Congregation of YHWH, Jersusalem, Po Box 832, Carteret NJ 07008
Greetings and Shalom in the wonderful names of Yahweh and Yahshua;
I pray that all of Yah’s set apart saints are well. We continue to work hard here in Israel for the end time work of Yahweh in restoring His Holy Land.
As the Jewish New Year and Holy days are just a week away, I wanted to once again bring up the subject of our brother Judah incorrectly starting the year this year in winter, before the turning of the year to spring/summer, after the vernal equinox.
What happens living here in Israel is that when a mistake like that is made it will throw off the whole agricultural calendar, and being here we can clearly see the mistake. It is no doubt that it is still summer in Israel and harvest time is NOT here. The temperatures have been in the 90’s or higher and there is no harvest yet for pomegranates, dates, figs, or olives. Most of the above fruits do not even have up to 20% harvest at present. The only fruit that has been in harvest is the grapes which always come in mid to late August.
The bible is very clear what is the benchmark for the turning of the year; the equinox.
Ex 34: 22 And you shall observe a Feast of Weeks for yourself, the first-fruits of the harvest of wheat; also the Feast of Ingathering after the turn(tekufah) of the year.
The word turn of the year in Hebrew is Tekufah. In Hebrew this word means the equinox. The feast of Sukkot was a celebration of the Israelites that if they obeyed Yahweh throughout the year, then they would receive His blessing in the fall harvest and after gathering in the harvest they would bring their fruits up before Yahweh and celebrate before Him in Jerusalem, His set apart city. It also stands to reason that if the fall equinox is the benchmark for keeping Sukkot, then the spring equinox would be the benchmark for Aviv and the start of the year.
Ex 13: 10 And you shall keep this ordinance (Passover) in its season, from year to year.
Since the harvest does not even begin until early September at the earliest, and lasts 3 to 4 weeks, and then it would take up to a week to even get to Jerusalem from many places in Israel, it stands to reason that the feast would have to be after the equinox, which is the changing point of the seasons. It is inconceivable that people would leave their harvest to fall off the trees and rot while they come empty handed to Jerusalem for an almost month’s journey roundtrip.
Scripture and mere simple logic would tell you that the feast in the spring and fall would have to come after the harvest is in.
Lev 23:10 Speak to the sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, When you come in to the land which I am giving to you, and have reaped its harvest, and have brought in the Omer, of the beginning of your harvest, to the priest,
When you put on a Hebraic mindset you will clearly see that Yahweh’s biblical calendar is both celestial and agriculture and fully revolves around the harvest of Israel. The feast in the spring and fall could only occur AFTER the harvest is in, which is AFTER the equinox. This is the way it was observed in biblical times. I have enclosed again for you the study I did on the Biblical calendar. I encourage each of you to pray to Yahweh and with a sincere heart and ask Him to guide you into the truth, which we all seek. Please know I am only writing this to try to help the brethren get a more full understanding of Yahweh’s biblical calendar from Israel and I am not criticizing or judging those who keep a different calendar. We wish our brother Judah a most blessed Holy day season for the different days they will be keeping from the biblical calendar.
I pray for all of Yahweh’s true saints daily as I know that you pray for me.