The moon is a faithful witness in heaven that hwhy has firmly established throughout the ages by His word.
Psalms 89:34-37 I will not violate My covenant, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. Once I have sworn by My set-apart-ness, I will not lie to David: His seed shall endure throughout the ages, and his throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established throughout the ages like the moon, like the faithful witness in the sky. Selah.
This truth contradicts those who teach that the moon was on a constant cycle of 30 day months and that a year contained 360 days before the flood. The way in which the Creator reckons time is ultimately demonstrated by the chronology encoded in the history and future prophecy of Scripture. hwhy instructed Israel to follow the ancient paths or the Creation Calendar
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says hwhy , “Stand in the way and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls.”
The good way is also the narrow and precise way spoken of by Yehshua the Messiah.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. But narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and only a few find it.
Although the Hebrew Hour and the Hebrew Day can be observed from any location on earth, the Hebrew Month and the Hebrew Year must be calculated from near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In Hebraic thought, the foundation stone of the Temple of Elohim is considered the origin of the physical universe. It was in the vicinity of the Temple Mount that Yehovah made covenants with Abraham and King David, Solomon built the First Temple, Zerubbabel built the Second Temple, and Yehshua the Messiah renewed the covenant with mankind in His own blood. It is for these reasons that the location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is so intrinsically important.
It is first-crescent visibility from Jerusalem which is the Scriptural reference standard for timekeeping. As Elohim created the lights in heaven for signs, appointed times, days and years (Genesis 1:14), they truthfully tell what time it is. The Scriptures indicate that the Torah of Elohim is truth (Psalms 119:142). They also indicate that the Torah goes forth from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain of hwhy , to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the Torah will go forth from Zion, and the word of Yehovah from Jerusalem.
For this reason, no one should forget Jerusalem when it comes to sighting the new moon.
Psalms 137:5-6 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth – If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.
In the Age of Life, Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth.
Zechariah 8:3 This is what hwhy says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of hwhyAlmighty will be called the Set Apart Mountain.”
The new moon and the Sabbath figure prominently in the Age of Life.
Isaiah 66:22-24 “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before Me,” declares hwhy , “So will your name and descendants endure. From one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before Me,” says hwhy .
Reckoning the renewed first visible crescent moon from Jerusalem is a highly spiritual act, as it directly connects a person with heaven, and thereby with one’s Creator. The heavenly bodies are out of the domain of mankind to control. When a person reckons the beginning of a month by sighting the first visible crescent moon from Jerusalem, that person comes into alignment with the Creator of the universe.
There is not a court on earth that will successfully reject the witness of heaven. The cycles of the moon are one way the Creator communicates with His people. There are many man-made religious systems that operate on calendars that do not take the cycles of the moon into account. However, the heavens will always declare the brilliant majesty of hwhy who is the Creator of the universe.
Psalms 19:1-6 The heavens declare the brilliant majesty of Elohim and the firmament shows His handywork. Day after day they constantly pour forth speech, and night after night they display intelligence. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun which is as a Bridegroom coming out of His chamber, as a champion rejoices to run a race. It rises at one end of heaven and makes its circuit to the other: nothing is hidden from its heat.
Psalms 97:6 The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His brilliant majesty.