Month 10:04, Week 1:3 (Shleshi/Bikkurim), Year:Day 5937:270 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Saturday 4 January 2014
Yah Caused the Calendar to be Lost
When this morning a brother shared with me another beautifully made website  defending the Talmudic-Gregorian Calendar system and claiming that it had been in use since the very creation, I groaned within. First, because the author who had obviously spent years of dedicated and painstaking work, and second, because a casual reading of the first page reveaved a number of false assumuptions upon which the whole calendaric edifice had been constructed. Actually, I feel so sad for such people because I know how easy it is to construct a system and be utterly convinced of its righteness. I have been there myself. Indeed, I have had to dismantle so many of my own theological creations over the years and progressively get better aligned to Scripture.
Repenting and Starting Again
As I look at the shelves and shelves of books and folders in my library that are a reminder of all the research work I have done that have led to dead-ends, I am reminded that it takes courage to admit you were wrong and to start again. But that is in the nature of repentance. I have been wrong about the Biblical Calendar most of my life. In ignorance I have taught false systems - the Roman Gregorian system with its Sunday sabbaths, the Talmudic Jewish system with is Saturday sabbaths and man-made 'rules of postponement' to force the moedim (appointments) of festivals into the Roman Gregorian system, its sunset-to-sunset days, its Babylonian crescent moon reckoning system, and much else besides. I have had to eat humble pie many times as I have uncovered the false religious systems' lies again and again.
Religious Spirits the Most Stubborn of All
So, yes, I am very sympathetic with those who struggle trying to fathom Yahweh's calendar and to sort out all the man-made junk inspired by devil-fosterd ignorance. I have been there, swam in it, nearly drowned, and escaped from it. Yahweh is merciful in the days of our ignorance but once we know the emet (truth), we are required to make teshuvah (repent) and live the way He ordained. In these end days our lives will literally depend on getting it right. One can get religiously attached to false systems so that the system itself becomes a religion all on its own. And as those of you who are deliverance ministers will know only too well, unseating religious spirits requires a special kind of fortitude, for they do not go easily and are guarded fanatically. And some of the worst and most stubborn religious spirits in the Judeo-Christian tradition are to be found in Talmudic Judaism and its messianic offshoots, Catholicism, Seventh-day Adventism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, hell-fire-and-damnation Baptists and the charismatics. Religious spirits make each and every theological system seem 'reasonable' as we know from the flood of apologetics that has poured out of these systems. I have shelf-fulls of all this propaganda and twisted exegesis.
Has the Calendar Been Known Continually Since the Creation of Adam?
Amongst the arguments made by Don Roth in his website is that "the [Talmudic] Hebrew Calculated Calendar is, and was, the true calendar of God, used from the beginning of creation to our present time". Likewise, the claim is made by solar sabbatarians that the 'Saturday Sabbath' has been continuously observed since Adam. Though it's very easy to disprove this claim (see, for instance, my article, The Book of Jasher and the Sabbath Controversy), people hold onto it religiously because they are afraid of the upheaval that will be demanded of them as they re-adjust their time-keeping and entire pattern of living. Repentance requires lifestyle revolution.
Yahweh Destroyed the Moedim from Rebellious Israel
We do not need, however, to base our belief system on the assumptions of men when the Scriptures speak clearly on the matter. Yahweh Himself declared that He destroyed the appointed feasts and sabbaths and all memory of their original timing during the Babylonian exile:
The Compromises of English Translations
"He (Yahweh) has done violence to His tabernacle, as if it were a garden; He has destroyed His moedim (appointed feasts) (NKJV, "place of assembly/congregation"); Yahweh has caused the moedim (appointed feasts) and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion. In His burning indignation He has spurned the king and the cohen (priest)" (Lam.2:6, NCV).
I want you to particularly notice that where the word moedim appears in this passage that two different renditions are given in your typical English version:
The Half Story of the Translations
"He has done violence to His tabernacle, as if it were a garden; He has destroyed His place of assembly (moedim); the LORD has caused the appointed feasts (moedim) and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion. In His burning indignation He has spurned the king and the priest" (Lam 2:6, NKJV).
Now obviously when people gather to worship at an appointed time (moed) of Yahweh they do so at the appointed place as well. However, this is an extension or secondary meaning of the word moed and not its primary meaning. When, for example, Yah's people assemble to worship on the Sabbath, they do so by implication at a place (church, synagogue, assembly hall, etc.) yet the word shabbat cannot be literally translated as as any of these. So whilst translating the first 'moed' as "place of meeting" (ISRV), "place of assembly" (HRV, ATOT, ASV), "places of the assembly" (KJV), "places of the congregation" (RSTNE), "appointed meeting place" (NASU, NASB) is by no means incorrect, it's only telling half the story. In fact, I only know of one translation that does the honest thing by simply leaving the Hebrew word moed untranslated:
The Reason for Using Hebrew Words in English Translations
"And He has violently destroyed His sukkah, as if it were of a gan (garden), He hath laid waste His Mo'ed; haShem hath caused Mo'ed and Shabbos to be forgotten in Tziyon, and in His indignation hath spurned Melech and Kohen" (Ekhah/Lam.2:6, OJB).
Phil Goble has very wisely (and correctly) left both words untranslated so that the reader can read into them all that is contained and intended by Mo'ed. This is why you will find us using various Hebrew words in our writings not because we're trying to show off our knowledge of Hebrew but because we want to be absolutely clear what we are talking about so that there is no ambiguity or room for dispute.
Three Aspects of the Moedem
What is important to understand is that Yahweh here states that He is DESTROYING His Moedim and causing king and cohen (priest) to FORGET them. This includes:
Destroyed and Forgotten
- 1. The actual moedim (appointments) themselves;
- 2. The appointed timing of the moedim (appointments); and
- 3. The physical places where Israelites assembled to observe the moedim (appointments) - the mishkan (temple) and (later) synagogues.
The fact that the word moed is used twice and side-by-side in conjunction with the verbs "destroy" and "forget" does not necessarily mean they either will be restored any time soon. The Second Temple (Zerubabel) was built, as was its extention by Herod, along with Greek-type 'synagogues', and both temples have long gone. At the time of Yah'shua (Jesus) and the apostles multiple calendar systems were in operation, including the false Talmudic one patronised by the Pharisees that remains in use by Judaism and Messianic Judaism today. The Sadducees and Essenes followed different systems. Not until King Yah'shua (Jesus) assumed the legal throne was the true Calendar restored generally amongst His talmidim (disciples) but did not survive the Great Apostacy of both the Western and Eastern Churches which, first, adopted Saturn (Saturday) worship and then (under Constantine) Sun (Sunday) worship in an age-old contest.
An Artifically Created Satanic Duel
The war between Saturday (Jewish, Messianic, SDA, SDB, WCG, etc.) and Sunday (Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Mormon, Baptist, Penecostal, etc.) is just a good-cop vs. bad-cop battle which so many are stuck in. Both are idolatrous. This is but a pagan contest of the gods, of Saturnus or Kronos (Saturn) vs. Sol Invictus or Helios (the Sun). In the wider picture, this is reflected in the artifically-created satanic global duel between Socialism-Liberalism (Saturn was the god of social egalitarianism, as described by Hesiod in the Golden Age, and was one of the Olympians) and Capitalism (Helios was also known as Titan, the original nefilim). The younger Olympians eventually ousted the older cannibalistic Titans in Greek mythology, a script being followed today politically across the planet. This Saturn vs. Sol, or Kronos vs. Helios (Titan), war that includes the Saturday vs. Sunday contest between 'Christians' and 'Messianics/Jews' is one HUGE distraction to keep us away from Yahweh's original Torah System. This same 'war' is being played out in the concocted 'good' vs. 'bad' aliens, the 'Pleiadeans' vs. 'Repitillians' ufonauts, both of whom are artificial demonic Nefilim divisions, like white and black witchcraft. The battle between antinomian orthodox Christians and Torah-observant Messianics is just an enemy scam to keep us away from Yahweh's true moedim and calendar.
Civil War or Convenient Truce
As we are told in Lamentations, Yahweh purposefully destroyed knowledge of the moedim (appointments) and Creation Calendar because of royal and priestly rebellion and idolatry, the same idolatry in Christianity and the Messianic Movement today. Because of ignorance or a refusal to submit to the biblical way, Christians and Messianics are playing out Satan's civil-war script by going for each other's throats or otherwise having truces of mutual convenience. That is very much agreeable to Satan who wishes us to either be attacking one or another or having a liberal approach of mutual tolerance and acknowledgement of presumed salvation. This is how the One World Religion is being formed.
False Dichotomy: One World Religion vs. Execution
Don't allow the Enemy to persuade you to play his game and be actors in his theatre. Satan is the only one being amused. In the end he will either force rebellious believers into his satanic religion or massacre them, having the legal grounds to do so because of their idolatry. Though many true believers will lay down their lives in the final struggle, being massacred is not the universal default option for those who refuse the Mark of the Beast. There is refuge and safety for those who are true.
The End-Time Restoration
Yahweh is restoring His moedim - both the festivals themselves, their correct timing according to the Creation Calendar, and the appointed places of assembly. While solar sabbatarians like Adventists and Messianics tragically declare that they are fulfilling the sabbath sign of Yahweh's remnant and end-time people, setting them apart from 'Sunday-worshippers', little do they realise that they are on the same side and are but pawns in a murderously cynical game initiated by the Adversary by turning them into 'Saturday-worshippers'. This is not joke, it is deadly serious, and we don't have much time to get out of this false system before the Enemy claims his legal right to own his worshippers by virtue of their idolatry.
Therefore we proclaim this emet (truth) most earnestly before the tide turns and the prophesied end-time flood of evil sweeps away all but those worshipping on the True Rock. Amen.
 Don Roth, Biblical Calendar Proof