Update Sept 20, 2021: This was actually the beginning of the first month. I have been a month late all year, missing Yom Kippur. Father, please forgive me.
Exo 12:1 - Now YHVH spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2)"This month is your beginning of months; it is the first month of the year to you."
Today is Mar 15 on the gregorian calendar of the year 2021. Last night at sundown also began the first day of the 13th Hebrew month. How is that determined, you may ask? Volunteers in Israel attempt to sight the first sliver of the new moon every month, as we have done for thousands of years. When two or more witnesses confirm sighting the new moon with the naked eye then the new month officially begins.
The new year begins when the barley is near harvesting stage. The stage they are looking for is called “aviv”, which is also what the first Hebree month is called. There are plenty of resources on the web if you would like to learn more about the grain stages. Why is the barley the determining factor for the new year? The first month of the Hebrew year is when Passover is and barley is the earliest heirloom grain. Here are some relevant verses.
Lev 23:4 - 'These are the feasts of YHVH, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. 5) On the fourteenth of the first month at twilight is the Passover to YHVH. 6) And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to YHVH; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:9 - And YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, 10) "Speak to the childrrn of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring an omer of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11) He shall wave the omer before YHVH, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12) And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the omer, a male lamb of the first year*, without blemish, as a burnt offering (lit: an offering that ascends/ an olah עלה) to YHVH.
Did you catch those points?
During the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread (Who is our Bread of Life who has no leaven? 😉) there will be a regular weekly Sabbath. After the Sabbath (on sunday) is when the omer and the spotless lamb is to be brought to the priest. Are you seeing why that is so important for us today?
To start the new year you would need to have access to ripe barley to offer to YHVH during firstfruits, the day after the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as Yeshua did, the day after His resurrection!
* Yeshua’s ministry was only a year, not three. If you read Matthew through John it is clear that it is only a year.
Be blessed ☺