Update, Sept 20, 2021: It turns out that the barley mist have been ripe enough to start His year because I missed Yom Kippur. Father, please forgive me.
Should the Creator of this world have a say when His year begins?
Christians worldwide follow the Gregorian calendar as set forth a thousand years ago but the calendar of the Creator is very different. Even the whole of the Jewish world follow a precalculated calendar as set forth in Babylon. Even they do not follow the Creator’s calendar, along with most of the Messianic community who just follow along with the Jews. Does anyone follow the guidelines the Father set forth?
We know that our Father’s day begins at evening because of Gen 1:1 through 31. “So the evening and the morning were the first day”, “So the evening and the morning were the second day”, “So the evening and the morning were the third day”, etc. We have that firmly established.
We know when the week begins because we know which day is the Sabbath and we know that when the sun goes down on the seventh day that the new week has begun. We also have that firmly established. But this next point is where people either get confused or either they are just not willing to do away with their man- made traditions.
The beginning of new months… Lots of people like to begin their new month when the moon is completely dark but since the moon can be dark for 2 1/2 to 3 days that method causes way too much confusion. Sighting the sliver of the new moon dispels any confusion and keeps everyone together on the same calendar as it always was in the beginning; on the Creator’s reckoning of time, but the beginning of the year requires even more digging into His Word. Hardly anyone uses the Creator’s reckoning of time when it comes to the beginning of His years.
YHVH tells Moses: Exo 12:2 – “This month is your beginning of months; it is the first month of the year to you.”
But how do WE know when the year begins? Our Father gives us a key, but we have to look for it. It’s not in ancient calculations, as in the Babylonian calendar. It’s certainly not in the Gregorian calendar. We left those poor folks back at the first paragraph. The Creator’s reckoning even has nothing to do with the equinox. When He says the year begins is when the year begins and no sooner! He has that right.
This year nearly everyone I know is blindly following the Babylonian Jewish calendar which has been precalculated a year ago. Their Passover begins the evening of Saturday, March 27. Firstfruits for them would be Sunday, April 4 (the day after the Sabbath – Lev 23:11), but they have a big problem. They will have no omer of barley yet for Firstfruits. The barley HAS to be aviv before the year can begin!
The account of Yeshua after His resurrection is a huge help for those of us lost sheep of the tribes of Israel who are so far removed from Mount Sinai and even from grain crop agriculture. John 20:15 makes the point that Mary supposed that Yeshua was the gardener. Why didn’t she think He was a guard? Or just a bystander? It was still night but the moon would have been full. John 20:17 reads:
Yeshua said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to Elohai and Elohechem.'”John 20:17
If we compare that to Leviticus 23 things start to make a lot of sense. Lev 23:11 reads:
He shall wave the omer (עמר) 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 (עמר), a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering (olah לעלה) to YHVH.Lev 23:11, 12
“Olah” literally means “ascending”. The olah (עלה) offering is the offering that ascends, which correlates to Yeshua, as the Lamb of the first year (His ministry could have only been a year. Not 3 1/2.) without blemish ascending with His firstfruits offering of barley to the Father.
The barley harvest HAD to be ready for the year to begin and to set in motion the moedim (appointed times) of Yeshua.
After Yeshua’s resurrection He got busy gathering His omer of barley to present to His Father for Firstfruits. He was going to ascend (olah) with His offering. He told Mary not to cling to Him (NKJV) or touch Him (KJV) because He was clean for being in the Father’s presence. Later He tells Thomas to feel His wounds so we know He ascended on Firstfruits, as YHVH commanded.
Why barley, you may ask? Those of us who are not grain farmers (like me) would most likely not know that barley is one of the first grains to ripen, but YHVH helps us out with that too. See Exo 9:31, which reads:
Now the flax and the barley were struck, for the barley was in the head and the flax was in bud. 32) But the wheat and the spelt were not struck, for they are late crops.Exo 9:31, 32
Why is this topic important for our generation? There is a remnant of scattered children of Israel who are poised and ready to hear the call to return home to the Promised Land and Yeshua says – “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21) For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” It is still considered winter until the Creator says otherwise!
All of this to say… May you walk in His paths of righteousness because His Word is life! If we start the year too soon, the whole rest of the year is off. You will have leaven in your house when you’re commanded not to and you’ll be doing Yom Kippur on the wrong day! That one is crucial!
May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
YHVH has His ways of weeding out the lukewarm and tradition keepers. Go through the narrow gate before it’s too late!