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Nazarene News (as of 12-01-2024): 12th Hebrew Month Begins: 12 January 2024: The new moon was seen from the land of Israel this evening, 12 January 2024 marking the beginning of the 12th Hebrew month. Rosh Chodesh sameach, Nazarenes!

NEW MOON SEEN (from Israel)! 12th Hebrew Month Begins: 12 January 2024 (evening) Rosh Chodesh!

The new moon was seen from the land of Israel this evening, 12 January 2024 marking the beginning of the 12th Hebrew month. Rosh Chodesh sameach, Nazarenes!

Photo provided by Becca Biderman of Ancient Path New Moon, 12 January 2024 from the land of Israel.

Shalom, Nazarenes.

1a. New Moon of 12th Hebrew Month Seen 12 January 2024 (evening)! The new moon of the 12th Hebrew month has been seen from the land of Israel on the evening of 12 January 2024 by the following witnesses: 5:21 pm by Becca Biderman, Israel (Please see image above)

Note: For information on why this is the 12th Hebrew month, please see section 2 (below) and also Torah Calendar News 2024, by clicking here. Rosh Chodesh 12th Hebrew month!

1b. Upcoming Discipleship Meetings: All meetings are 8 AM Colombian time (always UTC-5, but watch your Daylight Savings Time adjustments)

The New Moon Discipleship Meeting of the 12th Hebrew month will be combined with the weekly Shabbat meetings. The meeting is a discussion between disciples and is generally 1-hour long but may run longer depending on how the Spirit leads. Rosh Chodesh sameach!

NOTE: In the case of the monthly Discipleship Meeting coinciding with the weekly Shabbat Meeting, the Shabbat Meeting will continue as planned at 8 AM (Colombian UTC-5 time) on Shabbat. However, in the case that a Feast Day Meeting coincides with a Shabbat meeting, the Feast Day Meeting will take precedence, and the individual Shabbat meeting will be canceled for that week.

DEFINING DISCIPLESHIP: In our studies, we define a “disciple” as someone who agrees with all of our studies, and is stewarding his or her life resources to help build Yeshua’s unified global ministry as best he can (according to Scripture). In order to truly build His kingdom, there must be a commitment (which involves tithing), because the kingdom is crowd-funded (and we are the crowd). For information regarding NI’s Discipleship program, please click here!

1c. New Moon of the 13th or 1st Hebrew month: The first Barley heads were seen in the land of Israel on 11 January 2024 by Becca Biderman. In her FirstBarley2024 video, Becca explains that these barley heads have just exited; the barley has not had much sunlight, has not begun to bloom yet, and is in a very early stage.

The next new moon is expected to be seen on 11 February 2024. Whether this new moon will mark the beginning of the new Hebrew year (Rosh HaShannah) or a 13th Hebrew month depends on the barley and Yahweh’s timing. (We must wait upon Yahweh to see when He declares His new year and feasts.)

Significant Torah Calendar news updates will be shared in this monthly newsletter. Also, you can find the most current Torah Calendar News 2024 here any day of the week. For specific studies explaining the FirstFruits Calendar and the timing of Yahweh’s feasts according to Scripture, please continue to section 2a and 2b, below. Please remain attentive for updates as we approach Rosh HaShannah and Yahweh’s first month feasts, according to His perfect timing.

2a. Barley and Wave Sheaf Offering: Currently, Becca Biderman of Ancient Path New Moon is the only barley inspector who seems to understand what a proper wave sheaf is (and why you should not let the true firstfruits fall to the ground, so you can take your “first” fruits offering from the middle of the harvest, as other groups do). She documents her work, and it seems accurate as far as we can tell.

There are several other (Amalekite) barley groups whose work we cannot recommend in any way. They ignore Deuteronomy 16:9, they define “firstfruits” as a random sheaf from the middle of the harvest, and they add rules and definitions that Yahweh does not add, etc. They are seemingly always a month (or sometimes two months) late.

While several groups sight the first crescent sliver of the new moon well, as far as we can tell, only sister Becca Biderman publishes accurate barley reports.

Even more details: As we explain in our studies (see list below), there only needs to be enough aviv barley ready for the omer (wave sheaf) firstfruit offering by either the 15th or the 21st day of the first month. As explained in these studies, it is a disaster if we declare Rosh HaShanah too late, because it would force farmers in the land of Israel who have the earliest ripening barley to do one of two things: A) Either they must break Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:9 and begin harvesting their crop BEFORE the firstfruit offering has been presented unto Yahweh for the nation. Or B) Lose all or part of their barley crop, while they wait an extra month for the leaders to declare Rosh HaShanah!

By declaring the true firstfruits unto Yahweh Elohim as He commands, and keeping His appointed days according to His perfect timing, the farmers do not need to lose their crops; neither are they encouraged to break any of Yahweh’s commandments.

For more on declaring Rosh HaShanah, please see section 3b (below) for the studies on aviv barley and the Torah calendar. For more on the current barley inspections, please visit NI Torah Calendar News for 2024.

2b. Need to Begin the Year with the True FIRST Fruits of Barley! We always receive questions as to why NI observes the Hebrew months at different times from the other calendars (such as the calendars taught by the Messianics and the Sadducees / Karaites). There are several reasons, but the main reason is that we begin the calendar year with the (true) firstfruits of barley. In contrast, other groups take a sheaf from the main harvest, and falsely CALL them the “first” fruits (when they are more like the MAIN fruits.) Because of this, the Messianics and the Karaites will usually be a month (or even two) late. You can learn about the difference between Firstfruits and Falsefruits (and the significance for the body of Yeshua) by clicking here.

3a. Feast Schedule 2023  As of 8 September 2023, Yahweh’s feasts for the Hebrew Year are officially completed. The feast schedule for the next Hebrew year will be available after the declaration of Rosh HaShanah (the new Hebrew year), in early 2024.

3b. Torah Calendar studies:

Video Studies:Where is Spring Commanded?
Aviv Barley SimplifiedWhere is the Equinox Commanded?
Did Ancient Israelites QUALIFY Their Barley Fields?Book Studies:
The Error of Havestable FieldsEstablishing the Head of the Year
Feasts of the First MonthThe Feasts and the Ancient Hebrew Wedding
Feasts of the Seventh MonthFeasts of the First Month
First Fruits or False Fruits?Feasts of the Seventh Month
Josephus, the Talmud, and the OmerNazarene Israel Passover Study
Let’s Not Break Deuteronomy 16:9The Torah Calendar

For Torah Calendar News, please click here!

** Please keep us in prayer for Yahweh’s continuing favor and support, so that together we can build Yeshua’s kingdom.

Rosh Chodesh sameach!

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