New Year 2021

Joseph F. Dumond

Joe Started Sightedmoon in 2005 to assist him in spreading his understanding of the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years according to Torah.
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Published: Feb 5, 2021 - (5856)

News Letter 5856-050
The 4th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 25th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 23rd day of the 12th month 5856 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Middle of the 70th Jubilee Since Yehovah told Moses To go Get His People
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence

2045 Days until the Two Witnesses

February 6, 2021

Shabbat Shalom to the Royal Family of Yehovah,


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Septennial Torah Portion

If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 4th year which is the 4th year of the Sabbatical Cycle, the one we are in now, as we state at the top of every News Letter. There you can scroll down to January 23, 2021, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about

Gen 21
Judge 18-19
Psalm 45-47
Matthew 26

If you missed last weeks exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.


New Year 2021 and Holy Day Dates

We at Sightedmoon.com will begin our New Year Saturday evening after the sun sets. Sunday February 14, 2021 will be the first day of the New Year.

Even though Devorah does not agree with us this year she has been very kind in providing a calendar with the various dates when the Holy Days will be depending on what you believe. I do sincerely thank her and appreciate the act of love towards all the brethren.

Let not our differences be cause for division. But do let them spur you to investigate each one and determine for yourself what you and your family will do.

After the Sabbath, February 13, those who want to join us on our weekly Sabbath service will stay on and celebrate together the sighting of the new moon. We will have people on from around the world so the celebrations will be throughout the day and evening depending on where you live. We hope you might want to join us.

 


 

This year our New Year is going to line up with the Chinese New Year. When I saw this it got me spinning to see if I could find a common history. Why do the Chinese keep the beginning of the year at this time?

 

The Origin and History of the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important among the traditional Chinese festivals. The origin of the Chinese New Year festival can be traced back to about 3,500 years ago.

Chinese New Year has evolved over a long period of time and its customs have undergone a long development process.

A Legend of the Origin of Chinese New Year

Like all traditional festivals in China, Chinese New Year is steeped with stories and myths. One of the most popular is about the mythical beast Nian (/nyen/), who ate livestock, crops, and even people on the eve of a new year. (It’s interesting that Nian, the ‘yearly beast’, sounds the same as ‘year’ in Chinese.)

To prevent Nian from attacking people and causing destruction, people put food at their doors for Nian.

It’s said that a wise old man figured out that Nian was scared of loud noises (firecrackers) and the color red. So, then people put red lanterns and red scrolls on their windows and doors to stop Nian from coming inside. Crackling bamboo (later replaced by firecrackers) was lit to scare Nian away.

Chinese New Year’s Origin: In the Shang Dynasty

Chinese New Year has enjoyed a history of about 3,500 years. Its exact beginning is not recorded. Some people believe that Chinese New Year originated in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC), when people held sacrificial ceremonies in honor of gods and ancestors at the beginning or the end of each year.

Chinese Calendar “Year” Established: In the Zhou Dynasty

The term Nian (‘year’) first appeared in the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). It had become a custom to offer sacrifices to ancestors or gods, and to worship nature in order to bless harvests at the turn of the year.

Chinese New Year Date Was Fixed: In the Han Dynasty

The date of the festival, the first day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar, was fixed in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). Certain celebration activities became popular, such as burning bamboo to make a loud cracking sound.

In the Wei and Jin Dynasties

In the Wei and Jin dynasties (220–420), apart from worshiping gods and ancestors, people began to entertain themselves. The customs of a family getting together to clean their house, having a dinner, and staying up late on New Year’s Eve originated among common people.

When I look in my Jubilee charts I see that the Shang Dynasty fits the time when Yehovah told Moses to begin his year with the Aviv barley.

Exo 12:2  This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you.

And the year that this took place in was the year 1379 BC. The Shang Dynasty would have started with 1600 BC which was the time of the 7 years of famine when Joseph was made second in command in Egypt, and the  1046 BC of the Shang Dynasty would have been the time when King Saul was made to rule over Israel.

Ancient Asia Minor is a geographic region located in the south-western part of Asia comprising most of what is present-day Turkey. The earliest reference to the region comes from tablets of the Akkadian Dynasty (2334-2083 BCE) where it is known as ‘The Land of the Hatti’ and was inhabited by the Hittites. The Hittites themselves referred to the land as ‘Assuwa’ (or, earlier, Aswiya) which actually only designated the area around the delta of the river Cayster but came to be applied to the entire region. Assuwa is considered the Bronze Age origin for the name ‘Asia’ as the Romans later designated the area. It was called, by the Greeks, ‘Anatolia’ (literally, ‘place of the rising sun’, for those lands to the east of Greece).

Connecting the Chinese of Asia to those of Asia Minor is difficult do. I am not able to prove this at this time. But I do believe that the world at this time kept the calendar Noah taught them. As they migrated away from the Middle East they had to develop ways to recognize when the year began.

The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.[3] In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox.

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and has strongly influenced Lunar New Yearcelebrations such as the Losar of Tibet (Tibetan: ལོ་གསར་) and of China’s neighbouring cultures, including the Korean New Year (Korean: 설, seol), and the Tết of Vietnam.[4] It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese or Sinophone populations, including Singapore,[5] Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar,[6]Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines,[7] and Mauritius,[8] as well as many in North America and Europe.[9][10][11]

There is much more research to be done on this amazing new subject.

 


 

Sivan 6 Controversy Explained

This year questions are already arising about which day is Passover and then which one will be Wave Sheaf Day. The answer is simple if you take the time to understand this week. When you apply modern thinking such as Passover being on the 14th or at the end of the 13th, then you get the confusion.

We are not going to prove everything about Passover in this News Letter. We have all of those proofs in our archives section of our web site. We are going to focus on one aspect for this week. Once you understand this then you will know when Wave Sheaf Day is.

This year, Passover happens at the very same time it did in the Days of Joshua so we have a biblical example to follow. I was going ot say clear example but even this one gets muddied and is the excuse Judah uses to justify them keeping Shavuot on Sivan 6.

So let’s look at Passover week for us celebrating the new year February 13, 2021.

Passover begins at Sunset Saturday evening at the end of the 14th. So, this year we will be keeping the Passover meal Saturday night as the 15th begins after Sunset.

Joshua 5:10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.It is this very one verse that Judah uses to justify them keeping the Feast of Shavuot on Sivan 6. And this year of 2019 the exact same Spring Feast days are taking place.
This year the day of the Passover is taking place Friday evening and Saturday day. This is the 15th of the month of Aviv. It is the High Holy Day and the First day of Unleavened Bread. Most you realize that the Feat of Unleavened Bread moves from year to year. It can and does fall on any day of the week in other years. But this year it lands on the Sabbath exactly as it did when Joshua recorded this event in Joshua 5:10.

We are told in Lev 23 that we cannot eat anything until we make this wave Sheaf offering.

Lev 23:14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

And we are also told that they have to make this wave offering on the morrow after the Sabbath during the days of Unleavened Bread.

Lev 23:11  ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before Yehovah, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.
You are being told that Joshua and the Israelite made the wave offering on the 16th of Nisan, the month of Aviv.

So when was Passover?
Judah takes this information and then begins to count the Omer from the 16th of Nisan and they always arrive at Sivan 6 as Shavuot. they say Lev 23:11 is the morrow after the High Sabbath of Passover which takes place on the 15th. Those of you who keep Passover on the 14th should be scratching your heads about now. If not then go back and reread this article because you have missed it.

And they do just as they are told in Lev 23:15

And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.

And if this was all there were for scriptures on this subject they would be correct but then Yehovah says one more thing. Let’s read it all in context.

Lev 23:15‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.

And now verse 16.

‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to Yehovah.

You are to count 7 Sabbaths and on the morrow after the 7th Sabbath is the day you are to keep for Shavuot.

Sivan 6 can end up on any day of the week in many years. Every once in while it lands on the right time as it does this year.

We have the Jews keeping Passover on the right day, the 15th and the Bible in Joshua 5 shows us it was the 15th because the morrow after is the wave sheaf day and this is the day they no longer had manna to eat but they ate from the produce of the land. But then they make this error and begin to count the omer from the 16th in every year.

Add to this the fact that over time they changed the fall Holy Days by postponing them by one or two days. This is the Hebrew calendar that many of you follow. If this is OK to keep then it is also OK to keep Sunday or Friday as the weekly Sabbath.  If it is wrong to change the Sabbath to other days then it is just as wrong to change the Holy Days to other days by counting wrong or by postponement rules or man-made Takanot & Ma’asim of the Pharisees.

The Takanot & Ma’asim of the Pharisees are the laws that have been added to the Torah by the Sages. And because of these rules, they have fallen away from keeping Shavuot and the Fall Feasts at the proper time. It is because of modern Takanot and Ma’asim that we have the current trouble with determining when the barley has to be Aviv by and now many brethren will keep the Holy Days for this whole year one month later.

Does it matter? After all, they have their heart in the right place. Again I ask this question that I have asked many times now. Why did Yehovah allow 6 Million Jews to be slaughtered in the Holocaust of WW II? I am saying it is because they were not keeping the Holy Days at the proper time.

Why do people think Paul was talking about the laws of God?

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

It was the Takanot and Ma’asim that are added to the Torah, that was done to protect the Torah but in fact, causes the brethren to be led away from the truth.

Php 2:12  So that, my beloved, as you always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much rather in my absence – work out your own deliverance with fear and trembling,

Psa 2:11  Serve Yehovah with fear, And rejoice with trembling.

Now something else for you to consider.

You are to keep the days of Unleavened Bread for 7 days.

Lev 23:6  and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Jehovah. You must eat unleavened bread seven days.

When we go back to Exodus we are told some more details. We are told to kill the lamb in the 14th towards the end of the 14th.

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats.

Exo 12:6  And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month. And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Exo 12:7  And they shall take some of the blood and strike on the two side posts and upon the upper door post of the houses in which they shall eat it.

Exo 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread. They shall eat it with bitter herbs.

Exo 12:9  Do not eat of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire, its head with its legs, and with its inward parts.

Exo 12:10  And you shall not let any of it remain until the morning. And that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire.

Exo 12:11  And you shall eat of it this way, with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in a hurry. It is Jehovah’s passover.

Exo 12:12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. I am Jehovah.

Exo 12:13  And the blood shall be a sign to you upon the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be upon you for a destruction when I smite in the land of Egypt.

You eat the lamb at the end of the 14th and the start of the 15th. The 15th is the Memorial day.

Exo 12:14  And this day shall be a memorial to you. And you shall keep it as a feast to Jehovah throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by a law forever.

Exo 12:15  You shall eat unleavened bread seven days; even the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

Exo 12:16  And on the first day shall be a holy gathering, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy gathering for you. No manner of work shall be done in them, except that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you.

Exo 12:17  And you shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For in this same day I have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall keep this day in your generations by a law forever.

Exo 12:18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.

Exo 12:19  Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses. For whoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, among the aliens and among the natives of the land.

Exo 12:20  You shall eat nothing leavened. In all your dwelling-places you shall eat unleavened bread.

Notice that the death angel passed over the homes of the Israelites and struck down the first born of the Egyptians on the 15th. The evening after they had killed the lambs and placed its blood on their doors. Then as they ate the meal the Egyptians died. This was on the 15th.

Then the next morning while it was still dark they left. Again this was on the 15th.

Exo 12:17  And you shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For in this same day I have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall keep this day in your generations by a law forever.

Num 33:3  And they pulled up stakes from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the next day after the Passover the sons of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.

Num 33:4  For the Egyptians buried all their first-born whom Jehovah had stricken among them. Jehovah also executed judgments upon their gods.

You are to eat the Passover meal with unleavened Bread. NOTE THIS COMMANDMENT. You are to eat unleavened bread with the Passover meal.

Exo 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread. They shall eat it with bitter herbs.

And you are also commanded to eat unleavened Bread for 7 days. Not 8! You are not told to eat unleavened bread for 8 days. Those of you keeping Passover at the start of the 14th and then the 7 days of Unleavened bread need to pay attention to this commandment.

Now going back to Joshua 5 we can now or should now be able to to understand that they ate the Passover meal on the 15th after the sun had set on the 14th when it was the weekly Sabbath. Once the sun set the 1st day of the week began. It was on this 1st day of the week, which was the 15th, that they ate the Passover meal.

You are to eat the Passover meal with unleavened bread. And you are to only eat unleavened bread during these 7 days from the 15th to the 21st.

So Joshua kept the Passover meal Saturday evening. They made the wave sheaf offering the next morning at 9 AM and then they could go and eat the produce of the land.

This year wave sheaf day will be on the 15th of the month of Nisan. Wave Sheaf day must fall during the 7 days of Unleavened Bread not before or after those 7 days of Unleavened Bread.

20 Comments

  1. Jackie D

    Shalom
    Am I getting it wrong. Passover on Saturday evening is 13th not 14th as you have stated.

    Confused Jackie

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  2. Jackie D

    Shalom

    My calendar say Saturday is the 13th February 2021. Is Passover on Saturday evening or 14th February Sunday evening?
    Please confirm.
    Jackie D

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      Jackie, please consult the chart I have in the News Letter. Saturday evening of February 13 is the start of the New Year. Sunday the 14th of February is the first day which begins at sunset the night before.

      Passover will be at Sunset February 27 after Sabbath. This will be the start of the 1st day of Unleavened Bread. It is also the start of the Wave Sheaf day.

      Read what I wrote and what is in the chart carefully.

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      • Jackie D

        Shalom Joseph
        Thanks for your clarification. Last year was my first attempt and I got it all wrong, must get it right this time.

        Jackie D

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      • Jackie D

        Shalom brother Joseph

        Yeah, Mike is right about the newsletter confusion of 14th of aviv.

        Thanks again

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  3. Wilson

    Shalom brother Joseph, you have stated a couple of times that the wave sheaf day ‘must’ fall ‘in’ the feast of unleavened bread. Could you give the verses that say that? I don’t recall that being said… I’m not trying to be dense, just trying to get my head around this aspect, and I’m having trouble. Thanks

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      Laws for Grain Offerings

      Lev 2:1 And when anyone will offer a food offering to Jehovah, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it.
      Lev 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons, the priests. And he shall take out of it his handful of flour and its oil, with all its frankincense. And the priest shall burn the memorial of it on the altar, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor to Jehovah.
      Lev 2:3 And the rest of the food offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’, most holy of the offerings of Jehovah made by fire.
      Lev 2:4 And if you bring a sacrifice of a food offering baked in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.
      Lev 2:5 And if your offering is a food offering on the griddle, your offering shall be of fine flour unleavened, mixed with oil.
      Lev 2:6 You shall break it in pieces and pour oil on it. It is a food offering.
      Lev 2:7 And if your offering is a food offering in the frying pan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.
      Lev 2:8 And you shall bring the food offering that is made of these things to Jehovah. And when it is presented to the priest, he shall bring it to the altar.
      Lev 2:9 And the priest shall take from the food offering a memorial of it, and shall burn it on the altar. It is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor to Jehovah.
      Lev 2:10 And that which is left of the food offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons: it is most holy of the offerings of Jehovah made by fire.
      Lev 2:11 Any food offering which you shall bring to Jehovah shall not be made with leaven. For you shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of Jehovah made by fire.
      Lev 2:12 As an offering of the firstfruits, you shall bring them to Jehovah. But they shall not be burned on the altar for a sweet savor.
      Lev 2:13 And every sacrifice of your food offering shall you season with salt. And you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your food offering. You shall offer salt with all your offerings.
      Lev 2:14 And if you bring a food offering of your firstfruits to Jehovah, green ears roasted by fire, grains of a garden, you shall bring near for a food offering your firstfruits,
      Lev 2:15 And you shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it. It is a food offering.
      Lev 2:16 And the priest shall burn it as incense with its memorial offering from its grains and from its oil, besides all its frankincense, a fire offering to Jehovah.

      All of this is speaking about Unleavened Bread.

      You eat unleavened bread for 7 days and 7 days only. So to keep the wave offering outside of the time allotted for unleavened bread such as the Sunday after, does not jive.

      You are to eat the Passover with Unleavened Bread. Notice below that the day that is the memorial is also the day of unleavened bread. The Passover meal is to be eaten with unleavened bread. So the 15th to the 21st are the days of Unleavened bread.

      The Passover

      Exo 12:1 And Jehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
      Exo 12:2 This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you.
      Exo 12:3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth of this month they shall take to them each man a lamb for a father’s house, a lamb for a house.
      Exo 12:4 And if the household is too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take according to the number of the souls, each one, according to the eating of his mouth, you shall count concerning the lamb.
      Exo 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats.
      Exo 12:6 And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month. And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
      Exo 12:7 And they shall take some of the blood and strike on the two side posts and upon the upper door post of the houses in which they shall eat it.
      Exo 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread. They shall eat it with bitter herbs.
      Exo 12:9 Do not eat of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire, its head with its legs, and with its inward parts.
      Exo 12:10 And you shall not let any of it remain until the morning. And that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire.
      Exo 12:11 And you shall eat of it this way, with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in a hurry. It is Jehovah’s passover.
      Exo 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. I am Jehovah.
      Exo 12:13 And the blood shall be a sign to you upon the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be upon you for a destruction when I smite in the land of Egypt.
      Exo 12:14 And this day shall be a memorial to you. And you shall keep it as a feast to Jehovah throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by a law forever.
      Exo 12:15 You shall eat unleavened bread seven days; even the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
      Exo 12:16 And on the first day shall be a holy gathering, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy gathering for you. No manner of work shall be done in them, except that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you.
      Exo 12:17 And you shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For in this same day I have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall keep this day in your generations by a law forever.
      Exo 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
      Exo 12:19 Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses. For whoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, among the aliens and among the natives of the land.
      Exo 12:20 You shall eat nothing leavened. In all your dwelling-places you shall eat unleavened bread.

      Lev 23:6 and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Jehovah. You must eat unleavened bread seven days.
      Lev 23:7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no work of labor,

      Now that you know that the first fruits offering is to be made with unleavened bread and you also know you can only eat unleavened bread for 7 days not 8. Only 7, then know when you read Lev 23 that the grain offering has to be unleavened bread according to Lev 2 which you read above. See verse 13 below.

      Lev 23:9 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
      Lev 23:10 Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, When you have come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest of it, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
      Lev 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before Jehovah to be received for you. On the next day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
      Lev 23:12 And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to Jehovah.
      Lev 23:13 And its food offering shall be two-tenths part of fine flour mixed with oil, a fire offering to Jehovah for a sweet savor. And the drink offering of it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin.
      Lev 23:14 And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears, until the same day, until you have brought an offering to your God. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

      If you say that this is for Shavuot then know that you are to make to leavened cakes and wave them at Shavuot. So LEv 2 is not speaking about Shavuot.

      Does this now make sense or have I confused you more. It is obvious to me.

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  4. Mike

    I think some of the confusion that folks may be having when reading this newsletter might be confusing Feb 14 with Aviv 14 when “the 14th” is mentioned. The day of preparation of Passover begins on the 14th of Aviv (the first month of the Biblical year). It might be worth a quick edit to add [of the biblical year] or [of Aviv] when mentioning the 14th because of this coincidence with mentioning Feb 14th in a different context.

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  5. cosmos1947

    Explaining Judah’s error in dating Shavuot as Sivan 6, and the rabbinical error of other mo’ed postponements:-
    J.Dumond says: ”Judah takes this information and then begins to count the Omer from the 16th of Nisan and they always arrive at Sivan 6 as Shavuot. they say Lev 23:11 is the morrow after the High Sabbath of Passover which takes place on the 15th. …Add to this the fact that over time they changed the fall Holy Days by postponing them by one or two days. This is the Hebrew calendar that many of you [sightedmoon.com readers] follow.”

    So why not instead follow truth rather than error?
    Generically:
    Sagely toggling between: ’not following a multitude to do undisclosed evil’ [Ex. 23:2] and ‘finding safety via a multitude of debatable counsellors’ [Prov.24:5] should thus ameliorate personal end-game dire consequences.
    Specifically:
    1/ A gregarious and meek desire for seeking facile Agreement (with peer-group leadership conventions) ahead of seeking elusive Clarity (with group-alienating Scriptural truth that defies traditional conventions’ entrapment), is anathema. [John 18:32]
    2/ Unwitting engagement of ‘Auto-pilot’ and ‘Confirmation-bias’ defines natural human day-to-day cognitive negotiations. Ie, that is the folly of avoiding ‘doing due diligence’ IF a trusted Expert is available to channel and/or further entrench our doctrinal paradigms. [Prov. 18:13]. Experts on any issue are ‘two-a-penny’, but brave Cognoscenti are not!
    Historically:
    In my early converted experience within the safety of the H.W. Armstrong-dominated Radio [later on, Worldwide] Church of God, we trusting baptised members were told to keep Pentecost on a Monday. Why? It was allegedly due to the Israelites being told ‘NOT to leave their homes before daybreak after the nighttime Aviv15 Death Angel passed over them’ [Ex.12:22]. So logically, assuming they FULLY obeyed that curfew-command of Moses [which I now understand they did not], logistically they needed a full 12 hours of daylight to ‘righteously spoil/rob the grieving/frightened Egyptians’ before starting their seven on-the-run Unleavened Bread days and thus [on that Monday, ie, a day too late] starting the 50 day count to Pentecost from that Sunday night.
    To prove my point of historical [yet understandable, if not forgivable], Church of God error I quote from a 1968 H.W.A.-authorised Holy Day calendar: “Pentecost … is always on a Monday in Sivan… the memorial of the beginning of the New Testament Church on that Monday, June 18, 31 A.D. ” We collectively in the 1960s were in error, and many, imo, genuinely redeemed saints died with that error confidently in place, awaiting a merciful Judge .
    Currently:
    So when someone asserts: celebrating annual days on the wrong date is equivalent to changing Shabbat to Sunday or Friday; does not my nuanced caveats above disarm that ‘black-or-white’ assertion? Of course once YHVH’s Truth is known then FULL accountability kicks in! However, my 1/ and 2/ specifics, as stated above, can covertly derail that all-too-common one-track-minded train-of-thought. Ironically ‘Lateral Thinkers’ often clash with enthusiastic ‘full-head-of-steam’ truth-wielding pundits. Hence, ‘buyer beware!’ And, as commanded 26 times in Torah, offer to YHVH only “finely-milled [read, expertly-discerned] grain”.

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      I have waited a long time for you state something of value and not the conspiratorial waste you have sent in the past but did not get approved. Thank you for this insightful and meaningful contribution to the subject and debate at hand.
      We will dedicate todays Sabbath service to this very thing, hope you can join us.

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      • cosmos1947

        I’m thankful for my pseudonym, cosmos 1947, to deflect any Lashon Harah!
        Since I apparently fleetingly ‘have your ear’, permit me an addendum re my ‘Monday Pentecost’ post :-
        For Messianic readers in 2021 correcting my witness re a 1968 scenario would be a trivial irrelevant and distracting matter. For me, reconstructing the accurate rationale for a calendrical doctrine of a now-defunct Church of over half century ago has proven problematic.
        In hindsight the explanation of the one day’s delay for the 1968 Worldwide C. of G. Pentecost which I offered above is inadequate.
        My clarified deep memory attests the Israelites under Moses did indeed start counting the 7 unleavened bread days from the original Passover event of Aviv15. Not, as I stated, from the Monday 16 Aviv…. that’s when they allegedly started their walking exit from Egypt, according to 1960s Ww C. of G.
        So the now-recalled rationale for the Monday Pentecost was H.W.A.’s non-rabbinical eccentric misinterpretations of Lev.23:16 “…the day AFTER…”, and Acts 2:1 “When the Day of Pentecost had FULLY come…”. H.W.A. , and his temporarily-intimidated evangelists, thought that Day EXCLUDED the preceding 50 days. Of course they had no concept of parallel Jubilees (49 + 1 = 50) cycles.
        By 1972 that Day-error was corrected.

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  6. Frank Smyth

    Shalom Joseph, I suggest your referring to 2019 is causing confusion too. I think you’re using 2019 as an example of what happened in 2500AC , the year Joshua went into the land.
    The difficulty is really with the fact that Nissan 1 is onFeb 14 2021. We also have to deal with Nissan 14, 15 and the Feast of Firstfruits
    We have to organize the 14 and 15s on 2 calendars. The downloadable one on Sightedmoon.com is a good one to do this.
    Frank

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    • Mike

      yeah, it’s just a wording issue with the coincidence of two 14th’s.

      By the way, I have a powerpoint on the biblical calendar at this link, if anyone is interested:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jnw0RIS3bw

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  7. Ron

    Thank you for your input it is important to all who are seeking truth

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  8. Ron

    From the beginning of time there have been those who taught truth .. those who have sought truth… and those who have fought truth … well done

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  9. cosmos1947

    Ron says: “From the beginning of time there have been those who taught truth .. those who have sought truth… and those who have fought truth … well done.”
    Indeed, as you say, J.D. has “done well” in pioneering and expounding knotty calendrical matters …. But overall, us lesser mortals toggle inconsistently on any given day between ‘firstly seeking truth, then fighting non-embraced truth, then hopefully teaching truth. “I believe, help me in my unbelief” [Mk.9:24] describes our ‘looking through the glass darkly’ 1Cor.13:12 dilemma.
    During my 55 years of Scriptural interchange with confident pundits, the more academic and enquiring a mindset the more lofty distain flows, always downhill, to that searching individual from those anointed souls sadly addicted to confirmation-bias or followers-agreement or self-congratulation. When confronted with such a linguistically-cerebral gulf, I recall with a sigh, the unbridgeable alienation at the Tower of Babel. Plus the tedious task for us humble miners of YHVH’s Truth to dig through, with an eagle-eye, tons of unprofitable soil to sift out worthy gems. Academics habitually ‘do the hard yards’ . Authority-figures generically do not!

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    • FJ

      Yes Cosmos 1947, I believe mercy comes from the merciful. And if we want mercy we should be humble enough to give it freely too. Not many or should that be any have it all nailed down and I know it is hard to be grownup for most of us children who are childish around our certainties because we need a foundation that won’t move in our human frailty at times. But faith is a moving platform of drawing closer to Elohim’s desire in seeking truth but it won’t move closer if we refuse to allow it to lead us on further.
      Restoration is an act of love & giving. Not of taking away of dignity but of willingly giving up that which is untrue. How we all fail at times. Blessings to All. Shalom.

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    • Antonio Z de Asis

      If I remember right, the Chinese call G_d “Shang Di”.
      That is before religion was declared ‘illegal.’

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  10. cosmos1947

    J.D. says: “I have waited a long time for you state something of value and not the conspiratorial waste you have sent in the past but did not get approved.”
    Imo, one sign of many that an editor-in-chief is a converted soul is that unflattering-to-editors blogs are still published. Mr. J. Dumond deserves my/our congratulations! Why, specifically?
    There are numerous religious pundits whose competing newsletters and articles are put on-line, but their editors are keen to DISallow doctrinally-disenfranchising criticism of their articles’ contents…. assuming any blogs are even published.
    The sightedmoon.com blogs from the informed readership seem LESS subject to that academically-dubious ‘Cancel Culture’ ubiquitous mindset. In contrast to the overly-protective pundits’ rule-of-thumb which implies ‘training and searching for skills of sound judgement’ is irrelevant communally… thus encouraging blindness to Scriptural imperatives, eg, 1 Cor.6:3, Prov.25:2, Isa.1:18a, Mic.3:1.
    So, J.D., deserves a guarded congrats…. that is despite two of my recent perspicacious politically/medically/scripturally-aligned blogs apparently judged substandard [or as I personally suspect, those two were just embarrassingly ‘cutting too close to the (editorial) bone’].

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  11. Peter B Smith

    Interesting side note on the calendar…
    Ex. 12:2 “This month shall be to you the beguining of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you.” This was the start of the religious year calendar at the time of the exodus However it was laid upon the original calendar ( Rosh Hashanah known as Civil Calendar) that began first day of creation, found in Gen.1:5 “And God called the light Day and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Many people don’t know we actually have two calendars. Thank you Joseph

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