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Yahuah declares His Seasons and Years
in the Heavens not on Earth!
by Rav Sha'ul

Anyone who has attempted to honor Yahuah’s Appointed Times has no doubt encountered the myriad of men who have studied the scriptures and come away with vastly different ways of calculating the timing of Yahuah’s Holy Calendar.  Debates rage concerning what is a “New Moon” is it a totally eclipsed moon or is it determined by the first sliver.  If the first sliver then what constitutes a “sliver” and what “degree of sliver” do we look for?  Then do we begin the year with the ripening of the barely in Jerusalem and if so what type of barely as they all ripen at different times and even then depending on weather conditions and so forth.  Or is the ripening of the barely a celestial sign in keeping with Yahuah’s Word that the sun/moon/stars/constellations are for determing the seasons and for signs.  Are we looking for “crops” on Earth when we should be looking for the sign in the sky to determine the beginning of months.  That sign is the constellation Virgo who has a stalk of barley in her left hand:

The start of the new year was determined by star signs. As the Vernal Equinox is approaching, the constellation of Virgo is rising. "Virgo" is the "Virgin", and in her right hand, as the classical illustration below shows, is a stalk of grain (barley!) The star Spica in the constellation represents the grain! So when Spica was rising in the evening sky after sunset, night after night, until one night it was at the appropriate location to announce the Vernal Equinox, one can arguably say figuratively "the barley has ripened"!  In this way, humanity across the entire globe could easily determine Yahuah’s Sacred Calendar and it was universal and not dependant on crops in Israel, the type of crop, and seasonal conditions. 

Remember, Yahuah never said that a plant was to determine the timing of the seasons but rather the constellations:

Genesis 1:14

And Yahuah said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

In keeping with Yahuah’s command to let the signs in the sky determine or mark the sacred appointed times and the days and years we should reject all attempts to set these very things by “plants” on the Earth such as the physical ripening of barely in Israel.  Yahuah has removed “humanity” and all the human traditions from how we are to calculate His calendar and it is to be determined by Yahuah along looking up to the heavens.

Avoid endless debates

In light of these never ending on-going human debates on matters that should never have been debated in the first place, the Apostle Paul speaks to this directly in the book of Romans. The Apostle Paul put it this way. When discussing such things that truly have no solution and seem to be up for endless debate, in Romans Chapter 14. The entire chapter is on this very thing, I will put a few verses below to illustrate. But the bottom line Paul's conclusion is this, seek Yahuah and dillegently come to a conclusion seeking His Righteousness and whatever conclusion you come to do not doubt it, because doubt is sin. The Kingdom of Yahuah IS NOT a physical kingdom so we should not get all caught up in the physical teaching tools and then condemn our brothers for “how they keep them” or when… let's begin..

1. Not everyone is on the same spiritual level, some are still addicted to “milk” or “vegetables” and do not have the spiritual “chops” others have developed…

Romans 14:1-5

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s (mature) faith allows them to eat anything (they are sons who dine on the Spiritual meat of Truth), but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables (addicted to the Milk or physical shadows). 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not (those spiritually mature must act like it), and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does (a sign of immaturity is judging others and holding them to our own standard), for Yahuah has accepted them (who have greater liberty resulting from their spiritual maturity). 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for Yahuah is able to make them stand.

2. There are legit debates about such things as what days are Holier or when to begin counting the months, or feasts, or Sabbaths etc. The point Paul makes is that whatever conclusion you come to again, do not doubt and be convinced in your own mind…

Romans 14:5-6

-5 One person considers one (feast) day more sacred than another (some consider Passover more Holy than The Day of Atonement and the other way around); another considers every (feast) day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to Yahuah. Whoever eats meat (on Passover) does so toYahuah, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains (and fasts on The Day of Atonement) does so to Yahuah and gives thanks to God.-

3. We each will give account to Yahuah for our personal decisions so stop judging each other! But, we better take these thing seriously because we will give account for what we do.

Romans 14:10-12

10 You, then, why do you (who are still addicted to milk and not spiritually mature) judge your brother or sister (for their liberty)? Or why do you (who are spiritually mature) treat them (who are not as mature as you) with contempt? (Everyone is exactly where Yahuah has them at that time and we are His servants) … 12 So then (stop all this nonsense and constant bickering), (because) each of us will give an account of ourselves (not others) to God.-

4. Paul then explains The Kingdom of Yahuah is a Spiritual Kingdom and the physical things are simply training tools, so don't make your brother stumble over the training tools, teach the Spiritual Truths of His Kingdom and be patient with them. Paul says nothing physical is unclean of itself, it is our Spiritual Attitude towards the physical things that make them unclean.

Romans 14:13-18

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in covenant with Yahusha (within The Yahushaic Covenant), that nothing (physical) is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something (physical) as unclean (in their mind), then for that person it is (spiritually) unclean. 15 If your (spiritually immature) brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat (Paul is speaking metaphorically of spiritual meat not actual food here), you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating (the meatier doctrines and exercising your liberty) destroy someone for whom Yahusha died (by condemning them for being weak in their faith or causing them to stumble because they have yet to be liberated spiritually from the physical). 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil (by doing things you have liberty to do in front of a weaker brother because in his immaturity he will judge you for it and condemn you and speak evil of you). 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of (physical things i.e.) eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (it is a Spiritual Kingdom), 18 because anyone who serves Yahusha in this way (keeping things between himself and God and not judging or condemning others) is pleasing to Yahuah and receives human approval.

5. Paul concludes that… hey! Let's stop destroying a Spiritual Kingdom with all these disputes over the physical rehearsals… THEY ARE NOT the spiritual realities!

Romans 14:19-20

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food (physical things). All food (physical things) is clean, but it is wrong for a (spiritually mature) person (to exercise their personal liberty and) to eat anything that causes someone else (who is less mature) to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

6. So we should seek Righteousness which is the Spiritual Intent of the Law and come to a conclusion on these matters between ourselves and Yahuah. Our relationship with our Father is VERY PERSONAL and “liberty” is not a blanket it is given based on individual maturity.

Romans 14: 22-23

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin

For this reason, or at least at this time, I am not going to throw my hat in the ring and enter these endless debates about how to determine the beginning of the year, or what is a New Moon, or what is “barely” etc. etc.  Each one of us will be held accountable to Yahuah for our “righteous seeking intent” behind keeping His Ordained Times.

 

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