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Question: Hello Brandon: I know our Father’s calendar is solar with the new year starting with the ventral (spring) equinox. The priest were to sound on the 7th day for temple attendance. We know from study in the Bible the people brought a lunar calendar with them when they came out of the Babylonian captivity. Our calendar has become so polluted with paganism. The debate continues for Saturday and Sunday. Christ became our Passover, our high Sabbath, so any day in the Word is my Sabbath. I did hear that the new moon was a signal for a new month to begin. What are your thoughts? Thank you, from your sister in Christ.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Virginia. You are correct in when you have stated. We would need to write a Bible study on this subject in order to cover it in depth and we will add it to the list.
Christ certainly became our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7) and I am with you, my Sabbath is everyday with Him. I really do not understand why so many people get bent out of shape over which day of the week it is. There are actually religions that teach you will die eternally if you do not cease from work on a certain day. I find that to be extremely radical and very contrary to Christ’s teachings. He came to redeem us, to remove those things that were “contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross,” (Colossians 2:14). This is why it is so important that we take the whole Word of God and apply it to our lives and ensure all of it is within our belief structure otherwise we are left with half-truths.
There is much debate over “new moons” being a new month and being based off solar or lunar timing. The word “moon” when referring to the moon itself is often 3394 in the Strong’s and it means “moon“. While “new moon” is Strong’s 2320 and means “the new moon, month“. If you take your Strong’s Concordance and reference the usage of the word “month” in Genesis for example you will see it is also word 2320, yet it was translated as “month” in those verses. God was certainly not talking about the count of “moons” in Genesis.
We know our Father’s ways are true and correct and He does not introduce confusion. Yet, when time is counted using the “moon” we know there are only 29.26 – 29.80 days per month or 29.5 on average. The point is the moon does not provide us with an accurate marker to calculate time as some months will have two “new moons.” That would dramatically shift our dates over time.
So what does God’s Word tell us? “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness,” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). We are not of the night, so why would we use a dating system based on the night? It does not make a lot of sense does it? Please turn your Bible with me to,
13 “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
God is upset with their “new moons” and “sabbaths“. They turned these things into entirely new religions and so we see the same today.
14 “Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them”
God is not only against their new moon’s, He hates them.
God’s children always find away to go astray and even time itself is no exception.
Virginia, here is a previous Bible Q&A concerning the feast days that you may find interesting.
Question: Hi Brandon:
I am somewhat confused about “judging others” as to what is written in the Bible .
It seems as though we are told not to judge others Yet Christ tells us we will know them by their fruits and Paul in 1st Corinthians 4: 10-13 not to keep company with a wicked person. So, what does it mean to judge?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Dave, thank you for the question (I did not see the connection in 1 Corinthians 4:10-13).
You are correct, the Bible, Jesus Christ no less told us “Judge not, that ye be not judged” in Matthew 7:1. Yet, a few verses down Christ would tell us, “beware of false prophets… Ye shall know them by their fruits,” effectively telling us to “judge” (Matthew 7:15-16). Did Christ contradict Himself? Of course not. The Bible never contradicts itself.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
“Judge” is Strong’s word 2919 in the Greek and some of the meanings are; “condemn,” “punish,” “damn” and “decree“. I believe these words help to provide us with a better definition for “judge“. Christ was simply telling us not to “condemn” or “damn” someone. We should never do that, it is not our right. Our Father will condemn “some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt,” (Daniel 12:2). We have no power to execute such actions nor should we tell someone they are going to hell which simply means their eternal grave. We do not know the individuals heart and this is one reason why we should not pass this type of judgement.
Christ Himself would tell us before we worry about pulling the “mote” which is a twig or straw out of our neighbors eye we should first pull the beam or timber out of our own (Matthew 7:2-6). Then we can worry about helping our neighbor out. Some people tend to think they have the right to tell others how to live as they feel they or their experiences are far superior. That is what Christ was getting at here.
The fact of the matter is we all use judgement or “discernment” every single day and there is nothing wrong with that and it is very scriptural. Some of us may decide not to make a business deal with someone based on our findings of them. Others may walk on the other side of the road if a questionable individual comes their way. Taking these sort of steps are not bad in the sight of God, these steps are using common sense and can keep us in a good financial position and healthy.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Once again we are told to use judgement. Do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. That is a judgement call and as Christ said, “by their fruits ye shall know them“. Using wisdom provided by our Father in judgment is a great thing and if done properly it can bring blessings, however do not pass judgements to “condemn” a man.
Question: Some thing I would like to know is that we know from John 12 verse 31 satan is cast out 5 days before Passover in the year that he comes. We know that the 7 years has been shorten to 5 months and there are 2 2 1/2 month periods and anti-Christ shows up at the last 2 1/2 months. We know the time of the locust is May through September 5 months. The last 2 1/2 months would start about mid July. We also know that the true Passover is around April 4 of each year. So if satan is cast out 5 days before April 4 and shows up to heal the deadly wound that would make it the last 2 1/2 month period. Unless it takes satan about 2 1/2 months to get here. Otherwise the may through September does not fit.
Follow Up Question: Hi in my first question I forgot to add that in Revelation 8 verse 1 that there was silence in Heaven about the space of a half hour. Meaning that if the hour of temptation is split into 2 half hours satan is only on earth for the last 2 1/2 months. Thank you.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Brien.
We do not know with certainty Satan will be cast out five days before Passover. However, I do feel it is most probable.
Satan does not arrive on earth at the last half of the Tribulation. Satan will be on earth for the entire Tribulation. Daniel 9:27 states Satan “shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.” One week, that is the last week of the seventy given in the book of Daniel. This last week which originally was defined as seven years is the Tribulation. As you already pointed out Christ shortened the Tribulation and we can document it is a five month period in Revelation 9:5 (Matthew 24:22). Please turn your Bible with me to,
4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”
When Satan arrives on earth to heal the Deadly Wound he will claim to be Christ from the very onset as this verse documents. Who is “They“? The people of the earth and they all worship Satan at the very beginning of the Tribulation when he arrives to heal the Deadly Wound.
5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”
What happens at the midst of the week, the middle of the Tribulation? Satan is given power over the earth by men, he “continues” doing what he was already doing. Meaning, Satan had been on earth prior to this handing over of power.
Let us now discuss the silence in Heaven (Revelation 8:1). Please turn with me to,
12 “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.”
These ten are the angels of Satan who arrive on earth with him and reign for how long? One whole hour, not half. The half an hour of silence occurs at the middle of the Tribulation and carries on to the end. Let us document that.
12 “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
In verses 7-9 we learned that Satan was cast out of Heaven onto earth. This marks the beginning of the Tribulation and what happens? The Heavens are rejoicing as Satan is now cast out of their midst. Meaning, the silence in Heaven falls at the last half an hour. Why? At the midst of the week Satan takes absolute control over the earth and reigns as the Messiah and the world will believe and embrace him.
It will be at this moment, the midst of the week, when the Heavens are literally on the edge of their seats watching the final events of this earth age unfold.
Watching as the Saints boldly march through the Tribulation being “brought before kings and rulers” including Satan himself (Luke 21:12-18).
Watching as the Two Witnesses now stand on earth and spiritually war against Satan and his government.
Watching as the Two Witnesses are killed by Satan just three days before the return of Christ. Then, the Two Witness comeback to life and stand on their feet and the final trumpet sounds (Revelation 11:3-15)…
Then will the words be fulfilled, “it is done” (Revelation 16:17).
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