The Biblical New Year

There are many New Years kept by humanity,  but only one which Yahweh Himself inaugurated.

We can read when this is in:   Exo 13:4 This day came ye out in the month Abib. (Abib=Heb. green ears i.e. Spring)

Exodus 12:2. ” This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” It couldn’t be clearer than that. It does make sense that the New Year should begin when new life begins, as in the Spring.  Scripturally this month of Nisan is called aviv, or ‘spring’.

Nisan 1 is the Biblical New Years Day, the start of the month of the Exodus from Egypt and the beginning of Jewish national history. It is also the first month used for counting the festivals (mo’edim) of the Hebrew Calendar.

Originally the Hebrew calendar was lunar . The Biblical New Year begins at the first ‘new moon’ of spring, in the month Nisan. This year this day has been observed by people all over the world as this day also fell on the day of the Vernal Equinox and we had a partial eclipse of the sun. 

‘Why’ you may ask, ‘do Westerners keep the first day of January as the New Year?’  Well, it is because they observe the most widely used calendar in the world today – the ‘Gregorian Calendar’ – named after Pope Gregory X111 who reigned over the Catholic Church in the 1582.  He adopted and refined the Julian calendar (which originated from  pagan Roman and Greek calendars) in order to change the date of Easter (which had been originally tied to the date of the Spring Equinox and therefore changed year by year) to the agreed date by the First Council of Nicaea in 325.

‘Why’ you may also enquire, ‘do Jews keep the fall month of Tishri (i.e. the seventh month) as the start of a new year’?  Since the Torah also identified Sukkot as ‘the end of the (harvest) year’ (Exod. 23:16), the sages of the Mishnah later identified the Fall month of Tishri (i.e. the ‘seventh month’ ) as the start of a new year….During the Babylonian exile (6th century BC), Also, Babylonian names for the months (i.e. Tammuz) were adopted. So, there are, in effect,  two ‘New Years’ in Jewish tradition. The first occurs two weeks before Passover (Nisan 1) which marks the month of the redemption of the Jewish people, and the second occurs ten days before Yom Kippur in the fall, which marks the month of Israel’s corporate salvation in the end of days .

So, which ‘New Year’ should we keep? Should we continue to follow pagan sources and keep January 1st.? Or should we change to the seventh month New Year observed by the Jews for their second New Year? Perhaps the best way to go would be to keep the Biblical New Year in Spring. That is, the first new moon on or nearest to the Vernal Equinox (this year of course it fell on the very same day!)

This is, after all, the one which Yahweh Himself inaugurated.

Read:  Exo 13:4 This day came ye out in the month Abib. (Abib=Heb. green ears i.e. Spring)

Read more on the Biblical calendar:  New Moons

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Easter – should we, as believers in Yahshua observe Easter?


Easter  is not originally a Christian name. It actually had its origins long ago, and as far away as Chaldea, the present Iraq,
originally the place of Abraham’s birth. Easter is nothing but Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country named Easter. Later, it spread across from Chaldea to Europe as Christian scholars and historians relate.

Should it therefore, not be avoided? Yahweh has always desired that His people should leave behind the trappings of
pagan worship. Throughout the Scriptures we read how Yahweh desires His people to be pure from idolatry, and the consequences caused by flirtation with Babylonian practises.

Should we as Christians, believers in the death and resurrection of Yahshua (called Jesus by the many) propagate this gospel of Easter with all its ‘trappings’ borrowed from pagan worship? One man recently said to me, “When I came to know Jesus, I had been a liar, but now I will not tell my children lies. The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs and all the other ‘trimmings’ of this Festival have nothing whatever to do with my Saviour and what happened to Him at Passover. I will tell my children the truth. There was, in His day no Festival observed, called by the name Easter. He died at the Feast of Passover, and that is what I will teach them.”

Why indeed, should we need all these excesses when the facts are real enough. The correct story of the death and amazing resurrection of our Saviour is the most dynamic and exciting story we could ever relate to our children.

Chocolate eggs, candy, parties, presents and treats. What does a child make of all this self indulgence? Is it teaching him/her anything about Yahshua? (Jesus)  I would argue to the negative. Let us speak the truth in our hearts and relate it to our children. They will trust us when they find out that what we are teaching them is truth.

I will always remember the horror I felt when I discovered that my parents had lied to me about the existence of Santa Claus. It reduced my opinion of them dramatically, and caused me further difficulties when they asked me to trust them in other areas of my life.
Being formerly a teacher, I will never forget the passionate outburst in one of my classes when I was teaching 10 year-olds about the Christian Calendar. There was an argument during a discussion session between two pupils.

“Miss!” called out the enraged young girl, “That boy said there was no Easter Bunny! I know there is one Miss, my Mummy and Daddy said so, and I believe it! Miss, tell them he was wrong, there is an Easter Bunny, isn’t there, tell him Miss!”

She was passionate, she risked her reputation on her beliefs which she totally trusted from her parents’ teaching – do YOU think that this is right, to purposely mislead our children into the lies about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and other myths concocted by pagan man?

Read more about EASTER on the website: http://www.restoreallisrael.com/Easter.html

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