Calculating the Calendar: Months

Calculating months according to Scripture has caused a split in Torah believers where some will start the month from the “no moon” and some will start the month from the “sliver”. I had a problem with this as it should be easy to determine when the month start so this confusion did not make sense to me. I started making a study on the moon and it’s cycles in order to understand this process better in the hope that I will be able to learn from this and use it in determining the beginning of the month. I did.

The New Moon starts the moment the moon starts shining light towards the earth. This concept is exactly why some will use the sliver but what they do not realize is that by the time the naked eye can see the sliver the moon is already several hours old. The reason why the sliver cannot be seen is because the sun’s light is brighter and therefor override the light which the moon gives thereby avoiding it to be visible from earth. This does not mean that it has not started shining yet. This may seem a bit confusing at the moment but hopefully by the time you have seen the video, it will make more sense.

The following video may seem very childish but this very plain and simple video actually shows what I have just tried to explain very well. The moon does not have it’s own light, it reflects the light of the sun to the earth. The New Moon (no moon) is actually only moments old even although we can not see the New Moon being born does not mean that it is not there. The moment the moon start shining light towards the earth it is born and the stopwatch is started for its new life span. New Moon is therefore when you cannot see the moon. This is called the conjunction of the moon and it takes only seconds for it to be over.

The reason why determining the correct New Moon is so important is because of the following Scripture:

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 11  And I shall cause all her rejoicing, her festivals, her New Moons, and her Sabbaths, even all her appointed times, to cease.

The New Moon is seen as part of Yah’s feasts and calculating this day wrongly can cause all the other feasts to be wrong too. Therefore it is important to calculate these days correctly. We should focus on that rather than on who is right and who is wrong. We need to determine the Truth according to Yah’s way and be willing to be molded accordingly without forcing each other in a particular direction.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

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