This is an article that questions how Messianic and other Torah followers calculate the beginning of each year. Yes Passover is definitely in Abib, and I agree with Deuteronomy 16, but I have questions. When does scripture show that we have to look for “green ears of barley” in order to begin the count of days for the first month? What happens if there is a drought like in Lamentations and Jeremiah? I’m not looking for secondary or anecdotal evidence about the meaning of words (2 Tim 2:14) but for direct evidence from scripture.
My thinking was that if we celebrated Passover on 8th April 2020 and on 27th March 2021, then we have had a year with only 353 days. But, the Jewish/Hebrew year appears to be 364 days, that is 12 months of 30 days (360) plus 4 season marker days totals at 364. The following scriptures refer to the day/year prophecy principle:
25 And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until A TIME AND TIMES AND A HALF TIME. Daniel 7:25
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him that lives forever that it shall be for A TIME, TIMES, AND A HALF; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. Daniel 12:7
2 And the court which is outside the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it has been given to the nations: and the holy city shall they tread under foot FORTY-TWO MONTHS. Revelation 11:2
3 And I will give to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:3
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of Elohim, that there they may nourish her A THOUSAND TWO-HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS. Revelation 12:6
14 And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, from the face of the serpent. Revelation 12:14
5 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to him authority to continue FORTY-TWO MONTHS. Revelation 13:5
All scriptures taken from The Sacred Scriptures, Bethel Edition. EMPHASIS MINE.
30 x 1 = 30 days or 1 MONTH.
30 x 12 = 360 days or one TIME.
30 x 42 = 1260 days, or A TIME, TIMES, AND A HALF TIME.
From my research I am dating the book of Daniel as being written in 6th Century before Hamashiach (~500 BC). The book of Revelation was written around 95AD. That means we have evidence in scripture that for 600 years the Israelites held a 360 day “Time” equivalent to our year.
How then in 2021 do we arrive at having two Passovers WITHIN the span of 360 days? Yahweh’s laws do not change, and as we KNOW the prophecies are true, our current system for calculating dates should be the same as scripture, otherwise we stand the risk of calculating the dates of the feasts incorrectly.
“the exactness of the year is accomplished through its separate three hundred and sixty-four stations.” – Enoch 75:2 – Charles, R. H. (Ed.). (1913). Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (Vol. 2, p. 241). Oxford: Clarendon Press.
“36 For there will be those who will assuredly make observations of the moon—how (it) disturbs the seasons and comes in from year to year ten days too soon. 37 For this reason the years will come upon them when they will disturb (the order), and make an abominable (day) the day of testimony, and an unclean day a feast day, and they will confound all the days, the holy with the unclean, and the unclean day with the holy; for they will go wrong as to the months and sabbaths and feasts and jubilees.” – Jubilees 6:36/37 – Charles, R. H. (Ed.). (1913). Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (Vol. 2, p. 23). Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Not all folks accept the Pseudepigrapha as scripture, but note, it was the Roman Catholic Church that did not include it in their “Canon” of scripture. Yes, that very same organisation, of which scripture states their king (or power) will try to change the times and laws, has omitted from its canon the only scriptures that tell us how to calculate times in Yahweh’s way! Following on from this every “Christian” and Messianic denomination seems to have accepted the same. When are we going to kick these limitations imposed on us by The Roman Catholic Church into touch, and put them away finally!!!??? Those who have understanding, let them understand.
I’m not trying to subvert belief here, I am genuinely questioning if what we do is correct.