of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter
During the month of
December and January there were two Assembly buildings dedicated for the
proclamation of the Name of Yahweh. In
Malikipuram, brother Issac Kusima dedicated a nice building in the E.G. Dt.
A.P. Then in the Guntur Dt.,
village of Gorantla, bro. G. Samson dedicated a concrete building.
The foundation was laid about ten years ago for the prayer hall in
Guntur, and it has finally been completed by the grace of Yahweh.
Blow the Shofar
at the New Moon, Ps.
"Blow up the
trumpet(shofar) in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn
feast day. For this was
a statute for Israel, and a law
of the Elohim of Jacob." Ps.
81:3,4. In ancient Ysrael the
day of the new moon was a special day that was announced by the blowing of
a curved horn. For the
announcing of the beginning of the new moon day it is necessary to blow a
trumpet. The hebrew word
"shofar" means, curved horn in English.
In Vijayawada a brother
Benjamin Yehu Baruch has made some nice ram's horns that look and sound
very well. If anyone would be
interested in obtaining one of these they can contact bro. Benjamin for
prices and sizes at: 0866-2531871.
Timing of the
Annual Festivals by
Last month we looked at
the Sabbath days, weekly and annual; it
was seen that they were given at creation, commanded in the law of Yahweh,
kept by Yahshua Messiah and His disciples, and they will be kept in the
new heaven and earth. In
Leviticus 23 it gives the exact timing for the annual sabbaths, but when
does the Scriptural month and year begin?
This article will give a brief answer to this question but will not
go into detail to answer all doubts. For
anyone who desires more info on this subject than what is presented
herein, it is recommended that they write to the address at the end of
this letter for a more in depth study document of the subject.
Or they can go to www.sevendayweek.com and view the information
presented there, in the "articles" section.
In Gen. 1:14-18 it says,
"And Elohim 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 Elohim 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
Elohim 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 Elohim saw that it
One of the reasons for the
lights in the heavens is to rule over the day and night.
The sun rules over the day, and whenever the lights of the stars or
moon is seen, the rule of the sun has ceased and the rule of the lesser
lights has now started. In
Neh.4:21,22 it shows that the people of Jerusalem considered the visible
sighting of the stars in the heavens to be the sign that the time of night
had begun. We read,
"So we laboured in
the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning
till the stars appeared. Likewise at the same time said I unto the people,
Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night
they may be a guard to us, and labour in the day" Neh. 4:21,22.
Thus we see that the people of Jerusalem labored in the day and
stood guard at night, (when the stars appeared).
Jere. 31:35 says,
"Thus saith Yahweh, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the
ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which
divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; Yahweh of hosts is His
Name:" Thus showing again
that night does not come until the moon or stars can be seen.
In the Bible, the official
day started with the dark part, not the light part, as can be seen from
Gen. 1 where is says repeatedly, evening and morning were the first day,
second day, etc... Dt. 19:15
says that two or three witnesses were required to settle various matters
of legal dispute. So when it
comes to the law of Yahweh, two or three lights of witness in the heavens
would signal that the new day has begun.
As the visible sighting of
the stars in the heavens signaled the beginning of the day, it likewise
follows that the visible sighting of the crescent moon after a day or two
of darkness signals the start of the new month.
Gen. 1:14 says that the "lights" in the heavens set the
time for the "years", and thus the month also.
This is when the trumpets were blown to announce that the new month
had begun, Num. 10:10; Lev.23:23,24.
Ezra 6:15 and Neh 6:15 shows
the use of Babylonian month names in Jerusalem for their use also. This
would lead to confusion unless the Israelite month began the same way the
Babylonian month began, and it is known from many surviving Babylonian
writings that they began a month with the new crescent. Neh 8:2, 9 shows
that Ezra and Nehemiah correctly began the seventh month on the right day
that year, so they knew when the month began.
Gen. 1:14 shows that the
something about the sun is to determine the start of the year.
The only thing about the sun that could directly influence the
start of the year is the equinoxes and solstices.
The ancient Egyptians were observers of the equinoxes as the
pyramids they constructed were perfectly aligned with the east west
shadows of the sun during the equinoxes.
Moses was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt, Acts 7:22.
When Yahweh said to Moses, "This month(moon) shall be the
beginning of months for you", Ex.12:2, Moses was in Egypt at the time
and he would not have thought of Barley in Canaan being that He never
entered Canaan land, and he would not have thought of the equinox unless
it had already occurred. For
Moses to think of the moon after the vernal equinox would be in accordance
with his many years of Egyptian study and training.
records show that they began a year with the first visible crescent moon
after the vernal equinox. Being
that the Israelites adopted the Babylonian month names, they must have
started the year the same way or there would have been great confusion.
There are surviving
letters today of Jews that lived on an Egyptian island called Elephantine,
and they wrote letters to the Jews in Jerusalem during the years of
472-400BC, which is the same time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
These letters are double dated with the Egyptian calendar date as
well as the Jewish calendar date. And
never once in this seventy-two year period did the Jewish year start
before the vernal equinox. So
we have proof of righteous teachers of the law in Biblical times starting
the year with the first visible crescent after the vernal equinox.
of Weeks (Pentecost)
The exact month and day of six of the seven annual
sabbaths are specifically mentioned in the Scriptures, in Lev. 23.
Thus, if someone has correctly determined the start of the
Scriptural year it is very easy to find the correct timing of six of the
annual Sabbaths. But, the
exact day of Pentecost is not named, as far as giving the month and day.
The timing of this festival is described as thus, in Lev.
23:9-11,15,16,21, "And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto
the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land
which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall
bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh, to be accepted for you: on
the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it....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
Yahweh....And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that
it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein:
it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your
Amongst the Jews in Yahshua's time there was a
controversy between the Pharisees and the Saducees concerning the timing
of the feast of Weeks. The
Pharisees said that the count to the feast of Weeks should start on Abib
16, whereas the Sadducees said it should start on the day after the Weekly
Sabbath of Unleavened Bread. The
Sadducees had control of the the temple in Yahshua's day and thus
Pentecost was kept on the first day of the week during the days of Yahshua
Messiah, see Acts 5:17;
9:1,2. Thus, the feast
of Weeks was kept on the morrow of the seventh Weekly Sabbath of
Unleavened Bread by Yahshua Messiah, and He is our example, 1Pet. 1:21.
Of course Yahshua was simply following what the law of Yahweh said
in Lev. 23. Also, on the day
of Pentecost in Acts 2 Yahweh showed His approval by sending His spirit in
fullness of power. Pentecost
was still kept on the first day of the week at this time.
If Yahweh had meant that the count to Pentecost should start on
Abib 16 then He would have said so, but He did not.
Concerning the word "Pentecost", the SDA
Bible Dictionary says, "About the time of Christ there was a dispute
between certain Pharisees and Sadducees. Some of the latter contended that
Pentecost was to be always on the day after a weekly Sabbath because they
insisted that the wave sheaf, from which the 7 weeks were counted, should
be offered on the day after the weekly Sabbath that fell during the Feast of Unleavened Bread
(Talmud Menahoth 65a)".
Any questions on the information presented in this
newsletter can be directed to the address below.
Abib 1- Scriptural
New Year- Rosh Hashanah-
Apr. 4, 2003
Abib 14-21- Passover/Unleavened
Apr. 17-24 (will be
kept in Visakhapatnam at the Zion School premicises)
Feast of Weeks-
Jun. 8 (will be
kept in Hyderabad at the Medipally prayer hall)
Ethanim 1- Festival
of Trumpets- Yom Teruah-
Ethanim 10- Day
of Atonement- Yom Kippur-
Festival of Tabernacles- Sukkot-
Oct. 12-19 (will be
kept in Eluru, WG., Dt. with Pas. G.B. Benoni)
B. Ben Oni
Dt. A.P. 534001
(bro. Mattithyah)- Yahweh@vsnl.com
Sunith Premanand - email@example.com