The Birth of a Significant Firstborn Son on the Feast of First Fruits

We’ve heard many different doctrines on the timing of Messiah’s birth. Why? It’s understood that in order for Yahusha to be the Messiah of Israel, He’d have to fulfill certain prophecies in the Old Testament, or Torah/Tanakh. We understand His death fulfilled the Passover, that He died on that Biblical appointed time, so another prophecy people understandably look for to be fulfilled would be the date of His birth. On what date does the Old Testament prophesy that birth would take place? Where do we find that prophecy and that date in scripture? I will share the scriptures I believe answer those questions in this article. My answer is by no means anywhere near the traditional answers Christianity or Judaism may suggest.

Dates we KNOW He WASN’T Born

Anyone reading this article likely is already aware there is no way Messiah’s birth was on December 25th. He did not come to fulfill Christmas with His birth. That holiday would not be found by name or date in the Old Testament, not to mention the paganism associated with that winter solstice festival.

Some have suggested He may have been born on Chanukah. Many of us, however, do not believe for a second the shepherds informed of His birth in Luke chapter 2 were out in the fields at night with the flock in winter. I’ve also heard some claim He was born on Purim or Easter, however, none of these holidays, not even the Jewish festivals of Chanukah or Purim are commanded appointed times found in Leviticus 23. Neither Chanukah or Easter are mentioned anywhere in the Old Testament, so the people of Jerusalem would not have been looking for the birth of the Prophet, the Messiah, on any of these dates.

Popular Traditions for His Birth

The Biblical feasts in the first and seventh months (Passover, Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, Sukkot) would be among the most popular guesses among Bible believers in the Old or New Testaments who realize Christianity’s pegged His birth date all wrong.

I suggest that the most popular guess would not be the correct one. For the lunar Sabbath remnant, we figured out a long time ago that the popular answer is usually way off base. The way into the Kingdom is narrow, not broad. I believe many Sabbath keepers are dating his birth in the first and seventh months because these dates are suggested to us from Judaism, indirectly so, through Messianic Rabbis or Christian prophecy teachers who study Judaism and what it teaches concerning when the Jewish people would be looking for THE Messiah to be born, ACCORDING TO THEIR TRADITIONS. Of course, their traditions would look to a date that would make the true Messiah of Israel out to be a fraud. He would not fulfill their expectations, because they have wrong expectations, which explains why the Jewish people have not yet recognized Him. Their misguided assumptions about the role, character, deeds, and identity of the Messiah are their blinders. May I live to see the scales come off my brother Judah’s eyes!

Is it possible that we have allowed others who have a love for Judaism and all of its traditions to interpret Luke 1 for us, without us giving much thought to the possible deceptions that might be involved in doing so? After all, we did allow Christianity to season our understanding of Luke 1 with a Christmas flavor, didn’t we? Could it be that we’ve once again been fooled, but this time we were led to look at it through a “Jewish perspective”, when YHUH wants us looking at Luke 1 through a BIBLICAL lens? Come now, let us reason together…let’s take another look at Luke 1…

Luke 1’s Timing of Messiah’s Birth

While Luke 1 gives an indication of the likely timing of Zechariah’s (John the Baptist’s Father) visitation from the heavenly messenger of YHUH, it does not give us certainty about how much time passed until Elizabeth actually conceived.

But the messenger said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Luke 1:13

The word highlighted in the passage above, shall, could be understood to be in the next moment, or in the very distant future. Unless we believe that John was conceived by the Ruach, (which the Bible does not support) and not Zacharias, we know Zacharias would have to have been with his wife in order for her to conceive. Personally, I believe she conceived right away, as soon as Zacharias got home.

Going on in Luke, we read that Zacharias had to first complete his priestly office of ministration in the Temple. After this was complete, he went home.

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months…Luke 1:24

The word, after, highlighted in the verse above, could mean immediately after Zacharias completed his service and returned home, a few days later, a week later, a month later, a few months later, at the turn of the year, etc…we don’t know for sure, just looking at these verses alone. We really see no scriptural reason to believe it didn’t happen right away.

And in the sixth month the messenger Gabriel was sent from Aluhym unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26-27

NOW, once we get to verse 26, we have some indication of when this event was taking place. The messenger Gabriel appeared unto Mary in the sixth month of the calendar. Many say this reference to the sixth month is referring to Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy. However, the original text in the Greek, in this verse, says “in THE sixth month”, not “in HER sixth month”. There is a verse later in the chapter that actually does say, “in HER sixth month”, or “the sixth month with HER,” referring to Elizabeth’s pregnancy, but I believe in verse 26 above, it’s saying this happened in THE sixth month of the Biblical luni-solar calendar, and that this happened to coincide with Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy. In other words, Elizabeth conceived in the first month, and was six months pregnant in the sixth month of the year when Gabriel appeared to Mary and told Mary that Elizabeth was in the sixth month of her pregnancy. I have additional reason to believe this is the correct understanding of Luke 1, bear with me as I explain and build the case…

First and Second Chronicles and the Timing of the Priestly Orders

Earlier in Luke 1 we read that Zacharias was a priest in the order of Abiyah, and 1 Chronicles 24:10 tells us Abiyah received the eighth lot. This lot was apparently to determine when the priests would be serving in the Temple, in what order, throughout the year. It would be helpful if there was more information found in the Bible that could confirm when Abiyah’s course, being the 8th lot, took its station. There is no such biblical record.

I’ve heard it suggested that 2 Chronicles 23:8 tells us that each priestly course lasted one week, from Sabbath to Sabbath, and I’ve tried to verify that, I looked up the names listed there, and it seems most of those listed are descendants of Judah, not priests of Kohen. The context of 2 Chronicles 23 also suggests the list of people serving from Sabbath to Sabbath in this chapter might be guards, hence the word, captains, not priests offering sacrifices or incense. They could be Levites, but not likely to be kohen priests.

Levites were allowed to intermarry with other Israelite tribes. That would explain why they were serving in the Temple, yet were descendants of Judah. Mary, Yahusha’s mother, had ancestry of both Levi (her cousin Elizabeth was a Levite according to Luke 1:5) and Judah, just like these “captains” in 2 Chronicles 23. Also, Numbers 8:26 states that retired Levites over 50 could serve as guards in the Temple, so the list of captains mentioned in 2 Chronicles 23 could include older Levites, not necessarily Kohen priests, working as guards. We just can’t say for certain that the priestly courses were a week long, or that the first lot served in the first week every year, if we are sticking with SCRIPTURAL references, and we should. After all, there were 24 courses, or divisions, and more than 24 weeks in a year. We also have to remember that there were some years, a 13th month, which would add 4 more weeks to the year, would occur, and there are New Moon days in between the weeks of the months. It’s very possible that we only read about an order, because there was only an order, not certain dates, weeks, or months assigned, for the priests to serve. Maybe they just took turns, and the time of their service varied, hence no dates given for their service.

We just can’t be certain we know when each course was on duty throughout the year each year. There are Christian and Jewish traditions that CLAIM to know when these courses took place, but their CLAIMS are based on tradition and assumptions. 2 Chronicles 23:8 just does not give enough evidence to support those claims, either. This one witness, in itself, does not contain evidence to support this assertion. Not to mention we don’t have a second or third scriptural witness to establish this as doctrine, which is required by scripture.

There is no mention of any fixed order of service. Only in traditions is it mentioned that the priestly divisions served according to a weekly rotation system, one of those traditions being Josephus, a Pharisee of Yahusha’s time. We all know what Yahusha said about and to the Pharisees, and I choose to heed His advice to beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod. Whether it’s man’s traditions of religion, or man’s “history” according to its government, it’s a bunch of lies agreed upon. The only historical records I consider to be valid and truly faithful in witness are those that include, “thus saith YHUH”, in other words, scrolls containing prophecies from messengers of YHUH, who come in His name. I believe in sola scriptura, but my version of that includes books like Jubilees, Enoch, and Jasher, not strictly the canons Judaism and the Catholic and Protestant churches came up with.

Those of us who do have faith in the Book of Luke and the Book of Jubilees (Judaism does not place faith in either source), can rest assured that there IS evidence of our Messiah’s birth at a very significant time of the year. Why COULDN’T Yahusha’s birth have been in the MIDDLE of Summer, in the 3rd month, at the time of the Feast of Firstfruits, aka Pentecost, Shabuot, or the Feast of Weeks? Why is this not being thrown out there as a possibility among the rabbis and scholars, among believers? Why are we force-fed the option of the first or seventh month for Messiah’s birth? This reminds me so much of how we were given the bait and switch with the Saturday or Sunday argument regarding the timing of the Sabbath, or the argument over whether the sheaf should be waved after Saturday or on the 16th. Can we consider for a moment the possibility that Messiah Yahusha was indeed born in the third month? Yes, we have more than one scriptural witness to support this belief.

Back to Luke 1

We read in Luke 1 that the messenger Gabriel appeared to Mary in the sixth month. We read that Elizabeth was also six months pregnant at that time, and that Mary would also conceive as Elizabeth did:

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from Aluhym unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26-27

And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Yahusha. Luke 1:31

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. Luke 1:36

There is that shall word again, talking about a future event. Again, we don’t know for sure how much time passed between the word going forth from Gabriel until Mary conceived, like Elizabeth, but in both cases, I believe it happened very soon after. In Mary’s case, it seems even more likely she conceived very soon after, as she was betrothed to Joseph, and this was to be a miraculous conception. Time was of the essence.

And the messenger answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of Aluhym.

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

For with Aluhym nothing shall be impossible.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Master; be it unto me according to thy word. And the messenger departed from her.

And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: Luke 1:35-41

Notice it says Mary arose IN THOSE DAYS, not AFTER those days, meaning, not much time had apparently passed since the messenger left Mary here. It goes on to say she went into the hill country WITH HASTE, meaning, she wasn’t wasting time after she heard Elisabeth was blessed with a miraculous pregnancy, as she was. She went to see her right away. Let’s read on to see what happens when she gets there:

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Master should come to me? Luke 1:42-43

It does appear here, that after the messenger left Mary, and she went quickly to visit Elisabeth, by the time she gets there, she’s already with child, based on Elisabeth’s greeting to Mary. It sounds very much to me like Mary became pregnant in the sixth month. I would guess the most likely time would be that she conceived at the full moon, mid-month, on the Sabbath, because Yahusha is light.

Nine months from the middle of the sixth month would take us to a birth in the middle of the third month, if there was no thirteenth month added in there that year. Could the birth of Messiah have been in the glory of the full moon? Wouldn’t that be something?! What significant appointed time would that be? According to Leviticus 23 and the Book of Jubilees, that would be The Feast of Weeks on the 16th of the 3rd month! Wouldn’t that be something if the Firstborn Son of YHUH was born on First Fruits? Yes, there’s evidence that this is the case, found in the Book of Jubilees, in the story of another promised seed/son, with Isaac and his mother Sarah. The story of Sarah’s conception in Jubilees (with supporting references from the Genesis) mirrors that of Mary’s experience with Gabriel in Luke 1. In other words, Genesis and Jubilees are two witnesses I believe contain the prophecy of old that predicted the date of Messiah’s birth.

What Does Isaac’s Birth Have to do with Messiah’s Birth?

It all starts in Genesis with the announcement that Sarah would conceive and give birth to a promised son. YHUH promises Abraham a son, but what does that promised seed’s birth have to do with Messiah’s birth? Much. The birth, life, and death of the promised seed of Abraham, tells us about the future promised seed of YHUH. Isaac’s life, his birth, his death, even His name, in Hebrew, tell us about THE Messiah, THE Chosen Son. How so?

YHUH asked Abraham to give his ONLY Son, the son he loved, Isaac, as an offering to YHUH, in Genesis 22:2:

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

The testimony from the Book of Hebrews:

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son… Hebrews 11:17

This brings to mind a similar description of Yahusha in the Prophets and in the New Testament:

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zechariah 12:10 

No man hath seen Aluhym at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1:18

For Aluhym so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Aluhym. John 3:18

In this was manifested the love of Aluhym toward us, because that Aluhym sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9

 Yes, we are supposed to connect the dots between Isaac and Messiah Yahusha, just as these witnesses in the Scriptures have done. They were both the One and Only Son, the Firstborn, the Promised, Chosen Seed, to be an offering on a certain mountain. Jubilees is in agreement with the New Testament on the timing of Yahusha’s death on Passover on the 14th of the first month. There should be no doubt Abraham and Isaac were acting out a prophecy concerning the sacrifice of YHUH’s One and ONLY Begotten Son on a future Passover.

Other Parallels of Isaac’s and Messiah’s Prophetic Sacrifice According to Jubilees and Jasher

Most believers in Torah and Messiah Yahusha are well aware the NEAR sacrifice of Isaac was a prophecy of Messiah’s future sacrifice on Passover. The Bible does not confirm this for us, but Jubilees 17 does. It says it was in the first month, on the twelfth day of the month, that Prince Mastema (Satan) came before YHUH and started accusing Abraham of forgetting YHUH since Isaac’s birth. Jubilees states that it was “on the third day” that the ram took Isaac’s place on the alter on the mount. They counted to the third day inclusively, the twelfth of the first month being the day Satan approached YHUH about Abraham and Isaac, that same day being the day YHUH commanded Abraham to offer  Isaac. The thirteenth was the second day and the day they started their journey to the mount, making the fourteenth, Passover, the third day. There’s your prophecy of Messiah’s death on the Passover, found in Genesis and Jubilees and the ALMOST offering of Isaac, when the ram was killed in his place. The Book of Jasher is actually a second witness confirming this story in the Book of Jubilees of Satan coming before YHUH and suggesting Isaac be offered by Abraham.

There are so many other parallels and themes in Jubilees and Jasher that are identical to the Torah, the prophets, and the New Testament, just in this story alone, teaching us about Messiah through things that happened to Isaac. Abraham uttered the prophetic words, “My son, Aluhym will provide himself a lamb.” Of course, this was referring to how YHUH would in the future provide His own sacrificial ram, YHUH’s own ONLY Son, to die for man’s sins, in our stead. The account in Jasher is that Isaac was later told by Abraham that Isaac was the one chosen by YHUH for the sacrifice, and that Isaac rejoiced to be found worthy and laid down his life as a willing sacrifice, just as Yahusha did. Once it was clear that Abraham and Isaac were following through with this willing sacrifice, the Messenger of YHUH intervened and Abraham saw the ram YHUH provided with its horns caught in the thorns. There was even a point in the story when Satan is lying to Sarah about Isaac’s death and says that Isaac cried out to his father for help, just like Yahusha called out to YHUH for help, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”, interpreted ‘My El, my El, why hast thou forsaken me?” Then Satan says that Abraham did not look upon him with compassion at his death. Because of the very similar circumstances between the events in this story about Isaac’s NEAR death, and Yahusha’s death, and because we see it as a prophecy about Yahusha’s death at Passover, we can only conclude Jasher and Jubilees to be from scrolls of authority that uphold Torah and that contain prophecies of Messiah and other prophecies that have come to pass. It only makes sense.

The obvious references to Messiah’s death and resurrection should make it clear this was not a story with its origins in Jewish tradition, or Judaism. The clear support for keeping the Sabbaths and all the appointed times and laws of Moses make it clear Jubilees and Jasher were also not concocted by the Catholic or Protestant Churches or Christianity, either. The purity and uniformity of Jubilees and Jasher weave together the Old and New Testaments in a beautiful way that should clear up any remaining confusion for those who deal with supposed “contradictions” honestly. These “secret” books, these ancient scrolls, simply cannot be counterfeit. They claim to be the word of YHUH, coming in His authority, proclaiming what is written on the heavenly tablets. They really do end the argument for such people who accept the word of YHUH as the authority on these matters concerning the laws and appointed times.

The Timing of Isaac’s and Messiah’s Prophetic Sacrifice According to Jubilees and Jasher

The story is very similar to when Satan approached YHUH asking him to test Job’s faithfulness to YHUH. Here’s the testimony from the Book of Jubilees regarding the TIMING of Isaac’s “sacrifice”:

And it came to pass in the seventh week, in the first year thereof, in the first month in this jubilee, on the twelfth of this month, there were voices in heaven regarding Abraham, that he was faithful in all that He told him, and that he loved Aluhym, and that in every affliction he was faithful. And the prince Mastêmâ came and said before Aluhym, ‘Behold, Abraham loves Isaac his son, and he delights in him above all things else; bid him offer him as a burnt-offering on the altar, and Thou wilt see if he will do this command, and Thou wilt know if he is faithful in everything wherein Thou dost try him… Jubilees 17:15-16

And he rose early in the morning and saddled his ass, and took his two young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood of the burnt offering, and he went to the place on the third day, and he saw the place afar off. Jubilees 18:3

According to Jasher the story and the timing is the same:

And he said to him, Take now thy son, thine only son whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which shall be shown to thee, for there wilt thou see a cloud and the glory of YHUH. Jasher 23:2 Day 1

…And Sarah wept bitterly the whole night on account of Isaac, and she gave him instructions till morning… And in the morning Sarah selected a very fine and beautiful garment from those garments which she had in the house, that Abimelech had given to her…Jasher 23:13-14 Day 2

And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place at a distance which Aluhym had told him of. Jasher 23:41 Day 3

Let’s see if the account in Genesis confirms or contradicts these events and their timing according to Jubilees and Jasher:

And it came to pass after these things, that Aluhym did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which Aluhym had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. Genesis 22:1-4

There you have it, Genesis records the same sequence of events, which Jubilees said began on the 12th, ending 3 days later to the 14th, on Passover. This is complete agreement with the timing of Yahusha’s death, as the prophecy of Isaac was fulfilled.

Satan wanted to see to it that the promised seed – Isaac, and on a future day, Messiah Yahusha – would be destroyed, but YHUH snatched them both from the lion’s jaws (Psalm 22). YHUH wound up having the last laugh in both cases, hence Isaac’s (Yatzchak’s) name (He – meaning YaH – laughs). Sarah said in Genesis 21:6 that all who hear about Isaac’s birth that occurred in her old age, would laugh with her. Now I understand Isaac’s name. When I discovered the lunar Sabbath and the true count to Pentecost, and how it related to Isaac and Messiah’s birth, I laughed. Truly YHUH is smarter than we are. It’s His glory to conceal a matter…He has the last laugh…

So that’s the prophecy of Messiah’s death in the life of Isaac, according to the Torah, Jubilees, and Jasher. Might I point out that’s three witnesses in agreement, in regards to the timing of Yahusha’s death according to prophecy. I know of no other prophecy in Torah that tells us WHEN He would die, which appointed time, which date. Would the Torah forget such an important detail such as the prophecy containing the date Messiah would be expected to die? What about the prophecy of His birth?

WHICH Appointed Time was the Promised Son Born?

Abraham initially thinks Ishmael is the promised Son, but YHUH promises him a CHOSEN seed instead of Ishmael. YHUH promises the Son to come through Sarah, and says He will visit them at a later time and she will conceive and bear a son at an appointed time, the same time, next year:

But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. Genesis 17:21

In the Hebrew Masoretic text that says:

ואת־ברית֖י אק֣ים את־יצח֑ק אשר֩ תל֨ד לך֤ שרה֙ למוע֣ד הז֔ה בשנ֖ה האחֽרת׃

Notice in the Hebrew, the word, moed/muad. This means appointed time. In this case, there is a preposition here before moed, it’s the Hebrew letter lamed, which means to, toward, or for. We can gather from this that Isaac’s birth was timed for a specific appointed time. The timing of Isaac’s birth on First Fruits in the third month was a prophecy for the timing of Yahusha’s birth on First Fruits, just like Isaac’s “mock” sacrifice prophesied of Yahusha’s sacrifice on Passover. Isaac was the promised seed/son of Abraham, Yahusha is the promised Seed/Son of YHUH. Let’s hear other witnesses on this testimony in Genesis as we read it in the Hebrew text:

In the Greek Septuagint (translated into English):

But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to thee at this time, in the next year. Genesis 17:21

In the Book of Jubilees:

But My covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to thee, in these days, in the next year. Jubilees 15:21-22

Let’s tie these witnesses together and see what they are testifying. Jubilees says “in these days”, the Septuagint says, “at this time”, and the Masoretic text says, “l’muad”, at this set, appointed time. This set, appointed time, in these days, at this time, they are all referring to the Feast of Weeks, or Shabuot in Hebrew, which occurs in the third month of the Hebrew calendar. More evidence of that will come forth later.

The Hebrew letter, lamed, before muad, or appointed time, means staff, authority, scepter, rod. It towers over all the other Hebrew letters in the alphabet. It signifies the King of Kings. I believe this lamed is placed here strategically before the word muad, in part, to tell the Hebrew reader that the King of Kings would also be born at this same appointed time, like Isaac. The lamed also means to lead, to teach, like Yahusha was the staff in the hand of Moses, that led Israel out of Egypt, that parted the waters and led them through the Sea of Reeds, and led them to the Mountain, where He taught them His laws, on the 16th of the third month.

Let’s get back to Sarah…

But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. Genesis 17:21

But My covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to thee, in these days, in the next year. Jubilees 15:21-22

Genesis goes on to say that YHUH did again visit her as He said He would, and she conceived, and she did indeed have a son at the appointed time spoken:

And YHUH visited Sarah as he had said, and YHUH did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which Aluhym had spoken to him. Genesis 21:2-3

And in the middle of the sixth month YHUH visited Sarah and did unto her as He had spoken and she conceived. And she bare a son in the third month, and in the middle of the month, at the time of which YHUH had spoken to Abraham, on the festival of the first fruits of the harvest, Isaac was born. Jubilees 16:13-14

Genesis 17 and Genesis 21 both say YHUH said Isaac would be born at an appointed time. Is this just useless information, or is YHUH using these two witnesses as a testimony for truth seekers to hear for a reason? Which appointed time are these two witnesses in Genesis alluding to? Jubilees 16:13-14 agrees with these two witnesses in Genesis that Isaac was born at an appointed time, and goes further to pinpoint the date of Isaac’s birth to be in the middle of the third month, on the festival of the first fruits of the wheat harvest.

Exodus 34:22 confirms the Feast of Weeks was to be celebrated with the first fruits of the wheat harvest, Sukkot is the final harvest at the end of the year (turn of the year/end of Summer) when all the rest of the wheat is harvested. John 4:35 is another witness there are 4 months between First Fruits and the Final Harvest of the remaining wheat in the fields at Sukkot. From the 16th of the 3rd month, the Feast of Weeks, to the Feast of Sukkot in the 7th month, is 4 months:

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

Not only is Jubilees 16 giving us the timing of Isaac’s birth AND the Feast of First Fruits in the third month, but it also tells us WHEN SARAH CONCEIVED! She conceived IN THE SIXTH MONTH, WHEN YHUH VISITED HER! Nine months later she gave birth in the middle of the third month, at the full moon! She most likely conceived Isaac at the full moon in the sixth month! Let’s compare Jubilees 16 and Luke 1 more closely:

And in the middle of the sixth month YHUH visited Sarah and did unto her as He had spoken and she conceived. And she bare a son in the third month, and in the middle of the month, at the time of which YHUH had spoken to Abraham, on the festival of the first fruits of the harvest, Isaac was born. Jubilees 16:12-13

And in the sixth month the messenger Gabriel was sent from Aluhym unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary… Luke 1:26-27

In both accounts the proclamation of the promised son came in the sixth month with a visitation from Heaven. We’ve got all the scriptural witnesses in agreement that Isaac would be born at an appointed time, and I believe we have established that Isaac’s birth and ALMOST death would be pretty good candidates for the most skeptical of believers (wouldn’t a skeptical believer be an oxymoron?) for hints at prophecies of the timing of Messiah’s birth and death.

Other Witnesses Giving the Timing of the First Fruits of the Wheat Harvest in the Middle of the Third Month

Where does Jubilees get the gall to claim First Fruits is in the middle of the third month? Are there any other witnesses in Jubilees or any other scriptures that agree with or contradict this timing? Yes and yes.

And it came to pass in the first year of the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt, in the third month, on the sixteenth day of the month, that Aluhym spake to Moses, saying: ‘Come up to Me on the Mount, and I will give thee two tables of stone of the law and of the commandment, which I have written, that thou mayst teach them.’ Jubilees 1:1

 After these things, in the fourth year of this week, on the new moon of the third month, the word of HaAdon came to Abram in a dream, saying: ‘Fear not, Abram; I am thy defender, and thy reward will be exceeding great.’

  1. And he said: ‘Master, Master, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go hence childless, and the son of Maseq, the son of my handmaid, is the Dammasek Eliezer: he will be my heir, and to me thou hast given no seed.’
  2. And he said unto him: ‘This man will not be thy heir, but one that will come out of thine own bowels; he will be thine heir.’
  3. And He brought him forth abroad, and said unto him: ‘Look toward heaven and number the stars if thou art able to number them.’
  4. And he looked toward heaven, and beheld the stars. And He said unto him: ‘So shall thy seed be.’
  5. And he believed in HaAdon, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
  6. And He said unto him: ‘I am HaAdon that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee the land of the Canaanites to possess it for ever; and I will be Aluhym unto thee and to thy seed after thee.’
  7. And he said: ‘Adon, Adon, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?’
  8. And He said unto him: ‘Take Me an heifer of three years, and a goat of three years, and a sheep of three years, and a turtle-dove, and a pigeon.’
  9. And he took all these in the middle of the month and he dwelt at the oak of Mamre, which is near Hebron.
  10. And he built there an altar, and sacrificed all these; and he poured their blood upon the altar, and divided them in the midst, and laid them over against each other; but the birds divided he not.
  11. And birds came down upon the pieces, and Abram drove them away, and did not suffer the birds to touch them.
  12. And it came to pass, when the sun had set, that an ecstasy fell upon Abram, and lo ! an horror of great darkness fell upon him, and it was said unto Abram: ‘Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and they shall bring them into bondage, and afflict them four hundred years.
  13. And the nation also to whom they will be in bondage will I judge, and after that they shall come forth thence with much substance.
  14. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.
  15. But in the fourth generation they shall return hither; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.’
  16. And he awoke from his sleep, and he arose, and the sun had set; and there was a flame, and behold! a furnace was smoking, and a flame of fire passed between the pieces.
  17. And on that day HaAdon made a covenant with Abram, saying: ‘To thy seed will I give this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates, the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Perizzites, and the Rephaim, the Phakorites, and the Hivites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
  18. And the day passed, and Abram offered the pieces, and the birds, and their fruit offerings, and their drink offerings, and the fire devoured them.
  19. And on that day we made a covenant with Abram, according as we had covenanted with Noah in this month; and Abram renewed the festival and ordinance for himself for ever. Jubilees 14:1-20

And in the fifth year of the fourth week of this jubilee, in the third month, in the middle of the month, Abram celebrated the feast of the first-fruits of the grain harvest. Jubilees 15:1

The entire chapter of 2 Chronicles 15 is a witness of a festival, an assembly of the people in Jerusalem with mass animal sacrifice and renewing of vows/oaths to YHUH and a return to His commandments in the 3rd month. Check the Hebrew on the timing, some translations changed it to say “in the spring”. They were celebrating Shabuot, the root word, shaba, meaning to make a vow/oath.

Exodus 19:1-8 tells us that when they arrived at Sinai on the 16th of the 3rd month, two months after they left Egypt, YHUH called Moses up the mount and Moses mediated the covenant and YHUH and Israel exchanged vows that day, they entered the covenant. This is also confirmed in Deuteronomy 5, especially verses 3 and 27 tied with Exodus 19:1 for the date these words were first exchanged between YHUH and Israel, Jubilees 1:1, and Jasher 82:6.

The passage in Jasher 82 APPEARS on the surface to give a different date for First Fruits, aka, Pentecost, Shabuot, the Feast of Weeks, etc…when it records the date of the giving of the law at Sinai. It says it occurred on the 6th of the 3rd month, but I believe it’s supposed to read 16th. This was a mistranslation, it was translated to agree with Jewish tradition for the date of the giving of the law and the Feast, not necessarily with a purpose to intentionally mislead, but based on the translator’s own understanding. Often times in Scripture numbers are incorrectly translated from the Hebrew, explaining why some Bible translations give a different age for Yahuachayin in 2 Kings 24:8. Some say he was 18 when he began to reign, others say he was 8. In 2 Samuel 15:7, the Hebrew text says Absalom made a vow 40 years ago, the Greek and Syriac texts say it was 4 years ago. In this case, the 2 witnesses in agreement, the Syriac and Greek texts, appear to be the true testimonies. In the case of Jasher’s testimony for Israel’s arrival at Sinai and the giving of the law on the 6th of the 3rd month, it’s one, lone, witness that contradicts the 2 witnesses in Jubilees 1:1 and Exodus 19:1-8 that agree they arrived at Sinai and vowed to keep the covenant on the 16th of the 3rd month. The problem isn’t with Jasher though, just the translator struggling with how the Feast of Weeks could fall on the 16th, as this date would not work with a Gregorian Saturday or Sunday Sabbath or the Jewish tradition of waving the sheaf on the 16th of the 1st month. If this was translated properly, as 16th, rather than 6th, in Jasher 82:6, we would have 3 witnesses in agreement on this date. YHUH only requires there be 2 witnesses in agreement to establish a matter, so if we add all the other witnesses in Jubilees and the Bible, we have far more than what is required to establish the correct translation in Jasher 82:6. We have Jubilees 1:1, Exodus 19:1, Luke 1, Leviticus 23, etc… agreeing on the 16th of the 3rd month. If you count 7 lunar Sabbaths/complete weeks from the day after the Sabbath after the week of Unleavened Bread, 50 days not counting NM days which fall outside of complete weeks, you come to the 16th of the 3rd month.

And in the third month from the children of Israel’s departure from Egypt, on the sixth day thereof, YHUH gave to Israel the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. And all Israel heard all these commandments, and all Israel rejoiced exceedingly in YHUH on that day. Jasher 82:6-7

I have collected MASS evidence in the Bible itself that confirm this date for the Feast of Weeks as recorded in the Book of Jubilees. The Book of Jubilees also has several witnesses that our forefathers established covenants and renewed their vows on this date.

YHUH is having the last laugh. Just imagine all those Hebrew college professors and head rabbi’s faces when they realize they aren’t so smart after all.

Please see my blog and my website for articles pertaining to this subject and additional scriptural witnesses establishing this date for the birth of the First Born of YHUH on the First Fruits of the Wheat Harvest:

This document would be well over a hundred pages long if I included all of the evidence here. Articles I especially recommend include:

I also have a detailed power point presentation I can email you that includes the Pentecost count on the calendar in the first 3 months of the year to the 16th, which is the day after the 7th Sabbath, and 50 days counting COMPLETE weeks only, not New Moon days, which I can email you if you contact me.

Shalom in Messiah Yahusha’s Love, Lyndsey Sanchez

The Truth of Enoch and the Myth of a Solar-Only Calendar

There are some who claim that the Bible, the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees, and all the apocryphal scrolls discovered in Qumran, testify of a solar-only calendar. They claim the Masoretes added the scriptures about the moon’s role in the determining the appointed times, that the Masoretic text has been corrupted by the scribes so much that it can’t be trusted. Many call this solar-only calendar the Enoch calendar. On the contrary, Enoch, himself, testifies of the moon’s role in the calendar year and months:

Thus I beheld their stations, as according to the fixed order of the months the sun rises and sets. At those times there is an excess of thirty days belonging to the sun in five years; all the days belonging to each year of the five years, when completed, amount to three hundred and sixty-four days; and to the sun and stars belong six days; six days in each of the five years; thus thirty days belong to them; So that the moon has thirty days less than the sun and stars. The moon brings on all the years exactly, that their stations may come neither too forwards nor too backwards a single day; but that the years may be changed with correct precision in three hundred and sixty-four days. In three years the days are one thousand and ninety-two; in five years they are one thousand eight hundred and twenty; and in eight years two thousand nine hundred and twelve days. To the moon alone belong in three years one thousand and sixty-two days; in five years it has fifty days less than the sun, for an addition being made to the one thousand and sixty-two days, in five years there are one thousand seven hundred and seventy days; and the days of the moon in eight years are two thousand eight hundred and thirty-two days. For its days in eight years are less than those of the sun by eighty days, which eighty days are its diminution in eight years. The year then becomes truly complete according to the station of the moons, and the station of the sun; which rise in the different gates; which rise and set in them for thirty days. Enoch 73:10-16

So every year there’s an additional 10 days that the sun has more than the moon, unless you anchor the moon to the sun and the stars, so that the moon brings in all the years (tequfah-return of the sun/year) exactly. We read that there’s 364 days in the solar year, and the lunar has 10 days less than the sun every year, which means there should be 354 days in a lunar year, when there’s 12 months. If you have 6 months of 30 days, and 6 months of 29 days, which is the case with the current lunar year we keep, then we have the right number of days in the lunar cycle for 12 months – 354. These verses appear to speak of adding an additional (13th) moon/month in the year, occasionally, to keep the year anchored with the sun and stars, which would keep the harvests and their appointed times in their right seasons. It seems to be saying that the solar year is 364 days, but that the lunar year will be less. Enoch, to me, since I started reading it for myself a few years ago, instead of listening to the man’s opinions (commentaries) about what it says, has always testified of the solar and lunar years being different lengths, but that when used together, they work perfectly. Just like we can’t have the Father without the Son, a solar calendar doesn’t work without the moon. According to verse 16 above, there is no such thing as a “complete” year without the moons within it, and the year does not begin at the exact time, without the moon, according to verse 13.

This agrees with Gen 1:14 which testifies that both the moon and sun are lights that are signs and are for appointed times, days, and years. There’s also Psalm 104:19 that testifies of this:

The moon is made for appointed times…

Everyone who rejects the moon in appointed times rejects the Word, as these scriptures about the moon are the Word. Because the Word IS Yahusha, Yahusha is the Word, if we reject these verses about the moon, we reject Yahusha. We can’t say we are believers in His Word or Yahusha if we don’t believe ALL of it. We can’t pick and choose. To reject the moon, is also to reject the chief cornerstone, Yahusha. Ever notice how that moon looks like a big stone in the sky? We are to build the calendar on it. Like Yahusha, the moon is like a chief cornerstone we are to build the calendar on. A rock is a strong foundation we can build on. To use the sun alone is only one witness, not 2 or 3, as required in Torah, to establish any matter, it’s shifting sands. The moon is His faithful witness in the sky. Psalm 89:37

As mentioned earlier, when questioned about why solar-only advocates choose to ignore Bible verses about the moon such as Psalm 104:19 and Psalm 89:37, many of them claim the Hebrew Bible can’t be trusted. I read the Greek versions and many other witnesses such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Aramaic texts, and they also mention the moon’s role in the calendar. Others don’t want to cast doubt on the Torah, so they suggest that maybe there are other ways to interpret these verses about the moon and its faithful testimony on the calendar. Some have suggested the moon is just for the appointed times of the wild beasts. Some say the moon is only used as a sign of judgment and omens. I and many others cannot dismiss the moon’s phases as a coincidence, that it just so happens that there are 4 lunar weeks marked with a sign in the moon every 7th day Sabbath; the first quarter on the first Sabbath of the month, the full moon mid-month on the second Sabbath, a third quarter moon on the third Sabbath, and the last visible crescent at the beginning of or the dark moon at the end of the last Sabbath, and 1-2 dark moon days, which just so happened to coincide with the number of New Moon days. I cannot dismiss all that into a coincidence. No, the moon is a sign of the Sabbath.

I’m a HUGE fan of the Book of Jubilees. I’ve heard some people claim Jubilees rebukes those who use the moon in the calendar. Jubilees DOES NOT say people err when they use the moon. It’s saying they use the moon WRONG. Let’s look at the verse they are referring to:

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. Jubilees 6:36

It says there will be those who observe that the moon comes in from year to year ten days too soon. People err by throwing out the moon because of their observation that it does not have the same cycle the sun has. Jubilees 6:36 is in line with Enoch which says the lunar year is 10 days shorter than the solar year every year, so that in three years the sun has 30 more days than the moon. This is a stumbling block for those who reject the moon. People err because they reject the moon instead of asking YHUH for the wisdom to understand how the sun and moon work together as two witnesses who give the same testimony. The heavens, including the moon, declare the glory of YHUH, day by day they utter speech, night by night they display knowledge, and their rule/word/law goes out across the land. See Psalm 19. The moon does NOT give a false testimony about YHUH, His Torah, or His Sabbaths. It is a faithful witness. The moon is NOT sick.

What about those who claim using the moon in the calendar is Babylonian, or Pre-Islamic paganism? What about those who claim people who use the moon to tell what day it is are howling at the moon? Well, does that mean people who use the sun only to tell time are worshipping the sun? Does that mean people who use the sun only for their calendar must throw wild fertility parties on the solstices? While I would concur with them that worshipping ANY of the hosts of the heavens, or images of them, whether planets, the sun, the moon, or the stars, is false and idolatry, it would be a false accusation to accuse people who use the moon as a sign and for appointed times, days, and years, of worshipping the moon. Islam removed the sun from its role as an anchor in establishing the first month of the year, it also switched from the Creator’s dark moon to the first visible crescent to begin Muslim months. Egypt removed the moon from its calendar altogether. YHUH led us out of Egypt. We left a solar-only calendar when we left the Gregorian calendar. Let us not seek a leader amongst us in the wilderness to take us back to Egypt, to take us back into a solar-only man-made calendar. Let us come out of Babylon, the confusion and mixture of calendars that don’t take into account what all of the SCRIPTURAL and HEAVENLY witnesses have to say about YHUH’s calendar. The fact is, the Jewish rabbis have not, and Babylon has not used the sun and moon together for their calendars, for centuries they have not used the moon for the Sabbath. The Biblical luni-solar calendar is not Islamic, it’s not Jewish in origin either. The seven hills the immoral woman (Israel) sits (rests) on is the Roman Gregorian solar week. That’s the beast she rides. Islam rides it, too.

The Book of Jubilees says ALL the appointed times were forgotten, just like Lamentations 2 and Hosea 2:

And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: YHUH hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. Lamentations 2:6

I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. Hosea 2:11

And all the children of Israel will forget and will not find the path of the years, and will forget the new moons, and seasons, and sabbaths and they will go wrong as to all the order of the years. Jubilees 6:34

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8

To say that the Jews and the Romans never forgot when the seventh day is, is to say that Hosea, Lamentations (Jeremiah), and Jubilees are false prophets. You can’t say that the Sabbaths were forgotten and then say the Sabbath has been Saturday since creation. Obviously, the fact that Israel had to be taught the Sabbaths in the wilderness with the manna after they left Egypt establishes that Israel has a history of forgetting the Sabbath. If Israel hasn’t ever forgotten the Sabbath, then why does YHUH command us to REMEMBER the Sabbath day in Exodus 12:8? Just as we forgot the Sabbaths, we forgot the New Moons also. The Hillel II calendar went with calculations only, the Karaite Jews went wrong by sighting the First Visible Crescent (FVC) and calling that the New Moon, like Islam. These are just 2 ways Israel went wrong with the moon. Some go wrong concerning the moon by throwing it out/casting it to the ground altogether, because the moon confuses them and they don’t know what to do with it. They try to set up a solar calendar that does not use the moon, such as the Gregorian calendar set up by the Pope. The moon is a stumbling stone to them that they trip over.

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. 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

It’s not saying we are wrong to keep Sabbaths and feasts, so why would it be saying we are wrong to observe New Moons? To interpret it that way is to not be consistent in interpreting the entire verse and context. Consider the verses in the chapter that precede these, it says the error would be FORGETTING the New Moons and Sabbaths:

And all the children of Israel will forget and will not find the path of the years, and will forget the new moons, and seasons, and sabbaths and they will go wrong as to all the order of the years. For I know and from henceforth will I declare it unto thee, and it is not of my own devising; for the book (lies) written before me, and on the heavenly tablets the division of days is ordained, lest they forget the feasts of the covenant and walk according to the feasts of the Gentiles after their error and after their ignorance. Jubilees 6:34-35

It says Israel would FORGET the New Moons, and in other places in the chapter it says they would neglect ordinances. Ordinances of what? THE MOON! The end of the last verse said they would walk according to the feasts of the gentiles, after their error, and after their ignorance. What is their error? What is their ignorance? What type of calendar do they use? A solar-only calendar. They forget the moon, they forget the Sabbaths, this is all proof that Saturday cannot be the Sabbath, because Hosea 2 and Lamentations 2 and Jubilees all agree (that’s 3 WITNESSES!) that the Sabbath was forgotten!

For this reason I command and testify to thee that thou mayst testify to them; for after thy death thy children will disturb (them), so that they will not make the year three hundred and sixty-four days only, and for this reason they will go wrong as to the new moons and seasons and sabbaths and festivals, and they will eat all kinds of blood with all kinds of flesh. Jubilees 6:38

People also misunderstand the creation account in the Book of Jubilees in Chapter 2:8-11. They THINK it teaches that only the sun is a sign, and that only the sun is for days, years, and appointed times, etc…It states:

…And on the fourth day He created the sun and the moon and the stars, and set them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon all the earth, and to rule over the day and the night, and divide the light from the darkness. And Aluhym appointed the sun to be a great sign on the earth for days and for sabbaths and for months and for feasts and for years and for sabbaths of years and for jubilees and for all seasons of the years. And it divideth the light from the darkness [and] for prosperity, that all things may prosper which shoot and grow on the earth. These three kinds He made on the fourth day.

Compare Jubilees 2:1-4 to Genesis 1:14-18:

And Aluhym said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And Aluhym made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And Aluhym set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Aluhym saw that it was good.

Both Jubilees and Genesis mention that there were 3 lights (3 witnesses) appointed, often translated, made (the Hebrew word asah, which is not bara, as in create), on the fourth day, and both books say these three were set in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night, to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and night, to divide the light from the darkness. On these things Jubilees and Genesis completely agree on the role of the lights in the heavens.

By the way, if the lights being appointed/made/asah on the fourth day is proof that the moon cannot be used for the week, for the month, or the calendar, then the same verse is proof that the sun also cannot be used for the week, for the month, or the calendar. Some people may need to chew on that one for a while to wrap their minds around what I just stated. I assure you the lights in the heavens were not created, bara, on the fourth day of the week, they were asah (prepared/appointed for a work/purpose) on the fourth day of the week, just like the Hebrew text states. They were already created in the beginning, according to verse 1 of Genesis.

I’ve also heard people from the solar-only crowd claim that because the moon is not mentioned in Genesis 1 by name, that means the moon cannot be used in telling time. Do you see how silly the arguments against the moon’s use in the calendar are getting? They say that because the moon is only referred to as the lesser light, and not called the moon, and since the text does not come out and say that the sun AND the moon are for signs, appointed times, days, and years, then it must just mean the sun and the stars are for that purpose. I’d like to point out that the SUN is also NOT mentioned in Genesis 1 by name. It’s not called the sun, or shemesh, until Genesis 15. So not only are these arguments silly, they are downright hypocritical. In Genesis 1, the sun is only referred to as the greater light, and I also must point out that the text in Genesis 1 does not come right out and say that the sun and stars are the lights that are for signs, appointed times, days, and years. It simply says the lights in the heavens are for signs, appointed times, days, and years. Genesis 1 tells us there are two great lights YHUH asah that day, the sun, the greater light, and the moon, which is the lesser of the two, and the stars also. All 3 lights are the lights referred to that are for the calendar, according to Genesis 1 and Jubilees 2.

Here’s the part where people get confused. Jubilees goes on to mention that the sun is to be a GREAT sign (Genesis also calls the sun the GREATer light) for days, Sabbaths, years – all the appointed times. So, because it does not mention the moon here, they claim that means Jubilees is teaching that the moon is not a sign for days, Sabbaths, years, appointed times. I, personally, believe the moon was not mentioned here to be a stumbling block for those who choose to ignore verses like Gen 1:14, Psalm 104:19, etc, which specifically state that the moon does have this role.

By the way, speaking of Psalm 104:19, it only mentions the moon’s role in the appointed times. Does that mean we should conclude the Psalmist was teaching that the sun does not also have the role of being a sign for appointed times? Of course not! So, why would we conclude that because Jubilees 2 does not mention the moon’s role as a sign for appointed times, that this must mean Jubilees is not in agreement with the Bible here? We would never say that Psalm 104:19 is not in agreement with Gen 1:14 just because it doesn’t mention the sun in regards to appointed times! At least I would hope not!

Here’s another witness from the apocrypha, the Book of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus, a book once included in the 1611 KJV, later rejected by the Protestant Church:

Like a morning star in the midst of a cloud, like the full moon at the time of a feast. Sirach 50:6

I realize that no amount of scriptural witnesses that I could present here would ever convince someone who is determined to reject the moon for appointed times that they need to acknowledge the moon’s role in telling time. I’ve pointed out verses from Enoch that testify of the moon in months, in Jubilees, in Sirach, in the Bible, and either they give an excuse as such as I’ve mentioned in this article, or they don’t give an answer at all. This article is for those who believe the moon is for appointed times, or on the fence about it, and have been lied to, like I was, about what the apocryphal books have to say about the calendar.

Going back to Jubilees 2, verse 10 then goes on the say that it, the sun, divided the light from darkness. Ding, Ding! Take notice, Jubilees 2 also said in verse 8 that the moon and the stars also divide the light from the darkness. So does verse 10 here contradict verse 8? Does it contradict itself? Not if you read it in the light of the Bible, that the moon is also for appointed times. If you read Psalms 104:19 in the light of Gen 1:14, that both the sun and the moon have this role, why would you not also read Jubilees 2 in that same light, judging them with equal measures. Aren’t we called to judge with equal measures? We can’t give one witness the benefit of the doubt and not also give the other witness the benefit of the doubt before declaring it to be a false witness.

Jubilees 2:11 then wraps up the fourth day of creation week saying, “these THREE kinds He made on the fourth day.” That confirms the sun and moon should also be understood to be lights for appointed times, as Genesis 1:14 and Psalm 104:19 state, that all of these verses are inclusive, and not just limited to the sun. The sun is the greater of these three lights, that’s what this passage is saying, and Genesis 1 agrees with that, too.

So the solar year is 364 days, according to Enoch, and the luni-solar year is 354 days, 10 days less than the sun, or the solar year. It was even recently pointed out to me that a 13-month lunar year would have 52 weeks and 364 days, not counting New Moon days, just like Jubilees and Enoch mention, because there are 4 lunar weeks in a lunar month. Four times thirteen is 364. I find that very interesting.

The year is precisely three hundred and sixty-four days. 1 Enoch 71:42

And all the days of the commandment will be fifty two weeks of days, and (these will make) the entire year complete. Thus it is engraved and ordained on the heavenly tablets. And there is no neglecting (this commandment) for a single year or from year to year. And command you the children of Yisrael that they observe the years according to this reckoning- three hundred and sixty-four days, and (these) will constitute a complete year, and they will not disturb its time from its days and from its feasts; for everything will fall out in them according to their testimony, and they will not leave out any day nor disturb any feasts. But if they do neglect and do not observe them according to His commandment, then they will disturb all their seasons and the years will be dislodged from this (order), [and they will disturb the seasons and the years will be dislodged] and they will neglect their ordinances. And all the children of Yisrael will forget and will not find the path of the years, and will forget the new months, and seasons, and Shabbats and they will go wrong as to all the order of the years. Jubilees 16:30-34

Some say they do not see a 13th month in scripture. Many of these people take issue with using the moon for the Sabbath, or using the moon altogether for reckoning months and appointed times within the year. True, most years have 12 months, and in scripture, it’s very clear there were at least 12 months, as there are many references to the 12th month. Does that mean there are no years with 13 months, just because it’s not as obvious? No, while it is true that there are always 2-3 witnesses required to establish any matter, Torah also teaches us that there are hidden things within Torah that YHUH chooses to only reveal to those who seek. If people are not open to seeking out the possibility of a 13th lunar month, they won’t find it.  If you seek, you SHALL find. I believe that the fact that Enoch points out that the solar year is longer than the lunar year, that the moon falls behind the sun every year by 10 days (according to the math in 1 Enoch 73:14-15), while still relating the moon’s lunations to the months and years, that this is pointing to intercalating a 13th month every few years to keep the moon and sun and year anchored with the seasons, harvests, and feasts. The sun-only calendar folks say they don’t see a 13th month in the scriptures, but those same people will often add days every year at the end of their 360 or 364 day year. They intercalate days or weeks outside of months in their year. Where does scripture say to do THAT? This is yet another one of their hypocritical arguments against using the moon for months and appointed times.

The Book of Jubilees states that Rebecca prophesied concerning the number of Jacob’s sons/children/descendants (12 sons + 1 daughter=13 children) arising according to the number of months in the year:

And may He make thy sons many during thy life, And may they arise according to the number of the months of the year. Jubilees 25:16

It was translated as sons in English, but in Hebrew, the word sons would be from the word ben, or yalad, which would be son, child, descendant, seed, youth, fruit of the womb, which would also include a daughter. It’s a word that is inclusive in referring to gender, like children referring to both boys and girls, or men, referring to humans, including both men and women.

Many of the same people that say they do not see 13 months in the scriptures also say they do not see a 29-day month in scripture – only 30 days. Again, if one doesn’t seek a possibility of 29-day month, they will not find it. If one seeks a way to explain certain scriptures away, they will find it. Enoch is often quoted to support a 30-day only month. However, this is a misunderstanding of Enoch, because the Book of Enoch mentions months with 29 days:

On stated months the moon has twenty-nine days. Enoch 79:10

Where light comes to the moon, there again it decreases, until all its light is extinguished, and the days of the moon pass away. Then its orb remains solitary without light. During three months it effects in thirty days each month its period; and during three more months it effects it in twenty-nine days each. These are the times in which it effects its decrease in its first period, and in the first gate, namely, in one hundred and seventy-seven days. And at the time of its going forth during three months it appears thirty days each, and during three more months it appears twenty-nine days each. Enoch 79:17-20

While I can see how some people struggle with a 13th month, it’s very clear to me that Enoch is telling us that a calendar exists that uses the moon and has 29 days in some months. I don’t know how people can deny these statements in Enoch or deny that the moon currently has a lunation that is on average shorter than 30 days every month, giving us months with 29 days. The lights in the heavens are confirming what we read in the scriptures. The heavens declare the glory of Aluhym. It is clear to me that a 13th month is one of those glories of Aluhym that He chooses to conceal, and the honor of kings to search out. It’s obvious to some and hidden from others. It’s kind of like the New Moon. Some who do acknowledge the moon for months claim the correct phase of the New Moon can’t be found in the Bible. Many others, like me, see it clearly, that in the beginning, the first day of the month, BEFORE the first day of creation week, in the first year of creation, there was darkness, according to Genesis 1:1-2. That would not describe a full moon or an FVC, but a conjunction moon, a dark moon. The first day of creation week, day 2 of the 1st month, there was light. That would be the FVC, the sign of the first day of work, the first day of the week.

Most people who keep a luni-solar calendar for months and years have read or heard, maybe even repeated, the following claim:

“In the beginning, there were 30-day months only, and the year was a perfect 360-day year. Something changed in the heavens since then, and now we have months that alternate with 29 and 30 days.”

Some of us have come to believe that YHUH has altered the months and years. I cannot explain why I have not been able to completely accept an ancient 360-day year with 30 day months only. Maybe it’s because scripture says YHUH and His Word do not change, they’re  eternal. I understood how and why we came up with this 360-day year with only 30 day months in the time of Noah, but I just could not lay down the possibility that maybe a 29-day month existed in the beginning. Maybe it’s because an “average” just doesn’t cut it for me. Maybe it’s because I had not tested the claim myself, so therefore, in my mind, the possibility remained. I recently decided it was time to test this claim.

So where does this idea come from? What scriptural support are we given for such a claim? It comes from Genesis 7:11-8:4. Let’s look at the key passages used to establish this as “fact”:

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. Genesis 7:11

And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:24

And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. Genesis 8:3

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:4

Anyone with the ability to do elementary math might look at this and figure a simple division problem will reveal the length of a month here. Many people have done this, including myself. I’m not saying I’m capable with arithmetic, I sometimes request the assistance of my husband when trying to help my fifth grader with his math homework. I’m just saying, I’ve been guilty of leaning on my own understanding here before, not pointing the finger at those who have also done this.

So, what we’ve done, is we’ve seen that this is saying that Noah was in the ark on the 17th of the 2nd month when the waters came, and that this lasted 150 days, until the 17th of the 7th month. We figured 150 days is about 5 months. If you divide 150 by 5 you get 30, so we averaged it out to say that there were 5 months with 30 days.

Sadly, many of us, myself included, have not tested this claim to see if that’s true. Testing this claim is as simple as dividing 150 by 5 to get 30. Okay, there might be a few more steps, but easy enough for my children to figure out. Instead of doing the math, we have been either drifting along saying “maybe so”, or we’ve actually made a commitment to this idea of a 29-day month IMpossibility, in the beginning. I’m going to challenge that belief. Not only that, I’m going to prove that it IS a possibility that Noah observed a 29-day month. I’m going to do the math. I’d like you to do it with me.

Let’s pretend the 2nd month had 30 days. Noah was in the ark with the waters prevailing commencing on the 17th day of the 2nd month. From the 17th of the month to the 30th are 14 days.

Let’s pretend the next month, the 3rd month, also had 30 days. He’s now been on the ark with the waters prevailing 44 days, because we’ve added the 30 days in the 3rd month to the 14 days he was on the ark in the 2nd month.

Let’s say the 4th month had 29 days. Now we have a total of 73 days. 14+30+29=73 days

Now, what if the 5th and 6th months were both 30 day months? Yes, this pattern of 30 day months occurring twice in a row with a 29-day month in between can and does happen, it’s a normal pattern. 30 days in the 5th month + 30 days in the 6th month = 60 days. Add the 60 to the 73 days from months 2, 3, and 4. 73+60=133.

Now we come to the 7th month. The waters prevailed until the 17th of the 7th month, so now we’ve got to add those 17 days in the 7th month to our sum. 133+17=150.

Huh. Isn’t that something? We’ve got 150 days made up of both 29 and 30 day months from the day the waters began to prevail in the 2nd month until the day they ceased in the 7th month. It turns out the claim that the Genesis account with Noah teaches 30 day months only is a lie!

Boy, those of us who believed, or even entertained for years the idea that a 29-day month in the beginning wasn’t possible are feeling PRETTY D-U-M-B right about now. I know I am. I think that’s called being humbled by YHUH. He sure is smarter than we are. We think we’re such geniuses.

Does this PROVE that YHUH had 29 day months from the beginning? No. However, it DOES PROVE that a 29-day month WAS POSSIBLE from the beginning.

Why do I even address this? Why does it even matter how long a year was in the beginning? I take issue with this claim because it has challenged the faith of many people, without good reason. Many people are discouraged in their walk with this claim that the calendar, and the lights in the heavens, have changed. They look up at the lights in the heavens, and they don’t see a calendar with 360-day luni-solar years, with 30 days in each month. We need to avoid offending one of the little ones if we can help it, and in this case, we can help it, by not claiming a “fact” when there isn’t a fact established in Genesis 7 and 8.

It’s been drilled into our minds, crammed down our throats, that this means it’s not possible for there to be 29 days in a month in this scenario. WHY does the adversary want us to believe this so much that this claim has been repeated to us so many times to get us to believe that a 29-day month did not exist in the days of Noah? There’s got to be a reason. We’ve got to be innocent as doves, but shrewd as serpents. It must be that the enemy does not want us to come to the truth. For what other reason are we bombarded with lies and half-truths?

For many of us, that belief that the years should be and once were 360 days only, and a month 30 days only, has become a stronghold used by the enemy to keep us from considering all the other possibilities, to keep us from hearing all the witnesses on the matter. The enemy wants to keep us leaning on our own understanding.

For instance, many people will not even take a glance at the apocrypha, books such as Enoch and Jubilees, simply because of the mention of a 364-day year in those books. A 364-day year does not gel with their 360-day year belief, so they quickly dismiss their testimony. They don’t take the time to examine what’s being said in these books more closely, they don’t try to understand how that works with the lights in the heavens outside right now, or how that works with the moon’s cycle. If someone asks them about how to calendate with the 29-day months we have, they can’t even wrap their head around the question, and can’t give an answer, because in their mind, we should have 30 day months only. They seem to believe that 29 day months are figments of our imagination, that’s how hard it can be to get past this barrier with this belief in an ancient 30-day month.

I cringe when I hear people say that the year we have been given by YHUH, with 29 day months occurring half the year, is not “perfect”. I guess it sounds to me, like they’re disrespecting the Creator, not appreciating His Creation of the lights in the heavens as they declare the glory of YHUH, not appreciating His calendar and His Word it’s found in. If YHUH gave us a year that is not 360 days, and He did, that year is perfect. It may not be man’s idea of “perfect”, when man leans on his own understanding, when man thinks He knows better than YHUH how to build a week, month, or year, but rest assured, YHUH brings forth everything He created exactly the way He designed it to come forth. The moon is NOT sick.

The apocrypha does not, and the Bible does not, witness to a solar-only calendar. If you read them together in the light of all the Scriptures, letting Scripture interpret Scripture, you see that they are additional witnesses to Genesis 1:14, Psalm 104:19, Leviticus 23:1-4, Lamentations 2:6, Hosea 2:11, Ezekiel 46:1, Isaiah 66:23, etc…that the moon is also for appointed times, in addition to the sun, and that there are New Moon days in addition to and outside of weeks, and that these Scriptures are witnesses that testify that the appointed times would be forgotten in Zion when the Temple was destroyed.

These things came to be, these prophecies were fulfilled, according to scripture, that makes Jubilees and its 364-day solar year that works together with the 354 luni-solar year, true. Since Enoch agrees with Jubilees and the Bible on this, that makes Enoch also out to be a true witness. According to Torah, we are required to hear all the witnesses out, and we are required to make a righteous judgement according to these witnesses. My judgement is that people are falsely representing what these apocryphal books claim, just like they misunderstand, lie about, and misinterpret what the Bible says. These books are in complete agreement with the Bible and its luni-solar calendar. They exalt the Torah of Moses, they prophesy of Messiah Yahusha, and what they said would happen has come to pass in regards to the appointed times having been forgotten in Zion. They claim to be written by messengers of YaHUaH, they come in His name. According to scripture, all this meets the requirements of a true prophet, that’s the definition of a true witness.

Will you sit on your hands and shrug your shoulders and refuse to make a judgement on the testimony of these witnesses – The Book of Jubilees and The Book of Enoch? What about the testimony of the moon? Will you cover your ears because you don’t want the responsibility of passing a judgment? Choosing to ignore the witnesses is a judgment, and a bad one. According to scripture, we are required to hear all the witnesses, and to judge with righteous judgment. YHUH is looking for righteous judges, not cowards. What will you decide?

Keeping the Sabbath – Why and When?

From Sunday to Saturday and then to the Lunar Sabbath

Why I Keep the Sabbath

Before I get to why I keep the Sabbath by the moon, you may be wondering how I came to the conclusion that I needed to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath commanded in the 10 commandments in the first place. I was called in 2008 to be a student of YHUH’s Torah. My husband and children and I were attending a Pentecostal church in Virginia, where we were stationed in the Air Force, for no other reason than that seemed to be a stepping stone YHUH had placed in our journey that would lead out of Babylon (Revelation 18:4). It was there that I was asked to lead a womens’ bible study. I was shocked, I had only been attending church on a regular basis for a few years, and I was being asked to lead my older, more mature, more well-versed peers in a study. While doing this study, the women in the study, including myself, were directed to choose five areas of ministry and bring them before the Father in Heaven to see which area of ministry He would choose for us to focus our studies on, resulting in us being experts in that area of ministry, and able to pour into others what we would learn. When I brought my 5 I had chosen before YHUH, He replied, “No. T-O-R-A-H. I want you to become a student of my word.”

I had been wondering for years how I could serve YaHUaH. I wondered if He wanted me to feed the hungry in Africa, teach women how to love their husbands, or lead a women’s prayer group in my neighborhood or congregation. I was so relieved to find that all YHUH was requiring of me was to study His word. So, that’s what I did.

It didn’t take long for my husband and I to become convicted to start keeping the Sabbath. We had been studying Paul’s writings, as well as Yahusha’s words, and we were starting to see that their teachings supported keeping the law of Moses, rather than doing away with the law, as the church was teaching. We felt convicted about keeping all of the 10 commandments, and we noticed we were not keeping the fourth commandment, the commandment to keep the Sabbath day.

We learned in Paul’s writings, particularly in Romans 11, that the gentiles were being offered the opportunity to be grafted into the olive tree (Israel), if they would believe in Yahusha (the Hebrew Messiah of Israel, many call Him Jesus) and keep YHUH’s commandments, much like the mixed multitude were also invited into receiving the promises of the covenant at Mt. Sinai, those who came out of Egypt with Israel and were charged to keep the same laws as Israel (Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:16, Numbers 15:29, and Leviticus 24:22.)

Why I Keep the Seventh Day Sabbath by the Moon

(Rather than on a Day in the Gregorian Week)

So we became students of His Torah, and we walked in the understanding we were given, a little here, a little there, one line at a time, knowing that if we were obedient with the little He was giving us, more understanding would come. We switched from meeting on Sunday to gathering on Saturday. We did that for about 5 years at our local Hebraic Roots congregation, until, once again, I heard that small, still voice rebuking me for worrying about my husband who was working on Saturdays (what we thought was the Sabbath at the time) as a firefighter/paramedic, when he was scheduled to do so, when I, myself was not keeping HIS Sabbath. At first I wondered how I could not be keeping His Sabbath, because I didn’t work, I stayed home and homeschooled my children. I always rested on Saturday, so how could I not be keeping HIS Sabbath? YHUH immediately brought to my remembrance someone mentioning people who keep Sabbath by the moon. I had dismissed it rather quickly when I had first heard of it, because I did not understand at the time that New Moons were not days of the week. Once YHUH rebuked me about the Sabbath, I knew immediately that I needed to hear out the testimony of such people who keep a lunar Sabbath and see if they had scriptural witnesses for doing so. I found out that they had many scriptural witnesses for a lunar Sabbath, starting with Gen 1:14, Psalm 104:19, Lev 23, Ezekiel 46:1, etc…

And Aluhym said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, appointed times, and for days, and years. Genesis 1:14

He made the moon for appointed times, the sun knows his going down. Psalm 104:19

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say to them, concerning the appointed times of YHUH, which you shall proclaim to be sanctified convocations, even these are my appointed times. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a sanctified convocation; you shall do no work therein; it is the Sabbath of YHUH in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:2-3

Thus says YHUH Aluhym; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the New Moon days it shall be opened. Ezekiel 46:1

It didn’t take long to convince me. I humbled myself and knew His word was true, and man was wrong, the moon was for appointed times, as these verses teach, and the Sabbath was clearly an appointed time, according to Leviticus 23:2-3. I got in step with His word and started marching to YHUH’s drum. My children began to march to it too, and within a few months my husband was, as well. We were leaving Babylon/Egypt all over again, following the cloud to the next destination. We got off on some rabbi trails along the way, but YHUH is faithful, and He quickly got us back on the right path, the one He put us on when we first came to the lunar Sabbath, using the dark, concealed moon, as the New Moon, beginning the month the morning after conjunction. For an explanation about how we came to using the dark moon as the New Moon, rather than the First Visible Crescent (FVC), or the Jewish Hillel II calendar, or using the Full Moon, please refer to my article at this link:

Dark New Moon Days and Paths of Light

Scriptural Witnesses Establishing the Sabbath Day for Believers

Allow me to share some verses with you from both the Old and New Testaments, from the wordsand actions of people like Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, and Yahusha Messiah, that led to my conviction to keep the Sabbath day; This is not a complete list, but a few:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8

But the seventh day is the sabbath of YHUH thy Aluhym: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days YHUH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YHUH blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:10-11

Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to YHUH: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Exodus 31:14-15

Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. Exodus 31:16

But the seventh day is the sabbath of YHUH thy Aluhym: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that YHUH thy Aluhym brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore YHUH they Aluhym commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. Deuteronomy 5:14-15

[[A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.]] It is a good thing to give thanks unto YHUH, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High…Psalm 92:1

Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Isaiah 56:2

Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to YHUH, to serve him, and to love the name of YHUH, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant…Isaiah 56:6

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of YHUH, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words…Isaiah 58:13

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith YHUH. Isaiah 66:23

Thus saith YHUH Aluhym; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. Ezekiel 46:1

For the Son of man is Master even of the sabbath day. Matthew 12:28

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day…Matthew 24:20

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath…Mark 2:27

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16

And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. Luke 4:31

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? Luke 13:16

And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:56

And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. Acts 13:42

And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of Aluhym. Acts 13:44

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Acts 15:21

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures…Acts 17:2

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Acts 18:4

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days…Colossians 2:16

Yahusha Messiah and the disciples urged us to walk as the disciples and Yahusha walked. They were to be our example. We are to imitate them as their followers. Paul said:

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Messiah. 1 Corinithans 11:1

Peter said:

For to this you were called, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His footsteps…1 Peter 2:21

John said:

He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

In the Book of John, Yahusha said:

I have set you an example so that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:15

The disciples walked the same walk Messiah walked. How did they walk? We read from many of the verses above that they kept the Sabbath and honored it. They gathered on that day to hear the Word and worship the Father. I understand Yahusha, Paul, John, and Peter to be saying I need to imitate their actions, including in how they acknowledged the Sabbath day.

Yahusha said His words were the Father’s words, and the Father said to keep the Sabbath as an eternal covenant. The Chosen Son who inherits the Kingdom does not disobey the rules of the Father, and He does not teach the other children to disobey the Father, nor does He have authority to change the Father’s rules of the Father’s house. Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews 8:10 state that the purpose of the new covenant that Yahusha’s death, burial, and resurrection, brought us into, was having the law put on our hearts so that we would keep it, this would include the Sabbath commandment, the 4th commandment of the 10 commandments which most Christians still insist are to be kept.

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YHUH, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Aluhym, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:33

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith YHUH; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them Aluhym, and they shall be to me a people. Hebrew 8:10

The Father intended from the very beginning to do away with our stony hearts that broke the commandments in the wilderness, resulting in broken tablets of stone. He wanted to take our stony hearts and put in us hearts of flesh that would love His commandments and hide them in our hearts as cherished treasures.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. Psalm 119:72

Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Psalm 119:127

He wanted us to see them as a light for our paths, not burdens.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

He wanted us to see them as good rules of a loving Father that wants to protect them.

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Psalm 119:67

I know, O YHUH, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Psalm 119:75

That’s what sending His Son was about – to bring us back into right relationship with Him, by bringing us back to the Father through faith in Yahusha, which leads to repentance of sins (turning away from sin) – sins that include not honoring His Sabbaths.

So why don’t we buy, sell, or trade on the New Moon? If we did, wouldn’t people be tempted to buy, sell, and trade all day, in order to make more money? Wouldn’t they be distracted from acknowledging the New Moon and worshipping YHUH? Of course they would. Consider this verse:

 Counting to the Seventh Day Lunar Sabbath

The morning after conjunction of the sun and moon, begins the 1st day of the month, Rosh Chodesh, the head of the month (In Hebrew, rosh means head, chodesh means renewal/New Moon/month). Then count seven days; your first Sabbath will be the 8th, then the 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Conjunction will always occur either on the 29th or 30th of the month, depending on whether there are 29 or 30 days in that month. The 30th day of the month, like the 1st of the month, is a New Moon day, a chodesh, but it is not Rosh Chodesh, it is the tail of the previous month, not the head of the new month. The 30th day of the month is ALWAYS a New Moon day, because when it occurs, it is the day that conjunction (the renewed moon) occurs. Conjunction can sometimes occur on the Sabbath on the 29th, if there is only one New Moon day. The 1st of the month is ALWAYS a New Moon day, but conjunction NEVER occurs that day. Rosh Chodesh is the time before the count to the Sabbaths begins. The day after Rosh Chodesh, the second day of the month, is the first day in the work week, when you begin counting 6 working days to the Sabbath day.

See Genesis 1, how in the beginning, there was darkness, this was Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the month, and then on the first day of the work week, YHUH created the light. That is when visible light appears on the moon signaling that it is time to go back to work. The First Visible Crescent, FVC, is not the sign for the New Moon, it is the sign for the first day of the week. Just as night is a time of darkness between days, and a divider between the end of one day and the beginning of the next, so also the dark moon days are a period of darkness on the moon, dividing the end of one month from the beginning of the next. It was also at this time Genesis 1 says YHUH divided the light from darkness. This is when there is visible separation of the sun and moon after conjunction, the first visible crescent at the end of the first day of the week.

Each month has 4 weeks, or sets of 7, and each moon lunation has 4 quarters. The first Sabbath, on the 8th, is the waxing first quarter moon. The second Sabbath, on the 15th, is the full moon. The third Sabbath is the 22nd of the month, on the waning last quarter, and the final Sabbath, is on the 29th, the Last Visible Crescent, or LVC, leading into the dark moon again. The 1-2 days that have no visible light on the moon are New Moon days, and the 28 days that have visible light are the 4 sets of 7 days, the path of light. Six days you shall work, the seventh day you shall rest.

What About the “Extra” New Moon Days?

The New Moon days are set-apart days for worshipping YHUH. They are similiar to a Sabbath, as they are not REGULAR work days in the week, but they are NEVER called a Sabbath. There is one exception, and that is Yom T’ruah, or the Day of Blowing/Day of Trumpets, the 1st day of the 7th month. This is the only New Moon day mentioned in Leviticus 23 that is called a Sabbath. While it’s a Sabbath, it’s still not a weekly Sabbath, it’s never on the seventh day of the week, it does not ever land on any day during the work week. No other New Moon day is ever a Sabbath, even though they aren’t regular work days, either. They are worship days, a time to consult YHUH and the prophets. Ezekiel 46:1, 2 Kings 4:22-23,  and Isaiah 66:23. The Israelites built the tabernacle on the first day of the month (Exodus 40:2), so work can be done and burdens can be carried, and we are not prohibited from cooking or travelling long distances (Ezra 7:9) as on a Sabbath day (Jeremiah 17:21-27, Exodus 16:14- 29, Acts 1:12, and Nehemiah 13:15-22). We do not buy, sell, or trade on a New Moon day. (Nehemiah 10:31 and Amos 8:5)

The sounding of the 2 silver trumpets on Rosh Chodesh is also the signal to start over your count of 7 days to the Sabbaths, much like the sounding of the shofar on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), announcing the year of Jubilee, is also the signal to start over your count of 7-year land Sabbaths to the next Jubilee year. This is a PATTERN established in scripture. Some claim that the count of 7 days is uninterrupted from creation, but scripture does not establish a pattern of counting continual counts of 7 without interruption. This is the PATTERN of counting to 7 WITH interruption every 50th year, a pattern taught by YHUH in scripture, how to count to 50 in sevens (sound like the count to Pentecost?), and then start over. The land Sabbath count of 7 WEEKS of years (49 years) is interrupted with the 50th year that lands outside of those weeks of years, and starts over after 50 years with the Jubilee year and the blowing of the shofar, and the Sabbath day count is interrupted and started over on the New Moon with the sounding of the 2 silver trumpets. YHUH teaches us with PATTERNS in His word.

There is no scripture or pattern established requiring the count of 7 days to be uninterrupted from creation. However, there are some very strong scriptural witnesses that do require the six working days and the Sabbaths to be based on the lights in the heavens, including the moon:

And Aluhym said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, appointed times, and for days, and years. Genesis 1:14

Some would argue that this is saying that the moon is for the month, but the sun is for the days of the week. That is not what Gen 1:14 said, but let’s see if there is another scriptural witness that can bring more light to Gen 1:14. Let’s see if the next verse brings more clarity to Genesis 1:14:

He appointed the moon for appointed times…Psalm 104:19

Some would argue that this is not speaking of the Sabbath, that the Sabbath is an exception to the rule given in the above verse, but there is not one verse that can be found that says that the Sabbath is an exception to the rule. People add to/and take away from scripture when they make such a claim. So, Psalm 104 states the moon is for appointed times, and Leviticus 23 states that the Sabbath is an appointed time. Therefore, the moon is for the Sabbath. In fact, even the 6 working days are listed in Leviticus 23 as appointed times:

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say to them, concerning the appointed times of YHUH, which you shall proclaim to be sanctified convocations, even these are my appointed times. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a sanctified convocation; you shall do no work therein; it is the Sabbath of YHUH in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:2-3

You see, Lev 23 says that the six working days are appointed times to work; there is a time to work, and a time to rest. Genesis 1:14 says that the lights in the heavens are for DAYS AND APPOINTED TIMES, and you can generally tell which day of the month or week it is by what phase the moon is in, how much light is on the moon, and what time of day or night the moon is rising and setting.

Some, like I once did, might argue that at the end of the month, if you kept the 29th as the Sabbath every month, and didn’t keep the next Sabbath until the 8th of the next month, then you would be working 8-9 days instead of 6 days before the next seventh day Sabbath. I now understand that this is not so, because the 30th and 1st days of the month are not working days, they are New Moon days, which are not Sabbaths either. Ezekiel 46:1

I recently had a Saturday keeping individual question whether a common person would be required to worship before YHUH on the New Moon days, instead of doing their regular work. According to these following verses, the people of the land, not just the priests, should be free to worship before YHUH on the New Moon days, in fact, it is a command:

Likewise, the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before YHUH in the Sabbaths and in the New Moons. Ezekiel 46:3

She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of Aluhym quickly and return.” “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.”“That’s all right,” she said. 2 Kings 4:22-23

She and her husband understood for some reason, that the normal time to go to the prophet was the New Moon or the Sabbath, not on a regular work day.

And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith YHUH. Isaiah 66:23

Notice it says ALL flesh, NOT JUST PRIESTS, but COMMON people, too, shall go to worship YHUH on the New Moons. Saturdayers often quote this verse to Sundayers to point out to the Sunday folk that they will go and keep the Sabbath before YHUH in the future, but then ignore the fact that the same verse also says they will go and worship before Him on the New Moon, too.

Ezekiel 46:1 helped me to understand that there are 3 types of days in any given month:

Thus says YHUH Aluhym; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the New Moon days it shall be opened. Ezekiel 46:1

So, in the lunar month, you have New Moon days when the gate is open as commanded in Ezekiel 46:1, and these days are neither the seventh day Sabbath nor the 6 working days.

You have the seventh day Sabbath, when the gate is open as commanded in Ezekiel 46:1, and this day is neither the New Moon day nor one of the 6 working days.

You have the 6 working days, when the gate is closed, as commanded in Ezekiel 46:1, and these days are neither New Moon days nor Sabbath days.

Let’s try that test out with Ezekiel 46:1 and the Gregorian week. Let’s say the first day of the month lands on a Thursday. It is New Moon day, but it is also one of the 6 working days, so should the gate be open or closed? If you say it should be open because it is a New Moon day, then you have a problem because you can’t be at the Temple worshipping YHUH like Isaiah 66:23 requires, because you are supposed to be at work on Thursday, because Thursday is a working day, and not a Sabbath. Six days you shall work, and on Thursday, according to the Gregorians, you should be working, and the gate should be closed. If you say that Thursday is a working day, and the gate should be shut, then you are still in violation of Ezekiel 46:1 which requires the gate to be open for worship on the New Moon day.

So the problem is that the Gregorian week itself is in violation with Ezekiel 46:1, because it does not distinguish the New Moon days from the Sabbath day or the 6 working days. The Gregorian week does not set aside time for New Moon day worship of YHUH as spoken of in Ezekiel 46 and Isaiah 66:23. The lunar Sabbath month and week is the only solution to the man-made problem that the Gregorian week causes. It is the only way you can reconcile all the scriptures to be in agreement.

Many Gregorian Saturday keepers use Isaiah 66:23 to point out to the Gregorian Sunday keepers that everyone will be worshipping YHUH on the Sabbath in the future, according to the prophet Isaiah. However, Sunday keepers should point out the hypocrisy of the Saturday keepers, because the Saturday keepers work and do not gather together on the New Moon. Isaiah states that they will go and worship YHUH on the Sabbaths AND New Moon days, but Saturday keepers conveniently forget that part of the verse they use against the Sunday crowd. The New Moon often passes by without most of the Saturday congregation noticing, because there is no natural rhythm in their weeks for the New Moon days that allow them to look up, stop buying, selling, and trading, gather together, and acknowledge New Moon days.

When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts. Nehemiah 10:31

When will the New Moon be gone, that we may sell grain? and the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? Amos 8:5


While the ephah is used to measure commercially, the ephah is also used in measuring out the sacrifices to YHUH, so I see a double meaning here. When people ignore YHUH’s New Moons and Sabbaths, they make the shekel (money) greater, or more important than YHUH and His appointed times, and the sacrifices offered on those days. They make money an idol. You can’t serve two masters, you’ll hate one and love the other.

Some say Amos 8:5 is speaking of Yom Teruah, but the context of Amos 7 & 8 are not just about Yom Teruah, but ALL of the appointed times of YHUH. The same with Nehemiah 10:31, it says they refused to buy from the nations, not just on Sabbaths, but ANY HOLY DAY, all appointed times that are not regular work days in the week.

YHUH wants us to stop and acknowledge Him on His appointed times which He appointed for that pupose, and the fact that He is the One who created us, who created the heavens and the earth, who created time, who created days, weeks, months, and years. He wants us to stop and acknowledge that He established the laws concerning what a day is, what a week is, what a month is, and what a year is. He wants us to acknowledge that He, Himself, rested on the Sabbath day, as did His Son, and that we should do likewise, because He said so. He wants us to remember that He delivered us from Egypt, from bondage, from slavery, from our enemies, on the 15th of the 1st month, on the weekly Sabbath, on the first day of Unleavened Bread. He wants us to remember that Yahusha’s death, burial (He rested in the grave on the Sabbath), and resurrection set us free from sin, and 1 John 3:4 defines sin as transgression of the law.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4

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How should a Sabbath keeper deal with those not convicted about honoring the Sabbath in light of Romans 14, Galatians, and Colossians?

A brother in Nigeria recently asked me this question about Romans 14:5-6. He also asked about a verse in Colossians and about Galatians, since many often use that book as well and twist the scriptures in it to say believers should not keep the law, or the Sabbath. He somehow found me while he was studying out the lunar Sabbath. After studying it out the last few weeks, he’s now convinced of the luni-solar Sabbath, and he’s preparing to introduce it to his lovely bride. Please pray for them.

Let’s take a look at the scriptures he was concerned most about, starting with Galatians 4:

You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! Galatians 4:10

So was Paul talking to gentiles who had forsaken their pagan ways and were now keeping the special day and months and appointed times and years commanded in the law? Was Paul rebuking them for observing the same appointed times that he, Moses, and Yahusha kept? If so, that sure would make Paul quite the pharisee hypocrite, one that Yahusha would have rebuked indeed! Thankfully, that’s not the case, Paul’s not a hypocrite, he wasn’t rebuking the gentiles for keeping the Sabbath he kept.

When examining various scriptures, it’s always important to remember to look at context and the intended audience. Also, it’s good to keep in mind who the writer is and what they’ve taught in the past, other scriptures they’ve contributed to the writings, as well as what they believed, what their own actions were. If Paul did not go around preaching Moses and Yahusha who taught people to obey the commandments, if he did not keep the Sabbath, New Moons, and Feast days, if he did not keep the Nazarite vow at one point in Acts 21, complete with the sacrifice of doves at the Temple, if there were not many, many, scriptures documenting his love for the law, his support of it, his exaltation of it, his obedience to it, I MIGHT believe Paul was teaching against the commandments, as many of the Jewish religious leaders of his time were falsely accusing him of, as they did also to Yahusha.

According to the surrounding statements we find around Galatians 4:10, Paul WAS indeed talking to a gentile audience (lost sheep/lost tribes of the house of Israel), and this audience had repented of their gentile ways and worship of foreign gods that were not the Aluhym of Israel, which they had been raised up in, they had forsaken the pagan feasts affiliated with all that idolatry, and had turned to His commandments and HIS appointed times. IF they hadn’t started observing YHUH’s New Moon days and 7th day Sabbath, they would not have known when to meet Paul and the other Jews and believers in the synagogues to hear Moses! Acts 15:21. Over and over we see in the NT that the gentiles are present in the assemblies and gathering in homes on the Sabbath. Paul was not rebuking them for gathering with him on the Sabbath to hear Moses.

According to the verses before and after Galatians 4:10, they were starting to slip back into their old gentile ways of observing the special times and calendars of the nations and gods they had repented of. Yet, they were still showing up on the Sabbath to hear Moses. Know anybody like that? We do. These people in Galatians 4 are starting to mix what is holy with what is profane. They are straddling the fence, and Paul is essentially doing like Elijah did here with the Baal worshipers, telling them to choose this day whom they will serve. 1 Kings 18:21. Who was Elijah rebuking? He was rebuking Israelites who were dabbling in worship of other gods and mixing, right? These Israelites were putting themselves under the CURSE of the law, rather than the BLESSING of the law, because they spoke of keeping the commandments and worshiping YHUH while at the same time committing idolatry. They were doing the same thing in the Galatian assembly, and Israel today is doing it as well. People who who falsely CLAIM the blood of Yahusha and His commandments are under the curse of the law when they don’t do what they preach, just like the hypocritical leaders in Elijah’s, Yahusha’s, and Paul’s times. Let’s take a look at Galatians 4:10 in context:

Formerly, when you did not know Aluhym, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know Aluhym—or rather are known by Aluhym—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. Galatians 4:8-11

Let’s start with verse 8. they once did not know YHUH because they were not Israelites who were brought up knowing Him and His commandments. They were brought up in the nations serving other gods and following in the ways of the nations and their gods.

Paul teaches us in other places of the New Testament that breaking the commandments is sin, and sin is bondage, and that Yahusha freed us from that bondage of sin, including the bondage of idolatry and worshipping of other gods. He freed us from the slavery and bondage of sin (breaking His commandments) and made us new creatures who are now willing and able to keep His commandments. We are now creatures who have no will to serve other gods. We are free from all that. We are now bond servants of YHUH, not slaves to foreign gods. He redeemed us from all that. Now we want to serve and obey Him by keeping His commandments, and His yoke is easy and His burden is light. It is not too much for us.

So verses 8 and 9 are telling us they were going back to all they had repented of, and it’s very likely these were special days and months and seasons and years the Jews may also have been doing and teaching these proselyte gentiles, or converts to Torah. Have you noticed the Jews today, the Jewish religious leaders, they claim to keep His commandments, but they do not? They claim to know when to begin the year, the month, they claim to know when the Sabbath is (of course they teach it is Saturday), etc…They teach false appointed times and lead Israel into all kinds of sin and idolatry as the prophets accused them of doing. There is nothing new under the sun, they’ve done this since Aaron and the golden calf when they declared a false appointed time to worship the Baal calf in the wilderness, which some lunar Sabbath keepers follow suit today and claim the day Aaron set up the calf was Pentecost, the same deed as Jeroboam who also set up golden calves and false appointed times in 1 Kings 12:32.

Am I saying the Jews in Paul’s time were trying to convince the Galatians to give up the Sabbath completely and keep the ways of the gentiles instead? No. I’m saying many of them likely mixed. They gathered on the lunar Sabbath to hear Moses, but that doesn’t mean they never celebrated gentile holidays like Christmas and Easter.

Look at how Jews today celebrate Purim, Hanukkah, and many other feasts that are not commanded by YHUH such as the holiday or New Year for trees, Tu BiShevat. The way these days are celebrated are very much like pagan feasts of the gods of the nations. I believe these are the KINDS of things Paul was rebuking, appointed times they observed that were not commanded by YHUH, that even the Jewish religious leaders may have led them into with their traditions of men, born out of mixing with the ways of the nations and how they serve their gods. These “feasts” may have started out with good intentions to celebrate what YHUH has done, but they’ve certainly been corrupted over the centuries. Now we have the Jewish people decorating Hanukkah bushes and mixing the customs of Christmas in with Hanukkah. Purim and other “festivals” like it are not just celebrated by the “devout”, but by even the “secular”, who party and celebrate it much like Halloween or Mardi Gras. I saw one article acknowledging Purim with a photo of a man dressed as a woman downing a keg and quoting scripture and praising “God” while he was doing it. Certainly all this is not how YHUH wants to be worshipped.

I point to the Jewish religious leaders as being the ones who are giving the Galatians these silly ideas to backslide into serving other gods and appointed times because of the rest of the context of Chapter 4 of Galatians, and the whole book of Galatians, where Paul is rebuking the idea of following after the Jews who are telling the gentiles they need to be physically circumcised in order to receive salvation, rather than faith in Messiah. He is rebuking the Judaizers who are teaching gentiles to follow them rather than Messiah and the apostles. He taught that Abraham, the first Hebrew, walked with YHUH for many years before YHUH asked him to be circumcised. YHUH does not expect proselytes or converts to the faith to don all of the commandments at once. Grace covers them/us as we/they learn. True conversion needs to happen before receiving the sign of the covenant, and if they are sliding back into their old ways, there was no true conversion, so they should not be donning the sign of the covenant.

Paul is warning the assembly at Galatians pretty sternly here in verse 10. He’s obviously pretty upset about their behavior about these “special days” they had turned from and were going back to. Why would he be so upset about it? These special days are probably associated with all the idolatry and paganism they came out of. They knew better. They knew it was idolatry. They were not innocent, ignorant Sunday keepers, as I once was, they had repented of their deeds and were now going back to it like a dog returns to its vomit. So what would Paul recommend if they don’t repent of this idolatry? I think he is referring to what should be done in the following verses, specifically, verse 30:

Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. Galatians 4:30

The bondwoman and her son (Hagar and Ishmael) are not the believing Israelite who believes in Yahusha and keeps the law as the church would like us to believe. They would like us to believe that Sarah is the freewoman who cast off the law altogether. No, Sarah is the freewoman who is free from sin, and sin is defined in scripture as breaking the law. She represents the woman at Mt. Sinai who loves the law and desires to stay in the marriage covenant willingly. The bondwoman and her son that need to be cast out are Hagar, the Egyptian, and her son, who were once in the family, who knew YHUH and His Torah, who experienced it, and ultimately decided to reject it all like Esau when faced wth the fact that they can’t serve 2 masters. Paul is comparing those who willingly keep the law in faith in Messiah to Sarah and her son Isaac, the promised seed. The freewoman and her son is the Hebrew and/or gentile who would believe YHUH and love Him and His law. I believe Paul is saying in verse 30 that those who do not repent of these “special” days which were causing division in the assembly and contaminating it with idolatry, that they would be cast out if they did not repent.

See Acts 15:19-21, gentiles start out with the minimum of avoiding idolatry, blood, things strangled, and sexual immorality, and the rest they will learn as they gather to hear Moses every Sabbath day. These are the minimum because these are issues that bring a death penalty if not obeyed, and these sins can contaminate the rest of the assembly. These are sins Paul said required new believers to be put out of the congregation for, such as the man who was guilty of sexual immorality with his father’s wife in 1 Corinthians 5. Paul said this was a sin that did not even exist among the gentiles. This was a burden that was put on the gentiles as well.

They had to recognize the Sabbath in order to know when to hear Moses. These minimum requirements reveal who has a circumcised heart among the gentiles, who has repented and turned to YHUH, they are found in the heart of the Torah, Leviticus 17-19:4.

Circumcision was needed to observe the Passover, to enter the Temple, but was not a salvation issue, for them – yet. Once a proselyte was compelled to keep the Passover, they would learn from Moses that in order to do so, they would need to be circumcised, and so that’s a heart issue, their decision when to take that next step. We can’t put that on them, that’s something YHUH does. Faith comes by hearing the word. If the conviction to do it is not there yet, they should not take the sign of the covenant yet. Conviction to do it must come first, it should not be forced upon them.

Let me address Colossians 2:16-17:

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Messiah.

The New Moons, Sabbath days, and holy days, are all shadows of Messiah. They teach us about Him, His ways, and prepare us for His return. That is how they are a shadow of Him. They are also evidence that He exists, and that His word is true.

When we first started understanding we needed to acknowledge the New Moon and the Sabbath, when the conviction came, our Christian friends would quote these verses to us, thinking these verses are instructing us we shouldn’t be listening to a Messianic Rabbi sharing with us the blessings of honoring the Sabbath. (We don’t follow “rabbis” anymore, as Yahusha is our only rabbi, and we don’t dabble in Messianic Judaism anymore because it promotes traditions from Judaism that leads to rejection of Messiah. It’s leaven he told us to avoid.) Anyway, they understood it to be condemning anyone suggesting people should keep the Sabbaths, New Moons, and Feast days. That did not make any sense to us because Messiah and His disciples and Paul all kept them, and we know we are told in scripture to follow them, to follow their example, to walk as Yahusha walked, to be like Him, who was a Sabbath and Feast keeper.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Messiah. 1 Corinthians 11:1

Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 1 Corinthians 4:16

Join one another in following my example, brothers, and carefully observe those who live according to the pattern we set for you. Philippians 3:17

We were of the understanding that if Yahusha and His disciples gathered on the Sabbath with the believers to hear Moses, and they did, then that’s what we should do.

When we would share with them that the Sabbath is not on Sunday, and the pagan origins of holidays like Christmas and Easter, they would also quote Colossians 2:16, thinking that this verse is suggesting nobody should tell them not to keep Sunday or Christmas or Easter. That is SOO not the context of that verse. The intended audience of Colossians was not the Roman Catholic keeping Sunday. The audience of Colossians was Sabbath and Feast Keeping believers. The Gregorian calendar and the Catholic church didn’t even exist yet. Paul’s audience wasn’t the followers of the Pope, but followers of Moses and Yahusha. Paul’s audience was meeting on THE one and only Seventh Day Sabbath – the luni-solar Sabbath – to learn more about Moses:

Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to Aluhym from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” Acts 15:19-21

We understand Acts 15:19-21 and all of Acts to be saying that physical circumcision is not required for the gentile who is repenting to be able to come hear Moses read on the Sabbath, to learn more about how to keep His commandments. While an uncircumcised male cannot enter the Temple, they can congregate with the Jews in the synagogues in the cities to have fellowship and hear Moses. People who have turned away from idolatry, fornication, blood, and things strangled are not going to contaminate the rest of the dough with leaven. They are clean enough to have fellowship with the Jews and be grafted into Israel. They are proselytes, aka, converts. They have proven they have circumcised hearts by turning away from sins requiring death mentioned in the heart of the Torah found in Lev 17-19:4.

All that said, it is saying not to let anyone who does not keep the Feast days, New Moons, or Sabbaths, to condemn you for keeping them. A believer who condemns you apparently hasn’t received the conviction yet. Just be a light to them in walking out the commandments and maybe they will someday join you. In the meantime, don’t mix with them. Don’t keep the Sabbath and then go with them to church on Sunday. That’s not being a light, that’s mixing light with darkness and that example will not convince them to change. It will be counter-productive.

Most Christians will agree we should keep the 10 commandments, but what about the 4th one? In their mind, they can divorce their spouse for committing adultery, or judge someone for murder or abortion or stealing, but don’t ever judge them for not keeping the Sabbath!!! If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is!

I remember my Pentecostal pastor, around the time we were starting to learn what the Torah was, he told the church not to vote for someone who does not at least keep the 10 commandments. This was just before the November 2008 election when Obama was elected the first time. I don’t know if that pastor was intending to tell us not to vote, because as far as we knew, none of the candidates kept the Sabbath, the 4th commandment, neither did our church pastor. If Yahusha were here today, I’m certain he’d condemn that as Pharisee type hypocrisy. You can’t condemn someone for not keeping the 10 commandments when you aren’t keeping them all either. We have to remove the log from our own eye before we can help our brother with his splinter. Let’s keep the Sabbath as an example for our brother, so they can see the light of Yahusha in us.

Here’s the last scripture my brother in Nigeria asked me to explain:

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Master, and he who eats, does so for the Master, for he gives thanks to Aluhym; and he who eats not, for the Master he does not eat, and gives thanks to Aluhym. Romans 14:5-6

When I first came to be a believer, I behaved worse than an unbeliever, I continued in my sin and ignored the Savior’s words. He told me not to be unequally yoked and I acted like He didn’t know what He was talking about. I thought I could save unbelievers by yoking myself in relationships and friendships with them, which meant participating in their evil deeds. He told me to avoid fornication, and I thought I could fornicate in an attempt to bring about a holy union someday. I was confessing belief in Him, yet, I did not believe His words. Did I really believe Him as I claimed? I judged murderers and adulterers when I myself was breaking laws that Acts 15:19-21 says are burdens that should be placed on even the gentiles. I felt guilty for those sins, but I kept doing it hoping it would all just work out the way I planned. I was under condemnation for this sin, because I had a conviction that it was wrong, but I ignored the holy spirit, and continued to lie to myself. YHUH was gracious, He gave me more time to repent. He didn’t have to, I deserved to die, but He knew He was going to cause things to happen that would bring about a change of heart.

There was a moment the switch flipped, when I hit my personal rock bottom, and I was able to see how disgusting I was, how I needed His blood more than ever. I saw how my sin had gotten me into a very sticky web and I was about to be devoured if I didn’t do something different than I had been doing. At that moment, I turned away from fornication. I was now no longer under condemnation for this sin, because I chose not to continue in it.

Avoiding idolatry was not put on my heart yet, maybe because I did not yet understand how I was participating in it. I had no idea of the origins of Christmas and Easter and Sunday, and their links to paganism that has led believers into idolatry. People who were anti-Bible, anti-Messiah, had tried to tell me that it was not biblical, and that it was hypocrisy to celebrate these things, that it was idolatry, yet, I thought they were just telling me that because they wanted me to reject the Bible and Messiah. I thought to turn away from Sunday and Easter and Christmas was to reject His birth and resurrection, because I truly believed the Bible taught He was born and resurrected on these days. I genuinely THOUGHT I was following my Savior, when I was actually following the doctrines of my pastor, my church, my family, and the “secular” world. It never dawned on me that He did not command Easter or Christmas or change the Sabbath laws, as I was taught. I would dismiss it and rebuke any temptation to look it up and see if what the unbelievers were saying was true about the origins of these celebrations being from paganism. It took another believer, a relative I knew had good intentions, coming along later telling me why there was nothing holy about these “holi” days before I would even consider that it might be wrong to observe them. In our hearts and minds, we were observing these days for YHUH. He knows that. We had no idea He hated it, though. Once we became aware that He hated it, we turned from it.

I was totally blind to all the idol worship in our culture, in this world. I don’t think we were yet under condemnation for this sin, as we were totally ignorant about it, we were blinded. We were deceived. A few years later, however, YHUH started using several people to start speaking to us about how elevating these days is wrong, and how these do have pagan origins and how their customs involve idolatry. Once we had knowledge of this, we were responsible to turn away from it. If we chose to remain in it knowing it was idolatry, THEN we’d be in condemnation for it, but up to that point, we’d kept Sunday, Christmas, and Easter, totally believing we were doing it for Yahusha. Once we were informed of the error in those Christian traditions, we turned instead to days that we were told were more biblical, days Judaism promoted, only to discover 5 years later that they were not commanded in the law, either. We kept Saturday and days like Thanksgiving, New Year’s, etc…thinking it was all for Yahusha, until revelation came that these were not days to elevate at all. If I were to observe these days, the way the ignorant gentiles do, knowing what I know now, it would be a sin to me. For new believers in Messiah, YHUH gives them time to learn about the errors in their ways before requiring them to repent. I’m not saying it’s okay for people to ignore the Spirit as I once did, and quote scriptures and make excuses to buy them time about how “we are all sinners” and “we are all still learning”. Yes, we are all learning, but once one knows what’s wrong, they need to stay away from it, to do otherwise would be to be worse than an unbeliever.

At the same time, we have to keep in mind that not every seed we plant is received, and not necessarily because the ground/heart is not good, and not that it’s stony ground determined to reject good seed, but because the ground has not been cultivated enough yet for it to be able to receive the seed. We have to remember the enemy weaves quite the web of deception, layers and layers, and it may take some time to get those roots out. Give scripture time to renew the mind.

When we try to share with people, keep in mind that the enemy will try to keep that person in deception and may actually twist scripture to convince them they should not give you an ear. They may actually cling to their traditions believing that’s what Messiah would want them to do. The enemy will try to convince you to avoid the topic with them in the future. Bring it up again when you have the opportunity, but don’t sow the seed without first cultivating the soil. That means you may have to educate them and explain with scripture, as faith comes by hearing the word of YHUH, not history books and opinions of men.

However, if they hold an offense against you, no matter how many times you apologize, no matter how many ways you show them you regret something you did in the past, they will probably remain convinced you are a wolf who is out to get them and won’t be the least bit interested in ANYTHING you have to say. If they ask questions, answer, if they don’t, test the waters, if they just come at you trying to educate you in a judgmental fashion, refusing to answer your questions, refusing to give witnesses from scripture without twisting them or contradicting other scriptures, use the sword, the word, against them to defend your faith, because that’s not the heart of a teacher, that’s a deceiver. A true disciple of Yahusha will take the time to provide scriptures and will attempt to reason and explain the scriptures in such a way that they will come into agreement and not require you to throw out or ignore any scriptures. They will ask you questions trying to understand why you believe what you believe, so that if they perceive an area where there is misunderstanding, they can provide you with scriptures to realign your faith with what is written.

Remember, there is safety in many counselors, and each doctrine in scripture is supported with other scriptures. Every time someone asks you to throw out a scripture, or a whole book, they are asking you to build a house with less stability. To accept one testimony from a witness and ignore another is not sound. Either the witness is believable or not. Either throw it all out or cling to all of it. Either the writer of the book or scroll deserves to die for blasphemy or they are a true prophet. It can’t be both.

The fact is, we don’t know the motives of others. Only YHUH knows their hearts. He knows if they truly believe they aren’t supposed to keep a Sabbath, or if they truly believe Saturday is the Sabbath, or if they truly believe Sunday is the day they should rest. I once, as a believer trying to obey Him, believed Sunday was the most important day of the week and began to turn down invitations to lunch after church not wanting to pay people to serve me on that day, and I once, as a believer, trying to obey Him, kept Saturday believing that was His Sabbath day. I can’t judge anyone, or condemn anyone, for doing what they believe to be right. I can, however, educate those who’s ears YHUH is opening. I can share scriptures with them to show them how we’ve been deceived, so that their convictions can change as YHUH leads them through His word and with His Spirit, into all truth. Does that mean I can go to church with them on Sunday and encourage the preacher to keep preaching when he’s lying to them? No. We do what YHUH has revealed to us (observe the Sabbath rather than other days and come out of Babylon) and wait for YHUH to bring people to us or send us to people who are either ready to repent or ready to receive a witness against them FROM YHUH, meaning we will share the scriptures about it with them and YHUH will deal with them, not us, and HE determines how long they have to repent, not us.

It may take time for your spouse, family member, or friend to come around, but be a light by walking out your own convictions and being blameless in their sight. Explain to them how the scriptures never contradict, that the scriptures won’t say the moon is for appointed times, and the Sabbath not be included in that rule, and explain that YHUH would not forget to leave us a scripture to inform us that there was an exception to that rule if there was one. Give them time to consider all the scriptures and remember that some people take longer to be convinced and convicted of certain things than other people. I’ve seen some people reject it only to be rebuked by YHUH later and repent and keep the lunar Sabbath. Don’t FORCE them to keep the lunar Sabbath if they are convicted they must keep another day, not even your wife, because Roman’s says:

But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin. Romans 14:23

Of course, for the Jews in the Old Testament, in the land, after they were taught the law by YHUH in the wilderness, they had to force everyone to keep the Sabbath. If we tried to keep that today, we’d all have to stone ourselves, because we’ve all broken the commandment, because none of us were raised up in the lunar Sabbath. That was true for the gentile of Paul’s time as well. There was more grace for them because they needed time to learn the law. YHUH does not expect them/us to understand and do all of the law overnight, or else He would have put physical circumcision on Abraham before He accepted him, before He called him out of the land of the Chaldeans, and out of his father’s house, to the land.

Because we love our friends and family so much, it can very tempting to rush people into accepting our own convictions on the Sabbath. We know time is coming to a close and we care about their salvation, but at the same time we have to be patient and have the peace to know that YHUH will not allow a single kernel of grain fall to the ground from His hand. If they are chosen by Him to receive the revelation of the luni-solar Sabbath, He will finish the work He has started in them when He gave them the conviction to keep the Sabbath. I confess that I’ve not been patient with some people in this area in the past. I can be patient with people on the other side of the world I’ve never met but I know I have offended some of the people I’ve loved the most over this issue. In some cases it was an offense that’s prevented me from having any weight in biblical conversations with them, so learn from my mistakes.

Remember that Paul tells the Gentiles in 1 Corinthians 7 not to leave an unbelieving spouse, that you don’t know whether they will be saved. It also says an unbelieving spouse and your children are made holy by the believing spouse. If that’s true of an unbelieving spouse, how much more it would be true for a believing spouse who has only been deceived about which day the Sabbath is?!

I think you can probably understand how this same principle would apply to what people do or do not eat or drink. We do know for sure that Acts 15:19-21 is clear that even the gentiles are to be burdened with abstaining from blood, so let’s be clear there’s no question in these verses about that! It’s speaking of food and drink – not blood! Even the gentiles are expected to know that blood is not acceptable food or drink! The reason why is that drinking blood is a practice of satan worshipers and pagan worship. YHUH says not to consume it because life is in the blood. Satan worshippers deliberately disobey this command due to their belief that consuming blood of people or animals gives them power, but not only that, Satan worshippers LOVE to disobey even the most important of His commandments, commandments about life and death.

Here are some other things Paul said earlier in the letter to the Romans that really drives it home that Paul was not saying we can ignore the law, but that it’s better for the gentile who is ignorant of the law at first, who is careful not to transgress their own conscience concerning what they DO know, than the Jew who knows the law, and then breaks it. He’s also addressing how we can’t keep the law without Messiah, and how faith in Messiah causes us to stop sinning, which means to stop breaking His commandments:

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. Romans 3:1 

Do we then make void the law through faith? Aluhym forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:31

My NLT words Romans 3:31 in a simpler way: Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.

…Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by Aluhym because of his faith. But how did this happen? Was he counted as righteous only after he was circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? Clearly, Aluhym accepted Abraham before he was circumcised! Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that Aluhym had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith. And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised. Romans 4:9-12

Scripture says that the Sabbath is a sign for Israel that they are in covenant with Him:

Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days YHUH made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed. Exodus 31:16-17

Just as circumcision was a physical sign that they were in covenant with Him, just as we receive faith first, like Abraham, just as physical circumcision is a sign that came on Abraham LATER as a sign of the faith he had ALREADY received YEARS beforehand, so also the Sabbath is a sign that comes on us at some point, after receiving faith, sometimes many years later. You and I were in covenant with YHUH and accepted by Him long before we accepted this SIGN of His covenant – the Sabbath, because we were ignorant and YHUH had not yet revealed it to us. He may decide to keep them blinded even after you explain it to them. Remember, patience is a fruit of the Spirit, be patient for Him to reveal it to them.

I’ve learned and been reminded of much as I reread Colossians, Galatians, and Romans. in preparing to give an answer…It very much helps to read it all through to get the full testimony of what’s being said…

Shalom in Messiah Yahusha, Lyndsey Sanchez

When Do We Observe the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur?

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YHUH. Leviticus 23:27

And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before YHUH your Aluhym. Leviticus 23:28

For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. Leviticus 23:29

And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Leviticus 23:30

Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:31

It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. Leviticus 23:32

Leviticus 23:27 tells us we shall celebrate it on the 10th of the 7th month, verse 28 says it is a DAY of atonement. What is this Sabbath called? The DAY of Atonement, or YOM Kippur. I must make sure to note that the word, yom, IS in the Hebrew for the name of this Sabbath in the text, in verse 28, when He calls it a DAY of atonement for us. So the DAY of Atonement is kept on the 10th DAY of the 7th month, but we are to begin this Sabbath of rest and afflicting our souls on the evening before, on the 9th, according to verse 32.

Why did I stress that the name of this appointed time is the DAY of Atonement? We need to determine which date we keep the Sabbath during the DAY, or daylight portion of this appointed time. This is important to understand, because some assert that one should start fasting on the afternoon of the 9th day of the 7th month, because in Biblical thought, there are 2 evenings found in scripture, one that begins after solar noon, when the sun begins to descend, and lasts until what we call evening, after the setting of the sun, which is the 2nd evening. So in regards to Passover, scripture instructs us to slaughter the lamb BETWEEN the evenings. So some are confused with the references to evening in scripture, and think that maybe when YHUH says “evening” in regards to the Day of Atonement, that maybe He means we should begin fasting after solar noon, at the 1st evening, or beginning of the afternoon, on the 9th, instead of at the end of the afternoon period, or the 2nd evening on the 9th. There’s only one DAY of Atonement, and that’s found and kept on the 10th day of the month, not the 9th.

While the sun is up, that is day. The day is made up of morning and evening, and evening is what we call afternoon. It can also include the twilight period between sunset and night, or darkness. Context is needed to determine what part of the evening scripture is referring to for different references to evening.

Sacrifices were always slaughtered and offered to YHUH during the day, not at night. The Yom Kippur offerings mentioned in Leviticus 16 and Numbers 29:7-11 were offered during the day, on the Day of Atonement, on the 10th day of the 7th month, not on the 9th.

We also do not observe Yom Kippur on the Seventh Day Sabbath. By that, I mean that the Gregorian week does not work with Yom Kippur or the luni-solar calendar. The luni-solar Sabbath, found by counting sevens from the New Moon each month, NEVER lands on Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur never falls on the Seventh Day Sabbath. The Sabbaths are on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of the month every month, so Yom Kippur always occurs on the 2nd day of the week.

So what scriptural grounds do I have for claiming that Yom Kippur can never fall on the Seventh Day of the week? Well, we read in Leviticus 23 that this is a time for afflicting ourselves. We are never supposed to afflict ourselves on the Seventh Day Sabbath. We are never supposed to fast that day. That is a day of feasting. There was always bread made for and before the Seventh Day Sabbath. It’s a time to rejoice and eat and be satisfied:

6. And behold the commandment regarding the Sabbaths–I have written (them) down for thee and all the judgments of its laws. 7. Six days wilt thou labour, but on the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHUH your Aluhym.In it ye shall do no manner of work, ye and your sons, and your men-servants and your maid-servants, and all your cattle and the sojourner also who is with you. 8. And the man that doeth any work on it shall die: whoever desecrateth that day, whoever lieth with (his) wife or whoever saith he will do something on it, that he will set out on a journey thereon in regard to any buying or selling: and whoever draweth water thereon which he had not prepared for himself on the sixth day, and whoever taketh up any burden to carry it out of his tent or out of his house shall die. 9. Ye shall do no work whatever on the Sabbath day save that ye have prepared for yourselves on the sixth day, so as to eat, and drink, and rest, and keep Sabbath from all work on that day, and to bless YHUH your Aluhym, who has given you a day of festival, and a holy day: and a day of the holy kingdom for all Israel is this day among their days for ever. 10. For great is the honour which YHUH hath given to Israel that they should eat and drink and be satisfied on this festival day, and rest thereon from all labour which belongeth to the labour of the children of men, save burning frankincense and bringing oblations and sacrifices before HaAdon for days and for Sabbaths. 11. This work alone shall be done on the Sabbath-days in the sanctuary of HaAdon your Aluhym; that they may atone for Israel with sacrifice continually from day to day for a memorial well-pleasing before YHUH, and that He may receive them always from day to day according as thou hast been commanded. 12. And every man who doeth any work thereon, or goeth a journey, or tilleth (his) farm, whether in his house or any other place, and whoever lighteth a fire, or rideth on any beast, or travelleth by ship on the sea, and whoever striketh or killeth anything, or slaughtereth a beast or a bird, or whoever catcheth an animal or a bird or a fish, or whoever fasteth or maketh war on the Sabbaths: 13. The man who doeth any of these things on the Sabbath shall die, so that the children of Israel shall observe the Sabbaths according to the commandments regarding the Sabbaths of the land, as it is written in the tables, which He gave into my hands that I should write out for thee the laws of the seasons, and the seasons according to the division of their days. Jubilees 50:6-13

I am quoting Jubilees from this website:

So the Book of Jubilees (which is not Jewish commentary, not simply man’s account of history, but rather does claim to be “thus saith YHUH”, written by the messengers of YHUH, containing prophecies that have come to pass and prophecies of Messiah Yahusha that uphold the law of Moses) stated in verses 12-13 above that any man who fasts on the Seventh Day Sabbath shall die. Yet, Leviticus 23 stated that any man who does not afflict himself on Yom Kippur shall be cut off from among his people.

For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. Leviticus 23:29

So what is a Saturday worshipper to do if the 10th lands on a Saturday? If you fast on the Seventh Day, according to Jubilees, you will be cut off, and if you don’t fast, according to Leviticus 23, you will die. That’s quite a conundrum for those who are observing Saturday in the place of the Seventh Day Sabbath! No worries for them I guess, because they’re assured by the false shepherds and rabbis that the Book of Jubilees is not authoritative, not scripture, and can be ignored, assuring them that Yom Kippur CAN land on the Seventh Day Sabbath, despite what the Book of Jubilees states. For the luni-solar Sabbath keeper, however, there is no conflict, because the 10th day of the 7th month will never fall on a lunar Sabbath. I believe the answer for the Saturday worshipper is to repent of Saturday and the teachings of the rabbis and false shepherds that go along with it.

Yom Kippur is not the sole annual appointed time that conflicts with the Gregorian week. The New Moons, Shabuot, the wave sheaf, the 10th day of the 1st month, all of these have commandments assigned to them that conflict with the Gregorian week, and this conflict is not found when one observes the luni-solar week, according to the scriptures.

There’s also the question of which month is the correct month to observe the 7th month and Yom Kippur. There is no end to the argument about when to begin the year, and this decision can have a serious consequence for those who want to observe the appointed times in the right season. So how does one determine which month this is, so that Yom Kippur is indeed observed in the 7th month? I’ve found some clues in Genesis 1:14:

And Aluhum said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years..

Did you catch that? The lights in the heavens are for signs, and for seasons (appointed times), and for days, and for YEARS. So when do we begin the year? According to the signs in the lights in the heavens! So which light signals are we looking for to tell us when the first month is? I found more on that in 1 Enoch, Chapter 71:

6.First proceeds forth that great luminary, which is called the sun; the orb of which is as the orb of heaven, the whole of it being replete with splendid and flaming fire.

7. Its chariot, where it ascends, the wind blows.

8. The sun sets in heaven, and, returning by the north, to proceed towards the east, is conducted so as to enter by that gate, and illuminate the face of heaven.

9. In the same manner it goes forth in the first month by a great gate.

10. It goes forth through the fourth of those six gates, which are at the rising of the sun.

11. And in the fourth gate, through which the sun with the moon proceeds, in the first part of it, there are twelve open windows; from which issues out a flame, when they are opened at their proper periods.

12. When the sun rises in heaven, it goes forth through this fourth gate thirty days, and by the fourth gate in the west of heaven on a level with it descends.

13. During that period the day is lengthened from the day, and the night curtailed from the night for thirty days. And then the day is longer by two parts than the night.

14. The day is precisely ten parts, and the night is eight.

15. The sun goes forth through this fourth gate, and sets in it…Enoch 71:6-15

I’m quoting this from Enoch from this website: It’s the Ethiopic version.

So DURING the first month, we find a period of time in which the day is lengthened and the night shortened, so that the day now becomes longer than the night. That, to me, sounds like the period of time immediately following equal day and night. Please contact me if you don’t know when this occurs, but you can look it up on sites like, to see when the day is 12 hours, and the night is 12 hours, making them equal. I don’t go by equinox, or March 21st, as that’s not actual, it’s an average. Look up equal day and night for your location. I’ve found in the Northern Hemisphere those dates are March 16-18 these days. We have come to beginning the year the New Moon BEFORE equal day/night, so that the day becomes longer than the night DURING the first month, as Enoch 71:9-13 describes.

I could be interpreting Enoch 71 incorrectly, but I’m convinced the key to understanding the beginning, middle, and end of a year are found in Enoch 71, so here’s where we should all start to dialogue, not with Philo, the Talmud, or the Jewish Encyclopedia. I’m open to discussing scriptures like Enoch and the Bible with anyone, but please, don’t come to the table supporting your beliefs on something other than scripture. I’m not interested in what your rabbi or professor thinks. I’d like to hear what SCRIPTURES YOU have to support YOUR faith. Our faith, our “whys”, can’t be based on traditions of men, we must stick to 2-3 witnesses from scripture to explain to others why we do and believe what we do, because that’s what scripture says, and that’s what really convinces believers who hear the witnesses and test and judge with righteousness. Yes, I do consider Enoch to be Scripture.


I thought this information would be helpful for those who are or who know someone who is stuck in this Gregorian week rut, and trying to figure out what they need to repent of this Yom Kippur, or those following the Karaite barley reports, or the Hillel II calendar, rather than the scriptures, regarding the beginning of the year…I understand the month is called “abib” for a reason, and I believe that that if we use the lights in the heavens to begin the year as the Bible, Jubilees, and Enoch teach, the barley will become ready for the sheaf DURING the month, when it is supposed to, NOT BEFORE it. I know, it takes faith to believe it will be ready at the appointed time. We could all use a little more faith. There is no scripture stating that we need to have the barley sheaf ready for the harvest in order to begin the year, IF YHUH intended that to be the case, I believe He would require us to wave the sheaf BEFORE the year begins, or on the 1st of the month, not DURING the first month. Think about it.

…Please don’t believe the lies of those who make false claims about the apocryphal books, some of which are even quoted and mentioned in the Bible itself. Read them for yourselves. If you believe them to teach a solar-only calendar, or that they contradict the Bible, please hear all the witnesses and start a conversation and ask someone who sees it differently and consider that you might be missing something, that you might be giving ear to slander against YHUH’s prophets, that you might be guilty of blasphemy, before you be guilty of making a false judgement about these scrolls, and the word of YHUH written in them. Don’t ask an unbeliever about these books, no matter what their “expertise”, as they are sure to give a false report. These are things to repent of this Yom Kippur…

In Yahusha’s love, Lyndsey Sanchez

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Offerings for New Moons, Yom Teruah, and Other Appointed Times

I’ve been asked, and we all often wonder, what kind of offering can I give to YHUH? Someone just asked me about this in light of the fact that we are on the brink of Yom Teruah and the other feasts of the 7th month. Offerings are something always on my heart, but something I’ve gone back and forth on over the years, as far as what is acceptable or not. We know for sure that obedience to YHUH is one way we can give an acceptable offering to Him, to make our lives a living sacrifice. He said obedience is better than sacrifice.

“Does YHUH delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying YHUH? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 

To do righteousness and justice Is desired by YHUH more than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3

Guard your steps as you go to the house of Aluhym and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. Ecclesiastes 5:1

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Aluhym, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Aluhym, [which is] your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

So above all, that’s our priority, to hear and obey Him. That’s a very pleasing aroma to Him. To disobey is like a stench in His nostrils. Remember Cain and Abel? Abel’s sacrifice was accepted because he gave the best of His flock, he held nothing back, it was a matter of obedience and the condition of his heart. Cain did not obey, he did not give the best of the fruit of the ground. YHUH confronted Cain about this, saying he and his offering would be accepted if he repented from his sin and the condition of his heart. YHUH warned him that sin was crouching at the door. Cain ignored YHUH, he chose to continue in his disobedience, and like YHUH warned him, Cain allowed his jealousy of his brother to cause him to murder Abel. Abel’s obedience was better than Cain’s sacrifice.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” Matthew 23:23-24

He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. Proverbs 28:9

We know that Aluhym does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will. John 9:31

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to YHUH, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of Aluhym more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to Aluhym continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

Speaking of prayers, in addition to obedience, we see in the verses above that YHUH likens our prayers and praise to sacrifice and offerings. His word does not teach us that He doesn’t want sacrifices or bulls or goats or rams, but that He wants us to pay attention to His instructions first and be careful to obey them. This is better than the blood of bulls and goats. Yahusha’s blood is sufficient for us, but we should have the desire to offer over and above what He requires of us, because we love Him, because of what He’s done for us. If we do not have the desire to obey His commandments, we must wonder if we are trampling on His blood, which was intended to remove our sin, by giving us a will to obey, rather than transgress the law, since sin is the transgression of the law.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4

“…For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of YHUH, He has also rejected you from being king.” Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of YHUH and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voices…” I Samuel 15:23-24

So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19

No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him. 1 John 3:6

It’s been on my heart for many years to offer a lamb or bull, and I believe we are under the Melchizedek priesthood, as Abraham was, and offered burnt offerings, but other than in the camp in the wilderness, I don’t recall the Israelites ever offering on an earthen altar outside the land. (Passover was a different animal, it’s something they did MORE THAN ONCE outside the land, which many people don’t realize – see Exodus 12 and Numbers 9:1-5, so we should too, and it’s not really an offering, but a picture of how Yahusha was the offering for our sins.) Abraham and Jacob sometimes went to Egypt or Padan Aram, but it seems like they always waited to give offerings once YHUH brought them back to the Promised Land. So I hesitate to give a burnt offering right now in exile, as I feel I have more understanding to gain concerning this. I do see that it appears there will be animal sacrifices and offerings in the future, though it won’t play out the way teachers of Judaism or Christianity have taught us it will:

Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to YHUH Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of YHUH Almighty. Zechariah 14:21

Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Ezekiel 44:11

But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith Adani YHUH. Ezekiel 44:15

YHUH gives specific instructions about who can give offerings, what kind, when, where, how, etc…so, if we are not careful to observe His instructions (not rabbinical or Christian interpretations) about how and when to keep the Sabbath, or what meat to eat and how to kill it, drain the blood, and cover it, for example, then it’s not likely we will be careful to obey Him regarding the offering of sacrifices. We don’t want to offer him a swine, we don’t want to be like Aaron’s sons who were burned up for presenting an unacceptable fire. So we can be sure that prayers are acceptable in the place of sacrifice, AS LONG AS WE ARE IN OBEDIENCE, and not turning a deaf ear to His law as we once did, otherwise our prayers can actually be a sin or abomination. Also notice that just listening to His law, getting knowledge of what is acceptable to Him, shows we want to do what pleases Him. Those who are not interested in pleasing Him won’t listen to Him when He calls them to hear and obey His law.

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices Aluhym is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16

As far as offerings for Yom Teruah and how we should celebrate it, I understand it to be called the Day of Blowing. I looked up the Hebrew word Teruah, Strong’s H8643, spelled tau, resh, uau, ayin, hey, in Lev 23:24:

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Here’s what scripture indicates that means:

alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy

  1. alarm of war, war-cry, battle-cry
  2. blast (for march)
  3. shout of joy (with religious impulse)
  4. shout of joy (in general)

And that comes from the root word, rua, spelled resh, uau, ayin, which means:

shout (11x), shouting (8x), alarm (6x), sound (3x), blowing (2x), joy (2x),

The word, trumpets, is actually not present in Lev 23:24. The word trumpets is added here, but for good reason, as there are other verses that instruct blowing trumpets on the New Moons, etc…

Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your Aluhym: I am YHUH your Aluhym. Numbers 29:1

YHUH said to Moses:  “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. If only one is sounded, the leaders—the heads of the clans of Israel—are to assemble before you. When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out. At the sounding of a second blast, the camps on the south are to set out. The blast will be the signal for setting out. To gather the assembly, blow the trumpets, but not with the signal for setting out. “The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by YHUH your Aluhym and rescued from your enemies. Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your Aluhym. I am YHUH your Aluhym.” Numbers 10:1-10

According to Numbers 10:2, these were 2 silver trumpets blown on the New Moons, made of pure silver, in one piece. We don’t have these 2 silver trumpets, so our family can’t fulfill this command this year, but we can do what we are able, and so we can shout, we can sound an alarm, we can make noise with pots and pans, we can clap. A ram’s horn is perfectly acceptable to blow on this day, or a regular trumpet, but these do not replace the 2 silver trumpets. What’s most important to us is that we listen to hear from Him what we need to do to please Him and then do it. So I pray that in the future we will find a way to obtain 2 silver trumpets to fulfill this, at the same time, those 2 silver trumpets are to be blown over offerings. Definitely something to continue to study and pray about.

Another aspect of Yom Teruah, though, is that it is to be a Sabbath and a miqra kodesh, or holy convocation, or set apart gathering. So we are to rest that day, and treat it as a Sabbath, even a high, special Sabbath. So we observe 2 Sabbaths in a row at Yom Teruah when there is no 30th day in the 6th month. Some lunar Sabbath keepers claim there is never a case of 2 Sabbaths in a row on the luni-solar calendar, as I think I may have once ignorantly thought, but that’s obviously not the case. It’s absolutely amazing and beautiful how the luni-solar calendar works, but we must be careful to not make false claims about it.

I want to call special attention to that word, miqra, Strong’s H4744, as there is more to it than meets the eye. It’s spelled mem, kof, resh, aleph, and it can mean:

convocation, convoking, reading, a calling together

  1. convocation, sacred assembly
  2. convoking
  3. reading

It comes from the word, qara, spelled, kaf, resh, aleph, Strong’s H7121, which can mean:

to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim

  1. (Qal)
    1. to call, cry, utter a loud sound

    2. to call unto, cry (for help), call (with name of God)

    3. to proclaim

    4. to read aloud, read (to oneself), read

    5. to summon, invite, call for, call and commission, appoint, call and endow

    6. to call, name, give name to, call by

  2. (Niphal)
    1. to call oneself

    2. to be called, be proclaimed, be read aloud, be summoned, be named

  3. (Pual) to be called, be named, be called out, be chosen

So for this reason, just like on the weekly Sabbath, which is also a miqra kodesh, I believe we are called out of Babylon, called together as a kadosh assembly to read, proclaim, cry out, declare His name, His appointed times, His ways, etc…and we are to guard and keep this day kadosh, holy, set-apart…so we do. We are not to allow falsehood or anything profane into the assembly, into our dwellings, into our bodies, minds, or hearts, at the times YHUH appointed to meet with Him. We cannot tolerate sin on His appointed times. We are to create and maintain a kadosh environment so He can meet with us. Guarding His appointed times, His Sabbaths, and keeping them kadosh, is an offering like that which Pinchas/Phineas offered, which results in blessings…

In Yahusha’s love,

Lyndsey Sanchez

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The Sign of Jonah & 3 Days & 3 Nights

…And How that Works with the Lunar Sabbath

 This is another issue that is so easy and simple, but we get too technical and intellectual and complicate it beyond comprehension.

Anti-missionaries and my once Messiah believing friends, who were converted to being unbelievers by Judaism doctrines, tried to use the sign of Jonah to convince me that the New Testament could not be trusted. They reasoned that these timeframes given by Yahusha contradicted each other, that if these were inspired, if He was prophesying words of YHUH, His words would not contradict. To them, “after 3 days”, and “on the 3rd day” were contradicting statements, and I could also acknowledge that they did appear to contradict, or mean different things, but as I increase in faith and remember that His ways are not my ways, He teaches me through His word what HE means when He says 3 days and 3 nights, how that’s the same as on the 3rd day, and after 3 days. We use the scriptures to interpret scripture. It doesn’t jive with our mindset of time, but we must let scripture renew our minds so that we may understand the mind of YHUH and His time.

What the critics of the New Testament do not factor in is that the Old Testament also does not always quote Torah word for word. For instance, Lev 23 mentions counting 7 Sabbaths after waving the sheaf to count to Shabuot. It also mentions 50 days. Exodus 23 and Deut 16, however, when giving the instructions for the count, don’t mention the 50 days, but they do mention the seven Sabbaths. I believe it’s because it’s not necessary to mention repetitively that 7×7=49+1=50, and also because those who love to live a lie will not enter into His rest, meaning, they won’t find His Pentecost Sabbath if they don’t hear all the witnesses on the matter. They will find ways to cause confusion if they seek that, and YHUH will allow them to find it, in order to separate the wheat from the chaff and the sheep from the goats. YHUH knows some will use His word as a map to find Him, others will use it to lead themselves and others astray. Yahusha rebuked the Pharisees, saying they won’t enter the kingdom and they won’t allow others to, either (Matt 23:13), they twist His words to cause confusion, so He hardens their hearts as He did Pharaoh’s so that they won’t find their way. He uses His word and their arrogance about their perceived understanding of it as a stumbling block that trips them up.

Back when I believed Saturday was the Sabbath, I was confused, not just because I didn’t understand the Sabbath, but also because I began the day in the evening. I was confused, and did not know it. Let me give some examples of things I never thought out when I was still doing Friday night to Saturday for my day of rest. With the Passover events at Yahusha’s death, and leading up to it, it never dawned on me that If He was killed on the 14th, if we begin the day in the evening, then the previous night was also the beginning of the 14th, which was the night He was arrested, and the night of the Last Supper. The instructions for the Passover is to begin eating unleavened bread at evening, with the Passover lamb, on the 14th. Yet, the disciples weren’t eating unleavened bread that evening. Look up the word for bread in the concordance in those passages. It was chametz, leavened bread, not matzah. The Greek word for chametz, or leavened bread, is Strong’s G740, and unleavened bread, matzah, would be Strong’s G106. azymos. In the story of the last supper, they were eating artos, leavened bread, so it wasn’t the Passover yet. Passover begins the next day, in the morning, on the 14th, and between the evenings that day is when the lamb is killed, and when Yahusha was killed, and later that night is when the lamb is eaten, after being roasted over a fire, that evening still being the 14th, and when the instructions say to begin to eat unleavened bread, and then the next morning is the 15th, the Sabbath, the chag of Unleavened Bread.

So, actually, years ago when my family and I began the date at evening, by eating the Passover lamb on the night before the first day of Unleavened Bread (the 15th), in theory, we were eating the lamb on the 15th, not the 14th, because that evening began the 15th yet the instructions are clear that you eat the lamb on the evening of the 14th, that that is the night you begin to eat unleavened bread, and that you eat the lamb with unleavened bread. That’s how confused we were, and we didn’t even realize we were breaking commandments all over the place. We had a log in our eyes when we were starting the day in the evening and never saw it until long after we started keeping the lunar Sabbath.

The same with the first Passover in Exodus. The death messenger was supposed to kill the firstborn of Egypt on the 14th while the Israelites were eating the Passover lamb. If you begin the day in the evening, then in theory, you slay the lamb on the 14th in the afternoon, then that evening you eat the now dead lamb is beginning the 15th, so, again, you’re eating the lamb on the 15th, rather than the 14th, but the Passover and the death messenger killing the firstborn of Egypt and passing over the Israelites’ homes was supposed to happen on the night of the 14th, while the Passover lamb was being eaten, not the 15th, according to the instructions. If you are observing Saturday and/or beginning the day in the evening, please meditate on what I just said there.

The 15th is a Sabbath, so they left at night, after the Sabbath hours, after the Sabbath day. We are commanded only to keep the Sabbath DAY holy, there are no instructions for a Sabbath night, because night is the time when man doesn’t work anyway.

See John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

I kept Passover backwards for 5 years and never noticed these problems with beginning the day in the evening. How can anyone eat a lamb that’s not killed yet? Why would Israel apply blood to the doorposts AFTER the firstborn of Egypt are killed? Wasn’t the Passover supposed to be eaten on the 14th, not the 15th? Wasn’t the Passover the night the death messenger PASSED OVER the houses of Israel? Of course! How could we have missed this? When we repent of sins more layers of the scales come off our eyes, and we can see more clearly, less fuzzy, more black and white, less grey areas, less confusion.

The Jews don’t really have a “Hebrew” understanding about time, as we were taught by them when we first came out of the church. If they did really understand the culture, the language, the history, the Torah, better than us believers, they’d begin a day at the right time. I know some people say you should eat the meat and spit out the bones, in regards to Anti-Messiah, anti-Torah rabbinical doctrines, but there’s no meat in those teachings-it’s all bones! Ever notice they have a just a shank bone and no meat on their Seder plate? They took Messiah Yahusha, the Passover lamb, out of the Passover. We are commanded to eat the Passover lamb.

Yahusha did not say to avoid their leaven, except for their interpretations about how to observe the Passover and Unleavened Bread, He said to avoid them, period. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

As far as the sign of Jonah, I’ve come full circle in that understanding now. Last year, someone almost convinced me that the sign of Jonah teaches us that He was arrested on the 10th, kept in custody, and was killed 3 days and 3 nights later, but I found some holes in that theory. I was more recently looking up “third day” and “three days”, and noticed the other references to the same timeframe around Messiah’s death.

The Hebrew, and in this case, Greek scriptural understanding is that “3 days and 3 nights”, “on the 3rd day”, “after 3 days”, “in 3 days”, and “within 3 days” all allude to the same segment of time involving His arrest, death, burial, and resurrection. These terms are all used interchangeably by Yahusha Messiah. All of these phrases mentioning 3 days share the same meaning, and all being true at the same time, that would be the Hebraic and scriptural understanding anyway, I know that now. Let’s let scripture interpret scripture:

John 2:19 -Yahusha answered and said unto them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’

Mark 14:58 – We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

Mark 15:29-30 – And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Ah, thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross.’

Mark 8:31 – And he began to teach them, that ‘the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.’

Matthew 16:21 – From that time forth, began Yahusha to show unto His disciples, how he must ‘go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised again the third day.’

Mark 9:31 – For he taught his disciples and said unto them, ‘The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and after he is killed, he shall rise the third day.’

Mark 10:34 – ‘And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and the third day he shall rise again.’

Matthew 17:22-23 – And while they abode in Galilee, Yahusha said unto them, ‘The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: and they shall kill him, and on the third day he shall be raised again.’

Matthew 20:18-19 – ‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock and scourge, and to crucify him at the stake, and the third day shall rise again.’

Luke 9:22 – “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain and be raised the third day.” 4

Luke 18:31-33 – Then he took unto him the twelve and said unto them, ‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully insulted, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him and put him to death; and on the third day he shall rise again.’

Luke 24:6-7 – And so it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold two men stood by them in shining garments: and as they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

Matthew 24:46 – And said unto them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Messiah to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.’

Acts 10:39-40 – ‘And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him Aluhym raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.’

I Corinthians 15:3-4 – For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

There are other instances in scripture where this occurs, in the Old Testament, too. Just do some cross-checking:

Joshua 1:11 – Pass through the host and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which YHUH your Aluhym giveth you to possess it.’

Joshua 3:2 & 4:1– And so it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the midst of the camp… And it came to pass when all the people were clean passed over the Jordan…

I Kings 12:5 – And he said unto them, ‘Depart yet for three days, and then come again to me.’

II Chronicles 10:5 – ‘Return unto me after three days.’

I Kings 12:12 – So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, ‘Return to me again the third day.’

II Chronicles 10:12 – So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had bade saying, ‘Come again to me on the third day.’

So we see both the Old and New Testaments use these phrases to refer to the same period of time. So, what Yahusha means by “on the third day”, “the third day”, “after the three days”, and “three days and three nights” is the same thing He explains here:

Luke 13:32 – “Behold. I cast out devils and do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.”

…and YHUH counts to the third day in the Old Testament here:

Exodus 19:10 – And YHUH said unto Moses, ‘Go unto the people and sanctify them today, and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day YHUH will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai.’

So we are to understand that the day He died, the 14th is the first day of three, and the 16th is the third day. As to the 3 nights, this would include the night Yahusha was arrested on the 13th. He was arrested on the NIGHT of the 13th, killed the DAY of the 14th, buried in that NIGHT (the 14th), rested in the tomb on the DAY of the 15th, and all that NIGHT (the 15th), and early on the first DAY of the week (the 16th), He was risen.

Here’s a website I prefer to use to research word usage and phrases in the Greek and Hebrew:

Type in any book of the Bible, chapter, or verse. You can click on the individual verse in the text to go to the concordance or lexicon to see what the text says in the Hebrew or Greek.

It comes down to this. Do we believe? This “sign” of Jonah, and the other “3 days” verses, the supposed conflicts between them, the “discrepancies” or “problems” with the texts, are often brought up to me by unbelievers for their reasons to either reject the lunar Sabbath, reject Yahusha as Messiah, reject the New Testament, or reject the whole Bible all together. If we SEEK, we will find. So, I believe this “sign” of Jonah was used by YHUH, it was a stumbling block for those who SEEK for reasons and excuses to not believe. Sometimes we just have to believe what we know and pray for more understanding about what we don’t understand yet. When I came to believe the Bible, I believed it, period, before I even knew or understood what it said, before I had even read it, I had an experience that led me to be able to say that it was truth before I began to read or test it. I believed that He, Yahusha, was the Word, and that He, the Word, existed from the beginning, and that it does not change. It’s absolute truth, not relative to opinions or how Joe or Jake interpret it at the moment. It’s called faith for a reason. Keep on wrestling with YHUH for that greater measure of faith, and keep following that cloud…

In Yahusha’s love, Lyndsey Sanchez

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What is His Name? What is His Son’s Name?

The Letter J and a True Conversion

I remember sitting in Mr. Hornbach’s classroom when I first started learning about YHUH’s Son’s name. I was in eighth grade, and Mr. Hornbach was one of my favorite teachers. He was my English teacher and my Spanish teacher. He, like me, was interested in history, culture, words, and languages. I think I learned more facts about history, culture, and etymology in his class than Grammar and Spanish. We were learning the Spanish alphabet at the beginning of the year one day, and he made a statement I will never forget. He was telling us how the English letter, “j” was not in existence until about 400 years ago, and how in Spanish, it’s pronounced more like an “h”. For an example, he used the name, “Jesus”. He said that Jesus could not be the correct name for the man Christians believed in. He said that in old Bibles, the name, Jesus, was written with an I instead of a J, and that the I or J was pronounced like a Y. He then pointed out that in Spanish, this name was pronounced, hey-sus, which jumped out at me to sound like, hey-zeus. I was learning about the name, Zeus, in English/Lit. class, in Greek mythology, and I was disturbed by this name issue, but I didn’t dig any further into it for many years.

I was seeking truth about religion and faith. I was reading the Bible, reading the Quran, whatever I could get my hands on to sort out who or what I was supposed to believe in. I went to church with my Mormon friend and her family, my Catholic friends, and my Baptist friends, trying to figure out which was truth. For the most part, I’d say I was drawn to the Bible, though not raised up in church, and not raised by a believer. I had a Jehovah’s Witness children’s bible that was given to us when they came to visit, so I was introduced to that name early on. I knew there was a creator when I observed the creation around me, and I never believed in evolution, I always believed the creation account, the Exodus story, and I recognized the voice of the Shepherd in the New Testament. I hated witchcraft in its most obvious forms, and hated all evil, as I understood it at the time.

At the age of 18, the summer I graduated High School, I accepted the One I called Jesus as my Savior and Messiah. I hadn’t simply inherited the faith of my parents or grandparents. The source of my faith wasn’t that I had been drilled with scriptures and never questioned what I was told. I was not raised by believers in the Bible, nor was I raised in church. My conversion to being a believer in the Bible, YHUH, and His Son, came about for many reasons. The first being, I grew up fatherless. I was rejected. I wanted a father, a dependable, faithful, father. I saw how scripture refers to YHUH as our heavenly Father, and I wanted that relationship badly. I also wanted a husband, and I saw in scripture that He referred to Himself as our husband. He’s a father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widow. It was a lonely time in my life, and I wanted a friend. I also wanted truth, and I believed the good news in the Bible, was truth. I just didn’t understand that truth, but I believed it before I understood it, before I could explain it to others. Some call that blind faith. What is faith if it isn’t blind? Having to see to believe doesn’t seem like faith at all.

Yahusha saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:29

I had an experience the day I came to believe in Yahusha, that I cannot explain. My older sister who has since rejected the Bible, had invited me to her church. Her pastor preached a sermon that nailed on everything I mentioned I wanted above. He called people up to the front to accept the Father and His Son. I felt a very strong desire to go up, but I was too scared to budge. I was embarrassed. It was a large church and it was packed. I knew that if I made a public proclamation of faith, that I would be bound to my word, and that I would be held to a higher standard, and I didn’t know if I was ready for all that. I just bowed my head and prayed that I wouldn’t have to go up there. Everyone went and sat back down. However, the pastor kept saying there was one more person who’s heart was being tugged on to go up to receive prayer.

I knew he was talking about me. I felt my face turn red and hot and my heart was pounding. I started sweating and squirming. I could feel the pastor staring at me. I just knew everyone knew I was the one. My sister knew, too. She grabbed my elbow and asked if I wanted to go up. I nodded, that was all I could do, and she gave me the budge I needed to take the first step, and escorted me to the front. I burst into tears as the pastor laid his hands on me and prayed for me. It was such a relief as the burdens came off.

It turns out, I HAD to make a public proclamation of my faith in order to go through the way, the door:

Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven...Matthew 10:32-33

I grieved for days at how I had grieved Him with my sins, how I had brought his death and suffering for my sins. I mourned over Him whom I had pierced, but I felt an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and joy, and I kept wondering, “Why me?” I felt like He had left the 99 to come after the one, that He really cared for me, for some reason. Many are called but few are chosen. He chose me that day. How could I repay Him? To obey Him didn’t seem like nearly enough.

I was given a Bible, and I was directed to go to the Book of John, which directed me to the beginning, in Genesis:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was WITH Aluhym, and the Word WAS Aluhym. He was in the beginning WITH Aluhym. John 1:1-2

I read and devoured those books, but I didn’t have the faith to live out what I read. The testing had begun. There was conflict in me, between the spirit and my flesh.

I had a desire to be a friend to the world, I struggled with the verses about being unequally yoked, thinking I could save my new unbelieving friends I was making, that I could be a light to them in a dark place, by hanging out with them. However, I would become a partaker in their evil deeds. I was weak in the faith and their darkness extinguished the little light I had. This caused me to set-aside that Bible for several years, because deep down, I had guilt about it. I was cruisin’ for a bruisin’. I didn’t want to hear that I needed to give up my new “friends” and other things that satisfied the flesh.

I occasionally picked that Bible back up and blew the dust off the cover, only to put it back down again. There was a struggle to do what was right, and I didn’t understand what I was reading, how I was to implement it into my life. Christians would not accept me because I was straddling the fence, I was trying to live a double life, but I hung around with unbelievers because I wasn’t convinced I couldn’t or shouldn’t. I desperately needed the faith and knowledge to stop one life in order to start the other.

Finally, I found myself pregnant, and without a husband. I prayed for a believer, whether a husband or friend, to be sent to be an example and teach me how to walk out what I was reading in the Bible. I accepted a life without a husband, whatever the will of the Father, but I was weak in the faith, and felt I needed a friend, and a support system, someone to encourage me in my walk. I wanted someone to hold me accountable, someone to tell me when I was being dumb.

Within weeks I was sent a friend who would start teaching me to avoid certain types of music, certain people, certain thoughts, certain articles of clothing, certain movies, etc…and encouraging me to pray, read my Bible, think on what’s good, and very soon this friend would become my husband.

We began walking together, and after a few years of marriage, YHUH got our attention about the Torah and we learned that we had been deceived about the names of the Father in heaven and His Son. We were informed that their names were Hebrew, and that there was no “J”, or “j” sound in Hebrew, that it was pronounced like a “Y”.

We were introduced by a family friend, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi, to the names, Yahweh, and Yeshua. All of a sudden I remembered what I had learned in Mr. Hornbach’s class that I had apparently filed away in the back of my mind, regarding the letter “j”, and Messiah’s name. We stopped using the names and titles we had originally been taught and saw in our modern Bible translations, and we began using Yahweh and Yeshua, as we were taught by the rabbi.

The Yahweh/Yeshua Conspiracy

After about 4 years in the Messianic/Hebrew Roots teachings and assemblies, I began to get annoyed that the same people that taught me these new names, were still often using the old ones they told us were wrong. To me, this was double-mindedness. It appeared to me as hypocrisy to tell Christians they are wrong for calling the Son, Jesus, which can mean, Zeus, sus, horse, or pig, in various languages, and then continuing to do that which they criticize. I started hearing the congregational leaders who once preached the name Yeshua, starting to criticize those who became zealous for that name.

Those who were zealous were labeled Sacred Namers. The Sacred Namers were discouraged and told that maybe their understanding wasn’t correct, maybe other variations of pronunciation were better, we couldn’t know for sure, so Yah would accept whatever we call His Son for now. The Sacred Namers were told not to cause confusion and division, and chastised if they studied out and used the name and taught it to others. This was all very frustrating, very confusing to me. I was being told one thing out of one side of the mouth, and another thing out of another.

One Friday night, I heard a young man, a relative of my husband, ask the Messianic Rabbi about the Father’s name. The Rabbi replied, “His name is Yahweh, but we do not speak that name, because it is too holy, and we are not holy enough to speak it, so we use Hebrew titles, such as Ha Adon, Ha Shem, etc…”

Something snapped within me when I heard that. I was boiling inside, a righteous anger was rising up, but I held my peace. The same man that told me as a Christian to stop using Greek titles such as Lord and God, that these titles had no meaning, and were not His name, was now telling us to use Hebrew titles instead, rather than the names he taught us. I began to wonder if we were still being deceived about the names, because it seemed like there was also a conspiracy going on in Messianic Judaism, to replace the names with titles. It was becoming apparent that the conspiracy to do away with His name was not just a Roman conspiracy, but one from Jerusalem as well. How could we know if the names we were told by these people were indeed their names?

And YHUH said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Jeremiah 11:9

My heart went out to that young man that wanted to know what the name was of the One he prayed to. Scriptures were brought to my remembrance about the importance of calling upon His name.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me…Hosea 4:6

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mark 13:13

And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of YHUH. Genesis 4:26

I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of YHUH. Psalm 116:3

Learning Hebrew

I wanted to learn the true names, so I started seeking out those who knew Hebrew better than myself. One person stepped up to teach our family Hebrew, who was learning it from a Jewish Holocaust survivor. This Jewish man had a doctorate and spoke many languages, including Hebrew, and had written several books on languages. So we began attending classes, learning the aleph bet. One of the first things I remember learning, is that there was no letter “v” or “v” sound, in ancient Hebrew, but that now the Jewish people pronounce the Hebrew letter “vav” (which some call the “waw”, and I call the “uau”), like a “v”, or sometimes a “w”, or a “u”.

We were also taught the letter, “bet” was always a “b” sound in ancient Hebrew, but that now in modern Hebrew they would sometimes pronounce it as a “v”, and call it a “vet”, and this would be indicated by vowel pointers, how you should pronounce it. So Hebrew went from having no letters that say, “v”, to two letters that produce that sound.

Yehovah – No “V” in Ancient Hebrew

Eventually, we got around to learning about the Father’s name. This Hebrew “expert”, informed us that his grandfather was a Levite rabbi, killed in the Holocaust, and that before he died, every year on Yom Kippur, his grandfather would pronounce the name of the Father in his prayers, only once a year, and that he overheard how his grandfather would pronounce the name. He said the name was pronounced, “Yehovah”. That sounded strange to me, in the light that they had just taught us that the ancient Hebrew had no “v” sound. We blindly went along with that for a while, not realizing that this was no better than using Yahweh, not knowing how we would know for sure.

More of our friends were starting to use Yehovah, as this was the name being taught by Nehemiah Gordon, and the growing Karaite Movement among the Hebrew Roots crowd. One day, I was listening to Nehemiah and Keith Johnson teaching on the name, and Nehemiah also mentioned that there was no “v” sound in ancient Hebrew, but then went on to insist that His name was pronounced, “Yehovah”.

He said it is uncertain how the name was pronounced in ancient times, but that Yahweh was wrong, because the ending, eh, with a long “a” sound, was wrong. He said the name had to end in an “ah”, in order to be correct. So here was another Hebrew “expert” saying there is no “v” sound, and essentially admitting to teaching a false name.

Double speech. I was starting to notice a pattern of this in the Hebrew/Messianic/Jewish teachers. Within one week I would hear two other Hebrew teachers make the same admission, that there was no “v” sound in ancient Hebrew, but still insisting on the pronunciation with a “v” sound.

Letting the Spirit and the Word Teach Hebrew

I was sent a teaching about the name by someone in an email. It explained also that there was no “v” sound in ancient Hebrew, but it did offer a tip in seeking out the truth on the matter – to look up other Hebrew words with the “vav”, to see how it was pronounced in less controversial Hebrew words, like Judah, pronounced in ancient times as Yahudah. This method sounded like wisdom to me, because it calls for other witnesses from scripture.

In the word, ruach, as in ruach hakodesh, or holy spirit, the “uau” is still pronounced as a long “u” sound. I find it extremely interesting that I would come to use this word, ruach, spirit, to aid me in sorting out how to pronounce the letter uau, and how to pronounce the names. It reminds me of this verse:

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

The Hebrew word, ruach, spirit, led me into all truth regarding the names. How is the “uau” pronounced in the word, Jerusalem/Yarushalayim? It’s not pronounced as a “v”, “o”, or a “w”.

What about David? I noticed the “vav” in his name while looking through a concordance. Remember that his name is supposed to mean, beloved? Well, right there in the concordance, under David’s name, which is spelled dalet-uau-dalet, there is the word the concordance said was pronounced, dud, with a long “u” sound, and the definition of that word, was beloved.

If the word, beloved, is pronounced, dude, silent e, long u, and the word means beloved, then why would the name, David, which means beloved, and is spelled exactly the same, not be pronounced the same way? Of course it would be.

We are told that the name of Messiah, is the same name, spelling, and pronunciation, as Joshua’s Hebrew name, and is found in the Hebrew bible as, yod-hey-uau-shin-ayin, or y-h-u-sh-a, in Numbers 13:16, when Joshua’s name was first changed from Hosea to Yahusha by Moses. If the “vav” was a “v” sound, wouldn’t the Son’s name have a “v” sound in it, since it has a “vav”, or uau? There’s not a consistent pronunciation of that letter between Yehovah and Yeshua. Either it’s a “vav” that says “v”, a “uau” or “waw” that says “u” or “w”. Some modern Hebrew words even have the “vav” with vowel pointers suggesting it sometimes makes a long “o” sound. I will explain why I believe this is wrong as well.

I can see how the “u” and “w” sounds can be interchangeable, as far as in some words, like ruach, or Yahuah, because you can have both a “w” and a “u” sound, in those words, depending on how one pronounces it. Yet, these words are only spelled with one “uau”, and no other letters that make that sound. (Several months ago, I was chastised by a member of WLC’s website for not spelling out YHUH, the way WLC spells it out, Yahuwah.) It’s not spelled YHUUH, or YHUWH, just 4 letters, YHUH, and the “uau”, when you move from the “u”, to the “ah” sound in the hey, it CAN create a “w” sound, if one gets lazy with the Hebrew pronunciation. We see that in some English words as well. If YHUH doesn’t spell His name in the Hebrew with 2 uau’s, why do I have to spell it in the English with a “u” and a “w”? Whether you spell it, YaHUaH, or YaHUWaH, in English, or Hebrew, either way, it’s pronounced the same.

In words, like Dud, Yahudah, and Yarushalayim, there is a “u” sound, no “o” sound, no “v” sound, and no “w” sound. For this reason, I decided that the “u” is the most logical pronunciation of that letter, and that the letter is a “uau”, that it is in some ways similar to a “w”. I read the “w” came later, hence the name double u. The u was first. If the “uau” was originally an “o” sound, like in Yehovah, we would be calling them “Joes”, not “Jews”. The “u” sound was always there. Jerusalem/Yarushalayim would be Yaroshalayim/Jerosalem, Judah/Yahudah would be Jodah/Yahodah. Please think about how we would pronounce these words if the “uau” were supposed to be pronounced as a “v” or “w”. How would we pronounce Jerusalem or Yahudah in this case? People don’t think things through, do they?

Then there was the issue with the “yod”, or yud, at the beginning of the names of the Father and His Son. How was that to be pronounced? Is it “Ye”, or “Ya”? Again, I went back to the older version of the pronunciation of words that began with yod, or y, like Yarushalayim, Yahudah, yada (to know), Hallelu yah, pick any word or name beginning with a “yod” in the Concordance, and you will find most words are pronounced with a “Ya”. I read the “Ye”, came later. Some say it was introduced in Babylon, others say it was much later with the Greeks, but in any case, it came later, and was involved in the “Je” in Jesus, Jehovah, and Jerusalem, obviously not the correct and original pronunciations of those names.

The last issue was the pronunciation of the last “hey”. I knew it made an “h” sound, but was not sure if it was a long “a” ending sound, like in Yahweh, or “ah”, like to praise, yadah, and Yahudah, which means to praise Yahuah, as we see in Genesis 29:35. I used the same method I used for the “u” and the “ya”, and looked at other Hebrew words in the concordance that ended in hey like Yahudah. I found in most of them that the hey at the end makes the “ah” sound, and the few words with the “eh” sound, like in Moshe, were pronunciations that came later, and were influences from the nations, things picked up by the Jews in exile at some point.

I was starting to see that there may be a bit of truth and a bit of a lie mixed in both of these versions of the Father’s name. The Yah in Yahweh rang true with other Hebrew words beginning with the “yod”, but I had to put down the ending. In Yehovah, the ah ending appeared to be the good I needed to hold onto, because of the evidence in other Hebrew words with the same “hey” ending, having an “ah” sound.

Yahudah and the Door

I also noticed that YaHUDaH, YHUDH is spelled exactly the same as YaHUaH, YHUH, except Yahudah adds the dalet, which means door. I could not help but notice that Yahusha, the door, came from the tribe of Yahudah. That gives us even more insight into why Yahudah would be the tribe the door, Yahusha, would come to us through. If you take the “d” out of Yahudah, you get Yahuah. Take the dalet out of Yahudah, and put the shin in its place, and you get Yahusha. It’s spelled yod-hey-uau-shin-ayin, or y-h-u-sh-a. How we get Yeshua out of that, I don’t know. That would be yod-shin-uau-ayin, y-sh-u-a, and you have to switch around the shin and uau and leave out the hey in the Father’s name, in order to get Yeshua, not to mention you’d have to mess up the Ya and twist it to ye.

Then said Yahusha unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:7

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. John 10:1

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. John 10:2

Yahusha Comes in Yahuah’s Name

Scripture says Yahusha comes in Yahuah’s name. Yeshua is nothing like Yehovah or Yahweh. Yahuah and Yahusha ARE similar, they both say Yahu at the beginning, and have an “ah” sound at the end.

YaHUSHA comes in YaHUaH’s name. In YaHUSHA, we have the yod, hey, uau, with the addition of the shin and the ayin. In Yeshua we have the yod, and the uau, but no hey. Without the hey, Yeshua does not reveal the Father’s name, as hey, means to reveal. Yahusha said in John 17 that He revealed the Father’s name. The name Yeshua does not fulfill that, the name Yahusha does.

I’m not seeing Yeshua in the text anyway. Messiah’s name is clearly the same name as Joshua’s, and that never appears in Hebrew as Yeshua. Yashua, yes, sometimes, or Yahusha, or Yahushua, but He comes in the Father’s name, and the Father is YaH, not Yeh. Praise Yah! Hallelu YaH!

Joshua’s name is mentioned 216 times in the Tanach, according to Strong’s, and 214 of those times it appears as Yahusha, yod-hey-uau-shin-ayin, and only twice as Yahushua as an alternate spelling for Yahusha. That spelling is the same, but with a second “uau”. However, in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Joshua’s name appears as Yahusha and Yashua, but also Yahushua. All 3 seem to be used in both the Masoretic text and the Dead Sea Scrolls, so it seems the Masoretic text is supported by the DSS. All 3 variations of the Yahusha’s name appear to be valid. This happens with the Father’s name, too. We understand the text calls him YaH, YaHU, or YaHUaH. One is longer than the others, but we know they are all still speaking of the same BEING, none of THESE 3 variances of the Father’s name are incorrect or the result of a conspiracy.

The Son of YAHUAH, has His Father’s Name with a Shin and an Ayin added to the end. Shin means “Tooth” and Ayin means “Eye”. So in the death of the Son, the law of an “Eye for an Eye, and a Tooth for a Tooth” is fulfilled.

The spelling “Yahushua” is found in Deuteronomy 3:21 and Judges 2:7, but in each case they are referencing the person named Yahusha and the context involves supplication, someone is crying out. In Deuteronomy, Moses is crying out about not getting to enter the land, and telling Israel that Yahushua/Yahusha/Joshua, will be leading them instead. In Judges, there is mourning because of Yahusha’s death (Joshua) of Nun), so, this is why the “shua” was added to the end of the name here. This may have been a play on words, to add more spiritual understanding and emphasis to what was going on in these 2 stories. “SHUA” means “to Cry out for help or salvation.

Hebrew names can be translated; they make a statement, like Yahusha means “YAHUAH is Salvation” or Deliverance.

I Have Come in My Father’s Name, and you Do Not Accept Me; but if Someone Else Comes in his own Name, you will Accept him. YAHUCANNAN/JOHN 5:43

YASHA YAHU/Isaiah 62:11 reads, Behold, YAHUAH hath proclaimed to the end of the world, “Say ye to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, THE DELIVERANCE/Salvation come; behold His reward is with Him and His work before Him.’”

“His” points back to Salvation and describes Salvation as a person. The Hebrew root word used here is yasha, and means salvation, liberty, deliverance, free, to be safe, deliver. Therefore, YAHUAH’s Salvation, or YAHUSHA, was to come to set at liberty, deliver, free and cause to be safe, the daughter of Zion.

MATHATHYAHU/MATTHEW 1:21: “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name YAHUSHA, for He will Save/DELIVER His people from their sins.”

YaSha(H-3467) is a primitive root that means salvation, to save. It means to make free, deliverer or Savior.


Joshua’s Original Name, Husha, Becomes Yahusha

I mentioned before, that Yahusha shared His name with Joshua, son of Nun. If you remember, in Numbers 13, Moses changed Joshua’s name. Joshua was at first called Hosea, or Husha, which means salvation. The root of that name is yasha. There is no shua in Husha’s name. Moses changed Husha son of Nun’s name to Yahusha. Let’s examine the evidence:


Remember this is read right to left. Husha is spelled in Hebrew, hey-uau-shin-ayin. Hmmm, exactly like Yahusha, except without the yod. Well, then in verse 16, Moses added the yod to make it YaHUSHA, yod-hey-uau-shin-ayin. How does that not form the name Yahusha? How does that say Yahushua, or Yeshua, or Yashua? There is no SECOND uau, and the uau that IS there, is before the shin, not after it.

Strong’s says Husha means salvation. Tack a Ya on the front like Moses and YHUH did and you get Yahusha – YaH is salvation, or salvation of YaH. I believe the Ya was added for several reasons, the first one to demonstrate that it was YaH who brought them into the land, not the man – Husha – who led them in. I believe it was to give glory to YaHUaH for that miracle, rather than a man, to stress that salvation is from YaH. The second reason I believe his name was changed to Yahusha, is to prophesy that just as the man we call Joshua today, who the scriptures call Yahusha, led Israel into the land, so also will come another with the same name, who will lead us into the Kingdom. It’s ALWAYS very significant when someone’s name is changed in scripture.

Strong’s will tell you Husha should be pronounced Hosea, Hoshea, or Oshea, but we can’t believe everything Strong’s says, because it goes along with the conspiracy to hide and change the names of the Father and the Son. Of course they will hide the true pronunciation of Husha, because it’s in the name Yahusha. To get the pronunciation Oshea, one must remove the Hebrew letter “hey” from the beginning of the name. One must also use a vowel pointer telling you to pronounce the “uau” like an o, and don’t ask me where they are getting a “sheya” sound at the end. The ending of Husha is shin-ayin, which says “sha”. I was never taught that the ayin can have a long “a” sound, like cake. It seems to me to get, “sheya”, one would also add a “yod” to the end of Husha, before the “ayin”, to get the “ya” sound. Hosea is English, not Hebrew.

Speaking of Hosea, there’s the prophet Hosea, Husha, who also gives us a brilliant picture of Yahusha, being the husband to Israel, the harlot, who redeems her and brings her back to Him again.

Learning Hebrew

I don’t agree with the Jewish vowel pointers, that tell the reader how to pronounce the word, as the reader may have already noticed.

I just sound out the letters, knowing what sounds they make. They are very similar to English, in my mind, as I understand that all languages branched off from the one language that they were using at the tower of Babel, and that their languages/tongues, were changed just enough that they could not understand each other enough to accomplish their evil plans.

Hey says “h”, uau is a long “u” sound, shin says “sh”, and ayin is a short “a” sound, that sounds like a short “o”, as in the English words, got, or ox, or the Hebrew word, Abba, which means Father. I actually met some people online that spell Yahusha in the English as, Y-H-U-SH-O, but pronounce the “O”, or ayin, at the end, like the “a” in Abba. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I think they use the “O” instead of the “A” because of the ayin word picture of the eye, which would appear more like the English letter O than the A. Hebrew is much more simple than man makes it out to be. They complicate it because they want those not schooled in Hebrew to believe they have to follow the Jews in order to understand the Torah. Scripture says otherwise.

You can learn the letters of the aleph bet, learn the sounds they make, not according to what the Jews teach and their vowel pointers, but with witnesses from scripture, and allow the word and spirit to teach you the language YHUH originally chose to speak to His people in written form.

Here’s a link to a chart I referred to often as I was learning Hebrew. It’s very helpful, I found, in translating the Modern Hebrew to an easier to understand, more biblical and ancient Hebrew:

Division Over Names

I’m zealous about His name, and see that I am commanded to proclaim His name, exalt His name, bless His name, and praise His name, as Moses, the Prophets, Yahusha, and His disciples did. We are to do as Yahusha did, and Yahusha revealed His name to the disciples, his students:

“Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb. “For I proclaim the name of YHUH…” Deuteronomy 32:2-3

I have revealed Your name to those You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. John 17:6

I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one. While I was with them, I protected them and guarded them by Your name, the name You gave Me. Not one of them has been lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. John 17:11-12

And I have made Your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love You have for Me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:26

He says: “I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing Your praises in the congregation.” Hebrew 2:12

I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Psalms 22:12

Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know! Psalm 30:4

John 17:11 teaches us that the Father and Son’s names are One, that Yahusha revealed and made known the Father’s name, that the Son received His name from the Father, that those names bring protection, and that those names bring unity to those who call upon those names in order to be saved.

I don’t know how many times, when the issue of the names comes up and I begin to proclaim them to people who don’t exalt the names I use, they begin to suggest that insisting on using those names is causing division. Yes, Yahusha does say He comes to bring a sword:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34

A sword cuts and divides in two. In fact, Yahusha’s name consists of the letter shin, which means two, cut, sharp. Sounds like a sword to ME, something sharp that cuts things in two. A sword brandished in times of strife, conflict, and division.

Even the letters in His name imply that the very essence of His name is to bring division, to separate the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff, those in darkness from those in light. So, yes, His name brings division, and it brings persecution, because His enemies hate his name, it pierces their soul, it exposes their evil thoughts and evil intentions and evil deeds. The darkness hates the light. His name is light.

And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. Luke 21:16-17

For the word of Aluhym is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

According to the verse in Luke 21, it’s those who DON’T LOVE His NAME, who betray and put to death those who do. Who are the ones causing the division here? It’s their choice to hate His name, and it’s that choice that brings the division. I don’t cut off fellowship with someone because they do not use the same names I do, because I also used other names at one time, before I studied it out. I’m certain there are others still uninformed, that would embrace the names once the knowledge in the scriptures concerning them is given them. For this reason, I continue to declare the names to those who do not yet cling to them, and do not cut-off fellowship, but my use of the names has sometimes resulted in others cutting off fellowship with me. Many Sacred Namers have been chased away by those who criticize being zealous for the names, because of all the accusations of causing division, all the verbal stoning, the discouragement, the temptation to bow the knee to men and Baal, all the attempts to get us to deny Him and blaspheme and bring guilt upon ourselves.

As long as we use Yahweh because it’s what the Orthodox Jews teach, or use Yehovah because it’s the name the Karaite Jews insist on, division will remain, because some sheep follow those men, and other sheep follow this other man, instead of following the true Shepherd – Yahusha the Messiah – who comes in the Name of and leads us to the Father – Yahuah.

There was a time when I wondered if we should divide over the names. However, I noticed that in Acts, the apostles were not afraid to enter the market places of the gentiles, or the synagogues of the Jews on the Sabbath, to proclaim the names to those who used other names. Paul was in the Jewish Synagogues ON THE SABBATH, persuading the Jews AND the GREEKS. Paul was NOT meeting them in Greek Temples on Greek appointed times, but Jews and repentant Greeks alike, even in GREECE, were acknowledging YHUH’s Sabbath, and gathering THEN in the synagogues, to hear what Moses had to say on the Sabbath day. This should be our model regarding when and where we meet to hear Moses preached. We should continue to proclaim His name to those who hate His name, and if they choose to divide or come after us with verbal tongue lashings because we continue to preach in His name, so be it. That said, I do not pray with them in other names, and I do not compromise the truth and light of His name in my efforts to share truth with others.

Acts 5 and Acts 18 and the Names

In the Book of Acts, Chapter 18, we read about Paul preaching the name of Yahusha and His role as Messiah in the synagogues in Athens, Greece:

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Acts 18:4

…And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Yahusha was Messiah. Acts 18:5

…In verse 6, the Jews are infuriated, and “oppose” themselves (set themselves against their own nation and King), and blaspheme, because they are enraged by Paul’s testimony that Yahusha was Messiah.

Paul shakes his garment as a sign to them that their blood be upon their own heads, and announces he is going to the gentiles. What caused Paul to leave the synagogue in Athens was the Jews’ opposition and blasphemy against the testimony of Yahusha…continuing on in Acts to the next verse:

And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped Aluhym, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. Acts 18:7

And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Master with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. Acts 18:8

I’m sure the other religious leaders were furious about all the people being converted to believing in Yahusha, even the leader of the synagogue and his house. Going on to the next few verses in Acts 18:

Then spake the Master to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of Aluhym among them. Acts 18:9-12

So a year and a half later, while dwelling with the brethren and teaching them the Word in that house…

And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship Aluhym contrary to the law. Acts 18:12-13

…Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. Acts 18:14-15

So Gallio said the Jews were bringing him matters of words and names and the Jewish law, and verse 13 says the Jews accused Paul of persuading men to worship Aluhym contrary to the law. It appears, throughout this chapter, the issue the Jews have is with Paul’s testimony that Yahusha is Messiah, and that this testimony agrees with and is taught in the Law, and that they could worship YHUH in Messiah Yahusha. They are accusing Paul of idolatry and blasphemy. Yahusha was accused of blasphemy when he was killed, because He and His followers claimed Him to be THE Messiah, YHUH’s Son, and the King of the Jews. Because Paul held to the same testimony, he would face the same accusations from the Jews who would not believe in Yahusha’s NAME.

Just in case there’s STILL any doubt among some that the NAMES were not a major issue between Paul and the Jews who persecuted him, let’s take a look at Acts 5, starting at verse 17:

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

19 But the messenger of YHUH by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,

23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey Aluhym rather than men.

30 The Aluhym of our fathers raised up Yahusha, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

31 Him hath Aluhym exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom Aluhym hath given to them that obey him.

33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

There’s the testimony of Yahusha cutting the heart, remember, the shin in His name means to cut, and now those who do not believe in His NAME, take counsel to slay/cut…

34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

This was the same Gamaliel mentioned by Paul in Acts 22:3, whose feet Paul sat at and learned the Law from. It appears Gamaliel is urging the Sanhedrin to tread carefully and not harm those who hold the testimony of Yahusha, and suggests there is a possibility their works could be of Aluhym, and that to fight against their testimony, could be fighting against YHUH, and in vain.

35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39 But if it be of Aluhym, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against Aluhym.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Yahusha, and let them go.

41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Yahusha Messiah.

They disobeyed the council, the Sanhedrin, and they continued to teach and preach Yahusha and His NAME. In verse 29, when commanded to not speak in that name, the believers stated that it was better to obey Aluhym rather than men. YHUH’s Word ALWAYS trumps the word of the Sanhedrin and other men in positions of “authority”. Yahusha says you are to avoid their leaven, therefore, you shall do it. Because the Sanhedrin misused their authority, attempting to elevate their YHUH given authority over YHUH, YHUH took their authority away soon after they rejected the One who gave them that authority. Yahusha prophesied King and Priest would be rejected and the Temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed and they would go off into exile. They lost the authority He had given them. Judah handed Shiloh the scepter that was rightfully and originally His. The scepter now departed from Judah, because Shiloh – Yahusha, had come. Genesis 49:10.

Last year, I was a member on a website, and a Messianic contacted me saying he and his wife were seeking fellowship, that we had similar beliefs. We began to compare our beliefs on core issues, and he mentioned he noticed that we don’t use the name Yeshua, which they used. I replied with our testimony about why and how we began to use the name Yahusha. He replied to me that they were aware of the “correct” way to pronounce the name, but that in following the Jews, they INTENTIONALLY MISspell the name, so as not to speak the name. Again, someone admitting to me that they intentionally lie, giving false testimony, about His NAME. I was floored that this person actually admitted to me what I had suspected for years. He was involved in a great conspiracy against the NAMES. What a terrible fate awaits such as these! Indeed, there is still a conspiracy against YHUH in Judah, and as Ezekiel states:

Why do the nations conspire     and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up     and the rulers band together     against YHUH and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains

And throw off their shackles.” Psalm 2:1-3

Back to the Greeks in Acts 18

On Mars’ Hill, in Acts 17, Paul introduces the Greeks in Athens to the names of the Father and His Son, who resurrected:

For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. Acts 17:23

…And the times of this ignorance Aluhym winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30

The Greeks were IGNORANT of His NAME. They did not know His name. Paul says Aluhym NOW commands ALL men everywhere to REPENT of this IGNORANCE of NOT KNOWING His NAME. If one is in ignorance regarding YHUH’s name, it’s not because nobody has declared it to them, but because they have not heard and tested what’s being said to them. If a person is still unsure about the names, by not studying the matter out, he is making a choice to sin against that command to repent of that ignorance of His name. That person is choosing to blindly follow the Pharisees or the religious leaders of the Romans or Greeks who suppress the knowledge of the names, he is choosing to remain in ignorance on the matter – a matter of salvation. We are blessed if we seek His name:

And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. Genesis 32:29

An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. Exodus 20:24

And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Numbers 6:27

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. Psalm 91:4

As Paul was told in Acts 18:9, we cannot be afraid, we cannot continue to hold our peace out of fear of rejection or fear of losing fellowship. Perfect love casts out all fear, so if we have fear, we do not have love. We must love YHUH before, and more than, our brother. Fear of men leads to obeying men instead of YHUH, in an effort to save one’s own life:

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25

Yahusha declared “‘Love YHUH your Aluhym with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

YHUH comes first, the command to love our brother was put second. Choose this day whom you will serve…

Blessings in Yahusha/Yahushua/Yashua Messiah’s Name, Lyndsey Sanchez

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The Exchange of Vows on 3-16

Jubilees 1:1, states that it was the 16th of the 3rd month when Moses was called up the mount.

And it came to pass in the first year of the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt, in the third month, on the sixteenth day of the month, [2410 Anno Mundi] that Aluhym spake to Moses, saying: ‘Come up to Me on the Mount…’ Jubilees 1:1

This verse is sometimes quoted by those who understand it to support their position that the Israelites arrived at Sinai mid-month, not early in the 3rd month, to establish that Shabuot occurs later than the Jewish tradition of dating the Feast early in the 3rd month. I propose that, those who quote Jubilees 1:1 to support the testimony that Exodus 19:1 tells us that Israel arrived mid-month in the 3rd month, are correct in doing so. However, these same individuals will often claim Jubilees 15:1 is a lie, because it disagrees with their doctrine on the date of Shabuot. The Book of Jubilees testifies several times throughout the book that the First Fruits of the Wheat Harvest Festival is on the 16th of the 3rd month.

And in the fifth year of the fourth week of this jubilee, in the third month, in the middle of the month, Abram celebrated the feast of the first-fruits of the grain harvest. Jubilees 15:1 And she bare a son in the third month, and in the middle of the month, at the time of which YHUH had spoken to Abraham, on the festival of the first fruitsof the harvest, Isaac was born. Jubilees 16:13

Individuals who reject these testimonies in Jubilees pick and choose what agrees with them, and throw the rest out. When it comes to scripture, certain scrolls that claim to be inspired by YHUH, hold to the testimony of the law of Moses, and prophesy of Yahusha Messiah, I don’t believe there are any bones to spit out. While there are minor mistranslations in a few places, in ALL translations, I have found that when each verse is examined in the light of ALL the other scriptures, we can have confidence in them all, I don’t believe the scribes did so much damage that we can’t put our faith in much or even in ANY of it, as some would have us to believe.

I believe Israel arrived on the 15th, at night, two months after they left Rameses. I also believe that the camping place (Rephidim) prior to their arrival, was a short journey away, where they rested on the Sabbath before arriving at Sinai the following night. That night, after they arrived at Sinai, they set up camp, and in the morning, on the 16th (Remember, a day/date begins in the morning), Moses was called up the mount.

Shabuot, the establishing of the covenant, and the giving of the law, could not have taken place before the 16th of the 3rd month, as the Bible and Jubilees agree that these things did not take place before they arrived at Sinai. A Pentecost on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th day of the month would be impossible, and not in line with the witnesses.

The Book of Jasher is a 3rd witness about the date of the Feast and these events. In Jasher 82:6, we read that YHUH gave the 10 commandments to Israel on the 6th day of the 3rd month, however, I believe that’s an error on the part of the translators, that it should read the 16th.

And the children of Israel proceeded from Rephidim and they encamped in the wilderness of Sinai, in the third month from their going forth from Egypt…And in the third month from the children of Israel’s departure from Egypt, on the sixth day thereof, YHUH gave to Israel the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. Jasher 82:1, 6

I go into how/why I come to that conclusion more on my website, but that’s the only way I know to understand Jasher 82:6 if we are to believe these books agree and strengthen the testimony, and I believe they do, because on a calendar that puts Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, as the Bible, Jubilees, and Jasher do, the 6th can never be 7 Sabbaths after the 16th OR the 23rd, no matter when you start the count. The only way to reconcile the testimony of Jasher 82:6 with the Bible, Jubilees, and the lunar Sabbath, is to interpret this verse in Jasher to be saying that it was on the 16th, and it would not be a far stretch to suggest that someone went with 6th, rather than 16th, knowing the translator was probably very familiar with the Jewish traditional date for Pentecost, counted from the 16th of the 1st month. The translator interpreted Sabbaths, as seven days, not Sabbaths or complete lunar weeks. However, if we look at Jasher in the light of all the other scriptures, the way I’m suggesting, that Jasher 82:6 should read 16th, not 6th, we bring the testimonies of the three books into agreement – the Bible, Jasher, and Jubilees – and we now have three witnesses in agreement about the date for the arrival at Sinai, the giving of the law, the establishment of the covenant, and the date for Shabuot.

While some lunar Sabbath keepers will agree with me on the date for the arrival at Sinai and the giving of the law, they disagree that this is also the date for Shabuot and Israel entering the covenant with YHUH. They disagree for several reasons. One is belief that the date for the Feast of Weeks is found by counting 7 Sabbaths plus another 50 days, resulting in the first fruits of the wheat harvest being put off until the end of the 4th month. I think the scriptures in Jubilees and Jasher obviously make this an impossibility, and the scriptures do, as well, but in a less obvious way for some people. Let me explain…

I’ll focus on their strongest arguments for a later Feast of Weeks, albeit, not very strong when one takes into account ALL of the SCRIPTURES concerning the matter. They believe Israel did not enter into covenant until the tablets were given in stone. They also believe the first fruits of the wheat cannot be ready until the end of the 4th month, never in the 3rd month. They believes there is a season called Spring, and that if Shabuot was supposed to occur in the 3rd month, scripture would call it a “Spring” Feast, during a “Spring” harvest, with “Spring” fruits. Because scripture, Philo, and Josephus, speak of Summer, not Spring, in regards to the timing of Shabuot, they believe this means Shabuot must happen in what THEY consider Summer, which THEY believe to be after the beginning of the 4th month.

If you are not yet aware that there is no such thing as “Spring” in scripture, only Summer and Winter, that in Summer are ALL of the feasts and in Summer are ALL of the harvests, and ALL of the ripening of fruits for the year, please verify what I’m saying in a concordance. I go into the issue further on my website and my blog, about how certain Hebrew phrases got translated as “Spring” and “Fall”. There is a link to the blog and my website at the end of the article. Summer has 6 months, and the 3rd month is Summer. Passover and Unleavened Bread are also in Summer.

Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. Psalms 74:17

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

So that addresses the Summer/Spring issue. Since there is no season called, “Spring” mentioned in scripture, of course Pentecost is called a Summer festival, even in the 3rd month. We can put that argument to rest.

The next argument for a later Shabuot is the claim that wheat cannot ever be ripe in the 3rd month, even the first fruits. You may have already ready seen my testimony with videos showing entire fields of wheat being harvested in the 3rd month on my blog. If you have not seen these testimonies, you can find the links on my blog in the article titled, Pentecost and Ready Wheat on 3-16, In that article, you can also read about how “winter” wheat, harvested in Summer, and sown the previous winter, is perfectly acceptable as a first fruits offering, and would be ready before the wheat sown a few months earlier.

As far as I’m concerned, because I was not there in Israel in ancient times, I cannot claim that it was never possible in Abraham’s day for wheat to be ready in the 3rd month. Some are arrogant enough to call Jubilees 15:1 a lie. They claim it is not possible that Abraham celebrated the Feast of First Fruits in the 3rd month as Jubilees states. I guess they were there so they would know, right?

I believe the Feast of First Fruits can be a week-long celebration, like the other two chagim festivals, though not commanded that way…If you look closely at the events in Exodus 19 and 24. The sequence of events begins at the 16th, and lasts about a week, with the climax of the week being Moses ascending the mount and disappearing into the cloud on the seventh day. (Exodus 24:15-18)

Starting on the 16th, it sounds like, the cloud covers the mountain, and the glory climaxes on the seventh day, and then leaves. During that week, while the cloud is on the mount, from the 16th-22, what happens first, is the exchange of vows (Exodus 19:5-8 and Exodus 24:3), then later comes the sacrifice (Exodus 24:4-6), the reading of the Book of the Covenant/Law (Exodus 24:7), then reaffirming of the vows (Exodus 24:7), sealed in the blood (consummation of marriage covenant already established) (Exodus 24:8), wedding feast on the mount with 70 elders (Exodus 24:11), then Moses is called up the mount again to receive the tablets of stone (Exodus 24:12). Moses went up in the cloud on the seventh day after YHUH again invited him up the mount to receive the tablets. So Exodus 24 is telling us very clearly the sequence of events, and which event represented the establishment of the covenant – the vows that came first. In fact, one of the root words in Shabuot, is shaba, H7650, a verb that means to make a vow, an oath, a promise. What happened on that day is even explained in the word for the name of that feast.

Everything else – the blood, the wedding feast with the 70 elders, the tablets – was putting a stamp on what already happened. This teaches us that the laws are put on our hearts first, heart circumcision, our vows are what make us bound to YHUH, not stone tablets. Our words, or vows, are important and binding. Stone tablets and physical circumcision come later. Stone tablets can be broken or lost, but our words are binding for life.

See Deut 22. If a man sleeps with another man’s betrothed virgin (they are engaged, exchanged vows, but not consummated yet, yet still considered married), the man who has lied with the virgin has committed ADULTERY, not just fornication, he must be killed, for violating another man’s WIFE, not fiancé. According to scripture, we are married when we agree to marry, not when we lie with someone. That’s when he becomes her husband, and she becomes his wife, when they agree to marriage.

Sex with a virgin results in the spilling of blood, and is a seal on the covenant already established, as we see in Exodus 24:8. Adultery is a specific form of fornication, involving sex with a woman who has made vows, and is therefore married to, another man. If a man lies with a virgin who is committed to another man, he must die. If she is not committed to another man, he is expected to marry her and/or pay the bride price for a virgin, if the father allows it, and the man can never divorce her, and he is not killed. This clearly defines a marriage covenant as the exchange of oral vows, not blood, and not the writing of the terms/ketubah/tablets which is a record of the terms/vows already established.

In Deut. 22:23-24, the husband is betrothed to his wife, but she is still a virgin, so obviously sex did not make them married, because sex and the spilling of the blood hadn’t happened yet. Numbers 30 also teaches us it is our words/vows that are binding, and Romans 7:1-3 should be read in that light/context, that a woman is bound to her husband as long as he is still alive. No where does scripture say a ketubah of any sort is binding. It’s simply a record of what was agreed upon verbally. Deut. 29:12 is another witness that the vow, or oath, YHUH made sealed and established the covenant on that very day.

That thou shouldest enter into covenant with YHUH thy Aluhym, and into his oath, which YHUH thy Aluhym maketh with thee this day. Deuteronomy 29:12

When you add in the testimonies of Jubilees about the date and Feast that YHUH first made the covenants with Israel’s fathers, Noah and Abraham, and the date for Isaac’s birth, the evidence is overwhelming for the date of Shabuot in the 16th of the 3rd month, and this being the anniversary and the fulfillment of the covenants made with them. We’ve not even mentioned the count in Lev 23 in this conversation. That’s another topic I go into more on my website.

I believe enough scriptures have been presented to establish that Pentecost cannot take place before the 16th of the 3rd month, and that putting it off another month and a half to the end of the 4th month doesn’t work, either. The witnesses all agree in strength that Israel entered the covenant, and Pentecost occurs, on the 16th of the 3rd month.

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The Barley Sheaf and Crossing the Sea on Abib 23

The crossing of the Sea on the way out of Egypt is often associated with the barley wave sheaf, because it’s believed by many that the date Moses led the people across the Sea, was the “day after the Sabbath” that YHUH was referring to when He commanded Israel to wave the barley sheaf in Leviticus 23. For this reason, MOST who believe this will claim Israel crossed the Sea on Abib 16, In this article, we will examine the evidence of sacred, inspired writings that exalt the name of YHUH, exalt the Torah of Moses, and prophesy of Yahusha HaMashiach.

Concerning the timing they left Egypt, Numbers 33 and Deuteronomy 16:1 inform us the date and time of day. Remember as you read these verses and study the sequence of events, that a date/day begins in the morning:

Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto YHUH thy Aluhym: for in the month of Abib YHUH thy Aluhym brought thee forth out of Egypt by night. Deut. 16:1

And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. Numbers 33:3

Because Exodus 19:1 says they left EGYPT two months before their arrival at the Mount, this is another reason many believe this must mean they crossed the sea on the 16th of the 1st month, the morning after they left Rameses. I suggest that Exodus 19:1 is not saying they crossed the Sea two months before, but that they began their journey out of Egypt two months before arriving at Sinai. They left Rameses on the 15th, at night, in agreement with Numbers 33

The belief that the sheaf was waved on the 16th ties in with the date they believe Israel crossed the Sea. I, too, believe the crossing of the sea was at the timing of the waving of the sheaf. However, I understand this date to have occurred a week later than the date most have come to. I’m going to show where scripture says they crossed the Sea a week after the traditional date.

I, also, was taught the Israelites crossed the sea on the 16th, which is also when I was taught the sheaf was waved. However, I started to wonder how that date could be possible for the Sea crossing in the light of the scriptures which say that when they left Rameses on the 15th (Num 33:3), they camped at Sukkot (Num 33:5).

The Israelites left Rameses and camped at Sukkoth. Numbers 33:5

The Book of Jasher 81:5 says they arrived at Sukkot on the 15th.

And the children of Israel traveled from Egypt and from Goshen and from Rameses, and encamped in Succoth on the fifteenth day of the first month. Jasher 81:5 (I believe they arrived at night, not during the Sabbath portion of the day. Deut 16:1 and Num. 33 say he brought them out by night, and on the 15th, so this did not break the commandment to keep the Sabbath day kadosh.)

Then they left Sukkot and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness (Num 33:5-6, Exodus 13:20, and Jasher 81:7).

They left Sukkoth and camped at Etham, on the edge of the desert. Numbers 33:6

And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. Exodus 13:20

And the Egyptians buried all their firstborn whom Ha Adon had smitten, and all the Egyptians buried their slain for three days. And the children of Israel traveled from Succoth and encamped in Ethom, at the end of the wilderness. Jasher 81:6-7

According to Jasher 81:8-11, THREE DAYS LATER, after they completed burying their dead, the Egyptians decided to find out why Israel had not returned, when they had only asked to leave for three days to celebrate a feast unto YHUH.

And on the third day after the Egyptians had buried their firstborn, many men rose up from Egypt and went after Israel to make them return to Egypt, for they repented that they had sent the Israelites away from their servitude. And one man said to his neighbor, Surely Moses and Aaron spoke to Pharaoh, saying, We will go a three days’ journey in the wilderness and sacrifice to the YHUH our Aluhym. Now therefore let us rise up early in the morning and cause them to return, and it shall be that if they return with us to Egypt to their masters, then shall we know that there is faith in them, but if they will not return, then will we fight with them, and make them come back with great power and a strong hand. And all the nobles of Pharaoh rose up in the morning, and with them about seven hundred thousand men, and they went forth from Egypt on that day, and came to the place where the children of Israel were. Jasher 81:8-11

Jasher 81:10 says the next morning (this would have been 4 days later) they went to ask Israel why they had not yet returned to their work in Egypt. Jasher 81:12 states that when the Egyptians found the Israelites, they were found feasting before Pi-hahiroth.

And all the Egyptians saw and behold Moses and Aaron and all the children of Israel were sitting before Pi-hahiroth, eating and drinking and celebrating the feast of YHUH. Jasher 81:12

Exodus 14:2 and Num 33:7 confirm Pi-hahiroth was the next camping spot BEFORE crossing the sea (see Num 33:1-8).

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. Exodus 14:2

They left Etham, turned back to Pi Hahiroth, to the east of Baal Zephon, and camped near Migdol. Numbers 33:7

Jasher 81:14 states that by the time the Egyptians find Israel at this spot, it’s now been 5 days since they left, and they have still to cross the sea.

And all the Egyptians said to the children of Israel, Surely you said, We will go a journey for three days in the wilderness and sacrifice to our Aluhym and return. Now therefore this day makes five days since you went, why do you not return to your masters? Jasher 81:13-14

Jasher 81:15 says Moses and Aaron informed the Egyptians that they would not be returning to Egypt.

And Moses and Aaron answered them, saying, Because YHUH our Aluhym has testified in us, saying, “You shall no more return to Egypt, but we will betake ourselves to a land flowing with milk and honey,” as YHUH our Aluhym had sworn to our ancestors to give to us. Jasher 81:15

Jasher 81 goes on to say that Israel fought with the Egyptians, and gave them a beating, and the Egyptians returned to tell Pharaoh the Israelites were not going to return.

And when the nobles of Egypt saw that the children of Israel did not hearken to them, to return to Egypt, they girded themselves to fight with Israel. And YHUH strengthened the hearts of the children of Israel over the Egyptians, that they gave them a severe beating, and the battle was sore upon the Egyptians, and all the Egyptians fled from before the children of Israel, for many of them perished by the hand of Israel. And the nobles of Pharaoh went to Egypt and told Pharaoh, saying, the children of Israel have fled, and will no more return to Egypt, and in this manner did Moses and Aaron speak to us. Jasher 81:16-18

This all took some time. Though the Bible does not mention the fighting between them, it does mention Pharaoh was informed that Israel had no plans to return to Egypt in Exodus 14:5.

And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? Exodus 14:5

So when Pharaoh’s army arrives, Israel is still camped at Pi-hahiroth, they had been feasting and had kept the Sabbaths of Unleavened Bread. Now they are very afraid, and not wanting to fight. Moses tells them they won’t have to lift a finger in defense. (Exodus 14:13-14 and Jasher 81:28, 32)

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of YHUH, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. YHUH shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:13-14

And Moses said to them, Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of YHUH which He will effect this day for you. Jasher 81:28

And Moses said to them, Stand in your places, for YHUH will fight for you, and you shall remain silent. Jasher 81:32

I don’t see how Israel could have camped at all 3 places, stopping to bake unleavened bread (Exodus 12:39) before crossing the sea, if they crossed on the 16th, the morning after they left Rameses, according to Numbers 33:5-8 and Exodus 13 and 14. The Book of Jubilees tells us when they crossed:

 …and the festival of unleavened bread, that they should eat unleavened bread seven days, and that they should observe its festival, and that they bring an oblation every day during those seven days of joy before YHUH on the altar of YHUH your ALMIGHTY. For you celebrated this festival with haste when you went forth from Egypt till you entered into the wilderness of Shur; for on the shore of the sea you completed it. (49:22-23)

So they completed the feast on the shore before they crossed the Sea. I believe that when Miriam led Israel in song and dance with tambourines on the morning of Abib 23, the first day of the week, after the Egyptians were washed away in the Sea, that was symbolic of the wave sheaf offering of barley, as that is the day after the Sabbath AFTER Unleavened Bread. It may have even occurred at the time of the morning sacrifice that day. It could be YHUH commanded the wave sheaf that day to commemorate the crossing of the Sea, and that is how the belief came to be that the wave sheaf was on the day of the Sea crossing! How appropriate!

Conclusion: We have established with more than the required number of witnesses from scripture, that the claim that Israel crossed the Sea on or before the 16th of the first month, is BOGUS! I also believe we have established that a very symbolic, very significant event has taken place on the date that I, Leviticus 23, Exodus 19, Exodus 24, Jasher, and Jubilees, pinpoints for the day the sheaf was waved. If you count 7 sabbaths, 50 days, 7 COMPLETE weeks from the Sea crossing, you come to the date Jubilees and Exodus 19 say Israel entered the covenant with the exchange of the wedding vows, and receiving of the law…on the 16th day of the 3rd month…

In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. Exodus 19:1

And it came to pass in the first year of the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt, in the third month, on the sixteenth day of the month, [2410) Anno Mundi] that Aluhym spake to Moses, saying: ‘Come up to Me on the Mount…” Jubilees 1:1

Isn’t it just beautiful how these numerous witnesses in the Bible, the Book of Jubilees, and the Book of Jasher, all line up in complete agreement, strengthening this testimony, and giving us our 2-3 witnesses required to establish this matter? Many will try to discredit Jubilees and Jasher, because these books testify that some individuals are holding to and teaching false doctrines. They slander the testimony of these books, these books which proclaim the law and the testimony, and prophesy of Messiah Yahusha, just as the Torah does. Let us not listen to false witnesses about these books without hearing the testimony (reading the books) ourselves, and testing it with Torah. Remember, the Bible mentions Jasher more than once. These books also support a lunar Sabbath, just as the Bible does.

To continue the story and see how/when Israel entered the marriage covenant on Shabuot/Shabuat, on the 16th day of the 3rd month, please read my article entitled, The Exchange of Vows on 3-16.

For more information on this and many other topics, please refer to my website and my blog, and feel free to email me with any questions, comments, concerns. Please let me know, too, if you are coming into agreement on these matters. I know others who are rejoicing at this good news and I can put you on a fellowship list. I’d love the fellowship and the encouragement, too!

Submitted in Yahusha’s love, Lyndsey Sanchez

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