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Youth For Truth USA has recently received new light on the reckoning of the New Moon.  In the past we have reckoned the beginning of the new month along with the Jewish people at the spotting of the first visible crescent of the moon.  New evidence has shed some light on what may have historically transpired.  We ask you please- don’t take our word for it.  Rather study and research these things prayerfully for yourself, showing yourself approved before YHWH.  As mentioned, it is current Jewish tradition to begin the month with the first visible crescent of the moon.  The difficulty many truth seekers have encountered is finding where this tradition originated from the Holy Scriptures, a task that cannot be done.  There is no mention in the bible of the first crescent marking the beginning of the month.  The Hebrew term for “crescent” in the bible is “śaharōnîm“, yet it is used in scripture only in connection with idolatry (Judges 8:21 & 26; Isaiah 3:18).  Never once is the crescent mentioned in relation to the new moon or the month in the bible.  In the past we have relied on present day Jewish tradition to be accurate on this subject, but recent findings indicate that this present day first crescent Jewish tradition is not so accurate.  Rather this new crescent tradition appears to have roots in Ancient Babylon.  Finding the correct reckoning is extremely important, as it reveals to us the true times assigned by YHWH for the feasts, including the Sabbath.  We have sought out new evidence from the writings of Philo, and have found revealing new light on the subject from other groups as well that have been investigating this same subject.

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This new evidence points to the “conjunction” of the moon as marking the beginning of the month.  Conjunction, just like the first crescent, can be viewed by watching the heavens.  Towards the end of every month, the moon rises later and later in the night.  If you watch the skies closely, you will see that the moon will rise in the early morning hours shortly before the sun at the very end of the lunar month.  There will however at the end of every month come a day where the moon doesn’t rise visibly before the sun.  This is the day of conjunction, the day where the moon is in between the earth and the sun.  We encourage you to study and test this for yourself.  You will notice that when you begin reckoning the month at conjunction, the Sabbaths truly are marked perfectly by the half moon, full moon, half moon, and the last crescent/no moon.  Articles attached to this blog will also examine this from a biblical and historic perspective.  We encourage you to prayerfully study these articles in depth.

Philo if you will remember, was a prominent Jew living in Egypt during the time of Jesus.  He was born before Jesus, and died after Jesus died.  During his life, there was a massacre of Jews in Egypt, and Philo was selected by the Jews to represent them by going to speak with the emperor.  This reveals that Philo was highly regarded among the Jews, and must have been in perfect tune with the practices of the Jewish people at the time of Jesus life.  There has been a great amount of understanding gained from his writings this past year.  Here are a couple of his writings on this subject of reckoning the new moon at conjunction:

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“The third [festival] is that which comes after the conjunction, which happens on the day of the new moon in each month.” ~ Philo, Special Laws II, Section XI (41)

“…there is one principle of reason by which the moon waxes and wanes in equal intervals, both as it increases and diminishes in illumination; the seven lambs because it receives the perfect shapes in periods of seven days—the half-moon in the first seven day period after its conjunction with the sun, full moon in the second; and when it makes its return again, the first is to half-moon, then it ceases at its conjunction with the sun.” ~ Philo, Special Laws I, (178)

As you can see, the plain writings of Philo indicate the new moon occurring on the day after conjunction (not the day after the first crescent).  This is just one of the pieces of evidence examined.  Please refer to the “God’s Calendar” page for an in depth explanation of the lunar calendar along with the biblical and historical evidence.  We also encourage you to read an outstanding article done by a group called “World’s Last Chance- New Moon Day“.  This article will be very helpful in your studies.  I also recommend a write up by Troy Miller called “When is the New Moon.”  Again, please study this topic prayerfully and deeply.

In light of this new evidence which has been given to us by God’s grace, the Sabbaths for this 11th Month are as follows, based on conjunction:

New Moon– January 12th (Day 1 of the 11th Month) (Day after Conjunction of the Moon)

Sabbath– January 19th (Day 8 of the 11th Month) (Half Moon)

Sabbath– January 26th (Day 15 of the 11th Month) (Full Moon)

Sabbath– February 2nd (Day 22 of the 11th Month) (Half Moon)

Sabbath– February 9th (Day 29 of the 11th Month) (No Moon)

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