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Where is Spring Commanded?

This video asks the question “Where is Spring Commanded?” in Scripture. It is the fourth segment in our video series Establishing the Head of the Year, where we explain the many errors found in the many different calendars. It explains how four calendar systems (the Rabbinic Jewish, the Equinox, the Lunar Sabbath, and the Karaite calendars) all want to begin their calendar year after the Spring Equinox–and how this requirement does not exist in Scripture. It also shows why the Passover CAN (and often does!) take place before the Spring Equinox.

Judaism maxim:
“Whoever’s calendar you keep, that is who you worship”.

There is a very old maxim in Judaism which is: “Whoever’s calendar you keep, that is who you worship.” If that is a true saying (and it is true), we must ask ourselves why are we doing what we are doing. Are we doing the things we are doing specifically because Yahweh said to do so, or are there some other hidden spiritual reasons that we may not be aware of? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves.

Calendar errors

The Rabbinic Jewish Calender (Hillel II Calendar)

The Rabbinic Jewish (or the Hillel II Calendar) was created by Rabbi Hillel HaNasi. It was finalized somewhere around 922-924 CE, and it was originally created because the Jews were barred from the land of Israel. Therefore, they could no longer declare the Head of the Year based on the condition of the aviv barley in the land of Israel. And so, they had to create a way to mathematically approximate the ripening of the aviv barley in the land of Israel.

According to rabbinic tradition, the feasts happen either during or around the time of the spring and the fall equinoxes. Meaning that the Pesach (or the Passover) and Yom HaNafat HaOmer (the Day of the Wave Sheaf) are supposed to occur around the time of the spring equinox (around March 20th or 21st). And then the seventh-month feasts are thought to occur around the time of the fall equinox. And in fact, this is why we will often hear the terms ‘spring feasts’ and ‘fall feasts’. We will take a look at some problems with the Rabbinic Jewish Hillel 2 Calendar.

  1. Rabbis create a rule that the Passover cannot take place before the spring equinox (vernal equinox).
  2. Following Scripture, the Pesach will often occur prior to the spring equinox
  3. Rabbis admit that it is not the correct calendar
  4. Even the head of the Sanhedrin, Rabbi Hillel Weiss admitted that they want to return to the original Aviv Barley Calendar

The Equinox Calendar

The Equinox Calendar sometimes includes barley, and sometimes it does not include barley. This calendar assumes that the year begins only after the Vernal or Spring Equinox–and the equinox is when the day and the night are of equal length. This happens in the spring usually around March 20th to 21st and then again in the fall around September 20th to 21st. (We talk more about the pitfalls and the errors in this in Nazarene Scripture Studies Volume Two in a study called “The Equinox Error”) There are a great number of things wrong with this calendar.

  1. The commandment of ‘spring equinox’ is adding to Scripture, which we are commanded not to do. (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:2, and 12:32)
  2. We are told to take heed not to worship or serve the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the host of heaven. (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:19)

The Lunar Sabbath Calendar

In Scripture, the basic concept of the Sabbath is that you work for six days, and then take a break, and the seventh day is the Sabbath. (B’reisheet (Genesis) 2:3, Shemote (Exodus) 16:26). The Lunar Sabbath group do not see it that way. The Lunar Sabbath group has a completely different concept. We will talk a look at the errors of the Lunar Sabbath Calendar.

  1. Deny the seventh day Sabbath
  2. Claim that the Sabbath is based upon the phase of the moon
  3. Not found in Scripture
  4. The orbit (and phases of the moon) cannot work mathematically into a 7 day cycle
  5. Typically add the commandment of spring equinox to begin the year

The Karaite Calendar (the Sadducee Calendar)

The Karaites (or modern-day Sadducees) claim that their calendar is the original calendar that was given to Moshe (Moses) in the wilderness of Sinai. It is not. We explain why we know that the Karaite Calendar is not the original calendar in the study, “Aviv Barley Simplified“. We will talk a look at the errors here as well.

  1. Declare aviv barley after the barley has become hard, brown, and dry (an incorrect definition of aviv barley which is tender, young, and green, Strong’s Concordance OT:24 ‘abiyb).
  2. Allow the firstfruits of barley to fall to the ground. (Breaking Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:10-11, 14 and Vayiqra (Leviticus) 2:14-15)
  3. Bring in the harvest before the Day of the Wave Sheaf Offering. (Breaking Devarim (Deuteronomy 16:9)

Conclusion: Where is spring commanded in Scripture?

We cover a lot of material in this video study. We talk about many errors found in four calendar systems (the Rabbinic Jewish, the Equinox, the Lunar Sabbath, and the Karaite calendars). And we answer the question of “Where is spring commanded in Scripture?” And the answer is that it is nowhere in Scripture, it is a man-made commandment that violates Yahweh’s commandments.

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