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Why Look for the New Moon?
Why look for the new moon?
        Modern Calendar Completely Out of Touch    
Our present Gregorian worldly calendar with 12 months of 30, or 31
days each, is not the calendar of the Bible. The Gregorian calendar,
adopted by all Catholic countries in 1582, is a sun-based calendar. It
pays no attention to the new moons as marking the beginning of the
months, although the word month is based on the word moon (from
Old Saxon manoth, meaning of the moon), i.e., the phases of the
moon. The Hebrew word khodesh, or chodesh (No. 2320 in Strong’s
Exhaustive Concordance), is translated either “month” or “new
moon.” Chodesh is from No. 2318, chadash, a prime root meaning to
        be new; cause to build, and is translated renew or repair. The sense    
        or meaning of chodesh must be determined from its usage in the    
        sentence in the Bible (not to be confused with the Hebrew word,    
        Qodesh, #6942, which means “holy,” “consecrated,” or “set-apart”).    
              The new moon appears every 29½ days, which means the new    
        moon month is either 29 or 30 days in length. The Gregorian    
        calendar divides the year into 12 months of 30 days each, and adds    
        a day to every other month to make the year of 365 ¼ days, with a    
        day added every four years (leap year) for the accumulated extra ¼    
              The actual new moons thus do not begin the new month in our    
        secular calendar, but are ignored and fall anywhere within the    
        month. Some months in our Gregorian calendar have two new    
              The Biblical calendar is based on the recurring new moons, with    
        a lunar year of 354 days. Yahweh established the “lights” in the sky    
        to be man’s calendar. Notice; “And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the    
        firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for    
        signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” Gen. 1:14.    
              A difference of 11 days exists between our world’s solar    
        calendar of 365 days and the Bible’s new moon or lunar calendar of    
        354 days. Because it totally disregards the new moons, the    
        Gregorian solar calendar is unacceptable in determining Yahweh’s    
        holy days.    
              Anciently, and even during the time of the Messiah, the months    
        and annual holy days were governed by the new moons.    
              Yahweh’s Assembly in Yahshua publishes an annual calendar    
        listing those special dates alerting us to the evenings when we    
        should seek the visible new moons after sunset. Proper sighting of a    
        new moon takes a little practice and occasionally is not always    
        possible because of sky conditions.    
How to look for the new moon
        Tips on Locating the New Moon    
        The almanac usually pictures a black circle to indicate the date of    
        the new moon. The new moon day is hardly ever a guide to see the    
        new crescent, as the moon must be 20 hours old or more at sunset.    
        Our yearly calendar shows the evening of each month when the    
        crescent should be visible within an hour after sunset in the western    
              On the night sighting is scheduled, one should seek a high    
        prominence away from city lights, and look to the setting sun. From    
        the overhead zenith, look on either side of an imaginary line toward    
        the setting sun.    
              On the first night the scimitar-shaped sliver of light will be fairly    
        close to the horizon, bulging out to the right, with the horns    
        pointing up or to the left. The moon may be visible for only a short    
        time the first night. By the time three stars are visible, it is often too    
              The sightings must be confirmed by two or three witnesses so    
        that we can be assured of these days. This was the practice at the    
        time of the Messiah. Those spotting the new moons report to us    
        so we can confirm the calendar. The two critical new moons in the    
        spring and fall determine Passover and, in the fall, the day of    
             This is a major step in restoring pure worship in anticipation of    
        Yahshua’s return and setting up His Millennial reign. We know the    
        new moons will be observed in the Kingdom. Again they will set    
        the dates worldwide for the observation of Yahweh’s Feast days.    
        Everyone will be observing the new moons on the first of every    
        month, just as Israel did in the Biblical calendar.    
        “And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from    
        one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith    
        Yahweh.” Isa. 66:23.    
        “This is the beginning of months to you.” Ex. 12:2.    
--- from: Biblical vs. Jewish Calendar, By Yahweh’s Assembly in Yahshua
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