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      Why don’t you all go with Jerusalem observance of the new moon    
      for unity’s sake?    
     
       
          If the new moon was seen a day earlier in another part of the    
        country, which does sometimes happen, then the brethren in that    
        area would be in disobedience by not keeping the Appointed    
        Times as they should. Yahshua’s statement in the New Testament    
        addressing the idea of worship not being in Jerusalem alone is    
        revealing:    
            Yahshua saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye    
        shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye    
        worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the    
        Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall    
        worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to    
        worship him. Elohim is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship    
        him in spirit and in truth, John 4:21-24.    
            The temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and worship now is where    
        two or more meet together: For where two or three are gathered together    
        in my name, there am I in the midst of them, Matt 18:20.    
            His people have His Spirit within them, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor    
        6:16. Since we are spread out across the world, we do our best to    
        come together in obedience to His commands to meet and    
        worship together:    
           And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel,    
        and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of Yahweh, which ye shall    
        proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall    
        work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation;    
        ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of Yahweh in all your dwellings.    
        These are the feasts of Yahweh, even holy convocations, which ye shall    
        proclaim in their seasons, Lev 23:1-4.    
           The command of keeping a “holy convocation” literally means    
        that we are to be meeting together to keep any of Yahweh’s    
        commanded moeds (Appointed Times). In the future Kingdom it    
        will be in Jerusalem (Isa 66:23; Zech 14:16), but for now we do the    
        best we can with Yahweh and Yahshua’s help, in Spirit and in    
        Truth.    
             
     
     
      Why not just use calculations from the United States Naval    
      Observatory to figure out when to keep Yahweh’s Feasts?    
     
     
          We actually do in preparation for the next year’s Feast days, but    
        we still practice the ancient ways of looking for the new moon. They    
        didn’t have the technology we have today. And we may not either,    
        in the near future.    
           One may know when the time is estimated for the setting of the    
        sun on a Sabbath, but mechanical watches can break. We should    
        wait until we actually see the sun setting down below the horizon    
        before declaring a new moon day. We could lose Internet and    
        phone services due to tribulation or other reasons. Even so, we    
        will still need to keep Yahweh’s Appointed Times. We all need    
        to be practicing these things in obedience. It may be a big test for    
        many, one that prayerfully we’ll all pass. We are to observe those    
        “lights” that Yahweh put in heaven for a reason, Gen 1:14-19.    
     
     
     
     
      Why do you not go with a regular calendar?    
           
     
     
           Regrettably the world and it’s way of doing things is not in-line    
        with Yahweh’s ways. We are told to come out of symbolic Babylon    
        and it’s false worship. In thinking how Yahweh wants us to keep    
        His Feast days, let’s consider the 4th day of creation:    
           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. The word for “seasons” is Strong’s    
        #4150 {moed} meaning, “appointed times.”    
             In other words, these lights, such as a visible new moon are part    
        of Yahweh’s calendar for setting Appointed Times (Feast days).    
        His calendar is both lunar and agriculturally based.    
           Notice the following scriptures for the agriculture connection in    
        Yahweh’s calendar:    
        Lev 23:10-11 Wavesheaf (first fruit offering) of barley    
                 offered during early Spring. This is done in the first month    
               of Yahweh’s calendar, verses 4-5.    
        Ex 9:31 7th plague of hail destroys Abib of barley, just before    
        Passover occurred. Israel is looked upon for confirmation    
        for the early barley grain, since Isreal has been designated    
        as the “holy land” by Yahweh, Zech 2:12.    
        Lev 2:14 Abib (early grain)    
        Deut 16:1; Ex 34:18 First month of the year is called, “the    
        month of Abib.” It’s in the Spring, not in the dead of winter    
             
     
Why do you have North America as a regional sighting area, can’t it    
      be divided into smaller areas? Wouldn’t Alaska , for example, be    
      large enough for a separate new moon region?    
     
     
         At certain times of the year it would be impossible to see the new    
        moon from that far north. Alaska will have constant sunlight, in    
        parts of the year, as the sun seems to float along the horizon around    
        in a flat clockwise movement. In such situations it is has been    
        agreed that it would be best to default to another area (further    
        south) where brethren could confirm the new moon. The idea that    
        Yahweh desires mercy and not sacrifice comes to mind.    
           It has been the common understanding and agreement among    
        most of the major Sacred Name Assemblies in the United States, for    
        example, to allow two or three reliable witnesses (Deut 19:15; 2 Cor    
        13:1) to confirm a new moon sighting wherever they may be within    
        the nation, even though they may be in different time zones. The    
        United States has four time zones, while other countries may have    
        only one.  It seemed appropriate to make all of North America    
        inclusive for the reasons stated. Those from different areas or time    
        zones will travel to the sojourning Feasts such as the Feast of    
        Tabernacles in obedience to Yahweh. Besides the North America    
        region, there would be the regions of South America, Europe, Asia,    
        Africa, Australia , and the Middle East .    
             
     
What if I travel to a different county to keep the Feast of    
      Tabernacles, will I need to still observe the biblical calendar    
      according to my region?    
     
     
         Sometimes it’s best to answer a question with a question. If one    
        was to travel to a different country would they keep the 7th day    
        Sabbath according to their own region or the region that they come    
        into? The answer would obviously be the region that they came    
        into, and it would be the answer to any other Appointed Times. The    
        weekly Sabbath is from Friday night sunset to Saturday night sunset    
        wherever you may be.    
             
     
I Samuel 20:5 – How did they know that the new moon was the next    
      day without sighting it? Someone pointed this out to me and it    
      raised my curiosity.    
     
     
         We don’t really have a definitive answer and can only speculate,    
        but some have proposed that those of David’s time, including    
        David himself, knew the whole year out, through nothing more than    
        “calculation,” and didn’t need to look for the new moon. In other    
        words, they had a calendar already and didn’t need to visually see    
        anything.    
            It seems more likely that with a regular 29 to 30 day lunar cycle    
        that David knew that since he didn’t see it the 29th most assuredly it    
        would show the next day, therefore affirming the new month. It has    
        been suggested that they may have had an abacus type counting    
        tool with beads on a string or something as simple as a string with    
        knots. We are not aware of any archeological finds on either a pre-    
        calculated lunar based calendar at that time or strings with knots for    
        the Israelites.    
           There is an Assyrian Calendar that was found in the form of a    
        cuneiform tablet. It seems to be more of a chronological calendar of    
        past events, placing events with the changing arrangement of the    
        stars and planets. It is said to have been helpful for scientist to    
        calculate some of the biblical events.    
           There is also what could be called an Israelite Calendar, but just    
        like with the Assyrian tablet being called a calendar, it can be    
        deceiving. It’s actually called the Gezer Calendar (for the area it was    
        found). It seems to be a student tablet with an agricultural lesson    
        on it which was translated and written as follows:    
        Two months are harvest    
        Two months are planting    
        Two months are late (planting)    
        One month is hoeing flax    
        One month is barley-harvest    
        One month is harvest and feasting    
        Two months are (vine-) pruning    
        One month is summer fruit    
        Source: Albright, W. F. "Palestinian Inscriptions." In Ancient Near    
        Eastern Texts. Edited by J. B. Pritchard, 320-22. 3rd ed. Princeton ,    
        N.J. : Princeton Univ. Press, 1969.    
             
     
Psalm 81:3 – I noticed in some versions that the “full moon” is    
      mentioned. I know that this could have been added, especially    
      since I was not able to find another scripture about it (witness).    
     
     
         The Ryrie Study Bible’s note points out the 81st Psalm is    
        associated with the Feast of Tabernacles. That is a special time on    
        Yahweh’s calendar. Four of the seven “moedim” Feast days occur in    
        this month.  It is a glorious time of deep repentance followed by the    
        good news of the first resurrection and then the promise of the    
        coming Kingdom. This new moon (also translated month) is the    
        “fullest” of monthly blessings for the faithful.    
            Instructions given for observing Tabernacles and Atonement are    
        based on observance of the new crescent moon.  So why mention the    
        “full moon”? Most likely this is a poetic or exuberant expression of    
        expectations of the final feast of the year. It is “full” of good news.    
             
     
     
     
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