Calendar of Heavens Explained

My background

I grew up in South Africa, Bloemfontein, in the Dutch Reformed Church. I graduated from Sunday School in 1976. I stayed with the church for most of my life, leaving them in 2006 when I became aware that the Shabbat is not on Sunday. I discussed this with my minister, who acknowledged it, but said that it was too difficult for the Church to change. At that time we both talked of Friday/Saturday being the correct Shabbat.  I left the Church and started keeping the Saturday Shabbat. At first, I did not want to be without a Church, so I visited the SDA a few times. In the meantime, I became aware of a lot more wrong in the church, all Churches, and stopped going. I was now without a church.
 
Then I heard of the Calendar of Heavens. I took to it like a duck to water, but fell back often, as my preconceived ideas and teachings would not make sense and I doubted that it could be correct. The Spirit however kept being involved with me on the subject and I kept on trying again. I studied the different arguments and drew 100’s of calendars, plotting the Shabbats and Feasts of Yahuah, to see if it all fit in and make a completed puzzle. A lot of things did not make sense to me and the puzzle would not fit. The main points that I did not understand, and kept me from fully understand and letting the puzzle fit, was things like when a day starts, when a day ends, when the Shabbat start and ends, the sign of Jona, and a few other things.

Why is the Heavenly calendar the only true calendar of ELOHIYM?
  1. Sunday is admitted by the Roman Catholic Church to not be the Shabbat. It is well documented what they say and what the reasons are. You can go read about it on the internet.
  2.  The Saturday Shabbat, kept by SDA and some Jewish communities, is based on the Gregorian calendar. Yet they keep a heavenly calendar based on the sun and the moon, to know when YAHUAH’s feasts are. How can this make sense? Why will Yahuah have two calendars to keep His Holydays? By calculating the Feast Days by using the sun and the moon, they admit that Yahuah’s calendar is built on the same.
  3. Eze 46:1 clearly states that there are three types of days, working days, Shabbat days, and New Moon days. A continuous 7-day weekly cycle, therefore, is impossible, as we do not have new moons every week, but once a month only.
eze 46 1

Eze 46:1
THUS says ADONAI YAHUAH;
The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut
the six working days;
but on the Shabbath it shall be opened,
and in the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.

Obstacles in the way of the un-initiated.

1. Six days work, seventh-day rest.

This was my first serious obstacle to overcome. The fourth commandment clearly states we should work six days and rest the seventh. When you did the continuous 7-day cycle week, for 30-40 years, it is very deeply ingrained into your belief. You are in a box that you cannot think outside of. It is only when you realize the fourth commandment does not specify a continuous 7-day cycle, that you begin to get your head around the fact, that the command only says six days should you work continuously and then the seventh you should rest. When you start to understand this, then all of a sudden Eze 46:1 start making sense as well, as now you understand there is a break in this 7-day week cycle and that this break is called the New Moon as the third type of day.

2. The 7-day cycle was never interrupted from the first day of creation.

The Saturday Sabbatarians are very adamant about this. They say that it was an un-interrupted 7-day continuous cycle that was never interrupted and it is the same cycle still today. The Heavenly Calendar can claim this, as it has the witness of the sun and the moon in the sky, that the heavenly calendar was never interrupted, but the Gregorian Calendar has no such witness. All that calendar has as evidence is so-called scientists that claim that. And scientists will claim anything to make Yahuah’s Word a lie. They will even do tests to prove that a rock is millions of years old. Even though those tests have been debunked as false, they keep on doing it. We know the universe was created by ELOHIYM about 6000 years ago and that there cannot be such old rocks. We also know that the calendars over the years changed frequently. We also know no-one lived from the beginning up to the current time and that there is no-one that can give evidence to that. Scripture also gives zero evidence to that effect, so it is purely a man-made doctrine without substance. You, therefore, have to decide who you are going to believe? Yahuah’s signs in heaven, where no-one can alter them, or are you going to believe the doctrines of man?

3. The Moon and the Sun were created on the fourth day, therefore cannot keep time since the first day.

This one is downright bizarre. ELOHIYM is the creator of everything. Even time itself. Do we think, ELOHIYM cannot place the moon and the sun, when created, in its correct place in heaven to give the correct time? Can a clockmaker not set the clock he made to the correct time?

4. A day starts in the evening and ends the next evening.
To prove this, the Saturday Sabbatarian quote Genesis 1. “And the evening and the morning were the x day.” Is it not clear that an evening and a morning constitutes one night and not a full day? If it was a full day, it would have read, ‘and it was evening and it was evening’. Gen 1 describes what Elohiym created for the day, then it was night, and that was the x day. This is just one more example of how an interpretation that is carried over 100’s of years, becomes a fact for those who cannot read or think for themselves and just accept what they are told. I will revisit this topic later and give more scriptural prove that a day starts and ends with sunrise and that a Shabbath starts with sunrise and ends with sunset.

5. Manna in the desert.
The question is posed, how could they pick up the manna  6 days in a row, nothing on the 7th day, and then have a break over the new moon period? Did they have to fast over those days?
The answer is no. They did not need the manna to survive, they had plenty of other food. Yahuah used the manna strictly to teach Israel the Shabbath and to test whether they will be obedient to Him. The website WLC has a very good article on this.

The Eth Cepher
Exo 16:4 Then said YAHUAH unto Mosheh, Behold, I will rain bread from the heavens for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my Torah, or no.

New King James Version.
Exo 16:4  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. 

6. You have to work 8 days between Shabbaths in some weeks.
People who say this never could have taken the time to find out how the calendar works. They reason, the 4th Shabbath falls on the 29th day. (correct) The next Shabbath is on the 8th day of the next month. (correct) So they count 30,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 to get 8 days in between. If they studied the calendar, they would know the 30th and 1st day is worship days and not working days. The luni/solar calendar NEVER has more than six workdays in a row.

7. Many arguments, at least 4 of them, on which day the New Moon is actually reckoned as the first day of the month.
I will explain these four arguments later in this article. It is crucial that you study these arguments for yourself and make up your mind on which one you believe, as this determines which day your Shabbaths will fall on.

8. The sign of Jona.
Mat 12:39  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 

The sign of Jonah is three days and three nights in the fish’s belly or Yahusha’s time spend in the grave. When you study the calendar and events of the crucifixion, you see that this does not hold true. It is not three days and three nights. On investigation, you will find that it was a manner of speech in the Jewish culture. This saying merely meant any part of three days. If you find this difficult to accept, do not feel alone. It took me a long time to accept. But all the evidence became too much and I had to accept this.

3 days in grave

Scripture being witness to the Heavenly Calendar.

How many times is the New Moon mentioned in Scripture?

12 Times. NKJV

Num_29:6  besides the burnt offering with its grain offering for the New Moon, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, as a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD.
1Sa_20:5  And David said to Jonathan, “Indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat. But let me go, that I may hide in the field until the third day at evening.
1Sa_20:18  Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
1Sa_20:24  Then David hid in the field. And when the New Moon had come, the king sat down to eat the feast.
2Ki_4:23  So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she said, “It is well.”
Psa_81:3  Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.
Isa_66:23  And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
Eze_46:1  ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.
Eze_46:6  On the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish.
Hos_5:7  They have dealt treacherously with the LORD, For they have begotten pagan children. Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.
Amo_8:5  Saying: “When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit,
Col_2:16  So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,

Scripture concerning the Calendar.

The fourth day.
Gen 1:14  Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 
Gen 1:15  and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 
Gen 1:16  Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 
Gen 1:17  God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 
Gen 1:18  and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 

Three types of days:
Eze 46:1 THUS says ADONAI YAHUAH; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Shabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.

Isa 66:22 For as the renewed heavens and the renewed earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says YAHUAH, so shall your seed and your name remain.
Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from New Moon to his New Moon, and from Shabbath to his Shabbath, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says YAHUAH.

2Ki 4:23 And he said, Wherefore will you go to him today? it is neither New Moon, nor Shabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

How long does New Moon last?
Amo 8:5 Saying, When will the New Moon be gone, that we may sell grain? and the Shabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the sheqel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

Psa_104:19  He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down.

New moon can be a two-day affair.
1Sa 20:5  And David said to Jonathan, “Indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat. But let me go, that I may hide in the field until the third day at evening. 
1Sa 20:18  Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty. 
1Sa 20:24  Then David hid in the field. And when the New Moon had come, the king sat down to eat the feast. 

1Ch 23:31  and at every presentation of a burnt offering to the LORD on the Sabbaths and on the New Moons and on the set feasts, by number according to the ordinance governing them, regularly before the LORD;

2Ch 2:4  Behold, I am building a temple for the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense, for the continual showbread, for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the set feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance forever to Israel. 

2Ch 8:13  according to the daily rate, offering according to the commandment of Moses, for the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the three appointed yearly feasts—the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. 

2Ch 31:3  The king also appointed a portion of his possessions for the burnt offerings: for the morning and evening burnt offerings, the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths and the New Moons and the set feasts, as it is written in the Law of the LORD. 

Ezr 3:5  Afterwards they offered the regular burnt offering, and those for New Moons and for all the appointed feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and those of everyone who willingly offered a freewill offering to the LORD.

Neh 10:33  for the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.

Eze 45:17  Then it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel. He shall prepare the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel.” 

Hos 2:11  I will also cause all her mirth to cease, Her feast days, Her New Moons, Her Sabbaths—All her appointed feasts. 

Num 10:2  “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. 
Num 10:3  When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 
Num 10:10  Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God.” 

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day, or of the New Moon, or of the Shabbath:

Monthly Offerings
Num 28:11  ‘At the beginnings of your months you shall present a burnt offering to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish; 
Num 28:12  three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull; two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram; 
Num 28:13  and one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with oil, as a grain offering for each lamb, as a burnt offering of sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD. 
Num 28:14  Their drink offering shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, one-third of a hin for a ram, and one-fourth of a hin for a lamb; this is the burnt offering for each month throughout the months of the year. 
Num 28:15  Also one kid of the goats as a sin offering to the LORD shall be offered, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 

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What day numbers is Shabbath?

On the calendar of Heaven, the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th day is Shabbath. If any one of these days can be proven from scripture to be a Shabbath, the rest must be true as well.

15th day.

We read in Num 33:3 that Israel departed from Ra`amcec, on the 15th day, the day after  Pesach. We also know that Pesach is the 14th day, the day of preparation, followed by a Shabbath.

Num 33:3 And they departed from Ra`amcec in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the Pecach the children of Yashar’el went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Mitsriym

22nd day.

In Exodus 16 we read when the manna was instituted. We see the conversation on the 15th day of the second month (Exo 16:1) and in Exo 16:8 and 16:12 we read that they would get meat in the evening and in the morning, bread t the full. The implication here is that on the 15th, in the evening, Shabbath was over and they got meat. The next morning, the 16th day, the got the manna for the first day. They gathered this for six days. 16,17,18,19,20,21. The 22nd was the 7th day, a Shabbath and there was no manna! Proof that the 15th and the 22nd day is Shabbath.

Exo 16:1  And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. 
Exo 16:8  Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the LORD hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.” 
Exo 16:12  “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’ ” 
Exo 16:22  And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 
Exo 16:23  Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ ” 
Exo 16:25  Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 
Exo 16:26  Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” 

Still the 22nd day.

In John 9:14 we read:
Joh 9:14 And it was the Shabbath when YAHUSHA made the clay, and opened his eyes. This was the 22nd day of the month!
How do we arrive at that? I will give key verses. See if you can arrive at the same answer.

Joh 7:2 Now YAHUAH’S Feast of Cukkoth (Tabernacles), which the Yahudiym observed, was at hand.
Joh 7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
Joh 7:11 Then the Yahudiym sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
Joh 7:14 Now about the midst of the feast YAHUSHA went up into the Temple, and taught.
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, YAHUSHA stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 8:1 YAHUSHA went unto the Mount of Olives.
Joh 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the Temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
Joh 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but YAHUSHA hid himself, and went out of the Temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Joh 9:1 AND as YAHUSHA passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
Joh 9:14 And it was the Shabbath when YAHUSHA made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Let us work through it.

Feast of Tabernacles: 15th of the seventh month, for 7 days.
They found Yahusha at the feast in the middle of the feast, teaching. 
The last day of the feast of seven days, is the 21st day. He went to the Mount of Olives.
The next day, the 22nd day, He came to the Temple again and they wanted to stone Him. He escaped them by passing by them. While passing by them He saw a blind man and restored his sight. 

Joh 9:14 And it was the Shabbath when YAHUSHA made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Yet again, proving that the 22nd day is a Shabbath day.

So, it is a fact that the 15th and the 22nd days are Shabbaths. Therefore, using six days of work and seventh rest, the 8th and 29th is also Shabbaths. There is much more Scripture confirming this, but I picked these so it cannot be said it is from Lev 23 and therefore the Sabbatarians also have them as Shabbaths, as they also use the lunar/solar calendar to calculate the dates of the feasts.

By the time Israel got to the desert, they forgot everything about the Shabbath and the calendar and Yahuah used the manna to teach it to them again.

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New Moon Day

The new moon is the first day of the month. There are various opinions on which day is reckoned as the first day of the month. There are four main arguments on this, which I will explain in the next section. They are:

  1. New moon day is the first dawn following conjunction.
  2. New moon day (is the day following the fourth Shabbath and) ends when the first visible crescent (FVC) is observed.
  3. New moon day is the day following the day that FVC is observed.
  4. The day that the moon is 100% full.

What is the principle of the new moon?

The moon renews itself every 29/30 days. The cycle is 29.5 days on average. The end of the cycle is known as the conjunction. This is when there is zero light of the sun reflecting on the moon. This is lasting a few seconds. So, the light on the moon gets less and less, till it reaches Zero. Then it starts growing again till full when it is 100% and then decline again. So, the old moon ‘dies’ when it reaches zero % light and immediately gets ‘born’ again, as the light starts growing on it. The conjunction is at varying times of the day or night and changes every cycle. A full cycle is called a lunar month.

Because the light on the moon starts out as a very small percentage, it is not visible to the human eye. Once it becomes enough light to be visible by the human eye, it is called the FVC (First Visible Cresent)

When do we see the FVC?

We cannot see the tiny amount of light on the moon, while the sun is still shining. The light from the sun makes it impossible to see the 1%-5% light on the moon. But all this change after the sunset. Then that small % of light becomes visible. But also for a small amount of time, as the moon sets shortly after the sun, during that phase of the moon. It is generally between and hour and two hours between sunset and moonset, that the FVC will be visible. The time between sunset and moonset can be seen as a window of time. When this window is too small, the FVC will not be seen, as the sun will be too bright until the moon sets. We need a window of about 1-hour minimum, to be able to see the FVC. 

When is the first day of the month?

As mentioned earlier, there are four thought passages that followers of the calendar cannot yet agree upon. They are:

  1. New moon day is the first dawn following conjunction.
  2. New moon day is the day following the fourth Shabbath and ends when the first visible crescent (FVC) is observed.
  3. New moon day is the day following the day that FVC is observed.
  4. The day that the moon is 100% full.

Before we go into that detail, we must just think again about the moon cycles. We explained earlier, the cycle ends and starts in conjunction. The old moon dies and the new one is born. This is definable by light on the moon. The light disappears and then appears again. It is important to keep this in mind, when we discuss the 4 options.

Option 1.

This option have it that the old moon has ended with conjunction and the new moon exists a few seconds later. It is then argued that the first day after this moment in time, is the 1st day of the month. Hence the term, new moon day is the first dawn (sunrise) following conjunction. In this option, FVC plays no role. Conjunction can be on the 29th day or 30th day and the next day is the first day of the month. This is also the option the website, WLC, subscribe to.

Option 2.

This option is exactly the same as option 1, with the difference that the new moon day is over when the FVC is observed. This has the effect that the 1st day can be a day later than the ‘first dawn after conjunction’ option. New Moon Day (NMD) still starts the first dawn after the conjunction, (and the sacrifice can be done) but if FVC is not observed that day, it will be observed the next day and that day then becomes the 1st day of the month.

FVC in other words tells you, (is a sign) today was the first day of the month and tomorrow is the first working day of the month, satisfying the verse, ‘let them be for signs’. Also, NMD is then always the day after the 4th Shabbath (29th day) but can last 2 days. This is not known until FVC is observed. The conjunction can be calculated with accuracy ahead of time, but FVC cannot. Therefore Yahuah is still in control and the 1st day still in His hands. The first worship day of the New Moon is known ahead of time, so the offers for the beginning of your months can be done.
1 Sam 20 with its 2-day ‘feast’ is possible under this option as well.

Option 3.

This option says FVC is the sign that the next day is the NMD and the 1st day of the month.
In practice, we find that FVC is on the 29th day, the Shabbath, in 29 day months. (As the next day is the 1st day) That means we have light on the moon on Shabbath. Conjunction, therefore, occurred before the month was over. We also find that 1 Sam 20 with its two-day event, is not possible. Also, the NMD is not known beforehand, as the FVC is not predictable and David could not say to Johnathan that tomorrow is New Moon. Further, it means, it is known just after sunset with the FVC, that tomorrow is NMD and the sacrifice must be done in the morning.

Option 4.

Not many people subscribe to this option. The Full Moon cannot be described as NEW when the cycle is two weeks old already. It has the effect that the 14th/15th day, being major feast days, will be when there is no moon and will take place in the dark. There are however people that make an argument for this being correct. You can Google the arguments for this option.

Plotting the Calendar.

Deciding when is your first day of the month, is the most important and difficult aspect. From there, it is smooth sailing. NMD is your first day of the month. There are 4 methods, as explained. They are:

  1. New moon day is the first dawn following conjunction.
  2. New moon day is the day following the fourth Shabbath and ends when the first visible crescent (FVC) is observed.
  3. New moon day is the day following the day that FVC is observed.
  4. The day that the moon is 100% full.

Once you decide, you place that as your first day and number the rest chronologically, to 29 or 30 according to the option you used. You will see some months have 29 days and some have 30 days. I like to use an Excel spreadsheet to keep a running calendar, so I can look back and forward with what is expected.

Below is an image that shows the 4 options and how you can plot your calendar. There are many ways, you decide how you want to do it. Rember days 8, 15, 22, and 29 are Shabbath days. It is very clear from the image that your choice of when NMD is is making a big difference on when you will keep your Shabbat, new moon day(s), and working days. You have 6 working days in a week and the rest is NMD/Worship days.

4 options
Best viewed on large screen PC. Click on image for full screen view.

Explaining the Image.

You will notice it is divided into 4 columns for the four options. Option 2 is shown first, as that is the option I follow. The headings show Klerksdorp, South Africa, GMT +2. The times and dates shown are for the local area. To the left is the Gregorian calendar and to the right is the Luni/Solar dates. In the middle, you have Moonset, Sunset Time window between the two of them, Height of the moon in degrees at the time of sunset, and the percentage of light at sunset. That is included only to see when FVC can be expected. Phases of the moon (full moon and conjunction) are in yellow and conjunction in red. 21 Jul is colored as it required careful observation of FVC. Actual FVC as observed is shown in green.

FVC can only be after conjunction.
FVC is the first evening that the crescent is visible after sunset.
FVC is visible for a short period of time, till the moon sets.
You can look at worldwide reports of FVC here.

See how all the Feasts, Shabbaths and New Moon Days fall into place.

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Translation day or Two New Moon Days?

If you started here you might want to scroll back to the very top and pick up from there.

This section is about the 30th day, in 30 day months. The distribution of 30 day months vs 29 day months, is about equal. But there is some phenomenon that I cannot explain yet. Like, why can you get a run of 4 x 30 day months in a row, only to alternate straight after that, one after the other? The last 19 months since Aug 2019, looked like this. 29,29,30,29,30,30,30,30,29,30,29,30,29,29,29,30,29,30,30. Just a reminder, the length of a month is determined by how many days there is from one conjunction to the next, or one FVC to the next. There are on average 29.5 days in a lunar month.

On a calendar, it looks like this:

Creator's Calendar
Calendar with Translation Day
3 blocks of days
Calendar with Two New Moon Days

The three red blocks, show the three types of days, we discussed in the beginning, according to Eze 46:1. They are New moon days, Shabbath days, and 6 working days.
We can now see, that we have an extra day that does not fit. This day is called, by the astronomers, a translation day. It is not a scriptural term, but an astrological term.
Luni/Solar calendar followers, treat it in various ways. Some say it is a working day. Others say it is a worship day and yet others, like myself, treat it as the first NMD in a set of two NMD’s.

The arguments for each are as follows:
Some say it is a working day, simply because it is not a Shabbath, neither an NMD in their interpretation.
Others say because it is not a Shabbath nor part of 6 working days, that it is just another worship day necessary to reset the month. 
I will now put forward my case for it is the first NMD in a set of two NMD’s in a row.

Offerings

Numbers 28 give a list of offerings that must be brought to different events. NKJV put them in 5 different categories and in order of least to most. The categories are:
Daily Offerings, Shabbath Offerings, Monthly offerings, Passover Offerings and Offerings for the Feast of Weeks.

 We see the monthly (new moon day) offerings are:
Num 28:11 And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto YAHUAH; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot;
Num 28:12 And three tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one bullock; and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one ram;
Num 28:13 And a several tenth deal of flour mingled with oil for a meat offering unto one lamb; for a burnt offering of a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto YAHUAH.
Num 28:14 And their drink offerings shall be half a hin of wine unto a bullock, and the third part of a hin unto a ram, and a fourth part of a hin unto a lamb: this is the burnt offering of every month throughout the months of the year.
Num 28:15 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering unto YAHUAH shall be offered, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.

Back to the four options.

  1. New moon day is the first dawn following conjunction.
  2. New moon day (is the day following the fourth Shabbath and) ends when the first visible crescent (FVC) is observed.
  3. New moon day is the day following the day that FVC is observed.
  4. The day that the moon is 100% full.

    When we look at these options, we see that option 2 indicates that we do not know in advance, for sure, when NMD is.
    The problem with option one is that FVC is not involved at all, thereby taking Yahuah out of the picture, as it can be calculated in advance.
    Option 3 again, we have FVC sometimes on the 29th day, Shabbath, when the month has not ended yet.
    Option 4 is not a consideration for me as explained before.
    Option 2 is a problem, as offerings must be made in the morning and we do not know whether it will be today, as it is only known that evening when we are to observe the FVC.

Enter the two day new moon celebration theory.

Now we say
Option 2. New moon day is the day following the fourth Shabbath and ends when the first visible crescent (FVC) is observed.

Therefore, NMD is AWAYS the day after the 4th Shabbath, the 29th day. It is known in advance and proper preparations can be done. What is not known, is when NMD ends. It could be a one day OR two-day celebration. The day that FVC is observed, is then reckoned as the first day of the month and the next day is the first working day of the month. The sign shows us what was today and what is tomorrow.

The problem of when to do the offerings is therefore solved. But do we have any scriptural evidence of this?

Yes, we do, in 1 Samuel 20.
Read the whole chapter and pay special attention to the following verses.

1Sa 20:4 Then said Yahunathan unto El-David, Whatsoever your soul desires, I will even do it for you. 5 And David said unto El-Yahunathan, Behold, tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at evening.

1Sa 20:12 And Yahunathan said unto El-David, O YAHUAH ELOHAI of Yashar’el, when I have sounded את eth-my father about tomorrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward El-David, and I then send not unto you, and show את eth-it you;

1Sa 20:18 Then Yahunathan said to David, Tomorrow is the New Moon: and you shall be missed, because your seat will be empty.

1Sa 20:19 And when you have stayed three days, then you shall go down quickly, and come to the place where you did hide yourself when the business was in hand, and shall remain by the stone Ezel.

1Sa 20:24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the New Moon was come, the king sat him down to eat.

1Sa 20:26 Nevertheless Sha’ul spoke not anything that day: for he thought, Something has befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.

1Sa 20:27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David’s place was empty: and Sha’ul said unto El-Yahunathan his son, Wherefore come not the son of Yishai to meat, neither yesterday, nor today?

1Sa 20:34 So Yahunathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for El-David, because his father had done him shame.

1Sa 20:35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Yahunathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.

My interpretation of 1 Samuel 20

David fled from Naviyth in Ramah where Saul was to Jonathan. I reckon this was the 4th Shabbath. it is no-where stated like that, but the rest of the events make me think that. Especially in that, he said, ‘Behold, tomorrow is the New Moon‘,

being very sure about it. David must have fled a bigger distance than what is allowed to travel on a Shabbath, but it was desperate times. David also ate the Temple bread in an emergency.

David said that he will hide “unto the third day at evening.” That is in keeping with the theory that the new moon celebrations could be one or two days.
Also this – about tomorrow any time, or the third day

and when the New Moon was come, the king sat him down to eat.
Sha’ul spoke not anything that day:
We see here that NMD came, but Sha’ul did not say anything that evening. Why? Could it be that FVC was not observed and Sha’ul knew he will have another chance the following night?

eth Cepher translation:
And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month,
AMP translation:

the second day of the new moon
You will find a lot of arguments about the translation of the second day of the month. However it be, Strongs say this.

H8145
שֵׁנִי
shênı̂y
shay-nee’
From H8138; properly double, that is, second; also adverbially again: – again, either [of them], (an-) other, second (time).
I think it is safe to say, that the meaning is it was the second new moon day, the same as the first.

So, to sum it all up. David and Jonathan spoke on the Shabbath about tomorrow (being the first day) being the NMD. The next day, (the first day) NMD, Sha’ul said nothing. The next day, (the second day) second new moon day, Sha’ul lost it and showed he wants David dead. The next day (the third day) Jonathan went out to the field and warned David.

And that is my scriptural prove that NMD can be two days in a row.

I, therefore, reject the term ‘translation day’, the notion that the 30th day is a workday and that the 30th day is just a day of worship. There are three types of days and the 30th day is a New Moon Day in its own right.
To add further weight to this, we can ‘feel’ the agro and impatience of the traders in Amos 8 where they cannot trade for three days in a row.

However you want to view it, it comes down to a two-day celebration, confirmed by Strongs above.
3rd day at evening
Third day at evening can also be viewed like this.
Third day at evening can also be viewed like this. 1Sam 20:35

Amo 8:5  Saying: "When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, That we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit,

Shabbath is Not an evening to an evening.

This person writes:
Luke 4:16 tells us that Yeshua’s custom was to go into the synagogue every Sabbath Day, and make no mistake, this was the very same weekly Sabbath (from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday) that Jews observed prior to their exile.

Well, Sir, I beg to differ and put it to you that you never studied the 4 witnesses, Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. More specifically Matt 27:45-61, Mark 15:33-47, Mar 16:1, Luk 23:44-56, Joh 19:31-42. Not even mentioning that we do not know if the 14th day that year fell on a Friday.
The above passages describe to us the time-line of the Crucifixion of Yahusha.

From these events, it is clear that the Sabbath start in the morning with sunrise, as do a day. Sabbath is from sunrise to sunset and a day is from sunrise to sunrise.

Data:

Time of Year, astrological data for Yerusalem: Sunrise 5AM Sunset 6PM. Daylight 13 hours.
Day divide in 12 parts gives 65 min parts.
9th hour therefore @ 14h45 or 3PM that Yahusha died.
That leave 3 hours before sunset.

Events.

We see from Mat 27:57 / Mar 15:42 that even has come when Yoceph approached Pilate. Therefore, if Shabbat started with sunset, Shabbat already started at this stage. It is quite believable the sun already set at this stage, when considering everything that happened since Yahusha gave his Ruach.

  1. The veil of the Temple was rent.
    2.There was an earthquake.
    3. Rocks rent.

4. Graves opened.
5. Bodies arose.
6. The centurion admitted that Yahusha was the Son of Elohiym.
7. Woman standing, looking on afar.
8. People came together to that sight, smoting their breasts and return.
9. The Yahudiym went to Pilate and besought Pilate that legs be broken.
10. Then came soldiers and broke the legs of two people.
11. Then a soldier pierced His side, forthwith came there out Blood and Water.

Up to here can be easily three hours.
We see next, only after this, even came.

And then only approached Yoceph Pilate in secret.

Even has come and now Yoceph speak to Pilate, requesting the body (Mat 27:57 / Mar 15:42)

Pilate is surprised that Yahusha is dead already and send a guard to confirm.
The guard goes there and get the facts.
He returns to Pilate and confirms.
Now Pilate gives permission.
Now Yoceph has to go there to get the body.

He has to remove it from the cross himself. A task that cannot be easy and quick. Mathew 27:58 says the body had to be delivered to Yoceph, another place says he did it himself. Mar 15:46 Luk 23:53 Joh 19:38

Now the work started.

Yoceph had to wrap the body in a clean linen cloth.
Niqodiymon came with a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight.
They then wound the body in linen cloths, with the spices.
Then they laid it in Yoceph’s new tomb.
And rolled a big stone in front of the opening.

After this, Luke 23:45 says it was still the preparation day and the Sabbath drew on. (Came closer) Yet it must have been well into the night. Joh 19:42 confirm it was still the preparation day.

The woman watched how the body was laid and then returned, preparing spices and ointments. That must have taken them even deeper into the night/morning hours and only after that, they rested for the Sabbath.

This is only possible if a day starts in the morning with sunrise and the Sabbath start from then also. The alternative, that all this happened in just 3 hours, is unimaginable.

We also see in  

Mar 16:1  And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 

This could only be the time period between sunset when Sabbath ended and sunrise when the first day of the week started.

So, to summarize.
We see that Yahusha died on the cross at about 3pm, which is 3 hours before sunset or evening, when Shabbath is supposed to start. But we also see that the events went on to well into the night and it was still not the Shabbath, but the preparation day and that the Shabbath lingered on. We also see that the women went to rest after the work was done, on the Shabbath day. We see that they bought spices after Shabbath to go and anoint Yahusha early on the first day. (This is only possible if Shabbath ends with sunset and early the next morning with sunrise is a new day.)
It is therefore very clear from these witnesses, that Shabbath starts with sunrise and is over with sunset.

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