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New Moon – a look at when the month begins


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!  🙂

Phases of the Moon

“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!!


Times & Seasons – thoughts on Feasts of Trumpets

Times & Seasons – thoughts on Feasts of Trumpets

Tonight was the beginning of the 7th month in YHWH’s calendar, and began at the sighting of the “new” moon.

It was a crazy day, school, lots of kiddos, busy unpacking, etc.  My cousin is here, with her three, helping me shoe horn my belongings into my dad’s already full house. We made some good progress…
We were eating supper and getting kids baths as the sun set, but I was able to snap some pics.

The moon was much further south on the horizon than I expected, but we did eventually find it.
Here’s my first pic of it:

We got the children rounded up and outside and they took turns taking pictures of the moon.  And the glowing sunset thru the trees.

Then we listened to the shofar on youtube,

since our own trumpet is buried somewhere in boxes, and we talked about what the Feast which starts today points to. “Yom Teruah”/Feast of Trumpets. Trumpets proclaiming judgement coming. Trumpets proclaiming the bridegroom coming…
I wrote a lot about that in Potatoes & the Moon, so won’t reiterate. However, if you missed it the first time around, check that blog post out here – very cool stuff!:  https://shakamboqer.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/potatoes-the-moon/

When I wrote that blog, a little more than one month ago, we were days away from the beginning of the 40 days of repentance, which will end 10 days from today, with Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement.    When I mentioned that I expected to be working thru my own repentance… the rending of my marriage and a move out of my home was NOT what I had in mind, but somehow the timing seems not coincidental…Judgement, repentance, cleansing of our hearts (sanctuary), Our True Husband’s return… My heart and soul are very aware of the bigger picture, YHWH’s story going on within and around the microcosm of my much smaller story.  Like I said in my last blog, I truly pray that His healing comes, and when the times the Feasts of the next two weeks foreshadow come, that we all will be wholeheartedly anxious for His Return. …

We, the children, my cousin and I also talked about the moon, how we call it a new moon, but it’s not really a brand new moon.  Only it’s light had been hidden, but now, this night it is “new” or in Hebrew culture, “re-newed.”

You know,  YHWH made a covenant with His people. He said they were His Treasure, His Jewels, and He promised them that they would be a holy nation of priests, chosen to Him as His “Bride”.  They broke the covenant, broke faith with Him, and their marriage lies in shambles….
We often speak of a “New” covenant… much like the “New” moon we sighted today.  Truth is tho it would be better understood as a “Re-newed” covenant, for, YHWH is still after the same thing – A covenant relationship, marriage with His People. Love. An intimacy unparalleled in all the History of Man. Him filling us, fully….We, reciprocally, in Love with Him.  YHWH would like to “Re-New” His covenant with His people.  In His Love, He provided, thru Yahshua’s death, a way for that to happen… His question remains the same, “Will you marry me? Will you celebrate, keep & observe my Covenant with you?”

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Potatoes & the Moon


*Originally written and published on Aug 25, 2011.  Much in my life has changed since the writing of this post, however, the truths contained within haven’t changed. 😀  2012 dates have been added in parenthesis.

“You know, it ain’t the right time for plantin taters.”

I looked up from my freshly cut pile of potato eyes at my neighbor’s silhouette against the spring sky, and raised one eyebrow, “Really?”

“Yep, the moon’s not turned down. When it is turned up, taters get big and green, but they only put on a few taters, really really deep.  My dad, he showed me.  We planted a row of taters at both times.  The row that we planted when the moon was turned down gave a great crop, th’other one’s didn’t do nothing.  My dad, he had me dig them.  I dug, and dug – more than 2 feet down – nothin.”

“Wow. Man, that stinks.  I just cut the eyes, and I have to put them in the ground, cause I’m headed out of town”

So, I planted taters, and the rest of the garden that day, with the moon turned up (new moon waxing to full).
I called my Grandpa – Michigan farm boy, 50 years my elder and asked him about the moon and potatoes.  “Naw! we planted potatoes at all times of the  month, and we always got the same crop!  And, we planted fields and fields of potatoes” So, I waited with expectant hope.

Fall came, the harvest was great! Beautiful field corn, lots of greens, humongous butternut squash.

But not the potatoes.  There were at least 40 plants, likely 50+, and less than 1/2 bushel of potatoes.   I dug, and dug, and dug.  A few measly potatoes big enough to eat, and several handfuls the size of my thumb. I was deflated.  Well, I thought, that wasn’t worth it! Not doing potatoes again!

The next year, I had a couple of volunteer plants, that produced a handful of potatoes – good size, not spectacular, but good size.

Volunteer Potatoes (and a few onions)

Last week, I dug this year’s volunteer potatoes. Remnants of taters far too deep to dig from 3 seasons back. About 10 plants. I expected one or two potatoes.  Nope! Out of those 10 plants, I easily dug almost a half bushel!  Good sized potatoes, big enough for baking!  I was floored.

As I spent the rest of the day hoeing and pulling weeds, I thought a lot about those potatoes, and the moon, and the lights that our Creator gave us for signs, and seasons.  Could the moon’s gravity really have that much influence on a crop of potatoes? Really?  I’ve later learned that yes, the scientific research supports the idea that the moon affects rainfall, and surface water – the waxing moon brings more moisture to seeds and is great time for planting herbaceous vegies.  The Waning moon, however brings a bit of dryness, which promotes root growth, good for taters, carrots, and even strawberries, as part of their demise is weak roots that become broken by winter freeze.

On a more spiritual level tho, I thought of the potatoes, planted at the wrong time, which looked great on the top, but didn’t produce much… a few marble size potatoes, some presumably more than 2 feet down.  Disappointing, unfulfilled hope. And Yet, 3 years later, I’m still reaping a harvest.

Do we do that? If we are planted in a bad time, bad situation, do we wait it out, burrow deep, and wait for the next good time to emerge again?   Presumably, the potatoes this year, had something written into their code about when the right time was to stick their green leaves above the ground, and start working on tubers.  The signs and seasons were right – and they flourished!

Aviv Moon 2011, + 3 days

As I worked, I also thought of the Moon, and it’s importance.  It is the marker for the Creator’s Calendar.  New Moon, and Barley being ripe enough to pick in 2 weeks. That’s what starts His New Year. The first month is called “Aviv” the Hebrew word that refers to the barley being ripe.

Psalms 104:19, in the Hebrew literally says, He created the moon for Appointed times(Mo’adim). Leviticus 23 lists what those Mo’adim are (Sabbath, and the feasts of YHWH).  In Numbers 10:10 & Psalms 81:3, YHWH instructs – Blow the Shofar at the beginning of your month (literally new moon), let it be a memorial to your God!  Numbers 28:11-15 gives a list of sacrifices for the new moon celebration. By the second temple period it took two witnesses for the Sanhedrin to declare and proclaim the New Moon.  Isaiah says that in the New Earth, we’ll be coming before YHWH to worship Him – on the New Moons, and on the Sabbaths.   The New Moon is a pretty big deal, really…
But not more so than on “the day no man knows”  or “the Hidden Day” – Hebrew idioms designating the one feast that starts at the sighting of the New Moon. Yom Teruah, The Feast of Trumpets.

Lev 23:24,25  “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, `In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein, but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.'”

In those days, no one knew when the new moon would be sighted, they didn’t have the calculations estimated down to a fraction of a degree as we do now. They could guess, and fairly accurately, but sometimes, it was a day late. Sometimes, it was rainy.  The first sliver of the new moon is only visible for a short amount of time, right at or after sunset, so any number of conditions could lead one to not know when the new moon would be.  So… The people of YHWH prepared ahead of time. For the 30 days prior, a shofar was blown in the temple & synagogue, to warn of the judgement coming – judgement starting with Yom Teruah, and closing 10 days later at the end of the Day of Atonement.   They were in the midst of harvest, but they took the time to reflect on their lives and put them in order; time to wash their party clothes – white linen garments, have their trumpets out, have food prepared.  Then, they went back to harvesting, and waited, and watched the skies, watched for the “signs”, the tiny sliver of the New Moon. Their motto was “Watch”. Once sighted – in from the fields they came – to bathe, dress in white linen, and move on to the  blowing of trumpets, Praising Yah, offering burnt offerings.

For those of us raised with frequent trips down eschatological lanes, a lot of this sounds really familiar… Starting with Yeshua’s words, in Matthew 24,  Mark 13, and Luke 21 about the end of time. The signs and things that would come, the admonition to watch, carefully, to be prepared, to keep watch…Espeically, his use of the Hebrew idioms, which we have taken literally –  Mark 13:28-33
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that He is near, at the very gates.  Truly, I say to you,  this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away,  but my words will not pass away.”
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”

There are actually two idioms there – the throw back to Feast of Trumpets, and:  When the Bridegroom betrothed his Bride, he returned to His Father’s home to “prepare a place for her” – a dwelling, a room.  His father would oversee the work, and only His Father could declare the job finished, and the time to go “steal” the Bride away to the marriage chamber, where they would stay in isolation for 7 days, and consummate the  marriage, after which time was a huge marriage celebration! Interestingly, the Bride of course, was to be on the lookout for the Groom, she was to keep a lamp lit in the window, for him… (For more on this, check out one fellowship’s pictures & description of a “Hebrew Wedding Drama” http://curtis.loftinnc.com/Yom_Teruah_Drama.htm)

So, in one breath, Yeshua is giving some huge clues – It’s like a wedding, Only the Father knows when it will start. Be watchful just like you are before the “day no one knows”.  That is a shadow of the good things to come – the Essence of which is Messiah! (Col 2:17)  Be watchful as the bride, as my people are in the days leading up to the New Moon, of the 7th month. You can see, just like the fig tree, that the time is almost here.  Be sure to Watch!

Other interesting connections and idioms surrounding the Feast of Trumpets –
It’s also known as:

“The day of the Awakening Blast”
“The Coronation of the KING”
“The day Judgement is declared” or the “Day of Judgement” (Day of Atonement ends this time of Judgement, which starts on feast of Trumpets and goes for 10 days, the days of Awe, culminating in the Day of Atonement, a day that ends with a final Jubilee Trumpet, as all Jubilee years start on the Day of Atonement)

“The time of Jacob’s Trouble”
“The time of Remembrance”
“The time of the Opening of the Gates” (of Heaven)
“Behold, the Bridegroom Comes”

It’s exciting really.

To ask the questions – Will Yeshua fulfill the shadows that the Fall Feasts pointed to in the same way He fulfilled the Spring Feasts?  In the very day, hour, moment?!  Will it be this year? Should I rehearse getting ready, rehearse this drama so that when the day actually arrives – this year, or many from now, I know my part?  So that My heart has gone thru the time of repentance, my “garments” are washed white, my soul aches for the blast of the Shofar which will announce the coming of my Groom.

This year (2011), the 40 days of repentance, which starts 30 days before Yom Teruah, and ends on the Day of Atonement, should begin on evening of August 30 (August 19, 2012) – provided a New Moon sighting.  Day of Trumpets should start on the evening of the 29th of September (Sept 17th or 18th, 2012), again – provided a New Moon Sighting.  Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, 10 days later, starting the evening of Oct 8 (September 26th or 27, 2012), and, then, 5 days later – The wonderful foreshadowing of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, Immanuel – God Dwelling(Tabernacling) with Us, Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot begins on the evening of Oct 13 (October 2 or 3rd, 2012)  and continues thru till the evening of Oct 21 (Oct 9 or 10, 2012).

Yeah – The time is at hand. Like I said in my last blog, healing is coming for me personally. Repentance brings Healing.  Right now, Repentance for me is identifying and renouncing the part of me that is striving, trying to arrange for Life, trying to control. I’m sure, as I Dance with My Bridegroom, over the next 2 mos, there will be more He reveals that needs repented of.  It’s okay tho, It’s a journey I’m willing to take – As I finish up the Harvest,  Under the Moon, with my surprise Potatoes stored..
(2012 – Wow what a year it has been since this was written.  I’ve certainly danced with my Bridegroom thru some very hard things, and it’s been a beautiful journey!  Looking forward to what the coming 40 days of repentance, and the coming year will bring!)

New Moon + 1 day, July 4th, 2011, Beginning of 4th Month of Creator’s Calendar