"Why we do not accept the Jewish Calendar!"
The views and beliefs are of this writer only!
This year, the year 2000, many of us observed the Feast of Trumpets on September 28, while others observed it on September 30, two days later.
Lets review the commandment concerning the Feast of Trumpets.
And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no servile work; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.
This really is not hard to understand! In the seventh month on the first day. Not the second day, nor the third day, but the first day.
Lets ask questions:
First, Does Yahweh change? Does Yahweh give any man the right to change this commandment? I think you would agree that the answer to both is "NO". Why then did we observe the Feast of Trumpets on September 28? The answer is quite simple. The conjunction occurred (Central time) at 8:15 p.m. on September 27 (Roman calendar). Because it was after sunset, we had to count it September 28 as New Moon Day, therefore September 28, was the first day of the 7th month.
Many for years have been blindly going by the Jewish Calendar for years, including this writer, thereby observing the wrong Holy Days.
Why was the Jewish Calendar two days off, thereby making Trumpets, Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles off two days? Read on!
History shows the Jewish calendar and the many that followed, was established in 359 A.D. The Roman Catholic Church would not, or could not trust the Jews in their calendar to produce a date for (Catholic) Easter. From the time the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. the Jews had changed their calendar many times because of disagreements within their court.
So, Hillel II set out with the permission of the Roman Pope Julian to establish a new calendar. His reasoning was that Jews around the world could observe the Holy Days on the same day.
What is the Postponement rules connected with the Jewish Calendar?
There Are Four!
- Trumpets cannot fall on Sunday, Wednesday or Friday. If so, postpone one day.
- If the Molad (Conjunction) falls at noon or later, postpone one day. If the next day is Sunday, Wednesday or Friday then postpone one more day.
- In the Common Year, if the Molad (Conjunction) falls at D3 9H 204P or later (Tuesday 204P after 3 a.m. or later) Postpone Trumpets to Thursday.
- In the Common Year after a leap year only, if the Molad falls on D2 15H 589P or later (i.e. Monday 589P after 9 a.m. Postpone Trumpets to Tuesday.
Where in scripture do you find this?
Answer: "No Where!"
The Jewish Calendar sets the New Moon nearest the Vernal Equinox.
So, under their rule, you can start counting the new moon as much as 13 days before Spring gets here.
Also, the Jewish calendar calculates the 7th month then counts back to the 1st month (Abib) to set Passover. The scripture say, the first month is in the spring (Abib) Ex 12.1, not the 7th month. When did they start that? My best answer is when they came back from captivity in Babylon. Why? Where is that in scripture? Actually you are beginning Spring before it is Spring and indeed still in the winter period. That should help you understand why we are different one day at Passover and two days different at Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles in the year 2000. In the year 2000 the seventh Molad (month) falls September 28 in the afternoon. That is a Thursday. So, the postponement rule sets it to Friday, but their other rule says it cannot be on Friday, so now it is set to Sabbath. Thereby making Trumpets (not the first day of the 7th month) but the third day of the 7th month.
SCRIPTURAL? Definitely don't think so.
Then they count back to the first month from their postponement (of one day) and then count to Passover, making it one day later than we do. So, the first month conjunction is April 5, counting 14 days to Passover brings you to April 18. However by the Jewish rule, you will observe Passover on the 15th day of the first month and Days of Unleavened Bread on the 16th day in the year 2000.