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see also: JOSHUA's PASSOVER n the SABBATH
The orbital pattern of the sun, moon, and earth provide consistently observable events for predicting seasons, months, and years. The Moon must complete its elliptical orbit of 29 1/2 days to return to an alignment point between the sun and the earth. This "New Moon" alignment occurs during the daylight hours and from the sunlit face of the earth. The "New Moon" identifies the end of one month and the beginning of a New month. The moon moves eastward around the earth and becomes visible as gradually increasing crescents, to half, and finally a full moon as it reaches opposition to the "New Moon" alignment between the sun and earth. The 29 1/2 day lunar cycle is divided equally between the "New Moon" and the "Full Moon."
The biblical method of counting a new month begins at sunset on the day of the "New Moon" citing.
Exodus 12:2; 3; 6; Lev 23:4; 5; 6; 24; 27; 34; Yahweh instructed Moses to count to the evening of the 15th. This process of counting 15 evenings will reach the first day of unleavened bread and also the first day of Tabernacles.
According to Genesis 1:5; every new day begins at sunset; there was evening and then morning, one day. The "Full Moon" will be visible on the evening of the 15th; this is the midpoint of the 29 1/2 day lunar cycle. During the daylight hours of the 15th, begin a new count. Now, counting days from 1 until reaching the 15th day to complete 29. Then at the end of day 29, the "New Moon" will be announced at sunset, begining the first day of a new month. Every other month it is necessary to add an extra day because of the 29 1/2 day lunar cycle.
Psalm 81:3; Isa 66:23; Eze 46:1; 6; There are many biblical references to "New Moon" celebrations. "New Moon" celebrations would alternate between a one day or two day event every other month.
1 Samuel 20:5 NASB; 1 Sa 20:12 NASB; 1 Sa 20:18 NASB;
1 Sa 20:27 NASB; 1 Sa 20:34 NASB; A 2 day "New Moon" celebration is mentioned in the story of David and Jonathan. This occurrence demonstrates that the time of the "New Moon" celebration was easily calculated before its occurrence.
The biblically counting method described above will consistently predict the occurrence of the "New Moon" without the need for visual sighting. These factual statements should resolve confusion that exists surrounding the question of:
1. What is a "New Moon?" Answer: The "New Moon" is the alignment of the moon between the sun and the earth.
2. When is the "New Moon" celebration? Answer: The "New Moon" celebration begins at sunset as day 29 ends when a trumpet sounds to announce day 30. Every other month, both 30-31 become joined as a 2 day "New Moon" celebration. During the 2 day "New Moon" celebration, day 31 becomes the first day of a new month.
3. When does a new month begin? Answer: The first day of the month begins on day 30 and every other month on day 31. The "New Moon" celebration may be a 1 or 2 day event.
4. Is it necessary to visibly see a crescent moon before announcing the beginning of the new month? Answer: There is absolutely No biblical reference to the sighting of a crescent moon to establish a new month.
[Added Note: The observance of crescent moons originates in Babylonian pagan religions and is also used in Islamic flags.]
5. What if the day is cloudy and the "New Moon" is not visible? Answer: The biblical method of counting does not require it to be visible to announce the "New Moon.
[Added Note: Any attempt at sighting a crescent may encounter poor weather conditions. Also, waiting to sight a crescent will cause the 15 day count to the Full Noon to begin 1 or 2 days late.]
6. Does Passover and Seder occur on the same evening? Answer: No! As the sun sets on the 13th day then the evening of the 14th is the Passover. The following evening of the 15th, with a "Full Moon" is the beginning of the first Day of Unleavened Bread that is also called Seder.
7. Should followers of Messiah Yeshua keep Passover at the appointed time? Answer: Yes! Messiah Yeshua, Faithfully Obeyed His Heavenly Father's Commandments and became an example for His disciples to follow. Messiah Yeshua said do this in remembrance of Me. He also said, "if you love me keep my commandments."
( Luke 22:13; 14-15; 16-17; 18-19; 20; John 15:9-10; 1 Corinthians 5:7; 8; 11:23-24; 25-26; 27-28; )
The 2016 Passover occured just after sunset on Wednesday April 20 and Passover continues all day Thursday April 21. The first Day of Unleavened Bread occured just after sunset Thursday evening and continue all day Friday, April 22. The Farmer's almanac lunar cycle for April 2016 is included at the end of this Bible study. The 2 day "New Moon" celebration began on April 7 and the 1st day of the Yahweh's calendar began April 8. On April 20, 13 days later at sunset began Passover on the evening of the 14th, which will be Thursday, April 21. The full moon occurs between April 21 and 22nd. The 1st Day of Unleavened Bread begins the evening of Thursday April 21st and continues All day Friday, April 22. Also; the 2016 Pentecost is June 12, Feast of Trumpets is Oct. 2, Atonement is Oct. 11, Tabernacles is Oct. 16-23.
To track Lunar cycles; please visit: Moon Phase Calendar
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