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There are six ordained Biblical Holy Days called Memorials or Festivals of God recorded in the Scriptures. Within these there are seven High Sabbaths or "Holy Convocations" which are in addition to the weekly Sabbath which is also a Holy Convocation. On these Sabbaths work is restricted.
 
The Annual Festivals

"These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons." (Lev 23:4)

In determining the dates of the annual high holy days, one most first determine the start of the new year based on the Biblical system of observing the new moon in Palestine on or after the spring equinox, but not before.


  • Passover: In the 14th day of the 1st month in the dark portion of the day is Passover. Passover is a feast of seven days. The first night is a night to be much observed unto the LORD. It commemorates the Exodus from Egypt in haste, and one must eat the bread of affliction (unleavened) for seven days. Only the 1st day and the 7th day are High Sabbaths.
  • Unleavened Bread: Although many organizations consider unleavened to be a separate festival, it is not, it is part of the Passover festival, one cannot observe the one without the other.
  • Feast of First Fruits / Weeks: Count seven Sabbaths plus one day from the day after the weekly Sabbath that occurs during Passover / Unleavened Bread. It always lands on a Sunday. It is a celebration of the harvest. It is a High Sabbath.
  • Feast of Trumpets: On the 1st day of the 7th month. In contrast to all the other annual festivals, Trumpets has no clear purpose other than that we are commended to have a memorial of blowing of trumpets. It is a High Sabbath.
  • Atonement: On the 10th day of the 7th month. You are to afflict your souls, no food or water for 24 hours, to show that you want to be clean / repent from all your sins. It is a High Sabbath.
  • Tabernacles: Also known as the Feast of Booths, that generations may remember Israel had to dwell in booths when brought out of the land of Egypt. Falls on the 15th day of the 7th month and the 1st day is a High Sabbath.
  • Eight Day: The eight day after the start of Tabernacles is a somber assembly. Is a High Sabbath.

Calendars

History has shown us that the Jews CHANGED THE CALENDAR approximately four centuries after Christ's death, and substituted in its place a "fixed," artificial calendar which has changed the Holy Days, and POSTPONED these days by adding Jewish traditions to the calendar! The Jews themselves admit to this change! It can be clearly documented in the Jewish Encyclopedia, and many other Jewish books that deal with the subject. 

The calendar issue can be seen as a test of who you will follow, God or man.

 


A Simple Formula for Figuring the start of the new year

  • The calendar is based on the Biblical system of observing the new moon at Jerusalem. Visibility may delay dates by one day, therefore whenever possible calculated dates should be confirmed by actual observations in Palestine.
  • The first month is called Nissan , also known as Abib [because the barley was in the green ear phase, yet it has nothing to do with the actual determination of the first month]. The sighting of the new moon on or after the spring equinox determines the beginning of the month. See https://www.mooninfo.org/ for new moon dates.
  • The first night of the new moon is counted as the first day of the Biblical new year. The new moon is not visible for approximately two days/nights, 1 Samuel 20:24-27 hints at the two nights being a celebrated in anticipation of the event.
  • Then count to the fourteenth day from that moon and you have Passover, from this you can calculate the rest of GOD'S Holy Days. No month can have more than 30 days in it.
Though the meaning of the Festivals has not changed, additional meaning has been added

Old Testament Observances
Added Symbolism
Passover: Is a memorial to commemorate when the Lord Passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and protected the Israelites homes. Seven days you must eat unleavened bread, known as the bread of affliction, because you came out of the land of Egypt in a hurry and that you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. Passover: Pictures Christ shedding his blood for the sins of humanity, a chance for eternal life. Leavening represents sin in our lives, and the need for us to remove it.
Feast of Weeks: To observe the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end. Feast of Weeks / Pentecost: Pictures Christians receiving the holy spirit upon acceptance of the Lord in our lives.
Trumpets: A memorial blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation, signaling an appointed time. Ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt, designed to bring the people into remembrance before the Lord. Trumpets: Pictures the blowing of trumpets at Christ's return, and the ushering in of the Lord's coming kingdom.
Atonement: And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. Atonement: It is a Christians once a year recommitment to the Father.
Tabernacles: That your generations may know that the Lord made the children of Israel dwell in booths when he brought them out of the land of Egypt. Tabernacles: Egypt represents the world and sin, we are to live separate from the world while still in it.
Eight Day: A somber assembly. Eight Day: The eighth day highlights the completion of God's plan.

Literature Figuring the Appointed Feast Times and Postponements
Literature
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Feast Locations
General
  • biblicalholidays.com This site contains hundreds of pages about the Biblical Holidays and innovative ideas for celebrating them.
Sunrise Sunset Times
  • sunrise-sunset.org This site provides a free service that creates a custom calendar with sunrise, sunset, twilight times and moon information for any location around the world.

Moon Phases

New Moon
New Moon

Waxing Crescent
Waxing Crescent

First Quarter
First Quarter

Waxing Gibbous
Waxing Gibbous


Full Moon
Full Moon

Waning Gibbous
Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter
Last Quarter

Waning Crescent
Waning Crescent


New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon is not visible (except during a solar eclipse).
Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon appears to be completely illuminated by direct sunlight.
Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.

moon phase info





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