Chapter 9: The End of the Year

Year's End

Just what exactly does this term refer to, when it comes to the word of YHWH?

Lets take a look at some of the scriptures, which give an explanation.

Leviticus 23:39
Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto Yahweh seven days: on the first day [shall be] a Sabbath, and on the eighth day [shall be] a Sabbath.

Exodus 23:16
And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, [which is] in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

Deuteronomy 16:13
Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

Exodus 34:22
And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.

Deuteronomy 16:13
Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

Deuteronomy 14:24
And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; [or] if the place be too far from thee, which Yahweh thy Elohim shall choose to set his name there, when Yahweh thy Elohim hath blessed thee:

Deuteronomy 14:25
Then shalt thou turn [it] into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which Yahweh thy Elohim shall choose:

Notice the words, "year's end" -- "after"! What exactly are these scriptures trying to convey?
The term "years end", merely means the end of the growing season. The season starts in the spring, by Yahweh's sign of the Vernal Equinox, and it ends by Yahweh’s sign of the Autumn Equinox. That is simple enough to understand! This is the time to grow.

The term "after" means just what it says. After you have gathered in (harvested) ALL your crops you shall go to the Feast of Tabernacles.

  • How did they get to the Feast of Tabernacles? By walking or riding a donkey.
  • They were to turn their produce into money and go to the Feast.
  • How long did that take? A few days, or a week or more?

The principal crops of the region, were undoubtedly, wheat and barely, from which was derived the common bread of the country. Mention is also made of spelt, millet, lentils, flax, cucumbers, melons, beans, cumin, fennel, etc. Hay was not in use as fodder at that time, consequently barley with chopped straw was fed to cattle (Gen. 24:25, 32 Judg. 19:19, sq.).

Notice the growing season of the different crops. Some were harvested later than others were.

The sowing began after the Feast of Tabernacles (the end of October and in November), in the time when the autumn rains come gradually, thus leaving the farmer time to sow his wheat and barely. Summer fruits (millet, beans, etc.) were sown in January and February. Harvest began with the barley (II Sam. 21:9; Ruth 2:23), which ripens from two to three weeks before wheat, and was begun after the presentation of the first barley sheaf. Lentils, etc. were also ready at the same time as the barley. Then came the wheat and spelt, so that the chief part of the grain harvest closed around Pentecost.

Year 1999

If you followed the Jewish Calendar in 1999, you would have observed the Feast of Tabernacles starting September 25.

The Autumn Equinox was September 23.

This would have been 2 days after the Autumn Equinox. Do you think that was enough time to gather in "ALL your crops," turn it into money, and walk to the Feast?

I don't think so! Checking with Israel during September 23, we found that ALL the crops had not even been harvested. Some had, but others had not.

The question then arises, "Would Yahweh set the Feast so early, that some could not harvest their crop and turn it into money, and walk to the Feast"?

If we are in sync with the signs of Yahweh, we will be in sync with the harvests.

Notice the "Latter rains", begin after the Feast of Tabernacles and the sowing begins for the winter crops.

Many others not following our calendar realized it was simply just too early for the Feast of Tabernacles.

However, for some of us, attempting to follow the signs of Yahweh, we found when we observed the Feast of Tabernacles, (October 23), ALL the harvest was done in Israel, the people had time to sell their produce, turn it into money and travel to the Feast.

As I traveled to the Feast in 1999, I noticed here in the U.S., the crop had just been picked, the Soybeans had been combined, and other produce had just been harvested.

It is obvious that the early Feast set by the Jewish Calendar, was about a month too early for the end of the year harvest.