Calendar of the Biblical/Torah holidays ("Feasts of the LORD" of Leviticus 26) based on the aviv barley search in Israel (This differs from the precalculated invented Jewish calendar used by the State of Israel.)
By Tim McHyde
|Festival||Date *||* Note: All holy days begin the previous evening at sunset.|
|Passover/Pesach||April 4, 2015|
|1st Day of Unleavened Bread||April 5, 2015|
|7th Day of Unleavened Bread||April 11, 2015|
|Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot)||May 24, 2015|
|Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah")||September 15, 2015|
|Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)||September 24, 2015|
|Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)||September 29, 2015|
|Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret)||October 6, 2015|
More of a statement than a question. The crescent moon was visible from Dallas, TX at sundown on March 12th, 2013. Since the Creator uses the laws of nature to determine times and seasons, wouldn’t it stand that if communication wasn’t as prevalent as it is today, (years ago), that those who were viewing the crescent would have started their month from their actual viewing? Thus their feast days may be one day different than those in other parts of the world.
In ancient Israel, thanks to the prophets with the holy spirit and the priests with their urim and thumim, the revelation from God needed to know when the years (Ex 12:2) and months began and even which day was sabbath (Ex 16) was readily available. Since it was a single tiny nation keeping the feasts, disseminating this revelation nation wide was not a problem.
In the Millennium, all nations will keep Torah (Zech 14:16; Isa 66:23). But I can't imagine it working the way that many Torah Keepers (TK) propose, that each locale gets to fix its own festival calendar off its own local barley and lunar observations. This would have the world out of sync keeping feasts a day or even a month apart. (One might argue that this is not strange since people around the world already keep sabbath at different times. However, sabbath is still on the same day or date, despite it beginning a few hours earlier or later than it does in Jerusalem based on when sunset on that same date arrives locally.)
Instead of a local observations based system, prophecy seems to indicate about the Millennium that Jerusalem will be the standard and headquarters for the Torah or instruction of God:
Isaiah 2:3 (HCSB) — and many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
How will they do it? They could use the telecommunication technologies already invented many decades ago that we are all using today to get news from Jerusalem. Or a (true, accurate) prophet in each locale would know by the holy spirit whether aviv barley was discovered in Jerusalem or whether the new moon was sighted. This is not a major problem for God. One thing is for sure, at that time people will not have to write a stranger on the internet this question as you are. They'd just ask their local judge, Levite, priest or prophet.
That not being the situation today, those who choose to observe the Torah festivals have a choice to make on which of many proposed calendar reckonings to use. There is no reason to worry whether they have not choosen the right calendar or are observing feasts on the wrong days when there is no undisputed authority today to tell us the right calendar reckoning and end all the dispute we now see. That you want to practice the biblical festivals is already pleasing to God. God judges on the heart, not by the calendar. Certainly whatever calendar you are convicted to go by, right or wrong, will not change God's view of you as righteous (assuming you do not judge or attack those who disagree with your choice!).
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