1. God counted time in Creation in isolation of the New or Full Moon

God showed us the pattern for counting time in Genesis 1.  He began at Day 1 and counted days which would add up to weeks, months and years. We know that because the forefathers counted time after the same pattern.

God did not count time by either a solar or lunar system. In other words, Father God did not link the passage of time to seasons. Days were counted from sunrise to sunrise, months were counted from day to day.

Since years began on Sunday January 1st and ended on December 30th, there were 364 days in a year with no leap years

Source: Earth’s Earliest Historical Calendar – Revealed In The Book Of Genesis

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God created the sun, moon and stars on Day 4 of Creation and continued to measure time after the pattern established on Days 1, 2 and 3 of creation.

I believe that the Feasts were linked to the Moon  because people did not have much artificial light and needed that celebratory feeling. They needed to move about and would have needed light for visibility.

2. Chodesh is the Hebrew word for New Moon

After examining the usage of chodesh (H2320), the Hebrew word for New Moon, I saw that God used the appearance of a New Moon to mark significant events. However, while New Moons appeared at different times in the month, God did not change His pattern for measuring  time.

In other words, God did not alter His time schedule to match the appearance of the New Moon. This was particularly evident in the record of Noah’s flood which was given to us by God since Noah could not see outside of the Ark.

3. The timing of the New Moons between 1656 – 1657 did not change God’s pattern for counting time – God did not link time to His lunar calendar:

New Moon – February 17th, 1656

Noah is 600 years and 2 months old. He was locked in the Ark and could not see the moon. This record is given by God:

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, H2320 the seventeenth day of the month, H2320 the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened – Genesis 7: 11

Genesis further told us that Noah celebrated his 601st birthday on January 1st and reinforced that February was the 2nd month of his life:

And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry

And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. – Genesis 8: 13 & 14

New moon  – 17th day of July 1656. Noah was in the 600th year of Noah’s life:

And the ark rested in the seventh month, H2320 on the seventeenth day of the month, H2320 upon the mountains of Ararat.

New Moon – 1st October 1656

And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: H2320 in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, H2320 were the tops of the mountains seen – Genesis 8: 5

New Moon – January 1st 1657. Noah celebrated his 601st birthday

And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the monthH2320 the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry – Genesis 8: 13

New Moon – 27th February 1657

And in the second month, H2320 on the seven and twentieth day of the month, H2320 was the earth dried – Genesis 8: 14.

Summary

Significant events occurred with the appearance of five New Moons in the time of Noah’s flood.

We see, for example, that the New Moon in February 1656 and 1657 occured on the 17th and 27th respectively. God did not reverse or stop time to suit these events, but continued with the creation pattern. We are therefore able to construct a calendar that shows that there were 364 days in the year of the flood.  

As the human race progressed, the New Moon would become less significant as modern people would use other inventions including electricity as light sources. God caused lunar eclipses to appear to draw human attention to the heavens and to signal and warn about momentous events.

  • February 17th 1656
  • 17th day of July 1656
  • 1st October 1656
  • January 1st 1657
  • 27th February 1657

4. Other patterns in scriptures confirm that God timed events with the Full Moon in order to add natural light as well as a feeling of celebration and joyousness

God timed the first Jewish New Year with the New Moon – Abib/Nisan 1st 2668

God miraculously commanded the New Moon to prolong that first month in order to give light for the activities, to alert the people and to make a way for the Exodus:

This month H2320 shall be unto you the beginning of months: H2320 it shall be the first month H2320 of the year to you – Exodus 12: 2.

This day came ye out in the month H2320 Abib – Exodus 13: 4.

New Moon – 10th Abib/Nisan 2668  – the Jews were to select the Passover Lamb

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month H2320 they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house – Exodus 12: 3

New Moon –  14th Abib/Nisan 2668 – the celebration of the first Passover

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: H2320 and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening – Exodus 12: 6

The first Feast of Unleavened Bread in 2668 was timed with the New Moon

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month H2320 at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month H2320 at even- Exodus 12: 18

New Moon – 15th Day of May 2668 – this is now the second Jewish month.

And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month H2320 after their departing out of the land of Egypt. – Exodus 16: 1

The scriptures show that Moses commanded the Jews to celebrate the feasts on the same time of month each year, in much the same manner that we celebrate our birthdays. Maybe God miraculously gave them a New Moon:

In the fourteenth day of the first month H2320 at even is the LORD’S passover

And on the fifteenth day of the same month H2320 is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread – Leviticus 23: 5 & 6.

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, H2320 in the first day of the month, H2320 shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation – Leviticus 23: 24

The Jews kept the Passover on the exact days on the Second year after the exodus

And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month, H2320 of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying

In the fourteenth day of this monthH2320, at even, ye shall keep it in his appointed season

And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first monthH2320 at even in the wilderness of Sinai  (Numbers 3: 1, 3 & 5).

5. Chodesh was also used for month in a context that had nothing to do with New Moons, but rather calendar days, confirming that this is a consideration to be made for interpreting the timing of the Feasts

For example:

All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month  H2320 old and upward, were twenty and two thousand

And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month H2320 old and upward, and take the number of their namesNumbers 3: 39 & 40.

And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months. H2320  1 Samuel 27: 7

Blessings.

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