News Letter 5857-041
The 5th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 26th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 28th day of the 10th month 5857 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
1744 Days until the Two Witnesses
555 Days into the 2300 Days Started May 31st, 2020
December 4, 2021
Shabbat Shalom Royal Family of Yehovah,
Shabbat Zoom Meeting
There are many people in need of fellowship and who are sitting at home on the Sabbath with no one to talk to or debate with. I want to encourage all of you to join us on Shabbat, and to invite others to come and join us as well. If the time is not convenient then you can listen to the teaching and the midrash after on our YouTube channel.
What are we doing and why do we teach this way?
We are going to discuss both sides of an issue and then let you choose. It is the work of the Ruach (Spirit) to direct and to teach you.
The medieval commentator Rashi wrote that the Hebrew word for wrestle (avek) implies that Jacob was “tied”, for the same word is used to describe knotted fringes in a Jewish prayer shawl, the tzitzityot. Rashi says, “thus is the manner of two people who struggle to overthrow each other, that one embraces the other and knots him with his arms”.
Our intellectual wrestling has been replaced by a different kind of struggle. We are Wrestling with Yehovah as we grapple with His Word. It is an intimate act, symbolizing a relationship in which Yehovah and I and you are bound together. My wrestling is a struggle to discover what Yehovah expects of us, and we are “tied” to the One who assists us in that struggle.
Today, many say Israel means “Champion of God”, or better — the “Wrestler of God”.
Our Torah sessions each Shabbat teach you and encourage you to constantly challenge, question, argue against, as well as view alternative views and explanations of the Word. In other words, we are to “wrestle with the Word” to get to the truth. Jews worldwide believe that you need to wrestle with the Word and constantly challenge Dogma, Theology, and views or else you will never get to the Truth.
We are not like most churches where “The preacher talks and everyone listens.” We encourage everyone to participate, to question and to contribute what they know on the subject being discussed. We want you to be a champion wrestler of the Word of Yehovah. We want you to wear the title of Israel, knowing that you not only know but are capable to explain why you know the Torah to be true with logic and facts.
We have a few rules though. Let others talk and listen. There is no discussion about UFO’s Nephilim, Vaccines or conspiracy-type subjects. We have people from around the world with different world views. Not everyone cares who is the President of any particular country. Treat each other with respect as Fellow wrestlers of the word. Some of our subjects are hard to understand and require you to be mature and if you do not know, then listen to gain knowledge and understanding and hopefully wisdom. The very things you are commanded to ask Yehovah for and He gives to those who ask.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
We hope you can invite those who want to keep Torah to come and join us by hitting the link below. It is almost like a Torah teaching fellowship talk show with people from around the world taking part and sharing their insights and understandings.
We start off with some music and then some prayers and it’s as though you were sitting around the kitchen back in Newfoundland having a cup of coffee and all of us enjoying each other’s company. I hope you will grace us with your company someday.
Sabbath December 4, 2021, the room will be open at 12:30 PM Eastern with singing and prayers until about 1:15 PM. You are all welcome to join and watch. It is not recorded. We will have our afternoon service after this. You are welcome to come and join us before during and after we are off the air.
We look forward to you joining our family and getting to know us as we get to know you.
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Septennial Torah Portion
If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 5th year which is the 5th 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 December 4, 2021, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about
If you missed last week’s exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.
The Mystery of the Jewish Rapture 2033
We would like to again let you know of our newest book The Mystery of the Jewish rapture 2033 is now available on Amazon and if you have a Kindle reading account it is free.
I would also like to ask those of you who have read it to leave an endorsement on each of your respective amazon accounts, whether Canadian, American, UK or Australian. You can help just by letting people know what you are learning from this book and all of our books.
You can also help by sharing it and telling others on your social media account about it. Go to the Rapture or Revelation groups and end times groups you belong to and talk to them about it. It is a small thing you can do to help us spread the message. Thank you for your help in this and in all the things each of you do to spread the message and help others come to know Yehovah.
This is our blurb about the book you can share.
Millions are anxious for the Rapture to come and whisk them away at any moment. Few if any understand that the Bible they claim to follow and obey tells them precisely when the Rapture is to take place. It has been there all along hidden in plain sight. It is the same thing for the coming of the Messiah. He tells you Himself when to look for Him.
The Mystery of the Jewish Rapture 2033 is going to show you using the Jubilee Cycles how you can not only know the year the Rapture is going to take place in but even the very day.
No Longer will you have the pain of yet another letdown from yet another theory. No longer will you be guessing exactly when the Rapture is to happen. You will know!
You will be able to prove this from your own Bible and then you will absolutely know.
With the information The Mystery of the Jewish Rapture 2033 reveals, you will know exactly what it is that the Five Wise virgins understood and why they were ready for when the Messiah does come. It is because they knew.
We want you to be ready for the Rapture. We want you to be absolutely sure of when it is to take place and why. And we want to celebrate this day with you. It is going to be one of the greatest days in the history of mankind. So great that even the Exodus will be forgotten and this day will be the day spoken of. A day that you have the opportunity to be a part of. One of the Greatest Days in the History of Mankind. We look forward to being there with you.
Some of those you want to present the Rapture book to will say No Man Can Know the Day of the Hour. If they do then you will want to give them It Was A Riddle Not A Command book. This book will not only prove to them when the Messiah is going to come, but it will also prove to them when He was born. And at the same time, it does all of this using the scriptures from their own bible, it will show them how to know which calendar to use for the Holy Days as well as many other understandings.
If you get the Kindle Plan you can read both books for free.
In the Mail
Joseph, I want to thank you for your teaching on Shabbat- about these winter feast. I have shared it. I absolutely love what your teaching! It is helping me. I have been discipling for decades the importance of obedience and Lev 26 for blessings and curses and you are the first teacher I have ever heard that teaches the same! You are such a blessing! I love that you cuss in humor and you’re real! It’s so refreshing! I love that people leave your zoom as several have left mine as well. Because they don’t want to know the truth! I love that you don’t give a damn because you’re called to truth NOT to please men! Hallelu-Yah!
Kay Nolan Beard
This past Tuesday, November 30, 2021, was Giving Tuesday. You may have received a number of emails urging you to give to their cause on that day for a host of noble reasons. We chose not to do this for Sightedmoon.com.
It is not because we do not have needs nor wants, for we most certainly do have them. Each of you has chosen to read our News Letters, watch our 7-minute teachings, and our Shabbat teachings. You have also bought and read all of our books. And to each and everyone who does this, I want to wholeheartedly thank you. I also want to thank all those people who are working behind the scenes with me to produce those videos, and organize those Shabbat teachings. I also want to thank those who help me with the website and the marketing of our books as well as those who are working with us and those who helped in the past and have now stopped working with us on these projects for various reasons.
Let me share with you the things we are currently doing.
We have launched a book ad campaign for The Mystery of the Jewish Rapture 2033, and for It Was A Riddle Not A Command. We have almost always had an ad campaign going on various Christian websites for the past 7 years. These cost about $3000 US per campaign and each campaign lasted no more than 3 months.
We have another campaign that we are investing in heavily to again put our books in front of the evangelical people about the rapture and the coming of the Messiah. This has cost us $8000 Canadian to build it with another $10,000 expected in the coming months to promote it. It is this campaign that James, Pauline and I have devoted much time to in the past 6 months. We are still working on it, but we had to hire people to help us.
Like you, I have asked why should I do this, why do I do ad campaigns and promotions? The answer is to get our message about keeping the Holy Days and Sabbatical years in front of as many Rapture evangelical people as possible before judgment comes. To reach the foolish virgins before the Messiah comes and they discover they are not ready.
The next question that arises from this is what do I do with all the money from the book sales?
Our campaigns have not had great conversion rates so there is not a lot of income from the book sales. We do have a steady amount of sales, but not the kind that gets us on the NY Times Best Sellers list. All of our book sales go in with our donations from the brethren.
The donations and the book sales are then used to pay the salaries of those who work for us. I do not collect a salary. We are trying to support those in the fields preaching as well. When we have extra we support Telesphore in Burundi and Aike who is building a school in the Philippines. We have also supported Henry in Kenya with the small school he has built.
When we send books or the Jubilee banners we have to pay for the postage for those who are receiving them as they cannot afford them. This is what we do for teachers in Kenya and Pakistan. We are also paying to have our videos translated into Urdu in Pakistan. This is costly.
But our donations and book sales are not able to keep up with our needs let alone our wants. Each month I am dipping into my pension and my savings to subsidize this work.
Right now Telesphore is asking for over $150,000 to develop irrigation and farm projects that will supply water to various communities so they can have viable producing farms in Burundi. Henry has already warned and then worked with his community to develop and build a larger water reserve in preparation for the coming drought.
As you know Brother Aike has been building a Torah School in the Philippines. It keeps expanding and is not yet complete.
We also have a tremendous opportunity to be partners with brethren who are employing brethren. They are asking us to invest in them for a hardware construction store, a complete gravel pit operations and quarry, as well as in 5 dump trucks in order to secure Government contracts restoring coastal infrastructure destroyed or damaged by Climate Change. For an $800,000 investment, we could receive back between 30 to 40% depending on the various agreements. This investment would then support much of if not all of our work both now and what is upcoming.
They have pledged to put up their place of safety of 26 hectares of undeveloped land as collateral for this investment. This is what they are calling their Goshen project. A place for the brethren to flee where there is already an abundance of fruit trees to live on when the world gets very bad.
Again brethren I do not need to remind you that both Burundi and the Philippines are two of the places we are told in Isaiah where Israel is going to come back from. And I have reminded you a number of times, that if you do not invest in your retirement fund you cant expect to collect from it when you finally get to the age you retire. It is no different here. You need to invest in these things if you want them to be there for you and others when it comes a time we need them.
To this end, we have set up two boards of directors who have created Acubene PBC which is our for-profit corporation registered in the USA and Acubene Helping Hands which is our charitable corporation and is now applying for charitable status here in Canada.
As we struggle to meet our own meagre needs and wants we are also venturing into India and know that there will be even more demands asked of us in that area of this work.
To the Church in Philadelphia
Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts; and shuts and no one opens, says these things:
Rev 3:8 I know your works. Behold, I have given before you an open door, and no one can shut it. For you have a little strength and have kept My Word and have not denied My name.
Rev 3:9 Behold, I give out of those of the synagogue of Satan, those saying themselves to be Jews and are not, but lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
Rev 3:10 Because you have kept the Word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which will come upon all the habitable world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have, so that no one may take your crown.
Rev 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev 3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
I do not presume that we are this Church of Philadelphia. I do hope we are. We do not deny the name Yehovah. We do have very little strength and we are not mixing in other false teachings with His pure truth. We struggle to watch when the Holy Days are. We also know just how close we are to this trial that is coming on the whole world and we hope to be spared this. to this cause we are seeking to invest in these projects both for the benefit of those we are helping as well as our selves in the near future. Very near future.
Because of all of this and because our work is much bigger than what we can support, we do not give into gimmicks like Giving Tuesdays. We do not harp on you week in and week out to give give give. We know those who do, do so because they believe in our cause. We know those who do not support this work do not believe in our work nor want to be part of our Goshen projects in the future. They are making their own plans. We understand. We do thank those who do support this work each and every month through financial donations and by sharing our books and encouraging others to get them, but mostly we thank you for your prayers on our behalf. I am human and I will make mistakes. I have never done anything like this before and yet here I find myself doing precisely this.
So I am asking you all to be part of our team, in supporting us by lifting up my hands and praying that Yehovah guides me and shows me where to invest and where to go to do His work. In talking with James today we discovered we could put much of our material in a curriculum for studying out each subject. It is already there ready. It just needs a team of people to do it. So we are asking you to join us in asking Yehovah to bless our ad campaigns so that the sales of our books can subsidize all these things we are seeking to accomplish before His return, before the Two Witnesses, and before these 10 years of trouble begin. We are asking for miracles that are unbelievable in size. The same as COVID, is worldwide and so far-reaching, we are asking Yehovah to bless us so we can do this work worldwide and on a far-reaching scale. Everything Yehovah does from now on is going to be huge and worldwide. We are asking Him to bless us so we can keep up and warn this world before He strikes it.
Let me leave the foolish virgins who might be reading this, with this last thought.
To the Church in Laodicea
Rev 3:14 And to the angel of the church of the Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Head of the creation of God, says these things:
Rev 3:15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
Rev 3:18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold purified by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be clothed, and so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear. And anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; therefore be zealous and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me.
Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne.
Rev 3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
We know He is at the very door, at the end of this 6th millennial day. We know. Help us warn those who do not know.
You can also help us by leaving favourable comments about our books on Amazon and about our videos on Youtube. This helps the algorithms to learn who to share our teachings with others. And it only costs you a few moments to write a positive review which will then be read by some and Amazon and youtube can then share our book or video to others who may be looking for our subjects. And to those who do, I thank you. The more we have the better it will be shared.
Abbotsford is Flooded Again
As we go to post this Newsletter, Abbotsford British Columbia is again being flooded by yet another atmospheric river dumping huge amounts or water on the west coast. Last week on the other end of Canada Port Aux Basque was also cut off having its roads washed away in extremely severe weather.
Everyone throws their hands into the air and says Mother Nature is not giving us a break. But that is not true. It has nothing to do with Mother Nature which is just another false god. But no one repents.
Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and golden, and silver, and bronze, and stone, and wooden idols (which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk).
Rev 9:21 And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
What do we have to repent of?
Some people are just very slow to learn. I hope this does not apply to you brethren.
This past week the Canadian Government passed a new bill which they have been working on for some time.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister Trudeau,
I am writing to you in the aftermath of Abbotsford and the many other towns in Southern British Columbia that suffered the flooding disaster this November 2021.
This disaster cut off all transportation from Vancouver to the rest of Canada affecting supply chains and food supplies. The loss of livestock is still not fully accounted for nor is the cost of insurance and loss of livelihood as I now write to you.
This disaster comes on the heels of an extreme wildfire season and the destruction of the entire city of Lytton BC. It was also Lytton BC which suffered the extreme heat dome breaking all records each day for the hottest temperatures in Canada. It was unprecedented.
Each year the extreme weather disasters in Canada are increasing. I am looking back to the Kelowna fire and the Fort McMurry fires by comparison. The danger and destruction grows worse with each year.
Everyone is blaming it on Climate Change and Global warming and you have implemented a carbon tax in an effort to combat this. But no one is taking responsibility themselves for contributing to it.
I have watched you since you were elected in 2015 apologize to the Sikhs for the Komagata Maru incident back in 1914.
In 2017 you apologized in Goose Bay, N.L., for abuse and cultural losses at residential schools.
On March 8, 2019, again you apologized in Iqaluit for the way Inuit in northern Canada were treated for tuberculosis in the mid-20th century, calling the policies colonial and misguided.
Then on May 23, 2019, you exonerated Chief Poundmaker in the community that bears his name — the Poundmaker Cree Nation — and apologized for the chief’s unjust conviction for treason more than 130 years ago.
In September 2019 you apologized for your black face pictures.
Then on May 27, 2021, you delivered a formal apology in the House of Commons for the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War.
On October 4, 2021 you apologized to a British Columbia First Nation after you began a family holiday in Tofino rather than attending a reconciliation event near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
You then apologized in person to Indigenous leaders after skipping a remembrance for victims and survivors of residential schools on October 19, 2021.
Mr. Prime Minister you apologize for things that matter not, but you have major disasters taking place on your watch. Oh, I almost missed this one apology back in November 2017.
You delivered an historic apology to LGBT Canadians in the House of Commons, saying sorry for decades of “state-sponsored, systematic oppression and rejection.”
You spoke to a packed and emotional chamber, you expressed shame, sorrow and deep regret to the civil servants, military members and criminalized Canadians who endured discrimination and injustice based on their sexual orientation.
“You are professionals. You are patriots. And above all, you are innocent. And for all your suffering, you deserve justice, and you deserve peace,” you said.
“It is our collective shame that you were so mistreated. And it is our collective shame that this apology took so long – many who suffered are no longer alive to hear these words. And for that, we are truly sorry.”
MPs rose together in applause to the apology, which at times brought Trudeau to tears.
This might have been your most sincere apology.
I am writing to you asking you to apologize to the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. The one and only God who sends the fires and who also sends the floods. He is the same God who has sent COVID which not only shut down Canada but the whole world.
It is this God whose name is Yehovah who has said He would send these curses if we did not obey and would not repent and return to Him. Shall we suffer earthquakes or ice storms that destroy more of our infrastructure? Shall we suffer the loss of electricity or gas to heat our homes this winter? Shall we also suffer the loss of food supplies to feed our families and our nation? Shall we suffer an invading army?
All of these things He is sending against us and will send more unless we repent and do so publicly and mean it.
Mr. Prime Minister will you stand up in the House of Commons on behalf of all Canadians and offer repentance to the God who has given us this Great and awesome nation to live in? Will you do it in sincerity and mean it and begin to turn our nation back to Him?
The pain and suffering is going to get worse each year. As head of this nation, as Prime Minister of this great country I call home, will you reach out to the God of Creation and apologize for our sins against Him and repent and turn us all back to Him so that we can be blessed?
Mr. Prime Minister, our nation is hurting. Our Nation is being punished for not obeying the God who blessed us with so much wealth which we take for granted in this great nation. We have gone from 64% of our nation being Christians in 2011 to 55% in 2018. What we are now today in 2021 I do not know. But I do know we are being crippled with each calamity.
Pro 1:23 Turn at my warning; behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
Pro 1:24 Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;
Pro 1:25 but you have despised all my advice, and would have none of my warning.
Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your trouble; I will mock when your fear comes;
Pro 1:27 when your fear comes as a wasting away, and your ruin comes like a tempest when trouble and pain come upon you.
Pro 1:28 Then they shall call upon me, and I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me;
Pro 1:29 instead they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Jehovah.
Pro 1:30 They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my correction,
Pro 1:31 and they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own desires.
Pro 1:32 For the turning away of the simple kills them, and the ease of fools destroys them.
Pro 1:33 But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Mr Prime Minister, Please stand in the House of Commons along all the Members of Parliament and offer the God who gave us these great blessing a sincere apology for not obeying Him.
In all Sincerity
Joseph F Dumond
An Ambassador and servant of the Most High and a fellow Canadian.
I have sent this letter to two of my MPs asking them to read this to the Prime Minister in the house of Commons. You can do the same with your MP here in Canada.
Forget Omicron, Iran Is Three Weeks Away From Nuclear Breakout
Over the past few days, I’ve watched with amazement just how fast our nations have mobilized to attempt to stop the spread of the latest covid-19 variant, omicron. In Israel, it took less than 24 hours for the government to shut the borders to all foreigners. That’s right, all foreigners were barred, not just those attempting to return from southern Africa. It didn’t matter that omicron had yet to kill or even hospitalize anyone. Israel decided to act fast, just in case omicron turned out to be deadly.
Doing nothing meant risking everything, said the experts. This, of course, wasn’t just Israel’s knee-jerk reaction to the potential threat of omicron—most of the Western democracies followed suit.
When it comes to a threat to public health, our governments now act first and ask questions later. It simply isn’t worth the risk to delay; that could be too late. It would be playing with fire.
Yet outside the world of covid-19, our leaders seem perfectly willing to play with fire. And sometimes that fire is nuclear.
On Monday, the same day Israel shut its borders, world powers assembled in Vienna, Austria, to negotiate once again with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.
These talks aren’t making headlines like omicron; but they should be.
If our leaders were truly concerned about imminent threats to public health, about acting swiftly to prevent mass casualties, then a gigantic spotlight would be on the nuclear talks.
Did you know that Iran is now closer to the bomb than at any time in the past?
Did you know that should Iran push forward with its enrichment, it is just three weeks away from acquiring enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb; two months later it could have enough uranium for two bombs. Less than two months after that, it would have enough uranium for three bombs.
This is a real public health crisis, one that poses a risk far greater than omicron, and yet where is the international response? Where are the knee-jerk reactions? Where is the unified international front to powerfully act against a real nuclear threat?
Likely the only nation paying much attention to the nuclear talks is little Israel. The Jewish state understands that, as enemy number one, Israel has the most to lose from Iran’s push toward the bomb. Israeli media are alight with coverage of the talks. But not because Israelis are hopeful the talks will accomplish anything positive.
Israeli commentators are mostly anxious to see how much the Biden administration will give up to appease Iran further. Even the left-leaning Israeli government has no confidence that Biden’s America will curtail Iran’s nuclear program.
It’s clear that Iran doesn’t fear anything the Biden administration could do.
On Wednesday, as Iran sat across the table to negotiate its program, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran had started up its advanced centrifuges spinning at Fordow. Until now, only the slow centrifuges had been used to enrich uranium at Fordow. Now, the underground facility has a cluster of 166 advanced centrifuges spinning.
In response to Iran’s brazen move, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asked the United States not to give in to “nuclear blackmail.” In a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, Bennett called on Israel’s greatest ally to end the negotiations immediately.
Imagine it: Iran is openly pushing forward its nuclear weapons program even as it sits down to negotiate.
Clearly, this is not a regime that fears any knee-jerk responses from the United States—that response is reserved for omicron. When it comes to this public health crisis, the Biden administration moves slowly, considering all of its “options” as it lazily talks it over with the mullahs.
What’s worse, it is starting to look like America is preparing to accept Iran’s full enrichment to weapons grade. Already there is messaging from the Biden administration that it will do little to stop Iran’s centrifuges from spinning.
On October 24, the leader of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, sat down for an interview with Biden-friendly Time magazine. The resulting article was titled “They’re Very Close.’ U.S. General Says Iran Is Nearly Able to Build a Nuclear Weapon,” which seems to convey that McKenzie was raising alarm over Iran’s nuclear breakout. But that was not the purpose of the piece.
Instead, its purpose was to convey that Iran having enough uranium for the bomb was not really that important. It focused on whether Iran had perfected the ability to use the weapons-grade uranium for a weapon. Notice:
Even if Tehran decides to amass enough fuel for a bomb, McKenzie says, the nation hasn’t yet standardized a design for a warhead that’s small enough to be affixed atop any of its arsenal of 3,000 ballistic missiles. Nor has Iran shown that it can build a reentry vehicle capable of surviving the searing heat, pressure and vibration of falling from space back to Earth. “We haven’t seen any of that,” McKenzie says. “That’s what’s going to take a little time for them to build.” He estimates it would take Iran more than a year to develop this capability with a robust testing program.
Basically, the message is, Even if they get to weapons-grade uranium, everything will still be OK. We will still have probably more than a year to stop Iran.
This same message was found inside a recent Axios report that was based on a leak by two “United States sources.” The piece headline indicated the story was about how Iran is preparing to enrich to weapons-grade uranium based on Israeli intelligence. Again, like Time, two paragraphs down the author writes, “Enrichment alone will not produce a bomb. Estimates vary as to how long it would take Iran to master the additional technological requirements, but U.S. and Israeli intelligence sources have put the timeline at one to two years.”
Again, the message here is to prepare the public for the U.S.’s acceptance of full nuclear enrichment to weapons-grade.
This is a huge change in the U.S. policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The key metric for raising awareness of Iran’s march toward the bomb has been the amount and purity of its enriched uranium.
Now, in the lead-up to the talks, the United States has begun to say it doesn’t matter how much enriched uranium Iran has if it still can’t deliver a nuclear weapon.
This is a terrifyingly deceitful change in policy. In doing so, America has provided the perfect cover for Iran to reach weapons-grade (and potentially a nuclear weapon) without lifting a finger.
It’s true that Iran needs to figure out the delivery system and some other details; however, these details are far easier to conceal than the production of nuclear fuel. It is a nuclear explosion-size risk to allow Iran to produce nuclear fuel and rely on your intelligence that it doesn’t already have the ability to deliver it on a warhead. In fact, plenty of evidence suggests Iran has imported much of the technology and know-how about the delivery system from North Korea.
Notice what esteemed nuclear experts David Albright and Sarah Burkhard of the Institute for Science and International Security wrote about this in 2020. They believe that the amount of weapons-grade uranium a nation has is the essential metric to watch for. They wrote (emphasis added):
Breakout estimates do not include the additional time that Iran would need to convert wgu (weapons grade uranium) into weapons components and manufacture a nuclear weapon. This extra time could be substantial, particularly if Iran wanted to build a reliable warhead for a ballistic missile. However, these preparations would most likely be conducted at secret sites and would be difficult to detect; many relevant activities may have been ongoing for years. If Iran successfully produced enough wgu for a nuclear weapon, the ensuing weaponization process might not be detectable until Iran tested its nuclear device underground or otherwise revealed its acquisition of nuclear weapons.
In other words, if we give Iran a pass on having the enriched uranium for a bomb, we could be waking up one morning to reports of an Iranian nuclear explosion!
Albright and Bukhard continued, “Therefore, the most practical strategy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons remains preventing it from ever accumulating sufficient nuclear explosive material, particularly in secret or without adequate warning.”
That might be the understanding of the scientists, but it is no longer the policy of the United States. America is covering for Iran as it pushes toward nuclear breakout.
Again, Iran is now three weeks away from attaining nuclear breakout, and the message from the U.S. is that there is nothing to worry about.
Instead, it’s omicron that must be feared. The latest covid variant is the public health emergency that brings swift mitigating action. Shut the borders on covid-19, but do nothing to stop the fanatical regime in Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
Something is terribly wrong with this reasoning. And truthfully, it cannot be explained by naivety or even a belief that an appeasing Iran will work. The United States policy to empower Iran, even to the extent of providing cover for its nuclear weapons program, is deliberate. In fact, we saw this policy at work during Barack Obama’s presidency, and now it is back under his puppet Biden. Except now, the risk to the world is far more dire.
Read Chapter 6 of Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s booklet Great Again to understand the hidden cause for America’s empowerment of Iran. To understand how a nuclear-armed Iran will impact biblical prophecy, please request Nuclear Armageddon Is ‘At the Door.’
Update on The Barley
The rains came in late November 2021, to the land of Israel. Why is this of any concern to any of us around the world? Because the Barley has now sprouted out of the ground. This now means the countdown to the start of the New Year has begun.
Becca Biderman posted the following pictures showing the first growth of the Barley. And for some strange reason, I am about as excited as Becca is about this new development in the Land of Israel.
This picture is of saffron from the Kibbutz Yashur. Photo by Dvora Dahari. taken on November 26, 2021. This is along Hwy 70 east of Acre Israel. Notice the new green shoots of grain coming out of the ground.
We also have this picture from South Golan. Photo by Avi Ben Dod Nov 26, 2021. It is a picture of what is called a Nail flower. But what I want you to see is the barley growing and just coming out of the ground after the recent rains.
This next chart is for approximate estimation as to when the Barley will be ripe enough, green ears, which is when the barley becomes dough stage. It is at this stage that it can be cut and it will work hard to form a seed. We can then roast it to remove the rest of the water from the seed in order to grind it into flour to make the Barley offering.
Over the next three months, you will hear lots about this and it is our hope that you will become proficient enough to be able to explain it to others so they too can understand.
From the pictures, we can see that the barley is in the 0-11 day stage.
For us the 12th month ends on Feb 2, 2022. That is just 66 days from today Dec 4, 2021. If we then add on the 8 days to last week when the barley first appeared and that is a total of 74 days old by the end of the 12th month. If we then add on the 14 days leading up to Passover, this would put us at Feb 16, 2022. That would make the barley a total of 88 days. Then 4 more days until Wave Sheaf Day and a Grand Total of 92 days.
So then when is Passover this year in 2022? No Man Can Know the Day or the Hour.
Ezekiel’s Thirteenth Month
This article is By Larry and June Acheson originally written in March 15, 1998, and revised on October 27, 2007. It was called The Thirteenth Month and can still be found at The Thirteenth Month
I wanted to update this article a bit and use Torah calendar to show you what they are saying. I am not going to do very much editing of their article.
As the title of this study implies, there is a passage of Scripture that provides strong evidence that a luni-solar calendar was used by the people of Yahweh. In the book of Ezekiel we are given a month-by-month account of Ezekiel carrying out Yahweh’s instructions pertaining to his bearing the iniquity of both the house of Israel and the house of Judah. He was told to lie on his left side for 390 days to bear the iniquity of the house of Israel, and then on his right side for 40 days to bear the iniquity of the house of Judah (Ez. 4:4-6). We are given a time frame in Ezekiel demonstrating that the year in which he did this had to contain thirteen months.
To begin our investigation of the above claim, we need to start at the beginning of the book of Ezekiel. In chapter one, Ezekiel receives a vision from Yahweh. Let’s read the first three verses of that chapter:
Eze 1:1 And it happened in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth of the month, as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
Eze 1:2 On the fifth of the month, the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity,
Eze 1:3 Coming the Word of Jehovah became known to Ezekiel, the son of Buzi, the priest in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar. And the hand of Jehovah was on him there.
Jehoiachin, also spelled Joachin, Hebrew Joiachin, in the Old Testament (II Kings 24), son of King Jehoiakim and king of Judah. He came to the throne at the age of 18 in the midst of the Chaldean invasion of Judah and reigned three months. He was forced to surrender to Nebuchadrezzar II and was taken to Babylon (597 BC), along with 10,000 of his subjects. Nearly 40 years later Nebuchadrezzar died, and his successor released Jehoiachin.
This 30th year has most scholars stumped. I will share what Adam Clarke has to say about it.
In the thirtieth year – We know not what this date refers to. Some think it was the age of the prophet; others think the date is taken from the time that Josiah renewed the covenant with the people, 2Ki_22:3, from which Usher, Prideaux, and Calmet compute the forty years of Judah’s transgression, mentioned 2Ki_4:6.
Abp. Newcome thinks there is an error in the text, and that instead of בשלשים bisheloshim, in the thirtieth, we should read בחמישית bachamishith, in the fifth, as in the second verse. “Now it came to pass in the fifth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month,” etc. But this is supported by none of the ancient Versions, nor by any MS. The Chaldee paraphrases the verse, “And it came to pass thirty years after the high priest Hilkiah had found the book of the law, in the house of the sanctuary,” etc. This was in the twelfth year of Josiah’s reign. The thirtieth year, computed as above, comes to A.M. 3409, the fourth year from the captivity of Jeconiah, and the fifth of the reign of Zedekiah. Ezekiel was then among the captives who had been carried way with Jeconiah, and had his dwelling near the river Chebar, Chaborus, or Aboras, a river of Mesopotamia, which falls into the Euphrates a little above Thapsacus, after having run through Mesopotamia from east to west. – Calmet.
So what Ezekiel is telling us is in the year 602, BC on the 5th day of the 4th month is when Ezekiel had this vision
In the above passage, we are told that the “word of Yahweh” came to him “in the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity.” We know from verse one of this chapter that this was during the fourth month. This is a good starting point for us. The key time frame at this point is that it is year five of King Jehoiachin’s captivity. After receiving this vision, Yahweh commissions Ezekiel to go to the children of Israel to warn them of the consequences of their rebellion. This commission occurs in chapter 2:
7And thou shalt speak My words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. (Ez. 2:7)
Thus having been commissioned, we read on in chapter three that Ezekiel visited his fellow brethren of the captivity at Telabib:
15Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river Chebar, and I sat there astonished among them seven days.” (Ez. 3:15)
Ezekiel was clearly overwhelmed by the vision that he had seen, coupled with the virtually hopeless mission to which he had just been assigned — a mission to bring Yahweh’s people back to the Faith. The key words in the above verse, though, for purposes of this discussion, are “seven days.” He remained in Telabib for seven days, according to the above verse.
Ezekiel’s vision came to him on the fifth day of the fourth month during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity. If we were to draw up a calendar to depict this time frame, it would look something like this:
As displayed above, you will notice we have circled two dates on this calendar, the 5th and the 12th. We circled the 5th because that is the date on which Ezekiel received his vision from Yahweh. We circled the 12th because this marks the end of the seven days that he “remained there astonished” among his brethren of the captivity.
At the end of those seven days (the 12th day of the fourth month of year five), the word of Yahweh came to him again. It was during this event that Ezekiel was given an astounding directive. He was told to lie upon his left side for 390 days, followed by 40 days on his right side. He was also given specific instructions as to what he was to eat and how he was to cook his food during this time frame. Keep in mind that during this entire period he was not to turn from one side to another (Ez. 4:8). Let’s read this amazing set of instructions given to Ezekiel as found in Ezekiel 4:1-11:
Eze 4:1 And you, son of man, take a tile to yourself, and lay it before you, and portray on it the city Jerusalem.
Eze 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mound against it. Also set the camp against it, and set battering rams against it all around.
Eze 4:3 And take an iron griddle to yourself, and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city. And set your face against it, and it shall be under attack. And you shall set a battle against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.
Eze 4:4 Also lie on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; according to the number of days that you shall lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity.
Eze 4:5 For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days. So you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
Eze 4:6 And when you have fulfilled them, lie again on your right side, and you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days; a day for a year; a day for a year, I have set for you.
Eze 4:7 And you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it.
Eze 4:8 And, behold, I will lay bands on you, and you shall not turn yourself from one side to another until you have ended the days of your siege.
Eze 4:9 Take also to yourself wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. According to the number of the days that you shall lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat of it.
Eze 4:10 And your food which you shall eat shall be by weight twenty shekels a day; from time to time you shall eat it.
Eze 4:11 You shall also drink water by measure, the sixth part of a hin. From time to time you shall drink.
Repeating what we have already outlined in our comments above, this passage clearly presents the seemingly bizarre instructions that were given to Ezekiel. He was ordered to conduct a “mimic siege” against Jerusalem as a sign against the iniquity of the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Furthermore, he was told to lie upon his left side for 390 days, followed by 40 days on his right side. Again, remember that during this entire period Ezekiel was not to turn from one side to another (Ez. 4:8). We do not read of any further time reference until we arrive at the eighth chapter of Ezekiel.
In Ezekiel chapter eight, we learn that the time frame has advanced from being the fifth year to the sixth year. By this time, Ezekiel had completed his act of obedience to our Heavenly Father. He had by now lain on his left side for 390 days, followed by his right side for another 40 days — a total of 430 days of “lying around.” We read of this time frame in Ezekiel 8:1:
Eze 8:1And it was in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth of the month, I was sitting in my house, and the elders of Judah were sitting before me. And the hand of the Lord Jehovah fell on me there.
Notice that Ezekiel was sitting in his house with the elders of Judah on the fifth day of the sixth month. Clearly, as an obedient servant of Yahweh, he had completed the days he was commanded to lie on his left and right side. The question we are left to answer is this: Given the premise that Ezekiel observed a solar calendar, could he have possibly completed the “days of lying around” by the fifth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity? To best answer this question, we are displaying a solar calendar in which we use the dates given in Ezekiel, as displayed below. Since the 12th day of the fourth month was the last day of the seven days during which Ezekiel “sat astonished,” we will present a calendar depicting him wasting no time in following through on Yahweh’s directive to “lie down.” Thus, as shown on the following sample solar calendar, “day 1” falls on the very next day, the 13th day of the fourth month:
YEAR 5 OF KING JEHOIACHIN’S CAPTIVITY
If the ancient calendar used by Ezekiel only consisted of 30-day months, the above scenario, at the very least, serves to demonstrate that something was lacking. It would have Ezekiel sitting in his house on day number 413. He was charged to lie on his side for 430 total days, so he was at least 17 days shy of reaching the goal … if that’s the calendar he used.
But lest we ignore all of our options, we should remember that with a solar calendar, there must be 365 days in the year, whereas we only allowed 360 days for the above calendar. Nevertheless, if we were to generously add seven extra days to the 412 days we gave Ezekiel, this would only give him a total of 419 days of “lying around” … still far short of the 430 days he was allotted. Moreover, even if each month during that twelve-month time frame were to have had 31 days, Ezekiel would still have arisen too soon! We realize this is an impossible scenario, but for illustration purposes … in order to give skeptics the “benefit of the doubt,” … if each month were to have contained 31 days, Ezekiel would have been “sitting around” on day #427 — three days shy of his required completion date.3
Not only do we believe the above calendar is unrealistic due to its not allowing Ezekiel to complete the commanded 430-day lying mitzvah, but we also believe it is very unlikely that each month contained thirty days. A lunation consists of 29½ days (29.53059 days, to be more precise). This is why some months, when you go by the lunar cycle, consist of 29 days, whereas other months have 30 days. Some are persuaded that, in ancient times, the months always consisted of thirty days, and they cite the Genesis flood account as evidence validating their claim.4 Regardless of whether or not this claim has any merit, by the time of Ezekiel, the current lunar cycle was in place, as verified by ancient sources, including an ancient Greek calendar known as the “Attic Calendar,” which was in place during the fourth and fifth centuries BCE.5 The preponderance of evidence supports believing that the ancients, including those of Ezekiel’s day, did not recognize a calendar that contained only 30-day months. The following information is taken from The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible:
- The lunar month. There is no direct evidence that the ancient Hebrews ever observed any but a lunar month—i.e., a month of 29½ days, requiring alternation of 30-day months with 29-day months for practical purposes. Speculations concerning a purely solar reckoning, according to which the year was mathematically divided into twelve 30-day months without reference to the lunar phases, fail to explain why there should be months at all and do not take into sufficient account the widespread popularity of lunar calendars in very ancient times. It is true that 30 days are generally reckoned as a month’s length (Gen. 7:11; 8:3-4; Num. 20:29; Deut. 21:13; 34:8; Esth. 4:11; Dan. 6:7; 12—A 6:8, 13) and that the year contained twelve months (I Kings 4:7; I Chr. 27:1-15) apart from intercalation. This formula is, however, only a practical way of reckoning and leaves undecided the precise calculation of the calendar. Arguments for a year of seven 50-day periods (the so-called pentecontad calendar) are even more precarious.6
(3 For those who, like me, need a visual aid to validate this computation, please request our paper entitled “An Ezekiel Calendar
… If Months Had Contained 31 Days.”
4 See “Appendix: Did the 150 Days During the Great Flood Consist of Five 30-Day Months?”
5 More information on this ancient calendar may be easily found online. For example, the Opentopia Encyclopedia, in its article “Attic Calendar,” offers the following information: “The months were either 29 or 30 days in length, loosely in alternation, since the moon orbits the earth in roughly 29.5 days. However, rather than following a set scheme (along the lines of ‘Thirty days has September…’), the duration of each month was declared just before month’s end in an attempt to latch the first of the following month onto the upcoming new moon. The short months of 29 days were known as ‘hollow’ and those with 30 days as ‘full’.” The article may be read in its entirety by accessing the following URL: http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/Attic_calendar
6 From The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 1, Abingdon Press, New York, 1962, p. 485.)
We concur with The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible that the ancient Hebrews’ calendar consisted of months containing both 29 and 30-day months. This raises the question as to how such a calendar, known as a “Luni-solar calendar,” could have worked out for Ezekiel … presuming that the year only contained twelve months. The following calendar demonstrates that he would have fared even worse than he would have with the “30-Day Month Only” calendar:
As shown by the preceding twelve-month luni-solar calendar, Ezekiel prematurely ended his 430-day ordeal, i.e., he disobeyed the instructions given to him by Yahweh! He should have been “lying around” on the fifth day of the sixth month, not “sitting around”!
Keep in mind also that we have already given Ezekiel a “bare bones” amount of time during which he had to prepare for this period of adversity. As you may recall, he was told to prepare a certain amount of food and water for his adventure. Without a doubt, it would have taken some considerable amount of time and effort for Ezekiel to have made all the necessary arrangements for his siege. Note how Adam Clarke in Clarke’s Commentary explains Ezekiel 4:9-10:
9. Take thou also unto thee wheat. In times of scarcity, it is customary in all countries to mix several kinds of coarser grain with the finer, to make it last the longer. This which the prophet is commanded to take, of wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and fitches, was intended to show how scarce the necessaries of life should be during the siege.
10. Twenty shekels a day. The whole of the above grain, being ground, was to be formed into one mass, out of which he was to make 390 loaves, one loaf for each day; and this loaf was to be of 20 shekels in weight. Now a shekel, being in weight about half an ounce, this would be 10 ounces of bread for each day; and with this water to the amount of one-sixth part of a hin, which is about a pint and a half of our measure. All this shows that so reduced should provisions be during the siege that they should be obliged to eat the meanest sort of aliment, and that by weight, and their water by measure.7
(7 Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, 1985, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, MO, p. 663.)
Somehow Ezekiel had to come up with enough grain and water to last for 430 days’ worth of baking bread. For us to presume he was able to come up with the necessary provisions on the same day he was granted his vision from Yahweh, this would make for a very lenient … and unrealistic … time frame. Nevertheless, for the sake of our friends who insist that a strictly 12-month calendar was in use during the days of Ezekiel’s siege, we produced the above sample calendars to illustrate that the only way either calendar could have been in use would have been if Ezekiel was disobedient to Yahweh. Realistically, he needed some extra days to have prepared for his ordeal, which means he should have begun lying on his left side later than on the 13th day of the 4th month of the 5th year. Had we taken this factor into account, then by the 5th day of the sixth month of the sixth year he would have clearly spent even less time on his right and left side. The difficulties in reconciling those 430 days with a solar calendar or even a 12-month luni-solar calendar are just too overwhelming.
As mentioned earlier, it is possible for a luni-solar calendar to have thirteen months in the space of a year. Most years will only contain twelve months, just like a solar calendar, but occasionally a year of thirteen “moons” is necessary to keep the seasons balanced with the months. For example, during the time of the wave sheaf offering for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the omer offering consisted of the firstfruits of the barley harvest. In order to be able to produce those grains necessary for the offering, the barley crop had to be in the “green ear” by the time of the sighting of the first new moon of the year. Fourteen days later, it was ready to harvest, making the wave sheaf offering a reality. That same cycle continues year after year. But what if, twelve months later, at the sighting of the new moon that should have marked the first month of the new year, the barley was only half- grown, not even having any “heads,” let alone “green ears”? The Israelites knew that they could not have proceeded with the count to the Passover, for there would certainly not have been any barley firstfruits available for the wave sheaf offering! They had but one option: Declare that new month to be the thirteenth month of the year. Abib, the name of the first month of the following year, would have to wait a few more weeks!
Is there Scriptural evidence that Israel used a luni-solar calendar consisting of thirteen months? Well, we have just examined Ezekiel’s “mimic siege” using both a solar calendar and a twelve-month luni-solar calendar, and have discerned that neither calendar could have been used, unless Ezekiel broke the commandment of Yahweh by getting up too early from lying on both his left and right sides. Let’s examine the time frame of Ezekiel’s adventure one more time, this time reconciling the 430 days with a luni-solar calendar consisting of thirteen months in order to determine if this is the calendar that was regularly employed by Ezekiel.
As indicated on the preceding pages, this 13-month luni-solar calendar would have given Ezekiel the necessary time to complete lying on both his left and right sides in time to be found in his house sitting with the elders of Judah on the fifth day of the sixth month. Based on this evidence, Ezekiel could not have observed a solar calendar. He definitely could have reckoned time with a luni-solar calendar, however.
Although many are of the mind that Yahweh intends for us to use the solar calendar, i.e., the sun, to determine our years, and hence the seasons of the years, there are some verses of Scripture that indicate otherwise. Shown below is Psalms 104:19:
Psa 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.
In the scheme of things, those who seek the truth of Yahweh’s will are going to find plenty of topics on which to disagree. The issue of which calendar He intends for us to employ is at or near the top of the list. It seems that for every conclusion one reaches, there is someone ready to point out its error. This controversy, as we indicated earlier, traces back to the fact that there are no clear-cut, concise, to-the-point passages of Scripture to which we can refer for an absolute solution to this enigma that has puzzled believers for centuries, even eons. We can all rejoice in knowing that there are many believers who care enough about what the Creator wants us to do that they are willing to study into this matter. May Yahweh bless our study of this subject as we seek to gain understanding of His will for us!
Torah Calendar has the year 600-599 with a 13th month as well as 603-602 BC as a 13th month year. Yet Ezekiel in the year 602 shows us there was a 13th month at this time.
605-604 BC 13 Leap Year Torah Calendar 1
604-603 BC NO LY TC 3
603-602BC 13 Leap Year Torah Calendar 2
602-601 BC NO LY TC 1 Ezekiel 13th month year.
601-6000 BC No LY TC 2
600-599 BC 13 Leap year Torah Calendar 3
599-598 BC NO LY TC 1
598-597 BC NO LY TC 2
597-596 BC 13 Leap year Torah Calendar 3
If we remove just the leap year that Torah Calendar has for the year 603-602 BC then Passover 602 BC would be March 26, 602 BC and the Equinox that year was March 28. So Ezekiel kept Passover in 602 BC before the Equinox.
We could also do the same thing for the year 605-604 BC And Passover that year would be March 16, 604 BC with the Equinox on March 27 of that year.
From this one example in Ezekiel we can now prove that Ezekiel kept the lunar cycle of 29 or 30 days each month.
He did not count the days as 30 days or 31 days per month.
We have now proven that Ezekiel used a 13th month to adjust the months for the seasons.
Once we look at Torah Calendar we can also see that Passover would have been kept by Ezekiel in the year 604 BC and 602 BC before the Equinox thus proving that the Equinox was not part of any equation in determining when the 1st month would begin. The use of the equinox as a tool to determine when the Holy Days are is a modern invention.
Did the 150 Days During the Great Flood Consist of Five 30-Day Months?
The Great Flood of Genesis has caused quite a stir among those interested in learning what calendar was used by Noah. Several years ago, when the dates provided in Genesis chapters seven and eight were explained to us, we were shown that the only way for such a calendar to work would have been for the months to have contained, without exception, thirty days. This, of course, is in stark contrast to the luni-solar calendar as understood today, with months consisting of either 29 or 30 days. This variance occurs because a lunation is comprised of exactly 29.53059 days (roughly 29½ days). As the calendar used during the Great Flood was explained to us, each month had to contain 30 days because the flood waters began to fall on the 17th day of the second month, and the waters prevailed for 150 days. Then, on the 17th day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. The only way this seems to work is for each of those five months to contain 30 days (30 x 5 = 150).
Later, we were shown an opposing view in which the author explained that, no, one of those months had to contain 29 days. The explanation as given in his two-page treatise was impressive and persuasive. It behooves us to examine each view to see which one really aligns with the Scriptural account. Before we look at the opposing calendars, let’s review the pertinent verses in the Genesis account of the Flood:
Genesis 7:11 – “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month,the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”
Genesis 7:24 – “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.”
Genesis 8:3-4 – “And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”
The first potential calendar I would like for us to review is the one in which one of the months contained 29 days. As we review it, we need to bear in mind that the waters were not abated (diminished) until after the end of 150 days. Then, on the 17th day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat:
The most obvious question raised by the above scenario is, “If the waters weren’t abated until after the 150th day, then how is it the ark ‘came to rest’ upon the mountains of Ararat on that same 150th day?” The calendar proposed by those who insist that one of those months contained 29 days requires believing that the ark “came to rest” before the waters were abated. In order to explain the apparent discrepancy, we can presume lots of things, including the possibility that the Genesis account only gives us approximate dates; however, if we go strictly by the information provided … and if we presume that one of those five months contained 29 days, then we have to address the question of how the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat before the flood waters had abated. This is a concern that, to this point, we have yet to see satisfactorily explained by those who promote this type of scenario.
This brings us to the “Thirty-Day Month Only” calendar scenario. Does it fit the Genesis account? Let’s take a look at it
As this calendar illustrates, by day 150 the waters had not yet completely abated and the ark was still afloat. It wasn’t until after this day that the waters were abated, and that is when the ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat … the 17th day of the seventh month (i.e., day #151). This is the scenario that best fits the account as described in the book of Genesis. We are left to believe that during the days leading up to the Great Flood, each month contained 30 days. Did the cataclysmic shakeup of the earth caused by the Flood affect the lunar cycle, causing it to be what it is today? Many have reached this conclusion, which I thought seemed fairly reasonable, until I read the explanation offered by fellow truth seeker Joseph F. Dumond:
When I explain the 30 days of Noah I remind people that the moon must be sighted in order to declare it New Moon day. Noah was locked inside the Ark for this length of time. It was also raining and overcast for much of the time. If we do not see the moon on the 29th day then it is automatically New Moon day on the 30th day. As you know there is no 31 days. Noah was not able to see the New Moon during this time inside the Ark. It would not be until he took off the window and was able to see the sky in order to send off the birds; then and only then could Noah sight the New Moon. But inside the Ark all he could do was count 30 days each month.8
(8 Excerpt from an e-mail we received from Joseph F. Dumond on 10/28/2007. You can visit his web site by accessing the following URL: www.sightedmoon.com).
As explained by Mr. Dumond, whenever it is overcast on the 29th day of the month, thus obscuring the sighting of the new moon that evening, by default we declare the next day to be “day 30.” We cannot be so presumptuous as to declare the day following day #29 to be “New Moon Day” without having sighted the new moon crescent. Certainly, during the time of the Great Flood, Noah would have experienced his share of cloudy days, which in turn would have compelled him to declare five consecutive 30-day months. For us to build a doctrine around the belief that the months of antiquity all contained thirty days, we need to build it around something more tangible than the account of the Great Flood.
If we could be shown something more persuasive than the five months of Noah as he and his family endured the Great Flood, we might be persuaded that, once upon a time, each month literally contained thirty days. Nevertheless, our concern for now is, did such a calendar exist during the days of the prophet Ezekiel? We believe the evidence bears out that it did not. By the time of Ezekiel, the lunar cycle was the same as it is for us today, resulting in months of either 29 or 30 days. Either way, as we have seen, the year consisted of either 12 or 13 months. During the year of Ezekiel’s mock siege, the year could only have contained thirteen months.