Nehemia Gordon from
April - “On
According to Roy Hoffman of the New Moon Society,
the atmosphere was hazy throughout
May – “On
It is expected that the next New Moon, which will start
the Fourth Month on the corrected Hebrew calendar, will to be sighted near
I have had a number of inquiries of late about the corrected Hebrew Calendar and why Biblical Astronomy uses it instead of the popular or Jewish Talmudic calendar.
I came to the understanding about three decades ago that the Jewish Talmudic calendar that is in use today is not the same as the calendar system that was used during the time of the first appearing of Yahshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). The calendar system used at that time was very simple and easy to understand by the common man. In that system Yahweh the Almighty determines when the Biblical year begins and thus when His feasts occur.
By contrast, the calendar that is in use today in the world, the Jewish Talmudic calendar, is a calendar system that is calculated by man and includes various calculations of the lunar/solar conjunctions (molad) as well as the time for the Vernal Equinox and includes certain postponements. It would take me at least 15 pages to cover the various calculations used to determine when the Biblical year and various months during the year begin according to that system and leave the readers in a state of confusion. Man set up that system. On the other hand, I can explain how the original system that Yahweh set up is determined in one paragraph. Yahweh Elohim is not the author of confusion.
The Hebrew calendar is a lunar-solar calendar and can have as many as 13 months in one year. If a 13th month is to be added in any particular year is dependent on the state of the barely crops. If at the end of the 12th month the barley is found in the Abib stage, then the next new moon begins the first day of the first month of the new year. If the barley is not Abib, then a 13th month is added and the following month becomes the first month of the new Biblical year. This calendar system is self- correcting to keep on track with the solar year.
In the Torah the months of the calendar are numbered and the only two months that are named are the first month (Aviv or Abib) and the seventh month (Ethanim). The name Abib has to do with the state of the barley crops, that is why the first month was named Abib, because the barley is in the Abib stage in the land of Israel at the first part of the month and is ready for the wave offering during the Feast of Unleavened bread shortly after the middle of the month.
After the Babylonian captivity, different names were
given to the Hebrew months. These came
from man, not Yahweh. The first month
became Nisan, and the seventh month became Tishri. These names came from
As it was on the first day of creation when the Almighty called forth light and separated it from the darkness so it is with the first day of each month when light is cast upon the moon that is coming out of its darkness as is visible from Earth.
It is the sign in the Earth with the Aviv barley and the
sign in Heaven with the first crescent light of the new moon that determines
when the Biblical year begins and when Yahweh’s feasts for that year occur. It is Yahweh who set the planets and the moon
in motion and it is Yahweh who gives or withholds rain for the crops. It is Yahweh who ultimately determines when
the Biblical year begins and when His feasts occur. It is not by man’s calculation. Though we can take our best-calculated guess
of when these signs might occur, it is ultimately up to the Almighty. This year I happened to guess correctly that
Aviv 1 would begin at sunset on March 11.
But I could just as well have been wrong. If the barley in the
Some felt that the March 25/26 date was too early for Passover/First Day of Unleavened Bread and that the Talmudic calendar was more in season and therefore is the correct calendar to go by. But even the Talmudic calendar has Passover/First Day of Unleavened Bread on March 25/26 in the year 2013. The only reason that it didn’t have it on those dates this year was because of certain postponements that are used that have nothing to do with what is written in Torah (God breathed word) but is based on what is written in the Talmud (man’s commentary).
The Talmudic calendar is also in error because as with the Julian calendar (not the corrected Gregorian calendar) it overestimates the length of the tropical year, but about by half the amount. It has the Vernal Equinox shifting later in the year by about 1 day every 400 years. Eventually (in about ten thousand years), the Talmudic calendar set up by Hillel II will have Passover exclusively in June. Since its creation, this calendar has slipped ahead by about four days. When it was first created, the earliest Passover could occur was the day after the sun reaches the Vernal Equinox point, which is also the way it is now, except the Vernal Equinox on that calendar is equivalent to our March 24/25 not March 20/21.
By basic rule of thumb, when no postponements were involved, the new moon that determined when the first month was to begin was the new moon closest to the date (before or after) that the sun reached the Vernal Equinox point. In most years (at least 95 percent of the time) this is also when the barley is Aviv. But since the Vernal Equinox slipped forward in the Talmudic system, the earliest date that this new moon can occur is four days later than it originally was.
For those who have Internet access, the following link is to the Hebrew Calendar Science and Myths website which shows how the Talmudic calendar calculates the months and feasts. I will let the reader decide which system is more confusing. www.geocities.com/Athens/1584/#01
The following two websites are good sources for more information on Yahweh’s Sacred Calendar.
This occultation will be visible throughout much of
As seen from
Chart 393 shows the position of the moon in the Scorpion at the time of the occultation. This is the only foreseeable celestial event that is notable to mention in May other than the new moon sighting.
Chart 393 – Lunar occultation of Antares
COLLIDE WITH COMET ON
I did not intend to do this article until the June issue of Biblical Astronomy but since I have received a number of inquiries by those who seem to be alarmed by this event, I decided to push it up a month in order to give you the facts and to assure you that there is nothing to be alarmed about.
In January NASA launched a spacecraft that is to
rendezvous and collide with Comet Tempel 1 on
Probe to try to puncture comet
“When it comes to space exploration, where scientists often measure their needs in milli-this and micro-that, Deep Impact, as its name suggests, has all the subtlety of a punch in the mouth.
Barring unforeseen delays, NASA will launch Wednesday a
1,325-pound spacecraft from
This perhaps not surprisingly, will happen on July 4, and if you are somewhere in the Pacific between Australia and the United States, you might be able to see it in the constellation Virgo, within a few degrees of Spica (see Chart 394), for this ordinarily invisible-to-the-naked eye comet is going to light up like a Roman candle.
Chart 394 – Position of Comet Tempel in
Bethulah (Virgo) at the time of impact on
During a recent news conference to introduce Deep Impact, Project Manager Rick Grammier predicted ‘great fireworks,’ and telescopes on the spacecraft, in space and on the ground are going to be watching closely and recording every second of the event and its aftermath.
Deep Impact is the first human-made probe designed to hit a comet and penetrate to its nucleus. The size of the crater and the material that spews from it will give scientists their best-ever information about what comets are made of and how they formed.
‘The biggest uncertainty is what (will happen) at the
time of impact,’ said
Comets date from the origin of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago, forming from the whirling detritus of dust and gas that spread outward from the young sun to the chill nether reaches of space beyond the planets.
Because of their relatively pristine state, comets offer the opportunity to glean new clues about the formation of the solar system itself. Volcanic activity, erosion and sunshine have given Earth and the other rocky planets and moons multiple geological makeovers, but comets, except for the surface layer, are pretty much the same as they were at the dawn of time.
Tempel 1 is a potato-shaped comet about 5 and one-half miles long and perhaps two miles across, according to Don Yeomans, a senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a member of the Deep Impact team.
It is a ‘short period’ comet that has migrated in from the Kuiper Belt, a ring of objects that orbit the sun beyond Pluto. Tempel 1 remains mostly between Mars and Jupiter in a 5.5-year elliptical orbit about the sun.
A’Hearn described Tempel 1 as a ‘typical’ comet, believed to be composed mostly of dark carbon and hydrogen compounds, rocky material and water ice, the prototypical ‘dirty snowball.’
The basic question that Deep Impact hopes to address is how Tempel 1 is put together. The size and shape of the projectile crater and its debris trail will provide important clues.”
Some are concerned about the explosion that will occur
when the projectile impacts with the comet and are under the impression that it
is going to occur very close to Earth above the
Furthermore, the force of the explosion caused by the
impact will be equivalent to about 4.5 tons of
RESTORATION OF THE MAZZAROTH
I am pleased to announce that for the past six months or so I have been working on a project with Artist Michele Abraham to restore the constellation pictures closer to their ancient form and with more of a Hebrew form than the Greek and Roman forms that now prevail.
Michele Abraham will be doing all 48 constellations of the Mazzaroth and they will be in color. Enclosed is a draft of Bethulah that she has done. I will be putting more of Michele’s pictures in upcoming newsletters and there will be more info on this project in next month’s newsletter, which will be the last newsletter for the 2004/2005 subscription year.
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A Voice Crying In The Heavens
Robert Scott Wadsworth
Biblical Astronomer and Author Bob Wadsworth will reveal the ancient biblical names given to the constellations and the planets using computer digital imagery projected onto a giant nine foot screen, as he narrates about the following subjects; The Bible references that actually name the constellations and planets; Biblical Astronomy versus Astrology; Where the constellations came from; The Biblical meanings of the constellations; Who named the stars; The prophetic meaning of the names of the stars in light of the first and second coming of the Messiah; Recent celestial events that point to the second appearing of Yahshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).
Session 1: The Biblical meaning of the constellations
and planets. The 48 constellations of the Mazzaroth will be covered in their
relationship to the first and second appearing of the Messiah and their
Session 2: The Fall of Adam, The Great Flood, The birth of Abraham; The birth of Moses; Dates for the Exodus; The Assyrian captivity of the Ten Northern Tribes; The Babylonian captivity of Judah; The birth of Jesus Christ; The Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension of Jesus Christ and Pentecost.
Session 3: This session will discuss very rare celestial events that occurred from 1995 to the present which are pertinent to the Second Coming of the Messiah. More rare celestial events, which portray the Second Advent, have occurred in the past decade than at any other particular time in history.
This is a fascinating journey of biblical truth that every Christian should experience.
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