The Mount Zion Assembly of Jah
The Scriptural New Year
Greetings to all:
This is a basic Introduction as to our understanding of the Beginning of the Scriptural Year.
In calendar discussions, many people prefer to use Hebraic Translations to understand the beginning of the Scriptural Year. Other people use the Solstices and Equinoxes as tools to dictate the Scriptural year. Most people use the lunar cycles to further determine the beginning of the Year in combination with the Astronomical Vernal Equinox and many people also use Barley observations along with the previously mentioned methods to determine the first day of Abib, ...the list of methods is long....
In order to forward the Scriptural Almenach we must look to the Scriptures as the Standard...
Diligent students of the Master will soon find that the Scriptures speak more about the beginning of the Year than most people have given credit too or believed...
If the reader has interests in these Deep Discussions about the Scriptural Almenach (Calendar), Prophecy, Identities, Holy Days, the Messiah and various other Scriptural topics, then you should get our books:
These books are companions to the Scriptures and will equip you with the Perpetual Scriptural Almenach for the past, present and future. The will give you a more fuller understanding of Scriptural Chronology, History, Geography and Doctrine.
Some fundamentals of the Scriptural Almenach (Calendar) we forward that differ from the various other calendars are:
A Scriptural common year has 364 days in a year
, which is 52 Sabbaths. (52 x 7= 364)
A Scriptural Year has 12 months and not 13 months or 13 moons
Every 7th year is a Sabbatical year
; there aren't intercalary 13-month years like the Jewish/Hebrew soli-lunar calendar nor does it have leap years like the Gregorian calendar
The Scriptural Year is governed by the 7-day Weekly cycle
in conjunction with sun, which is a sign of days, seasons and years.
The lunar cycle
or the phases of the moon
doesn't dictate what a Scriptural month
is. A month
is a set amount of days allotted
by the Creator via His words
and not observation
of the sky.
The Feasts don't move they are set.
There is more and all these things wont be discussed now but that last point is good to remember, that Jah's feasts don't wander within the weekly cycle and that they are fixed or Scripturally speaking they are “SET”…which means they don't move around and occur on different dates or days of the week… they will be on the same day of the week forever….
WE get the idea of Set or Fixed Feasts from these following verses…
Numbers 29:39 -
 These things ye shall do unto JAH in your SET feasts,
beside your vows, and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your meat offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.
And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto JAH in the sabbaths, in the new [months], and on the SET feasts
, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before JAH:
2 Chronicles 31:3
-  He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new [months], and for the SET feasts
, as it is written in the law of JAH.
-  And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new [months], and of all the SET feasts of JAH that were consecrated
, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto JAH.
-  For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new [months], for the SET feasts
, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our Maker.
-  He beautified their feasts
, and SET in order the solemn times until the end,
that they might praise His holy name, and that the temple might sound from morning. (Apocrypha
Why is this fundamental about Set or Fixed days important? It's important and matters because the Feasts of Jah are shadows of things to come and they are memorials of JAH and His Salvation. They are Holy Appointments with the Jahshuwah the Messiah that have Prophetical fulfillments in Scripture.
JAH'S NEW YEAR
And JAH spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,2 THIS MONTH SHALL BE UNTO YOU THE BEGINNING OF MONTHS: IT SHALL BE THE FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR TO YOU.
- THIS DAY CAME YE OUT IN THE MONTH ABIB
- The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. SEVEN days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month ABIB
: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
These reasoning's are intended to bring about the Scriptural fundamentals about Jah's Almenach (Calendar), which will help the reader to get acquainted with the various notions of the Almenach of Jahzrael (Israel). Calendar topics always seem to ruffle people's feathers but my intention is to stir you up spiritually and bring our understanding of the Mighty Jah's Calendar and not to cause strife, although it will come.
There is so much to get into in this area, but it is only appropriate to chew a little bit at a time...
These reasoning's on this website are just the tip of the iceberg
and are forerunners to the tantamount of knowledge revealed and reserved in our Books about JAH'S ALMENACH.
This comming year the True New Year will begin on Sunday February 1st 2009, which is the 1st day of the week. The first day of Abib will always occur on the first day of the week. But the Gregorian date equivalent to Abib 1 will always be shifting because it is not a fixed calendar, it wanders throughout the years.
I want to emphasize that the Scriptural New year always begins on the first day of the week, which we will attempt to show.
Many people think February is the dead of winter and it may look that way in North America no doubt, but there is much much more to understand. As you read further let it be known that their is no ignorance or rebellion in this understanding....We have been deceived for far to long....The Standards of North American education is a great part of this deception.
By professing that the Scriptural New Year begins in February you can imagine the influx of shrugs and smirks that are projected this way...but before you dismiss the notion of Abib being equivalent to February
be sure to come out of the North American or western boxed mind frame that they have filled us with...The reader should be diligent to search out the whole notion of seasons as they pertain to the Mid-East, Europe, and Asia etc....this will further help to enlighten this gargantuan Goliath of false science that we have today....
We understand from Scriptures that when the Scriptural New Year begins on February 1st 2009AD that it will be the beginning of the year 6,209 from creation. That means in that Scriptural New Year it will be 6,209 years that have passed since creation began. Chronology is vital to Scriptural History and Prophecy.
These words may come as a surprise to many, they may even sound absurd, but as with many things that may appear as heresy, we should prove all things (from the Scriptures) and we do that by studying Jah's Word.
For the record - We of Zion don't use or observe the beginning of the astronomical seasons that are in use today
. We may not have all the truth, but the little light that we have is a GREAT TRUTH that is important to share with other labourers in the vineyard of Salvation.
Now we know most people either celebrate January or March-April as their New Year, (Solar or lunar) depending on various criteria. So please don't start throwing the new moon nearest the spring equinox responses out to quick because the knowledge of most solar, lunar and luni-solar calendars in operation today have been diligently considered and researched by us with the Scriptures being the Standard.
Having the Scriptural Calendar allows us to know when the New Year and festivals occur in any part of time in the History of Creation. We can know exactly when the feasts occur in the past, present times or into the future...Praise JAH.
For the record we understand that the 24-hour day begins at the evening due to the fact that light came from darkness and due to the Genesis Scriptures testifying to the evening and morning were the first day issue.
One of the Greatest Discoveries of Our Time
It is surprising to find out how many people don't believe that Jah's Calendar is found within His Words! Many people don't believe Jah's Chronological Time Frame of Creation is within His words either. “It is impossible to know what day and year this really is!” they emphatically say.
But whether they believe it or not, it's still true and as with everything else pertaining to Jah, its foundation is with Jahoshuwah and within the Holy Scriptures.
Here a little and there a little, and Jah will strengthen us in Faith.
Jah has blessed us of the Zion Assembly by revealing His Almenach to David Wray, (the author of the 3 books we forward), after almost 2000 years of suppression by governments, false religions and astronomical calendars and we endeavour to be a fellow labourers by sharing it and teaching it to those who have a desire to honour and meet with Him at His appointed Times…
...And to be quite frank, we feel the Revelation of Jah's Calendar is one the Greatest and Most Important Spiritual Discoveries in over 2000 years!! The heathens probably thought they wiped out the Creator's Calendar completely, but Jah will always keep His Light burning like He promised. Glory be to Jahshuwah!
THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION IS IMPORTANT!
JAH the Creator made time, the universe, and life for His pleasure, that's right, the reason why we were created was for JAH'S pleasure.
] For by Him were all things created
, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible
, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:
] Thou art worthy, O JAH, to receive glory and honour and power
: for thou hast created all things
, and for thy pleasure they are and were created
JAH says He does not change and JAHOSHUWAH is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and in saying that, He still has and uses His Own Jahzraelite Calendar.
] For I am JAH, I change not
; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Hebrew 13:8 -
] Jahshuwah the Messijah the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
JAH is the foundation of time and He began creating things visible and invisible like `time' on the first day of the week.
We need to emphasize that the first day of Abib, from the beginning of time, was on the first day of the week due to Genesis chapter 1.
Consequently the first day of Abib will ALWAYS AND FOREVER be on the First day of the Week. If you use any other calendar in the world, whether solar or lunar, you will have the first day of Abib wandering within the weekly cycle over the years.
] And Jah called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
So we see that Time began on the first day of the week and not any other day. In other words, if you were to use the astronomical calendar, you could only go as far back as to the fourth day of creation for their origin, because before the fourth day there was no sun, lunah or stars made as of yet!! (Genesis 1:14-19)
And this is where trusting JAH and observing HIS WORDS becomes crucial, because all things begin with Jah and His Count from the beginning.
- In the beginning JAH made
the Heaven and the earth.
So if we begin counting from the first day of the week, we will see that the 7th day Sabbath is the first Holy Day of the year, which is the 7th day of Abib in this account in Genesis.
I repeat, the 7th day Sabbath is the first Holy Day of the year and it occurs on the 7th day of the first month Abib and repeats itself weekly throughout the year. This notion of Abib always beginning on the first day of the week shows us that a lunar timetable wouldn't be able to provide such perfection….the lunar new year begins on various days of the week.
In the first chapter of Genesis we have 6 days
of work and on the 7th
is the Sabbath of Rest
. Remarkably this coincides with the opening of Leviticus 23
which lists all the annual Holy days beginning from the first Holy Day of the year - the 7th day Sabbath - also, Leviticus 23 can show us that the first day of Abib is always upon the first day of the week, if you use JAH'S Wisdom
] Six days
shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest
, an holy convocation
; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of Jah in all your dwellings.
Now the untrained eye can't clearly see that Abib is the first day of the week only by looking at Leviticus 23:3, but by knowing that this Sabbath being spoken of here is the first Holy Day of the Year it can help to clarify and bring to light that it occurs on the 7th day of the first month.......
In other words, by using Genesis chapter 1, which lets us know that the First day of Creation occurred on the first day of the week, which was also day of the first month and first day of the first year, and by using Leviticus 23:3 in conjunction with the Creation account, we may be able to see how these two harmonious Scriptures can help us to understand that Abib 1 always occurs on the first day of the week and that Abib 7 should logically occur on the Seventh day of the Week.
Notice the chart below and the two Scriptures in the Chart to bring a clearer view of this understanding that Abib 1 is the First day of the week and Abib 7 is the 7th day of the week….Hopefully this visual can illuminate you to as to why we approach the first day of the Year in the Strict manner that we do.
DAY 7 -the Sabbath
moon and sun made
The first Holy Day of the Year
Bear in mind that the 7th day Sabbath observance that is commanded in the Scriptures has nothing to do with the Sun or the moon but is a SET mathematical count, which sets this foundation of TIME very strongly.
It's the same foundation from creation that shows us that Jah was counting days, and not using the sun or moon for this count...We speak about signs, seasons, days and years in our other articles.
Keep in mind that we're only stating that the first month Abib has to start on the first day of the week and that the last month Adar ends on the Sabbath day....We're not speaking about the amount of days in any of the months of the year, those are discussed and revealed in our books.
So in summary, the First day of Creation was also:
The First day
of the 7-day weekly
The First day
of the First Month
The First day
of the First Season
- latter rains
, Winter-Spring grain harvest.
The First day
of the First 364-day
Common Scriptural Year
The First day
of the 7000-year
cycle of Creation.
JAH'S 7-DAY WEEK
The 7-day week is the most important cycle operating within JAH'S Almenach (Calendar). It is the Key to understanding the Most High's Calculations of Time. The Truth is that it was designed by the Most High to regulate the Universe. Peoples of all religions and nations have a SEVEN day week; a fact which is strong proof that all nations came from a common ancestor who received the seven-day week from JAH the Maker.
And yes, there are some religions and nations that have tried to survive using something other than the 7-day weekly cycle, but the truth is that anything other than a 7-day weekly cycle will, and has, distort and confuse the truth and correct observation of time as it is governed by the laws of the Universe which were set by JAH..
At first glance that 7-day creation week appears to have no connection whatsoever with JAH'S Calendrical Cycle but as earlier stated, it is the foundation of JAH'S Almenach. It sets FOUNDATION of an important SPIRITUAL CYCLE OF SEVENS. The Cycles of 7 can be extensively seen in SCRIPTURE PROPHECY AND THE TORAH.
JAH'S number 7 is regarded the number of Wisdom.....
Proverbs 9:1- WISDOM hath BUILDED her house
, she hath HEWN out her SEVEN pillars.
In the Jahzraelite Scriptural Almenach the days of the week, as most people know, are not named but are numbered: first day, second day, third day etc., The main exception being the seventh day of the week, which is also called the Sabbath. In the Roman civil calendar, the one currently used by virtually all the world, the days of the week are named after various pagan or planetary gods, as you may already know:
1st day Sunday: named after the Sun god.
2nd day Monday: named after the Moon god.
3rd day Tuesday: named after Tiu, an ancient Teutonic deity.
4th day Wednesday: named after Woden, a god in Norse mythology, associated with the Roman god (and planet) Mercury.
5th day Thursday: named after Thor, the supreme god in Norse mythology, associated with the Roman god (and planet) Jupiter.
6th day Friday: named after Friga, wife of the god Odin, or Wodin another god in Norse mythology.
7th day Saturday: named after the planet Saturn.
When conversing with people, it's necessary to use these popular names (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc.), because few would know what we were talking about if only the Scriptural numbering system were used.
But we should start training ourselves from now to wash our brain (brainwash) to think Jah's way and get used to His times!
The point is that these popular weekday names have pagan roots and are not found in the Scriptures.
So we can see that if you were to use a lunar or solar calendar it will be out of whack with Jah's True times because a Scriptural year is perfectly in harmony with the 7-day creation week and not the sun or lunah, Jah's Almenach is not Astronomical.
As earlier stated, if you use a solar or lunar calendar, the first day of Abib will wander within the weekly cycle and it will occur on any day of the week throughout the years.
And we have shown good Scriptural evidence and logic to prove that Abib 1 must occur on the 1st day of the week.
In addition, the last day of the Scriptural year must always END on the 7th day Sabbath. And if you use any other calendar in the world seemingly as the Most High's calendar and not the True Scriptural Almenach, then the year will also end on any day of the week, which is not in harmony with Jah's Cycle of Sevens.
SIGNS AND SEASONS
The Sun, Lunah (Moon) and Astrons (Stars) were created to serve all the nations of the earth to give light and many other things, the host of the heavens weren't created so that the nations should serve them; but the satanic Babylonian Lunarian and Solarist astronomers have played a big part in deceiving the nations by linking them to feasts of the lunar and solar calendars for the sake of creation worship, which is linked to Satanic worship.
Most importantly, the days that are sanctified by the Creator are polluted and regular days are being used as holy days...which Jah dislikes.
The Most High speaks of the sun, moon and stars as being for signs, seasons, days and years…..notice that He said nothing about months….take note:
- And JAH 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
Many people in the world use this scripture to say that “the moon is for months” in order to support the false lunar calendar, but that's not what Jah said. Some people use Hebraic translations to mess around with the word “Seasons”....but their mistranslations can be clearly exposed when you know the Formation of the True Calendar...that is discussed in our books.
The words “NEW MOON” that are found within the Scriptures is a faulty translation of the Hebrew word “Chadash or Chodesh” which simply mean NEW and nothing MORE....that is a common mistake that's made, the word simply means NEW...
Looking at that verse (Gen:1:14) clearly shows that Jah never said anything about the moon being used for months, nor any other heavenly object for that matter, they, collectively, are only for signs, seasons, days and years, not months! Remember this Scriptural fact. Jah said “LET THEM”, the word `them' is plural “to be for signs etc.”
Months are Governed by Jah's Words and Decrees not the Moon....
This is why Jah had to re-introduce the beginning of months to Moshea when coming OUT of Egypt, because they were among a heathenistic nation that used Solar and lunar calendars and times and the true Almenach was lost in their captivity…. The Calendar was a prime tool given to Moshe very early in the Exodus...
The point trying to be made here is that JAH'S NUMERICAL division of months establishes when a month begins and ends….not the moon. Jah's Almenach never ever used the waxing and waning of the moon as monthly divisions; it was the surrounding nations that used Solar and Lunar Times and Calendars....
In regards to the word “Sign” as being used in reference to the sun we can see that the Sun is a sign of the daylight season and its' brilliance and heat definitely give the sign when its summer or winter. By knowing the Summer and Winter Seasons, which is the Dry and wet Seasons, or Hot and Cold, we can observe the sign that a year has passed...
If you do some research you will soon find out that the Sun starts to brighten up dramatically in February, the daylight gets longer in an obvious fashion during this month and in the Mid East February is the Beginning of Spring, check that out for yourself.
The moon rules the night and in the Summer the moon gives the sign of being less visible for extended hours and in the winter the moon has longer hours to be visible....when she is seen out in the daytime bear in mind that somewhere else on earth she is ruling the night.
The moon stays out longer in winter and shorter in Summer, and the Sun stays out longer in Summer and shorter in the winter...get it?
Remember these following Scriptural Facts because those who profess that science is above JAH'S words will use science to go against these Scriptural fundamentals...Even those who believe in the Creator will object to the following.
And before we go on, let's quote a few Scriptures that show how the sun and lunah (moon) operate in respect to prophetical SIGNS….there are more but these should make the point.
Isaiah 13:9-10 -
9 Behold, the day of Jah cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10: For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the [lunah] shall not cause her light to shine.
- The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble
: the sun and the lunah (moon) shall be dark
, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
- The sun and the lunah (moon) shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
These previous Scriptures lets you know that the sun, lunah and stars are used as prophetical SIGNS as well.....
In summary we have the Sun, lunah and stars as signs of Days regarding the 24-hour day cycle...they are signs for SEASONS regarding Winter and Summer....and they are also Prophetical Signs....Also the Sun and Lunah and stars are SIGNS of years going by as well.....
But nothing is mentioned about using the Moon for Months in the Genesis account.
COUNT YOUR WEEKS - SABBATHS
Not only are we to count or number our days as we live because life is short, but Jah will also teach us how to number our days correctly in these end times in order that we may become wise ….
- 12: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Speaking of being wise and numbering our days, what is the number of wisdom again?
Proverbs 9:1- Wisdom
hath builded her house, she hath HEWN out her SEVEN pillars.
Jah's teaches us to number our days starting with the 7-day weekly cycle, and it regulates and ends the Scriptural year; it is the KEY for reckoning time. For example, 52 full weeks or 52 Sabbaths is one full common Scriptural year of 364 days. (52 x 7 = 364).
WE have come to also understand that the Holy One told His people to COUNT WEEKS to determine certain events and years and we can see evidence of this with the COUNT to the Feast of FIRSTFRUITS and the Counting of Sabbatical Years...(PENTECOST) (Lev. 23:15-16).
] And YE SHALL COUNT UNTO YOU
from the morrow after the sabbath
, from the day
that ye brought the sheaf
of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete
] Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall YE NUMBER fifty days
; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto JAH.
Notice that He didn't tell them to observe the sky or use lunar months to determine the Feast of Weeks, HE COMMANDED THEM TO COUNT. The heathens use astronomy as their times, in fact JAH told HIS PEOPLE not to be dismayed (amazed) at the SIGNS of heaven.
The ancient Jahzarenes (Nazarenes, Saints) did not need to observe and study the astrons and the so-called equinoxes and solstices to know when the seasons or the year begins and ends, as do the heathens do today. The ancient Jahzarenes had the whole mathematical form of JAH'S Almendrical system and so do we today.
WHAT DID THE MOST HIGH SAY AND COMMAND?
JAH forbids His Jahzraelites to worship or serve the planets…and that means He doesn't want us to use the sun or lunah (moon) as the calculations of His Feast dates or Holy days…they're for signs of the seasons.
Deuteronomy 4:19 states:
“And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven
, and when thou seest
the SUN, and the LUNAH, and the STARS
, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and SERVE them,
which the Adonay thy JAH hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.”
- 2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the Adonay thy JAH giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness
in the sight of the Adonay thy JAH, in transgressing his covenant
, 3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or LUNACH, or any of the host of heaven
, which I have not commanded;
4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Jahzrael: 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing,
unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
Notice Jah said HE NEVER COMMANDED ANYTHING in regards to using the SUN OR LUNACH as anything remotely linked to worshipping Him. And He did warn Jahzrael (Israel) about following the ways of the heathen and their use of the various signs of the heavens (waxing of the moon, eclipses, meteor showers, all of which are natural phenomena occurring every year).
Jeremijah 10:2-3 states:
“Thus saith JAH, Learn not the way of the HEATHENS (unrighteous Ethiopians and Gentiles), and be not DISMAYED at the SIGNS of heaven
; for the HEATHENS are DISMAYED at them. 3 For the CUSTOMS of the people are vain
On a side note:
Did you know that the most amount of eclipses
, both solar and lunar, that can occur in one year is SEVEN
and the least amount of eclipses is 2
? You'll never have only one eclipse in a year, whether solar or lunar!
The point is, they are natural phenomena
, and are nothing prophetical
compared to when the great prophetical signs
of the heavens take place, so don't be alarmed when various eclipses
etc. take place and remember that the Scripture warns us to: “be not DISMAYED at the SIGNS of heaven; for the HEATHENS are DISMAYED at them”
.... Many people will say that using the lunar calendar is not worshipping the moon, but when you think about it, it can be considered worshipping the lunah if your using it to seemingly dictate Jah's Holy Times and Feasts because JAH gave strict Commands about when His feasts and Holy days are to occur. Establishing Holy Feasts based upon the lunar cycle is not what Jah wants us to do...
I'm surprised the alarm bells don't go off when we see the world celebrating their Easter (Queen of Heaven - the Lunah - Mona - the Moon) at around the same time as the Gentiles Lunar-Aprillis Passover, and that the Passover always falls on the Full moon of that time. Is this a coincidence?
You should bear in mind that Aprillis (April) is also masked under the names: Easter, Astarte, Astoreth, Luna, Diana, Mona and the Moon etc. It's all Baalim worship!
Satan has been working to keep us in darkness by giving us false times so that we stay under a curse of disobedience to Jah's Appointed Set Feasts. And if using a lunar calendar doesn't qualify as Baalim worship, then what was Jah referring to in the previous verses warning HIS PEOPLE about looking to the heavens and serving the host of heaven?
If you were to identify moon or sun worship today in these modern times, how would you identify it? You would have to identify Baalim worship through the use and observations of the Solar and Lunar Feasts, which are governed by Solar, lunar and luni-solar calendars.
There is nothing new my friends, Sun and Moon worship is more prevalent today then ever before even if done in ignorance….for those who eyes to see let them see.
One Love to all.
Praise JAHOSHUWAH TO THE GLORY OF JAH...
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