19 to look up at the Sun and the Moon and stars and to worship them. This, among many other reasons, I believe the scriptural way to begin the new month is by the conjunction of the moon, instead of visual observance of a crescent moon. So the next question would be when do we calculate the beginning of the new month, on the day of conjunction or the following sunset? I believe this paper will answer that question.

First of all let’ s define what a conjunction is. According to the encyclopedia Britannia in astronomy, a conjunction is an apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies at the same celestial longitude. The Moon is in conjunction with the Sun at the phase of New Moon, when it moves between the Earth and Sun and the side turned toward the Earth is dark.

There are several fallacies connected with the conjunction. One is that it happens at the same time all over the earth. It is because of this false belief that some keep the new moon on the day of conjunction, starting the evening before, even though this may be up to 23 hours before the actual conjunction, and is still the last day of the old month. Some of these same people will contest that we cannot start the year before the vernal equinox, because you would be starting a new year before the old year is over. Although we also believe that the year cannot start until the changing from winter to summer, this is a total contradiction to starting every new month before the actual conjunction really happens.

The problem is with some people's flawed definition of what a conjunction is. Basically from the above definition we see that a conjunction is basically an eclipse of the moon due to it lining up between the earth and sun, and causing one side to be basically dark. Because the rotation of the moon is elliptical and not circular, the moon is actually never 100% dark, but still cannot be seen with the naked eye. Logic will tell you that if an eclipse is happening in Japan it cannot be happening on the other side of the globe in New York at the same time. So although the New moon conjunction happens at only one moment in time roughly each 29 and V2 days, it does not occur at every place on earth. By the very definition of a conjunction the celestial bodies (in this case the moon, sun and earth) must be in the same longitude. When the moon has conjunction with the earth at Rosh Chodesh, the whole earth is not in the same longitude, only the area where the conjunction occurs. So conjunction DOES NOT happen in every place all over the earth, at the same time, although it does happen at only one moment of time roughly every 29 1/2 days. Just go to a conjunction website, and look at a picture of a conjunction from any given month and you will see this is plainly correct.

So the conjunction would happen at one spot on earth which would trigger the new moon or month in that area where sunset would just be occurring, then just like we do each week with the Sabbath we would wait, according to where we are on the earth for the earth to rotate on if s axis, and the new month to come to us when ever it would be sunset in our given area. We do not start the Sabbath at 12:00 noon in New York because it is sunset in Jerusalem, so why would we start the new month in some cases 23 hours or more before the old month has ended because a sunset or conjunction has occurred across the world somewhere?

The next false assumption for some to start the month on the day of conjunction, instead of waiting for the next sunset, is that some have said that you celebrate your anniversary on the day of your anniversary, not the next day. On the surface this sounds logical, but again if my anniversary were March 1,1 am not going to start to celebrate my anniversary on February 28 because it has already turned to March 1 in Israel. By waiting till sunset in your given area after a conjunction has happened somewhere on earth, is not starting your month late. The month started wherever the conjunction occurred on earth, and you are simply waiting for the earth to rotate and sunset and the new month to come to you, just as we do each and every Sabbath.

Let us go back to creation and make this matter even simpler to understand. Most will agree that scripture indicates that before the flood of Noah there were 12, 30 day months in each year.

Gen 7:110- In the six hundredth year of the life of Noah, in the second month, in the seventeenth day of the month,

Gen 7:24 and the waters are mighty on the earth a hundred and fifty days. Gen 8?4 And the ark rested, in the seventh month, in the seventeenth day of the month, on mountains of Ararat;

So we see that at creation there were 12 equal 30 day months. We also know that the sun moon and stars were given to tell the time of the "moedim" or holy or set apart appointments of Yahweh.

Gen 1:14 And Elohim said, *Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years,

The word for seasons is "moedim", which are the holy days of Leviticus 23. Also, we know the Holy days were not commanded to Israel in the wilderness, but when they would enter the land of Israel they were to keep these days.

Lev 23:9 And Yahweh spoke unto Moses, saying,

Lev 23:10 ^Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, When ye come in unto the land which I am giving to you, and have reaped its harvest, and have brought in the sheaf, the beginning of your harvest unto the priest,

So we see that the command to keep these holy days was to be from Israel, and particularly from Jerusalem. Jerusalem is also called the center of the earth. So it would stand to reason that before the flood when there were 12, 30 day months that the conjunction would have happened exactly at sunset in Jerusalem, the center of the earth, each and every month. With that being the case, then it would stand to reason that if you were living in New York at this time, then when sunset and the New Month began in Jerusalem and it was only 12 noon in NY, you would not have started your new month 18 hours before on the preceding day, but would have waited 7 hours after sunset in Jerusalem, until it was sunset in NY and your month began. This is only logical and how we observe each and every Sabbath, waiting for the day to come to us, so why should we create a new rule that does not exist for the new month?

Let us also shed a little more light on the subject (no pun intended) to make it clearer. Most will agree that at creation there were 12, 30 day months as we proved from the book of Genesis. So what caused the moons rotation to change to make it only a 29 ¥2 day rotation? Well, recently science now acclaims that this change happened somewhere around 700 BC. That is very interesting. What happened around 700BC that could have changed the course of the celestial bodies? The answer is, that is the time when Hezekiah asked Yahweh to move the sundial back 10 degree's.

Isa 38:7 And this is to thee the sign from Yahweh, that Yahweh does this thing that He has spoken.

Lo, I am bringing back the shadow of the degrees that it hath gone down on the degrees of Ahaz, by the sun, backward ten degrees:' and the sun turned back ten degrees in the degrees that it had gone down.

If even science has scientific proof that this is the time frame that the celestial bodies changed there course I see no reason not to believe that this was the event that did it.

But something else happened at around the time of 700BC that would also play a part in the calendar change. Remember how we just went over that the Holy Days were given to the nation of Israel for when they entered the land of Israel. Yahweh also commanded them that they must come up to Jerusalem and only Jerusalem for these days.

16:16 "Three times in a year doth every one of thy males appear before Yahweh thy Elohim in the place which He doth choose—in the feast of unleavened things, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of booths; and they do not appear before Yahweh empty;

That is why it stands to reason that conjunction and sunset would have happened at Jerusalem each and every month when there were 12, 30 day months, since the whole reason for creating these heavenly bodies was to show Israel the appointed times in Jerusalem.

Now, not only did Yahweh take back the sun dial for Hezekiah around 700BC, but something else major happened in the history of Israel. In 723-22 BC Israel went into captivity to Assyria and the four corners of the earth.

One of the major punishments of this Diaspora was that they would no longer be able to keep the Holy Days in Jerusalem. Conjunction happened each month at Jerusalem to start the month and show where Yahweh's covenant people were. Isn't it interesting that since about 700BC, now no longer does conjunction and sunset happen each month at Jerusalem, but somewhere different each month all over the earth. It is never in the same place two months in a row, but as the rotation of the celestial bodies moves so does the location of conjunction and sunset.

If the conjunction was placed in Jerusalem, the center of the earth before Israel's captivity it can't be a co-incidence that after their captivity it has been moved to different places all over the earth every month. If conjunction in Jerusalem each month was to show where Yahweh's covenant people were, than by having conjunction somewhere different each month it shows that Israel's Diaspora is all over the globe, which history proves to be correct.

I believe that these facts cannot be overlooked. Before 700BC, if you lived in North America and observed the New moon, you would have waited until the conjunction in Jerusalem and then some 7 hours later at sunset in your local area you would have started your new month, not some 18 hours before the conjunction would have even happened.

One more point for major consideration on this subject. When I was studying the whole issue of the new moon by conjunction or visual observance, I went to one scripture that clearly tells us when the new moon is.

Psa 8113 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day

Now some have tried to say this is only talking about the feast of Trumpets, but we have went to several linguistic scholars in Israel asking then for the true definition of "Kehseh" being rendered full moon, and in every case we have been told the definition means full moon and not covered moon. We have also been told by experts from Israel, that this psalm is written in Hebrew poetic syntax style, meaning opposites, such as black white, male female. So the opposite of the new moon would be the full moon. Also, we are told that the word used for feast in ps81:3 "hag" is only used in Hebrew to refer to the three pilgrim feasts of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkoth, so again this verse could not be referring only to the feast of Trumpets. This verse dogmatically proved to me that the new month starts by conjunction and Not visual sighting, because if it is written in opposites, then the opposite of the full moon would have to be conjunction. Just think about that symmetrically for a moment. If the moon is nothing more than a clock in the sky then a quarter moon would have to be a quarter and a full moon would have to be half month, and what is the opposite of a full moon? Conjunction!

If you had a full apple pie on your table, what would be the opposite of that full pie? The answer is No pie. The only problem being when you calculate the new moon up to 23 hours early calculating by the day of conjunction and not waiting till sunset after conjunction, when the earth rotates and the month comes to you, you will never have your Holy day hag or feast of Sukkoth on the full moon. Go to a computer program and check this out for yourself. The only way to assure your feast always falls on the full moon is to calculate your month by conjunction, waiting till sunset in your area after the conjunction occurs. If you start the new month early on the day of conjunction before the new moon comes to the area that you live, you will always start your month early and never have your holy day hag on the full moon. Going by visual sighting almost never has their holy day fall on the full moon. The only way to assure your holy day always will fall on the new moon is to wait for the conjunction eclipse to happen and then let the earth rotate to you, and at sunset your new month would begin. As with the Sabbath, within 24 hours of conjunction the earth would have done a full rotation on its axis and the new month would have started all over the globe.

In conclusion: Based off what Yah has shown me in these two articles, I hereby disavow and do away with anythingt do with the pagan practice of the 1st crescent sighting!

What is so amazing is that JUST TODAY -- while I was preaching, I was reading from one of the booklets entitled, “The Imposter” which charts how Babylonian paganism had infiltrated Judaism in Talmudic form while they were in exile. And the ONLY recordings we have of two witnesses going forth to observe the crescent is from the Talmud! WOW!

So, the ReNEWed Moon -- is NOW folks. The 1st day of Aviv began tonight, and will go through tomorrow.

Passover, like the year when Messiah was crucified, will be on a Wednesday -- 4/28. And, like the year He was crucified, 3 days and 3 nights later -- just as the sun sets of the Shabbat Shalom of 5/1/2010, YahShua will have risen. The very next day -- the Feast of the Bikkurim, 5/2/2010 -- YahSHUA IS DISCOVERED TO HAVE ARISEN!!!!


Truly we are entering a SPECTACULAR YEAR -- a year that launch us into the most exciting time on planet earth. Peril, sword, famine and fire -- but great glory, exploits, and VICTORIES for our Precious Messiah!

Love in Messiah,