30 Tomb Stones of Zoar

Joseph F. Dumond

Isa 6:9-12 And He said, Go, and tell this people, You hear indeed, but do not understand; and seeing you see, but do not know. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn back, and be healed. Then I said, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land laid waste, a desolation, and until Jehovah has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great.
Published: Nov 1, 2018

News Letter 5854-031
The 2nd Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 23rd year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 24th day of the 8th month 5854 years after the creation of Adam
The 8th Month in the Second year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence

November 3, 2018

Shabbat Shalom to the Royal Family of Yehovah,

Ninth Month

Have you ever wondered why September October, November and December are named after numbers in Latin? It is because they were never changed to the names of the various Caesars.

January-Janus is the Roman god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. His festival month is January.

February-Februa is the Roman festival of purification

March-March was the original beginning of the year and the time for the resumption of war. Mars is the Roman god of war. He is identified with the Greek god Ares.

April-Greek Aphro, short for Aphrodite. Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is identified with the Roman goddess Venus.

May-Maia (meaning “the great one”) is the Italic goddess of spring, the daughter of Faunus, and wife of Vulcan.

June-Juno is the principle goddess of the Roman Pantheon. She is the goddess of marriage and the well-being of women. She is the wife and sister of Jupiter. She is identified with the Greek goddess Hera.

July-Julius Caesar reformed the Roman calendar (hence the Julian calendar) in 46 BC. In the process, he renamed this month after himself.

August-Latin sextilis mensis “sixth month”-Augustus Caesar clarified and completed the calendar reform of Julius Caesar. In the process, he also renamed this month after himself.

September-Latin september mensis “seventh month”

October-Latin october mensis “eighth month”

November-Latin Novembris mensis “nineth month”

December-Latin december “tenth month”

You will notice a few things in this. First of all that March was originally the 1st month of the year. This is because most of the time in March we have the Passover which comes in the first month. Exodus 12:2 states this month when Passover comes is the first month.

You will also notice that the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th months have retained their original names only we have them in Latin today. This week we have begun the 9th month, November, but using the barley to begin the year and the moon to begin the months the 9th month will begin at the end of this coming week. So December is the 10th month and not the 12th month as our current calendars say it is and the end of the year.

This then leads back to January which is the month of Janus, the god that looks forward and backward. January will be the 11th month.

As with many of our teachings, you can only understand the world today if you understand the history that has brought us to the current situation we now find ourselves in.

In our teaching on the Great Enlightenment of Mankind, we do the very same thing going right back to Noah’s wife, Ham, Cush and Nirmrod to show you how those very same systems of worship then, are in force today and how it has now morphed in the world Governments in play today. This is why it is so important to understand ancient history.

September through to December each year preserve in their very names the system that Yehovah had in place. Each month was named in the order it came starting with the Aviv.

Americas Coming Civil War

In last weeks News letter, I was questioning about the potential for the USA to break down into civil war. Well, right after I posted that Newsletter, The Trumpet.com had a few articles that complimented what I was saying. But the one about civil war I want to share here with you. Note that this article was written January 2017.

America’s Coming Civil War

But Americans don’t know why it is coming.


After Americans elected a new president on November 8, his opponents reacted fiercely. Their aggressive tirades are more dangerous than even they realize!

One of the worst post-election commentaries came from a man named Van Jones. An avowed Communist known for vulgarly attacking Republicans, Jones made his career out of stirring up racial guilt and agitation. He allegedly signed a petition demanding investigations into whether the George W. Bush administration intentionally allowed terrorists to murder 3,000 people on September 11. President Barack Obama appointed him as his “green energy czar” in 2009. Less than six months later, Van Jones resigned under pressure. cnn then hired him as a commentator.

In the early hours of November 9, just after it became final that Hillary Clinton had lost to Donald Trump, Jones said, “People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare. … You tell your kids: Don’t be a bully. You tell your kids, don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids, do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome. And you have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?’ I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, saying, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.”

That is wild fear-mongering! What is this man talking about? The only people who might be somewhat uncertain after Mr. Trump’s victory are those who have broken the law and are in America illegally. Mr. Trump said he would actually enforce existing immigration laws passed by Congress—which is the president’s duty! But for Van Jones, supposedly this is a “nightmare”!

Jones’s eyes were wet when he said: “This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls, it’s true. But it was also something else. … We haven’t talked about race. This was a white-lash. This was a white-lash against a changing country. It was a white-lash against a black president, in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes” (emphasis mine throughout).

What does he mean by “a white-lash against a changing country”? He is hearkening back to the days of slavery—accusing many millions of white people as the worst kind of racists!

He also said it was a white-lash against a black president, in part. And that racist statement after white people elected Barack Obama for two terms by near landslides!

Van Jones is expressing the deepest kind of diabolical black racism. And cnn is helping him spread it!

Where is this leading America?

This is the kind of vile language we have heard over and over and over that has stirred up terrible bitterness and anger among minorities against this country! This kind of incitement is dividing the races all the more—and is leading to race war!

Why do so many of our people fail to see this simple truth?

After the Election

The day after the election, President Obama made this statement: “Now, it is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. … So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect—because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.”

These sound like good words. The next day, Mr. Trump accepted an invitation to meet Mr. Obama in the White House. They had an apparently cordial meeting.

However, just three days earlier, the day before the election, President Obama had been on a campaign stage shouting that Mr. Trump was “temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief”! He even implied that he sympathizes with the Ku Klux Klan, a horrible, racist organization. President Obama was calling Trump a racist! This same president hired Van Jones and chose Al Sharpton as his main “civil rights” liaison man.

President Obama’s nice words were at odds with everything he has been doing over the past eight years!

At the same time he was making some of those statements, thousands of people were demonstrating and even rioting to oppose the president-elect. Demonstrators vandalized property, started fires and blocked traffic. In one video posted online, a group of African-Americans pulled a white man out of his car, beat him and stole his car because he had a “Trump” bumper sticker. Spray-painted messages read, “We are ungovernable,” “Kill white people,” and “Die whites, die.” Enraged people scrawled, “Kill your local Trump supporter” and “Kill Trump” on walls and wrote awful things about his wife.

Protests occurred in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami and several other cities. Dozens of people were arrested. Many journalists reported these as if they were spontaneous, but everything indicated that they were all organized and planned. Many of these protesters are professionals who are paid to stir up demonstrations! Many of them don’t even live in the cities where they march and riot: Photos surfaced showing rows of large buses that allegedly transported protesters from out of town to make the unrest appear to be bigger than it actually is. More than half of those arrested did not even vote!

President Obama said he wants a peaceful transition of power. But when people called on him, and on Hillary Clinton, to calm the protests, they were met with thunderous silence. Democratic leaders mostly remained silent.

Several days later, the president did say the election results should be accepted. But it was a quickly made surface statement.

Is that “work[ing] as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect—because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country”?

Bernie Sanders, an open socialist who stirred up a far-left populist movement of his own when running against Clinton for the Democratic nomination, actually encouraged the protests!

Al Sharpton said, “[W]e are not going down without a fight, and Donald need [sic] to know that.” Liberal celebrities said similar things.

What kind of “fight” is Mr. Sharpton talking about?

‘We Got Our Country Back’?

Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly asked, “Is a civil war brewing in the U.S.A.?”

That is an important question! Clearly there are many people who want a fight—a revolution—a race war! And they are going to get it—and a whole lot more!

As Americans are becoming their own worst enemies, what do you think our enemies abroad will do?

After the election, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh said, “We just got our country back.” Then the riots began. This isn’t “getting your country back”—this is an alarm of war!

The fact that Limbaugh even covered the riots was enough to prompt one of his longtime listeners to call in angry because Limbaugh wasn’t dwelling on the election success, he was mentioning the riots. The caller just didn’t want to hear such bad news. He wanted to celebrate winning the election.

That is a dangerous attitude, an attitude that will ignore the disaster right up until it swallows you!

Average Americans just want everything to calm down so they can get back to their lives and their pleasures and so forth. But the shocks for America aren’t going to go away. You can see that if you are watching what is happening with open eyes.

But beyond that, you can be sure of it because of the prophecies in the Bible.

The Bible is full of passages describing what is about to happen to America. I have written a number of articles showing how a race war is prophesied. Chapter Five of my new booklet Great Again is titled “Where America’s Race Riots Are Leading” and explains many of these passages. You cannot understand the seriousness of this threat unless you know the Bible!

If you have never done so, you need to read Herbert W. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. It proves step by step how to identify America in biblical prophecy, and gives a stunning overview of what the Bible says on this subject. We will gladly send you a free copy of this important book.

Measured Destruction

The book of Amos has some very strong prophecies that every American should know about. In it, God condemns our nation for our sins and describes many punishments that will come upon us as a consequence. These include some curses that we have already seen to some degree, like drought in certain areas and flooding in others, and plagues on our food production. But there are also nation-destroying curses that have not yet happened, like nuclear fire devouring our cities!

Only deep repentance could prevent such a nightmare. But where do you see any indication of repentance in America today?

In Amos 7, the prophet writes, “Thus he shewed me: and behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel [in prophetic terms, that is referring to the modern-day descendants of ancient Israel, which includes America]: I will not again pass by them any more: And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword” (Amos 7:7-9).

A plumbline is a measuring instrument. What is God using it to measure, in this case? He is measuring destruction to come upon America!

Think about this. The coming destruction is spoken of in many Bible prophecies. But it will not be wild and indiscriminate. God is measuring it precisely and carefully in order to accomplish something specific and wonderful!

Whenever God punishes, He does so to correct people, to turn them away from sin! As He said through the Prophet Ezekiel, “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

We are living in the time frame of Amos’s prophecy—and notice what God says there: “I will not again pass by them any more”! God has given many warnings over a period of many years, but America has ignored those warnings. So God says, This is the last warning. I’m not going to pass by again!

That shows you just how urgent these times are!

As my booklet Great Again points out, as well as my booklet America Under Attack, we have been living in the time of an end-time type of Antiochus, a leader who has done tremendous damage to the most powerful nation on Earth. Read these booklets to understand the spiritual dimension to the decline America has been suffering for the past eight years.

The Amos 7 prophecy indicates a different time—a period with a different man in charge: an end-time type of King Jeroboam. I believe the shift in administration is a transition into this time prophetically. This means America has very little time left—and you have very little time to respond to God’s final warning!

Many Americans are troubled by the divisions and hatreds being expressed right now. But they need to be a lot more concerned than they are! The problems are going to get worse and worse until people get the message, and they learn why these disasters are happening!

Donald Trump’s win is a prophetic sign of impending civil war and anarchy, followed by America’s worst military defeat ever! But don’t blame the politicians or the race-baiters or the professional rioters. This situation exists in America only because of the sins of the nation—of all Americans! We can no longer ignore what we have reaped by giving ourselves over to sin. This is a reckoning!

The good news, though, is that the destruction about to sweep over us is all for a purpose. It is precisely measured, and it is purposeful. It is preparing our people to come to know God!

Even the book of Amos, which contains a lot of bad news, concludes by showing the inspiring outcome. “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God” (Amos 9:13-15; New King James Version).

There are dark days ahead—but never lose sight of why God is allowing it—and the inspiring conclusion!


A Skeptic’s Journey to Discovering the True Mt. Sinai

Last week Michael Rood had this video of an interview with Joel Richardson. I want to encourage you all to watch this. For some reason, this just fascinates me and it is on my bucket list of things to do. Here is Michaels introduction to this 5 part series of which this is but the first part.

In this compelling, 5-part series, Michael Rood and Joel Richardson explore new evidence that reinforces the true location of Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia. Having just returned from an expedition to further explore the site, Joel Richardson brings with him fascinating, never-before-seen photographs of the pillars that form a “no trespassing” boundary around Mt. Sinai and the altar of Moses at the foot of the mountain. Whether you’ve been studying the history of Mt. Sinai for years or you’re looking for truth for the first time, Mirage in Midian is packed full of details that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Check out all the fascinating discoveries on this week’s exciting episode of Shabbat Night Live!



The Tomb Stones of Zoar

This year while I was in Israel showing my Daughter around the country and Jerusalem and helping her to understand my love of this land, I had another opportunity to meet with Nehemiah Gordon and this time to sit down and explain the Sabbatical and Jubilee years once again to him. I told my daughter to go shopping while I spent the morning talking to Nehemiah. I expected the conversation to last only about 3 hours and I would be back shortly after lunch. This meeting turned into an all-day event that was quite simply just awesome.

We have been featuring the teachings of Nehemiah which I encourage you all to take part in on our sidebar of his podcasts.

I first met Nehemiah in the winter of 2004-2005 when he was in Lansing Michigan doing to conference with Michael Rood. I also met Michael at this conference. they were talking about the crescent moon to begin the month which for me at this time was earth-shattering.

I studied this subject the rest of that winter and had compiled my evidence until Passover came and I had proven that we are indeed to keep the Sighted moon to begin the month. You can read one of the very first articles I had written which was about this very subject. Conjunction or Sighted, Which? At the time I was not planning on having my own website. I was just doing my own research after hearing what Nehemiah and Michael had presented.

That winter of 2005 Nehemiah announced that the barley was ripe a full 30 days before we at the United Church of God were going to keep the Passover. I was very upset as I had planned to keep both calendars at the same time and no one would notice what I was doing. Not my Church family and not my own family. I was and still am married to an unconverted mate. So I fired off a very nasty email to Nehemiah. I regret this now. I was angry not at him the messenger but at myself, because I was being forced to make a decision that I was trying to hide from.

But now this meant that Passover would be in March for the sighted moon followers and in April for the Hebrew Calendar or Conjunction Moon followers. My Church, The United Church of God, which was one of the many that came out of the World Wide Church of God, kept the conjunction moon. But I had just proven that we should be keeping the Sighted moon or crescent moon and going by the barley as I share with you in that article Conjunction or Sighted Which?

So I resolved it in my mind that I would keep both calendars this year and see what happens. Two Passovers. Two Feasts of Unleavened Bread, Two Shavuot, Two Trumpets. Two Atonements, and two Feast of Tabernacles and two 8th Day Feasts. And this is what I did in 2005. But I only kept one Day of Atonement as by this point I was 100% sure we were to keep the Sightedmoon to count to the Holy Days from.

I have shared this story many times now.

It was at the Feast of Passover while I kept it for the first time according to the Crescent moon and the barley being Aviv that Yehovah revealed to me the timing of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years and the curses for not keeping them. I came across the writings of Qadesh La Yahweh Press which had a book titled The Sabbath and Jubilee Cycle.

Over the next few years, as I worked on this new found information proving it and searching it and researching it, that I did the charts that are available from our website. The Millennial Charts and the Sabbatical and Jubilee charts all of them starting with the creation of Adam.

In 2008, I again went to Israel and asked Nehemiah if we could meet. He agreed and I thought we had a 15-minute meeting and it turned into over 2 hours long as we sat there just to the left of the Zion Gate discussing the Sabbatical and Jubilee year with crowds of people walking by. At this time I only had 12 to base my proof upon. Nehemiah had a great deal of research but could not get any consistent dates to match each other. As a result, he concluded that it was not possible to know. But he was interested to hear what I had found.

So I left him with a large box of my research and the books that I had printed off for him. One being that From Qadesh La Yahweh Press about The Sabbatical and Jubilee Cycles, and the other was the manuscript of what would later become The Prophecies of Abraham and the charts of all the Sabbatical and Jubilee years throughout history.

I would meet Nehemiah each year in Jerusalem and renew our friendship but we never got time to discuss the Sabbatical and Jubilee years specifically.

I made enough noise amongst the Messianic groups over the next few years that Michael Rood and Nehemiah did a show on the subject in which they said no one could know the year. I wrote them both after this and I also met with Michael Rood in Jerusalem in 2010 at Shavuot and talked about this then.

In 2013 we presented all of our findings over each of the 8 days of Sukkot. These teachings were videoed and are available to anyone at our YouTube site and at our new Brighteon site. It was while I was speaking that one of those in the audience asked me about the Tombstone of Zoar. they had two dates which were recorded from the destruction of the Temple and used the Sabbatical years also as a reference. So in front of the entire group we checked the dates to see if they would, in fact, match our charts. A very great risk to do publicly. But we did and sure enough I now had two more new dates to add to our collection.

    1. A Jubilee Year is Recorded in Lev 25:2
    2. A land rest year occurred in 701BC and a Jubilee in 700BC as is recorded in 2 Kings 19:29, Isaiah 37 & Chronicles 32
    3. A Sabbath year occurred in 456 BC – Nehemiah 8:18
    4. A Sabbath year occurred in 162 BC – 1 Macc 16:14 Jos Antiq.
    5. A Sabbath Year occurred in 134 BC 1 – Macc & Jos Antiq.
    6. A Sabbath year occurred in 43 BC as Issued by Gaius Julius Cesar and Jos Antiq.
    7. A Sabbath Year occurred in 36 BC –  Jos Antiq. 14:16:2
    8. A Sabbath Year occurred in 22 BC –  Jos Antiq. 15:9:1
    9. A Sabbath Year occurred in 42 CE –  Jos Antiq. 18
    10. A Sabbath Year occurred in 56 CE –
    11. A Sabbath Year occurred in 70 CE –
    12. A Sabbath Year occurred in 133 CE –
    13. A Sabbath Year occurred in 140 CE –
    14. Tombstone Year 3 after the Sabbatical 357 CE –
    15. Tombstone Year 3 after the Sabbatical 413 CE –
    16. Tombstone Year of the Sabbatical 434 CE –
    17. Tombstone Year 1 after the Sabbatical 434 CE –
    18. Tombstone Year 5 after the Sabbatical 434 CE –
    19. Tombstone Year 1 after the Sabbatical 455 CE –
    20. Tombstone Year 1 after the Sabbatical 504 CE –
    21. Tombstone Year 4 after the Sabbatical 511 CE –

Later on, in the following years leading up to 2016, I would hear one of Nehemiah’s podcasts about the Tomb Stones of Zoar. I had not heard of them but the two presented to me in 2013 were part of this collection. That began me on this search to find as many of them as possible. But I was restrained, as many of the articles were written in Hebrew and were scholarly research papers in archives at universities. We collected many of them and I only had them translated for me this past winter of 2018.

Then this year, 2018, year Nehemiah did a podcast and an interview with Michael Rood on the Sabbatical Years and how no one could know them. I wrote him and told him otherwise and he added a link to my research which now had 45 Sabbatical and Jubilee years documented. I then asked him for a date when we could discuss this subject specifically. He responded and said at Sukkot 2018. So this is the history leading up to our meeting this past Sukkot in Israel.

I had copied all our information from the News Letter that we published about all of the dates we had and the sources to verify each date. I had a copy for Nehemiah and one for myself. We agreed to focus on just the tombstones.

We met in a coffee shop in German Colony and it was not long into our talk that our papers became messed up on that small table as we went back and forth. Nehemiah was very interested in the Tombstones. I had more than he was aware of but the way I logged them was chronologically and Nehemiah needed them done according to the Naveh list. Naveh is the archeologist who has specialized in these tombstones. So I agreed to go back home and make a list that had all of Joseph Naveh’s Tombstone on them.

So here is the chart I have made for Nehemiah just covering the Tomb Stone I have collected. I use my numbering system so that they can be found in my Proofs at sightedmoon.com. I then have Joseph Naveh’s numbering of each Tomb Stone and this is the same way Nehemiah has them recorded.


I then marked the day of the death as recorded and the day of the week if it is provided. This is important as it shows us that they were using the barley to begin the year and the crescent moon to begin the month. If you use the Hebrew calculated conjunction calendar then you are not able to find or match any of these dates.

You also need to know the month so I have listed them here as well. When you understand that the religious year began with Aviv and the Civil year began with Tishri it helps a great deal in understanding what they have done with the Tomb Stone dating. They had moved the start of the year for the Shemitah from Aviv to Tishri 6 months before. So this understanding makes it possible to locate when the Shemitah is if they say it is the 8th or 11th month for example. They, having started the Shemitah at Tishri which is the 7th-month means they were already counting that year as a Shemitah when in fact it did not start until Aviv.

The same goes for the end of the Shemitah cycle. They would have ended the year at Tishri and declared the 8th month in the first year of the next cycle when in fact it was still part of the Shemitah which would only end at Aviv.

Then I have the years since the destruction of the Temple. What I did here was to add the year the Temple was destroyed to the year they gave on the Tomb Stone to get this year in this column. That way I can easily check it in my charts.

After that I recorded what the tombstone has written on it and then how to understand if it fits our chronology or not.

Out of the 30 Tombstones of Zoar we have only 7 that we cannot use and the other 23 all match our chronology of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years although some need to be explained as I have above. In order to save space I have included them into a PDF for viewing.

In the chart below are the Gregorian years from 232 C.E. up to 524 C.E. These are all on the left-hand side of the orange bar. The dates on the right hand side are the corresponding years based on counting from the creation of Adam at year 1.

I have listed here each Tomb Stone of Zoar so you can see when they say that for example the year 439 is the 4th year of the Shemita cycle. Or that 470 was in the 1st of the Shemita cycle.

Rambam & The Shemita

One of the high lites of the interview with Nehemia was when part way through it he gives me a Shemita year from one of the sages that I had not heard of. We listen to the information and then add our 70 years to the date given because it was in relation to when the Temple was destroyed. Right there on the podcast, I am doing my happy dance. Let me say that again. Right there with Nehemia giving me what could be a date that does not work and therefore proves that we cannot know when the Sabbatical years are, I confirm to Nehemia that that sage was, in fact, recording the proper Shemita that matches all the other ones we have been promoting. i was doing a very happy dance at that moment and for the rest of the day.

So here is the information and a brand new Sabbatical year to add to our growing list that comes from not just any old Rabbi, but from one of the leading Rabbis.

That Rabbi was none other than Rambam himself.

Not only does Rambam himself give us this year, but Nehemia also read this part where Rambam says and I am paraphrasing it now from memory. That the Sabbatical year is the year 1107 from the destruction of the Temple but we keep with the traditional one from the year before. Rambam is giving us the proper Shemita and then says that the traditional one is the one every is keeping and is a year before. Exactly the very same things we at sightedmoon.com are saying.

I eagerly await the time when this podcast is released.

Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Shemitah Ve-Yovel 10:5–6

[5] However, all the Geonim said that they have a tradition, from one man to another, that during the 70 years between the destruction of the First Temple and the building of the Second Temple they only counted Shemitahs without Jubilees. So too when the latter [Temple] was destroyed they did not count the 50th year but only multiples of 7 from the beginning of the year of the destruction. This calculation, which is a tradition, appears in the Talmud tractate of Avodah Zarah.

[6] The year of the Shemitah is known and famous among the Geonim and the people of the Land of Israel. They all counted only the years of the destruction in multiples of seven. According to this calculation, this year which is 1107 Year of Destruction is the year following a Shemitah. We rely on this and we teach this calculation for matters of tithes, produce, and loans. Tradition and precedent (ma‘aseh) are great pillars in instruction and it is appropriate to rely on them. [NG]


When I add the year the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE to 1107, I get the year 1177 which is according to my charts the year after the Shemitah just as they are saying. We are in Agreement here. Joseph F Dumond

Here it is on the charts.

Here is the original quote in Hebrew for those of you who want to read it for yourself.

Why is any of this and all of this important?

All of the Tombstones have been found outside the land of Israel. These TombStones are from Zoar with the exception of one. Zoar is part of the land of Moab and today is to be found in the Nation of Jordan. Israel was not to possess the land of Moab.

Deut 2:9 “And we turned and went in the direction of the wilderness of Moab. And the Lord said to me, Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to the people of Lot for a possession.’

The other Tomb Stone that is found was from Baalbek was in the year 838 C.E. and is from the area north of Damascus which at this time was not controlled by the nation Israel. Although it was in the area promised to Israel. So you can contend this one.

Moses ben Maimon, commonly known as Maimonides, and also referred to by the acronym Rambam lived in Spain and Egypt outside the land of Israel and he was accurately counting the Shemita cycles and as noted above claimed that the year 1107 was the first year in the Shemita cycle.

Let me quote him one more time. This is so cool.

The year of the Shemitah is known and famous among the Geonim and the people of the Land of Israel. They all counted only the years of the destruction in multiples of seven. According to this calculation, this year which is 1107 Year of Destruction is the year following a Shemitah.

The Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E. so when you add 70 + 1107 you get 1177 which when you check our charts is the first year of the Shemita cycles EXACTLY as this Highly regarded Rabbi said.

Maimonides is acknowledged as among the foremost rabbinical arbiters and philosophers in Jewish history, and his copious work comprises a cornerstone of Jewish scholarship. His fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah still carries significant canonical authority as a codification of Talmudic law. He is sometimes known as “ha Nesher ha Gadol” (the great eagle) in recognition of his outstanding status as a bona fide exponent of the Oral Torah.

And it is this most distinguished sage who confirms with us that 1177 was indeed the first year of the Shemita cycle. This once again proves that the Sabbatical and Jubilee cycles that we have been telling you about since 2005 are indeed correct and can be proven to be precisely correct.

And I want to point out one small thing that many of you will have just read right over.

The argument is that this Sabbatical and Jubilee years stuff is just for the Jews in the land of Israel. And what does Rambam the foremost Rabbi throughout the ages say? Does he say this law only applies to when you are in the land of Israel?

He is in the land of Spain and also in the land of Egypt. NOT ISRAEL!!

Rambam says;

We rely on this and we teach this calculation for matters of tithes, produce, and loans.

The Shemita was used for matter os tithes, that is the third tithe year and the year when they do not tithe in the 7th year. For produce; well that can only mean they were watching when the 7th year was so as not to plant and not to harvest produce.. And the part about loans, well in the Sabbatical year you are to forgive loans.

Deut 15:1 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord’s release has been proclaimed.

So if this was just for when they are in the land why are they concerned about knowing when the Shemita is now? So they can forgive debts and take care of the widows in the 3rd and 6th year and so they won’t plant or harvest in the land they are in.


  1. Victoria Koorzen

    Hoo-hah! Congratulations! Is confirmation not a sweet and wonderful thing?!

  2. Barb

    Goosebumps indeed reading about the meeting with Nehemiah over the tombstones, his input, and the climax learning ‘that esteemed Rabbi ‘ was none other than Ramban himself !
    What persistent and excellent work you have done putting this all together to bring the truth of the Sabbstical Years to the attention of those seeking YHWH’s Way .
    Thankyou Joe !!

    • Joseph F. Dumond

      It was exciting indeed. Thanks Barb, we anxiously await the Podcast.

  3. GreggW

    Joseph, I was thrilled to hear about you and Nehemia getting together on this. I respect how both of you are honest and diligent diggers for truth.
    I admit it bothered me when he and Michael did the segment about how we ‘can’t know’ when the shemitah and jubilees are, but you had provided evidence.
    I don’t agree with Michael on everything and Nehemia doesn’t see Messiah the same either. Yet, all THREE if you agree on the Aviv Barley and Sighted Moon pieces as well as YEHOVAH’s Holy Name!
    ( Even though most of the “Hebrew Roots” people don’t see any of them.)
    I still get confused with the charts and dates but I don’t doubt your conclusions. Thank you for all your hard work and keep up the fight.
    YEHOVAH bless you and keep you and your family.

    • Joseph F. Dumond

      If you have read the book Remembering the Sabbatical year of 2016 and the other book The 2300 Days of Hell and you are still confused about the charts, then please do write me and tell me exactly where you get confused. IT may be that others too are struggling with the same things. And I will address it in an upcoming News Letter or even call you personally to help you to understand. I am seeing more and more now teach these truths as though they had discovered them themselves. And it inspires me to know they can prove it for themselves and teach others. So if I can help you to become another one of those teachers sharing these truths about the Sabbatical years then please do tell me where you are struggling or what you need more clarification in and I will do my best to explain it if I already have not done so in a previous article.
      May Yehovah bless you with understanding and knowledge in His ways.

      • WB

        Hello brother Joseph! Very exciting indeed. For those that are confused about the charts I would recommend the 4 hour study you did with a handful of people online a few months back, the link is in a newsletter, maybe you can re post list the link here??. It was slow at times, but I needed that, since it allowed my mind time to catch up. I haven’t been totally onboard yet with the sabbatical and jubalee years. I’ve been reading and paying attention to what you’ve been teaching. This may be the final straw for me to make a change. Thanks so much for your teachings!

  4. Pauline

    Praise Yehovah!!! So exciting to read your news Joe. Outstanding diligence and perseverance. Thank you so much for telling us about your research and proofs. Can’t wait to listen to the podcast! Shalom shalom!

  5. Steven Smith

    Greeting to all the sightedmoon family,
    I been anxious to hear how the meetinmg went with Nehemia Gordon since it was first brought to our attention that Mr. Dumond would meet with him during this years fall Feasts. I also seen the video where Nehemia and Michial Roode claimed we can not know the year of rest. How exiting to hear Yehovah showed up with another proof during your meeting with him. Hope everyone that writes there is no fruit from this miistry is paying attention to what Yehovah is doing here. Wow. Can hardly wait for podcast to be released. An awesome gem to look forward to listening to.
    My thanks as always for great article to Mr. Dumond and everyone working behind the scenes to share this message with others.
    Shabbat Shalom brethren

  6. FJ

    Hey Joseph
    that is good news with more fruit to come amongst the waking Bride as she makes more adjustments to her wedding garment in washing it clean for all of us to become free from being slaves of Babylon and more than tickers of boxes in the keeping of the Holy Calendar.
    The Spirit of the Instructions and the will of our Father in His Salvation is showing all of this as love of neighbour and the Father.
    I am a bit like you in being set upon a path that is not popular and not understood too but will keep saying even as I support much of your ministry that the 7th day is not linked to pagan days or an International dateline but the borders God gave to Abraham to determine the start of the day and where a week begins and ends as well as how to determine the beginning of the months and years for His people. We are coming back to gar Eden and coming back from shifting things to the East where we were banished to when Adam fell.

  7. Jan

    This is truly exceptional. I presume you have made a believer out of Nehemiah after all this time. This should have great weight within Israel, but I have a feeling not. Won’t look good for some “Jesus loving Gentile” like you proving the Rabbi’s wrong. And…right there in Ramban’s writings too. Simply too funny! Yes, I’m anxiously awaiting to see the podcast.
    NOW….I think you just blew another bubble concerning false sites. I was in Tiberius and went to Ramban’s tomb. Or so I thought. The sign says he is. I don’t know anymore. Is he or isn’t he? BUT, more importantly, the sign says he died Dec 13, 1204. Now, why the two different dates? Why would Israel have tomb for Ramban and have the wrong date? I’ll put pictures of it on my MeWe posts. I know you’re correct due to Nehemiah. I’m not disputing your findings. I’m trying to figure out ……IS THIS YET ANOTHER FAKE SITE with WRONG dates? But this is JEWISH and not Christian. HELP!

  8. Steven Smith

    I went out and tried to spot crescent moon tonight. Was a little hazzy to see. Lewis Spencer tried to spot it on opposie end of town and had same problem. Always worth looking. Was nice evning to be out. Will try again tomorrow see how things go. Shalom all


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