Chapter Five
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The New Moon
and
The Full Moon

of Yhwh's Sacred Calendar

by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, TSJ, SBC

written 4-3-2003
updated November 13, 2011



No matter how much we know or think we know, Yahweh has a way of revealing more and more to those that seek his Spiritual Face (figuratively speaking) . The inspiration for this message was recently provided to me by an Email I received from another minister, and even though I was skeptical, it just made sense somehow; so much so, that I was seriously inspired to do the research myself. This message originally started out to validate "The Observable Full Moon Method" for the determination of the "Beginning of Days," "Beginning of Months," and for establishing the time sequence of the Annual Holy Days in Yahweh's Sacred Calendar. However, the main purpose of this message was to discover and broadcast "The Truth." I should make it known that I have never truly been very comfortable with using the first visible light of the Crescent Moon to establish the "Beginning of Months" on Yahweh's Sacred Calendar or any of the twelve to thirteen months.

goddess Isis Not only because of the great proliferation of the symbolism of the Crescent Moon in Islam and pagan religions, but because of the difficulty of using a waxing or waning light crescent moon to determine the beginning of days, and months. It has been my experience as a minister-servant to Yahweh, that Yahweh's methods are usually simplistic enough for even a child to understand, and then there is the problem of observation; Since the crescent moon theory requires one to actually observe a thin crescent of light on the edge of a dark moon's surface. Thus the question remains, "How does one do this when (not if) on the one day in the whole year for just such an observation to occur, it is overcast and therefore impossible to witness?"
One of the greatest challenges most people have had to overcome in order to discover The Truth has been the shedding of years of Christopagan, and other cultural influences, as well as, Hebrew Oral Tradition (kabbalah) on Jewish culture and thought. Because of these influences and because it is the desire of all True Worshippers to honor our Creator and Father by being obedient children (of Light), we will begin this study with the most relevant Scripture, and then supporting or contradictory evidences will be introduced along with that Scripture so that together they should shed a greater light on using the Moon as it was intended.

Mary Queen of Heaven

Jeremiah 7:18
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.



Genesis 1:14
And YHVH said, Let there be lights (Sun, Moon, Stars, Comets) in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day
(Light) from the night (Dark); and let them be for signs  (Prophetic), and for seasons  ("The Beginning of Months" or "Days"), and for days, and years:


The most relevant Scripture concerning the establishing of "The Beginning of Months" can only be found only after much searching, as ancient translators hid much of Yahweh's truth using semantics, and as we shall see, the New Moon and the Full Moon were no exception to the rule. However, most Holy Day Keepers already know that it is the Dark New Moon that determines the "Beginning of Months", but Satan
(human nature) has always been very busy distorting our perception of truth. Therefore, when presented with an interpretation (of Psalm 81:3) that appears to support Yahweh's New Moon as being in reality what we now call the (large and bright) Full Moon I was intrigued, because today's pagan influenced culture presently defines a New Moon as being completely dark. So the question is, "Did the ancient Hebrews defined the New Moon as being White (Yellow) or Dark." The following Scripture is our first clue:


Psalm 81:3
3 Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, at the Full Moon, on our Feast Day
(Appointed Feast Days)


Note: There are only three appointed "Feast Days" in a Year. The other four Holy Days are not "Appointed Feast Days."


Exodus 23:14-16 (KJV)
Three times thou shalt keep a feast
(Strong's H2287) unto me in the year.

ONE: Thou shalt keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread: Thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the Time Appointed; [Strong's #H4150 - A Convocational Moed of the month Abib (Aviv, Nisan or First Month) for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:

TWO: And the Feast of Harvest (H7105 - Qatsiyr, kaw-tseer', a reaped harvest), the Firstfruits of thy labors, which thou hast sown in the field (Earth):


Note: Also called the Feast of Weeks (H7620 Shabuwa or Shabua, shaw-boo'-ah, meaning "Sevened" or "Seven times Seven" or "Forty-Nine.")

Note: Shavuot or Shabuoth & Pentecost form a double Sabbath. The forty-nine days are direct parallels of the forty-Jubilees that will occur from The First Adam to The last Adam (Messiah) at the beginning of "The Sabbath Millennium", which is then paralleled by Pentecost.


THREE: And the Feast of Ingathering  (Tabernacles, Booths, Sukkat), which is in the Fall of the year, when thou hast gathered in (the Fruit of) thy labours out of the field (Earth).


Note: I hope you all noticed the deep Spiritual significance of Light versus Dark, and the gathering of the harvests in Exodus 23:14-16 .


Notice in Psalms 81:3
(above) that "New Moon," "Full Moon," and "Feast Day" are not connected by either "AND" or "OR". Therefore, the only two possible logical conclusions are (1) that they must ALL be events that occur at the Same Time OR (2) it is telling us that there are both New Moon Festival Days and Full Moon Feast Days in which the trumpet (shofar) is sounded. The first possibility is ridiculous, therefore the shofar (trumpet) is sounded on both the New Moon (beginning of a month), and on The Full Moon (when there is a Holy Feast Day).
I have found that whenever there is a lack of understanding, it is a good idea to see what other Scripture has to say.


2 Chronicles 8:13 (Solomon made Offerings to Yahweh)
Even after a certain rate every day, offering
(sacrifices) according to the Commandment of Moses, on the (weekly) Sabbaths, and on the New Moons(chodesh), and (also) on the Solemn Feasts (H4150, Moed), three times in the year, even in (which are) the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzoh), and in the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), and in the Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering, Booths, Sukkot, Succoth).


Note: Here we can clearly see that New Moons (H2320 Chodesh) are mentioned completely separate from Solemn Feast Days (H4150, Moed).

As we continue to study, we will continue to see New Moons being mentioned completely separate from The Weekly Sabbath Day, and from Feast Days or Solemn Feast Days as in Hosea chapter 2, and again in Colossians chapter 2. One thing is absolutely certain, a "New Moon" Chodesh
(Kodesh) and a "Full Moon" Moed (mo-ade') are positively opposite from one another, as they always occur approximately 15 days apart; and the separation of the dark (New) moon and the bright (Full) moon are, also, approximately 15 days apart. Therefore, I believe it is Spiritually logical to assume that a Moed (Solemn Feast day) occurs on three "Select" (appointed) Kecehs (H3677). Not ALL Kecehs (Full Moon ), but the three "select" Kecehs (appointed Full Moon Festivals).

Note: See definitions below.

I perceive that at this time it would be a good idea to discover the significance of the roles of Light and Dark in Yahweh "Plan of Salvation" for His "Chosen Few".



The following
Hebrew words are very important to the understanding of this message, and can be verified in your Strong's Concordance:


H2320 Chodesh (kho'-desh)- New Moon OR New Month (But only because the New Moon marks the beginning of a New Month, the "New Moon" is the primary definition, while New Month is understood).

H3391 Yerach - A lunation. One complete cycle of the phases of the moon from New Moon to New Moon, averaging 29 days,12 hours, 44 minutes, and 28 seconds.


Note: Now I ask you, if (as it has been suggested) the ancient Hebrews did not have the ability to make astute observations of the cycles of the Moon and Sun; How is it the Ancient Hebrew language has a word (Yerach) for a lunation (of the moon)? Just how difficult can it be to count the time from New Moon to New Moon over a long period of time and do the math (simple division)? Besides, wasn't Moses educated in all of the understanding and deeds of the Egyptians?


H3394 Yareach (yaw-ray'-akh) - The Moon (phase not important).

H3422 Yeraqraq (yer-ak-rak') yellowish or greenish-yellow color. Note the similarity in the spellings of Yerach, Yareach, and Yeraqraq.


Personal Note: When I was a kid, people jokingly said that the moon was made out of green cheese. However, do minor similarities in spelling positively indicate a relationship between words? No! But even if a Yareach (moon) is Yeraqraq (yellow-green) it "Light" and "Dark".


H3677 Kece or Keceh (keh'-seh) - FULL MOON, The appointed time of the Full Moon and/or its associated festival (feast).


At least we know that there are "Full Moon" Feasts (simply translated as "Appointed Times"), but there are many different types of "Appointed Times," such as, "Appointed Times" for war (H4151), and for individuals (H2163); there are many more. I believe that semantics like this were used to hide the truth by burying true and explicit meanings inside vague words or vague short phrases. Similar to using the word "Lord" to describe both Yahweh and Messiah, and thereby giving rise to the deception that they are one-in-the-same. Nothing could be further from The Truth.


H4150 Moed or Mow-ed or Mowadah (mo-ade') - Technically it is "The Congregation," during an appointed time like a Sabbath or Feast Day. An Assembly of The Faithful convened for a definite purpose at a fixed time or season; an appointed or fixed feast or festival attended by Yahweh's Chosen.

A "Moed" is not a phase of the Moon!


Therefore, a Moed
(H4150) is an "Appointed Sabbath" (Solemn Holy Convocation) that occurs during a (H3677) Keceh (which are) the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzoh), and in the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), and during the Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering, Booths, Sukkot).


Apparently a Moed is an Appointed Time set by Yahweh, while a "Zeman" (H2165) is an appointed
celebration time set by man, as in Ester 9:31, where "Purim" was established. Chanukkah is also a "Zeman."


I will use the DEFINITIONS
(above) when presenting all forthcoming Scripture in this message. Now notice our second Scriptural evidence.


Ezekiel 46:1
"Thus said The ETERNAL CREATOR, 'The gate of the inner court which faces East shall be closed on the six working days; it shall be opened on the (weekly) Sabbath day, and it shall be opened on the day of the new moon (H2320 Chodesh (kho'-desh)- New Moon OR New Month).'"


According to Ezekiel, the temple in Jerusalem was constructed and operated in such a manner that the gate facing East was only opened on the weekly Sabbath day and on the day(s) of the New Moon
(Chodesh or New Month, Strong's H2320). Opening the East Gate at the beginning of the weekly Sabbath has the great symbolic significance of welcoming the new Sabbath (like opening your door to a friend), as the "Sabbath Establishing Darkness" (Days begin in darkness) that occurs as Twilight approaches the East Gate from the East; this is a serious piece of information. This darkness before light symbolism has deep Spiritual significance, which is substantiated in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12, and in Genesis, wherein Yahweh represents "The Evening and The Morning" as two halves of a 24 hour daytime period, which begins in darkness and moves into the light. Now the question is, "Don't all Weekly Sabbaths and New Months (chodesh) begin 'In Darkness' and move into 'The Light?' If you have already read "" you would now have your answer, because IF (as believed by some) an approaching Bright Full Moon from the East is supposed to begin a Chodesh or New Month, exactly like an approaching Seventh Day Sabbath would begin (in darkness), then we would have a unacceptable inconsistency in Yahweh's "Dark before Light" symbolism, because Yahweh established "The East Gate" to be opened for "The Beginning of Months" (a Chodesh) and not for the "Appointed Full Moon Feast Days" (Kece or Keceh). Therefore, "The East Gate" was built to welcome a Dark Moon and the darkness left by the Westward (West Gate) bound setting Sun. Remember both the Sun and the Moon travel from East to West (East first then West second), and since Yahweh's symbolism is established as "Darkness before Light" then darkness must be greeted first from the direction of the "Beginning of The Daytime" (the East) and, also, for "The Beginning of The Months" (also, the East).


New Moon and Eclipse of The Sun Theory


There are those in the world (as Angels of Light) that will try to teach you that there was an eclipse of the Sun on the evening that The Messiah was crucified. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Matthew 27:45-46
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour Yahshua cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My Elohim, my Elohim, why hast thou forsaken me?


First of all it is totally impossible to have a solar eclipse during a "Full Moon", and "Passover" always occurs during a "Full Moon". Think about it! How can the Sun be shining on the Moon
(to make it Full and Bright), and at the same time have the Moon between the Earth and the Sun so that a solar eclipse can occur? Impossible ! Even so total solar eclipses only last approximately four to seven minutes. Moreover, there are many other instances in Scripture where the Sun was darkened or (in prophecy) will be darkened that never involved or will involve a solar eclipse. Quite often it involved or will involve a heavily overcast sky or smoke. Additionally, NASA and others have calculated all solar eclipses over a four thousand year period including the two that occurred near the year of the crucifixion of Messiah Yahshua. Of the two eclipses, only the one that occurred on November 24th. 29AD was visible in Jerusalem, Israel (more than four months prior to Passover), and the other one that occurred on March 19th. 33AD was not visible in Jerusalem, Israel at all nor was it during the Passover month of Abib.
Abib 1st. always occurs on the first dark New Moon, which occur after March 5th.
(Civil Equilux) on the calculated Gregorian Calendar; and Passover does not occur until a Bright Full Moon, fifteen additional days later still. Regardless, christopagans apparently have a need to believe that there was a solar eclipse, because then they can claim that Passover involves a Dark New Moon rather than a Bright Full Moon. This claim is completely erroneous, and also, requires them to believe (and wrongly teach) that Messiah was not in the grave three full nights and three full periods of daylight as Jonah was in the Whale (Great Fish). This they feel they must believe so as to justify having a "Good Friday" and a "Sunday Lords Day." Regardless, of their unrighteous justifications, there will never be a righteous reason for any man (including The Messiah), woman or any church to rewrite The Commandments of The Eternal.


Is it "The Intent of your Heart" to please Yahweh
or
Yourself?








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