This is not my study. I want to credit first, our Father, Yehovah, for His leading, and second the author, Frank Klin, who wrote the following on a FB thread. This was a new look at an old discussion.. at least, it was a new to me look and it’s beautiful, and really goes to the heart of our Father, not the semantics which so often get argued over at length, but the whole of Scripture, which portrays the Heart of Our God. I was blessed, and hope you will be also! 🙂
“Dear brothers and sisters. I share the following for your consideration on this topic. I believe the Scripture identifies precisely how to identify when the New Moon begins. The foundational verses are found in the first book of the Torah, and the same theme continues all the way through to the end of Revelation. I preface the study with these verses:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – (James 1:17 KJV)
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” – (1 John 1:5 KJV)
Now consider what you just learned about our Father as you read these familiar verses:
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” – (Genesis 1:3-5 KJV)
Because Jesus is the Son of the Father of lights He began the first day of creation on the earth that was without form and void by speaking the words “Let there be light.” He then divided the light from darkness calling the light Day. So this new day was identified by the fact that “there was light.”
For God to truly be light, “and in Him is no darkness at all,” the Son of God did something special on the fourth day of creation:
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,” – (Genesis 1:14-17 KJV)
The Son of the Father of lights spoke two great lights into existence as a division between day and night, the sun being the greater light to rule the day, the moon being the lesser light to rule the night. These lights were to be for signs, for seasons, (moeds, appointed times), for days, and years. All this was done so there could be lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth.
On the fourth day of creation, the very first day of existence for this New Moon ask yourself did the moon begin dark, or did it begin as light? The verses we just read identify the moon as a lesser light to rule the earth at night. It is only during its cycle of days that this light becomes dark. When the moon is dark what lights the night? Our Scripture says “He made the stars also,” and they give light to the night when the moon is dark.
Can the moon still be considered to rule the night if it is not shining? Yes, but during its dark phase it gives no benefit. It does not light the night. When a light that was once shining has been turned off when will the light be new or renewed? If the Son of God tells us a new moon is the first day of a new month, can we glean from the verses in Genesis when the moon’s cycle begins again? I propose Scripture is telling us the moon becomes new when it once again begins to light the night just like on the very first day it was created. New Moon = New Night Light. This is in keeping with the identity of our God as the Father of lights, in whom there is “no darkness at all.”
Do a search through Scripture of the words associated with darkness and light, and see if our Father leads you to the same conclusion. My understanding of when to identify the New Moon is further enhanced as I read the following words of Paul, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” – (Philippians 2:14-15 KJV)
When we have darkness in us can we shine as lights to the world? When the moon is dark can it shine as a light to the night? What happens when we come out of darkness into the light? We become a new creature. When the moon comes out of darkness into light it becomes a new moon, once again able to bring light to the earth.
“Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.” – (Ecclesiastes 2:13 KJV)
“…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” – (1 John 1:7 KJV)
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)
“O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” – (Isaiah 2:5 KJV)
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:” – (Exodus 13:21 KJV)
“And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.” – (Exodus 14:20 KJV)
“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” – (Psalm 18:28 KJV)
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – (Psalm 27:1 KJV)
“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” – (Psalm 36:9 KJV)
“The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.” – (Psalm 74:16 KJV)
“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” – (Psalm 112:4 KJV)
“All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.” – (Ezekiel 32:8 KJV)
“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.” – (1 John 2:8 KJV)
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” – (Isaiah 60:1-2 KJV)
“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” – (Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV)
~ Frank Klin
Again, Thank you, Frank for this Study!! May Yehovah Bless you!!