his article is the official announcement of a paradigm shift at TheCreatorsCalendar.com. By divine providence, we have changed our position from keeping the first visible crescent as the New Moon to accepting the "full moon" as New Moon. This has been a pilgrimage journey in truth and humility to arrive at this interchange. The reasons for this adjustment are many, and will be systematically discussed throughout this article. It is my prayer that each of you will consider the facts and seek divine guidance before dismissing this untraditional view, as of little consequence. This is a most incredible revelation as it exposes a 1700 year old lie that has remained obscured and status quo until now.
As you know, it is a very humbling experience to spend one’s whole life believing what we were all preconditioned to believe, only to discover that we were “dead wrong” as to what ever day we kept as holy, on the Roman Gregorian calendar. We had all believed that the Roman paper wall calendar was in harmony with Scripture and therefore Saturday, was the holy seventh-day Sabbath. To discover that Saturday does not meet the Scriptural Sabbath criteria, as it was preordained to be beaconed by the New Moon was stunning (Ezekiel 46:1-3, Isaiah 66:23). However, Sunday as the Lord’s Day, continues to remain pure fiction, as it was never the seventh-day on any calendar.
Our Father continues to lead His faithful seekers of truth, ever upward one step at a time, and on occasion in great leaps, as a process of fine-tuning our understanding of His divine revelations for the purpose of leaving the false beliefs of Rome, Egypt and Babylon behind. Truth is progressive, and we are only able to accept new light as we are willing to release our grip on long cherished theories and views, that cannot be supported by Scripture alone.
Those who live up to all the light they have will be given greater light. “Light and grace will be given to those who thus obey God. They will behold wondrous things out of His law. Great truths that have lain unheeded and unseen since the day of Pentecost, are to shine from God's word in their native purity. Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 473.
Under the leadership of the Pharisees and Sadducees the majority of Israel rejected Yahushua (Jesus) as the promised Messiah. Little did they realize that their evil plotting and scheming of his death was to culminate as the prophetic pure lamb, the Saviour of the world being slain upon a cross for sinners. Little did they know that He alone held the key to their salvation, as he took upon himself the penalty of sin and death, and through his three part ministry, they too could have been fully restored back to the Father, if only they humbly confessed. But, their hearts were cold and untouched by the truth in His word. They were overcome by their jealousy of this man from Galilee, who spoke as never a man had spoken before.
As in any wide spread covert operation or lie, there is never an end to the cover-up, as the end result is believed to justify the means. What began with the Pharisees and Sadducees so long ago, has continued on to this very day. Perhaps, because the errors/lies have continued so long and so consistently, it has come to appear they bare the truth. For the purpose of this article, I only want to focus on the current elements of time-keeping that have been held as historical fact and truth by the modern Jews/Semites, and those who adhere to some of their principles. The foundation upon which all time-keeping is judged, must be Scripture. All points must be weighed in the balances in order to reveal truth and expose the false theories and customs for what they are.
Historically, when Israel was unfaithful to Yahuwah, He sent them into captivity. This was their punishment and the curse was their losing sight of their oracles of truth and time keeping. They lost their New Moons and were not able to locate the true Sabbaths and all the holy feast days. In coming out of Egypt, and later Babylon, it was only under divine guidance could all things be restored. But no record of a divine restoration has ever been uncovered in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, or during the time following Israel’s captivity under Roman rule. Rather, we have all been led to believe that what ever the Jews believe today, with regards to time-keeping and worship, “must be accurate,” by reason of their once having the oracles of truth. But, is this actually the case? Can we trust that what the Jews believe now is the same as what they believed and lived by during the time our Saviour lived and ministered? Let’s examine the evidence for ourselves.
I’d like to suggest that Israel (as a people/nation) remain in captivity today along with most of the civilized world, for the very reason that they remain under the umbrella of Roman/Babylonian calendation. In addition to this, it seems that they continue to go wrong with locating all of the divine units of time measurement as they were ordained at creation to be beaconed by the ruling sun, moon and stars as they shine from east to west (Genesis 1:16).
“Now the [Yahuwah] spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:1-2 NKJV
While it is true that the same term for “day” or “light” has also become synonymous with the word for a civil calendar date, the daylight still precedes the dark of night, as it begins and ends at sunrise, not sunset.
Ezekiel 46:1 together with Leviticus 23 hold the key to Yahuwah’s true calendar, as together, these cannot be manipulated to harmonize with the fixed Roman calendar and its continuous weekly seven day cycle. The distinguishing factor of Yahuwah’s true Sabbath is that it can only be found by counting from the New Moon.
Supporting this view, is a recent article by William Doehring written for the Examiner.com entitled, Christianity Shrouded by a Solar Eclipse. The Dead Sea Scrolls reveal the ancient Hebrew New Moon was the “full moon.”
The author quoting from James Vanderkam, suggests that the Qumran community faithfully sought to protect the original “full” New Moon as it was condemned to change. More will be presented on this in the Scripture study on Luke, the first of the fourteen studies below.
Because they continue with the cover-up, they are not interested in the truth and do not recognize Yahushua as the promised Messiah. As a result, they cannot utilize the New Testament verses that show that he is the fulfillment of the law and the time-centric requirements of the lunisolar Sanctuary system, with its true and original “full moon” beacon. They are also not able to employ any of the New Moon identifiers mentioned in the New Testament, and so they are doomed to continue on the pathway of darkness. They and their followers, persist in keeping all the feast days according to a false crescent New Moon tradition and thus, on the wrong days.
Simply because the Jews have based their crescent New Moon beliefs upon a rearrangement of words in Psalms 81:3 for 1700 years, does not mean they are in harmony with Scripture/Torah. A lie cannot become true simply because it is well covered-up or traditionalized, or by repeating it over and over again for many years.
In contrast, there is not a single reference to a “crescent” in the Hebrew O.T. or the Greek N.T., let alone a “crescent New Moon.” The two crescents attributed to Judges 8:21, 26 are actually a translation error and refer to “round” gold ornaments worn around the camel’s necks at the time of Gideon. You will find these same results (remove the word “by’) in a Hebrew lexicon or concordance. The heavenly Father has never called for blind faith, yet there are those who would have us believe the most important lunar phase, which beacons the New Year, New Month and all the holy feast days and Sabbaths, is itself not described even one time in Scripture.
As faithful seekers of truth, we must be certain that we do not walk out the front door of the proverbial house of Babylon, only to return again via the back door. Yet, this is what so many of us have done. We walked out and closed the door on a Saturday Sabbath, but opened the back door and re-entered by accepting a crescent New Moon as the correct way to determine when Yahuwah’s true Sabbath is to be observed.
It has become apparent, in making calendars for the web site over the last year and a half, that there has been an inherent flaw in the first visible crescent (FVC) New Moon view. While some believe the New Moon must be announced each month from Jerusalem, others believe that it comes to us, wherever we are, on a round world. Each of these views come with unique problems.
If the FVC New Moon is to be proclaimed only in Jerusalem, those who witness it in South Africa, of the Southern Hemisphere, 24 hours previously, must disregard it completely until they receive the announcement. However, just as recently as 150 years ago, Jerusalem would not have been able to declare the commencement of the lunar month to the whole world in an accurate or timely manner. So, one must recognize the inconsistency between what might be accomplished today via the internet and telephone with the announcement of the New Moon from Jerusalem. This was in actuality, not possible in antiquity. Using logic, it must be the moon itself that makes its announcement with its visible appearance.
A stationary dateline can no more be established in Jerusalem, than a permanent, yet arbitrary dateline can be placed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is because the instrument our Creator has ordained to signal His new months and demarcate each calendar date from the next, is His perpetually revolving New Moon in the sky. Each month the Creator’s Lunar International Dateline (CLID) comes to us in a “new” location. In other words, the CLID is mobile, because the earth, the sun, the stars and the moon are all mobile. The CLID remains in one marked location for a full lunar month, after which time a “new” New Moon is witnessed in an altogether different location.
At www.TheCreatorsCalendar.com, we defined in detail, the location where the FVC would occur on earth visibly, so that folks could know via the Internet when to expect it, and whether or not it would be visible in their hemisphere or not. This has always been a problem for the sheer fact that people expect to see the first visible crescent themselves, which they should be able to do in order to verify which day is New Moon Day. As a result of this very problem, some have even opted to use the second visible crescent of the month as their New Moon, simply because it is visible to all. Yet, it is still the first visible crescent to some and second visible crescent to others, remaining inconsistent. Also, one must question, what authority designates the second day crescent as the New Moon?
At creation, our heavenly Father synchronized earth with heaven via the lunisolar calendar. He gave us His New Moon and “His Sabbath” as a sign that we worship Him, our Creator (Ezekiel 20:12, Ezekiel 46:1). There has always been a moon in heaven to regulate time (Revelation 22:2). The earth was designed to make only one rotation per work day and only one rotation per Sabbath, because there is only one day each week upon which our Creator receives formal worship from all His created beings collectively.
His Sabbath in heaven is precisely the same length of time as a single rotation of earth, no shorter and no longer. The designation by some lunar calendars of two days for each New Moon day and each Sabbath should be a red flag that there is a problem with time reckoning.
If the “full moon” were New Moon, these problems would simply vanish, because the full moon, when it rises in the east, is seen by everyone whether in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere as the earth makes its complete rotation. The only exception for this involves the folks living in Alaska or Siberia, who by default must make astronomical allowances.
The reason these are such outrageous problems, is because they compromise the truth at the very time our heavenly Father is revealing it. The entire purpose of His lunisolar calendar is to synchronize earth with the worship rhythms of heaven. So, it appears that inadvertently man has created, or at the minimum, responded to another road block and detour. However, there is hope for those who diligently seek for truth, and a “bright light” at the end of the dark tunnel of confusion and error.
We must contend for the truth as Yahuwah continues to shed light on His lunisolar calendar truths. The apparent conflict has served to keep us humble as we continued to seek answers by looking to the Father of lights (James 1:17).
While under the Roman Gregorian delusion for 50 years, I was ever seeking to be faithful to the concept of a seventh-day Sabbath as it fit my known criteria. Likewise, I can do no less with the true New Moon. It must fit all the known criteria including its relation to “light,” as it is a significant sign of the lunar beacon, the faithful witness in the sky that locates the true and holy lunar Sabbath and appointed Feast days.
It was overtly apparent from the beginning that the “dark moon” could not qualify for a true new moon, for the physical and spiritual facts that there was “no light in it.” It was clear to me by the shear volume of Scripture verses that whatever lunar phase was New Moon, of necessity, it must contain “light.” The verses below declare “light” as key for each ordained and ruling luminary. This would be pure light, with no portion of darkness in them when they rule from east to west. The New Moon is no exception. When ruling one night only each New Year in spring, it announces the true New Year’s Day. On one night only each month, it is Rosh Chodesh, the “chief” or “head” of the lunar month. As a symbol of the Messiah, reflecting the light and truth of His Father in this dark world, the “full moon” stands alone without a rival. The Jews/Israelites can’t utilize this fact as they do not recognize the Messiah has come.
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. John 14:9-11 NKJV
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest, is light. Ephesians 5:13
And Elohiym 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, for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:14-17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17 NKJV
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:20
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people . . . called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1Peter 2:9
The moon and stars to rule the night, for His mercy endures forever. Psalms 136:9
The loud cry is going forth; our Saviour is calling His faithful full circle from creation, out of darkness of this world, with its false theories and beliefs, back into His marvelous pure light of truth.
The Sabbath holds a prophetic place among the feasts and a story line of remembrance that sin on earth will not surpass 6,000 years, with a 1,000 year Sabbath rest awaiting the faithful saints of Yahuwah, as a time of healing. Every Sabbath day of rest is a perpetual reminder of this blessed hope.
In like manner, the true New Moon delivers a powerful story line of both remembrance and of hope every lunation cycle. But there is only one lunar phase that can tell the whole story from the beginning when all things were pure and righteous, as the “head or chief” lunar phase, Rosh Chodesh, and then come full circle to a complete restoration of the same full perfect light of truth.
Only one lunar phase can symbolically make the circuit from perfection in light at Creation and traverse through the downward spiral into sin and darkness as mankind turned their back on their Creator. Only one lunar cycle will illustrate in its middle section the full and complete darkness present in the hearts of the antediluvian people at the time of the flood, and then the promise of hope through the seed of Noah and then Abraham. This promise of restoration was to be fulfilled in the life and sacrificial death of Yahushua the Messiah, bringing light and hope to a sin darkened world.
A pathway through humble confession, forgiveness and obedience was laid that faithful truth seekers could find their way back into a full and complete restoration through the atoning work of the Messiah. The purpose of the second coming is to reward the faithful by bringing them physically back face to face with their heavenly Father, that they may walk in the fullness of light. Thus the moon is the faithful witness in the sky, declaring both the history of mankind and the story of redemption unto righteousness, pure and undefiled.
And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Rev 19:8-9 NKJV
This is the story of the faithful witness in the sky, commencing and terminating with the pure and marvelous “full” New Moon.
For myself, as well as many other folks who have come out of the Adventist church and who have come out of keeping a Roman Saturday, I had also believed that Ellen White’s writings were inspired. This I no longer believe. What she has written is no more inspired than when you or I study something diligently, and then sincerely believe something to be so. No matter how beautifully written her hired writers have made her published materials, it cannot be taken as divine revelation. To her credit, she acknowledges below that her ideas are not infallible.
There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of Scripture are without an error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years by our people, is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation. Councils to Writers and Editors, p. 35.
Ellen White believed the New Moon was the first visible crescent lunar phase. It is because I have believed Ellen White so thoroughly that I was not able to see the light of truth regarding the “full moon” being the true “Rosh Chodash,” the “chief cornerstone of the month and year, as it is defined in many ways and places through out Scripture.
The first point held by Ellen White is in reference to the Millerites and October 22, 1844 as being the anti-typical fulfillment of the Day of Atonement. They had adopted the Karaite method of keeping lunisolar time, which was according to the FVC New Moon. While they were correct to recognize that lunisolar time must be utilized by Yahuwah’s faithful to locate all His ordained and appointed feast assemblies to the end of time, there is no “thus saith Yahuwah” or Scripture reference supporting their views. There was no confirming vision validating the Karaite first visible crescent as the true New Moon, or that the anti-typical fulfillment of Day of Atonement indeed commenced on October 22, 1844.
To the contrary, Daniel 8:14 defines Day of Atonement as a “day for a day” and not a day for a year prophecy, as it specifically states “evenings and mornings.” All other day for a year prophecies do not contain these descriptive boundary identifiers.
If the anti-typical Day of Atonement was indeed launched in 1844, the way into the holy place would today, be forever barred, and the work there ended, with no forgiveness available from that moment on. Why? Because this is how the Old Testament portrays the Day of Atonement single day event. All the feasts are time prophecies of the work of one person, our Saviour as He moves from one ministration to another. NEVER does he do two ministry works simultaneously. When each ministry is completed, He states, “It is finished.” Then He moves on to the next step in the process of restoring mankind back to the Father.
When Day of Atonement commences the High Priest even changes His clothes, putting on white linen, illustrating that He cannot do two ministries at the same time. When one ends the next one begins until all is finished.
When the yearly Day of Atonement commenced, the High Priest sacrificed a bull and a ram for a sin offering for himself a goat, and took the goat’s blood into the Most Holy place and sprinkled it upon the mercy seat. On all other days the blood of lambs is sprinkled upon the alter of incense and upon the curtain that separates the holy from the most holy.
On this day he does not carry the smoking censor representing the prayers of the saints who humbly come for forgiveness. This is because on the Day of Atonement all sins must have been previously forgiven, as this is the day that all who are righteous, will remain righteous and all those who are unrighteous will remain so. There is no more forgiveness of sin on this day. Rather, there is a cleansing of all previously forgiven sin from its containment upon the mercy seat of the heavenly Father’s throne. It is removed by our Saviour, who takes it out and places it upon Satan, once and for all, symbolized on earth by the live goat, as led to die in the deserted place in the wilderness.
The mere fact that you and I are still in need of forgiveness today, with a need to regularly come before the throne of grace, receiving forgiveness, is ample evidence that the anti-typical Day of Atonement did NOT commence in 1844, and is yet future.
There remains conflict between the Hebrew rendition of the number of evenings and mornings stated as “2,300” in comparison to the Septuagint’s “2,400.” One must also question the use of a plural “one” used instead of the known Hebrew word for “two,” with regards to “two thousand three hundred.” We must continue to contend with the truth of this verse as it was originally ordained to carry much weight.
There is no evidence in Scripture connected to the time centric feasts that also support the view of an investigative judgment. This is simply a belief that developed by a sincere group of people who were greatly disappointed that the Saviour did not come on October 22, 1844. While there are many of us who have long believed this to be true, Scripture does not supply the necessary two or three witnesses. Scripture alone must be our guide, for out of it alone, shall all the world be judged. When we cling to cherished beliefs that do not meet the test of Scripture, we are unable to move forward when the Spirit of truth beckons us to arise and walk.
The second point Ellen White makes that illustrates her belief that the first visible crescent moon is the New Moon in harmony with the Jewish position, is with regards to the night before our Saviour’s crucifixion, she states:
In company with His disciples, the Saviour slowly made His way to the garden of Gethsemane. The Passover moon, broad and full, shone from a cloudless sky. The city of pilgrims' tents was hushed into silence. Desire of Ages, p. 685.
While this statement creates a lovely picture of what might have been, it is not supported by a “thus saith Yahuwah” in Scripture. Rather, a solar eclipse, the conjunction of the dark lunar phase with the sun, was testified by four eye witnesses on the day of the crucifixion. By declaring the moon to be “broad and full” on the night of the 13th, by default suggests the New Moon is the first visible crescent. Might this belief have been born out of Ellen White’s own youthful and sincere experience with the Millerite movement that saw fit to follow the Karaite Jews in keeping the first sliver lunar phase as the New Moon? Most likely it was, as it demonstrates consistency with her own experience as it continued to be in harmony with the Millerite view, which by at least 20 years pre-empted the statement of the Passover moon, above. If she were alive this day, might she see the light in the full moon as New Moon?
I was not able to consider the “full moon” as a serious option, while I remained faithful to Ellen White’s views, which are not supported by Scripture. This is a humbling experience to see how I and so many others have unwittingly clung to error. Scripture alone must be our guide.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30 KJV
The prophet Daniel revealed that the Creator’s “times” and “laws” were to be the target of destruction by the enemy of souls (Daniel 7:25). As a result, it should come as no surprise to me or others that this has indeed occurred. But what is truly shocking, is the layers and layers of changes that have been made and the cover-up that has been undertaken to conceal the truth. Under the direction of the heavenly Father, my burden for getting to the bottom of this has exposed some cover-up within the pages of Scripture itself, by the “lying pen of scribes” (Jeremiah 8:8). Each of the following word studies is supported by two or more Lexicons, Bible Dictionaries, and Concordances as I am not a Hebrew or Greek scholar. However, these studies have been prepared with great care and prayer, but no doubt they are not error free. Yet, the purpose of these presentations is to reveal things long hidden since the great and marvelous day of Pentecost, in preparation for the Messiah’s soon return.
I saw that God had especially guarded the Bible; yet when copies of it were few, learned men had in some instances changed the words, thinking that they were making it more plain, when in reality they were mystifying that which was plain, by causing it to lean to their established views, which were governed by tradition. But I saw that the Word of God, as a whole, is a perfect chain, one portion linking into and explaining another. True seekers for truth need not err; for not only is the Word of God plain and simple in declaring the way of life, but the Holy Spirit is given as a guide in understanding the way to life therein revealed. Early Writings, p. 220-221.
I believe that all those who seek to be faithful will find they must repent of errors as they are discovered. Yes, many of us have come out of the error of Gregorian calendation, but not yet into the full knowledge of Yahuwah's true New Moon. It is not for us to tell Yahuwah’s Spirit of Truth “we have come far enough.” Heaven forbid!! This process I believe will occur many times on different subjects over the coming years. However, all things must be supported in Scripture, by two or three witnesses. There were never two or three witnesses supporting either a first visible crescent nor for the dark conjunction New Moon. I was tied into the FVC for the most part based upon Ellen White's statements. Now that I see my error, the Spirit of truth is revealing volumes with regard to the “full” New Moon.
With this said, each person must take this before Yahushua, our Saviour and Redeemer, in prayer. Each person must be fully persuaded, as each person will stand alone before the judgment seat of Yahuwah. How might I stand before the Great Judge on the Day of Atonement? My answer will be simple as to why I have kept a “full” New Moon, because there were five names identified in Scripture who testified of a “solar eclipse” on the day of the crucifixion. These are Amos 8:9-10, Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33, Luke 23:44-45, and Dionysius the Areopagite of Acts 17:34, who was a Greek Astronomer and a gentile.
Please be patient as the Creator’s Calendar team seeks to update our articles and images to reflect the “full” light of the New Moon.
My prayer is that we may all behold our Saviour one day soon, as the true "light of the world" for which the true New Moon is a symbol. In Him there is no darkness.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17
Fellow Truth Seeker,